Auburn draftee struggling in the face of real football

ITKGus Malzahn’s system is Mickey Mouse. We know this. But now St. Louis coaches and fans are finding out for themselves.

It seems 1st rounder OL Greg Robinson is having a hard time on a real football team in a real offensive system, the Bleacher Report outlines for us.

My favorite…

“To say that the St. Louis playbook is more complicated than Auburn’s is like saying that the Los Angeles Yellow Pages is bigger than Fargo’s.

“Robinson admitted it’s been a challenge, according to Latsch:

“‘We had a select few (plays at Auburn), but it worked. This is a full playbook and it’s something that I’m really going to have to work on and really learn in and out, because I’m sure they are not going to play nobody that’s not ready. But they threw me in the fire, and that’s something that I’m going to have to get used to real fast.'”

Robinson is a big guy, and a specimen for sure. But teams and their fans don’t like hearing the draftee they’re sinking the most cash into is having to learn the fundamentals of his position.

Gus’ dipsy-doo trickeroo offense is concocted of smoke, mirrors and a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down…for Aubie fans slurping the koolaide, in the most delightful way.

But translating that style into the pro game may be another matter entirely. Especially at some key positions like offensive line, where they expect you to know how to block…legally…in exchange for the big money you receive.

It seems the only thing the hurry up has done for Robinson is lead him to have to hurry up and learn how to play man football.

Will this affect recruiting? You bet, as the best of the best naturally want the best shot at the best draft dollars. And those on the recruiting trail will surely be ready to share Robinson’s story.

That best shot, still, appears to be in Tuscaloosa, where man football is still played, and Bama’s OL 1st rounders step into the next level without having to re-learn the game.


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