With defensive lineman Vince Wilfork out for the year with a torn Achilles tendon, the New England offense needs to get better. Quickly. That’ll happen when they get some of their weapons back.
Quarterback Tom Brady talked about his anticipation for the return of players like tight end Rob Gronkowski in a Westwood One radio interview with Jim Gray.
“He’s been on the active roster for the last four weeks and I’ve seen him every day working as hard as he can to get back,” Brady said of Gronkowski. “So it ends up being a medical decision and that’s not my role. So I’m just waiting for the day that he does get back because he adds so much to our offense. Every week that he’s been out there he’s made significant improvement. So it’ll be great when he’s back and it’ll be great when we get Danny Amendola back and Shane Vereen back and finally we can see what our offense is really made of. Whether that’s this week or the following week or the following week. I mean those things are really not determined by me.”
Brady used the term that previously had been lost in the contradictory and inconsistent reports on Gronkowski: Medical decision.
As former Pats V.P. of player personnel Scott Pioli explained during Sunday’s edition of Football Night in America, coach Bill Belichick doesn’t listen to “camps” or parents or anyone else when deciding whether a player is ready to play. Belichick listens to the player, the trainers, and the doctors.
And, as Pioli also explained, Belichick loves the uncertainty that comes from contradictory and inconsistent reports, since it forces opponents to spend time planning to face a guy who ultimately may not play.
So while it’s more intriguing when there’s drama between a player and his team, this case looks to be an example of a situation in which the doctors and trainers are being extra careful with a guy who broke his arm, returned to action too soon, broke it again in a different place, and then dealt for months with an infection.