Stephon Gilmore: We have game plan to take Gronk out of game

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Before the Bills’ first meeting with the Patriots this season, Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore said that he was hoping to cover Rob Gronkowski.

Gilmore and the rest of the Bills didn’t really do too good of a job against the Patriots tight end, who finished with seven catches and 117 yards on a day that saw Tom Brady throw for 466 yards overall. That hasn’t dimmed Gilmore’s confidence in the team’s ability to keep Gronkowski from having a big game this Monday, however.

“We got a game plan to take him out of the game,” Gilmore said, via ESPN.com. “We’re gonna be ready for him.”

Gilmore didn’t outline that plan, but did reference the work that the Giants did against Brady in the pocket in last week’s narrow loss to the Patriots.

“They [were] getting to Tom Brady, getting him off his spot,” Gilmore said. “They [were] sacking him and they are playing tight coverage on the back end. So first all of you have to get to him to make him mess up.”

The Patriots got three offensive linemen back at practice on Wednesday and could have a more robust group protecting Brady this weekend. That may make getting him off his spot more difficult, although it’s hard to dispute the notion that it’s the best way to disrupt New England’s offensive attack.

91 responses to “Stephon Gilmore: We have game plan to take Gronk out of game

  1. Hopefully they’ll follow the game plan the Steelers used to take Gronk out of the game; those were some unique schemes.

  2. Buffalo is a dangerous team, but I’m not sure that they have a good chance in Foxboro.

    Gilmore’s idea is sound, however the Cowboys sacked Brady 5 times, and he still tore them up. The Giants just play the Pats tough. Probably because Coughlin worked with Belichick for the Giants.

  3. Pats have 3 offensive lineman coming back from injury this week, so the tape and bubble gum o-line is getting more healthy. The Bills always talk a good game.

    Pats 38-17

  4. You can tell that Gronkowski is a good player by the fact he’s in opponents heads week after week. It’s not how are we gonna show Brady down it’s how are we gonna stop Gronk.

  5. not a Pat’s fan, but on the first possession I would make sure the Bill’s game plan failed, setting the tone for the rest of the game…when will ignorant players learn to keep their pieholes shut…

  6. Stephon, Stephon, EVERY team has a game plan to take Gronk out of the game. Do you think Rex is the first guy who has tried? Gronk’s been around for 6 years now. It’s not a secret of who he is, or what he can do

    Just be thankful that the Pats have lost 2 of their top 3 offensive weapons, so at least you know your defense won’t be crushed like back in September. There likely won’t be a garbage time for our offense to climb back into the game.

    Right now your team has everything going in their favor, You are playing us at just the right time. Good luck. Don’t forget that our D is just as good as your’s,…and your QB’s last name isn’t Brady

  7. Wouldn’t this be a bigger story if Gilmore said they DON’T have a plan of attack?

    Again – every team goes into a game with a plan/strategy… it is the execution piece that is the telling part.

  8. Part 1: Take Edelman out of the game.
    Part 2: Puke all over our cleats and give up 185 yds in penalties.
    Part 3: Buffalo wing it.
    Part 4: Gronk stopped.

  9. Yeah that’s what the Pats and their fans hear every single week. Usually doesn’t work out in the other team’s favor

  10. With Edelman out, it should be easier to focus on Gronk. However, the last time these teams played, the Bills got whooped in their own house. Tough to pick against the Pats in Foxboro.

    The way for Bills to win this is to have success running the ball. The best defense is a good offense. Keep Brady off the field. I still think the Bills are going to lose though.

  11. Gilmore is a great player and maybe a Pro Bowl player this year and I have been so impressed with Darby, maybe Def rookie of the year……….but Gronk is a beast and almost impossible to stop. I would be happy if they slowed him down.

  12. Everyones got a plan againsy Brady and Gronk till they get smacked in the mouth. Go ahead a double and triple Gronk…..Yes Edelmans out but its not so much whos catching these passes but whos throwing them……Blanket Gronk all you want and that leaves Dola, JoJo , Chandler , Dobson , Harper, White open…With Fauria signing I think Pats go three tight ends …….just my opinion but my point is the offense is more then Gronk……….

  13. Why? Why would you even open your mouth and say these things? I’m not a fan of either team…but the “talk” coming out of Orchard Park is a reflection of their coach and will come back to haunt them.

  14. All you have to do is stop the YAC yards, open field tackles are key. Tom Brady does NOT beat you with his arm. He throws High School slants and screens, its their blocking schemes and YAC yds that beat teams. So dont worry about tom and his 4 yd passes, worry about the receiver after he catches the ball. NYG stopped a lot of YAC yds and patriots struggled to move the ball (besides the one long Gronk TD).

  15. Stephon, you also need a game plan to take the refs out as well. Maybe a reenactment of “The Longest Yard” where Tyrod throws bullets into the referee’s groin until he starts calling the game fair? That might work.

  16. Seriously? I want to drive down to Orchard Park and shake Gilmore. How could you POSSIBLY justify talking trash at all before this game AGAIN after what happened last time? How?

    My initial prediction was Pats 31-Bills 21. Each time I see a trash talk story like this I’m adding 3 points for the Pats. 34-21.

  17. The offensive line should be much closer to full strength this week. The Bills and Ryan always seem to have all of the answers until the game actually starts. Just shoot off your mouths. This one could get ugly early.

  18. We’ve certainly heard that before. It is, of course, possible to take Gronk out of the game, but that usually means opening things up for everyone else, including Amendola, LaFell, Blount and others.

  19. Hopefully it’s better than their plan Week 2.

    Seriously though, when Gilmore was covering Gronk he did ok. Gronk tore apart our slot corners and linebackers in coverage. With Edelman out, I don’t know any other WR or TE targets who the Bills wouldn’t be able to single cover. Dion Lewis ripped us up, and I believe Blount isn’t the same type of receiving weapon (more of a pounder IIRC).

    I don’t see why you don’t double cover him all game.

  20. This article is not un-dumb. Telling us that the Bills have a plan to stop Gronk is like saying the Patriots have a plan to get into the endzone. It’s like saying I have a plan to keep paying my mortgage. It’s like saying rain has a plan to reach the ground. It’s like saying Rex has a plan for learning from past mistakes. Oh, wait a second…

  21. Such a simple d. Sack Brady and cover Gronk, Chandler, LaFell, Dobson, Bolden, White, Blount, Amendola and Slater downfield. Not problem, the Pats will just roll over and Belichick spent the week partying like it is 1999 instead of preparing. Oh and Nimrod Taylor will be lighting up Malcolm Butler too…

  22. “I don’t know any other WR or TE targets who the Bills wouldn’t be able to single cover.”

    LaFell and Amendola. Hope the Bills go right ahead and single cover them.

  23. letsgobuffalo4 says:
    Nov 19, 2015 8:44 AM
    All you have to do is stop the YAC yards, open field tackles are key. Tom Brady does NOT beat you with his arm. He throws High School slants and screens, its their blocking schemes and YAC yds that beat teams. So dont worry about tom and his 4 yd passes, worry about the receiver after he catches the ball. NYG stopped a lot of YAC yds and patriots struggled to move the ball (besides the one long Gronk TD).

    “The patriots struggled to move the ball”

    The patriots had 406 yards of offense
    Brady passed for 334

    But yeah, they “struggled to move the ball”

    And they did all that on “4 yard passes”

  24. .
    I don’t know about any plan to stop Gronk, however without Lewis and Edelman the Patriots become much easier to defend. Lewis presented a nightmare matchup problem for defenses. Edelman has been Brady’s most trusted receiver for several seasons.

    Anyone underestimating the Bills would be making a mistake. It’s doubtful they will repeat the same litany of foolish penalties they committed in their first meeting.
    .

  25. Elbow him in the head during every tackle and then try to get the refs to concussion protocol him out of the game? That’s what the Giants tried.

  26. Gronk. Edelman. Brady. Three who can’t be replaced. One is out. If we throw to Gronk too much he’ll end up out with a lower body injury too. Lafell and Amendola must step up/out.

    All that said I expect the Bills are going to face a heavy dose of the three man RB Platoon.

  27. Yep. It would be a huge upset for Buffalo to win at Foxborough. If they let Brady stay comfortable in the pocket like in week two, then even three TDs each from McCoy ans Williams won’t be enuff.

  28. I find it amazing that Rex Ryan continues to be such a buffoon; allowing his players to make such “bulletin board” material comments to the press.

    If ANY Patriot players made ANY comments of this type to the media, BB would go ballistic on the; suffice to say that NEVER utter any more such BS.

  29. All that said I expect the Bills are going to face a heavy dose of the three man RB Platoon.


    Yep. With no Kyle Williams LeGarrette Blount is chomping at the bit for sure. Run him right at that middling LB crew! 🙂

  30. For those of you calling for a three TE set with Fauria, do you actually understand that they’ve been using a combination of Gronk/Williams or Gronk/Chandler or Gronk/Williams/Chandler?
    No, I didn’t think so. There is absolutely no way that a guy like Fauria is better than Mike Williams.

  31. harrisonhits2 says:
    Nov 19, 2015 9:31 AM
    “I don’t know any other WR or TE targets who the Bills wouldn’t be able to single cover.”

    LaFell and Amendola. Hope the Bills go right ahead and single cover them.
    ————–

    Ok.

    You are aware that Gilmore and Darby are the 2nd and 3rd ranked CBs in the league by PFF, right? That last week Darby, a rookie, shut down Brandon Marshall. Five targets, 1 completion…for -2 yards on 4th down. Amendola and LaFell are not Brandon Marshall.

    Look, I know Brady is deadly and can make a street free agent look like an All-Pro. But as a pure CB vs WR matchup I will take Darby and Gilmore against LaFell and Amendola every day of the week.

  32. letsgobuffalo4 says:
    Nov 19, 2015 8:44 AM
    All you have to do is stop the YAC yards, open field tackles are key. Tom Brady does NOT beat you with his arm. He throws High School slants and screens, its their blocking schemes and YAC yds that beat teams. So dont worry about tom and his 4 yd passes, worry about the receiver after he catches the ball. NYG stopped a lot of YAC yds and patriots struggled to move the ball (besides the one long Gronk TD).

    ————–

    The Giants did not give up many YAC…..and Brady still threw for well over 300 yards. Maybe you should actually try watching the games before spouting off with comments.

  33. Anybody know if there’s a Mike Tyson quote that fits this article? /sarcasm

    Why give Gronk fuel for the fire? Jesus… say you’re going to stop anybody else. Anybody. “James White is going to have a quiet game against us. We got his number.” OK, I can get behind something like that… but Gronk? The biggest matchup nightmare in football?

    I almost hope Gronk destroys them to teach this guy to keep his trap shut.

  34. @rrhess1529……”Can’t wait to hear what these bubbling idiots say when the Bills kick some Brady a$$…….

    You mean just like back in week 2 when the Buffa-BLOW Bills were going to the Super Bowl after they wiped Brady & The Pats clean off the map!?
    Ha Ha Ha! You Buffalo fans are so cute. You get yourself all worked up listening to Fat Rex, you get slammed, and then you get up the next week and do it all over again! Just Precious!

  35. This is the Point, More than ever before getting Tom”off his spot” is crucial, but the trick is not ” getting him off his spot” is making him Throw on the move, once he plant his feet he will hit his target …. Last weeks key misses were because he was hit as he was throwing, and why was he hit? Simple… he had no Protection, (and no Edelman, no Lewis) this week , he will get his protection back and he had time to figure out how he is using his other receivers, you will see a lot of Amendola this week ….

  36. It is interesting to note that with JE11 out that it might just change the dynamics of the passing attack. I think Martin and JoJo will have big games while White will be used out of the backfield more often than not.

  37. I love these posts that the quarterback with the highest winning percentage is not as good as the guys that use to hold the ball, throw bombs and interceptions. Namath had more interceptions than touchdowns. Marino never won a championship despite playing his entire career for Don Shula who claims to be the best coach ever.

    Anti-intellectualism in America has morphed into anti-playing-smart. The haters think Brady’s cheating by using a quick release to make a strong front four virtually useless, throwing short passes to make third down conversions a higher percentage play, by throwing passes that let the receiver gain yards after the catch, and by picking on the weakest link in the opposition’s defense.

  38. Anti-intellectualism in America has morphed into anti-playing-smart. The haters think Brady’s cheating by using a quick release to make a strong front four virtually useless, throwing short passes to make third down conversions a higher percentage play, by throwing passes that let the receiver gain yards after the catch, and by picking on the weakest link in the opposition’s defense.
    ______________________________________

    A hater according to a Patriot fan is someone who points out a true statement they don’t like to hear. Things such as Brady not being able to throw the deep ball. Things such as Brady can only throw short passes. Also things such as Kraft is one of three people in charge of Goodells salary. Things such as Patriots playing least amount of teams coming off bye weeks since Goodell became commissioner and when they do play a team coming off a bye week its the redskins (dead last in nfc east 7 of 8 years) or when they do play a decent team coming off bye week (colts last year) the Patriots also have a bye week. These type of things Patriot fans can’t comprehend.

  39. By far the most likely plan to succeed for Buffalo taking Gronk out of the game would be for them to get blown out.

  40. A hater according to a Patriot fan is someone who points out a true statement they don’t like to hear.


    I think a hater according to a Patriot fan is someone who thinks a statement that is either false or wishful thinking is “true”.

    🙂

  41. For the YAC-kers guess who is #3 so far this year in Passing Air Yards- that is Passing Yards minus YAC.

    🙂

  42. “Amendola and LaFell are not Brandon Marshall.”….thank God for that!!!

    Don’t get the Bills fans’ running their mouths when Patriots ran up 40 in Buffalo week 2. What exactly has changed? Buffalo is down a D-Lineman and Pats are down Edelman.

    Due to Patriots having depth and superior coaching, I see Patriots handling Edeleman’s loss better than Bills handling Williams loss.

    Patriots are 49-4 in their last 53 games at home and Bills still have Wrecks Ryan as their head coach. Pats likely to have their starting O-line back. Last time they played w/o Stork and Lafell.

    Pats D is #1 against the run and and tied for #1 in scoring D, 6th overall. This ain’t the same D Buffalo faced week 2. Pats will be ready for Taylor this time too.

  43. That’s because “haters make statements like the one below that are wrong…

    A hater according to a Patriot fan is someone who points out a true statement they don’t like to hear. Things such as Brady not being able to throw the deep ball. Things such as Brady can only throw short passes.

    Need proof?

    According to Pro Football Focus, Brady has hit on 48 percent (11-for-23) of his passes that have traveled 20 yards or more down the field this season, amassing 340 yards on those throws

    Aaron Rodgers has hit on 35 percent of his throws of 20 yards or more down the field this season. Carson Palmer has connected on 37 percent, and Cam Newton — one of the long-shot contenders for the NFL MVP award that seems destined to be Brady’s — has been good on 32 percent of those attempts.

    By the numbers, Brady is firmly in a class with Drew Brees (47 percent, 15.4 yards per attempt), Andy Dalton (47 percent, 18.3 ypa), Philip Rivers (43 percent, 15.2 ypa), Ben Roethlisberger (45 percent, 18.5 ypa) and Matt Ryan (50 percent, 14.2 ypa) as among the most efficient long-ball throwers in the league this season.

  44. Like Willie McGinest said last night NFL Network…There IS a way to stop Gronk, and the Giants did so:

    Double or Triple team him….and beat the tar out of him for 10-15 yards down the field…Then…HOPE Hoculi’s crew is officiating…and Goodell is @ the game.

    No 5 yard rule when it comes to Gronk..if there was, he’d score 25 tds a year.

  45. Gilmore is a very good corner. Very good. NE wont overlook Buffalo but if they take out Gronk they need to make up for Amendola and LaFell, who are still good receivers. Edelman and Lewis absence will hurt though. Belichicks teams are usually built for marathons though, not races.

  46. Every team has a plan to take Gronk out of the game and it hasn’t worked yet. Teams can double or triple team him but Brady will just throw to the open receivers.

  47. “the Bills got whooped in their own house”

    I wouldn’t call it a whooping. Bills had a nice streak of scoring towards the end and were only one score with a 2pt conversion in tying it.

  48. I find the comparisons to the first game hysterical. Do you honestly think that either team is the same as they were in Week 2? The Bills have gotten better and more cohesive with the offense and defense. Injuries have hurt both teams. But, the game plans for each team will be different. The Patriots loss of Edelman and Lewis are huge. They may not want to admit that, as the “Patriot Way” is next man up, but Edelman’s crossing routes, quick slats, etc is among the best in the league. In addition, Lewis was a more well-rounded back, that has great moves, bursts of speed and can catch the ball. Blount is a pounder only.

    So, this game is going to be a lot closer than the Patriot fanboys are expecting. Be ready to call in sick the next morning!

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