Widely Regarded – Robinson Hired As WR Coach
DallasCowboys.com Staff Writer
IRVING, Texas - Apparently, there was a reason, if not two or three, why the Cowboys waited a while to fill up some of their vacant coaching staff positions.
One of them apparently was the completion of Super Bowl XLV.
The Cowboys have named Jimmy Robinson as their new wide receiver coach, along with the title of assistant head coach. Robinson has spent the last five seasons as Green Bay’s receiver coach. NFL rules prohibit teams from talking to assistants before their respective seasons are over.
By joining the Cowboys, Robinson has now worked with six different NFL teams since 1990, all as the receivers coach. Robinson has been in Atlanta, Indianapolis, NY Giants, New Orleans, Green Bay and now Dallas.
Robinson fills the void left behind by veteran coach Ray Sherman, whose contract was not renewed at the end of the season.
The connection between Robinson and the Cowboys is head coach Jason Garrett, who spent four years as a backup quarterback with the Giants. For three of those seasons, Robinson was on staff as the receivers coach.
Robinson joined the Packers in 2006 and recently helped oversee a talented Green Bay unit that consisted of Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, Jordy Nelson and James Jones.
And those are just the latest of a star-studded list of receivers Robinson has coached in his 21 years of NFL experience. Throw in guys like Andre Rison, Marvin Harrison, Joe Horn, Amani Tommer and Donte Stallworth. Robinson was also the first NFL coach to closely work with Deion Sanders, trying to get him equipped to play both sides of the ball. Obviously, Sanders was able to start for the Cowboys at receiver in 1996.
But now Robinson’s latest prodigies will consist of Miles Austin, Roy Williams and, of course, Dez Bryant.
As for the assistant head coach part, the title was left vacant for the last eight games of 2010 when Jason Garrett assumed the role of interim head coach. Garrett was the assistant head coach under Wade Phillips from 2008-2010. Before that, Tony Sparano held the title for one season in 2007 before leaving to take the Dolphins’ head coaching job.
The hiring of Robinson could be the last order of business regarding the staff, although the Cowboys have yet to officially announce some of the moves.
This week, the club announced the addition of defensive line coach Brian Baker, as well as Friday’s move to add Robinson. Next week, it’s expected the Cowboys will formally announce the hiring of strength and conditioning coach Mike Woicik and defensive assistant Ben Bloom.
When the entire coaching staff has been finalized, the Cowboys will likely make all assistants available for comment, including defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, as well as the holdovers from last year’s staff.
There could be some new titles on the staff this year, such as a passing game coordinator and a running game coordinator, along with an assistant offensive line coach position.