Texas Football: What We Learned About Greg Robinson Against Ole Miss
Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports
New coordinator, same results for the Texas Longhorns.
For the second week in a row, the 'Horns were routed by a team with a solid run game. In the 44-23 loss to the Ole Miss Rebels, newly-minted defensive coordinator Greg Robinson's defense allowed six yards per carry and a total of 272 rushing yards.
The argument can be made that Robinson was thrown into a no-win situation. He had less than a week to fix the worst defense in the program's history, and only three days to implement his solutions.
Jim Johnson, Buddy Ryan and Dick LeBeau all working in perfect unison would have trouble solving these issues on such short notice.
Except Robinson fell victim to the same issues that plagued former defensive coordinator Manny Diaz. Specifically, he could not stop something that he knew was coming.
"They were running the same play over and over," linebacker Jordan Hicks said after the game.
Hicks was right, as any casual viewer could see. Rebel running back Jeff Scott was turning the corner for first downs like clockwork. Of Scott's 19 runs, seven of them went for 10 yards or more.
What is even more disappointing is that Robinson failed to make adjustments, which was supposed to be his calling card. The coordinator that held the opposition to three second-half points in his previous stint, gave up 27 in the first game of his second go-round.
In short, Longhorn fans expecting Robinson to get the Hindenburg flying again were sorely disappointed. He could not even turn Jackson Jeffcoat, a solid defensive end prospect, loose for a single sack against a freshman left tackle.
Instead, the product was what we have come to expect from these Longhorns. Uninspired, average football played by guys that should run circles around much of their competition.
Luckily for Robinson, that statement applies to the rest of the team. Just like before, the defense is just a part of a bigger problem that allowed a 73-yard punt return and failed to produce a second-half score.
There is still plenty of Big 12 play to get right, but the Ole Miss loss is proof that Robinson is not a miracle cure-all. The defense that he has inherited was just the most glaring issue and happened to have him on hand as a convenient solution.
Unfair as it may be, Robinson is likely to pay the same price for underachievement as the rest of this staff. That is, unless the rest of this program can pull a 180 in time for this week's first conference game against Kansas State.
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