Having the Gronk out is not good. That said, there maybe a silver lining here:
1. Saves wear and tear on Gronk, and let's him fully heal his body.
2. Keeps our dominant offensive weapon ready to go for the playoffs
3. Let's other offensive weapons step up; hello Brandon loyd
4. Demonstrates to the younger players it's about the full team, not one player. In the accelerated 24x7 media frenzy which glorifies individual players, this is a great way for the offensive unit to find there true identity
5. Players stepping up like #11 (didn't hurt that he had a few weeks of rest and looked like he was shot out of a cannon)
In the end a great learning moment for the younger players and it's all about the team, and not just one player