Patrick Robinson has a different role in his second stint in New Orleans. But the Saints signed their former first-round pick to a four-year Le'Raven Clark Jersey , $20 million deal because he’s one of the best nickel corners in the game.
Nickel cornerbacks formerly were part-time players in a specialized role. Now, they’re a team’s 12th starter.
“He’s playing 70 percent of the snaps,” Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen said, via Joel Erickson of The Advocate. “That nickel player is a starter, and he’s going to play more snaps than the SAM linebacker.”
The Saints targeted Robinson this offseason because of his work in the slot with the Eagles last season.
Robinson made 47 tackles, a sack, four interceptions and 18 pass breakups in the regular season and added a pick-six in the NFC Championship Game.
“I think that’s a difficult position to play Patrick Maroon Jersey ,’ Allen said. “You’re required to have the athletic skill set to cover in man-to-man, much like you would on the outside lanes like a corner, but there’s a mental aspect that goes on in there, and things happen a lot faster inside in the slot. Gaining that experience has certainly helped him.”
But the nickel corner in Philadelphia isn’t exactly the same as the nickel corner in New Orleans.
“It’s very aggressive, more on the man-to-man side,” Robinson said. “I would say this past year, it was more of a zone defense when I was in Philly. Here Jerick McKinnon Jersey , it’s more aggressive, more blitzing, more of a man-to-man type defense. I’m still trying to get used to it.”
The Milwaukee Bucks have officially announced the hiring of Mike Budenholzer as their new coach.
A person familiar with the search had told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the Milwaukee Bucks had reached an agreement with Budenholzer, the former Atlanta Hawks coach. The Bucks made the official announcement Thursday.
”The tremendously supportive fans in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin are waiting and ready,” Budenholzer said in a statement released by the team. ”Now it’s up to us to put all the pieces together, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Budenholzer replaces Joe Prunty, the former assistant who went 21-16 in the regular season after replacing the fired Jason Kidd in late January. The Bucks lost to Boston in seven games in the first round of the playoffs.
The 48-year-old Budenholzer went 213-197 in five seasons with the Hawks. Budenholzer was named the NBA coach of the year in 2015 Ivan Provorov Jersey , when he led the Hawks to a franchise-record 60 wins and an appearance in the Eastern Conference finals.
He and the Hawks mutually agreed to part ways last month with two years remaining on his contract, allowing Budenholzer to pursue other opportunities.
Before joining the Hawks, Budenholzer spent 19 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, including a 17-year stint as an assistant coach. The Spurs won NBA titles in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007 during Budenholzer’s tenure as an assistant coach.
”Mike has played a key role in building successful teams throughout his career,” Bucks general manager Jon Horst said in a statement. ”He’s widely respected and has shown a special ability to teach and develop players. His leadership Cal Clutterbuck Jersey , basketball intellect, championship-level experience and communication skills make him the right fit to take our team to the next level.”
Budenholzer takes over a team that has a legitimate star in Giannis Antetokounmpo but is attempting to take the next step after making first-round playoff exits each of the last two years. The Bucks, who will be moving into a new arena in the fall, haven’t advanced beyond the first round of the postseason since reaching the Eastern Conference finals in 2001.
”There are terrific people throughout the organization, and together we have a tremendous opportunity to take the Bucks to the next level,” Budenholzer said in a statement. ”I look forward to working with our group of young and exciting players and helping us evolve in many ways to succeed on the court.”
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