Former Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Greg Robinson passed away at the age of 70 on Wednesday, per reporter Pat Kirwan. According to reports, Robinson died on Wednesday morning of “natural causes.”
Robinson had a tremendous history in the coaching ranks for four full decades in both the collegiate and professional ranks. It’s a journey that began in 1975 as a graduate assistant at the University of the Pacific in California and finished in 2015 as the defensive coordinator for San Jose State.
When it comes to Chiefs Kingdom, Robinson will be the familiar face as the defensive coordinator for Kansas City from 2001 through 2003 as he oversaw Dick Vermeil’s defensive plans. The Chiefs never ranked higher than 19th overall in those seasons, but Robinson was part of the staff in that magical 13-3 season that unfortunately finished with a playoff opening loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
During his tenure with the Chiefs, Robinson coached pass rushers like Eric Hicks and Vonnie Holliday, linebackers like Donnie Edwards and Mike Maslowski and defensive backs such as Eric Warfield, Greg Wesley, Jerome Woods, and Ray Crockett.
Robinson was the defensive coordinator for a few NFL teams over the years, and he came over to the Chiefs from the Denver Broncos, which came after a stint with the New York Jets. He also served as head coach at Syracuse for four years from 2005 to 2008, but it was a miserable stretch in win the team only won 10 games and lost 37.
Robinson retired from coaching after serving at San Jose State as DC for two seasons in 2014-15.