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Gronk the philosopher addresses Pats’ 3-1 start

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots looks on during the first half against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on September 22, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) Getty Images

Before the season began, pundits and fans attempted to predict New England’s record in four games played without starting quarterback Tom Brady. That question resurfaced after Sunday’s unexpected loss to the Bills dropped the Pats to 3-1.

Here’s how it was posted to tight end Rob Gronkowski: “If you were told in July that the team would go 3-1 without Tom Brady and largely without you, what would your reaction be?”

Gronkowski’s response was both hilarious and accurate: “I mean, it’s not July anymore, now it’s like real life that we’re 3-1.”

He then was asked about his feelings given the “real life” 3-1 record.

“We just lost to the Bills, so the reaction is we’ve got to get better as a football team,” Gronkowski said. “But I’m just proud to be a part of this team. We stick together and we’ve got to move forward to the Cleveland Browns. I mean, 3-1 is not a bad start at all, but when you lose you’ve got to see what you did wrong, correct it, go back to the practice field and get back on the right track.”

That one wasn’t nearly as hilarious, but it was equally dead-on accurate.

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29 Responses to “Gronk the philosopher addresses Pats’ 3-1 start”
  1. realitycheckbaby says: Oct 2, 2016 6:32 PM

    How was that hilarious, or even funny?

    Put aside your Pats’ crush.

  2. joetoronto says: Oct 2, 2016 6:42 PM

    “We just lost to the Bills, so the reaction is we’ve got to get better as a football team.”

    That says it all, losing to the Bills.

  3. patsfan1820 says: Oct 2, 2016 6:48 PM

    Hopefully this loss is a wake up call because that was the worst game I’ve seen out of the Patriots since the 41 to 14 beatdown Kansas City gave the Pats in 2014.

  4. jchipwood says: Oct 2, 2016 6:49 PM

    chippys lost binky says:
    Oct 2, 2016 12:36 PM
    It is what is. This game will be dictated by the defenses.
    _______________________________________

    Good call but you your only half right.

  5. carloswlassiter says: Oct 2, 2016 6:51 PM

    The Bills embarrassed them in a game the Patriots had 10 days to prepare.

  6. xenova1 says: Oct 2, 2016 6:55 PM

    Yea, he’s a regular Nietzsche.

  7. foxboroempire says: Oct 2, 2016 6:57 PM

    The hater are out in full force somehow celebrating the fact that the Patriots without their two best players are 3-1.

    The Patriots are getting the best quarterback ever and are in sole possession of first place in their division. I’d say they’re in good shape.

  8. getakluwe says: Oct 2, 2016 6:58 PM

    Belicheat.

  9. mach2plus says: Oct 2, 2016 7:02 PM

    I’m not a Pats fan but you gotta love Gronk.

  10. ariani1985 says: Oct 2, 2016 7:10 PM

    China doll has spoken!

  11. ariani1985 says: Oct 2, 2016 7:11 PM

    you not competitive! explain why?

    baaaaaaammmmm!

  12. pastabelly says: Oct 2, 2016 7:15 PM

    It’s a decent team without Tom Brady. It’s a great team with him. Anyone who thinks some genius can coach his way to championships with THAT team minus Tom Brady is nuts.

  13. swagger52 says: Oct 2, 2016 7:17 PM

    The Ravens were terrible when they beat the hapless Bills, but now the Bills are surging because they beat the Patriots.

  14. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Oct 2, 2016 7:22 PM

    What exactly can Brady do in the Patriots system that Garoppolo and Brissette can’t do when healthy? The Bills didn’t win, the Patriots beat themselves playing with an injured QB.

  15. greenlargo says: Oct 2, 2016 7:23 PM

    realitycheckbaby says:
    Oct 2, 2016 6:32 PM
    How was that hilarious, or even funny?

    Put aside your Pats’ crush.

    ———————————–

    Wow that obviously really ticked you off. Perhaps it’s your hate that is the out of control thing needing to be put aside.

  16. greenlargo says: Oct 2, 2016 7:26 PM

    carloswlassiter says:
    Oct 2, 2016 6:51 PM
    The Bills embarrassed them in a game the Patriots had 10 days to prepare.

    ————————

    If you watched the game plan it was primarily just don’t get anyone hurt so that the team can start their season in week 5 in first place. Winning was a nice to have to them but not a have to have.

  17. antikytheraeagles says: Oct 2, 2016 7:30 PM

    I like Gronk and don’t have any problems with the pats overall, but I don’t see what is funny about that answer.

  18. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Oct 2, 2016 7:31 PM

    pastabelly says:
    Oct 2, 2016 7:15 PM
    It’s a decent team without Tom Brady. It’s a great team with him. Anyone who thinks some genius can coach his way to championships with THAT team minus Tom Brady is nuts.

    —————

    Yes, because the Patriots never lose with Brady at QB. Oh wait…

  19. pastabelly says: Oct 2, 2016 7:38 PM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Oct 2, 2016 7:31 PM
    pastabelly says:
    Oct 2, 2016 7:15 PM
    It’s a decent team without Tom Brady. It’s a great team with him. Anyone who thinks some genius can coach his way to championships with THAT team minus Tom Brady is nuts.

    —————

    Yes, because the Patriots never lose with Brady at QB. Oh wait…
    ==================================
    They’ve been to six Super Bowls with him and won four of them. They have won ZERO in their history without him and Bill Belichick was on his way to getting fired in Foxboro before the emergence of Brady.

  20. FoozieGrooler says: Oct 2, 2016 7:44 PM

    Gronk just pawn in game of life.

  21. jstamper3377 says: Oct 2, 2016 7:48 PM

    Belicheat.

    ——————————————————–

    When you decided to type that did you actually think you were being clever?

  22. luponatrix says: Oct 2, 2016 8:05 PM

    Let’s be honest – this game turns out much differently if Tom Brady is in there. Jacoby Brissett hasn’t learned the art of crying to the officials after every single down and getting bogus penalties called. Now that Brady is back, every incompletion will be the result of defensive pass interference, just as it was before.

  23. saltineamerican says: Oct 2, 2016 8:09 PM

    Dr. Robert Gronkowski, PHD.

  24. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Oct 2, 2016 9:21 PM

    pastabelly says:
    Oct 2, 2016 7:38 PM
    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Oct 2, 2016 7:31 PM
    pastabelly says:
    Oct 2, 2016 7:15 PM
    It’s a decent team without Tom Brady. It’s a great team with him. Anyone who thinks some genius can coach his way to championships with THAT team minus Tom Brady is nuts.

    —————

    Yes, because the Patriots never lose with Brady at QB. Oh wait…
    ==================================
    They’ve been to six Super Bowls with him and won four of them. They have won ZERO in their history without him and Bill Belichick was on his way to getting fired in Foxboro before the emergence of Brady.

    ——————–

    Yes, because a below average Michigan backup QB made Belichick who already had 2 SB rings. So tell us exactly what can Brady do in the Patriots system that Garroppolo and Brissette can’t do?

  25. greenlargo says: Oct 2, 2016 9:56 PM

    jstamper3377 says:
    Oct 2, 2016 7:48 PM
    Belicheat.

    ——————————————————–

    When you decided to type that did you actually think you were being clever?

    ———————-/

    Don’t pick on him. He worked on that for hours.

  26. rootpain says: Oct 2, 2016 10:41 PM

    Gronks’s response was the correct one. They lost. The Bill’s won more convincingly and played better than expected.
    And now the Patriots are going to do what they do better than anyone else. They are going to prepare for their next opponent by studying what that opponent does best (whether it’s the Browns, the Broncos or even the Bills) and they are going to study what they did wrong.
    Interesting reading the comments about this being the first time in whatever number of years that the Patriots have been shut out at home. Wow! And that’s a bad record to have had? I’d say Belichick has done pretty well. He would never agree with me cause he doesn’t like losing, ever. But I think he’s a pretty good coach.
    Anyway, two anomalies occurred today. The Patriots lost convincingly. And the Ryan boys won convincingly. Good for them. I have no doubt they will enjoy their victory. Let’s check back at the end of the season and see if the anomalies hold.

  27. stipez says: Oct 3, 2016 3:24 AM

    The $1,000,000 question is: Does that Surface still work?

  28. greenlargo says: Oct 3, 2016 8:06 AM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Oct 2, 2016 9:21 PM
    pastabelly says:
    Oct 2, 2016 7:38 PM
    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Oct 2, 2016 7:31 PM
    pastabelly says:
    Oct 2, 2016 7:15 PM
    It’s a decent team without Tom Brady. It’s a great team with him. Anyone who thinks some genius can coach his way to championships with THAT team minus Tom Brady is nuts.

    —————

    Yes, because the Patriots never lose with Brady at QB. Oh wait…
    ==================================
    They’ve been to six Super Bowls with him and won four of them. They have won ZERO in their history without him and Bill Belichick was on his way to getting fired in Foxboro before the emergence of Brady.

    ——————–

    Yes, because a below average Michigan backup QB made Belichick who already had 2 SB rings. So tell us exactly what can Brady do in the Patriots system that Garroppolo and Brissette can’t do?

    ————————

    You haters gotta get on the same page. Is it that Belichick would have been nothing without his goat QB? Or us it that Brady is nothing special anyone can succeeed in a Belichick system? Your statements are mutually exclusive. They can’t both suck, you have to pick one and agree on it.

  29. charliecharger says: Oct 4, 2016 3:04 PM

    Yes Gronk, you have to get better. Put in Brady. That should help. You’ve been killing me in fantasy football. How about catching a few TDs.

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