Biggs: Cardinals name Robinson RB coach

The Arizona Cardinals have hired Tommie Robinson as their running backs coach.

He replaces the departed Curtis Modkins, and comes to the Cardinals from the University of Miami, where he helped develop Graig Cooper. His only previous NFL experience came with the Dallas Cowboys from 1998 to 2000. He’s made stops at the college level at Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech, Arkansas, Memphis, UNLV, TCU and Utah State. He was a starting safety on the 1984 Troy team that captured the Division II national championship.

Robinson will be the third running back in as many seasons for the Cardinals as Modkins departed to become the offensive coordinator at the University of Buffalo. Previously, ex-Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley had tabbed Maurice Carthon for that role. Carthon left with Haley to go to Kansas City.

With Kurt Warner retired, running the football likely became a much more important task for the Cardinals. Coach Ken Whisenhunt knows something about smashmouth offenses having spent time in Pittsburgh. Robinson has a decent backfield to work with in Beanie Wells and Tim Hightower.

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