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 RamsThere 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?