So, I called in to a sports talk show here in Denver that's co-hosted by a former Bronco DL, Alfred Williams, who won two Super Bowls with Gerg as his coordinator. I asked what his thoughts were on his former coach, and what it would mean for Michigan.
- He said he could only think of one word to describe Robinson's style/philosophy as a d-coord: intelligent. He said it 3 or 4 times "Greg Robinson was always intelligent with the playcalling", or "Robinson had intelligent strategies". Robinson, according to Williams, always seemed to have the knack for knowing when to crack out a zone blitz, when to play it conservative, etc.
- As for his failures as a head coach, Williams felt that Gerg didn't have the personality. He said that Robinson was incredibly "ra-ra" (his words) and enthusiastic, qualities you couldn't have in full as head of a program like when you head one side. Williams compared Gerg's personality to Pete Carroll's (!!!), and speculated that his difficulties as a head coach were because Robinson was unable to be as intense as he'd like. Williams said, though, that he couldn't see any reason why Robinson shouldn't regain his excellence as a d-coord at either the college or pro level.
- Williams mentioned that he was impressed by Gerg's stint at Texas and thought the same could come to Michigan. Williams then sorta ripped RR, saying that even if RR didn't have the personnel this season to implement his system, he needed to adapt temporarily because otherwise he wasn't "doing right by his seniors". Whatevs.
On the whole, Alfred Williams seemed to think highly of his old coach and couldn't see a reason why he wouldn't be pretty strong in Ann Arbor.
Rocky Mountain Branch, Out.