Steelers planning to throw many people at Gronk problem

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The Steelers are willing to try anything to stop Rob Gronkowski. They’re also willing to try everything.

Steelers safety Mike Mitchell said they were going with an all-hands-on-deck approach to trying to slow down the Patriots tight end Sunday.

We’ve got several guys we’re going to try to throw [at him],” Mitchell said, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com. “It’s going to require coaches calling the right calls, it’s going be us executing everything they call to a T. There’s no real one real answer.”

The Steelers have tried most of them already, but Gronkowski has 30 catches for 496 yards and eight touchdowns in five games against them.

Because he’s faster than all the linebackers and bigger than all the defensive backs, they’re struggling for answers.

Rookie outside linebacker T.J. Watt has been good in pass coverage this year, and he said he’s “not going to turn down a challenge.”

“At the end of the day, it’s just about getting hands on him and trying to disrupt him as best as possible,” Watt said.

The Steelers haven’t had much luck with that so far, so there’s no harm in trying something else.

20 responses to “Steelers planning to throw many people at Gronk problem

  1. “At the end of the day, it’s just about getting hands on him and trying to disrupt him as best as possible,” Watt said. – Well there you have it. Were going to hold him all night as they can’t call em all!

  2. Well, that’s good. Because their previous plan of not covering him at all wasn’t working. Here’s a hint. Really big dude. #87. Kind of hard to miss out there.

  3. Gronkowski shouldn’t even be playing. If anyone still thinks he only got one game because the NFL looked at the schedule and went “oh we can suspend him 2 games because then he would miss the game vs Steelers” you’re delusional.

  4. “Deception, deception, deception!”
    – Hank Stramm

    You have to keep the other guys guessing, keep them thinking, keep them from getting comfortable with what you’re doing. Predictably is a death sentence for your game plan in the NFL. Gronk is the Pats best receiver and I hope there’s more than one player on him, more often than not.

    Go Steelers!

  5. If they committ too much to stopping Gronk They will have to risk leaving others open snd hope Brady doesnt figure that out. Except he gas a huge history of figuring that out.

  6. firegoodell says:
    December 14, 2017 at 4:24 pm
    Gronkowski shouldn’t even be playing. If anyone still thinks he only got one game because the NFL looked at the schedule and went “oh we can suspend him 2 games because then he would miss the game vs Steelers” you’re delusional.

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    Lining up the beefs and excuses before the game even starts. Thats a pattern thats been seen before.

  7. Another first down says:
    December 14, 2017 at 4:31 pm
    firegoodell says:
    December 14, 2017 at 4:24 pm
    Gronkowski shouldn’t even be playing. If anyone still thinks he only got one game because the NFL looked at the schedule and went “oh we can suspend him 2 games because then he would miss the game vs Steelers” you’re delusional.

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    Lining up the beefs and excuses before the game even starts. Thats a pattern thats been seen before.

    Pattern? Excuses? Like the pattern of excuses given by the Patriots every time they get caught cheating?

  8. So they are admitting upfront that they’re going to be grabbing and holding him. I wonder how the officiating crew will respond to that? My sense is that after hearing them complain about the NFL not extending Gronkowski’s suspension so he wouldn’t be able to play against Pittsburgh, they are going to take some cheap shots at him and try to injure him. They will play it off like they are just playing hard-nosed football, but they will be calculated shots. There better be some ejections in the Steelers secondary and linebacking corps on Sunday or we’ll all know what’s going on. It’s bad enough the Patriots were forced to play five out of their last six games on the road, exposing them to illnesses, and having to play on the road on a Monday night the week before having to go back on the road to go to Pittsburgh. If the officiating crew shows up and ignores what’s going on with the Pittsburgh defense, or pulls out the old Phantom pass interference calls against the Patriots, it will be a long day. Nothing will surprise me. There’s no way the Patriots should have had to play five out of six games on the road before this game. Nobody has to do that. It’s clear that Pittsburgh has been lobbying the NFL about this game ever since it showed up on the schedule, in the NFL has done everything within their power to set up as favorable an environment as possible for Pittsburgh. What’s new? What will Pittsburgh complain about this time? Go Pats!

  9. Just because you get a hand on him won’t stop him when he hits you with that club he calls a brace. And be careful, don’t get him mad because then he might wwe you – but if he does I hope it’s in front of harrison – results will be different then against the bills if that happens..

  10. Actually different bodies out of different looks is a pretty good concept for covering any big time pass catcher. The problem lies in how many of them are individually up to the task. It doesn’t do much good to disguise the look when the player assigned can’t handle it and there are only so many players big enough and quick enough to do it.

  11. steeldominance says:
    December 14, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Pattern? Excuses? Like the pattern of excuses given by the Patriots every time they get caught cheating?

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    Intelligent Steelers fans don’t believe that “cheating” nonsense. Certainly not the smart Steelers fan who performed PSI tests with footballs. That Steeler fan posted a video on the popular online video site. Just search for: “DEFLATE GATE & WHY SCIENCE SAYS THE PATRIOTS DID NOT TAMPER WITH FOOTBALLS”

    Besides even those that were slow to figure out that the “cheating” claims were nonsense, quickly understood the farce after Roger Goodell decided to hide the PSI information which was collected during the 2015 NFL season.

  12. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    December 14, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    The Steelers are soft and won’t be able to handle Gronk’s physicality.
    ___________________________________

    Says the fake Pats fan that constantly says Gronk is also soft

  13. I just worry about the player safety for Steeler players after the whistle when Gronk is on the field.

  14. factpurveyor says:
    December 14, 2017 at 6:34 pm
    steeldominance says:
    December 14, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Pattern? Excuses? Like the pattern of excuses given by the Patriots every time they get caught cheating?

    ———————————————————————————–
    Intelligent Steelers fans don’t believe that “cheating” nonsense. Certainly not the smart Steelers fan who performed PSI tests with footballs. That Steeler fan posted a video on the popular online video site. Just search for: “DEFLATE GATE & WHY SCIENCE SAYS THE PATRIOTS DID NOT TAMPER WITH FOOTBALLS”

    Besides even those that were slow to figure out that the “cheating” claims were nonsense, quickly understood the farce after Roger Goodell decided to hide the PSI information which was collected during the 2015 NFL season.

    They have been caught cheating and penalized multiple times. That’s a fact. Sorry if it hurts your feelings or spoils your delusions.

  15. steeldominance says:
    December 15, 2017 at 11:19 am

    They have been caught cheating and penalized multiple times. That’s a fact. Sorry if it hurts your feelings or spoils your delusions.

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    Your “facts” are wrong. Patriots only had one actual issue that some still want to call “cheating”. That was when a memo wasn’t followed and a camera was a few feet from the allowed location for a portion of the 1st quarter on one game.

    The Steelers on the other hand, have a long history of actual cheating:
    • Commissioner Pete Rozelle took the Steelers third-round pick in the 1979 draft because the Steelers cheated.
    • Commissioner Paul Tagliabue fined the Steelers $50,000, too, for their part in a tampering scheme involving the Panthers.
    • December 4, 2016 game with the New York Giants – the Giants tested the 2 Steelers footballs and found them to be below the NFL mandated 12.50 PSI.
    • The Steelers coach had to pay a $100,000 stepping onto the field during his team’s 22-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens 6:26 left in the third quarter of their 2013 Thanksgiving night game in Pittsburgh. The Steelers would have lost draft picks but the cheating did not affect the 2013 playoff seeding.
    • A Pittsburgh Steelers team doctor was indicted in 2012 for his long history of purchasing and illegally prescribing anabolic steroids, human growth hormones and painkillers”

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