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Bill Belichick heaps praise on Titans G.M. Jon Robinson

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 8: Bill Belichick watches the action before a game with the Washington Redskins at Gillette Stadium on November 8, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) Getty Images

Bill Belichick doesn’t always feel like talking.

But when he finds a subject he likes, he can go on and on.

Jim Wyatt of the Titans official website found such a subject, getting Belichick to open up about new Titans General Manager Jon Robinson.

Jon is smart, works hard, and is team oriented. He showed a strong commitment to finding the players and specific types of players we needed, digging out information on their individual personal characteristics, and understanding the projection of how each player would contribute and fit into our program,’’ Belichick said. “He did many ‘extras’ that went beyond the normal duties in his job. Jon patiently worked his way up through the Patriots organization and was unselfish in his team-first attitude to do whatever he could to help us win.

“Jon educated me on the changes in the landscape of scouting and we made adjustments in our process as a result of his perceptive comments.”

Robinson spent 12 seasons in New England on the college scouting side, so Belichick knows him well. And while he was effusive in his praise of Robinson when Wyatt approached him at the Senior Bowl, Belichick asked for more time to come up with a more thorough answer. And then he delivered, via email.

“I always respected Jon’s opinion and knew that the information he acquired was accurate,’’ Belichick said. “Although I was responsible for the final decision, I relied on Jon [and many others] for their information and input to make those decisions. Jon did an outstanding job in helping me and Nick Caserio [the Patriots director of player personnel] in this process. Jon also did a great job of training our younger scouts — this accelerated their contributions to the process.

“Jon Robinson is an asset to any football program.”

Robinson said what many would imagine about Belichick, that “you have to earn his trust.”

And it seems apparent that Belichick came to that conclusion about Robinson, who know has a chance to put his own stamp on a team.

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27 Responses to “Bill Belichick heaps praise on Titans G.M. Jon Robinson”
  1. steelerben says: Feb 22, 2016 3:37 PM

    And that, folks, is known as instant credibility.

  2. milehipigskin says: Feb 22, 2016 3:44 PM

    sounds like the Titans landed a keeper…

  3. mrbiggstuff says: Feb 22, 2016 3:45 PM

    That’s some Grade-A smoke blowing!

  4. tylawspick6 says: Feb 22, 2016 3:48 PM

    And there is one of the many elements of the blueprints of the Pats successful, streamlined operations, as to why they’re under attack from faux witch hunts, courtesy of jealous owners and the commissioner himself.

    Give Robinson 3 years to get the Titans into position to be a consistently good team to build with, and you’re cooking.

    Same deal up in Detroit with Quinn.

    Expecting immediate success is the failure of these owners.

    You have to give these things a chance to breathe, so to speak.

  5. Jack Lambert's missing tooth says: Feb 22, 2016 3:55 PM

    “He did many ‘extras’ that went beyond the normal duties in his job.”

    ****

    Read into that what you will.

  6. cwk22 says: Feb 22, 2016 4:02 PM

    As a Dolphin fan I don’t like the Patriots. But I have a huge amount of respect for BIll B and his success as a coach. I think this is a great statement of why he is successful. He relies on others and let’s (and expects) them to do their jobs.

  7. doublebase says: Feb 22, 2016 4:06 PM

    And just like that the Titans are back on the map. It’s amazing what happens when Belichick speaks, people listen, it’s news…certainly more than the Titans have experienced in ten years.

  8. superpatriotsfan says: Feb 22, 2016 4:06 PM

    They took a video taping class together.

  9. savethebs says: Feb 22, 2016 4:18 PM

    This might just be lip service. What I’d like to hear about is specific players that Robinson identified or rallied for. Of course, I can’t imagine Belichek ever going that far. Either way, it’s not a bad thing that he praises him I guess.

  10. rjpats says: Feb 22, 2016 4:26 PM

    When the greatest football mind maybe of all time is talking up your guy, that can only be viewed as a good thing.

    Bill Belichick throws around compliments like sewer covers and he doesn’t suffer fools

  11. lifetimefan says: Feb 22, 2016 4:29 PM

    I agree that he surrounds himself with individuals that he feels he can rely on. I have to imagine he also assists in their development. It dovetails right into the “do your job” saying

  12. whiteybulgersson says: Feb 22, 2016 4:30 PM

    The Titans may very well be competing with the Patriots in the next 10 AFC championship games now.

    Doesn’t mean they will win though.

  13. chriskap11 says: Feb 22, 2016 4:41 PM

    It is these moments which allow to like Bill B. , instead of being arrogant he shows the respect to other football minds in the league.

    If this was more consistent you might see more people embrace him.

  14. 6ball says: Feb 22, 2016 4:42 PM

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    Robinson was influential in the Buccaneers last last draft which yielded 4 starters in the first 4 rounds ( Winston, Smith, Marpet and Alexander).
    .

  15. concrete998 says: Feb 22, 2016 4:47 PM

    Belichick does not shine anyone’s shoes unless they’ve earned it.

    Titan fans should be very excited moving forward.

  16. scrp2 says: Feb 22, 2016 4:48 PM

    Why does it sound to me like Belichick is happy to unload some dead weight from Pats organization?

  17. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Feb 22, 2016 4:50 PM

    Kiss of death. He heaped praises on Chip Kelly too. How’d that work out?

  18. mikeytoth says: Feb 22, 2016 4:51 PM

    I guess the Titans are going to be labeled as cheaters now since they have an ex Pat on their squad now.

  19. mikeytoth says: Feb 22, 2016 4:53 PM

    Stay classy Bill. You are the class of the NFL. Other coaches should take notes on how to coach a team with bs allegations thrown in your face and still keep the ship straight! Patriots. Best franchise in the league.

  20. sammyias says: Feb 22, 2016 5:01 PM

    Right now I think the Titans know they made a great choice.

  21. gotitan says: Feb 22, 2016 5:11 PM

    5 wins in two seasons. Jon, please help us, we need all we can get!

  22. z0inks says: Feb 22, 2016 9:18 PM

    The fact that Belichick took the time to send a follow-up e-mail speaks volumes, IMO.

    Had he simply been answer a reporter’s question, he could have dropped a few nice complimentary remarks and been done with it. But instead, he took a day or two to consider his response before detailing his thoughts in an e-mail.

    It was a classy move on the part of Belichick, who could have just as easily let it slide and nobody would have given it a second thought.

  23. goodmojo1 says: Feb 22, 2016 9:59 PM

    Bill Belichick worked with the man for 12 years, so he must have lived up to the “Do your job” credo.

    I’m excited about Jon Robinson because he appears to have a track record of good things happening to football teams he’s associated with. He appears to be highly capable of evaluating talent, excited to be in his first GM role, and extra motivated because he wants to bring great NFL football to his home state. He seems passionate, and I LOVE THAT!

    Turning the Titans around will not be a one or two year proposition, but I’m looking forward to being competitive and finishing games this coming year, or the next. With a couple of years of roster reconstruction under Robinson’s watch, I think the Titans will be a very dangerous team to play. I look forward to that.

  24. arktikman says: Feb 22, 2016 10:20 PM

    The best soldier doesn’t always make the best general. A lot of these guys that come from the BB tree fail. Probably because they were specialists in what they did well. Then the hiring team thinks they will get a mini-BB only to be duped into getting a really good scout and not a good GM for example. I didn’t see BB say he this guy would be an outstanding GM. I will reserve judgment on this guy’s success.

  25. trina16 says: Feb 22, 2016 11:09 PM

    Feb 22, 2016 10:20 PM
    The best soldier doesn’t always make the best general. A lot of these guys that come from the BB tree fail. Probably because they were specialists in what they did well. Then the hiring team thinks they will get a mini-BB only to be duped into getting a really good scout and not a good GM for example. I didn’t see BB say he this guy would be an outstanding GM. I will reserve judgment on this guy’s success.
    ————————

    Why would he lie and say he is a good GM when he never worked in that capacity at NE? BB can only speak about the job the guy did while working with him, not about the one he’s going to do. If you ever listen to a BB interview, you’ll see it’s always about what’s next this week, not what’s up next month.

  26. patsfiend says: Feb 23, 2016 7:12 AM

    The biggest surprise in all of this is that Belichick is familiar with the new fangled electronic mail technology.

  27. strenuis says: Feb 23, 2016 8:09 AM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Feb 22, 2016 4:50 PM

    Kiss of death. He heaped praises on Chip Kelly too. How’d that work out?

    Wrong Kelly Zipperhead!!!

    He Praised Brian Kelly of Notre Dame and has even attended practices in South Bend to meet with his old friend and speak to the Fighting Irish.

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