Greg Robinson and Pete Carroll

Submitted by MichiganFootball on January 11th, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Does anyone think there is any possibility that Pete Carroll might ask Greg Robinson to be his defensive coordinator in Seattle? Carroll and Robinson have worked together before (he was Carroll's defensive coordinator with the Jets) and Carroll is unlikely to be taking his current coordinator with the Jets. There is alot of speculation that Carroll wants Dewayne Walker, but if that falls through could he go for Robinson? Robinson seems like one of few people that Carroll has worked with that would be legitimate candidates to be NFL defensive coordinators.



January 11th, 2010 at 11:46 AM ^

I'd be shocked if G-Rob left. I think Greg is fully committed to Michigan and the challenge of improving the defense. At his age, I don't see him jumping ship for one job after the next.

Then again, what do I know.

Hoken's Heroes

January 11th, 2010 at 11:48 AM ^

Rumor is that Pete is pursuing Norm Chow of UCLA to be his OC. Wouldn't that be a kick in the nuts if Gerg goes to Seattle. Would fit in nicely with the run of horrible luck UM has had on the d side. But, I don't think Gerg would do it.

Maize.Blue Wagner

January 11th, 2010 at 11:49 AM ^

Robinson's first season certainly had flaws, but I sure hope this doesn't happen. The defense needs stability and not a 4th straight DC.

However, if it meant Baxter for Robinson straight up...that would be a tempting trade.


January 11th, 2010 at 11:50 AM ^

I have a sense that at Robinson's age, being a defensive coordinator at the pro level might not be worth it. The hours are longer and the grind more severe, and I'm not sure he would ever get a chance to coach a team beyond the DC role. I'm sure he would jump if the price is right, but Carroll will probably look for someone a bit younger.


January 11th, 2010 at 12:19 PM ^

I have no basis for saying that Robinson is being considered or that he would even take the job. But if you look at the people that Pete Carroll is familiar with, I don't think the list of potential NFL defensive coordinators is very long. Especially because he was his own defensive coordinator for a great deal of his time at USC. (up until the Vince Young Rose Bowl) Dewayne Walker certainly tops the list of candidates for going to Seattle, but if he says no Robinson could definitely see consideration.

Robinson is probably never going to be a head coach again (at either college or NFL) and he may look at this as a step up. Or he may just be more of an NFL guy, having spent much of his career there. I just personally would be really concerned if we have to break in a new defensive coordinator, especially if Calvin Magee goes to South Florida.


January 11th, 2010 at 12:35 PM ^

Well, the lack of stability on defense would be rough if Greg left. I'd also be sad since he brings NFL cred to the table, something we don't really have on the offense side of the ball (at least until some of RR's players make it big at the next level). It wouldn't be the end of the world though as it might open the door for us to go really hard after Chuck Heater. Definitely set us back though.


January 11th, 2010 at 12:51 PM ^

There's no way in hell I would trade Greg Robinson for Dillon Baxter. Our defensive coordinator is much more valuable than a running back right now.

Maize.Blue Wagner

January 11th, 2010 at 1:23 PM ^

I did say it was tempting, but only tempting. I probably should have stated my thought: If Pete Carroll did take Robinson, getting Baxter to come to AA would be a good outcome to the situation (to the reason why we lost our DC).

I hope that clarifies my original statement. I believe the greatest needs for our defense is stability and depth. From all accounts, the depth is being built with this incoming class and the red-shirted players from last year's class. Stability can only come with time, and keeping continuity with the same coaches.

But to this passionate fan...the flashy RB can be tempting.


January 11th, 2010 at 1:37 PM ^

To just assume that Dillon Baxter can't play running back and call our defensive sets seems a bit presumptuous. I heard he kicks ass at Madden and we all know there is a very fine line between playing video games at a high level and being a Division 1 D-coordinator. Baxter is also way faster than Robinson (though admittedly his hair is not as nice), so I see it as a win-win.

Bring on Baxter!


January 11th, 2010 at 1:11 PM ^

Pete Carroll's main focus was on defense in prior coaching stops and has been d-coordinator before. Some of the stories said that he wanted to focus on that more this time around in the NFL. I would not be shocked to see him find a younger, up and coming d-coordinator who he can both rely on and also work closely with. GERG is established and might be a bit harder to work with/control.

Just a thought.


January 11th, 2010 at 2:17 PM ^

Other then his relationship with Caroll i dont know that Pete has any other reason to want Robinson, which is good news for us because I think that he will be a great D-Cordinator for Michigan


January 11th, 2010 at 2:48 PM ^

I was listening to ESPN on Sunday and they said that Pete was going to be the DC as well as head coach. The word was that it would get him back into the pace of NFL football much faster. They said he may hire a DC later on or hire a DC that wont do anything unless Pete decides he wants to give up the reins some.