Springer is not one of the more skillful bots, and in a fight he only has his formidable brute force to rely on. That might be a disadvantage but, while he's only ever risen to the middle of the Autobots ranks, he's still got smarts. Using his smarts, he's able to come up with ways of using his strength and firepower that the enemy won't see coming. This has given him one hell of a reputation, one that makes him sound more monstrous and stubborn that he really is. Don't believe everything you hear though: he's not an ogre, he's just a soldier. A soldier's soldier, having a combat record to be proud of!