Re: Early Rumblings in Carolina
posted at 11/13/2013 12:17 PM EST
In response to TripleOG's comment:
In response to Harvey-Wallbanger's comment:
"I fully expect Kuechly to take Gronk away."
Kuechly is a nice young LB in this league with star written all over him, but to pretend Kuechly has produced against someone like Gronk and a QB like Brady is a bit ridiculous.
Out of curiosity, I looked up what Brees/Graham did in each contest last year vs Carolina.
In NOs later in the year, Graham caught 9 balls for 115 yards and TD with Carolina allowing 38 points.
Earlier in Carolina, Saints put up 27 and Graham had 7 catches for 71 yards and a TD. I fully realize this was last year, but Gronk is also superior to that of Jimmy Graham, mainly because he's a very good in-line blocker as much as the superior target and receiver.
and Kuechly is a rookie so your findings are meaningless. There are other good tight ends in the league if you need comparison. Just found this article ironically.
They mention his coverage ability and how he shut down Vernon Davis. Be worried, Oh and Greg Olson is pretty good on the other side. He is one of the fastest Tight ends in the league. We will have problems with him(noticed in another thread you discounted the TEs and Wrs) remember just being big is a problem with our safeties both being under 5'11 and our backers slow as molasses
He's going to have to play hack-a-Gronk. If he's not physical he will be ineffective I expect to see some penalties both ways. The real deal will be if they double Gronk Then maybe our rookie receivers will find their hands and take the pressure off Brady to Gronk. We need to run and control the clock, newton will tire the D out if he's out there scrambling all game. I think this is more of a test for the panthers then it is for us.