Re: Enough about Hernandez. If we have to go with what we have lets take a look
posted at 6/27/2013 5:01 PM EDT
In response to NEGAME2's comment:
In response to PatsEng's comment:
In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
I'm not sure the two TE offense is going to be quite so effective without Hern and Gronk together. We will have enough depth at TE (and quality too, assuming Gronk can play), but I think the offense may need to be tweaked with Hern's receptions going to a WR or to a back like Vereen rather than to a TE. That means quality at other receiving positions is essential to gauging how the offense is affected by the loss of one of our two top receiving TEs. There are still question marks at those other positions, however.
If Gronk is out for an extended time, there are lots of question marks at TE too. I hear Ballard is not 100% and has a noticeable limp. So he's still an injury concern. Fells and Hoomananui are not the same quality (especially as receivers) as Gronk and Hern. And the other guys are all untested.
Overall, I thnk we have more questions than answers right now. But that's what camp and preseason are for . . . we have to hope that some of the wideouts emerge as major threats. If they do, we will be fine. If they don't, we better hope the defense is much improved.
it all depends on Ballard and Gronk. If they are both healthy and 100% by week 3 then I think the 2 TE set can be as effective in a different manner. The receiving aspect will take a hit but having two similar types of TE's who are the size of smaller OL gives more option release plays and should improve the running game blocking scheme. The 2 TE set might evolve into a line that allows a runner to gain 4-5yrds every down be unpredictable which direction or inside/outside it may go. One thing about Hernandez was he was a decent blocker but other teams cheated towards Gronk on running downs limiting some plays. With a larger more effective blocker in Ballard it in turns makes the D have to spread up giving greater chances to create holes anywhere on the line. With Ridleys and Vereens burst, provided they read and react quick enough, this could lead to some great running
Pats, do you think Gronk is ever going to be the same. I don't trust that arm, and sorry to say he may get injured again. I hope they hold him out until he is healed, and not rush him back again.
There's options with Gronk. Keep him active and insert him in when ready. No matter how long that is There's pup. Have to make that decision by week 6 or 7 I think dependent on the bye. Or tht new IR designation where he can come back week 10 like ray lewis did So he has time to heal.
Edit : sorry bill I didn't see your thread.