Smith is pleased with Dunta Robinson’s play at cornerback

SPORTS FBN-FALCONS-EAGLES 17 PHFLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons coach Mike Smith insisted that cornerback Dunta Robinson is fine.

But it seems like since returning from the concussion he suffered on the hit he put on Philadelphia’s DeSean Jackson that he’s been a little bit off. It might just be a matter of getting the right cleats.

In his first game back against Tampa Bay, Mike Williams scored on a 58-yard square in. Robinson said he slipped in coverage, which gave Williams enough room to turn the route up the field.

The same thing almost happened against Green Bay in the first quarter. Robinson came up on Greg Jennings and appeared to slip. He missed the  tackle and Jennings turned what should have been a short gain into a 30-yarder.

Robinson plays a tough brand of corner. He comes up and smacks folks in the run/screen games. He takes playing his area with the utmost seriousness.

“Dunta is playing well,” head coach Mike Smith said. “He’s very active.”

Smith is not troubled by the plays Robinson gave up to Williams and Jennings.

“Again, when you’re playing at that corner position that’s a hot spot,” Smith said. “It’s probably the toughest position to play in the National Football League. Both of our corners are out there, you’re out there on an island.”

Robinson, who was the Falcons’ big pick up in free agency (six years, $57.5 million)  has 33 tackles and no interceptions.

“I think that Dunta’s played very well,” Smith said. “The skill set that he brings is his physicality. We’re pleased with the way that he’s been playing for us. He’s a force out there at the corner position.”

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101 comments Add your comment

Falconstreet

December 2nd, 2010
7:06 am

Just remember, no matter how bad the corners have played this year the Falcons secondary are worlds better than last year.

Falconstreet

December 2nd, 2010
7:09 am

Dang, I hope I didn’t break any rules by not calling First.

Brian F.

December 2nd, 2010
7:12 am

I think Robinson is overrated. He gets beat way too much for a top flight corner. Not even close to a Darrell Revis. He is excellent against the run however. I am not saying he is a bad player, just over rated

Head-Mo-Fo

December 2nd, 2010
7:18 am

I’m not going to say that D. Robinson’s play has been terrible, however, I will say that there have been times in games that I have said that he was beat and the opposing team’s quarterback simply missed the receiver.

When D. Robinson was with the Texans he played closer to the line of scrimmage and not so much off corner. We need to play more bump and run to take advantage of his skill set and see what he can really do. We did pay shut down corner money to get him….

Hardy Falcon

December 2nd, 2010
7:21 am

I think Robinson is way overated. He gives up the little 5 and out play, which he plays to far back, where he can’t make a play. Also when big plays come his way he misses tackles. For the money he’s getting he should have a couple of interceptions by now, but when you play your receiver 5 to 10 yards away, its hard to get back to the football.

SirReal

December 2nd, 2010
7:24 am

He hasnt been bad. Ok no INTs but look how his presense has helped create them for others. No one can argue that we looked WAY worse w/o him in the line up. All corners are different. Some are more physical, some are better in coverage. He has been beaten a few times this year but so has every other CB in the league. It happens. These are world class athletes. I like the pickup and I think we’ll be fine eventually.

Real stats

December 2nd, 2010
7:26 am

The secondary is not better then last year, but the overall team is better. But no our secondary is still bad. Look at the stats.

FullTimeFan

December 2nd, 2010
7:28 am

NOT FIRST!!!
Dunta is fine. The entire defense, while still having a lot of room for improvement to become a Baltimore caliber unit, is much improved from years past. They will continue to grow as a unit, and they certainly believe in themselves, as I do. See you in Dallas!

Season Ticket Holder

December 2nd, 2010
7:40 am

The falcons defense is fine. I question some of the defensive play calling. For example against Green Bay the Falcons dropped eight men back in pass coverage and did not put pressure on the QB which gave him all day to complete a pass to tie the game. I would like to see more creative blitz and different defensive looks to confuse the opponents.

sleeze

December 2nd, 2010
7:45 am

Yeah.. you guys’ opinions are so much more relevant than that of Coach Smith’s..

jay

December 2nd, 2010
7:47 am

if you notice Dunta rarely gets thrown. hard to have INT’s when you get 2-3 targets a game.

jay

December 2nd, 2010
7:47 am

SeasonTicketHolder….Check the stats on Aaron Rodgers when he is blitzed. That’s why you don’t blitz him.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

December 2nd, 2010
7:51 am

Good morning! We are off to a good start here. Yeah, there were a couple of games where Dunta didn’t get any passes or 1 or 2 at most.

Terrell

December 2nd, 2010
8:02 am

Season Ticket Holder

The reason Atl dropped 8 back in coverage is because, believe it or not Rodgers is dangerous against the blitz. My take on the end of the game was that we knew they were going to pass, so if I flood the endzone with defenders it makes it harder for the QB to fine holes, and that’s what happended for the most part. If the DB hadn’t slipped and lost track of the WR in the back of the endzone we wouldn’t be having this discussion. If we could have blizted, Rodgers would’ve pick it up and a hot route which would’ve given them six. Look at what happened with the Ravens against us a few weeks ago. They blitzed, we picked it up and we scored.

Mike is back

December 2nd, 2010
8:03 am

Falconstreet, I agree your 7:06 am post…while the corners are still a liability on defense…the play at corner is much improved from last year…they play with a chip on their shoulderS…these guys have earned my respect.

I think our defense matches favorably with the defense the Aints won a Super Bowl with…now we just need to secure the same path…that they did…I’M sure MSmith…is all over this…Dude be on top of his game.

GO BIRDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Terrell

December 2nd, 2010
8:05 am

Season Ticket Holder

I do agree with you on the play calling. I would like to see more bump and run from our CBs.

Zoomie

December 2nd, 2010
8:13 am

Corner play is much improved from last year. The biggest problem now is the lack of pressure, giving opposing QBs plenty of time to throw accurate passes. Pass rush must improve. Abraham is doing well considering his age, injuries, and persistent double-teams. Beirmann showed a lot of potential early, but he’s being handled now. He hasn’t shown that he’s capable of being a starter in this critical defensive position. Don’t know what can be done about it, though. More blitzing is definitely not the answer against the NFL’s better QBs/offenses. Others have recommended starting J. Anderson at DE and using Biermann as a situational rusher. Since there’s no real drop-off in production between Anderson and Biermann at starting DE, this might be worth a try. Of course, you’d have to consider the domino effect this might have on the DT rotation.

(Sigh) Just doesn’t seem as if there’s an easy fix . . .

jay

December 2nd, 2010
8:15 am

Wow we’ve gotten spolied. We held the Packers to 17 points people. That’s hot stuff! And honestly it should have been less. If Lofton could have held on to that INT or had we converted that first down on our second to last drive.

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jay

December 2nd, 2010
8:17 am

Zoomie, I agree. Our 4 man pass rush has become nonexistent. That’s why we should have spent the cash on Peppers, lol.

Willy

December 2nd, 2010
8:19 am

@ all you people saying over rated:

Nobody ever said he was Revis. He’s a very good corner with extra toughness. You don’t hear his name a lot, and that’s good. He was the best man available at a position that needed the most help.

Too many Atlanta fans expect too much from too many places. He may not be close to Revis, but if he weren’t here, we wouldn’t be close to 9-2 either. Shut up.

suwaneefalcon

December 2nd, 2010
8:22 am

In the NFL it comes down to the preassure on the qb. If there is none, chances are the pass will be completed. You look at the Giants secondary from their last SB team and you will find they were mediocre at best. However, their front 7 was one of the best and put preassure on the qb and aided the secondary.

ATLFALCONSFAN4LIFE

December 2nd, 2010
8:25 am

You can see some improvement in our 2dary but nothing over the top Brent Grimes gives up big plays every game DROB allows big gains and gets schooled by wr alot yet like Coach Smith said he plays a tough area in coverage do I think he is a bust no do I think we paid 2 much yes …But only time will tell I still love all our players and fans but I know we must still work on improvement on our 2dary this offseason cause our D Line is doing awesome …GO FALCONS

Blue Fender

December 2nd, 2010
8:25 am

You said it all, Willy.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

December 2nd, 2010
8:26 am

Good QBs handle pressure. Teams have to cover, too.

t ball

December 2nd, 2010
8:26 am

I agree with you season ticket
GO FALCONS!!!!

FrontRow

December 2nd, 2010
8:39 am

All want to criticize and exemplify the pass rush on the Packer’s final TD.

Nobody is mentioning the play before that – Abraham putting on pressure because the “weak” secondary had everyone covered and forcing a sack – fumble and NOBODY picking up the ball.

Geez you all don’t have the attention span of 1 play. The Falcons D was in position to make a big play and nobody stepped up. Sorry, but if the Falcons make that play, the TD you so like to criticize never happens.

mj

December 2nd, 2010
8:39 am

Why throw at Dunta when you can do at will on Grimes. Orlando look at the third and longs since pre season and I bet 80% are thrown on Grimes. He is always chasing the receiver no matter whom it is. Watch the game this Sunday and Freeman will pick on Grimes because of his loose coverage.

Mitch (the one in Rome)

December 2nd, 2010
8:42 am

Remember, a part of shut down coverage is a beastly pass rush. Ours is better, but it is best at shutting down the run. We rule the line of scrimmage, but the other side of that coin is we do give up some yards in the air. Not sure if it’s personnel or what, but we need a little bit more on one end to avoid doubles on Abe. Bierman is good, perhaps on his way to great, but not quite there yet.
All that to say we are much improved and you can’t hang it only on the corners. No “i” in team. Football is the ultimate team sport, and one break down at one part affects the whole.
Just defending the guys who play the hardest position on the field. A beastly pass rush would help them a bit.

D. Bell

December 2nd, 2010
8:44 am

He rarely gets thrown to, and the reason he gives up those underneath throws are because the Falcons play a lot of zone. I think they should mix in some bump and run coverage too, especially on early downs, just to mix things up. The pass rush has been lacking at times, but when they do get pressure the QB just has to wait a few seconds for his safe options to hit the weak spot in the zone.

VDeuce

December 2nd, 2010
8:44 am

You’re right D-Led but the Falcons aren’t gettng enough pressure from the front 4. And blitzing hasn’t worked the guy is always a step or two late. I think too much has been made of the corner play the last TWO years. INTs come when then QB is RUSHED into making a bad decision/throw. If the Falcons can address putting pressure/getting more penetration on the other teams, that when this defense will become elite. twitter.com/VinnyDeuce

FrontRow

December 2nd, 2010
8:50 am

@mj I hope Freeman does pick on Grimes. Last time it resulted in 1 pick and second dropped pick.

FrontRow

December 2nd, 2010
8:56 am

You all need to be corrected – the Falcons are not getting pressure on EVERY PLAY. As I pointed out at 8:39, a sack – fumble is a big play. Are you saying it never happened?

What about Lofton’s dropped pick that Rodgers threw under duress; was that a figment of my imagination?

I will remind again – the NFL will not schedule Idaho State. The Falcons D is fine these young guys just need to learn how to be more opportunistic. They held GB to 17 – a team that had “found its stride” and was scoring 35+ in the previous 2 games.

Get over yourself or alternately write a letter to Godell asking to schedule Vandy for homecoming.

Gamer

December 2nd, 2010
8:57 am

I think, Dunta’s performance have improved steadily as the season progress when considering him missing most of OTA, preseason play and early on practices with team due to hamstring injury.

He’s gelling with the team’s defensive schemes and with the abilities of defensive players around him.

The Falcons are much better than its stat sheets in passing yards yield in games. There secondary stood strong enough against some of the most prolific passing quarterbacks in the league, J. Freeman, J. Flacco, A. Rodgers and D. Brees.

All the quarterbacks mentioned above have strong arms and high passing accuracy but Falcons’ secondary prevailed against them.

Dunta is a big reason why the Falcons are edging out victories. Because most team quarterbacks are selective in play calling passes in Dunta’s direction. Which allows the remaining Falcons secondary players to cover the rest of the field, putting double coverage on other targets.

Now sometimes this style of defense will backfire on Dunta and the secondary, especially when Dunta misses tackles which he has done.

Once Dunta settles down and make all his tackles then the Falcons’ defense as a whole will improve. Give it time by giving Dunta more time to settle into the Falcons defensive schemes. By the postseason the Falcons will be very difficult for opposing teams to score TD’S on.

Good fortunes to Dunta and the Falcons defense.

FALCONS PLAYERS, STAY FOCUS AND PLAY HARD EVERY DOWN..SNATCHING VICTORIES OUT OF THE JAWS OF DEFEAT…

D. Orlando Ledbetter

December 2nd, 2010
9:00 am

MJ — Grimes is getting better. He has room for improvement. He needs to keep getting like Green Bay’s Tramon Williams, who was also an undrafted FA and got him big contract extension.

(We’ve got some good takes this morning.Way to go!)

Ueeediot

December 2nd, 2010
9:14 am

Front Row….
I know the sack/fumble you are referring to. Recovering the fumble would have ended the game right there.
However, I think you are a little harsh. That ball was on the ground for a new york second before linemen started falling on the ball.
And yeah, Lofton dropped that ball. I mean, really….are you saying that he should have caught the ball? It was a bullet pass that even the receiver didnt see, was tipped off of Lofton’s hand into the receiver and pinned between Lofton’s hand and helmet. Hell he did good to break up the play.

As for the front 4….please remind me who was it that stopped Rodgers on the 3rd n goal? Oh yeah, PJ did that. And if you go back and watch the replay youll find that the D Line was still setting up until half a second before the ball was snapped. PJ made an amazing stop. Very next play…who was it that knocked the ball out of Rodgers hands? Oh yeah…the D Line.
Do you guys expect a 3 man rush against 5 O-Linemen at the end of the game to actually pressure the QB? It was done so there would be 8 in the endzone. Sometimes you just have to tip your hat to the other guy. Rodgers made a bullet pass (and one helluva throw) to the receiver streaking across the back of the endzone.
The other team is trying too, ya know.

FrontRow

December 2nd, 2010
9:14 am

Hooray for Gamer – a Falcons fan indeed!

The D has played well all season but has yet to put it all together. Further, the team is built from the inside out and will continue this level or better for several years.

The potential exists for this team to start peaking about the time the playoffs start. The NFL is no different than the NBA or MLB – the game changes when the tournament starts.

As a 23 yr season ticket holder, I am quite pleased. We have never had a team this complete AND there is room for improvement for years to come.

Double Zero Eight

December 2nd, 2010
9:19 am

The secondary has been a plesant surprise. I just hope they can do the job during the playoffs.
Grimes has good technique, but I am concerned about his size when he matches up against big/fast receivers. Robinson is not a selfish player, and has been a vast improvement over D. Hall.
There appears to be good team chemistry in the secondary.

Double Zero Eight

December 2nd, 2010
9:21 am

Spelled “pleasant” incorrectly in my previous post.

True Falcon Fan

December 2nd, 2010
9:31 am

Dunta is the man “PERIOD”! That being said, these past couple games he has gotten his body into true game shape, he will show the non-beleivers “you just be patient”. Our “D” is a very tight unit, NO individauls – NO “MeAngrelo’s” Thank God.The “D” will get appreciably more confident/better thourgh out the next 5 weeks and years ahead. This Falcon team, Ownership, Management, Coaching staff – they are the best we’ve ever had!

ATL – get ready too “PARTAAY” — “RISE-UP”

TB – NEXT

GO FALCONS

KEw

December 2nd, 2010
9:37 am

All I have to say is that our defense must of played better than 9 other teams we played this year because they gave up more points than we did – that’s why we are 9-2. And some of those teams is known for their defense which means our defense stood up to the test. Now there is nothing else to be said.

JuneBaby

December 2nd, 2010
9:37 am

Overrated????? Who? Dunta Robinson? Brent Grimes? Who assigned these guys a rating? The Talking heads who need something to talk about to protect their paychecks? Is that how some of you guys determine who’s worthy? Based upon what they determine is worthy? If Brent Grimes was a lock-down corner, he would be getting lock-down money, well he’s not, and you get what you pay for. Want a better pass rush, well you have to pay for what you want! Better recievers? ditto The Falcons can’t afford a team full of star players at every position, so they have to maximize what they get out of the players they have, and live with the occassional bigs plays against them!!!!!!

kaminari

December 2nd, 2010
9:38 am

You can’t look at stats as a good measuring stick in this case. Much of the yardage given up by our secondary occurred when teams were coming back. Just look at the last throw made by Rodgers last week. Our guys (including Finny) were 40 yards back. That big gain the Packers got will add 3 or so yards to our average over the entire year. That will probably drop us at least one or two spots down. Who cares about wasted yards. The one glaring problem is our soft coverage when we’re up. The play calling is too conservative, predictable. Even so, I’ve witnessed improvement over the course of the year, and I’ve watched every game on rewind at least five times (except that Eagles debacle).

True Falcon Fan

December 2nd, 2010
9:44 am

So what is your “POINT” – June, if you have issue back-up your statement, “BUT” you are making NO point!!!!!!!!!!

TB – NEXT

GO FALCONS

Ueeediot

December 2nd, 2010
9:47 am

You should go back and watch that Eagles debacle again. You will realize just how good Matt Ryan is. In previous years 21-0 would have been lights out…lets get on the plane and go home. This year, even when down, I saw Matt fight and I saw a glimmer of a comeback brewing there….until the officials threw a bull**** penalty on Duanta. That changed the whole game.

True Falcon Fan

December 2nd, 2010
9:49 am

When i go to Vegas i like to bet “The Crap Tables” – occasionally some knucklehead shows-up at the table and bets the “NO PASS LINE” — let’s see that person must be it’s got to be “JuneBaby”

TB – NEXT

GO FALCONS

True Falcon Fan

December 2nd, 2010
9:54 am

As my friend Falcon Jim would say – this JuneBaby likes to “Chuck & Duck” out in this case – i know cowards are everywhere.

TB – NEXT

GO FALCONS

Joycee Banicheck

December 2nd, 2010
9:56 am

How many TD’s has Dunta given up this year. Stats guy where you at??

True Falcon Fan

December 2nd, 2010
10:03 am

JuneBaby had NO point, realized he had NO idea what words he was churning out of his….He’s gone “GOOD BYE”

TB – NEXT

GO FALCONS ATL – RISE-UP

FrontRow

December 2nd, 2010
10:05 am

Ueeediot…The score was 14-0 when the “overpaid” Dunta made the game changing hit. Instead of a 4th down stop the Falcons got 15 tacked on because the smurf Jackson folded up like a lawn chair. The Eagles scored on the possession making it 21-0.

That play is what Dunta is paid for – don’t let the little smurfs run free in the secondary.