BIRDLAND – Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson has been busy this offseason.
He’s been working out in Athens, Houston and Florida. But he dropped by one of the recent seven-on-seven drills to practice with the Falcons.
He chatted with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and reflected on his first season with the Falcons, the lockout and the continued improvement of the defense.
Q: How has your offseason been going?
A: It’s been going good. Just trying to stay busy and make sure that I stay in shape for whenever we get this call back. So far, so good. No complaints.
Q: How did today’s workout go for you?
A: I felt good. With it being my first day out, I feel better than I thought I would. I just came in, ran around a little bit and was trying to get my football feet back up under me. I’ve been doing a lot of sprints and a lot of straight ahead things. Not a lot of breaking on the ball. So it was just good to come out and do some football things.
Q: Where have you been working out at? Athens? Houston?
A: Yeah, kind of all over the place. My family is in Houston so I’ve been working out some in Houston. Some in Athens. I’ve been going down to IMG’s camp (in Boca Raton) for a few days to get some more work in. I’m just trying to stay in the best shape as possible.
Q: Any thoughts on the recent ruling?
A: It’s been very weird. Hopefully, they’ll come to an agreement soon and we’ll be able to get back on the field. We all need it. The owners need it. The players need it. The fans need it. When need to get this thing situated as quickly as possible. It’s just one of those deals where they haven’t been able to agree yet. But I think we will come to an agreement.
Q: Will the ruling help or will it drag things out more?
A: You never know. You’d like to say it’s part of the process, but you never know. I never expected it to go on this long. Due to the fact that it has, it’s one of those situations where you just have to stay ready. Hopefully, it will be over soon, but you never know.
Q: How is Coy (Wire) doing as the player rep?
A: He’s doing a great job. Every time that something is up, you get an e-mail from Coy letting you know what’s happening and what the routine is from here on out. . . Coy has been instrumental with the way that he’s gotten the
word out to the players. It’s been very helpful.
Q: Have you put the playoff loss to Green Bay behind you?
A: I’m just looking forward and I know we will continue to improve as a football team. There are really no excuses. We were a fairly young football team last season. I think the experience and the things that we went through allowed us to grow up a lot. With the experience that we gained last year, we just have to make sure that we put it out of the field. Some of the things that we allowed to happen in a negative way we have to make sure they don’t happen this year.
As long as we continue to work hard, I think we’ll be fine and I think we’ll be better in 2011.
Q: Can this defense continue to grow together next season?
A: No doubt about it. With the defense we had, we had a lot of new faces including myself. In the secondary, we had a lot of new starters and we had some rookies come out there and were playing a significant amount of time. Just being together is going to help everybody. In the secondary, we know what everybody can do. We know one another, the good things and the not so good things. We just have to put it all together and say, ‘hey, we are a veteran football team. Let’s go out here and get the job done.’
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog