Re: Gronk and back surgery?
posted at 5/17/2013 5:23 PM EDT
In response to BassFishingII's comment:
In response to CatfishHunter's comment:
In response to pcmIV's comment:
Despite all the hand wringing about injuries, at the end of the day Gronk hadn't missed any games until last season and with the exception of the SB in 2011 he was fully healthy (as much as football players can be) for every game his first 2 seasons. I'll worry when he starts missing more significant time.
Except that he's been limited/unavailable in 2 of the most important games of his short, 3-year career. His injury in the SB is almost undoubtedly the difference between winning and losing the SB. His absence in the AFCCG is arguably the difference between winning and losing that game as well.
People that get nervous about his health have every reason to be.
But, again, that proves our imbalanced offense. As great as a Welker or Gronk are, them not having a good game or not being there should in no way be tied to a longstanding problem of offensive approach.
The fact you are making that mistake, IMO, is why our offense is imbalanced.
Short of Brady going down, one other player as a target for him should not completely cripple this team's ability to plug someone else in and move the sticks, control the ball, not throw INTs on 1st down, not stare down just the remaining 1 or 2 passing options you prefer, etc.
This is the problem some of our fans have with a 53 man roster where they are fixated on the star name on the jersey, almost exclusively.
The fact is, we were BETTER prepared without Gronk vs Balt than we were in the SB.
Look at the result. Did we throw to Hooman on a check down? Did we stack the TEs with Fells and Hooman and run plays with Brady under Center? No.
We ran a gimmick hurry up with some shotguns and only put up 13 points.
There's no need to open the can of worms about play-calling.
The fact is, when healthy, Gronk is a Difference Maker, all over the field and particularly in the red zone.
They are called Difference Makers for a reason.