Re: how do you break your arm on XP try?
posted at 11/19/2012 8:06 PM EST
In response to Neal Page's comment:
Don't all breaks come in freakish ways? When I broke bones playing sports, it always came in bizarre ways. Just saying.
I don't think there is a point in over-analyzing it.
Look at this way: WIth Gronk's ankle/hip issues, he can now rest all of that and be ready for the postseason.
As great as he is, it's not that devastating because of what BB has here in the pipeline. It's like an embarrassment of riches on offense.
Wish I could share the optimism, Rusty, but I can't. At least, not for now. Depth is not a replacement for talent. Fells and Who-Man can block, but will never be mistaken for Gronk running routes and catching passes. Shiancoe can catch the football (although he has yet to have the chance to prove that here), but offers significantly less bulk than Gronk when blocking.
Gronk's extraordinary combinations of size/speed/athleticism and blocking/catching/route-running cannot be replaced by any one tight end on the Pats roster. If you sub him with Shiancoe, the run game may suffer. If you sub him with Who-Man or Fells, the pass game will most definitely suffer. Gronk, especially in play action sets, may be the most valuable offensive player (non-QB) in the game.
Thus, for the Pats to replace him, they need to put two tight ends on the field...which, of course means you have to draw down (WR, RB) from somewhere else. That draw tips your hand to the defense.