Gronk's Future In New England

February 28, 2018 - 11:48 am
It’s February 28th, but take a trip with me back to the beginning of the month, back to before the Super Bowl. Remember what life was like then? The Patriots were looking for their sixth ring. Bill Belichick was scheming up something exotic  to shut down, expose and embarrass Nick Foles. Tom Brady was killing the game at 40, Rob Gronkowski was going to be healthy in time for kickoff. And Malcolm Butler was playing more defensive snaps than anyone else in Pats gear. Well,…well…well…how things have changed for the Pats. For the worse. Much worse.  Because they didn’t get that sixth ring. Nick Foles turned Bill Belichick inside out. Tom Brady did play like a legend at 40. Malcolm Butler barely played at all and now Rob Gronkowski might never play again. No seriously. Because while the thought of Gronk retiring at 28 may have sounded sort of whack when it first came up, it doesn’t now. In fact, it makes sense. I see the guy working. And I can see the guy walking. As Tom Curran reported earlier this week: "He didn't enjoy himself in 2017. He did not have a good time, despite the fact that his body was in a better situation than it’s been in a long time and despite the fact that he's one of the most dominant players at any skill position. The atmosphere in New England is starting to wear on him physically and mentally.” Uhhhh, your second most important player didn’t enjoy himself, even though he was healthier than he’d been in a while and the team went to a Super Bowl, and the atmosphere is starting to wear on him? That doesn’t sound good. And the reason it doesn’t sound good, is because it’s not good. And this sounds even worse: "He seriously considered stepping away from the game in training camp. He had kind of had it. At that point his body wasn't responding. He wanted to train a certain way. The team didn't necessarily want him to train the way he wanted to train. They were at loggerheads. He was pissed." And that was before he suffered concussion in the AFC Championship game. Oh, and there’s more: “They still need to have a hell of an air-clearing at Patriot Place to get these guys back.” UH-OH So is it possible that this isn’t just about injuries, but it’s about Alex Guerrero…, again? Because it seems like a lot of things come back to the relationship between the team and the guy who trains Brady and Gronk and others. That’s the thing. It’s not just Brady. If it were, it wouldn’t’ be such a big issue. You think the team really gives a damn how much Guerrero rubs Tommy up to his facebook show? Or whether the dude is a quack or not? Of course not. Not as long as Tommy is balling out the way he does at 40. But it’s not just Brady. It’s Brady recruiting some of his teammates to he and Guerrero’s  TB 12 cult, errrrr, its other Pats seeing what it’s done for Brady and wanting to follow the same regimen themselves. And that’s where it becomes an issue for the Hoodie. They don’t want to cede any control to Guerrero; they want their guys going to their trainers, not Tommy’s… which is why the Hood ripped so many of his Guerrero’s privileges this past season. He clearly doesn’t want this guy around his guys. So you consider all that, and that ESPN piece that dropped suggesting that the big 3, Belichick, Brady and Bob Kraft were at odds and now you have to wonder if Gronk is the fourth man into that alleged three way brawl. . Again, I see Gronk working here. If you’re Gronk and you’ve been as busted up and broken down as he’s been and you find something that works, you want to work that. And if the team’s saying you can’t do that, hell yeah, I’d be pissed. And I’d be asking myself the question, is this really worth it??. There’s almost no injury I haven’t suffered; they won’t let me train the way I want to train. I’ve saved all my money, and unlike a lot of other dudes in this situation, I do have other options. Suddenly, being in movies or the WWE or movies and WWE sounds a lot more appealing… And man, if this really is the cause of all of that, if the relationship with Alex Guerrero could be the thing that pisses off Brady and drives off Gronk, how much must Belichick hate Guerrero to risk all that? And if you’re a Pats fan and you’re not tripping, and you think Gronk would never give up what he has with the Pats, you should probably peruse dude’s twitter feed:  His most recent tweet involves WWE, the one before that is: “There are NO limits!!!!!”  and the one before that is: “Forseee your own future, control your own temptations, and your destiny will be not just be reached, it will just be starting.” Sure, that sounds like a bad yearbook quote or an even worse fortune cookie, but it could also be the sound of a guy getting ready to bounce. Or someone who wants you to think he’s about to bounce. Listen….As long as Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are there, I’m never going to completely bury the Pats, but if Gronk leaves, I’m reaching for my shovel. Clearly, all is not well at Patriot Place and that loss to Philly in the Super Bowl sure as hell didn’t help. Especially, since their window may have already slammed shut for good.