Robert Francois: 2011 Green Bay Packers Evaluation and Report Card All Green Bay Packers All the Time
inside linebacker Robert Francois
Robert Francois

1) Introduction: In a little bit of trivia, Robert Francois has the ignoble distinction of being the player cut on the Minnesota Vikings roster in 2009 to make room for one Brett Lorenzo Favre (so the Packers won twice with that transaction it seems).  Other than that, Francois has been relatively quiet while being buried behind bigger names like AJ Hawk, Desmond Bishop, Nick Barnett and Brandon Chillar.  But with Chillar and Barnett no longer on the team, Francois became a primary backup to AJ Hawk.

2) Profile:

Robert Francois

Position: ILB
Height: 6-2
Weight: 255 lbs.
AGE: 26
Career Stats


3) Expectations coming into the season for that player: Next to nothing; over his career with the Packers, Francois had started 1 game and recorded 3 tackles, all of which came on special teams.

4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Highlights include stepping up during a 2-week stretch when AJ Hawk was hurt and managing to record an acrobatic interception in both of them as well as posting 13 tackles. Lowlights included pretty much any time Francois wasn’t the starter as he made only 2 special teams tackles and didn’t see any time on the field.

5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Moderate; considering what could have happened when both starting inside linebackers left the game, he and fellow backup DJ Smith filled in admirably and showed off the depth that the Packers still had at inside linebacker.  Perhaps even more stunning was that communication on the field remained a non-factor as the coaching staff were forced to signal in plays from the sidelines after both “green dot” helmets (worn by Hawk and Bishop) were on the sidelines.

6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Francois was a healthy scratch against the Giants during the playoffs and did not make the 45-man active roster.

(C) Level of expectations met during the season
(C) Contributions to team’s overall success
(N/A) Player’s contributions in the playoffs

Overall Grade for the year: C


Thomas Hobbes is a staff writer for Jersey Al’s


  • Dan

    I’m glad he’s on the roster. Filled in admirably when needed on D.

    • Thomas Hobbes

      I completely agree.

  • WIM

    in two games made just about as many plays as Hawk did in the rest of the year. and those two plays were ones Hawk simply could not have made under any circumstances

  • Ron LC

    His performance did point out Hawk’s failures. I have to assume Hawk’s grade is F. He was one of the big reasons for the defensive failure this year. Hope Francois returns. He’s a good backup ILB.

    • JimR_in_DC

      I take it then that Hawk was NOT a good backup ILB.

      • Ron LC

        Good, very good!

    • Thomas Hobbes

      Lol well your really not going to like my grade then…

  • ELo

    Hes earned his spot and we may need him even more next year.

  • Pete Kliman

    Seems to be decent in pass coverage and has more speed than Hawk.