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New snapper

Post by Dave Boling / The News Tribune on Dec. 11, 2007 at 4:07 pm with 30 Comments »
December 11, 2007 4:07 pm

Yes, the Hawks just officially announced the signing of Jeff Robinson and the release of Boone Stutz.

Frank had wind of it Monday but Coach Holmgren said that nothing had been done officially at that point, that they were taking a look at some guys.

About Robinson. He’s not a kid, at 37, which makes me realize I’m REALLY not a kid. I covered him back when he was at the University of Idaho. He’s made his living as a snapper with the Broncos, Rams and Cowboys, although I believe he saw a little spot duty at tight end, too. The thing few will remember was that he was one of the best defensive players in the Big Sky Conference as an all-league defensive end who was a real nightmare to block on the pass rush. So, he was really a fine athlete.

I remember when he was finished up at Idaho, the word was that he just didn’t quite have the size and quickness to play DE in the NFL, so he spent all that winter before the draft working on his deep snapping in the Kibbie Dome. Smart cookie. It’s continuing to pay off.

Apparently, he’s still got some zip on his snaps. Stutz had plenty of velocity and was a pretty good long snapper, but he was absurdly inconsistent on the short snaps. There’s no reason those shouldn’t be automatic, but he was all over the place. The fact that he had good steam on it worked against him in those cases, because they were harder to handle. I have to believe that the customarily accurate Josh Brown has been significantly affected by his worries about where the snaps are going.

We’ll have a good look at him at the Wednesday practice.

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  1. SharkHawk says:

    Good to see you back on the blog Mr. Boling. It’s been a while! Thanks for the story on Jeff Robinson. He sounds like a good guy with a strong work ethic. Maybe his experience will help the special teams as the signing of Josh Scobey did last week. You can never have too much positive leadership on a unit, especially in an area where you are struggling.

  2. twopaul101 says:

    Wow!! Hope it all works out. Really late in the season to still be looking at tweaking a part of the game that most teams take for granted. Obviously needed to be done though. On a side note I am going to Charlotte for the game this weekend. Any suggestions on what to do and see?

  3. roddychops says:

    how long has robinson been out of the game?
    has he been snapping during smoke breaks on the used car lot?

    well, as we all said when we first heard, he sounds like he was top-notch at his prime, and just hope he’s still got it. or at least he can get it back in four days…

    it’s just a scary position to switch up this late. but i guess when rocket snaps are flying left, right, up, and down and you never know what to expect, well, that’s just as scary…

    welcome mr. robinson!

  4. I’m going to reserve judgment on this move until I see Mr. Robinson’s performance in games. I’m thinking that if he were ‘elite’ as a long snapper goes, he’d have been playing for someone.

  5. demingas says:

    I never thought I would miss JP Darche so much. A Chiefs buddy if mine tells me he is still lighting it up in KC.

  6. Ruskell wasn’t around when they signed JP so that’s probably why they got rid of him.. karma might place us at Texas Stadium in the playoffs lining up for a field goal for the win.

  7. navy_at_3 says:

    J Robinson played in 2005 and missed all of last year according to wikipedia and

    BTW i STILL can’t find anything that says he is a hawks except on wikipedia. EVEN the hawks home page, didnt say anything about this move.

    Where are you getting this info from? even has him as “historical” player.. last time played 2005.

    Looks like he use to be a TE as well. hmmmmmm

  8. Heraclitus says:

    navy: On the Seahawks’ website, click on “Transactions” under the “Team” menu. It says there that they’ve released Stutz and signed Robinson.

  9. navy_at_3 says:

    ok found it…..

    surprised there wasnt any other news about it.

  10. navy_at_3 says:

    ty heraclitus… just read your comment after i submitted my last comment. thanks.

  11. navy_at_3 says:

    anyone trying to find info on that scuffle on the sideline in sunday’s game can find it here.

  12. mibuttiznum says:

    I think he played TE, LB and long snapper over the years. DE just wouldn’t work

  13. halfemptyfilms says:

    mocarob — I am pretty sure the reason Ruskell let JP Darche go is because he incurred a pretty bad Hip injury last year early in the season… can’t really keep two long snappers on a roster, I guess. Remember that stretch where Josh kept getting blocked in early 06? That was Darche’s injury. Would love to have him back now though… still, I think just about anyone would have had their hand forced to let the LS go, not just Ruskell.

  14. all I can say is, thank you. I’ve never disliked a long snapper so much.

  15. elgranderojo says:

    I just have one question… can he punt the ball too?

  16. PapaHawk says:

    Let’s face it. This move was to keep Marcus Pollard and Chris Gray happy. Now they have a third for their road trip Geritol sessions. They weren’t the same without a third, and after Mack’s season ender, they were lonely.

    Fingers crossed this works out. But honestly, we noticed Stutz way too much and thank goodness that mistake has been “fixed”. Correct me if I’m wrong- Robinson has a ring…from his Ram days. That brings players with Superbowl Championship rings to the following:

    Jeff Robinson (Rams)
    Deion Branch (Patriots- 2 rings)
    Tom Ashworth (Patriots- 3 rings)

    Am I missing anyone? Obviously, there are many more rings among the coaching staff….

  17. doubledink says:

    Chuck Darby (Tampa)

    coo, coo, kachoo

  18. halfemptyfilms says:

    Ellis Wyms, also Tampa.

  19. I’d have been happy with Rackley. Brown made a bunch of game-winning FGs last year with him, and he already knows the other guys.

    He had a couple of bad snaps this year, but nothing like this last guy.

  20. navy_at_3 says:

    papahawk you are right Jeff does have a ring from the Ram’s 1999 season, jan 30th 2000 super bowl.

  21. Must be getting near the post-season; the Hawks are again scraping the bottom of the barrell to shore up the team.

  22. nickhanson29 says:

    Jerammy Stevens was suspended for one week for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Saw it on NFL Network.

  23. This is from an earlier incident.
    “The charge stemmed from an arrest while the sixth-year pro was a member of the Seahawks.”

  24. natedogg says:

    I really hope this guy can do it. We’ve given up a lot of points the last few weeks due to missed field goals, and conceding good field position on punts. The other units have been good enough to win 5 straight but against elite teams in the playoffs there is zero margin for error.

  25. Stutz was a rather elongated and lanky guy, and when I first saw him before the last game he didn’t look at all like a (usually stockier) long snapper type of guy. So, I could see how someone that upright and slighter built could center the ball accurately and fast enough, but I couldn’t help but wonder how he could ever get low enough to effectively deal with what happens immediately after he releases the ball…and has to be down in a low and strong enough position immediately to at least somewhat hold up guys likely to be (much) bigger and moving fast and hard at him. So maybe the shorter snaps were more difficult for him due in part to how he was built and having less time to get in good position, as in “plenty of velocity and…pretty good [as a]long snapper, but…absurdly inconsistent on the short snaps”

  26. wabubba67 says:

    Rackley was SLOW, Stutz fast but inaccurate….I can’t believe that nobody saw this problem coming (other than Boling) during the early days of spring mini-camps and training camp in the summer. Seems like it would have been easy (ie. cheap) to address during free agency at that time.

  27. Ruskell screwed up again, saving pennies for no good reason…thats why. The guy got cheap in the wrong area. Just like when he got cheap with Hutch, like when he has gotten cheap and not wanted to pay good special teamers like kacyvenski and scobey and others…every time, it bit him in the butt…

    Ruskell is also ruthless about injuries…you get injured, ruskell is gonna cut you if youre not a 1st round pick…with Ruskell, integrity and loyalty are a one-way street–the players must have it, be he has none…now we are stuck with a methuselah aged long snapper heading into the playoffs with a team that cannot beat a good team by more than 3 points–brilliant, Timmy..just brilliant.

  28. Well, if Jeff has problems, maybe Boling can handle it?

  29. nighthawk2 says:

    So the genius GM, in whom so many trusted, thought Jean-Phillipe Darche wasn’t good enough huh? And he keeps his crony Rackley and tells Darche and his agent that the Seahawks were “going in another direction” in the offseason (that direction has been downward), the releases his crony Rackley for another crony Stutz (rhymes with sucks), and releases him to sign a 37 year old dude that has been out of football for 2 years. Brilliant!

  30. GeorgeOhWell says:

    Hawks can’t bear Stutz! Is Robinson a boon facing cats?

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