Titans GM Discusses What he Learned from Patriots


HOUSTON — Jon Robinson made a great impression on those around him during his 12 seasons with the New England Patriots.

Here at Super Bowl LI, Patriots coach Bill Belichick, owner Robert Kraft and team president Jonathan Kraft all raved about Robinson, who worked four seasons as the team's director of college scouting (2009-13) after spending seven seasons as a scout.

"He did a tremendous job for us,'' Belichick said of Robinson, "and has done a great job for the Titans this year. I think he is a great general manager and a great evaluator of talent and he has a great career in front of him."

The Patriots rallied to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime on Sunday night. It was a game to remember.

So what made the biggest impression on Robinson during his time with the Patriots?

"Really just the attention to detail that we took with every facet of the organization,'' said Robinson, who joined the Titans prior to the 2015 season. "Really, no stone was left unturned. Everybody was held to the same standard, and it was a, 'We're going to do what is best for the team approach' from scouting to video to training to p.r. to coaching to players. Everybody was kind of held to the same thing."

Robinson was coaching at Nicholls State in 2002 when he got his big NFL break.

Jason Licht, now general manager of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was a scout with the Patriots when Robinson served as a coach and pro liaison at Nicholls State. Light recommended Robinson to Scott Pioli, the team's vice president of player personnel at the time. Pioli, now assistant general manager of the Falcons, interviewed Robinson and then offered him a job in scouting two days later.

"I can't say enough good things about (Scott), the chance he took on me, a young coach who was trying to crack into the business,'' Robinson said. "I really knew nothing about scouting, but I was a coachable guy who was willing to learn and loved football, and I think that is kind of what they were looking for then."

The Patriots have built a dynasty since the early 2000s.

The Patriots have 16 winning seasons, 14 AFC East titles, 14 playoff berths, seven AFC championships and now five Super Bowl wins under Belichick.

Owner Robert Kraft, Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady looked pretty comfortable holding up their fifth Vince Lombardi Trophy on Sunday night.

In the eyes of Robinson, the Patriots have set the standard for what all teams should strive for, including the Titans.

"They sure win an awful lot,'' Robinson said. " I think the standard is to win, and when you go to seven Super Bowls in the last 15 years, well, that's what every team envies."

TitansOnline.com looks back at GM Jon Robinson's first year with the Titans. (AP Photos)

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