Gronkowski takes issue with Broncos’ “low blows”

AP

As the Patriots and Broncos prepare to play in the AFC title game, Denver players have been doing plenty of talking. New England players haven’t, with one big exception.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski, responding on Twitter to a message from a fan who said that the Broncos once again will be aiming for Gronk’s knees, said that he has “[h]eard their whole team is good at giving low blows.”

The double entendre has spread like wildfire on Twitter, with more than 47,000 retweets since last night. Coach Bill Belichick surely doesn’t like that very much, and possibly will have something to say to Gronk about it.

Sophomoric (but nevertheless hilarious) joking aside, the concern is real. Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said this week on ESPN’s SportsCenter that the best way to tackle Gronkowski is to hit him low, at the knees.

The NFL’s recent focus on health and safety results in public cringing whenever players openly talk about aiming for an area of the body that routinely results in serious injury. But Harris is still right; the easiest way to take Gronkowski down is to hit him low. And the NFL’s concern for health and safety has more to do with the brain than any other area of the body, given the threat to the long-term viability of the game presented by concussions.

Still, the last time these teams played, the game changed dramatically once a low hit to Gronk put him out of the game. And while the Broncos may not be deliberately trying to injure Gronkowski, they know that hitting him low will not only put him on the ground but also knock him out of the game.

178 responses to “Gronkowski takes issue with Broncos’ “low blows”

  1. When you build the home of your dynasty on a foundation of asterisks a little thing called karma will catch up.

  2. Can you imagine the howls if it were Patriot players taking about targeting an opponent like that?
    All our hypocritical Patriot haters here would be aghast and demanding suspensions if not death penalty convictions 🙂

  3. When I was in 7th grade, we were taught that the correct way to tackle was low. “difficult to run when their ankles are tied together.”
    Form tackling is to go for the legs, wrap up, and drive until the runner goes down.
    Hit a runner in the shoulder pads/chest area and you have hoof prints on your chest, hit him in the legs and he goes down.

  4. There’s a proper way to hit low, wrap someone up around the legs/ankles. With a guy like Gronk, you’re left with very few options except to start aiming for around the waist and by the time you’re in the process of the tackle you’re already at his knees.

  5. Specifically targeting a player’s body where they have had severe injuries in the past? Stay classy Denver…

    (Gronk’s comment, while obviously not real classy, is attempting to make the best of a bad situation through low brow humor. I’ll take a guy like that who leaves it all on the field versus a bunch of cheap shot artists.)

    Now Pats fans specifically and fans of greatness in general will have to cringe every time one of these scumbags targets Gronk’s knees. Hopefully karma visits these braying donkeys in the worst way….

  6. so the entire Donkey defense has been outplayed, out- thought and out-classed by the man whom fans of the the other 31 call “meat-head”.

    What’s that say about the Donkeys?
    Jacka$$es, the whole lot of em.

  7. Even as a Broncos fan I say this is pretty funny.

    There seems to be a bit of chirping going on now from both sides. Mike Shanahan said it best once, talk is cheap. Let the play on Sunday decide the game gents. Should be a good one!

  8. Of course they’ll deliberately try and injure him. Dirty team that’s talking tons of smack already like a scared Rex Ryan team. They won’t be able to handle Gronk and will take it out on him with dirty hits.

  9. Sad fact about the Broncos and their hitting, the altitude there confuses them. They actually think that like salary cap violations, they are entitled to sea level adjustments.

  10. Another story about how to contain Gronk!
    Has any team even slowed him down? Not really, think BB gives him a pass on this one!

    Bronco’s are so scared, they won’t even sell a ticket to you east of the Mississippi!

  11. “Hit him low” does not equate to “Hit his knees” necessarily.

    The main thing which concerns me is that they don’t seem to wrap up guys when they hit them low, they seem to be more interested it bone-crushing hits on the legs.

    Right now we’re talking about Gronk, but if the Broncos succeed in injuring him again this week, without repercussion, then you’re going to see teams diving at the knees of every superstar in the league soon enough.

    This issue needs a solution, and I don’t know what it is. You have to be able to bring down beasts like Gronk, so what is the answer to how to do it without trying to hurt him?

  12. Dever is desperate to win, they will do a career ending hit on someone to win. Watch and see it will happen.
    If all players tackled like they should by wrapping up injuries in the NFL would be cut by at least 30 percent.
    This may be the last time TB and PM play against each other, let’s hope for a great game.

  13. Well… he should know, given his experience last time he was in Denver. …and while it’s embarrassing for guys like Chris Harris to bounce off of him, or get drug for 15-20 yards until the cavalry arrives, going for the knees just isn’t cool.

    Best way to defend Gronk is get there before he catches the ball, and knock it away. Once he has it, he becomes Mongo, from Blazing Saddles.

  14. can’t stop him with in the rules……now who is cheating?????

    Sad that it comes to this.

    I sometime (and more often these days)wish for the days of Bart Starr and Johnny Unitas, John Brodie, Len Dawson, Ken Stabler, Fran Tarkenton……

  15. The Broncos have long been the dirtiest team in the NFL followed closely by any team Jeff Fisher coaches. The Denver O line is famous for cut blocking destroying any knee in their path and their defensive secondary is infamous for targeting knees and crippling WRs. Why the NFLPA allows their membership to be subjected to such contact is beyond puzzling.

  16. Oh wow. Didn’t realize you tackle big gups low. Gronk is hilarious. Guy has a 4th graders love of life. Not seeing why people care. Play the game and try to tacole someone bigger than you up high. It’s pretty emnarassing to try

  17. hairpie2 says:
    Jan 20, 2016 9:26 AM

    Broncos are the dirties bunch of whiners in the league.
    ———————————————————-

    If you watched the game between the Broncos and Pats earlier this year, there was one player clearly whining on almost every play and that was Tom Brady.

  18. Gronk is just being funny. He’s not talking about hitting a player low when tackling. There’s another meaning of the word blow. That’s what he’s joking about.

  19. On a related note:

    What’s stopping a player from saying something like “Yes I’m going to break your knees and end your season.” What’s the league going to do about it? They wagged their finger about sportsmanship and yet they let the PIT-CIN clown show happen and didn’t do a thing.

    So what would they do now? Release another limp wristed sissy “memo”? Ooooo that’ll show em. 🙂

    #IntegrityLOL

  20. Driving through the knees helmet first a la TJ Ward is not the same as driving towards the hips / thighs and trying to tie up / wrap up a guy’s legs.

    Kubiak has been the cut block king on offense for years, so of course now that he’s a head coach the defense is going to operate using the same low principles. Sweep the leg you dirty Donks.

  21. I’m noticing a trend…..not all but ALOT of D Bag Pats fans trolling anything Broncos related. It tells me they are afraid regardless if their chest pounding and denial.

  22. Gronk has a technique to deal with that now. Watch film and how he basically “jumps” on the defender to avoid these kind of hits.

  23. Gronk is huge, you go high & he breaks the tackle, especially when he outweighs you by 60 lbs. The only way to tackle him when you’re that much smaller is to take his legs out from under him. Hits like these have been happening forever, it’s not new to Gronk. I don’t want to see him get injured either. But this is football, the goal is to get him to the ground ASAP. And if the most effective (and legal) way to do it is to take his legs out from under him then that’s what every team is going to try to do.

    Plus it’s a legal play. Weren’t Pats fans telling us how Amendola’s play wasn’t illegal (and therefore not dirty) just last week?

  24. jackodn says:
    Jan 20, 2016 9:38 AM
    “Hit him low” does not equate to “Hit his knees” necessarily.

    ________________________________________

    I used part of your comment to add this:

    Harris Jr. said on “SportsCenter” that the best way to take down Gronkowski was to “hit him low,” specifically at “his knees.”

    To me it equates to “hit his knees.”

  25. The Bronco’s have always been a dirty team, a dirty team that circumvented the salary cap so they could win their two Super Bowls.

  26. Since Tom Brady has thrown more touchdowns 3, in Denver this year than HGH Manning ONE, guess Denver is running scared.
    Dirty players.

  27. Well, is tacking someone low illegal? ?If not how do u stop a huge guy like Gronk? try to tackle his stomach? You learn in pee week to go low for the knees/ankles to tackle big guys. But pushing off (like Gronk does- just watch games) is illegal and should be flagged, period. Defenders can lay hands out within 5 yds, but on offense u cant put ur hands on them as u make your break. You cant flag brady for crying to the refs……thats just personal opinions about him, he def does it and i think is a cry baby, but thats not illegal. The way he yells at refs should be flagged though, he gets in their faces sometimes pretty bad. Ive seen Rodgers take big hits that were iffy…….he’ll go up in the players face, brady doesnt do that.

  28. Gronkowski needs to ignore this stuff. The Broncos are just trying to put some doubt in his head, like they’re trying to get under Brady’s skin. (Good luck with that one, boys.)

    Gronk’s not NE’s only weapon this time around. He’ll be fine and the Pats will score 30. And win.

  29. I don’t see why Belichick would take exception to this strategy. It sounds like one he’d employ if he were on the other side. He’s always been one to exploit an opponent’s most vulnerable area. And I’m not talking about hitting Gronk low to injure him. I’m talking about hitting him in the best spot for taking him down. If you try to hit Gronk any higher, you’ll just bounce off or get swatted away by one of his stiff arms.

  30. The solution is obvious: Outlaw the cross-body block tackle at the knees, unless it’s from directly in front of the runner. The NFL managed to get rid of all the clipping at the knees that used to result in penalties on kick returns. The NFL has nearly eliminated the head shots on receivers. This brutal injury-causing tackling method can be made history, too.

  31. Defenders have been chopping down large ball carriers since the beginning of the sport, long before modern safety rules. Gronkowski’s Twitter burn was about as creative as one would expect from a meathead such has himself.

  32. mikermiker says:
    Jan 20, 2016 9:26 AM

    When you build the home of your dynasty on a foundation of asterisks a little thing called karma will catch up.
    _____________________________
    Finally! mikermiker tells the truth!
    The Broncos past is filled with asterisks!

    2 fraudulent SB *wins! The NFL conveniently ignored the millions of $$$$ paid under the table to Elway and Davis way above and beyond the salary cap. The NFL didn’t care, as long as Elway got his *championships. “This one’s for John!” was the quote.

    Then there were the uniforms slathered in Vaseline.

    The culture of targeting knees with injurious intent dating back at least to Mike Shannahan.

    Now the NFL is ramping up its “This one’s for Peyton” campaign! They’ve already inserted the Broncos’ favorite ref, Hochuli. 7-0 in the last 7 games that he’s reffed. NE is 3-4 in their last 7.

    Not a word from the NFL even though Denver made it clear they were going to try to injure Gronk. If a NE player had made a comment like that, the NFL would have issued multiple warnings and threats.

    As it is, defenders have been allowed to tee off on Brady, Gronk, and the NE receivers without fear of any penalty. Gronk gets mugged on every play, but gets called for pushing off whenever he tries to get out of a headlock!

  33. If they want to play that way, put a few helmets to the knees of Thomas, Sanders, Ward, et al on some cut blocks.

    Do it until the Broncos learn to tackle the right way by wrapping up and driving rather than just diving at knees with their heads down and arms at their sides.

  34. willycents says:
    Jan 20, 2016 9:30 AM

    Form tackling is to go for the legs…

    ———–
    Going for the legs is sometimes a necessary maneuver but in no way is it considered form tackling.

    Form tackling is breaking down, dropping the hips, keeping eyes up with head in front of/crossing the trunk, wrapping up (clasping hands in small of back to debilitate the ball carrier) and exploding.

  35. No they just know a good head joke when they see it.. Truth hurts huh slow blow Slaughter

    I’m noticing a trend…..not all but ALOT of D Bag Pats fans trolling anything Broncos related. It tells me they are afraid regardless if their chest pounding and denial.

  36. I agree that hitting him in the legs is the best way to bring him down. Hitting him low as long as they wrap him up is no big deal. Wrapping up seems to mitigate the impact and lessen risk. Launching at his knees with no attempt to wrap up is what I take issue with. At least aim for the thigh or something.

    But I have a feeling Denver is going to take him out. Or at least try. They know what he means to the team and what it would do for them if he goes down.

  37. To beat PEDton* you don’t take out his knees you stop the UPS guy from delivering to Ashley Manning.

    🙂

  38. Be interesting to see the reaction of all people if a Patriots player did the same to Demaryius Thomas. Big receiver, hard to bring down take him out at his knees kind of approach.

    Pretty sure it would be universally unacceptable and dirty. Definitely as case of one rule for some, one rule for others!

  39. This game will be a major letdown. As much as I loathe the Cheaters, the Broncos will get stomped. Peyton was painfully slow & ineffective for 80% of the game last week.

    Hair Plugs n Uggs should have his way with them.

  40. First let me start by saying I am not a fan of either team….

    Defensive players are faced with the following problems when tackling:
    1) hit too high (head/neck area) you get flagged or fined
    2) hit in the chest – get trucked, lose job and ESPN Clip
    3) hit too low and everyone thinks you are trying to injure

    Every hit is different and there is no fool proof way to judge a player’s intent when delivering the ‘blow’. Are we headed toward having a strike zone painted on players?

  41. mikermiker says:
    Jan 20, 2016 9:26 AM
    When you build the home of your dynasty on a foundation of asterisks a little thing called karma will catch up.
    _______________________
    Interesting….you must be talking about the Broncos – from the site Your Team Cheats dot com:

    “In the past decade, the Denver Broncos have had — by far — the most players suspended for PED usage.”

  42. NOTHING NEW about low blows to the knees by Denver players.

    Denver is a dirty team that always looks to blow out the knees of opposing players. They tried to blow out Calais Campbell’s knees by purposedly chop blocking him with a planned attack in their last game.

    Denver has always done this and no one in the NFL has the courage, ethics, or morality to fight this.

    Even if you go Old School and do that back, then the NFL will penalize you for going for the knees, but it has always been hand off as far as Denver is concerned.

  43. Payton Manning should probably be suspended from the game anyway due to his use of HGH. Not that anyone cares. Apparently in Goodell’s world, 31 teams can cheat or practice gamesmanship, but when the Patriots are involved, it’s a federal case. Goodell must resign now.

  44. atwaterslaughter says:
    Jan 20, 2016 9:48 AM
    I’m noticing a trend…..not all but ALOT of D Bag Pats fans trolling anything Broncos related. It tells me they are afraid regardless if their chest pounding and denial.

    Pleae!!
    Like a Jack Del Rio coached D Brady OWNS Wade Phillips aka Elmer Fud.

    The Denver LB’s can’t cover and they won’t have an answer for JE

    And again Von Miller will come up small in a big game.

    Brady just went for 280 and 3 Tds vs that D without is top 2 WR playing. And don’t give me the “Denver was missing guys too” we know.

    But they were not missing anyone as important as 2 starting WR
    and if not for a fumbled punt Denver losses.

    Get use to it, Brady is going to shred that D.
    Hell Ben went for 339 without AB.

  45. Below is what Tom Brady had to say after the November game:

    The hit was not flagged and New England quarterback Tom Brady later defended Stewart in his postgame news conference.

    “I hate to see it, but it really is the only the way defenders can hit now,” Brady said after the Patriots’ overtime loss. “I bet if you asked the players they would really rather go high than low. I don’t think it’s dirty; I just think that is how football is played now.”

    Also, in Harris’ defense, he never said to hit Gronk’s knees in order to injure, just tackle.

  46. New England is desperate to win, they will do a career ending hit on someone to win. Watch and see it will happen.
    If all players tackled like they should by wrapping up injuries in the NFL would be cut by at least 30 percent.
    This may be the last time TB and PM play against each other, let’s hope for a great game.

  47. It’s funny. The Broncos point out accurately (although exaggeratedly, especially since when Gronk does push off he IS more often than not flagged for it) about issues with Gronk and Brady, actually being very complimentary to Brady in the process, and Patriot fans blow a gasket and say here come the excuses. Now Gronk points out accurately a legitimate concern about the Broncos play. Let’s see how the comments play out.

  48. Rob, Bill would like to see you in his office. You know the way. Welker thought he was being funny too(which he was). Engaging the other team in steeler-like bravado is not the Patriot Way.

  49. Hit him low , hit his knee that’s what he said, I’m losing all my respect for the bronco , they so scare of the Patriots and now there only chance to beat them is take gronk out of the game .
    It work last time but what’s there to be proud of if the only way you can win is by taking out their best player.
    I quest that’s what the dirty team do.
    Dirty 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  50. The Broncos know the Patriots, when healthy, are a better team. They barely beat the Patriots junior varsity team in week 11. Looking forward to this game, but the Broncos will injure Patriots players with cheap shots, especially if the game gets ugly.

  51. Judging by the Patriot fans on here complaining, as usual, it sounds like NFL should go the route of flag football. I mean, we’re talking about football, one of the most physical sports out there, and guys aren’t even allowed to tackle low anymore? My guess is, if Gronk was on another team, and you asked a Patriots fan how his or her favorite team should tackle him, they would say low.

    But wait, because this is the Patriots we’re talking about, all other teams should refrain from tackling Gronk low because there’s a chance he can get injured? Ok, guys can only tackle up high and then get dragged 20 yards because Gronk is twice the size of most defenders.

    You can totally tell who’s never played a contact sport in their life. This is football, girls. The object, when you’re on defense, is to tackle the guy with the ball. Yes, football is a brutal sport and leads to injuries, but unless someone is clearly out to hurt someone, I’d chalk most injuries up to being “part of the game”.

  52. SO……

    Who whines more?

    Denver’s little p a n s y LB’s and DB’s or Brady?

    Universally acknowledged all QB’s complain. Tom does do it more than I like but then again he wins more than YOU’D like so I’ll take that every day and twice on Sunday.

    Is there anywhere, EVER, a comment made by Brady that he’s getting hit too hard or illegally? I can’t find one.

    What I CAN find, this week alone, comments from so-called tough guys (Denver’s pansy LB’s) making comments that essentially say that Gronk is too tough and we need the refs to bail us out because we as a unit (DB’s included) we are physically inferior and can’t compete unless the refs help us out.

  53. soon the league will outlaw tackles below the belt line, and anything above the nipples.

    The players should just start playing two hand touch…

  54. Next time, the defender should ask Gronk where he would prefer to be tackled before actually trying to get him to the ground. This way, Gronk has the best chance of breaking the tackle and making Patriot fans happy. Anything less than that means the other team is dirty and trying to hurt someone.

  55. mikermiker says:
    Jan 20, 2016 9:26 AM
    When you build the home of your dynasty on a foundation of asterisks a little thing called karma will catch up.

    ———————–

    I don’t think I’d ever refer to the Broncos as a dynasty, but you are correct about the asterisks though.

    The team and QB who could never do anything besides choke in the SB all of a sudden wins two after deciding to defer the salaries of their best two players.

  56. willycents says:
    Jan 20, 2016 9:30 AM
    When I was in 7th grade, we were taught that the correct way to tackle was low. “difficult to run when their ankles are tied together.”
    Form tackling is to go for the legs, wrap up, and drive until the runner goes down.
    ———————–
    Yes but that’s a different sort of “tackling” to the impact-tackle increasingly seen in the modern NFL. What you are referring to is more like good old-school rugby tackles where you wrap your arms around a guy’s legs – whereas what Broncos (and other) defenders are doing is diving low and making a hit on the legs, which isn’t really tackling it’s just hitting. The theory being that some modern RBs and TEs are getting just too big to tackle the old way alone and that the first defender might be told to just steam in and hit so that the second guy can tackle. I don’t like it – and glad I don’t play any more.

  57. The league should sweep the Broncos visitors locker for bugs, test Manning for HGH levels, check all Broncos linebackers for grease, and audit all Broncos player contracts (including Papa Johns franchise agreements) for cap avoiding payments.

  58. .
    @atwater

    ” I’m noticing a trend…..not all but ALOT of D Bag Pats fans trolling anything Broncos related. It tells me they are afraid regardless if their chest pounding and denial. ”
    _____
    Umm.. The first word in the post is Gronkowski

    @steelerfanjo

    ” The Patriots are already crying ”
    ______
    Why would the Patriots be crying? They are still in the hunt after the Steelers spit the bit and could only muster 13 pts vs the Broncos. It turned out that” the team no one wanted to play in the playoffs ” was just a bunch of stiffs. You were given a playoff win vs the hapless Bengals and then choked in Denver. Enjoy your offseason. Football is officially dead in Pittsburgh.
    .

  59. Laughing at people saying how the Donkey’s are the dirtiest team. Those people need to watch some games of the Rams. They make every cheap shot artist on each team look like angels. Remember too that all the high hit penalties has forced players to aim low as it will take money out of their pockets if they go too high.

  60. mountaingirl39 says:
    Jan 20, 2016 10:18 AM

    turning into a whining girl just like his QB. Shut up Gronk and just play.
    ————————–
    Only whining I’ve been seeing is from Denver about Brady and Gronk.

  61. The whole team is good at giving low blows…
    The Broncos players are yapping tough. Gronk makes them blush. The Denver Blownkos. Maybe they’ll think twice trying to have their faces near Gronk’s knees.

  62. Harris was talking about get Gronk on the legs and wrapping up and waiting for help from other defenders to bring them down. Which is the full context of what he said. Media being what it is–is just trying to stir things up and you all fell for it. Congrats you fell for the media game, you should all feel like fools now!

  63. I think there should be no tackling at all ever. Everyone should wear a flag from their belt and there would be no problem. Then you would really have something to talk about.

  64. How else to you expect a DB to take down Gronk? Aim high than risk flag for hitting the head. Gronk is a beast and impossible to take down at the waist so yes aim for the knees to tackle him. It’s not trying to hurt him but it’s the only way to bring that monster down

  65. I would have loved to see Gronk vs Jack Tatum 1 on 1 in the open field. Gronk would be crying like a little girl . WAH WAH WAH on his way to ER in a stretcher.

  66. Seems that both Brady and Gronk are cry babies. This isn’t underwater basket weaving. Taking a guy down by going low is still legal. So shut up crying Gronk and prepare to get those shins lite up by the linebackers on the Broncos.

  67. I don’t like to see players taking cheap shots, or fans wishing injuries on players. It lessens the game. But if Denver starts targeting players the way Harris, Jr. is talking about doing here specifically to Gronk, NE should respond in kind.

    Denver sure is doing a lot of scared tongue wagging before playing. It makes them look foolish before the game, and after they lose it.

    NE 28 Denver 13.

  68. dbfan4ever says:
    Jan 20, 2016 10:35 AM
    Harris was talking about get Gronk on the legs and wrapping up and waiting for help from other defenders to bring them down. Which is the full context of what he said…..
    ___________________
    Ah, I think you missed one….

    “You gotta hit him low, man — hit him in his knees,” Harris said

    Given that they went at Gronk’s knees last time and nearly ended his season, I wouldn’t call this an overreaction.

  69. This is getting ridiculous.

    The defense can’t hit high, is called dirty for going low, and can be flagged for hitting “defenseless” players. And giant, grown ass men are crying about how they’re getting tackled.

    Take the Chargers and your pansy league to LA already.

  70. Tackling low is one thing, projectile head first dives at the side of knees is another. That’s what I’ve seen from Denver. Not illegal, but nasty. Especially when a player is being held up by other tacklers.

    Defensive players are the first ones to get upset when they are blocked in the knees. I think there just needs to a bit more respect for a guys career. Tackle low, but don’t target knees on purpose.

  71. So now Low blow is a double entendre? Was it so for like 1000 years in reference to boxing? Or are we just calling it that now since a Pat said it?

    And why are so many Steeler fans here to rag on Pats & fans? We weren’t the ones who cheated you out of a win last week. Your season is over, how about you give the rest of the planet a break and go play Madden.

  72. But Amendola’s hit last week was completely fine and legal right? He left his feet and lead with his helmet before any Pat’s fans chime in.

  73. realdealsteel says:
    Jan 20, 2016 10:53 AM

    Seems that both Brady and Gronk are cry babies. This isn’t underwater basket weaving. Taking a guy down by going low is still legal. So shut up crying Gronk and prepare to get those shins lite up by the linebackers on the Broncos.

    ——————

    Things are stacking up nicely for the Patriots to win in a blow out.

  74. I heard there’s a hgh of 50 in Denver on the weekend. Nice weather.

    Oops I spelled high wrong. Or did I?

    🙂

  75. The fix was in last week, no reason to think that this isn’t the 2016 version of the Ray Lewis love fest of a few years ago.

    The league wants to send Peyton out with this landmark win in SB 50. It’s been in the works for a while now so for anyone to beat them at this point would take a small miracle. I feel sorry for the NFC team that has to play Denver, assuming they make it that far.

    Still picking the Pats in a close and controversial game.

  76. Right now I’m more concerned about our economy that’s crashing….. Patriots can “take care” of Denvers’s low blows on Sunday. Patriots will win big.

  77. Gronk will have his way with the childish Bronks.
    If it weren’t for the altitude at Mile High the broncos would not even be in the playoffs. Manning looks like he is 80 years old out there and after a few sacks he will be looking even older.

  78. myteamscoredmore says:
    Jan 20, 2016 9:43 AM

    Oh wow. Didn’t realize you tackle big gups low. Gronk is hilarious. Guy has a 4th graders love of life. Not seeing why people care. Play the game and try to tacole someone bigger than you up high. It’s pretty emnarassing to try
    ————————————————
    tacole………………..that one had me stumped for a few seconds. If you’re Gronk you’re constantly thinking about the inevitable season ending cheap shot. Just a fact of life.

  79. vegasgreek says:
    Jan 20, 2016 10:51 AM

    I would have loved to see Gronk vs Jack Tatum 1 on 1 in the open field. Gronk would be crying like a little girl . WAH WAH WAH on his way to ER in a stretcher.

    ————-

    Tatum paralyzed a guy and ruined his life and never apologized. Nice guy you are idolizing.

    Also, Tatum was 5’10” 200 lbs. Gronk is 6’6″ 265.

  80. brianstevens0915 says:
    Jan 20, 2016 11:06 AM
    But Amendola’s hit last week was completely fine and legal right? He left his feet and lead with his helmet before any Pat’s fans chime in.

    ———————-

    I didn’t care for the hit either, but it was within the rules. The coverage team player is afforded no protection in that scenario. Look at Shazier’s hit on Gio: Ugly, yes. Unnecessary, yes. Legal, yes.

  81. Do you think Von Miller will pick any fights with Patriot players this time?

    Last time he tried that he got his ace whooped by the Patriots sidelines. That was awesome.

    What a pansy. 🙂

  82. Mo Pro Babble says:
    Jan 20, 2016 11:09 AM

    The fix was in last week, no reason to think that this isn’t the 2016 version of the Ray Lewis love fest of a few years ago.

    The league wants to send Peyton out with this landmark win in SB 50. It’s been in the works for a while now so for anyone to beat them at this point would take a small miracle. I feel sorry for the NFC team that has to play Denver, assuming they make it that far.

    Still picking the Pats in a close and controversial game.

    —————-

    Thought about that angle, but there’s no way Denver could win in the Super Bowl against Carolina. Maybe Arizona. Carolina would beat them by 35 again. Not sure Peyton wants to go out that way, probably benched during the game and a huge SB loss.

    It is probably better for Peyton to lose a close one to the Patriots then to get slaughtered in the Super Bowl.

  83. I don’t want to see Gronk or any other player injured. Really! But you have to tackle him low, period. Blockers (on all teams) go for the knees on every down. Ot’s part of the game.

  84. Not a word from the NFL even though Denver made it clear they were going to try to injure Gronk.

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    There wasn’t a word last week either after the PIT-CIN clown show.

    #IntegrityLOL

  85. Is there even any other game going on this weekend? I’m being serious because all I have heard all week is about the Patriots vs. Broncos game the NFC game seems like an afterthought with all the hype this game is getting. With that being said Gronk seems like he was joking around Belichick might get mad, but this and the Chris Harris quote are not a big deal can we just get to the damn game now?

  86. This from Cheater Central?

    “We don’t care how we win as long as we break all the rules to do it”

  87. Fun fact: Gronk had more offensive pass interference penalties called against him than 25 TEAMS had all this season. Take it for what it’s worth in terms of the pushing off complaint.

    Basically he doesn’t want to get hit low, but can’t get hit high because that’s illegal. He wants people to hit him where he’s strongest so it’s harder to tackle him? Why not make it flag football, then he won’t have to worry about getting hit at all.

    You’re a mongoloid of a man. Any smart player is going to go low on you to try and bring you down. That’s how tackling works. You don’t see guys going low on players like Danny Woodhead because he’s small.

    But I guess that’s the name of the game, these days. Complain about everything that doesn’t give you a competitive advantage.

  88. henke1966 says:
    Jan 20, 2016 10:23 AM

    Patriot fans seem a little shaky.

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    Denver is the home team, all the pressure is on them and their fans. If Denver can’t get the job done they will probably lose the division to KC for the next 5 years.

    The Patriots won the Super Bowl last year. I’m pretty sure all our fans will be ok regardless of the results of this one. No pressure.

  89. Tatum paralyzed a guy and ruined his life and never apologized. Nice guy you are idolizing.

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    And he tried exploiting Stingley and his injury for money.

    Pathetic.

  90. If you cant tackle someone because they are too big and strong, how about spending more time in the gym or working on better technique rather than trying to injure them? They got strong by working at it, other players should have the same work ethic of get out of the league. Its not supposed to be easy.

  91. 65dolphinfan says:
    Jan 20, 2016 10:10 AM

    The player that should be scared is little Tommy Brady, he’s going to get hit a lot in this game!

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    That sounds familiar. I think that’s what KC fans said last week.

  92. vegasgreek says:
    Jan 20, 2016 10:51 AM
    I would have loved to see Gronk vs Jack Tatum 1 on 1 in the open field. Gronk would be crying like a little girl . WAH WAH WAH on his way to ER in a stretcher.
    =================================
    Out in the open field? Ain’t no way Tatum takes him one on one. The assassin only takes him on if someone else has him and he can get a cheap shot in on him.

  93. Pats fans are showing how little they know about football by claiming a low tackle is dirty or cheating.
    It’s understandable for fans who have only been watching the game since Brady started playing.

  94. Jack Tatum? LOL. Tatum was 5’10” 200 lbs. Gronk is 6’6″ 265. Tatum woulda bounced off Gronk like a ping pong ball. It’s a different era old man.

  95. intrafinesse says:
    Jan 20, 2016 10:13 AM
    New England is desperate to win, they will do a career ending hit on someone to win. Watch and see it will happen.
    ———————–

    And yet for the season NE had only one penalty for UR and none for RP, PF or UC while Denver averaged a RP/UR penalty a game. Denver has a well deserved reputation for dirty play, NE just the opposite.

  96. The Pats could respond by trying to take out Peyton’s knees…but the truth is, they want him playing as Peyton gives the Pats an advantage!

  97. Gronk,don’t feed into the immature baby talk coming out of Denver. Just play your game and it will be fine. You’ll be in Santa Clara in three weeks and they will be home pouting on their couches. Book it.

  98. Talib is due to wuss out of a game just like he has the last 2 AFC Championship games he’s played in.

    It will probably be this one.

    🙂

  99. The Pats could respond by trying to take out Peyton’s knees…

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    No just stop the UPS guy from going to Ashley Manning’s house. That will be enough to stop PEDton*.

    🙂

  100. nothing like adolescent commenters inferring sexual innuendo into everything. i didn’t take it that way. a low blow is a low blow

    grow up all you teenagers, both real and adult
    i don’t expect much from the real ones under 18, but the rest of you should know better

  101. vegasgreek says:
    Jan 20, 2016 10:51 AM
    I would have loved to see Gronk vs Jack Tatum 1 on 1 in the open field. Gronk would be crying like a little girl . WAH WAH WAH on his way to ER in a stretcher.

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    Is Tatum playing this week? If not, maybe the Broncos should sign him.

  102. Sure Gronk! You’re supposed to maul defenders all the way down the field, catch the ball, and then run with no contact.

    You don’t play QB do you? Well then within the scope of the rules, the Broncos will hit you where it hurts. If I were you, I would come to play football this Sunday.

  103. Gronk might hurt himself next time he flails around on the ground like that. He should be more careful.

    If all else fails, he has a career in WWE after football.

  104. Can’t hit ’em high, can’t hit ’em low… maybe they can tickle him with feathers and make him fall down.

    Based on vote ups/vote down here, I’m estimating about 4-to-1 Pats fans here. I am looking forward to watching the game. Hoping it’s clean and fairly officiated (but I also hoped for a new car this last xmas, which didn’t happen).

    Speaking as a Bronco fan who does not normally attend games, I was actually kind of hoping the game would be in NE, just because I don’t believe the Broncos will truly be championship caliber until they get the Foxboro monkey off their backs.

    Also, if I were in the Bronco org, I’d be a little upset at the 2nd string DE who was talking smack about Brady earlier this week. Bad enough to have anyone opening their mouths, but a 2nd stringer doing it is bad for that guy’s job security.

  105. Poor Shrek! It’s football. Deal with it. They hit you low because you’re a giant ogre. If you weren’t a giant you might not even be in the league.

  106. Its funny how everyone calls Denver dirty. But New England has been cheating for years. But for the simple fact that kraft and goodell are friends alot of it gets over looked. Brady will get pressured this weekend and Gronk will be a non-factor guarantee it… Denver 27-Patriots 14

  107. pats fan for a long time. watched this happen before wtih tennessee when fisher was coach. they hit harrison low, and every play after that, a tennessee player was hurt and going off the field. bring it on broncos, go ahead and play the dirty hit game against new england, because theyll come back on you as well. if manning or osweiler likes his knees they ought to be careful w gronk. patriots arent afraid to get nasty if they have to.

  108. Every team goes low. You have to. To, you know, tackle. This isn’t 1940 when everyone wore leather helmets and the players had second jobs they went to after the games. These guys are leviathans. They are huge, run ungodly speeds, and are wearing padding and a metal weapon on their head. So, yeah, go low.

  109. Talk it up donk fans, because your teams season is over come Sunday night. Bye, bye. Farewell. See you next year, and maybe Peyton too, if his wife’s shipments of hgh get delivered on time.

  110. mikermiker says:
    Jan 20, 2016 9:26 AM

    When you build the home of your dynasty on a foundation of asterisks a little thing called karma will catch up.
    ____________________________

    I assume you are talking about the Bronco’s salary cap violating Superbowl wins?

  111. “The best way to tackle Gronk is to hit him low”

    – Chris Harris Jr., while writing “Bounty” on a brown envelope full of cash

  112. I find it humorous that Patriot fans are talking about the Broncos “dirty” play and karma catching up with them.

    Pot meet kettle, you know the rest.

  113. Outside of Brady and Gronk and Vollmer, Broncos are better at every position. Vegas going to make a lot of money with the media giving Denver zero chance to win this game.

  114. Not really possible here but moving on to the actual game……

    Pats win if:

    1) Protect Brady
    2) Edelman and Gronkowski finish the game
    3) Stop the run, forcing it all on Manning (which is just unreal to actually type after all these years of fearing him when he’s at home)
    4) And for God’s sake, not have any stupid special teams mistakes.

    Denver wins if:

    1) Rattles Brady (can happen)
    2) Runs the ball over 25 times average 4 per carry
    3) Manning stays in and takes hits while making accurate throws…he’s going to have to.
    4) Wins on special teams

    Bottom line…BAD SHEEET happens normally when the Pats go to Denver. I’m scared as can be. Last place on the NFL I want to play to be perfectly honest. I want to thank Denver now if it works out because all the BB material really does work in NE’s favor going back the last 15 years.

    If NE does what I hope, They win 34-20

    If Denver does what I hope they don’t, They win 27-23

  115. News flash – it is possible to tackle a guy, even one substantially bigger, by hitting and wrapping the legs. If you pull the legs together or wrap the legs up, the man will fall down.

    Everyone today has to be a human missle though, and form tackling has become a lost art. Its all about the highlight.

  116. Imagine that!!!! Someone on the NE Cheaters team accusing another team of cheating? I never would have thunk it.

  117. It’s so fitting that PEDton Manning gets to play Tom B**** for a chance to get smoked by an NFC team.

    The AFCheat Championship™ game, ladies and gentlemen.

  118. Don’t care about either team, but it seems like I see more flags being thrown on shoulder to shoulder hits because they are so fast and refs are quick to throw the flag. Only way to bring down a manchild is to go low.

  119. hey bull charger , i saw jack tatum put daryl stingley in a wheel chair . gronk would be out like a light.jack tatum was fearless . he took on earl campbell and knocked him backward 5 yds. gronk would crap his pants if he saw jack tatum coming after him. book it. the raiders of tatum’s day mastered the bump and run. the soul patrol would pummel gronk and make him quit. i don’t care how be he is. raymond chester dave casper charlie sanders ron kramer john mackey and kellen winslow sr were all better TE’s than Gronk. they played football when men were men. you can bet your life that the raiders secondary would have challenged gronk and they never ever would backed off .they pummeled russ francis . no way they would have feared meathead gronk.

  120. raiderhater719 says:
    Jan 20, 2016 12:25 PM

    Its funny how everyone calls Denver dirty. But New England has been cheating for years. But for the simple fact that kraft and goodell are friends alot of it gets over looked.
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    riiigghhht. so losing 2 #1 draft picks and $2million and trying to neuter the star quarterback is overlooking things and a sign of real friendship?

  121. boogerhut….I think he scored a TD and did just fine before Elway’s paying off of the refs (he’s worked referee payoffs into the cap) as well as the poorly executed low-blow.

  122. Gronk’s highlight reel is filled with guys who try to hit him high. Hitting him low is the best way, if not the only way, to tackle him. He’s a beast.

  123. skinnylegspeytonmanning says:
    Jan 20, 2016 12:43 PM

    Bingo, bango, bongo. And now the Broncos are in Gronk’s head.
    ________________________________________

    Yeah, and Gronk is in the Broncos end zone! We’ll take that trade off…

  124. The cracks in these comments about Peyton and HGH make me laugh and then they make me angry. I then have to remember that they are coming from Pats fans who know their QB and team cheats and lies. I truly hope the Broncos win on Sunday. I truly hope Peyton can retire and then coach. If that doesn’t happen, I don’t know what he will do, but at least he has INTEGRITY and can look people straight in the eye and know he is telling the truth. No, I am not a Broncos fan, I am a Peyton fan and a fan of football. I like to see justice. Do I think the whole deflated balls thing got WAY out of hand?? Yes, I do! But guess what? If ‘ol Tommy Terrific would have told the truth from the beginning it would have NEVER gotten to the point it did!! And when I say cheat, you ALL know I am NOT talking about deflated footballs!!!

  125. id like to know what cheating we are talking about here? I mean cheating that effects game play. also is gamesmanship cheating or as that a separate issue. clarification is needed here because as far as I know deflated or inflated footballs is a rules violation.

  126. all nfl teams know hitting low is the only area to hit even gronk. he knows whats coming and prepared for it. if u go low though don’t miss cuz it will result into a chunk play or touchdown

  127. brady is one tough mother mentally and physically and so are his team mates. I think the new England patriots represent the nfl with class and dignity

  128. brady is one tough mother mentally and physically and so are his team mates. I think the new England patriots represent the nfl with class and dignity

    LMAO thats the best joke evah! So wicked smaht!

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