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Is this the end for Michael Robinson?

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on April 28, 2014 at 1:22 am with 29 Comments »
April 28, 2014 1:22 am
Marshawn Lynch, left, and Michael Robinson share a laugh during a Super Bowl media session. / AP photo
Marshawn Lynch, left, and Michael Robinson share a laugh during a Super Bowl media session. / AP photo

He’s been on a soap opera, the NFL Network, and various other television spots during the offseason. It seems like fullback Michael Robinson may not be back on the field.

He’s a 31-year-old free agent, and told Statecollege.com that his career could well be over.

“There really isn’t a market for 31-year fullbacks headed into their ninth year in the league,” Robinson said over the weekend. “Economically speaking, I understand that. I’m going to give myself a little time after the draft to let teams see how their rosters shake out. After seeing what happens, I’m probably going to call it a career.”

The Seahawks appear to have moved on from Robinson. Derrick Coleman looks set to become the full-time fullback, with Spencer Ware as the backup.

Robinson was renowned for his leadership as much as his blocking. He was an important part of special teams, where he once was captain, and also moonlighted as Marshawn Lynch’s spokesperson.  His locker was next to Lynch’s, and the two lived together this past season. He enjoyed harassing Lynch.

He also provided the Real Rob Report, beloved by fans.

If he is done, Robinson will leave having played for what are currently the NFL’s biggest rivals, the San Francisco 49ers and the Seahawks. He made the Pro Bowl in 2011. Last season, he was able to return after a sickness in training camp repeatedly hospitalized and threatened his life. Once doctors figured out what was happening, Robinson got healthy following significant weight loss. Then, Coleman was hurt. Robinson returned. He cried after winning the NFC title game. He basked in victory following the Super Bowl.

If this is the end, what an ending it was.

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  1. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    If he’s done, then, that just sucks. I understand Pete wants to develop younger talent–i.e.,Coleman are Ware. But they don’t have the chemistry that Robinson has with Lynch.

    I think it’s fair to say the chemistry between a running back and a fullback is as, if not more, important than the chemistry a QB has with his receivers. They both have to read the same thing, and anticipate what each other is going to do. It doesn’t seem that Lynch has that chemistry with Coleman and Ware, yet. But Lynch and Robinson seem to have developed a symbiosis, of sorts.

    Robinson is cheap too. I’m certain that he’d rather play for the veteran minimum than not play at all. Plus, his veteran presence gives him added value. So why not bring him into camp and let him compete against Coleman and Ware for a roster spot?

  2. Kingpear says:

    It is a pity that he would have to hang it up…. Of course, he has proven quite adept in front of the camera too. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him hired by ESPN or NFL Network. Heck, Tony Vntrella can’t work forever… Let him do Seahawks.com.

  3. HawkfaninMT says:

    Or FB Coach for the Hawks?

  4. montanamike2 says:

    Coleman was groomed for this and learned a lot from Mike Rob. I’m glad he’s got a ring and is beloved by both the city of Seattle and the Media. I think he has a chance to have a good career outside of being a player.

  5. joeradio says:

    MRob is a class act. No doubt he and Beast had something special, but DC will be just fine. Ware is interesting. From what I remember, he was a pretty versatile guy that can carry the rock as well. I’m started to get excited for the draft.

    Will there be any contesting here again for predicting picks?

    GO HAWKS!

  6. Southendzone says:

    If he does retire, it’s the perfect finish to his career. Last season the way he battled back from such a serious health issue, made the team, and won the superbowl with them was the coolest story of the entire season.

  7. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Speaking of Michael, Michael Bennett was on NFL network am this morning ( bro to bro )and said there was about 98% participation with voluntary workouts and that guys are stepping in and stepping up to replace Clem & Red.

    He also said the players are watching film from last season so they can improve from their mistakes and be even better than last year.

  8. GeorgiaHawk says:

    If/when Schneider ever does leave the Seahawks for Green Bay or another Team I hope it’s after a long successful time here.

    http://www.fieldgulls.com/nfl-offseason-2014/2014/4/27/5657392/john-schneider-packers-seahawks

  9. yankinta says:

    I’m happy that Mike Rob was able to get a ring in his last season…

  10. ChrisHolmes says:

    Fluff news for the day, but fun anyway: Twitter draft on SI.com has Seattle selecting Kelvin Benjamin with the 32nd pick:

    http://nfl.si.com/2014/04/25/2014-nfl-mock-draft-twitter/2/

    I wouldn’t complain if it fell that way.

  11. yankinta says:

    How DUMB it this dude Jerry Angelo?? No wonder Bears didn’t win anything under him…. Ranking Cam Newton 4th?? Ranking RW 9th?? smh…

    http://thesidelineview.com/columns/nfl/former-bears-gm-jerry-angelo-rates-every-quarterback-2013-nfl-season

    Clearly these Old School GM/Analyst can’t survive in Today’s New School NFL…

  12. FleaFlicker says:

    Sad to see Mike Rob’s time as a Seahawk come to an end. But have to agree with Todd, a hell of a way to end a career. In a league where most players only last a few seasons, he played for eight years, made a Pro Bowl, earned a ring, and turned all of us into huge supporters (seriously, is there even a person reading this blog that doesn’t love Mike Rob?). He’s down to earth, well spoken, funny, a class act, a professional, and a competitor.

    Personally, I’d love to see him stick around the organization in some capacity whether that’s as a coach or as part of the media.

    Coleman’s got some big shoes to fill.

  13. montanamike2 says:

    Couldn’t have said it better FleaFlicker.

  14. Good player, great teammate and leader.

    But when you start retaining guys because of their past glories, because they’re good in the locker room…. well, you’ve lost sight of the Seahawks strategy. When in doubt, go younger. When in doubt, go cheaper. Get great athletes and coach them up. Sign a few key guys (Wilson, Thomas, Sherman) and let the rest be young, athletic, hungry.

  15. yankinta says:

    I wish we could get him with our 4th round pick!! But it’s unlikely…. that he’ll last that long.

    http://simmqb.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/de-bucannon.jpg?w=800&h=531
    Deone Bucannon of Washington State is one of the draft’s top safety prospects.

  16. chuck_easton says:

    Sad to see MRob go. But then I was sad to see Mack Strong go. Mrob was able to step in and fill his shoes.

    Come on Coleman! You are taking over a position that has a history, has been known for good people as well as good players. I’ve seen the commercials. You appear to be the mindset and personality to take over. Let’s see you rise to the occasion from a performance standpoint.

  17. trout_hound says:

    Mike Rob is a class act. It was a storybook ending to a hell of a career. He will be missed on the field but hopefully we’ll get to see him on the NFL Network. Maybe the Hawks would consider allowing him to continue the Real Rob Report exclusive access for Seahawks.com?

  18. Really interesting article (to me) on PFF. Identifies Malcolm Smith as a top run stop LB and Irvin as a worst run stop LB. Check it out.

    https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2014/04/24/sig-stats-run-stop-percentage-lbs/

  19. I wish M Rob well…… I think he would be my third all time favourite Seahawk FB. (John L. Williams and Mack Strong would be 1 & 2).

  20. Probably had the best pro career of any Penn St QB… Kerry Collins had his moments but they were few and far between…

  21. Ya, great story, and hopefully a good launching pad for his tv career. He is an articulate and handsome young guy with that superhero chin that the TV likes.

    His future is bright.

  22. WOW,, the Top in the NFL already?? I guess I shouldn’t be surprised for Top 3 QB and Top Young QB in the NFL…

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2014/04/28/russell-wilson-is-the-nfls-top-player-for-licensed-sales/

  23. SaigonSun says:

    I agree with Sluggo about M Rob future career, but I wish we could keep him as long as Beast Mode is around. I believe both have at least a year , or two left in them. I think this much change is not necessary. I understood the need to go younger. .. yet, I also know not to ” fix ” what works great.
    To paraphrase one of you : just my two cents.

  24. Dukeshire says:

    I wouldn’t worry too much about the chemistry thing. Robinson and Lunch didn’t know each other at all when they teamed up here, and they worked it out. Coleman has had a year to learn from Robinson as well. Whether he can be as effective as Rob is another story, but as far as “chemistry” goes, they’ll be just fine.

    Seattle has had an amazing history with FBs: Doornick, Williams, Strong, and now Robinson. A proud tradition there. Here’s hoping Coleman can continue it.

  25. Dukeshire says:

    The end of the Real Rob Report was awesome. Definitely worth watching.

  26. MikeRob, please stay in shape. You are still going to be valuable to a team as the season progresses

  27. Yeah, its a bummer we wont have MikeRob back, especially since the guy can still play. But on the bright side, Coleman is a fine young man with a LOT of talent, and I wouldnt want to lose him.

    Spencer Ware has talent too, though he’s really just a big strong TB and not a FB at all.

    Dukeshire–Excellent point about our history of great FB’s. We’ve been spoiled by watching the likes of John L, Strong, and Robinson. Not to mention guys we brought in who did well elsewhere–Weaver, Evans, etc.

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