Originally created 01/15/04

Robinson chosen as Saints wide receivers coach



NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Saints have hired Jimmy Robinson as the team's new wide receivers coach.

Robinson, a 20-year coaching veteran and a receivers coach with the New York Giants for the last six seasons, replaces Hubbard Alexander.

Alexander was fired at the end of the Saints' 8-8 season.

"We talked to a lot of quality coaches in trying to fill this position, but in our view Jimmy's experience and track record made him a cut above the rest," coach Jim Haslett said Wednesday.

Under Robinson, the Giants' wide receivers posted the most successful seasons in club history. Amani Toomer became the team's all-time receiving yardage leader with 6,366 yards, and he established team records in 2002 with 82 catches and 1,387 yards.

In 2001, Giants wide receivers caught a team-record 186 passes for 2,680 yards and 15 touchdowns. In 1999, Toomer and Ike Hilliard combined for 2,179 receiving yards, becoming the first receiver tandem in Giants history to total more than 2,000 yards in a season.