…and so it begins.
Word out of Green Bay yesterday was that Jimmy Robinson was hired by Cowboys to coach their WRs and be Assistant Head Coach. This might not seem like a huge deal, but, as noted in the media account, “Robinson was responsible for coaching different aspects of the passing game as well as developing the wide receivers. He is considered meticulous and a perfectionist and does not bend an inch on demanding his receivers follow the design of the offense.” The Packers had one of the best, if not the best, WR corps in the NFL under Robinson. The talent of those players is, without question, the most important factor in their success. But it sounds as though Robinson was also a fine molder of that talent. I have to wonder if that is going to impact the Packers passing game going forward.
One of the ways championship teams fall back is by loosing a few coaches here and a couple of players there. That process has now started in Green Bay. I expect other coaches to be in play, and Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel considers at least four players — Bigby, Colledge, Spitz and Jackson — to be “as good as gone” with two others — Jones and Crosby — 50/50 propositions. Some might argue that losing a few of those guys would be addition by subtraction, and it would be hard to disagree. However, the slow erosion of championship teams, even at the edges, is an important factor in what makes repeating so very difficult in professional sports.