After Thomas Dimitroff balled outrageous for free agent CB Dunta Robinson, former disgruntled Houston Texan, Falcons management was on the receiving end of some mocking from our good friends in the Space City. Texans fans were clearly relieved that someone had taken Robinson off their hands -- and their team's payroll.â†µ
Fast forward, and Pat Yasinkas' posse turns up some head-turning (Chris Houston reference!) numbers on Robinson's contributions so far:â†µ
Atlanta’s pass defense on the left side of the field [Though Robinson prefers to line up on the right side, he's played mostly left in Atlanta.] has improved dramatically since last year. In 2009, opponents averaged 7.8 yards per attempt on pass plays to the left side of the field and opposing quarterbacks compiled an 85.8 passer rating. This season, the Falcons are allowing only 6.2 yards per attempt on passes to the left side and opposing quarterbacks have a 58.8 passer rating.â†µ
Grain of salt: quarterbacks faced by the Falcons so far include Jake Delhomme, Dennis Dixon, Alex Smith, Seneca Wallace, and Derek Anderson. And suggesting Robinson is distinctly better than the last guy isn't saying much. But a pass interference penalty and a lucky dropped ball aside, he's at least better than we were warned he'd be.â†µ
FWIW, the Houston Texans have the NFL's worst pass defense so far. Not saying, just saying.