“What I would expect from you, Ryan, is to be a professional about it, to prepare like a starter, to be ready to play”, O’Brien said via ProFootballTalk.com. “Just have to go out at practice and prepare for anyone at any time”. Instead, Gronkowski has stayed focused and has never wavered and now he’s quietly becoming one of the best players in the game. “And we know that they like to use him in different types of situations and line him up all over the field”.
Q: Why do you think Belichick gets such good production out of his no name running backs? “I am looking forward to it. I am just so glad that we play the game here, so that is going to be fun”. Until then, Gronk will be tossing and turning in his race car bed, wondering if there are really magicians in this world, like in those Harry Potter books Julian Edelman reads to him.
“He’s a great coach”, said Gronkowski.
The New England Patriots quite possibly have one of the biggest offensive threats of any team in the NFL, and it’s not Tom Brady.
“He can run, he can block, he can catch the ball, run after the catch; does a lot of dangerous things in the red zone”, Williams said. Rodney said that the Pats would put both him and linebacker Roman Phifer at the line of scrimmage, with the assignment of disrupting Gonzalez before he could get into his pass route. Ryan’s defences have limited Brady to an 88.9 passer rating in his 16-year career, compared to an average passer rating of 96.1, making for intriguing possibilities. Gronk’s performance against Rex Ryan-coached defenses has been up-and-down; he scored a touchdown in last season’s Week 16 win, but you’d have to go back to 2012 to find the last time he scored before that game. “I dislike the fact that I haven’t been that successful against them“, Ryan said.
He didn’t fare much better in the second half and was eventually replaced by Mallett with 6:10 to go in the game.
“If they don’t cover him, you’re going to figure out ways to get him the ball”. It’s also the longest Gronk’s ever gone on national television without having the hostess of the show try to make a baby with him. “No question. But I’ll say this: I respect them, probably as much as any team in the league”.