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Expect To See A Little More Of Brian Robison

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 8, 2010 – 11:06 am

Vikings coaches – and all NFL coaches – consistently speak about how much they value position flexibility in a player. And position flexibility is what DE Brian Robison brings to the Vikings defense. He’s listed as a DE but also has the capability to play inside as a DT in obvious passing situations.

On Friday while speaking with an assembled group of reporters, Vikings assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said the intent was to have Robison on the field more frequently than in past seasons. But through the Vikings first 2 games, Robison’s snaps were actually down from last year’s average.

“We had been talking about playing him more going into the season and we kept looking at those first two games and his reps were down,” Frazier explained. “And we went into the season saying we were going to rotate him in there, and we were kicking ourselves. We got those numbers up this last game (vs. Detroit). We’ve got to do that more. He’s a very good football player.”

Robison saw a season-high in snaps against the Lions and he responded by tallying 3 tackles and also his first sack of the season as the Vikings shut Detroit’s offense down and yielded just 10 points. Frazier’s comments on Friday regarding Robison along with the fact that the Vikings just traded DE Jayme Mitchell to the Cleveland Browns indicates we can expect to see more from the 4-year pro beginning on Monday night.

In 47 games as a Viking, Robison has 11.5 sacks, 11 tackles for a loss and 2 forced fumbles. He possesses an excellent burst coming off the edge as a pass rusher and he also has good strength, which is what allows him to be an effective player on the interior defensive line as well.

“We don’t think there’s a big dropoff when he gets in the game,” Frazier said, “and he’s a very good pass rusher, not just in third-down situations but in early downs as well. We’ve got to keep monitoring that we’ve got to get him on the field.”


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10 Responses to “Expect To See A Little More Of Brian Robison”

  1. By fire childress on Oct 8, 2010 | Reply

    thats great to hear, Brian is a good player. that being said, i’m not worried about our defense, as long as we score 17 points on offense, that will win us games, our defense will always keep us in games

  2. By rocksalt on Oct 8, 2010 | Reply

    with superfreak now part of the equation, let’s hope our offense will wake up!

  3. By Skol_Vikings on Oct 8, 2010 | Reply

    I was sad that Jayme got traded, but maybe Robinson will be the heir apparent to Pat Williams?

  4. By Just win on Oct 8, 2010 | Reply

    Wow! Have you seen the Vikings Cheerleaders swimsuit calendar….

  5. By Lito on Oct 8, 2010 | Reply

    I am not worried about the Defense. They continue to get better each game. All eyes will be in the Favre – Moss combination. Adrian should have a 200 yard game and 3 touchdowns. Vikes 45-17 over the Jets!

  6. By wisconsinvikesfan on Oct 8, 2010 | Reply

    Every time they put big Brian Robison in he impresses me. It looks like the vikes d-line will always be good.
    Hey Lito! Are you Lito Sheapard you are always so optomistic about the Vikes defense?

  7. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 9, 2010 | Reply

    Switch the dline around have robison play right end and jared left see if moving them around will cause more pressure.

  8. By 4eversteve on Oct 9, 2010 | Reply

    Brian Robison is the heir apparent to Ray Edwards at left defensive end next year. Just wondering why Edwards is not having much of impact on the Vikings defense especially in a contract year for him, he quite possibly is costing himself millions with the team he signs with next year. Better get productive Ray it’s starting to affect your future checking account!

  9. By MGR4FUN on Oct 10, 2010 | Reply

    this is why all those weights get lifted and why “B” takes care of all those marital duties … workin out is payin off … i am a huge “MR” Robison fan … he is gonna make his presence felt … this young man has a tremendous future ahead of him

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