Robinson on the defense
Q: How do you measure the job your defense is doing? Robinson: Our job is to go out there and get the ball back. If you measure in regards to that, then obviously we're not very successful. But you can't handcuff yourself and stop what you're trying to get done. You have to continue to be aggressive and pick and choose when you do the other. Q: How much is the injury situation affecting what you can do with your defensive game plan? Robinson: Not at all. That's the one thing. If anything, just through my past experiences with different head coaches and stuff, you can't let it deter you. You just can't. If you do, then what you've done through all of preseason and all of training camp, you've taken away all the valuable reps that you've had repetitions at. You just can't cut back. You line up and play and trust that the guys on the field are doing what they're supposed to do and give yourself a chance. Q: How has the linebacker rotation been working out with Julian Peterson lost for the season? Robinson: It's worked out well. I don't know what the heck to call them except for left and right outside linebackers. But they're playing well. Take a step back and think about where Jamie Winborn is compared to last year with a broken neck and how hard that young man plays. It's the same thing with Jeff Ulbrich. It's the same thing with Derek Smith. Those guys are doing an amazing job in my mind's eye, as is our defensive secondary. Those guys are doing a great job. In times of trying to limit what we do, we're not going to do that. Q: Are Ulbrich and Derek Smith pretty much the leaders out there? Robinson: There's no doubt. There is another that you have to add in there, and that's B.Y. Those two guys are, day in and day out, the guys that as they go we go. It's very easy to sit down there and have your sword broken. They practice like they play. When they're banged up or hurting, their daubers can get broken, too. Then we don't practice well, either. Those guys are our stalwarts. Q: Do you plan on making any personnel changes the rest of the way? Robinson: None. None at all. We're perfectly happy with what we have. The more guys we get better, the better suited we will be. The guys that we have now are giving it their very best. Q: How has the secondary been able to hold up relying on former practice-squad players and the like? Robinson: I think it's a tip of that hat to Al Simmons and Ron Lynn. They do a great job of coaching. Those guys are understanding. The other thing, to the individuals, when they were practice-squad players they were taking good notes, they were repping it. There is great pride in that unit. Q: How pleased are you with the job you're doing? Robinson: I don't know about that. I'm the one that has to wake up every morning and look in the mirror. The first person I have to answer to is myself, and then I start down from there. I know one thing: It's a great disappointment that we have some inconsistencies. But I'm not going to sit down there and say, yeah. We're 1-10. How could you possibly be happy with something like that? Q: Does this reflect on you personally? Robinson: I'm sure it does, shoot. It's a growing experience. It's unfortunate that this group has to deal with a guy that's never been at that position at this level. But you know what? Sometimes you take pride in the fact that you're one of 32 guys in the world that have this job. You try to do the very best job you can. Now, I've learned from the mistakes that I've made. At least I think I have. And I think our guys are getting better because of it. But, it's not just one guy. During the course of the week, there are four or five minds that are in this plan. It's my job to make the right call. Q: How do you see Dennis Erickson holding up in these trying times? Robinson: In a very hard time in my life, Dennis was my rock. He was the guy that I looked to and I talked with during a very difficult time personally. I have not see any falter in Dennis. I think he's doing a tremendous job. I think he's demanding. I think he's fair. I think he's just. I think he's doing a great job of trying to keep this thing together. Q: You blitzed 31 times last week. We're you trying to knock out Dolphins quarterback A.J. Feeley? Robinson: To be honest, I could give a f--- about him. I was hoping we would bloody him. That's the name of the game. We didn't have any bounties on it or anything, but you have three really good receivers. You have Chambers, McMichael and whatever 88's name was and whatever 86's name is. We had to give ourselves a chance somehow. Our defensive front and linebackers did a great job on the run aspect of it. We got to the quarterback when we needed to. Those guys did a great job. You can sit back there and play zone, but I think those receivers would have picked us apart. Q: What kind of things do you have planned this week for the St. Louis Rams? Robinson: Mike (Martz) does such a great job of mixing things up that I think what you have to do is mix things up with him a little bit. You go back and look at the pressure situations from the first time we played them and I think we can handle it a little better. When they came in here the first time, they were all over Mike for not running the ball. So what did they do? They ended up running it. We have to look at what they do at home. Obviously, they are a different football team when they're the greatest show on turf.
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