While his name isn’t likely to ring too many bells, even in SEC circles, Christian Robinson was always one of the more good-natured players for the Georgia Bulldogs; always positive, always humble, and always willing to contribute however he could on the field.
He was well-liked by the players as well as the fans, and even though he had an opportunity (however slim) to take one last shot at the NFL, he already knew where he wanted to be and why.
“Fast forward two months later into fall camp I get a call from a team. They wanted me to come try out after they’ve already been in camp for a week and a half. It definitely made me feel better, knowing there were still teams out there that wanted me to try. But ultimately, I made a commitment to Georgia. They stuck with me. They could have hired somebody else. This is the place I want to be.
“These teams cut 37 guys by the start of the season. Why would I go and just get thrown in my bunch when they’ve had guys that have been training all summer? I was just being realistic. I have a great job here and I want to stay here. This is my Georgia family.” (Chris Vannini, CoachingSearch.com)
It’s hard to say how far Robinson will go as a coach, but he’s been helpful in helping the new guys get acclimated this fall. His knowledge of the defense (having played it for several seasons under Todd Grantham) has made him an invaluable resource to the team.
“He’s doing good. He hasn’t gotten the full grind of GA work, but he knows what’s coming. He knows that he has to do it, and he’s trying to lessen the learning curve. The good thing about Christian is he knows the defense, so there’s not a learning curve there. Now he’s trying to learn the offensive terminology and some of the computer things that go along with it and actually running a walk-through. The football side of things is what he knows the best. … He’s willing, and he says yes to every job that you give. We’ve split up a couple of times, and I’m comfortable with him coaching techniques. And sometimes I make him coach the stuff he wasn’t good at too.”
So far, the University of Georgia has done a pretty decent job of turning former players into good coaches (see Mike Bobo, Bryan McClendon, Kirby Smart (Alabama) and Will Muschamp (Florida)); and with Robinson’s work ethic, attitude, and love of the game, it wouldn’t surprise me to see him do well.