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ro_50
01-28-2009, 05:39 PM
January 26, 2009
Ex-Wolverine Gold weighs in on Robinson hire
Chris Balas
Rivals.com College Football Senior Editor

Note: Gold retired from the NFL with some good years left in him with no regrets. He now spends his time traveling to promote his web site WhatAreKidsSaying.com (http://www.whatarekidssaying.com/) encouraging children to write and share their feelings.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Former Michigan linebacker Ian Gold and new defensive coordinator Greg Robinson only crossed paths for a year in the NFL, but that was plenty of time for Gold to learn what made his first mentor tick.

Gold entered the NFL in 2000 as a brash rookie with a big contract, big ideas and even larger goals. Robinson, meanwhile, was in his sixth year as the Denver Broncos' defensive coordinator, having led the team to consecutive Super Bowl titles in 1997-98, the latter with a defense that thoroughly dominated throughout the playoffs.


Ex-Michigan linebacker Ian Gold, who excelled in the NFL, began his career with Greg Robinson.
Gold didn't learn until several days after the fact that Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez had hired Robinson as his defensive coordinator. When he found out, it brought back a flood of memories.

"He's a class act he really is," Gold said of his first NFL defensive coordinator. "I was young, wet behind the ears, and he was the first guy to really sit me down and say OK, this is the NFL. This is what we expect of you, this is the role we expect you to play, things of that nature. He was my first real leader I worked with one-on-one."

The two didn't always see eye-to-eye, Gold added with a laugh, attributing their "disagreements" mostly to his own youth and immaturity. But that was part of the growing process that helped mold an eight-year NFL career with the Broncos (with a one-year hiatus at Tampa Bay).

As his career progressed, Gold realized there were several things he'd have done differently.

"I was young, thought I knew everything," he said. "He was a seasoned veteran and a great leader, led the team to a Super Bowl and all that. But I had a strong personality. Having that, having to answer to someone I just want to play football. I don't want to have to do it exactly the way you want me to, don't want to conduct myself exactly the way you want me to, and that caused a little friction. The majority of it was my youth and my inexperience, my lack of wisdom."

Robinson was released at the end of the 2000 season but enjoyed continued success at many his other stops, including the University of Texas in 2004. He was neck deep in his defensive coordinator duties with the Kansas City Chiefs a year earlier when Gold suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament, a significant setback.

A few days later, Gold received a nice surprise a handwritten note from Robinson.

"I hadn't talked to him for a couple of years, but I get this letter from him just wishing me well. I thought, 'That's a class act,' " Gold said. "Here this guy is that I didn't necessarily see eye-to-eye with when he was here, but how classy of a guy is he to reach out to me when I was at my lowest? I'm thinking I could be done, my career could be over, and all of these things are flashing before your eyes. I definitely appreciated that."


Greg Robinson does not yell a lot. He expects his players to go out and perform at a high level.
Gold confirmed that much of what's been said about Robinson's demeanor and approach is true.

"He doesn't do a lot of cussing I don't believe I've ever heard him curse," Gold said. "He's a 'look, I tell you what to do you either get it done or you won't play, period' type of guy. That's exactly how it was. He didn't get upset a lot, yell and scream, get in your face, all of that. He just expects guys to go out and perform at a high level. If you do not perform at a high level, you will not mesh well with him.

"I would definitely say he's aggressive in his approach. He took me as a linebacker and put me on the edge, and I'm rushing off the edge. He's definitely aggressive. He likes to get after quarterbacks, likes to attack offenses. I thought he had a great scheme."

There's no doubt in Gold's mind that the Wolverines will be back sooner than later following a 3-9 season, and he expects Robinson will be a big reason why.

"You've got to crawl before you walk," he said. "I'm sure everyone around understands that. Let the head coach do his job and earn his keep.

"But in Greg he really got a first-class guy. Every day we'd come to work and everyone would be in sweats he'd be dressed in jeans and a nice collared shirt. He's a first-class, top-notch guy."

BroncoLifer
01-28-2009, 05:58 PM
"Ex-Michigan linebacker Ian Gold, who excelled in the NFL......"

Sort of detracts from the credibility of the rest of the article, doesn't it?

cutthemdown
01-28-2009, 06:02 PM
I never liked Gold being brought back but he was a good Bronco. He for the most part hustled and I can't remember him ever getting into trouble.

I just don't like small football players unless they are really special.

La Caspa Del Diablo
01-28-2009, 06:47 PM
I just don't like small football players unless they are really special.

To add to that, solid 220-230 lb athletic ,will linebackers can be had in the late rounds. There's no reason to ever invest high into one unless they are really special.

montrose
01-28-2009, 06:48 PM
For all we can complain about his on-field issues or some of the details about Gold that were released in Fastis' book, he was a really good guy in the community. Over at the D-Will Center, he's like a hero for all he's done there.

watermock
01-28-2009, 07:19 PM
meh, Why we resigned him and booted DJ to mike sure made SoCal mad, almost as mad as Jake when we drafted Mopey Jay.

We should bring him back as RDE in the 3-4.

Garcia Bronco
01-28-2009, 09:10 PM
Gold is a good guy. Good for him.

ludo21
01-28-2009, 09:16 PM
i liked Gold a lot while he was here.

I hope that website does great things, good luck!

Natedogg
01-28-2009, 09:27 PM
damn it. this article makes me hate him less.

~Crash~
01-28-2009, 09:28 PM
To add to that, solid 220-230 lb athletic ,will linebackers can be had in the late rounds. There's no reason to ever invest high into one unless they are really special.

yep round two players should all go to the probowl every year:giggle:

~Crash~
01-28-2009, 09:30 PM
damn it. this article makes me hate him less.

hate wow .... I think you should just relax wow you hate broncos?:thumbsup:

you people that hate people doing thier best are ****ed up people /./

Atlas
01-28-2009, 09:33 PM
Gold was always very excitable on the field I bet he'll be a really good coach. I would take Robinson over Nolan any day.

WolfpackGuy
01-29-2009, 06:59 AM
Yeah, that Denver defense really lit it up that 2000 season.
I mean, they really got LIT UP that 2000 season.
Hard to believe the defense was worse in 2007 and 2008 than that year.

Popcorn Sutton
01-29-2009, 07:16 AM
He may not have excelled on the field but he was definitely a good guy. I always liked seeing him on the sidelines and how into the games he was. I also liked how he ditched the agents and handled his own business. He was a great role model in the community and it's carried over into his post-NFL career. Good for him.

Man-Goblin
01-29-2009, 07:19 AM
damn it. this article makes me hate him less.

Don't worry, I think Kaylore said he was a ****ing asshole.

Ray Finkle
01-29-2009, 08:16 AM
meh....he may be a good guy but he will always have a place in my heart for that pic of him flipping off Eddie Kennison.