seen or heard much of Greg Robinson since he became the latest Texas defensive
coordinator two games ago. We get the impression, though, that he is hunkered
down in a windowless office (do they have those at UT?), figuring out a way for
the group now under his tutelage to return the Longhorns’ D to dominance.
you, Mr. Robinson.
for certain: Mack Brown and the players Texas rolls out for the media each
Monday are unified in what they say about Robinson. He’s positive. He’s tough
on coaches. Players love him. Players are rallying around him. Even the
offensive players have noticed the difference. Cumbaya…
In lieu of
not being able to talk to Robinson about Robinson or his defensive philosophies,
we’ll draw conclusions about him from Brown and the players. Oh, and of course,
by the results on the field, don’t forget those.
really helped,” Brown said. “He really had no chance the first game,
with only three days to work with the defense. It was obvious we were so much
better with the Kansas State game.”
played harder and tackled better, although they beat us on long yardage a couple
of times,” Brown said “I think by Thursday we’ll be able to bring
more people, and put more pressure on the quarterback.”
telling is how Texas’ offensive players are reacting to Robinson’s arrival.
Day 1, our defense has had confidence in (Robinson’s) the scheme,” said offensive
lineman Mason Walters. “Guys are pushing one another.”
defense has really responded to Coach Robinson,” said the eternally
optimistic Hopkins. “I know they have really bought into what he’s
So what is
he doing? Well, nobody has given a really clear indication of exactly what he
is doing. But whatever he’s doing, evidently it involves being tough on
coaches, being enthusiastic, and being willing and able to make in-game
adjustments. That last thing just might be the most important trait of all.
have prior experience with Robinson, who had a brief stint earlier at Texas.
remember about ’04 is that the players played hard for Greg,” said Brown.
“And I’ve asked some of the kids, and they say he’s sound and simple,
which frees their mind to go play hard. And he’s one of the most positive human
beings I’ve ever seen.”
positive is obviously a trait Brown holds dear, but Manny Diaz was positive,
too, wasn’t he? No, all the positivity and knowledge and wisdom and hard work
will mean absolutely nothing if the Longhorns lay a defensive egg in Ames,
Iowa, Thursday night.
worse, an egg on the 50-yard-line at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas two games hence.
Robinson need results, and they need them right now.
haven’t seen or heard Robinson since the defensive coordinator’s job fell into
his lap. He’s been busy looking at film. Meeting with players. Collaborating
with his position coaches. Preparing. Changing. Teaching. Perhaps creating his
own Frankenstein, just in time for Halloween.
All we know
of Greg Robinson at this point is that Mack Brown knows that he believes in
what Robinson is doing. The players say they know Robinson has helped, so they believe
in him too.. Brown knows the tackling is better. The players know they are
playing harder. Everyone knows Robinson’s simplified teaching approach has been
universally accepted. Many of the fans know they are glad Manny Diaz isn’t
running the defense anymore.
don’t know, is the most important thing of all: Will it work? We’ll know a lot
more about that in 10 days.