Re: Guaranteed way how Gronk can improve his game next week, compared to yesterday.
posted at 11/8/2010 5:30 PM EST
In Response to Re: Guaranteed way how Gronk can improve his game next week, compared to yesterday.
[QUOTE]Go back and watch Super Bowl XX if you want to see a whole team have a worse day than Gronk did. Yes, he was lousy. But to me what's more interesting is how they kept him on the field most of the game. Even when a rookie is playing bad they need him on the field to keep some of the pressure off Hernandez. Tate and Branch are not real threats right now. I assume Welker is getting doubled but it didn't seem he was in the game or even on the field. In short, they are so thin at receiver that Gronk, as bad as he was, needs to be on the field.
Posted by jimijazz[/QUOTE]
I loved Branch in 2004, etc. I w3as skeptical about his return and was not fooled by his one good game. Maybe he will produce when his hammy heals, but
if he can't pull it together, I would not be shocked buy his retirement next year.
I remember Hernandez having one bad game earlier, but nothing close to as bad as Gronk's. And I watched and re-watched SBXX and I don't agree that it was collectively as bad as yesterday. At those Pats were still in the game at the half. Gronk single-handed lost that game yesterday, IMO.
Still, I know he could be great. Let's hope he never does something like this again.
As for Tate, I see potential.
I agree about Welker. I did not expect him to be a performer this year. Heck, I did not expect him to return this year. So I am not surprised he is struggling to get separation. Hopefully, they can develop Tate to help Welker or they can draft a true, downfield receiver. Tate was primarily a returner, just like Devon Hester is primarily a returner. Neither are strong at receiver (Hester was
a CB)and it is unfair to expect too much beyond their respective skill sets.
I have confidence that the loss was an aberration. Again, if Gronk plays his normal game - even though the Browns did play a great game and great game plan - the Pats get a win. But I have to tell you, my family and I were fuming at his every blown play. So I cannot imagine that his teammates and coaches are too happy with him today. There is not enough time in the week for him to run all the laps he needs to run.