Vikings 2011: DE Brian Robison

  • Updated: September 9, 2011 - 12:59 AM
Brian Robison knows the questions he's about to face long before anyone has a chance to ask them.

"Can I last a whole game, and can I play the run?" said Robison, who replaces Ray Edwards as the Vikings' starting left defensive end. "That's what I've heard since I got here five [seasons] ago."

The questions take on more significance now that Robison is a full-time starter for the first time. He has been an effective situational pass rusher, but his career high for starts (five) and tackles (25) came as a rookie in 2007.

"I don't think there's any pressure on Brian," Vikings defensive line coach Karl Dunbar said. "B-Rob has been here five years, played a lot of ball. It's the same defense. He'll be doing the same things, only he's with the first group and not the second group."

As a backup, Robison played 20 to 25 snaps per game on average. As a starter, he will play 45 to 50, including some at tackle.

"The added snaps are no problem for B-Rob," Dunbar said. "Ray Edwards didn't start off playing 45 to 50 snaps."

The Vikings made the decision to go with Robison over Edwards not long after last season. They signed Robison to a three-year, $14.1 million deal with a $6.5 million signing bonus right before the NFL lockout began. After the lockout ended, the Vikings made no effort to re-sign Edwards, who went to Atlanta for a five-year, $30 million deal that included $11 million guaranteed.

Robison played in 14 games with four starts last season. He was 15th on the team in tackles (18) but fourth in quarterback hurries (15). He also had two sacks.

Robison also knows the only way he can convince people he's not a potential liability as a starter is to, well, start.

"If you look at my résumé, I showed that I can hold up for a whole game, and I showed I can stop the run," Robison said. "Now, it's just a matter of being able to do it for 16 games."

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions


Baltimore - LP: W. Chen 1 FINAL
Boston - WP: J. Masterson 7
Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Arrieta 5 FINAL
Pittsburgh - LP: A. Caminero 2
NY Yankees - LP: C. Sabathia 1 FINAL
Detroit - WP: A. Simon 2
Cincinnati - WP: A. DeSclafani 6 FINAL
Milwaukee - LP: W. Peralta 1
Cleveland - LP: C. Allen 3 FINAL
Chicago WSox - WP: D. Robertson 4
Minnesota - LP: K. Gibson 1 FINAL
Kansas City - WP: E. Volquez 7
San Diego - WP: O. Despaigne 14 FINAL
Colorado - LP: J. De La Rosa 3
Oakland - WP: D. Otero 6 FINAL
LA Angels - LP: M. Shoemaker 3
Houston - WP: T. Sipp 7 FINAL
Seattle - LP: D. Farquhar 5
Milwaukee 82 FINAL
Chicago 91
New Orleans 87 FINAL
Golden State 97
NY Rangers 2 FINAL
Pittsburgh 1
St. Louis 0 FINAL
Minnesota 3
Anaheim 5 FINAL(OT)
Winnipeg 4
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters



Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit NoonX17-3
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo NoonX17-16
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay NoonX19-13 ot
Nov 2 - vs. Washington NoonX29-26
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago NoonX21-13
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay NoonX24-21
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina NoonX31-13
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets NoonX30-24 ot
Dec 14 - at Detroit 3:25 pmX16-14
Dec 21 - at Miami NoonX37-35
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago NoonX13-9




question of the day

Poll: Where will Adrian Peterson be playing in 2015?

Weekly Question