Rams set for Seahawks on Monday night
Michael Robinson spent the first seven weeks of the NFL season at home waiting for the right job opportunity to come his way and making observations about what was happening in the league.
When the fullback rejoined the Seattle Seahawks this past week - the team Robinson spent the previous three seasons with - one of his first remarks had nothing to do with Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch or Richard Sherman.
Once considered patsies when outside the noisy confines of their home field, the Seahawks (6-1) have morphed from pushovers to consistent winners away from home.
They've started this season 3-1 away from Seattle, matching last year's road win total, and have a chance to improve on that mark Monday night in St. Louis (3-4) against the Rams.
The change in Seattle's results away from home is dramatic compared to just a few seasons ago.
In Pete Carroll's first season in 2010, the Seahawks went 2-6 on the road and were never closer than 15 points in their losses.
They lost by 30 in Oakland and 23 in Tampa Bay.
The road problems carried early into Carroll's second season before a turn began to be made with the team. Instead of getting routed on the road, Seattle started being competitive.
In their last 16 road games, the Seahawks are 8-8 and none of the losses have been by more than 10 points.
Seattle's five road losses last season were by a combined 24 points with a 13-6 loss at San Francisco the most decisive.
The Seahawks look back on many of those losses with regret, having lost late leads at Arizona, at Detroit and at Miami, and had any of those been victories, Seattle would have won the NFC West a season ago.
Still, the lessons learned in losing those late leads have mostly taken hold this season.
The Seahawks grinded their way to a 12-7 win at Carolina in the season opener, came from 17 points down to stun Houston in overtime and start the Texans on their slide, and last week dominated Arizona in a 34-22 win, in a stadium where Seattle had never won.