Dunta Robinson is not happy to face Dixon in his debut

New acquisition Dunta Robinson with a defensive play against receiver Troy Bergeron. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

New acquisition Dunta Robinson with a defensive play against receiver Troy Bergeron. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson is not too worried about the fact that he didn’t play a game during the preseason.

“Eventually I’ve just got to play,” Robinson said on Monday after practice. “It’s a situation that I can’t really think about. Get my feet under me, that’s the bottom line. I’m a veteran in this game. It’s not my first time going through an experience like this. It’s something that I’m used to.”

Robinson stayed after practice to get some extra running in and will continue to do so this week. Here’s the preview story on Robinson.

“My thing is conditioning,” Robinson said.  ”I just have to continue to condition myself and the only thing that is going to get me in game shape is playing a football game.”

Robinson didn’t play last preseason either, but the issue was different. He was holding out, hoping for a better deal with the Houston Texans.

Not playing because he was hurt was tougher.

“I’ve never been one to stand on the sideline and watch,” Robinson said. “It was kind of nerve wrecking, but you have to heal. The season is a journey. You’ve got 16 games to play. There was no need to rush it. I thank the organization for giving me the proper time that it took to heal.”

Robinson knows that he faces an uphill climb.

“I have to play a game in order to get in game shape,” Robinson said. “I’m not in game shape right now. It won’t happen until we play a football game. ”

He doesn’t plan to worry about his plight. He would have preferred to play in the preseason, but the Falcons didn’t let him play against Miami in the third game and rested 22 of 24 starters in the fourth game against Jacksonville.

“You have enough on your plate as a player,” Robinson said. “You can’t go out there saying oh wow, I haven’t played a game, what’s going

New Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson on Monday, March 8, 2010. D. Orlando Ledbetter, dledbetter@ajc.com

New Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson on Monday, March 8, 2010. D. Orlando Ledbetter, dledbetter@ajc.com

to happen? This is my seventh season in this league so I kind of know how to play football.

“I just have to go out there focused and fly around. That’s the main thing. It’s still a game and you have to have fun doing it.”

Robinson would have much rather seen the stationary Charlie Batch as opposed to the athletic Dennis Dixon at quarterback for the Steelers.

“Dennis Dixon, in his start last year, looked real good,” Robinson said. “Everybody gives you something different. With Dixon, you have a versatile quarterback. You hate playing against quarterbacks that can get out of the pocket. That’s one of the things that defenses hate the most.”

Robinson knows that the Falcons signed him for a reason. There pass defense was poor. He’s supposed to make it better.

“Those are the same expectations I have for myself and for this defense,” Robinson said. “I couldn’t come in here and say if we’re OK, that’s fine. That’s not my mentality and not the mentality that I’m trying to bring to this football team. We are trying to be the best.

Uncle Lou Holtz, who coached Robinson at South Carolina.

Uncle Lou Holtz, who coached Robinson at South Carolina.

“I think we have the tools. Now it’s all mental. We have the attributes to be able to go out there and dominate football teams. Now we have to believe that we can do it.”

UNCLE LOU: Robinson had some advice for the rookies who will be making their debut on the road in Pittsburgh.

“One thing that Lou Holtz used to tell me in college all the time, he would always

say, ‘Guys, don’t worry about the fans, they can’t come out of the stands,’ ” Robinson said.  ”That helped me as a freshman in college. He would always say that it’s going to be 11-on-11. You can’t worry about the fans because they can’t come out of the stands. That would be the one thing that I would tell these young guys.”

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139 comments Add your comment

oranjucejonz

September 7th, 2010
7:15 am

Attitude seems to be in place….Now lets see what you got!!!!!!

oranjucejonz

September 7th, 2010
7:17 am

I see Dixon having 2 or 3 nice runs but i also see a couple of turnovers

suwaneefalcon

September 7th, 2010
7:36 am

Stop the run and we win this game. Have to make Dixon win this game with his arm.

Season Ticket Holder

September 7th, 2010
7:42 am

Solid defense by the Falcons should win the game.

JYD

September 7th, 2010
7:46 am

Anybody thinking the falcons should sign TJ Houshmandzadehas to our receiving corp? personally i think we should.

Dumbo

September 7th, 2010
7:47 am

Speaking of Lou Holtz…I can’t wait for the day that Mark May finally loses it and backhands Holtz off the set at ESPN. That’ll be a site to see!

Native Georgian

September 7th, 2010
7:47 am

Dixon’s arm ain’t scaring anybody. Our biggest fear in PIT is the defense. If our offense carry its load, we’ll be ok.

GregKennesaw

September 7th, 2010
8:05 am

JYD – TJ is a Raven now.

J dubb

September 7th, 2010
8:06 am

Uh…Housh signed with Ravens.

But i surely wish the Falcons had signed him. Guess we’re out of cash. Guess we fans need to buy more Flacons gear. Would’ve been nice.

TNFalcon

September 7th, 2010
8:11 am

TJ Howshamazilli signed with Baltimore

SeenThisB4

September 7th, 2010
8:25 am

QB-less Steelers 20 – falcants 17.

Jeff

September 7th, 2010
8:26 am

“There pass defense was poor.”

Yep.

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FrontRow

September 7th, 2010
9:12 am

Steelers try to punch the Falcons D in the mouth but can’t run the ball.

Surprise results similar to Falcons vs. 49ers in 2009.

Hamp

September 7th, 2010
9:26 am

SeenthisB4 you have enough to worry about brett farve will throw for 300 yards and three toundowns as they beat the aints like a drum. But I’m glad you stuck around so we will have someone to beat up on as your saints fall to the bottom of the South. Oh! I took up a collection and FedEX will have the bags delivered in time for the thursday blood bath.

Reeves

September 7th, 2010
9:26 am

Is Lou Holtz related to Daffy Duck?

North FLA Falcon

September 7th, 2010
9:29 am

I am so tired of hearing Dunta talk, I want to see the guy play. Is he worth the money? Remains to be seen. Stuff the run, contain Dixon and make him pass so we can keep this game in hand. Then our offense needs to have some nice drives, pound the rock, and get some points.

Jason

September 7th, 2010
9:29 am

Lou should have added the fact that usually when the fans do come out of the stands they usually aren’t wearing any clothes.

layinlow

September 7th, 2010
9:29 am

TJ Housh is a slot receiver. The falcons have harry douglas in that position so TJ would not be a good fit here in Atlanta. What we need is another outside guy to play opposite roddy white. I believe douglas is going to have a pretty good year so why would the Falcons bench him in favor of Housh?

lanier

September 7th, 2010
9:32 am

everybody treats this Robinson like he is all world. i dont even remember him from watching the Texans. i must have been focused on their off because of Schaub and i wish we had him

looked at Robinsons carrer stats and nothing jumped out so why is being talked about like he is the 2nd comming of Deon

Samuel

September 7th, 2010
9:43 am

I think the Falcons will have to install a defense, like Tampa bay used against Michael Vick. Keep a spy on Dennis- make him run up the middle, and get one of you Derrick Brookish linebackers to run him down. When he runs and you get a chance, make him pay physically- to a point where he has to think about throwing the ball. Did we here Revis talking about he’s not in football shape? Dunta Robinson no excuses – shut up and makes some plays.

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September 7th, 2010
9:50 am

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SeenThisB4

September 7th, 2010
9:54 am

Hamp: Just exactly who does favre have to throw to?

And while you’re trying to figure that one out, try to figure out who the vikings have to cover the Saints’ four receiver sets, I think the vikes are still trying to figure that one out themselves right now and coming up…..short.

If there is going to be a bloodbath, it will be viking blood that will be spilled.

Our first two games are only tune-up games to get ready to eviscerate your team’s dreams.

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!!

Dunta Not Looking Forward To Facing Dixon

September 7th, 2010
10:20 am

Falcon Jim

September 7th, 2010
10:25 am

Dumbo. Back-hand Dr. Lou?
What’s wrong with you, son?

Hamp

September 7th, 2010
10:26 am

The corners can stay on the sidelines because Allen and Edwards will be on brees like ants on meat. He will be looking through his ear hole all game. The viking have one of the best defenses in the league and remember you guys squeaked by them in the conference game. The saints time has passed. I see you guys finishing third behind us and the pathers. Have a good season.Just don’t go away when these things come to pass take your lumps like a man I for one like having you around because I know things are about to turn.

FrontRow

September 7th, 2010
10:37 am

Reggie Bush will be stripped of the Heisman. Petals will fall off the rose (fleur de lis?) and you will find out the core stinks.

Vikings D will take revenge on Brees. I do not expect Brees to be in uniform when the Falcons visit NO (more excuses).

By Dec. 27 they will be gone and there will be less than 1000 BAG HEADS in the Dome.

Falcon Jim

September 7th, 2010
10:43 am

So we’re talking about the ‘aints with the Steelers up this Sunday? I think there are a lot of questions about the birds at this point. Could be really good, or could slip with any one area being weaker than expected.

dbird1

September 7th, 2010
10:59 am

Falcon Jim, ur right. lets forget about the Aints and focus on us. I can’t wait

Falcon57

September 7th, 2010
11:06 am

Dang, I thought we’d gotten through listening to the aints on this site???? Please wait for two more weeks!!!

FrontRow

September 7th, 2010
11:07 am

Sorry guys the Vikes – Saints rematch is up first. It’s gonna be fun the watch that bubble burst.

Sid

September 7th, 2010
11:17 am

Reggie Bush losing his Heisman, I wonder how that will play out with the Saints this year…………?

Falcon Jim

September 7th, 2010
11:18 am

I’ve been watching the birds since day one (GO CANNONBALL BUTLER!) So, I’m old and a lot of memory starts to go into the recycle bin.
QUESTION: Have the Falcons ever won in Steel-Town?

Falcon Jim

September 7th, 2010
11:19 am

Loosing the Heisman wouldn’t bother me too much if I were making tens of millions.

FrontRow

September 7th, 2010
11:22 am

Don’t know Falcon Jim. I do remember the most recent – MV7 comeback to tie.

You want to blog about the Falcons-Steelers? How about mentioning the Bad Attitude installed on the defense by BVG this offseason. These guys are playing alot faster and alot meaner (see Beer Man’s sack of Brady) but all we talk about is #23 not playing.

NOT calling #23’s number is a good thing.

Falcon Jim

September 7th, 2010
11:44 am

All time record: Atlanta 2
Pittsburgh 11
Ties 1

Last win: 10-22-2006. 41 – 38 (OT) In Atlanta.

The record is not good. Still could not find if the one other win was in Pittsburgh or Atlanta (?)

F.J.

cwltank

September 7th, 2010
12:00 pm

I only with many others agree the Falcons will crush Pitts. Pitts defensive schemes will prevent a blow out, but if they cant run the ball we will wear them down.

BigTimeTECHFan

September 7th, 2010
12:05 pm

Pittsburg’s Harrison against Turner will be the show to watch. should be fun, Turner and OL best be on their game.

Sly Ty

September 7th, 2010
12:35 pm

@ Hamp, you are now officially my favorite blogger. I really appreciate you sending the AINTs fans those bags to place over their heads after Adrian Peterson puts 120+ yards rushing on them. Oh yeah, the Madden Curse has never missed. Allen and Edwards may very well put an end to the AINTs title defense by enacting the Madden Curse of Brees’ throwing shoulder.

TXDawg

September 7th, 2010
12:52 pm

SeenThisB4 – last time I checked Favre still had Berrian, Shiancoe, and Harvin, not to mention Peterson out of the backfield. I wouldn’t bet against that cast (not that I would bet against the Saints against Minnesota, but just saying….)

ATL Observer

September 7th, 2010
12:53 pm

What suwaneefalcon said…

Falcon Fanatic

September 7th, 2010
12:54 pm

We will find out by this time next week who the top teams are. Let the games begin,

GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Falcon Jim

September 7th, 2010
1:05 pm

O.K., found it. The other win for Falcons over Pittsburgh was 12-13-1970, 27 – 16, IN ATLANTA.

So, the Falcons have NEVER won in Pittsburgh.

I hope the team knows this. Orlando, please let them know.

F.J.

Dukester

September 7th, 2010
1:21 pm

I think this game will tell if we go 11-5 or 8-8. We must find away to win this game. First of because it is a road game against a tough defense. Good Luck guys.

Falcon Jim

September 7th, 2010
1:22 pm

Oh, the Tie was in Pittsburgh. 11-10-2002. 34 – 34.

Still, we’ve NEVER WON in Pittsburgh.

IT IS TIME ! ! ! !

F.J.
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Falcon Jim

September 7th, 2010
1:28 pm

Hey guys, I want to share this. While trying to find these Pittsburgh game stats, I ran across the coolest football site. It has stats and info on everything. (Example, I played in high school with Jimmy Robinson, and couldn’t ever find his pro stats. This site had them, and what looked like everyone that ever played.) Just thought I would share:

http://www.jt-sw.com/football/

F.J.

SeenThisB4

September 7th, 2010
1:33 pm

TXDAWG: You forgot to mention that Favre has a large barrel of ankle lube at his disposal as well. He’s going to need it, cause the reality is, the Saints don’t have to lay a finger on Favre to hurt him, all they need to do is bring enough pressure everytime he drops to look for a receiver to make him dance on that gimpy, lousy ankle of his to make him start throwing the pick 6s. And sure he can numb it, I’m sure he will, but that will just help hide the damage he’s going to be doing to his ankle.

It’s really a lose-lose situation for Favre and the vikings. They’ll lose if they don’t play him, and they truely believe that, and they’ll lose if they do play him, just like they did in January.

GEAUX SAINTS! IT IS TIME! and IT’S OUR TIME!!!!!!

Saints my arse

September 7th, 2010
2:05 pm

Man please. Saints will get picked apart by gimpy Favre and run over by Adrian Peterson. Saints have two senior citizens at defensive end, probably older than Favre for all we know. Meanwhile the Vikes will take Drew “hair commercial for men” Brees to the cleaners.

smokemonster

September 7th, 2010
2:09 pm

Smokey says watchout for Isaac Redman he’s better than Medenhall.

BeefATL72

September 7th, 2010
2:26 pm

@ SeenThisD4/hiramtaint

Last year you guys got 42 turnovers, you won’t come close to that again. 15 fumbles by opponents & 15 N.O. recoveries. That’s crazy & won’t happen again. The ball bounced your way every time & that’s just never happened before. The probability is like winning the lottery. And 27 INT’s, of which 21 came from QB’s who have 2 years or less experience in the league(Stafford, Kolb, Edwards, Sanchez, Henne, Ryan, Freeman, & Redman[because he's a backup]).

Your team finished as the 25th rated defense & you won 4 games by only 8 points or less, & those games combined for 12 turnovers in your favor. The 3 games you lost, the Aints were the ones coughing up the ball with 7 turnovers. This is how bad your defense is when the turnovers don’t go your way.

You’re defense has only gotten worse too. You’re missing Fujita, Cassillas, Ingram, & Sharper & you have a rookie CB playing FS along with having no depth at DT other than a rookie 7th round pick. And you didn’t upgrade anything with adding Brown & Wilkerson.

So your lousy 25th ranked defense is going to again be 25th or worse on top of not coming close to getting EVERY fumble recovery again & you won’t be facing half as many inexperienced, injured, or backup QB’s. Ryan, Flacco, Freeman, Moore, & Smith all entering year 3 with upgraded talent around them. Then you got Farve, Anderson, Campbell, Rothlisberger, Romo, & Palmer, which already doubles the veteran count from last year. Bradford is the only rookie you face & he’s one of the most accurate QB’s out there.

Your offense is great. Probably even the best. But without those turnovers & a slew of questionable homer ref calls (hello Grimes INT), your unimproved defense is going to lose you several more ballgames.

You guys will lose to the Viking, Steelers, @ Carolina, @ Dallas, @ Cinci, @ Ravens, & @ Atlanta, and go 9-7. Mark it.