Belichick says Gronkowski hasn’t missed a day of camp


The presence of tight end Rob Gronkowski on the field during the portion of Monday’s practice open to the media generated a flurry of tweets and reports indicating Gronkowski, whose most recent surgery was on his back,  may soon be ready to play.

For coach Bill Belichick it was no big deal.

“He’s been out there every day,” Belichick told reporters on Tuesday.  “He hasn’t missed a day of camp.”

That answer prompted from a reporter the one-word verbal equivalent of a spit take:  “Gronkowski?”

“He was here the first day of camp,” Belichick said.  “He’s been doing the same thing every day.”

Those last four words quickly became the chorus to a song.

Question:  “How has he looked recently?”

“He’s been doing the same thing every day.”

Question:  “He’s been out there every day?”

“The same thing every day.  For those of us who have been here, it’s been the same thing every day.”

Question:  “He was out in view of the media yesterday.”

“Same thing every day.”

Earlier in the press conference, Belichick was asked in general terms the question he’ll face come Saturday when the time comes to put Gronkowski on the active roster or shut him down for at least six weeks by leaving him on the PUP list:  What happens if the player otherwise destined for the PUP list would miss only the first two or three games?

“Every decision we make on a player comes down to two things really:  What’s best for the player and what’s best for the team.  When those are the same, it’s easy.  When they’re not, something has to give and you have to make a call one way or the other.  That’s the way it is with everything.”

It’s unclear how Belichick will resolve that issue with Gronkowski.  Until then, Gronkowski presumably will do the same thing every day.

52 responses to “Belichick says Gronkowski hasn’t missed a day of camp

  1. It’s almost staggering how little respect these guys have for the fans that pay their salaries and the media that keeps the game in peoples minds.

    Belichick might be a solid football coach but he can’t possibly have many friends…

  2. Is there anyone better at “handling” the media than Belichick? I LOVE his press conferences. Makes me laugh each and every time.

  3. HAHA I love BB pressers. Most of us Pats fans do even though we know he gives out real info like a curmudgeon gives out Halloween candy. Even some non Pats fans appreciate his lack of being intimidated and or baited by the media. What does that tell people about what football fans think of some media and their agendas? File it under “things that make you go ‘hmmm’ “.

  4. Were the reporters not smart enough to ask what, exactly, he has been doing every day? Getting water for the other players, holding the clipboards? Washing their jockstraps?

  5. dgoens3109, Im a Patriots fan and I couldnt care less about how he treats the media. I despise most of the Boston media anyway. He is convinced that giving out information makes his team weaker, as long as he is winning (which is basically all he has ever done in New England) Im not going to question something as silly as his disdain for media.

  6. Belichick’s answers might be less of an indicator of his lack of perosonality, and more of an indicator of the BS in sports media today. Was watching NFL network and ESPN yesterday, and every other story was something like “Rex Ryan is crazy!”… basically ancillary sideshows that have little to do with actual football.

    So, I think if you don’t want your team to become a target for the media, you’ve got to keep things discreet, a la Bill.

  7. Since I always find BB’s interaction with the media hilarious that makes me really messed up right? He makes saying nothing with a straight face an art form. Stand up comics should study him. I admire people who don’t feel the need to give the world access to their every thought.

    And you know what? BB does this year in and year out to protect his players. Same as Rex Ryan does. Rex uses the opposite tactic and just blows up the joint with word bombs and everyone is all so dumbfounded that no information gets leaked. They are both smart men who care about their teams and game plans. Have a heart haters for both these guys. How many of us could last 2 weeks in their jobs?

  8. The best i ever heard was when a NY media clown was accusing the Pats of “running up the score” because they went for it on 4th down, up by a bunch… and Belichick said “What would you have done, kicked a field goal?”


  9. Since the MAJORITY of the press are pains in the ass and usually ask a lot of dumb questions, I just love it when Bill jerks them around.

    Just my $.02…

  10. bcgreg says: Aug 27, 2013 2:30 PM

    He’s the best at handling the “experts” and 2nd guessers.


    He’s done it everyday for 39 years of coaching.

  11. What the hell is this guy’s problem?? Why can’t he just answer the damn question like every other coach. Him and Tom Brady are the two most egocentric maniacs in the NFL.

  12. Compare Rex Ryan’s press conference after the Giants game and the day after to this recent BB presser.

    Who would you rather have as your coach? Who do you think players want to follow when things get tough?

    Thought so.

  13. I haven’t missed a day of work at N.A.S.A. either. I’m in florida everyday, where N.A.S.A. is, going about the normal N.A.S.A. business. I’m here, they are here, we are all here. Therefore, I work at N.A.S.A. doing the same thing everyday. Nothing, but I haven’t missed any of the nothing I’m doing.

  14. Lol at anyone offended by the way Belichick deals with the media.

    Not only does keeping many important details private and among the team give them a greater chance of winning, just as importantly it keeps the circus out of town.

    All we heard from fans of other teams on PFT and other boards after Hernandez was arrested was that Foxboro would be a total circus the whole season because of Hernandez. Jets fans were practically dancing in the streets that something was taking attention from them.

    Belichick and the players basically kicked the circus right out of town on its rear end and things have been reasonably calm since then. And the circus quickly moved back down route 95 to NYC.

    BB is the master, the media collectively and individually are something much smaller. It will stay that way as long as Belichick is coaching and Pats fans love it.

  15. Some folks would prefer if he just shot from the hip like Rex does.

    And then you realize that’s why he is the way he is.
    Grumpy, hard ass football coach.

    Not a genius.

  16. The guy can clearly coach, a HOF’er at that m, but his lack of simple charisma makes a lot of people hate the guy. Maybe his girlie QB Brady makes him so unlikeable, that said, I’d take Brady too.

  17. Why does the media not get that if you ask the same question 10 different ways they’re still gonna get the same answer.

  18. Lets be clear about one thing. No Pats fan gives a damn how Belichick treats the media. “We” pay his salary not to entertain us with witty banter, “we” want the Pats to win games. Pats fans wouldn’t trade Bill for any other coach in the league.
    You know who is an entertaining coach? Rex Ryan. Now, do you want to be entertained on Monday through Friday at the press conference or on Sunday afternoon (or evening or Monday night or Thursday night)?

  19. Bill Belichick is probably one of the most misunderstood figures in the NFL. If you had the opportunity to watch the documentary on the NFL Network, or have had the privilege to work with him in the past, you would know he loves his job, takes it seriously, but has a light hearted personality off the field. Enjoy these pressers for what they are. . a waste of time.

  20. And this shows exactly why BB hates you press types. Stupid, inane questions that repeat exactly what the last guy asked, just different wording, like you’ll catch him off guard or something.

    How hard would it have been to word the question something like,

    “Can you explain what that same thing everyday is? Is he running, catching balls, doing routes…”

    I’m sure a person who’s spent years in the press and is taught to get as much info out of someone in a short time by using pointed questions designed to divulge information could do it up better than I can.

    Or, as it seems, maybe not.

  21. eaglesnoles05 that was really funny. We are all Here at work everyday on ProFootball Talk because we have to be Here everyday at work doing the Same Damn Boring Thing Every Damn Day. Hence, Florio’s genius in creating PFT, so we don’t kill ourselves doing our boring work at work everyday and waiting for the equally boring preseason to be over. Gaul can September 5th please get here.

  22. pats fans….I’m gonna change all your lives right now.

    it’s ok to love your team and hate this guy.

    everyone else already does.

  23. BB is entertaining in a way. You want a coach who is terrble with the media? Ask us Panther fans about John Fox. (And ask Bronco fans once they have heard his schtick a few thousand more times.) You can only hear “it is what it is” so many times before your brain begins leaking out of your ears. Then you ask about a key player’s injury as he limped off the field that day, and you get, “he’s got a knee,” and everyone thinks to themselves, “Really? I thought he had 2 of them.”

    BB is a ride on Space Mountain in comparison.

  24. whiningpatriotfans says: Aug 27, 2013 2:51 PM

    I’d take Coughlin any day over this stump.


    Oh and thank you sir, you provided me with my daily dose of laughter

  25. jimjets says:
    Aug 27, 2013 3:41 PM
    pats fans….I’m gonna change all your lives right now.

    it’s ok to love your team and hate this guy.

    everyone else already does.

    Poor Jim. Its not too late to get help. By the way, what do you want to be when you grow up?

  26. I’m one of those aforementioned non-Pats fans that loves a Billy B presser. Lol. Keep em coming!

  27. “That’s a dumb ass question. What kind of a dumb assed question is that?” Quote by Bill Parcells to a member of the Boston Media. (Ed Harding) Patriots fans laughed a long time on that one. His question was “Do you think you out coached Pete Carroll today? We love the nasty ones.

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