Mike Zimmer’s doghouse is a cold, lonely, scary place full of spiders and other creepy things, where men are forced to come face-to-face with their own demons and either destroy them or be destroyed themselves.
Or something like that.
Anyway, I imagine Zimmer’s doghouse is not a fun place to be, so it’s good that Josh Robinson seems to be crawling his way out of it.
How Robinson ended up in the doghouse to begin with isn’t clear but it seems to be related to the hamstring injury that has nagged him throughout camp, keeping him from the first two preseason games.
In comments last week, Zimmer seemed to indicate that Robinson’s job was in jeopardy with his ominous statement about how a man “can’t make the team from the tub.”
Zimmer’s unwillingness to name Robinson by name, instead referring to him as “the other guy,” tended to reinforce the perception that Zimmer was miffed with his cornerback.
Robinson likely received a more straight-forward and direct message from Zimmer in person, and that message apparently was received, because Robinson finally cinched up his pants and got out there.
Robinson made his preseason debut Saturday against Kansas City in steamy hot Arrowhead Stadium. Zimmer said after the game that he intended to have Robinson just stretch and then sit for the game, but Robinson asked to go in so Zimmer changed his mind and let him go in.
Zimmer somewhat snarkily praised Robinson for his toughness saying, “I was glad to see that he sucked it up and went out there and played.” Implying that, before this, Robinson wasn’t sucking it up.
While we’re on the subject of sucking, let’s briefly discuss Robinson’s actual performance in the game against the Chiefs. He got called for a pass interference penalty when he grabbed a receiver around the neck.
That’s your full breakdown of Robinson’s night against Kansas City.
Robinson got only 10 snaps in the game, making a very negative impact on his only memorable snap of the night, but that’s beside the point. Robinson won the night by just getting out there, and showing his coach that maybe he’s not such a pansy after all.
Good to know that Josh Robinson responds to being tweaked in the media. Mike Zimmer sure knows how to push those buttons. Now will Robinson make the team?