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Raised in Lucy, Louisiana, 25 miles (40 km) west of New Orleans, Robiskie went to nearby Second Ward High School in Edgard, Louisiana, where he was a star quarterback. He then went to the Louisiana State University, where was converted to a running back for LSU's football team. During his senior year, in 1976, he was named SEC Most Valuable Player and a first-team All-SEC running back. He was the first LSU running back to run for over 200 yards in a single game, gaining 214 yards in 30 attempts against Rice University in 1976. He was also the first LSU running back to run for over 1,000 yards in a season (1976), and the first LSU running back to run for over 2,500 yards in a career (1973–76).
Drafted in the eighth round by the Oakland Raiders, Robiskie spent five years in the NFL as a running back with the Raiders (1977–79) and the Miami Dolphins (1980–81), while playing for legendary coaches John Madden, Tom Flores and Don Shula. He was a role player, gaining only 553 yards in five seasons. Robiskie was forced to retire after only five seasons due to an injury.
He entered the coaching profession with the Los Angeles Raiders in 1982 as the assistant running backs coach where he tutored Marcus Allen to two Pro Bowls and two 1,000-yard seasons. Robiskie was the assistant special teams coach for the Raiders from 1985–87, and he tutored the Raiders tight ends in 1988.
Robiskie was the Raiders offensive coordinator from 1989-93. In 1990, Oakland ranked 9th in the NFL with 126.8 yards rushing per game and QB Jay Schroeder ranked 6th in the NFL with a 90.8 QB rating. In 1992, the Raiders ranked 11th in the NFL with 112.1 yards rushing. In 1993, Oakland ranked 5th in the NFL in passing and 13th in total offense as Robiskie helped QB Jeff Hostetler pass for 3,242 yards and 14 TDs. Robiskie’s 12 years with the Raiders included seven playoff stints, four division titles and a victory over the Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII.
Robiskie spent the next seven years with the Washington Redskins as an offensive assistant coaching receivers. Robiskie began the 2000 season as passing game coordinator in Washington and helped the Redskins rank fifth in the NFC in total offense (337.3 yards per game) and passing (228.0 yards per game). He helped running back Stephen Davis total 1,318 yards and 11 touchdowns on 332 attempts, including five 100-yard outings.
He concluded the 2000 season as the Redskins head coach for the final three games of the regular season following the departure of Norv Turner. Robiskie’s record as head coach was 1-2, including a 20-3 win over Arizona on December 24.
Robiskie joined the Browns in 2001 as wide receivers coach and held that role through 2003. In 2004 he was named offensive coordinator, but late in the season was named interim head coach replacing Butch Davis who resigned under fire. His record was 1-4 in the interim role.
He interviewed as permanent head coach, but that job went to Romeo Crennel. He then openly campaigned to remain as an assistant, and was named wide receivers coach in February 2005. He was let go in January 2007.
Shortly after being fired by the Browns, Robiskie was hired as an assistant coach for the Miami Dolphins. His new assignment was the wide receivers coach. Robiskie was on the same Washington Redskins staff as former Dolphins head coach Cam Cameron from 1994 to 1996.
- 1982-1984 Los Angeles Raiders RB
- 1985-1987 Los Angeles Raiders ST
- 1988 Los Angeles Raiders TE
- 1989-1993 Los Angeles Raiders OC
- 1994-1999 Washington Redskins WR
- 2000 Washington Redskins PGC/Interim HC
- 2001-2003 Cleveland Browns WR
- 2004 Cleveland Browns OC/Interim HC
- 2005-2006 Cleveland Browns WR
- 2007 Miami Dolphins WR
- 2008- Atlanta Falcons WR
Head coaching record
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|Won||Lost||Ties||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|WAS||2000||1||2||0||.333||4th in NFC East||–||–||–||–|
|CLE||2004||1||5||0||.167||3rd in AFC North||–||–||–||–|
Robiskie and his wife, Cynthia, have three sons: Brian, Andrew, and Kyle. Brian was a wide receiver for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team who was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 2nd round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Andrew was a center for the Southern Methodist University football team, before transferring to Western Illinois University, undrafted free agent acquisition by the Oakland Raiders May 2013. Kyle plays wide receiver for Western Illinois University.
|Cleveland Browns Offensive Coordinator