The guy takes up a roster spot as our 3rd RB, yet he's virtually useless as a RB. Ok, I take that back. HE IS USELESS AS A RB!
We are all aware of Robinson being a great leader, but teams only carry three RB's during the season. With Robinson taking up a roster spot as a RB, we are forced to cut or demote younger players (Kory Sheets, Thomas Clayton) who may have developed into solid contributors. I realize Sheets for example is currently a practice squader. However, there are quality RB's in the league who used to be practice squad players. Ryan Grant and Derrick Ward are examples.
If Robinson's contributions on special teams are too valuable, then make him a backup FB and carry another RB who can actually contribute as a runner. When Coffee went down with an injury, we could have used a quality backup, instead of two yards and a cloud of dust!
I see no point in the 49ers carrying a RB who isn't a good runner. Hopefully we draft Spiller and designate Robinson to another position.
[ Edited by doc_brown_ on Jan 20, 2010 at 18:43:41 ]