Re: No Go for Gronk and Amendola
posted at 9/29/2013 8:53 AM EDT
In response to zeitgeist49's comment:
In response to ATJ's comment:
Like many threads on this board, it's quite an interesting read. I've thought (and posted) all along that I only want Gronk and Amendola to play when they're actually ready to play. OK, neither is ready so they're not playing. I'm fine with it.
I do think, like others, that this will be a pretty fair test of the D. They've played well to this point but Buf, NYJ and TB aren't exactly monuments to the high powered O. We'll see.
We'll also see if AD and TK are making the progress that most of us had hoped for.
In the final analysis this is but 1 of 16 reg season games and it's an NFC opponent in their house. Unless I'm mistaken a good many on this board had this down as a loss anyway. I was one of them.
Oh, and thanks for the laugh, Babe. Trade Gronk - that really made me chuckle. Good one.
Upon closer examination, perhaps trading Gronk NOW isn't such a laughable option, as you contend. It all comes down to probabilities and what the PATS could get in return for Gronk. I agree with Babe that trading Gronk for draft choices is not a promising option, given BB's suspect draft history. However, if the PATS could get a proven difference maker on the D-line or in the secondary, the trade would make sense at this point. If the chanes are Gronk continues to miss key playoff games and significant stretches of the regular season, why wouldn't you make the trade ? A significant factor right now is that Gronk's trade value is still relatively high. However, if he has another injury riddled season next year, his value will drop markedly. Another factor to consider is that Brady can make Sudfeld and the rookies look good at season's end, as he has done with numerous sub-par receivers, throughout his brilliant career. As long as the PATS have TB, the offense will not be the primary concern. It's the D that is the annual concern.
I think trading Gronk is an interesting idea, but every team in the world knows that Gronk is hurt and not playing, so Gronk's trade value will be highly discounted. If I were a GM, I'd be very suspicious if the Pats were trying to shop a young TE who has HOF potential. Wouldn't that signal that the Pats had lost faith in his ability to stay healthy?