Should The Giants Have Kept DT Fred Robbins?

According to our friends at Pro Football Focus, Fred Robbins has regained his top 10 DT status in the NFL now that he’s playing for Steve Spagnuolo and the Rams.

Fred Robbins, St Louis Rams

There were some who questioned Robbins after a poor (by his standards) 2009. Well, one free agent move to St Louis later and those people are eating their words. The Rams wisely spared Robbins a huge amount of snaps and the end result was he was possibly the best player on a young and improving Rams team.

The problem for the NY Giants who released him after 2009 of course is that no one has stepped up to the plate to replace him at his potential skill level. Neither Chris Canty nor Rocky Bernard have done anything close to what Robbins was producing for the Rams… even though Canty had a better year than his 2009 introduction to the NY system. And it’s been a fairly expensive pill for the Giants to swallow. Now young Linval Joseph and Marvin Austin have an opportunity to come into training camp (whenever that happens) and fill in for a couple of veterans that are sucking up a large portion of the pay roll but aren’t producing at a high enough level to make it worth while for the Giants.

So the question is this… should the Giants have simply retained Robbins instead of bringing in Canty and Bernard?

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  • Fran

    A few points regarding Robbins and Canty. They are on different teams now, each with different coordinators. Robbins established his reputation entirely under Spagnuolo and that is what he is continuing to do. Canty played as a 3-4 run defending end with the Cowboys and is now playing under a Perry Fewell who does not blitz as aggressively as Spags did. The Giants have a lot of DEs and like to use a 3rd DE as a DT on passing downs. I am guessing the rams are likely sparing Robbins the grind of playing obvious run downs and bringing him for extra interior pressure in obvious passing situations. Whereas Canty role first and foremost with the Giants is as a run defender, he is probably substituted for more on passing downs than on run downs because the Giants need his strength vs the run, more than they need his pass rush. The Rams don’t have the number of pass rushers the Giants do, so Robbins role with that team is very different.

  • Andrew Ilnicki

    Yes the roles and backgrounds of players are different. However, if Robbins was on the Giants instead of Canty or Bernard based on his 2010 production in any capacity — would the Giants be better off?