According to a report from ESPN’s Field Yates, former Jacksonville Jaguars running back/offensive weapon, Denard Robinson, will be joining the team’s coaching staff as an offensive quality control coach.
The Jaguars have hired Denard Robinson as an offensive quality control coach, per source. Robinson was a fifth-round pick for Jacksonville in 2013 after his time at Michigan as a QB and one of the best players in the country.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) June 11, 2020
Robinson, 29, last played for the Jaguars in 2016 and was drafted by the team in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Robinson played running back, rushing for 1,058 yards on 268 carries, while adding five touchdowns on the ground.
Last week, the former Michigan Wolverine quarterback was seen at the team’s peaceful Black Lives Matter protest, marching along with several of the team’s coaches, including head coach Doug Marrone and running backs coach Terry Robiskie.
Robinson most recently coached with the JU Dolphins in Jacksonville, Fla. as the team’s offensive analyst and assistant to special team’s coordinator Steven Sylvester.
The Dolphins disbanded their football operation at the end of the 2019 season.
In the NFL, a quality control coach, offensively or defensively, will typically help the offensive staff scout future opponents and game plan for the weeks ahead.
In his collegiate career, Robinson was known as “Shoelace” due to the way he would wear his shoes, with the laces completely untied. For Robinson, this allowed him to run much more freely, and as a result, faster. He would go on to bring the gimmick to the NFL, however, he tied his shoes only loosely.
In college, Robinson was one of the most dynamic quarterback/offensive players in the nation. In four years for the Wolverines, Robinson rushed for 4,495 yards and 42 rushing touchdowns on 723 carries, while adding 6,250 yards in the air to go along with 49 passing touchdowns.
The Jaguars have made several changes to their offensive coaching staff this offseason, including making former Washington head coach Jay Gruden the team’s offensive coordinator. Now, the team will add a new face to the mix in Robinson.