A NYT Q&A with departing MIchigan QB, Denard Robinson
I <3 you Denard
Typical Denard responses.....humble and classy. How can anyone not like him?
I can think of a few reasons why opposing players and fans wouldn't like him...
The last question gets to what he'd do if not drafted. His answer is "coach" -- and he mentions Boys and Girls Club level to start.
Question for you, Magnus, as I understand that you're a coach ... what are some of the transition challenges very good players have as they move from "doing" to "teaching?"
And what's your sense -- based on only what you know of Robinson -- about what aspect of the game he'd be particularly good at coaching?
I think one of the biggest issues facing good players who coach - especially at lower levels - is realizing that kids can't all do what you were able to do. Most high schoolers, middle schoolers, etc. don't have the same balance, strength, hand-eye coordination, etc. as Division I athletes. That's an obvious statement, but I've seen it be an issue at times. You go from being involved with very dedicated players/coaches to people who aren't as athletic, don't understand the game as much, don't care as much, etc. So you really have to lower some of your expectations and sort of simplify the game.
I think Robinson's best attribute as a coach would be his positive demeanor. He's obviously a good leader and a hard worker, and I think kids would buy into that positivity. I'm not convinced that he understands the game as well as many other quarterbacks, because he had a tendency to make the same errors frequently, failed to read defenses well, had poor mechanics, etc. But there are plenty of mediocre players who turn into very good coaches, and Robinson was better than mediocre; he might understand the game better in the film room or from the sideline than he did from behind center. If I were going to immediately sign him up as a position coach, I would probably want to hire him as a running backs coach; his best coachable trait as a player, in my opinion, was his vision/ability to read blocks.
Did they ask him what his favorite part of being a Michigan Spartan was?
This was awesome. Damn I'm going to miss dilithium.
What are you going to do with your first N.F.L. paycheck?
I think I’m just going to put it in the bank and make sure my family doesn’t have to struggle. That motivates me, to make sure they don’t have to struggle. I want to change the tradition of my family and make sure they don’t have to stress about money.
Why would you have a problem with Denard helping his parents?
I was just going to post exactly this -- a true Michigan man.
I don't want to wish the Lions on Denard. But keeping him in Detroit... Gosh. I will root for him where ever he lands, but for him to be on my favorite (yes I am ashamed) NFL team. I honestly cannot express how I would feel in words.
I wrote the lions weeks ago and promised to purchase four season tickets if denard was on the team. Lord knows the Lions could draft a lot worse. Denard could be a good contribution to that mess of a team.
Q: What N.F.L. team do you root for?
enjoys music, video games
loves his answers on gay teammates and what he's going to do with his first check. hope he has a monster rookie year.
That kids going to make it. Whether or not it's in the NFL I couldn't tell you, but he is going to succeed somewhere with an attitude like that. Love that guy!
It is interesting that he has been asked in a few interviews - in various ways - about where he sees himself positionwise and what sort of offense he would prefer, but it seems to me that the answers he gives here simply reiterate something we knew all along about him - that Denard is very much about the team and is willing to play where he is needed and able. In addition to his physical abilities it's that work ethic and his contining drive to be even better that will be part of why any team will be very fortunate to have him.
Denard is all about the team, but I don't think those answers really are atypical. Any player who wants to play in the NFL usually is willing to play whatever position the coach puts them in, or at least says they will in interviews.
don't. I know a lot of people on this board are Lions fans, but can we ALL just make sure Denard stays the fuck away from the Lions instead of actually urging them to sign him? He needs to go to a team that will nurture him under an innovative Offensive Coordinator, not the massive cesspool that is that shitty-ass club. I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy, and certainly not Denard.
I half-expected this interview to be subbed out to Jim Carty.
The best part is he really means it:
"I don’t have any problem with people being gay. That’s their identity and I want everyone to be comfortable doing what they want to do."
Every time I think that I can't respect Denard enough, he finds a way to make me even more proud that he wore the winged helmet. He will be missed.