Gronkowski aims to not lose his cool vs. Jaguars

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For the second straight week, Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey will be facing an offensive player who has in at least one past game reacted strongly enough to an opponent to get himself suspended. Last week, OBJ avoided taking the cheese. This week, Gronk will try to do the same.

“There can always be talking going back and forth, tempers getting heated up and everything,” Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski told reporters on Wednesday regarding his preparation for a Jaguars defense that may try to bait him. “You just got to keep your cool, and I don’t see any benefit to getting a 15-yard penalty out on the field because you lose your cool. So, you’ve just got to keep your cool and keep your head on straight.”

Gronkowski failed to do that last year against the Bills, ultimately blowing a gasket and pouncing on Bills defensive back Tre'Davious White. The league suspended Gronkowski for one game as punishment for his behavior.

“I’ve had players on my team before where they just get in people’s heads and they react and then they get the 15-yard penalty, so you’ve just got to keep your head straight, keep your cool and just play ball,” Gronkowski said.

He admitted that he finds motivation, but also doesn’t find motivation, in recent criticism from Ramsey that appeared in ESPN The Magazine.

“There’s always motivation you’re looking for,” Gronkowski said. “It does and it doesn’t. . . . Because it motivates you to hear that. Obviously, there’s something out there that he saw on film and stuff that I can probably get better at football in some certain categories. You don’t always feel the best every single day when you’re out on the field, so if that’s how he feels, that’s how he feels.”

I don’t think Gronk’s good,” Ramsey said regarding Gronkowski. “Let me say, I don’t think Gronk is as great as people think he is. . . . Any time Gronk has been matched up with a corner, he’s had a very bad game, and that corner has had a very good game.”

“I mean, if that’s how he feels, that’s how he feels,” Gronkowski said Tuesday. “It’s a big game this Sunday, we’re playing them. I’m sure I’m going to have opportunities to go versus him. I’m sure he’s going to have opportunities to go versus me. I’m just preparing like I always prepare. I’ve got to just do my job out on the field, just worry about that.”

Gronkowski hasn’t worried about communicating with Ramsey in advance of Sunday’s game.

“I don’t have his number and he doesn’t have mine,” Gronkowski said.

However, the two players apparently agree on Gronk’s aversion to be covered by corners. If he had his way, he’d be facing a different type of player on a regular basis.

“I like going versus D-lineman, not in the blocking game, but when they drop in the passing game,” Gronkowski said.

Chances are the Jaguars won’t be throwing that curve at Gronkowski on Sunday, as the two AFC finalists meet early in 2018 for a rematch.

30 responses to “Gronkowski aims to not lose his cool vs. Jaguars

  1. Why should gronkowski care… he won’t get call for anything anyway.

    SEE: nfl team by team penalty statistics

  2. I like Gronk. Fun to watch and a smart guy. A comment earlier this week said Gronk looks drunk when he runs. He certainly does lumber, but he does it quickly. There is a reason everyone knows his name, and it’s not because of his mouth.

  3. “SEE: nfl team by team penalty statistics”

    See fantasyland in your head. The Pats get called for plenty of penalties, but people like you pretend they don’t count for anything.

    That’s called a double standard by the way and invalidates your complaint.

  4. jalenramseyisyourdaddy says:
    September 12, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    Gronk will be calling Ramsey BIG DADDY by half time! Brady will be in the locker room going through concussion protocol and preparing for early retirement. JAGS ALL DAY BABY!

    LOL. In your dreams, maybe.

  5. Everyone knows how i feel about patsies but i am rooting for gronkowski to truck that clown. I woudn’t mind seeing the patsies put up 45 too

  6. “Lol this coming from a guy who likes to drop an elbow like a wrestler in the WWE.”

    Yes Gronk lost his cool once in his entire career. He had no history of dirty play before that and none since. And that was on a day he got mugged all game long by defenders. What he did is not defensible but understandable.

    One mistake does not a pattern make. He paid the price and you can be sure Belichick verbally beheaded him in front of the team when they were watching the game film for that play. He pushes the players very hard to keep their heads screwed on straight, ignore trash talk and get to the line for the next play. And absolutely hates stupid penalties.

  7. As many of you surely know, in 1999, 50 Cent’s “How to Rob” put him on the map, talking about how he would rob different rappers who were popular at the time. “It’ll Stick Bobby for that Whitney money type stuff”. Jalen did the same thing with GQ. Called out all kinds of guys with rings. Would have been a different article had the Jags scored 50 vs the Pats.

  8. Maybe someday Gronk will have as many Super Bowl rings as Ramsey. Thankfully he’s already got a good head start.

  9. “Any time Gronk has been matched up with a corner, he’s had a very bad game, and that corner has had a very good game”
    Yes, of course…he IS a TIGHT END. If a corner is getting beat by a tight end he has no business being in the league. But here is the kicker, if you have to use a corner to cover a tight end…who is covering the receivers?!?! See how that works Jalen? And that is partly what makes Gronk so good.

  10. harrisonhits2 says:
    September 12, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Yes Gronk lost his cool once in his entire career. He had no history of dirty play before that and none since. And that was on a day he got mugged all game long by defenders. What he did is not defensible but understandable.
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    Once? Better check your Patriots facts (lies) again and you’ll see Gronk has had several personal fouls in his career. He doesn’t penalized as much because Kraft has the officials on his payroll.

  11. superpatriotsfan says:
    September 13, 2018 at 9:10 am
    harrisonhits2 says:
    September 12, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Yes Gronk lost his cool once in his entire career. He had no history of dirty play before that and none since. And that was on a day he got mugged all game long by defenders. What he did is not defensible but understandable.
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    Once? Better check your Patriots facts (lies) again and you’ll see Gronk has had several personal fouls in his career. He doesn’t penalized as much because Kraft has the officials on his payroll.

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    Checking the NFL site Gronk does not have several. He has exactly two. (Look it up) did you realize that first you say he has a bunch then you say he doesnt because they dont get called? I would say slow down and think things through before typing and also before saying anything look up the stats first because other guys will and thats how you get called out.

  12. magnumpimustache says:
    September 12, 2018 at 7:47 pm
    You remember that time the Patriots talked smack before a game……neither do I

    I remember TB once talking smack about reading the rules after a win. That didn’t go well. Payback for a smart mouth is costly round these parts. Oh wait, you thought that had anything to do with air in footballs?

  13. superpatriotsfan says:
    September 13, 2018 at 9:12 am
    Gronk is easy to rattle. Like Serena Williams and Tom Brady, when he’s not winning, he becomes a sore loser.

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    We’ll be sure to look out for that – I can’t remember when it was because the Patriots are usually too busy WINNING.

    The only time the Patriots ever lost to the Jags, Clinton was president. You’re a “superpatriotsfan”, so you’d know that, right?

    Wow—how sad is that name and what you’ve gone through mentally to feel the need to hide behind it….

  14. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    September 13, 2018 at 9:33 am
    Checking the NFL site Gronk does not have several. He has exactly two. (Look it up) did you realize that first you say he has a bunch then you say he doesnt because they dont get called? I would say slow down and think things through before typing and also before saying anything look up the stats first because other guys will and thats how you get called out.
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    Gronk has more than 2.
    2011 – Jets
    2014 – Bengals
    2014 – Colts
    2016 – Bengals
    2017 – Bills

    He sure does have a lot of OPI calls against him….I bet Pats homers say he doesn’t push off.

  15. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    September 13, 2018 at 9:33 am
    Checking the NFL site Gronk does not have several. He has exactly two. (Look it up) did you realize that first you say he has a bunch then you say he doesnt because they dont get called? I would say slow down and think things through before typing and also before saying anything look up the stats first because other guys will and thats how you get called out.
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    Gronk has more than 2.
    2011 – Jets
    2014 – Bengals
    2014 – Colts
    2016 – Bengals
    2017 – Bills

    He sure does have a lot of OPI calls against him….I bet Pats homers say he doesn’t push off.

    I’d say he doesn’t push off any more than any of the top receivers. He’s constantly forced to play with refs allowing much more contact from defenders and any attempt to, as do most great receivers, use his arm in any way to create space, he gets a flag, mostly because it’s very noticeable due to the size disparity.

    The only surprise is that he hasn’t clocked more players into next week. If this were hockey they’d be in trouble since he’s basically a man among boys.

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