Re: Lombardi on WEEI
posted at 12/29/2012 8:34 AM EST
In response to 49Patriots' comment:
In response to pezz4pats' comment:
BB speaks and slams the resident know-it-all, but knows nothing...troll
Belichick said that Gronkowski's status for Week 17 remains a medical decision, and while resting starters would be a consideration if the game had no impact on playoff seedings, with a potential top two seed on the line with a win, it is not this week.
"Not in this particular case, because there's nothing we can do to help ourselves unless we beat Miami," Belichick said. "There's nothing we can do to help our situation unless we win, we have to win for anything to happen positive. And that's no guarantee that it will, but that's the first prerequisite. So that's what we [are] operating under, that premise. We've got to go out there and win. If we want things to be better, we have to help ourselves, we have to do that first. That's really what it's all about."
By that same token, Belichick said that the team is not preparing to hold anything back from a game plan standpoint so as to keep those plays and schemes off of film for its first playoff opponent to study.
"I think that definitely would be a consideration if the game didn't mean anything, standings-wise," he said. "Kind of like a preseason game, we're out here playing, but the game really doesn't count in the standings, it counts in your development as a team. But I think when you're in a situation like we are, where you need to win to improve, then its worth winning to improve."
Team sources say that if this was a playoff game that Gronk would lace up. He's been gone from 6 games now, it should only take a month to heal. No, one doesn't usually get set backs with broken arms.
So...Rusty was right.
Rusty was right? Why because we are letting our best weapon on offense fully heal? I don't think you're going to find a person in all of New England that doesn't think that's a good idea.