Notebook: Robison Well on Way to Goals

Brian Robison in training camp revealed some lofty goals for himself, but if his production in the season opener is any indication he might reach them. See what Robison had to say about his performance in his first game as a professional.

Before the season ever began, Brian Robison told Viking Update that he wanted to break the franchise's rookie sack record and, if he accomplished that, he would move on the NFL rookie mark.

Even in Texas, where things are done up big, them's big words. But the former University of Texas Longhorn led the team with three sacks in the preseason and is tied for the Vikings' regular-season lead with two (linebacker E.J. Henderson also had two sacks Sunday).

"Definitely at the offensive tackle spot they were better (than the preseason competition), so I knew it was going to be a tough day (Sunday). Luckily I was able to come out, get pressure on the quarterback and broke through there in the fourth quarter and got a couple of sacks," Robison said. "We knew they were going to throw to try and get back in it with a couple of touchdowns, so basically for us it was just making sure we got off the ball and put pressure on Harrington."

The Falcons trailed 10-0 entering the fourth quarter, and Robison helped end their first drive in the final period with a second-down sack of Joey Harrington that put Atlanta in a third-and-14 situation. On third down, the Falcons decided to run the ball and settle for a field goal and their first points of the game.

After the Vikings took a 17-3 lead, Spencer Johnson started out the Falcons' next drive by sacking Harrington, and Robison came through with another sack on third-and-15 to end that drive with less than seven minutes to play.

"Actually, both of them were different," Robison said. "My signature move is speed and that's really what I got with the first one. The second one, our defensive tackle and the opposite end made him step up. I did a spin move inside and got him. Really, it was two different moves, but speed is definitely my signature move."

Robison's goal for the season is to break Keith Millard's franchise rookie record of 11 sacks in 1985. In a stroke of irony, Jevon Kearse, whom many Vikings fans wanted the team to draft, holds the NFL's rookie record with 14.5 sacks in 1999, the year the team drafted Daunte Culpepper.

The Vikings' all-time record for sacks in a season is held by Chris Doleman, who had 21 sacks in 1989, the same season that Millard had 18, which is tied for second place on the franchise chart.

"I'm an emotional player. I try to play with emotions at all times," Robison said. "I'm one of those guys that's going 110 miles per hour on every play. … Those guys up front that I'm playing with are tremendous athletes. I've got to credit them just as much as myself."

That emotion served him well in his first NFL outing, but even the big goal-setter didn't imagine he'd start the year with two sacks in his first game.

"Honestly, no. Coming into this season, I never would have thought I'd open up the season with two sacks," he said.

Even so, he was able to add some color at the end of one of them with a little dance move.

"Back when I was little we used to watch the Houston Oilers and Ernest Givens used to do that electric slide so I used to do that. It was just a little spur-of-the-moment thing, but I've got a couple of things in mind that hopefully I'll get to show off throughout the season," Robison said.


  • Running back Mewelde Moore was a surprise deactivation Sunday for the Vikings, and the team went into the opener with only Chester Taylor and Adrian Peterson as the active true tailbacks. Taylor suffered a bruised oblique muscle and left the game in the first quarter. He received treatment at 8 a.m. this morning and is expected at the Vikings' facility tomorrow in what is normally the players' day off in an effort to get him ready to play by Sunday.

    Versatile fullback Naufahu Tahi can play tailback in a pinch, but it sounds like Moore could be a healthy scratch for other games this year, depending on the health of others and the team's game plan.

    "I think it ends up sorting itself up just from an injury standpoint or what you need on the defensive side or what you are looking to feature package-wise on the offensive side," head coach Brad Childress said. "… We had three fullbacks up yesterday, there may be a time we have three tailbacks up for a reason just because of the packaging that you're going to be able to give."

    Childress said he would use his running backs like he planned in the first game if Taylor is healthy – that being to split duties between them. As it turned out Sunday, Taylor was injured in the first quarter and only carried the ball three times for 18 yards while Peterson rushed 19 times for 103 yards.

  • Last year, Childress was the team's primary offensive play-caller. This year, he said not calling the offensive plays gives him more time to devote to other duties on the sidelines.

    "If I don't agree with something, getting into the referee and having him come over to explain it to me and then some of the political work that goes on with those guys as well. The first half the guys are going to be on your side, the second half they are going to be on the other team's side. Kind of setting the table there in terms of what you are seeing," Childress said. "That, and then being able to jump over with Leslie (Frazier) on the defensive side and listen to how they are communicating and what they are doing and encouraging. I don't chide that much on the defensive side; I get after them pretty good on the offensive side."

  • Sunday was a big day of injuries in the NFL, a couple of them of particular interest to the Vikings.

    The division-rival Chicago Bears lost two of their starters for the season. Defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek and safety Mike Brown suffered knee injuries in the Bears' loss to the San Diego Chargers Sunday.

  • In St. Louis, Pro Bowl tackle Orlando Pace suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder is also expected to miss the rest of the season, according to's Adam Caplan. That means former Vikings offensive lineman Adam Goldberg will start at right tackle and Alex Barron will switch to the left side, according to Caplan. The Rams are also expected to have free agent OL Kenyatta Walker and Brandon Gorin in for tryouts over the next 24 hours, Caplan reported.

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