Tony Gonzalez gets better with age

NFL_gonzalez1_250.jpgIn this week’s edition of Monday Morning Quarterback, Peter King of SI.com caught our attention with a fairly obvious, but largely overlooked, fact.

Tight end Tony Gonzalez has averaged 20 more receptions over his last three years than he did in his first 10 seasons.

From 1997 through 2006, Gonzalez caught on average 72.1 passes.  From 2007 through 2009, the number has spiked to 92.7.

And he has missed only two games due to injury, none in the past three years.

Though some might wonder whether this Sports Illustrated scribe has applied a Madden-style jinx to Gonzalez by pointing this out, we think that the 34-year-old will continue to add to his first-ballot Hall of Fame career.

21 responses to “Tony Gonzalez gets better with age

  1. The league has changed in that time – The type of offenses hes played in has changed as well……

  2. “The league has changed in that time – The type of offenses hes played in has changed as well……”
    So what? That would apply to every player.

  3. gee, why do I even read the MNQB anymore. I can just come here and read you regurgitating it.

  4. Write it down…Tony Gonzalez is on PED’s. Athletes don’t get better after 30. Just like McGwire, just like Bonds, and just like Romonowski.

  5. Gonzo is as good as it gets, a true professional with tons of God given talent.
    If only they were all like Tony.

  6. Peter King’s an idiot. He finds random stats and links them together to try look smart for finding this obscure correlation between them.
    I didn’t read the article, so I don’t know if he mentioned these other variables, but I apologize if he did…
    QB’s are putting up much bigger numbers nowadays then 10+ years ago, thanks to rule changes and the way the game has evolved. There are more 4000+ yard passers now than ever, and a ton of passing records are going down.
    Also, this would included first few years in the league, and players don’t usually put up huge numbers in their first few years. (Tony had 92 catches in his first 2 years combined and averaged 56 through his first 3 years)
    SO, in conclusion, Peter King is a schmuck. You can’t include outliers (first few years in the league) in your study and not account for other variables (rule changes and evolution of the passing game) and then try to claim your findings as valid.

  7. Let’s face it, the last two years he was in KC, he was the only real receiving threat. Last year, he and Roddy White were the only real receiving threats and White had a down year from his previous. Gonzo picked up the slack. And they really didn’t run all that well. Not trying to take anything away from his accomplishments, but it wasn’t as if he got bigger, faster, ran better routes than it was a by-product of the offense he was in or in the case of KC was stuck in. He is though, without a doubt, first ballot material.

  8. I think he should be a first ballot hall of famer, like you called him…..but I thought Shannon Sharpe was too.

  9. 1. Marv_Sleezy says: June 7, 2010 12:48 PM
    The league has changed in that time – The type of offenses hes played in has changed as well……
    —————-
    The “change” occurred before 2006 broski.

  10. When he turns 70 he will have an average of 5 touchdowns a game and net 6,000 receiving yards by seasons end.

  11. “From 1997 through 2006, Gonzalez caught on average 72.1 passes. From 2007 through 2009, the number has spiked to 92.7. . . . [w]e think that the 34-year-old will continue to add to his first-ballot Hall of Fame career.”
    Bold prediction there, Nostradamus.

  12. Marv_Sleezy says:
    June 7, 2010 12:48 PM
    The league has changed in that time – The type of offenses hes played in has changed as well……
    Tony will still play hard and play every down like the pro he is you think that the game has past him bye you are crazy hell change with the game he knows what to do he knows this game better then anyone better than you. he will make you eat them words.wish we still had him here in Kc

  13. shannscott2000 says:
    June 7, 2010 12:58 PM
    Write it down…Tony Gonzalez is on PED’s. Athletes don’t get better after 30. Just like McGwire, just like Bonds, and just like Romonowski.
    Dude you are HIGH and your B.S stinks to high hell take your so called PEDS AND STICK THEM UP YOUR ASS TONY G IS CLEAN YOU DONT GET BYE WITH PEDS IN THE NFL FOR 14 YEAR. YOU MUST BE A RAIDER’S FAN

  14. that’s two “Bye”‘s for the word “By” in two seperate posts by 11-5 in 2010 chiefs fan. too often for it to be a typo… i’m guessing he REALLY is from Missouri!

  15. Those saying Tony is on PEDs are sadly mistaken, he is one of the few players in the league that truly treats his body like a machine, he only puts in quality foods.

  16. I’m a Saints fan, so Tony Gonzalez scares me to death – especially with young Matt Ryan throwing at him. Good thing for us their defense is still a little too pourous to stop our offense.

  17. FalconsFan says:
    June 7, 2010 2:54 PM
    Those saying Tony is on PEDs are sadly mistaken, he is one of the few players in the league that truly treats his body like a machine, he only puts in quality foods.
    ___________________________________
    So, did he just start eating well? Why has he gotten better as he’s gotten older? That doesn’t happen! All the people who think he’s clean are the same guys that thought Roger Clemens and Mark McGwire we’re clean too. How naive can you be?

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