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Brady: Pats have to “find a different formula” without Gronk

Tom Brady, Ahtyba Rubin AP

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was talking before word was out about Rob Gronkowski’s season-ending knee injury.

But you don’t have to be a doctor to know the Patriots are going to have to do business differently — yet again — without their star tight end.

You just have to find a different formula. That’s the important part,” Brady said during his weekly appearance on WEEI, via Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. “Gronk provides a certain margin of error because of how talented a player he is. The other guys play different roles for us. Those roles are going to have to just shift, kind of what we did on the last two drives of the game. We ended up going four wide receivers at points. [At] different points, we had more with [James] Develin and [Matthew] Mulligan on the field. We’re going to have to make due. Whatever the combinations are, if Gronk’s not out there, then we have to try to figure those out.

“We’re going to go down to Miami with confidence that we’re going to win the game, I know that — confidence in our game plan, confidence in what we’re doing and what we’re asking all the players to do. It may be different than what the game plan was with Gronk in there, but we’re just going to have to try to figure it out.”

Of course, getting through a game with the Dolphins is one thing.

How successful they’ll be able to be without Gronkowski (considering the season-long state of their passing targets) remains to be seen.

“That’s perfect for you guys to talk about all day, but that’s not something that we engage in or talk about those types of things,” Brady replied when asked if they can win the Super Bowl without Gronkowski. “However it ends up playing out — I don’t know anything about the injury or severity of it — but we’ve got a talented group of players that are playing. Every team has players that they wish were out there every down, and if they’re not out there every down you’ve still got to find a way to win.”

While no one’s going to feel sorry for them as long as they have Brady, the procession of stars on IR — which includes Vince Wilfork, Jerod Mayo and soon Gronkowski — certainly presents a tremendous challenge to overcome.

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54 Responses to “Brady: Pats have to “find a different formula” without Gronk”
  1. thepftpoet says: Dec 9, 2013 10:21 AM

    A different formula?

    *Bellichick takes out his camera*

  2. 3taintedchampionships2biglosses says: Dec 9, 2013 10:22 AM

    yea, even more cheating and ref manipulation.

  3. brazzz01 says: Dec 9, 2013 10:22 AM

    There are zero great teams in the AFC this season. All are beatable. That is why an injury crippled Patriot team can’t be counted out to win the conference.

    Brutal loss. Next man up. Maybe we’ll start seeing a running game again if Ridley can hang on to the damn ball….

  4. brazzz01 says: Dec 9, 2013 10:23 AM

    *Bellichick takes out his camera*

    and takes a picture of the sobbing snivelling Patriots haters after that game yesterday, saving it for laughs later.

    I don’t blame him.

  5. thepftpoet says: Dec 9, 2013 10:24 AM

    They already have a great formula!

    Get every single call from the refs.

  6. weepingjebus says: Dec 9, 2013 10:26 AM

    The Patriots are looking at the 2 seed despite being little more than a bunch of undrafted free agents cobbled together with baling wire and Belichick’s rental space in the head of every other coach in the league. This team is built for grinding, and every man will have to do his part rather than stand around watching a few stars. I can dig it.

  7. jpak12 says: Dec 9, 2013 10:29 AM

    It’s going to be tough no doubt, but what’s going to help is this time Vereen is healthy he was supposed to be a big part of the Pats attack this season, and provides a dangerous mismatch for defences, ppl forget it wasn’t just Gronk that they were missing it was Gronk Vereen and Amendola. Although it would help if the two rookies Dobson and Thompkins can get healthy

  8. bcfalcon says: Dec 9, 2013 10:30 AM

    So it’s safe to assume the NFC has totally got it this year right?

  9. patsfan13 says: Dec 9, 2013 10:30 AM

    I always believed that the team with the deepest bench will go furthest. All teams are banged up this time of year. And the weather is starting to get nasty. GO PATS

  10. fancyleague says: Dec 9, 2013 10:31 AM

    A different formula called “Losing to the Browns”.

  11. gallopinggilmore says: Dec 9, 2013 10:32 AM

    They don’t need to do anything if the refs will rob their opponents like they did on Sunday.

  12. bradybbgoat says: Dec 9, 2013 10:38 AM

    I’m sure the haters will rejoice at the Patriots suffering, but rule this team out at your own peril.

    You’d be hard pressed to find a team that has endured through more adversity, and isn’t that what the playoffs are all about?

  13. vaphinfan says: Dec 9, 2013 10:39 AM

    Funny how the media was all over the call in carolina at the end of the game but nothing is being said about the “pass interference” call yesterday that handed them the game.

  14. brazzz01 says: Dec 9, 2013 10:42 AM

    They don’t need to do anything if the refs will rob their opponents like they did on Sunday.

    —–

    Or the opposing coach has a brain fart and thinks that going for 2 after you go up 12-0 with barely a half of football played is a great idea.

  15. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 9, 2013 10:48 AM

    They’re missing the spice for the kobaslaw without Gronk. It just isn’t the same.

  16. eatitfanboy says: Dec 9, 2013 10:50 AM

    I never want to hear another word about the Carolina game again. You’re even. I don’t know if that was the reason the referees invented that pass interference call or not, but if New England had a win stolen from them against the Panthers, they just as surely had one handed to them yesterday.

  17. 6ball says: Dec 9, 2013 10:55 AM

    .
    A great draft, a bunch of solid free agent signings and great coaching can so easily be overcome by injuries.

    And the ” next man up” mantra? While it sounds great, in reality it only works if you’ve got another Gronkowski riding the pine.

    .

  18. nflofficeadmin says: Dec 9, 2013 10:56 AM

    His damn leg blew off like a turkey bone.

  19. heisthejuan says: Dec 9, 2013 11:04 AM

    “The Patriots get all the calls!”

    – Some idiot

  20. ampats says: Dec 9, 2013 11:10 AM

    The amount of injuries that Pats have sustained this season to key players is unbelievable not to mention the loss of another player to arrest in June.

    Just goes to show what great coaching and having one of the GOAT at QB can do for a team.Brady has put the team on his back and we will see how far he can carry them.

    No matter what this team has done much better than any Patriots would have hoped for if you were told that the Patriots would be without Wilfork, Mayo, Kelley, Vollmer and Gronk.

    Losing Wilfork and Mayo was bad but losing Gronk for the season can be devastating.

  21. brohamma says: Dec 9, 2013 11:11 AM

    Three pro bowl caliber players lost for the majority of the season and approximately eighteen rooks/1st year players on the field. Hate all you want, but at least man-up and admit that New England is a tough team.

  22. tkm678 says: Dec 9, 2013 11:15 AM

    vaphinfan says:Dec 9, 2013 10:39 AM

    Funny how the media was all over the call in carolina at the end of the game but nothing is being said about the “pass interference” call yesterday that handed them the game.
    ______________________________

    Just a thought, but maybe they are not talking about it because it was textbook pass interference?

    It’s just a matter of when the Refs pick and choose when to call it

  23. jnbnet says: Dec 9, 2013 11:22 AM

    eatitfanboy says:
    Dec 9, 2013 10:50 AM
    I never want to hear another word about the Carolina game again. You’re even. I don’t know if that was the reason the referees invented that pass interference call or not, but if New England had a win stolen from them against the Panthers, they just as surely had one handed to them yesterday.

    ==============================
    There were some bad calls against the Patriots as well. As a rule, it tends to even out. There have been times when I have not been happy with the officials, however I never cry about loosing a game due to bad calls.

  24. mayers59 says: Dec 9, 2013 11:22 AM

    This is devestating. Gronk and Graham are the 2 best TE’s in the NFL. 1A and 1B. You can’t lose a player like that without having an affect. That being said, don’t count out the Patriots as long as Brady is taking snaps.

  25. patriotinvasion says: Dec 9, 2013 11:27 AM

    10-3 despite it all. Most of these Pats hating fans root for the Steelers (5-8 CHEATERS with a coach named Mike Tomcheat) and the Jets (6-7 and consistently the joke of the league). Both fan bases would kill to be 10-3 down four of their Pro Bowl players for the season. Keep hatin’ haters. The Pats B-Team will likely lose in the playoffs but I’ll have fun watching them try to win a Super Bowl while you guys will be looking at mock drafts in January. Ha!

  26. richndc says: Dec 9, 2013 11:27 AM

    All they need is to stay within a TD in the 4th quarter, the referees will do the rest. sickening. I am neither a Pats hater or a Browns fan, but this is getting disgusting and testing my faith in the integrity of the game.

  27. annes22 says: Dec 9, 2013 11:31 AM

    No one feels sorry for the Patriots.
    Going to Miami Sunday could be interesting. The Dolphins are not exactly sleeping at the switch right now. They played well in Pittsburgh yesterday, so they will be ready for anything.

  28. ravenswhat says: Dec 9, 2013 11:51 AM

    Fake penalties is a good start eh tommy?

  29. richkotitte says: Dec 9, 2013 11:57 AM

    ..maybe Danny Amendola can finally do a decent Wes Welker impression…..

  30. 1historian says: Dec 9, 2013 11:58 AM

    Gronk’s career is over.

    Brady has been making it up as he goes along all season and who’s to say that he can’t keep doing it? Forget his stats-filled MVP seasons – THIS is when we get so see how great he is.

    Belichik has been making it up as he goes along all season – on BOTH sides of the line and who’s to say he can’t keep doing it? Could he do it without Brady? Of course not. But at this point who (besides the haters) cares?

    The Pats are hurting but they’re also 10-3.

    Prediction – 12-4.

    Playoffs – They’ll get to the SB, and if the weather is bad enough – who knows? SF, Seattle, Carolina, New Orleans – how would they do in a snowstorm or in below 0 weather? Or both?

    Haters – do the rest of us a favor and get a new line.

  31. terripet says: Dec 9, 2013 11:58 AM

    Tom send that ref a Christmas card

  32. jolink653 says: Dec 9, 2013 12:15 PM

    Funny how all the people crying about the fake call were most likely the same ones gloating about the non-call in Carolina or the fake push in the Jets game and telling us to get over it. Did any of you actually watch the play? McFadden grabs his shoulder pad and then his arm. Was it blatant? No, but it slowed Boyce up enough to where it hit his fingertips and not his hands, where it would have hit if he wasn’t slowed down. Was it a nitpicking call? Maybe, but anytime a defensive back puts their hands on the receiver these days, they’re gonna get called for a penalty. Blame McFadden, not the refs.

    Cleveland had every chance to win that game and they couldn’t put the Patriots away up two scores with less than four minutes to go.

  33. strokinmyego says: Dec 9, 2013 12:18 PM

    The 2013 Patriots are one of the most banged up teams I’ve ever seen. And when you add what they lost in the offseason (Hernandez, Welker) the fact that they are 10-3 is stunning. Belichick deserves to be a coach of the year candidate and maybe he should win.

    Every bit of logic says the Patriots can’t win in the playoffs without Gronk. But Belichick and Brady have made me and lots of other people who doubted them look bad repeatedly. Is anybody really willing to count them out?

  34. richcranium2112 says: Dec 9, 2013 12:19 PM

    The same formula the Whining Brady’s use every game. It’s a wonder Tom doesn’t have whiplash from looking for flag every time he has an incomplete pass.

    A FORMERLY great player whose time is sunsetting and is being tarnished each game with his selfish whining behavior.

    OMG – it’s great to unload that…..

  35. baltimorons says: Dec 9, 2013 12:22 PM

    Have Gronk videotape other teams practices. It’s not like he’ll ever play again and it helped the patriots win a few superbowls.

  36. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 9, 2013 12:22 PM

    The Pats like every team have had numerous bad calls both against them and for them this year like every team has.

    The cacophony of idiots who cry the Pats get all the calls either rarely watch the Pats or simply stick to their double standard and ignore any crap call that hurts the Pats.

  37. brazzz01 says: Dec 9, 2013 12:35 PM

    Funny how all the people crying about the fake call were most likely the same ones gloating about the non-call in Carolina or the fake push in the Jets game and telling us to get over it.

    —-

    Of course they are the same people.

    That’s why laughing at the morons otherwise commonly known as Patriot haters is so much fun!

  38. smackingfools says: Dec 9, 2013 12:38 PM

    As long as that formula includes the refs they will be ok.

  39. fmc651 says: Dec 9, 2013 12:41 PM

    Actually Tom its the refs that will make the necessary adjustments. They will just have to give the pats even more calls than normal.

  40. grabgrabgrab says: Dec 9, 2013 12:41 PM

    “Oh cry me a river with your IR list”

    – Everyone living in Green Bay

  41. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 9, 2013 12:44 PM

    Cameras (belichick/patriots), hgh/steroids (harrison/patriots), and referee scams.

  42. Chuck Norris says: Dec 9, 2013 12:44 PM

    Patriots haters after Carolina:
    “Suck it up, its football”

    Patriots haters after the Jets:
    “Suck it up, its football”

    Patriots haters after the Browns:
    “Waaaaaaaaaaaaaah, the big mean Patsies get all the calls. They never have a single bad call against them ever. Waaaaaaaaaaaah. Spygate, cameras, videos, practices, cheating, tainted, waaaaaaaah”

  43. brazzz01 says: Dec 9, 2013 12:55 PM

    Patriots haters after Carolina:
    “Suck it up, its football”

    Patriots haters after the Jets:
    “Suck it up, its football”

    Patriots haters after the Browns:
    “Waaaaaaaaaaaaaah, the big mean Patsies get all the calls. They never have a single bad call against them ever. Waaaaaaaaaaaah. Spygate, cameras, videos, practices, cheating, tainted, waaaaaaaah”
    ————-

    +100000

    Classic, ain’t it?

  44. CKL says: Dec 9, 2013 12:58 PM

    If some of the people who post the same mindless drivel over and over on here are typical NFL fans these days, I guess I get why the NFL is trying to cater to the lowest common denominator with some of their decisions. They know their audience.
    Sad.

    This pretty much same coaching staff won 11 games without one of the greatest QBs ever. I’m not counting them out. These players are as mentally tough as those championship teams were.

  45. horsepedlr says: Dec 9, 2013 1:00 PM

    they better adjust to the real problem which is gronk is always hurt. better off figuring he wont play than he will.

  46. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Dec 9, 2013 1:06 PM

    Tough time of year to be finding a new formula…

  47. brazzz01 says: Dec 9, 2013 1:07 PM

    I just looked at the replay of that play again.

    Still pass interference. Still the right call. Yup.

    Maybe I’ll try again in a few hours and see if anything changed. I doubt it though.

  48. brazzz01 says: Dec 9, 2013 1:10 PM

    . These players are as mentally tough as those championship teams were.
    ——-
    And it’s about time.

    The Patriots of the last few years would be 7-6 at best right now. There would be no comebacks because those teams had quit in them. This one doesn’t. You have to think that would scare opponents a little.

    We’ll see if this translates to a championship but win or lose this is one of the more enjoyable Patriot seasons I’ve witnessed in a long time.

  49. azcm2511 says: Dec 9, 2013 1:26 PM

    bet there is a good chance that Gronk has played his last game in a Pats uniform. 8 months to a year to recover and no guarantee of full recovery……might be time to cut losses and move on. Just speculating since I am unsure of the cap numbers but it wouldn’t surprise me if they cut him loose with an injury settlement.

  50. brazzz01 says: Dec 9, 2013 1:31 PM

    it wouldn’t surprise me if they cut him loose with an injury settlement.

    —-

    It would suprise me. Probably not a wise move as injury or not, a team would no doubt pick him up faster than you can say Gronkowski….

  51. tigerlilac says: Dec 9, 2013 3:52 PM

    Brady and Belichick have won more games than any other coach and quarterback combo in the history of the NFL. As a duo, they have a winning record against every NFL team. Haters can blame the refs, luck, weather, cheating, or anything else they want but facts are facts. What the haters really want is the equivalent of Brady and Belichick quarterbacking and coaching their team. The haters have about as much chance of that as they do of cozening up to Giselle in front of the fireplace this Christmas.

  52. tigerlilac says: Dec 9, 2013 3:52 PM

    Smart contract Gronk signed.

  53. kate773 says: Dec 9, 2013 7:27 PM

    Who knew there were so many doctors/psychics with intimate inside knowledge of the situation were on this board?

    “Gronk is done”

    “Gronk’s career is over”

    How about we let the man have his surgery and see how things go over the next 6-10 months before we start making assumptions about his career, ok? This just happened 28 hours ago for crying out loud.

  54. sidelineshot says: Dec 9, 2013 9:13 PM

    Patriot haters are having convulsions.

    The team wins 10+ games no matter what the injury list looks like.

    Even with Brady out, the team went 11-5

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