Robinson to the defense
Q: What kind of defensive philosophy will you be bringing to the 49ers? Robinson: Well my philosophy is going to be is what Dennis' is. We are going to be aggressive; I think the thing that I have learned in my experience is like being a wild bull in a china closet. You can get some things established, but you will break a lot of things as well. The most important thing is not only to be aggressive but to be sound in what you are doing. In regards to working with Mack (Greg McMackin), Mack and I worked together before and I think the excitement for me is getting back and picking Mack's mind, finding out what went on in the previous tenure when Jim (Mora) was there. I think between Mack, myself and Dennis' expertise as far as knowing how to attack certain offenses, I think we are going to continue to be aggressive, hopefully solid; it is just a matter of understanding that everybody is on the same page and that we play at a high tempo. When I watch the 49ers I see that and I think that it is a matter of being on the same page, not only each day but each series and each play and each game. Q: Are you excited that the old "gang" is back together? Robinson: There is obviously an advantage here because I think first of all it is loyalty and I think secondly it is that you are not afraid to open up conversation. Sometimes you can be intimidated by certain people that think they know it all. This group of men that I am associating with or getting back to regrouping with is not like that. You have a wealth of expertise and they are always eager to learn. We always talk football. I mean we always pass information off and I think the important thing is that we don't keep secrets. I mean there are certain staffs in which offense is offense and defense is defense and they don't say anything and keep it a secret and they don't share stuff and they don't benefit from that. Because of Dennis' urgency to communicate with us as a defense and offense, we share a lot of things. I think that there is real trust to that. The loyalty to Coach Erickson and to each other, as far as excitement I think it is the football excitement. As far as knowing each other, we are very dear friends of each other. We can't wait to work with each other again. Q: Coming from a 3-4 defense, do you anticipate that being an element of your defense here? Robinson: That is a point of discussion that we will talk about. But that is not the reason for me coming in there. I have some ideas, but the main thing is that before I bring those things up is if it is not broke, let's not try to fix it. Why would you want to change 22 guys on defense? Change something that one guy can understand? It is easier for one guy to go in there and continue to do the things that they have done there. Maybe just find out what can they do to do it a little bit better. We play some 4-3 here (in Pittsburgh). People realize that. We don't play the four down linemen and three linebackers, but we can get to the 4-3 defense out of our personnel. One of our top run packages was that being the case. I don't see a major change or trying to switch things over. I am coming in here to learn the San Francisco system, to learn what Dennis is expecting of me and to see what I can bring to the table. Q: How much does coming back to California to coach help your personal situation? Robinson: There is no doubt. There were two major roles played in this decision. Family came first and Dennis came second. I don't mean that in a disrespectful way, and Dennis knows where I am coming from. I mean family is always first regardless of whatever aspect of your life you are dealing with. Q: How closely will you be working with Greg McMackin? Robinson: Greg McMackin is an outstanding football coach. For the two of us to get back together is probably the third reason for me to come here. I am very excited to get back with Mack. He is a very polite football coach and I can't wait to work X's and O's with him. Q: What about this San Francisco defense immediately jumps out at you? Robinson: The fact that Bryant (Young) is there. He is a great team leader to have to start with. The fact that you have an All-Pro player in Julian Peterson. If you are going to start the thing on defense, those are two good players to shape things around. I am familiar with Tony Parrish and Ahmed Plummer because of some of the college situations and evaluating them as college players and obviously they have stepped up their level of play and they are performing well. I have a six-hour plane ride and I have to make sure that I cram. That wasn't really an issue that I needed to look at. Tomorrow I will do that on the trip and maybe be able to answer those things a little bit better. But the guys that I have mentioned earlier are a good foundation to start with.
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