Sep 22, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison (96) celebrates a sack during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Browns defeated the Vikings 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Is Brian Robison The Most Underrated DE In The NFL?


When most people talk about the best defensive ends in the NFL, very few will mention Brian Robison of the Minnesota Vikings.  A deeper look into his impact on opposing defenses will show a player that could be considered the most underrated defensive end in the NFL.  And here is why:

  • Dec 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison (96) against the Chicago Bears at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Bears 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

    Brian Robison had the third most pressures of any NFL player in 2013.  Seriously. Even though he was hampered with an injury to his neck for a period of his 2013 campaign, he was one of the most impressive players when it comes to disrupting the backfield.  The only players to be more effective in those situations were J.J. Watt and Robert Quinn according to Pro Football Focus.

  • He has become a model of consistency.  Over the last three years, he has started 47 of the Vikings 48 games and has accumulated 25.5 sacks over that time.  The Vikings know that they can count on him in nearly any situation to make a defensive play or at least alter the offensive team’s strategy.
  • At 31 years old, he’s only getting better.  That’s right, he’s still improving.  Over his last three years as a starter, his numbers of sacks has grown.  Although he still hasn’t broken the double digit sack mark for a season yet, all signs point to that happening this year in the new, more aggressive Vikings defensive scheme.
  • He will be the veteran pass rusher on the Minnesota Vikings this year.  With Jared Allen moving on to the windy city, Brian Robison will find himself as the team’s most established pass rusher.  There were many times over the last three years that we saw Allen get to the quarterback just a moment before Robison got there. Now, he will have first year starter Everson Griffen starting opposite him.

The only real question mark about Brian Robison entering the 2014 NFL season is if losing Jared Allen will make NFL offenses focus more on him when they gameplan for the Vikings.  Hopefully, he’ll continue to soar under the radar while staying one of the best pass rushers in the NFL.

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  • David Mallow

    I wouldn’t say he’s the most underrated, but he is definitely one of the top 3.. he doesn’t get the love he deserves,but I truly I believe he will open some eyes in the new defense… SKOL…

    • manbearpig01

      What I like about Robinson is he’s a good sign that most fans have no idea what they are talking about. Remember when the Vikes decided not to re-sign Ray Edwards and most fans were screaming for blood. Look at where Robinson is today compared to MIA Edwards…

      • cka2nd

        Boy, that is not my memory AT ALL. I remember the fans “screaming” for Robison to get more playing time and most of them being happy as clams when the Vikes let Edwards walk. I WAS one of the few fans who wanted to re-sign Edwards. I wanted to keep him on the left side because he was the best run defending DE we had, trade Allen for draft picks to jump start the post-Childress/post-Favre rebuilding process and move Robison over to the right side to replace Allen. I may have been wrong about Edwards but I stand by the idea that we should have started re-building the team by trading away our most valuable assets (Allen and Adrian Peterson) after the team’s 2010 collapse.

    • DJ Tallchief42@yahoo

      he gets a lot of love. He’s a fan favorite

  • Todd Robinson

    Great motor, consistent, reliable. I’m sure he’s benefited from Allens presence. Look for Brian to get similar benefit with Linval and Sharif in the middle. He wont play every down, as Zimmer will try to keep him fresh using a rotation. These facts in mind, this could be a great year for Brian. I hope so!

  • Bob T

    I am a huge fan of the rotating front line theory. Griffen and Wooten can both play DE from the left side. Can’t see Griffen doing much of that, but because the D-line has the talent, Zim has the option to move guys around. He knew what he was doing getting the D-line deep and versatile . Fresh bodies, change of styles, maybe smack talk, maybe not. That I believe WILL get Brian Robison double digit sacks this year. Well certainly tackles for loss. He is still pretty quick off the snap. People will be talking about the Vikings and Robison this year. SKOL VIKINGS!!!!

  • Cool Jack

    This defense will take off this year and be game changers….really looking forward to a great year…SKOL..

  • DJ Tallchief42@yahoo

    I’m a huge liking fan and have watched every game he has ever played in.I will make the unpopular statement that he is probably more overrated than underrated. I know a lot of you guys will try to rip me for saying that but it’s kind of true. many felt he was overpaid with his contract extension in the fall. We won’t talk about the money he makes though. In the article, it mentions that he has improved the last three years. Sure he has. BY exactly a half sack every season. He gets in the backfield but it is often by route of looping wide and deep into the back field and being guided around the quarterback as he steps up. He is a team player. that tactic would work well for the team with interior rushers who can provide a push. But none of the interior lineman provided that last year. no one can dispute his high motor because he hustles all of the time. Sometimes though, he appears to be sort of a one trick pony. Usually just rushing wide. I haven’t seen a wide array of pass rush moves from him in the games I’ve watched. 1 game, he occasionally used a spin move but Jared Allen was doing it as well that game. Allen once said that he doesn’t spin. So that led me to believe that it was a coaching tactic.

    I like Robison and I am hoping that he finally breaks the double-digit mark. That would only help my Vikings. I think that he has always been a solid defensive end. he’s about one step away from being a Pro Bowler. he will be playing with a better interior defensive line this year and I believe that will help him and mentally. I think he finally gets over 10 sacks this year

  • Chad Roemer

    14-17 sacks. I bet he expects to get 25!