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Friday, September 3, 2010
Thoughts on Michael Robinson's release

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Special-teams ace Michael Robinson was looking like a keeper for the San Francisco 49ers.

Looks can be deceiving.

News that the 49ers released Robinson in advance of the 53-man roster deadline could reflect a couple realities. One, the 49ers have a new special-teams coach in Kurt Schottenheimer. Any equity Robinson had built up with the previous special-teams coach, Al Everest, didn't carry over. Two, Robinson wasn't a factor on offense. In fact, when unusual circumstances thrust Robinson into the lineup for the exhibition opener at Indianapolis, Robinson lost a fumble on the team's first offensive play.

A player with no value on offense and no equity with his special-teams coach was more vulnerable than anticipated.