The father of UM junior defensive linemen Luther Robinson sounded delusional and did his son no favors earlier this week when he called WQAM’s Joe Rose to complain about coach Al Golden.
“Golden comes on the air with a bunch of crap every Monday,” the father said.
The father accused Golden of saying the team’s defensive tackles can’t rush the quarterback, which Golden never specifically said.
“I’m going to tell him he’s a liar,” Robinson said. “This guy is a liar and I don’t like it. I don’t like him insulting my son.”
Rose correctly pointed out that Golden never mentioned Luther Robinson.
The father continued his rant anyway: “I’m sick of this. It’s bull [bleep].”
The father then accused Golden of favoring the players that his staff recruited at the expense of players recruited before Golden was hired.
“Is it something against Randy Shannon players?” the father said. “Luther Robinson needs to be playing defensive tackle more than the other kids. He’s a much better defensive tackle [than the others]. He’s being held back because he’s an upperclassman.”
Earth to Robinson: Your son is playing, in a rotation with Darius Smith, Corey King, Olsen Pierre and Earl Moore at defensive tackle. We’ve seen Robinson take snaps at end, too. If he isn’t playing as much as you would like, deal with it.
The father then lost any remaining shred of credibility when he asserted that Golden doesn’t care about winning games and suggested he’s more concerned with favoring his own recruits.
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In the wake of Ozzie Guillen’s firing, Marlins president David Samson addressed several issues on his 790 The Ticket radio show with Dan Le Batard and Jon Weiner. Among them:
### He said Larry Beinfest’s job is safe as president/baseball operations.
### On the frequent manager turnover: “Freddie Gonzalez was there for 3 ½ seasons. There have different circumstances that led to the instability, and all of them have been valid. There are not too many teams that get it right every time. We’re going to try to do it better.”
### At one point do you say if it’s not just the manager’s fault? “That happened long ago. I don’t think we’ve ever said it’s all the manager’s fault…. If you want to put Jeffrey [Loria] in there, put him in there. We all share in it.”
### On why Guillen was dumped: “It just wasn’t working. We all came to a unanimous conclusion that we had to try something downstairs for lots of reasons. Ozzie is a good guy, good manager. It just didn’t work out for the Marlins the way we thought it would.”
### Samson was asked by a caller why the managers keep getting fired but the president and general manager are not. “I guess it’s not our turn yet.”
### Another caller asked: “When do you look in the mirror and say we need to change?” instead of just firing managers.
Said Samson: “We obviously do look in the mirror. We’re trying. It’s not as easy as you may think to find the right combination of players and manager. We do need to change the roster, and we started that [with Heath Bell]. There are franchises that go decades and decades without winning anything.”
### On the poor performance of first-round draft picks: “We are well below average in the first round and well above average in the late rounds. The 2005 draft killed us – we had five first-round picks and didn’t get anything that was sustainable. That was completely all of our faults.”
### Good line by Samson: “I wish all of our critics came to games. Then we’d be sold out every night.”