Cowboys hire new receivers coach

Jon Machota Special Contributor

February 18, 2011

Jason Garrett has been familiar with the work of Jimmy Robinson for a while.

The two worked together in 2000 when Robinson coached wide receivers for the New York Giants and Garrett was the team’s backup quarterback.

According to the Associated Press, they got to know each other through offensive meetings and on the nights when Garrett put in coach-like hours, staying at team headquarters long after his teammates were gone.

Those times allowed the two to become friends, kick-starting the thought of one day coaching together.

According to the AP, when Garrett became coach of the Cowboys in January and began putting together his first staff, he wanted Robinson on it.

However, Robinson was busy coaching the receivers of the Green Bay Packers.

Garrett had to wait until the second week of February for permission to interview Robinson for the wide receivers coaching position with the Cowboys.

Leaving the Super Bowl champions was not easy, but joining a friend, receiving a pay raise and getting the added title of assistant head coach sealed the deal.

“It’s bittersweet,” he said during a Thursday interview at Valley Ranch. “On one hand, that’s the best time to leave, when you’ve just won a championship. But maybe it’s the worst time to leave because maybe you’d like to defend a championship and maybe win another. I just felt like for my family, for my wife and I, it really was the right time, the right opportunity, a chance to grow in the business a little bit.”

Having been a receivers coach since 1990, Robinson has worked for the Falcons, Colts, Giants, Saints and Packers. His tenure has led to him guiding star receivers like Marvin Harrison, Amani Toomer, Joe Horn, Donte Stallworth, Andre Rison, Greg Jennings and Donald Driver.

“I’m certainly not here to reinvent the system and change the offense or anything like that,” Robinson said. “I’m here to bring ideas, bring creativity, ideas on how to do things structurally