Jeremy Lane on Rob Gronkowski: “I actually don’t think he’s that good”

AP

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was a unanimous All-Pro in 2014, and his return to top form helped New England make the Super Bowl for the first time since 2011.

However, Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane doesn’t believe Gronkowski is unstoppable.

Speaking to reporters Thursday in Seattle, Lane — a regular in Seattle’s “sub” packages — was asked what made Gronkowski “so good,” according to a recording of the interview provided by Curtis Crabtree of PFT and KJR Sports Radio in Seattle.

Lane paused for a couple seconds. A reporter joked, “He doesn’t like that question.”

Lane responded: “Yeah, I actually don’t think he’s that good.”

“Really?” a couple of reporters said.

Continued Lane: “Yeah. He’s OK, but, you know, he do have a big body, and from what I’ve seen on tape, you know, he don’t like your hands being put on him, so, you know, we put our hands on him and shake him up a little bit, he won’t catch that many balls as he should.”

A reporter asked if it was vital to be physical with Gronkowski (6-6, 255) right after the snap, and Lane (6-0, 190) responded in the affirmative.

“That’s always our key every week, put our hands on the receivers,” Lane said.

It’s logical the Seahawks would make being physical with Gronkowski a top priority. And it’s also resonable to believe the upside of such approach — perhaps getting Gronkowski off his game — has and will be discussed by the team, too.

Nevertheless, pledging to slow Gronkowski with hit after hit and executing said strategy are two different things. This is one of Super Bowl XLIX’s most fascinating storylines — the matchup of the league’s baddest tight end and the league’s stoutest secondary.

As for Lane’s quote? File it under Super Bowl bulletin board material. And get ready for the Patriots to be asked about it scores of times in slightly different ways over the next week or so.

69 responses to “Jeremy Lane on Rob Gronkowski: “I actually don’t think he’s that good”

  1. Gronk will obviously be the focus of Seattle’s defense. I just don’t see anyone else on that offense doing anything against this secondary.

    Somehow, what’s gotten lost in how the GB-SEA game ended is how INCREDIBLE the Seahawks defense played in that game. Any other defense would have given up 30 points, easily, with the hole the SEA offense kept putting the D into.

    I’m not saying Seattle will win this game for sure, but the Pats fans who say they will “put up 30” or “steamroll” the defense (Yes there have been penty to say this, check the comments on here) seriously know NOTHING about football.

    Patriots won’t score more than 20 points, max. It’s up to Belichik and the Pats D to shut down the Seahawks offense, which very well could happen.

  2. Another idiot Seahawk running his mouth….can’t stand either team but would love to see the Patriots shut up ALL of them.

  3. This is what bothers me most about Seattle. They demand respect but are totally unwilling to give it. I’m not saying Lane has to praise Gronk until he’s blue in the face but to say he’s not that good is just ignorant.

  4. Seattle after everything NE has been through these past few days they are already even more motivated than before. I don’t think it’s best to provide even more material to a team who has the mentality of us against the world.

  5. I dont think Lane will be seeing much of Gronkowski during the game. Unless Carroll wants to lose

  6. Love a physical defense. But DBs who talk too much and give opponents bulletin-board material? Not so much. Steelers DB Anthony Smith did that with the Patriots a few years ago and it didn’t work out well for us. I’d suggest Lane do his talking on the field.

  7. thekiller678 says:
    Jan 22, 2015 7:09 PM
    Gronk will obviously be the focus of Seattle’s defense. I just don’t see anyone else on that offense doing anything against this secondary.

    Somehow, what’s gotten lost in how the GB-SEA game ended is how INCREDIBLE the Seahawks defense played in that game. Any other defense would have given up 30 points, easily, with the hole the SEA offense kept putting the D into.

    I’m not saying Seattle will win this game for sure, but the Pats fans who say they will “put up 30″ or “steamroll” the defense (Yes there have been penty to say this, check the comments on here) seriously know NOTHING about football.

    Patriots won’t score more than 20 points, max. It’s up to Belichik and the Pats D to shut down the Seahawks offense, which very well could happen.

    ———

    I think Edelman is the xfactor. For the patriots to get more than 20 he has to get open.

  8. The Seahawks don’t care about issuing bulletin board material and I admire that confidence. I remember last year when Sherman said that Manning throws ducks and that got the Broncos all angry. What ended up happening in the Super Bowl?

  9. Last time the Pats played the Seahawks, in the ‘you mad bro?’ game, the Pats put up almost 500 yrds of offense. Brady threw for almost 400 yrds and the Pats led 23-10 halfway thru the 4th at Seattle when the Hawks threw the ball over the head of a rookie Pats safety to come from behind and win. If Lane thinks he can matchup, fine. We’ll see. To say Gronk’s not that good… well, all I’ll say is he should probably watch some more film and talk less. I think the Pats have the edge because the differences in the 2 defenses are not as great as the differences in the offenses. Seattle basically scored 2 special teams TDs last week. Pats offense is much better, and it’s better than it was in their last meeting.

  10. Chancellor will end the tight end long plays and quick routes over the middle.
    Hawks have spoken

  11. The Pats have three receivers with more offensive production than Seattle’s best guy(Baldwin). Belichick has alweays shut down Lynch, whether with Buffalo or Seattle. If the Pats limit Baldwin and Lynch, Seattle has nowhere to go.

  12. Haha, gotta love when a back up players talk trash about one of the two consensus All-Pro’s in the NFL.

    Either way I am worried about this matchup. While I don’t think you can shut Gronk down completely the Seahhawks have the size and talent, with KJ Wright and Cam Chancelor, to minimize his impact significantly.

  13. Remember a certain Eagles receiver who made an equally stupid comment about the Pats secondary before that SB?

    No, I don’t remember his name either lol

    This guy will be soon forgotten

  14. Really Lane, perhaps you should take note of the rest of the LOB. Even Sherman spoke positively of the NE receiving corps and the challenge they pose.

    Lane should’ve known when he got knocked down to being the 2nd/3rd string nickel corner. Last year Walt Thurmond and Byron Maxwell started ahead of him when BB was suspended. Going in to this year, Marcus Burley was ahead of him at corner when Maxwell was out, and still ahead of him when in the nickel.

    Just worry about your special teams play bro.

    Go Hawks.

  15. I have to agree with Lane. Gronk has a habit of getting away with pushing off to get open, but the refs refuse to throw the flag. Maybe the refs will finally call offensive pass interference on this overrated Gronk

  16. If Gronkowski came out 20 years earlier, before the new pass interference rules came into effect he would be manhandled… He wouldn’t last but 2-3 seasons… Injuries would take him right out. Back then a LB or S would put a lick on you that you would feel for a month! The NFL is too soft now days!

  17. after everything NE has been through these past few days they are already even more motivated than before

    After spygate broke they ripped off 18 straight.

    This is all playing right into their hands, and many here seem to be forgetting just how bad Seattle looked in their last game.

    They needed 5 things to break their way to beat the Packers, and they managed all 5.

    Good luck doing that against the Pats.

  18. Not a Pats fan by any means, but Gronk is hands down the best TE in the game. If this Lane has to cover him at all, he will be eating those words very quickly.

  19. Yeah, Gronk at 6’6″/265 woulda been manhandled 20 yrs ago by all those 225-230 lb LBs and 205 lb safeties. Dream on. They’d be under the camera cart with SBrown.

  20. Gronk will throw Lane out of the club. I love how Lane admits that Seattle secondary purposely breaks the rules every week. Everyone does it, but to admit it in the press is ridiculous.

  21. Prepare to be thrown out of the club. If the Seahawks’ fans are referred to as the 12th Man then this Jeremy Lane H.S. dropout must be the 52nd Man.

  22. tedmurph says:
    Jan 22, 2015 7:45 PM
    Last time the Pats played the Seahawks, in the ‘you mad bro?’ game, the Pats put up almost 500 yrds of offense. Brady threw for almost 400 yrds and the Pats led 23-10 halfway thru the 4th at Seattle when the Hawks threw the ball over the head of a rookie Pats safety to come from behind and win. If Lane thinks he can matchup, fine. We’ll see. To say Gronk’s not that good… well, all I’ll say is he should probably watch some more film and talk less. I think the Pats have the edge because the differences in the 2 defenses are not as great as the differences in the offenses. Seattle basically scored 2 special teams TDs last week. Pats offense is much better, and it’s better than it was in their last meeting.

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

    Your TE in that game is now facing double murder chargers.

  23. Gronk played in that game and had 60 yrds receiving. Hernandez had 30 yrds receiving. They can do w/o him, as they have for 2 yrs.

  24. Remember Clark for the steelers and what was his name oh yeah Freddie Mitchell for the Eagles. Looks like we have one more to join the “I talked crap to the pats and now I am a nobody” group lol

  25. Between Gronk and Lafell the legion of Boom is going to get smacked around more than usual as it is, but now from what I have heard they are going to incorporate Brandon Browner into the offensive game plan for a few different looks. I hope it is true because the bullies in the Seattle secondary are about to get bullied.

  26. Thanks Jeremy for trying to get the talk off of the inflation of footballs for a minute. Hopefully a few of the other guys from both teams will step up too.

  27. Gronk won’t be a big problem, not for the legion of boom. The entire secondary is stacked with 6’+ players, and we got great safety support. Bottom line, you don’t throw against Seattle, our guys are bigger, stronger and faster than yours, and they feel like they are entitled to the ball. What the Pats will do, they will pound the ball with Blount. We don’t have a dominate tackle, so you can beat us on the line. That’s why I say, Suh is the missing link. You put him in at tackle, and we have the greatest D of all time. He’s worth every bit what he is asking, cause he is the one player that can single handedly take a team to the play-offs.

  28. Jeremy Lane, him no speak good words.

    It amazes me that athletes get to this level and sign contracts worth millions yet are unable to form a simple sentence.

    If you can’t say it, odds are you can’t do it.

    –Mike

  29. Vernon Davis
    Jimmy Graham
    Julian Thomas
    Greg Olsen
    Richard Rodgers
    Rob Gronkowski

    Just another name on the list.

  30. Nothing like showing a little humility after having a Championship handed to you. Listening to Dougie Baldhead talk about how great the SeaChokers are and now this moron.

    I can’t wait to see Gronk carry this jerk on his back into the endzone.

    Talk about stupid, he admits to keeping their hands on the receivers. This guy obviously doesn’t know the rules and doesn’t watch tape. Because if he did, there is no way he makes a stupid comment like this. I don’t think Gronk is the kind of guy you want to give extra motivation. Seattle just isn’t that good.

    Without their extra noise to give them an edge, they will lose just as spectacularly this year, as they won last year. Carroll and his staff will be over-matched. The Patriots won’t puke all over their cleats like the Pack did.

    This is going top be a great Superbowl.

    I hope the Patriots wide receivers beat on Sheman’s arm all day long. He’ll be crying like a Baby by half-time. Brady will go after him.

    I can’t wait!

  31. As a Bronco fan i despise the Patriots.. I’ve never laughed so much these last couple of days because of this deflate gate sideshow and the fact that Tom Brady and BB are gonna get spanked hard by the league after the SuperBowl makes me joyous… That being said I hope the Patriots wipe the floor with the so called Legion Of Buffoons and shut their mouths forever.. Go Pats..

  32. Last time Seattle played NE, ol’ Gronk got completely man-handled. A couple hits by Bam Bam and he was alligator arming everything thrown his way.

    I’m not worried about Gronk. We’ve heard the same thing about every large TE we played. Last year, it was Thomas. And what happened? Kam opened the game by knocking Thomas into last decade, dude was back there doing the MC Hammer dance and asking people where he could score some tickets to the Color Me Badd concert.

    The Patriots are good, no doubt. But this will be the most physically violent game they have played all season. And every member of the LOB will be trying to concuss Gronk legally on every play. Gronk better have his head on a swivel, that’s all I can say.

  33. listenup823 says:
    Jan 23, 2015 12:34 PM
    As a Bronco fan i despise the Patriots.. I’ve never laughed so much these last couple of days because of this deflate gate sideshow and the fact that Tom Brady and BB are gonna get spanked hard by the league after the SuperBowl makes me joyous… That being said I hope the Patriots wipe the floor with the so called Legion Of Buffoons and shut their mouths forever.. Go Pats..

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    I’m hoping that you are correct. Many Seattle players act like trailer-trash, showing a complete lack of class. That goes for most of them with the exception of Wilson.

    I hate that guy. He’s smart. He’s good. And he’s a class act. I hate that.

  34. mrba4775 says: Jan 22, 2015 8:20 PM

    I have to agree with Lane. Gronk has a habit of getting away with pushing off to get open, but the refs refuse to throw the flag. Maybe the refs will finally call offensive pass interference on this overrated Gronk
    ______________________________

    Really? Gronk is 6’5″ and 250lbs, I’m sure any contact would look like a push off. With his club arm, I’m thinking he will do his business in the first 5 yds, and that will be all he needs.

  35. Gronk – “Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion…” – reaction sounds a little milquetoast to me.
    Is Gronk this fearless giant on the football field or just a little boy trapped inside a big man’s body?

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