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Pats place Gronkowski on injured reserve, sign D.J. Williams

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The Patriots have officially ended tight end Rob Gronkowski’s season.

The team announced that Gronkowski has been placed on injured reserve after tearing his ACL and MCL on a shot to the knee by Browns safety T.J. Ward during Sunday’s 27-26 Patriots win. Gronkowski, who also suffered a concussion on the play, is likely going to be impacted for much of the 2014 offseason as well as he tries to work himself back to full health for the second straight year.

New England also announced that tight end D.J. Williams has been re-signed to the active roster. Williams played in the Week 13 victory over the Texans, but was released last week when Michael Hoomanawanui returned to the lineup. Williams also played seven games for the Jaguars earlier this season.

Williams is on the roster, but he isn’t filling Gronkowski’s shoes. No one’s going to be able to do that, as we saw during the first chunk of this season while Gronkowski recovered from back and forearm surgery. The Patriots will have to improvise and do it quickly in order to keep their offense humming with Gronkowski out of action.

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  1. unclemosesgreen says: Dec 9, 2013 5:48 PM

    Judging from the second half against Cleveland, Shane Vereen will be picking up a lot of targets in Gronk’s absence.

  2. baltimorons says: Dec 9, 2013 5:52 PM

    Desperation sets in.

  3. peytonalwayschokes says: Dec 9, 2013 5:54 PM

    Brady will blackout and just carry the team to the bowl like in 2011

  4. tedmurph says: Dec 9, 2013 5:55 PM

    You’ll hardly notice a dropoff

  5. Patskrieg dot com says: Dec 9, 2013 6:03 PM

    Thanks again for sucking: Jake Ballard, Zach Sudfeld, Lee Smith, and Kellen Winslow.

  6. weepingjebus says: Dec 9, 2013 6:05 PM

    The Patriots will find a way to hold it together, because they are a solid organization from top to bottom, and that went 11-5 even when Brady was out. They are not going to fold because of injury to one player, unlike the Packers, Bears, Redskins, Ravens, Steelers, Jets, Colts, Broncos, Cowboys, Giants, or any other miserable also-ran. Did you ever consider the possibility that Belichick only taped you to show his players what not to do?

  7. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Dec 9, 2013 6:06 PM

    I do think there will be a drop off in the red zone especially, but Brady’s Superbowls came with a WR corp, and not a star WR (or TE in this case).

  8. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Dec 9, 2013 6:08 PM

    Did you ever consider the possibility that Belichick only taped you to show his players what not to do?

    No, I never considered that. I don’t think “spying” was limited to NE, but to put that spin on it is crazy (or stupid).

  9. fzntdra says: Dec 9, 2013 6:18 PM

    Cant speak for every team you mentioned weeping, but the Packers are minus many of their offensive starters including the best player on our team. Your division is a joke. Bills, Jets and Dolphins?? Not that the NFC North is great, but it at least has three of the best players at their position with Johnson, Peterson and Rodgers. Pats haven’t had solid competition besides the Jets every few fluke years. Your team has been solid because you have a great quarterback.

  10. wikidpissah says: Dec 9, 2013 6:24 PM

    baltimorons says: Dec 9, 2013 5:52 PM

    Desperation sets in.
    ———————————————–
    The Pats are missing Wilfork, Mayo, Gronk for the first 6 games, Amendola for several, Vereen for 6, and yet they’re 10-3. Losing Gronkowski will hurt, but the Patriots carry on better than any team in football.

  11. marima07 says: Dec 9, 2013 6:29 PM

    Saddest thing. Gronk was exciting to watch, and made a huge difference to the offense when he returned. Hard to believe some scrub defender took him out and then had the nerve to blame the league. It wasn’t the league’s helmet that aimed for and then hit his knee. Too bad.

  12. hjb99992013 says: Dec 9, 2013 6:32 PM

    It’s Tom and the NFL ref’s against the rest of the league

    Another heartwarming NFL storyline where individual heroics and courage trumps insurmountable odds

    the year of the fantasy pass interference shall overcome

  13. 4sacroc says: Dec 9, 2013 6:43 PM

    wikidpissah says:
    Dec 9, 2013 6:24 PM
    baltimorons says: Dec 9, 2013 5:52 PM

    Desperation sets in.
    ———————————————–
    The Pats are missing Wilfork, Mayo, Gronk for the first 6 games, Amendola for several, Vereen for 6, and yet they’re 10-3. Losing Gronkowski will hurt, but the Patriots carry on better than any team in football.
    ==========================

    When you play such bottom-feeders as NYJ, Buffalo and Miami 6x each season, you ought to be 10-3!

  14. bradygirl12 says: Dec 9, 2013 6:49 PM

    I agree with the poster above me,which is why I am not about to count the Patriots out of anything. No other team is better at carrying on and turning the page. They don’t look back.

  15. Josh Brown says: Dec 9, 2013 7:05 PM

    It’s about finding that production elsewhere. Gronkowski had four straight games with a TD and now you have to wonder where the Patriots look. It’s going to have to be Vereen and Edelman obviously, but someone else has to be a threat in the red zone. Amendola clearly isn’t right and it leaves you with one of the rookies. Dobson or Thompkins will have to be huge from here on out if the Patriots want to have a chance. Weak remaining sched will put them in nice playoff position, but that loss means they def won’t be #1 seed.

  16. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 9, 2013 7:11 PM

    baltimorons says:

    Desperation sets in.
    __________________

    1. Hernandez arrested – Pats haters “The Pats are finished ! You won’t win 5 games this year !!!”

    2. Welker not re-signed – Pats haters “The Pats are finished ! You won’t win 5 games this year !!!

    3. Gronk not ready for start of season or anytime soon – Pats haters “The Pats are finished ! You won’t win 5 games this year !!!”

    4. Vereen goes down for at least 8 games – Pats haters “The Pats are finished ! You won’t win 5 games this year !!!”

    Pats win a lot more than losing to start the season

    5. Wilfork goes down for the season – Pats haters “The Pats are finished ! You won’t win 6 games this year !!!”

    Pats keep winning

    6. Mayo goes down, Talib injured Pats haters “The Pats are finished ! You won’t win 7 games this year !!!”

    Pats keep winning

    7. Gronk goes down – Hey Pats haters, sense a pattern here yet ?

    We’ve heard these same lame comments from the Pats haters since 2001. Keep it up, your lack of originality and inability to predict how the Pats will actually do is highly amusing.

  17. bigbamboom1 says: Dec 9, 2013 7:13 PM

    This is where I miss the genius of Bill O’Brien. Sorry, but I think he has it all over McDaniel. He calls games more like Charlie Weiss. Which is much more tailored to the current talent pool. But with that said. I think the Patriots won’t miss a blink at this point in the season or the playoffs. In fact, it makes them more unpredictable. Especially in the first half. They should go to a two RB set with Vereen and Ridley. With Develin, Blount and Boldin rotating in & out as needed. With Vereen they could run a lot of motion, reverse and slot sets with Ridley running counters and traps off of the motion. That would open things up for the wides and TE/FB/RB screens. That is much closer to what they did in their first 2 SuperBowl years. And this personnel group is better. And those young receivers are not rookies anymore. They are talented, confident and ready to play much bigger roles. As long as Edelman and Amendola can stay healthy for the rest of the year. The Pats will be much better than they were when they went 6-1 without Gronk. I think Dobson, the fast rising Boyce and Thompkins are ready for prime time now. And I think the Mighty TB knows exactly how to use them now. I still see the offensive glass as 80% full. Gronk will be missed. But his loss will be overcome. There is just too much talent on that roster for it to fall apart. And they still have the Best QB and Head Coach in the NFL.

  18. bsizemore68 says: Dec 9, 2013 7:14 PM

    The Pats have the League and there official’s on there side so they won’t miss Gronkowski. Bill

  19. 6ball says: Dec 9, 2013 7:18 PM

    .
    @fzntdra

    “Your division is a joke ”

    AFC East Record : 26-26

    NFL North Record 22-27-2

    What’s the punch line?

    .

  20. codyodea says: Dec 9, 2013 7:23 PM

    The Dolphins beat the Colts, Chargers, Bengals, Steelers, Jets, Falcons, and Browns. Maybe not all that impressive but they are not bottom feeders. They have been since 2002 but you can’t call them bottom feeders this year. Tannehill is the real deal. Bad O-line, no running game, and he is still playing well. Just let us Miami fans have a moment here at 7-6 and quit bashing on the Dolphins.

  21. torka1 says: Dec 9, 2013 7:28 PM

    From a purely athletic standpoint and the “code of honor” among most athletes…one does not dive at his opponents knees the way this dirtbag did at Gronk. It is potentially career ending. The athletes talk about protecting their livelihood-regardless of sport-and that means a certain code where one wouldn’t choose to launch himself full force and at a side angle into his opponents knees. The dirtbag knew full well what he was doing and the consequences. He wanted to take out Gronk. Spare me the “well…I can’t hit him high” BS. Gronk is 6’7″ there is plenty of places to launch into him…but the knees are sacred. All athletes know this…one doesn’t have to be a pro. Accidental knee injuries are part of the game-this was premeditated! The code says..where I come from…the same fate will fall on the dirtbag from Cleveland. Players have noticed. Then justice will be served. This “play” was sickening.

  22. mzew233 says: Dec 9, 2013 7:31 PM

    This only comes down to one game this January – against the Broncos..
    No other game will be more important or affected by the injury. This is a SB or bust team this year, nothing short of that will make anything worthwhile. If they lose to Denver, the season was a waste, and NE goes down to a ‘Good team who makes the playoffs’ while the Broncos become the ‘Super Bowl contenders’ while they steal all of Toms 2007 records, reversing the roles, and Brady falling into the lower category Manning was always, deservedly so, in.
    This will all come down to a a playoff games against Denver. As if New Enland didn’t have enough injuries and people counting them out.

  23. grabgrabgrab says: Dec 9, 2013 7:33 PM

    Yeah harrisonhits2, I do sense a pattern.

    Every single year, the Patriots are heads and tails above the weakest competition the NFL has to offer (AFC Least – very similar to the NFC version). So they make the playoffs every year, and their fan base constantly boasts about how amazing their team is.

    Due to the lack of competition during the regular season, which is how you prepare your team for the next level, they seem to fall flat or choke when it counts (playoffs).

    Face it, and you heard it hear first, your Patriots are to this decade what the Bills were of the 90s. Only difference is, the Bills did it 4 years in a row.

  24. flash1283 says: Dec 9, 2013 7:48 PM

    grabgrabgrab says:
    Dec 9, 2013 7:33 PM
    Yeah harrisonhits2, I do sense a pattern.

    Every single year, the Patriots are heads and tails above the weakest competition the NFL has to offer (AFC Least – very similar to the NFC version). So they make the playoffs every year, and their fan base constantly boasts about how amazing their team is.

    Due to the lack of competition during the regular season, which is how you prepare your team for the next level, they seem to fall flat or choke when it counts (playoffs).

    Face it, and you heard it hear first, your Patriots are to this decade what the Bills were of the 90s. Only difference is, the Bills did it 4 years in a row.

    —–

    Yeah and you know what other team played in a very bad division and had a long run of success? Joe Montana’s 49ers.

    But you have your facts wrong as usual, the weakest division in the AFC since 2001 is the AFC South. Based on W-L record and playoff appearances.

    Oh and I don’t remember the Bills actually wining a SB.

  25. grabgrabgrab says: Dec 9, 2013 7:57 PM

    I hear you flash1283.

    But the 49ers won all of the super bowls they appeared in (last years niners obviously withstanding as Joe has long since retired). You get my meaning?

    And perhaps the East isn’t THE weakest division in pro football, but it’s awfully weak. I have no other means of describing the sheer dominance the Pats have had there recently, and the mediocre post seasons that followed.

    You’re correct again… The Bills didn’t win a super bowl in any of those appearances, and that’s the entire point of my argument. Neither will the Pats.

  26. j0esixpack says: Dec 9, 2013 8:04 PM

    The Patriots have never had a healthy Gronkowski for the playoffs. One has to wonder how different football history would be if they ever had, as they are a different team with him than without him.

  27. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 9, 2013 8:07 PM

    grabgrabgrab says:

    Yeah harrisonhits2, I do sense a pattern.
    ______________________

    Ah the bitter tears of the Pats haters, just a sweet nectar that we cherish.

    Keep cryin’ and coming up with excuses.

  28. flash1283 says: Dec 9, 2013 8:17 PM

    You’re correct again… The Bills didn’t win a super bowl in any of those appearances, and that’s the entire point of my argument. Neither will the Pats.

    But the Pats already did.

  29. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 9, 2013 8:20 PM

    @grabgrabgrab,

    By the way I also forgot to mention that the Pats since the start of 2001 under Belichick have a winning record against all 31 other teams in the league. So the weak division argument is discredited right there.

  30. flash1283 says: Dec 9, 2013 8:20 PM

    Simple question. I get it if people don’t like the Patriots or for whatever reason there fans (which I always find lame) but why is it so hard for people just to admit what they have accomplished since 2001 is very impressive?

  31. dac458 says: Dec 9, 2013 8:23 PM

    Tough loss for the Pats. Just to think a couple of years ago they changed the league with their dynamic two TE system and within that short span it seems almost there starting over at that position.

  32. grabgrabgrab says: Dec 9, 2013 8:39 PM

    Flash1283. They have NOT won a super bowl THIS decade (read my argument again please).

    Sure, their run since 2001 has been impressive. I’ll play along.

  33. bigwii says: Dec 9, 2013 9:08 PM

    Grabgrabgrab is just a troll I doubt he’s serious with his posts, they don’t make sense just like the rest of the haters.

  34. lexd75 says: Dec 9, 2013 9:45 PM

    “From a purely athletic standpoint and the “code of honor” among most athletes…one does not dive at his opponents knees the way this dirtbag did at Gronk. It is potentially career ending. The athletes talk about protecting their livelihood-regardless of sport-and that means a certain code where one wouldn’t choose to launch himself full force and at a side angle into his opponents knees. The dirtbag knew full well what he was doing and the consequences. He wanted to take out Gronk. Spare me the “well…I can’t hit him high” BS. Gronk is 6’7″ there is plenty of places to launch into him…but the knees are sacred. All athletes know this…one doesn’t have to be a pro. Accidental knee injuries are part of the game-this was premeditated! The code says..where I come from…the same fate will fall on the dirtbag from Cleveland. Players have noticed. Then justice will be served. This “play” was sickening.”

    —————————–

    Finally someone had the stones to come out and say it. There’s no honor in people like Ward – none whatsoever. He had the gall to shake Gronk’s hand and conveniently blame the league. Go hide behind Goodell’s skirt! Look behind your shoulder from now on when you’re on the field.

  35. unbelieverjb says: Dec 9, 2013 9:50 PM

    weepingjebus says:
    Dec 9, 2013 6:05 PM
    The Patriots will find a way to hold it together, because they are a solid organization from top to bottom, and that went 11-5 even when Brady was out. They are not going to fold because of injury to one player, unlike the Packers, Bears, Redskins, Ravens, Steelers, Jets, Colts, Broncos, Cowboys, Giants, or any other miserable also-ran. Did you ever consider the possibility that Belichick only taped you to show his players what not to do?
    ————————————————-
    Wait, the Broncos are an also ran? Your QB’s TD record is going down. The FG record was broken last night, and there’s probably a Super Bowl championship in the Bronco’s very near future. A what? Yes, I know, you don’t know what that is. It’s been a while since the Pats stole one. When they get to the big game, a Manning tends to step on their necks.

  36. 3taintedchampionships2biglosses says: Dec 9, 2013 9:52 PM

    All the patriot haters just dont get it guys – the patriots are americas team.

  37. patsack69 says: Dec 9, 2013 10:13 PM

    Peyton Manning is 4-9 against New England this includes a 1-2 playoff record Eli manning isn’t going to the superbowl this year…no manning is going to step on anyone’s neck

  38. igotgamenj says: Dec 9, 2013 10:26 PM

    Pats are a bunch of HAS-BEENS !

  39. patsbrat says: Dec 9, 2013 10:37 PM

    grabgrabgrab says: Dec 9, 2013 8:39 PM

    Flash1283. They have NOT won a super bowl THIS decade (read my argument again please).
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Yes grabgrabgrab, it is true that the Pats have not won the last 3 years. Neither has the other 90% of the league. THIS decade ain’t that old you know…

    And it is true that we play 6 games against divisional opponents every year, just like every other team in the league.

    We also play all the teams in another division on a rotating basis, just like every other team in the league.

    For the remaining games we play other teams that finished in a similar position in their division the previous season. This means first place finishers pretty much every year of the Belichick era. How do you think Brady / Manning has happened 14 times now?

    …and that is how we prepare our team for the next level. Just like every other team in the league.

  40. mayers59 says: Dec 9, 2013 11:11 PM

    At 6’7″ he won’t have to be as fast. He can easly turn into a possession and Red Zone TE. Word of warning NE. If you give up on him, he won’t be unemployed for long.

  41. captbuff says: Dec 9, 2013 11:44 PM

    The Patriots will find a way to hold it together, because they are a solid organization from top to bottom, and that went 11-5 even when Brady was out. They are not going to fold because of injury to one player, unlike the Packers, Bears, Redskins, Ravens, Steelers, Jets, Colts, Broncos, Cowboys, Giants, or any other miserable also-ran. Did you ever consider the possibility that Belichick only taped you to show his players what not to do?

    ————

    “Also-rans” like the Packers, Steelers, and Giants, who all have more Super Bowls than the Pats all time, and have won it at least once since the Pats last win (the Giants and Steelers have done it twice each), and the Ravens and Colts, who have also won since the Pats last won one.

    I hope my team can be an also-ran someday!

  42. blue18hutthutt says: Dec 10, 2013 12:05 AM

    2005 – back breaking pick 6 in the redzone with the game in the balance

    2006 – should’ve thrown a game-ending interception but Troy Brown rips the fumble to give him a second chance – eventually does get a chance to throw a season ending interception following week against the Colts while giving up a 21 point lead

    2007 – greatest choke job of all time, bar none. “We’re only going to score 17 points?” turns out Plax was being generous. Barely beat a crippled Chargers team while throwing 3 INTs against a zero-ACL Rivers. Led team to season low output in points (to say the least) after averaging 30

    2009 – completely annihialated by Ravens – got some nice garbage time stats with the game well out of reach. Led team to season low output in points

    2010 – completely abused all game by the Jets D, started hearing footsteps and auto-sacking himself. Got some nice garbage time TDs against a prevent D that make the game look closer than it really was. Led team to season low output in points

    2011 – lost to Giants in Superbowl once again. Should’ve lost the previous week after throwing 0TD and 2INT against the Ravens. Threw a horrible 4th Q interception in the Superbowl by trying to do his best Eli-imitation, overthrew Welker to ice the game and missed open receivers throwing behind them. Once again led team to season low output in points

    2012 – completely shutdown by Ravens D and once again led team to season low output in points

    Can we please stop with the “Brady is clutch” nonsense?

    If Brady wasn’t piggy-backed to 3 Superbowls in his early years by his D, we would be talking about him as this generation’s Dan Marino, who can’t win the big one

  43. dawgtown86 says: Dec 10, 2013 12:24 AM

    I’m a Cleveland fan was sad to see a great player like Gronk go down. I wish him a speedy recovery.

    Prior to his injury 5 min into the third quarter, TJ Ward held Gronk to one reception for 11 yards. There was no motivation to ‘take him out’ because he was already being shut down fairly effectively. Just curious though, if shaking Gronk’s hand, saying he feels bad and that he prayed for him is galling and makes TJ a dirtbag, what does blatantly calling for TJ to be targeted in future games make you? I know it’s not easy to loose a star player for the season but maybe you could take a page from TJ and wish your opponent well.

  44. billiamsofdollars says: Dec 10, 2013 12:45 AM

    lexd75 says:Dec 9, 2013 9:45 PM

    “From a purely athletic standpoint and the “code of honor” among most athletes…one does not dive at his opponents knees the way this dirtbag did at Gronk. It is potentially career ending. The athletes talk about protecting their livelihood-regardless of sport-and that means a certain code where one wouldn’t choose to launch himself full force and at a side angle into his opponents knees. The dirtbag knew full well what he was doing and the consequences. He wanted to take out Gronk. Spare me the “well…I can’t hit him high” BS. Gronk is 6’7″ there is plenty of places to launch into him…but the knees are sacred. All athletes know this…one doesn’t have to be a pro. Accidental knee injuries are part of the game-this was premeditated! The code says..where I come from…the same fate will fall on the dirtbag from Cleveland. Players have noticed. Then justice will be served. This “play” was sickening.”

    —————————–

    Finally someone had the stones to come out and say it. There’s no honor in people like Ward – none whatsoever. He had the gall to shake Gronk’s hand and conveniently blame the league. Go hide behind Goodell’s skirt! Look behind your shoulder from now on when you’re on the field

    ********************

    I have seen several posts like these over the past day and a half. It’s understandable that some fans are upset. But this is a routine tackling method that is used dozens and dozens of times each week across the NFL. I watched some of this game, and saw a Patriots player do the same thing to the Cleveland tight end Cameron in the first half. Do you remember the play where he flipped over after catching a pass? It’s because a Patriot dove at his legs exactly like Ward did to Gronkowski.

  45. truths4all says: Dec 10, 2013 1:13 AM

    Unless Brady has more Superman play in him with the rest of the receivers playing two times better than they have all season, the loss of Gronk has given the Pats their kiss of death to their playoff hopes.

  46. RE LEE says: Dec 10, 2013 2:30 AM

    Spygate…. Blah…blah…blah…. Are tales told by idiots ,full of sound and fury signifying nothing… Bottom line BB and TB12 will be hall of famers. Hate on…. But make your comments more interesting and entertaining. They’re sounding lamer and lamer. The pats come out with these improbable wins and all you can contribute to the entertainment is spygate, cheaters…. More vitriol please! The pats work so hard to inspire these hatred ;why don’t you haters come out with something equally awesome, huh?

  47. packerbackersince71 says: Dec 10, 2013 3:05 AM

    … New England Patriots Hater Here and PROUD of it !!! … Nice to see a Packers Cast Off help out these Losers … When was YOUR LAST Patriots Super Bowl VICTORY ??? … I will guess , Half of You Bandwagon Fair Weather Fans Posting here Can’t even Remember !!! …

  48. beerndrums says: Dec 10, 2013 3:07 AM

    That was an awesome hit.Hope Miami does the same thing to Brady

  49. bospat says: Dec 10, 2013 5:43 AM

    If I had a choice is take Wilfork over Gronk at this point..Offense will only be hurt to the point that the D is a sive

  50. bospat says: Dec 10, 2013 5:45 AM

    As far as Manning..he has the red carpet rolled out..weak AFC and Home field with Pats decimated he should coast…No excuses exalted one!

  51. mikemcdorman says: Dec 10, 2013 6:11 AM

    Love how the Pats fans are ripping TJ Ward for the type of tackle that’s made at least 10 times in every football game from high school up.

    Face it, Gronk’s talented but he’s made of glass.

    And everyone around the league knows that New England didn’t earn that victory on Sunday. They were manhandled all day, and the refs’ blew it at the end to hand them the game.

    Stuff like that is why people hate your team. That and the spying.

  52. fzntdra says: Dec 10, 2013 6:54 AM

    6ball the records clearly don’t show how competitive each division is and certainly not the past 10+ years. Your Pats have been favored in their division almost every year because your surrounded by bad franchises. We’ve had the Lions bad teams, but the past 5 years minus last year maybe have been good. It’s really not an argument that you can win. Why don’t you research the winning percentage of your division and mine the last 10 years and we’ll talk. Even with our 3-9-1 Vikings, they still have the best player in football on their team, as did the Lions last year with Johnson. Who in the Afc east is even top 50 minus Brady? Name a top 20 qb? Mr Butt Fumble from three years ago???

  53. hehateme2 says: Dec 10, 2013 7:00 AM

    karma baby…karma.

  54. mayers59 says: Dec 10, 2013 3:35 PM

    blue18hutthutt seems like a very bitter person. Ok, not a Brady worshiper, but do like stats. So here goes.

    Brady Regular season record 146-42-0 .777
    #5 in QB wins. 3 more wins will move up to #3.
    #1 winning % of QB’s with more than 75 games.
    31 4th Qt combacks & 42 Game Winning drives.

    Brady Playoff record 17-7 .708
    #1 in Wins. 10 appearances in 14 seasons.
    5 Super Bowl appearances 3 Wins.

    Those are basic. No fudging on stats. It is what it is.

  55. iamapatsfan says: Dec 10, 2013 9:57 PM

    Did anyone watch the Cowboys/Bears game? I watched the first half and noticed, I think, only 1 tackle that was similar to Ward’s.

    Another thing I noticed was that the Cowboys DBs were wrapping up and taking down Bennett, Jeffery’s and Marshall pretty regularly (at least after they caught the ball, cause they sure couldn’t stop that them from getting it).

    Ward’s “tackle” of Gronk is a cop out of not being able to actually tackle. The Cowboys D was doing a pretty good job of taking guys down that are only an inch or two shorter than Gronk, at least from the first half that I watched.

    Just goes to show that all those guys that complain about the rules are probably the same guys that have forgotten how to tackle (or never learned) because it’s more exciting to get the big hit, rather than the good tackle. Even if the big hit is more likely to end a fellow athletes year/shorten his career.

    There’s a lot of real estate between the head and the knees. You don’t have to go low. Also, if they used their arms a little more, you know, the ones with all those ripply muscles they like to flex after the hit, maybe these kinds of injuries wouldn’t be as common…

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