Rob Gronkowski’s Return Puts Patriots Offense Back on Track in Time for Playoffs

December 16, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It's rare to hear Bill Belichick speak as candidly about a player's value to his team as he spoke about Rob Gronkowski in the Do Your Job documentary of the New England Patriots' 2014 Super Bowl championship season. But in reflecting on the Patriots' three playoff losses from 2011-2013, Belichick offered up some lofty praise of his high-profile tight end.
"Had Rob been healthy in any of those three years," Belichick said, "as close as those outcomes were, it might have made a difference." 
Yes, Belichick basically just said that a healthy Gronkowski might have been the difference in the Patriots potentially winning a Super Bowl in 2011 and advancing to the Super Bowl in 2012 and 2013.
That's why there was such a high sense of alert and anxiety when Gronkowski suffered a knee injury against the Denver Broncos in Week 12. That's why it was completely predictable when the Patriots offense was a shell of itself in Week 13 against the Philadelphia Eagles, when Gronkowski...

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