Why Greg Robinson Will Become a Legend at Michigan!

Peter WhiteContributor IJuly 23, 2009

ANN ARBOR, MI - AUGUST 30:  Head coach Rich Rodriguez of the Michigan Wolverines reacts after a fourth quarter touchdown in front of Nick Sheridan #8, Mike Barwis and David Cone #12 while playing the Utah Utes on August 30, 2008 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Utah won the game 25-23.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

So, after the 2008 season when Michigan's defense gave up a school-record 28 points per game and 366 yards per game with 42 touchdowns allowed, Rich Rodriguez decided it was time for a change, so in came former Syracuse head coach Greg Robinson.

Robinson does not have impressive head coaching stats, but many college football fans are not aware of Robinson's accomplishments as a defensive coordinator. So, allow me to give you some backround on our new defensive coordinator.

Here is Greg Robinson's resume:

1. He was a two-time Super Bowl champions coach while with the Denver Broncos in 1997 and 1998.

2. He spent 10 of his 14 years in the NFL as a defensive coordinator with the Kansas City Chiefs (2001-2003), the Denver Broncos (1995-2000), and the New York Jets (1995).

3. Robinson has compiled a 8-0 record in bowl games including four Rose Bowl victories at Texas (2004) and UCLA (1982-83 and 1985). He spent eight years coaching the defensive line at UCLA (1982-1988) while coordinating the offense during the 1989 season.

4. Robinson was born in Los Angeles, California, and was a linebacker at Bakersfield College (1970-1971). He eventually moved on to Pacific and graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1975.

5. In his 2005 Rose Bowl victory over Michigan, Robinson's defense ranked 23rd in yards given up (320 yards per game), and they were ranked 18th in scoring defense (17.0 points per game)

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So, it will probably take more than a year for Robinson to turn around the defense. But, make no mistake, the defense will be better.

With good recruiting, Michigan's defense has a chance to become one of the best in the nation year in and year out—just not this year.

Also quick note: Robinson likes making the opposing quarterback uncomfortable, and he applies pressure on nearly every down.

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