If you cringed yesterday when it was announced that cornerback Jabari Greer was going to be out with a concussion, you weren’t in the minority. It meant that the Cowboys were probably going to get some yards through the air.
Well, to be honest they already had. The one play that made New Orleans Saints fans drop their jaws was a 58-yard bomb by Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo to wide receiver Dez Bryant which resulted in a touchdown over Saints cornerback Johnny Patrick.
Patrick for some reason ran over the top of Bryant on the route either in an attempt to try to bat the ball away or thinking that Romo had overthrew the pass. But Bryant easily caught the ball and caused Robinson to get turned around and not even attempt to tackle Bryant.
Eight minutes later, Robinson would be victimized again on a second 58-yard pass to Bryant where he again got turned around but at least this time attempting to tackle the big receiver, but slipped.
Robinson later expressed his thoughts during a postgame interview on his performance:
“I feel terrible, to be honest. I feel terrible. I think I left my teammates down. But that is part of the game. Just gotta try to forget about it. I guess we gotta look forward to next week.”
When asked his thoughts about what he took away from this season, he said,
“I think I missed a lot of opportunities as far as not catching the ball. Not having great technique. And I think that really hurt me, in my opinion. And I think it definitely showed this game. They definitely made a lot of plays off my mistakes.”
When Robinson mentioned technique, even the most average observer can tell that he gets caught flatfooted and has a tendency to fall down when trying to make a quick turn or break.
It was something NFL Draft guru Mike Mayock mentioned when the Saints drafted him in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. In fact Mayock praised Robinson’s speed but hinted that he might be inconsistent, especially with his technique.
That has been the story of Robinson the past several seasons where he will have a stellar game and play to his first round potential, then totally flub the next game or several games. But he isn’t the only one that stood out yesterday.