Rob Gronkowski’s brother says he’s “super frustrated” with lack of help

AP

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is finding it hard to get open lately, and his brother can tell that it’s bothering him.

Gronkowski has been routinely double-teamed and has a combined six catches for 66 yards in the last two games — both Patriots losses — and his brother Chris Gronkowski said during an interview with WEEI that it’s beginning to wear on him.

“Usually a tight end is being covered by a linebacker, who really can’t cover anyone,” Chris Gronkowski said, via the Boston Globe. “When you’re giving up two of your best defenders — two safeties or a corner and a safety — to cover a tight end, your guys on the outside should be able to win

“It’s just super frustrating to watch, and they’ve got to figure something out.”

Chris said he hasn’t talked specifically with his brother about it, but knows him well enough to know it’s an issue.

“I can just tell by his emotions, his facial features, that he’s super frustrated with it. You can see at the end of the game, how they ended the game double-covering him, pressing him off the line,” Chris said. “He just wants to get the ball in his hands and make plays. But you just can’t do it when no one else is getting open.”

The Patriots wide receivers haven’t impressed, and have to survive one more game before Julian Edelman‘s suspension ends. They also traded for Josh Gordon, though he wasn’t active Sunday. And since none of the other targets can get open, teams are able to focus on Gronkowski.

And while he might not appreciate his brother airing his business, Chris also said game situations weren’t the only thing bugging his brother.

“It was kind of a crazy offseason,” Chris said. “There wasn’t a ton of communication between [Rob and the Patriots]. He wanted to get paid what he deserved. He wanted to be paid as one of the top tight ends for once. It’s been a struggle for him to make that money. . . .

“[Rob] knows what he needs to get done. He just wanted some more freedom, and he wanted to get what he deserves. He was being paid like he was just a mediocre tight end and just wanted to get some respect on that front.”

The Patriots ultimately reworked his deal, but also tried to trade him to the Lions (which Rob Gronkowski scuttled by threatening to retire). Perhaps if he had accepted the deal, working with Golden Tate and Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay would have helped him get open, and he would have probably gotten paid as well.

63 responses to “Rob Gronkowski’s brother says he’s “super frustrated” with lack of help

  1. It did cross my mind Sunday night, with the way Kenny Golladay is coming out this year as a big time player, adding Gronk to that offense could have made it scary. But then again, maybe Golladay wouldn’t be getting as many looks. There’s only one football.

  2. Belichick is tanking the season. Making life miserable for Brady to get him to retire. BB is grinding an axe like he did in the Super Bowl. He can’t cut Brady or trade him without the fan base going nuts. If Brady leaves on his own then he’s held blameless. This is done in business all the time. If you want to get rid of an employee make their life miserable by messing with their work conditions…I.e. give them an odd shift, micromanage them, assign the worst accounts…etc. they’ll leave.

  3. When Pats can ever get both Gronk AND Edelman back on the field together, or one of them plus 3 other weapons who are at least competent and with Brady behind a good line, teams literally can’t stop them. Trouble is that seldom happens, though it might still come to them mid-season. And if they ever get a top 10 defense to go with it again, you might as well crown them and go home. But right now they couldn’t outplay the Browns nor stop my dead grandma.

  4. With puff the magic dragon now in the mix, I can’t see this being a continual problem. Despite everyone hating B.B., that group still comes to win on Sundays.

  5. Gronk would really be frustrated if he had to play football without Tom Brady as his QB. I’m not thinking there’s going to be too much sympathy for Gronk. Everyone in that organization owes Brady half their salary.

  6. Its gonna all work out. Slow start. Finish strong. Its OK. Deep breath. Your going to get help soon. Hang in there man.

  7. Let your brother handle his business…..the Pats are a slow starting team, they have no running game right now and a lot of new pieces on both sides of the ball….long season and they usually end it pretty well… probably frustrated because it got out public he would not accept trade to Lions then they get whupped by them….

  8. Maybe if Gronk & Brady had of been attending OTA’s instead of traveling around & having fun, they TEAM would be performing better as their conditioning/preparation/timing for the season would have helped ALL the players perform better……. Gronk is frustrated….BRADY is frustrated….. THEY CAN BOTH LOOK IN THE MIRROR!!!

  9. Add him to the long list of players that get frustrated by losing. This is not news.
    I’m sure he also realizes contract demands are the quickest route out of Foxboro.
    His coaches are probably just as upset the WR’s are terrible too.
    .

  10. koolaid69 says:
    September 26, 2018 at 7:01 am
    Megatron did it consistently, even before Tate’s arrival. I understand what Jalen means now

    Well obviously Jalen was wrong if he “isn’t that good “ why did the Jags and Lions put 2 guys on him ?

    If you’re “not that good” you would get doubled or bracketed

  11. “When you’re giving up two of your best defenders — two safeties or a corner and a safety — to cover a tight end, your guys on the outside should be able to win
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    Sorry BRO…Jagz covered him with LB’s.Telvin and Myles and shut him down as well. But dont worry Pasty fans..I am sure your corrupt fossil owner has been working the phones to ramp up those Pasty favored PI and Roughing Passer calls on 3rd down….so you guys will be ok.

  12. koolaid69 says:
    September 26, 2018 at 7:01 am
    Megatron did it consistently, even before Tate’s arrival. I understand what Jalen means now
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________

    ..and Calvin Johnson also retired at 30

  13. Flash1287 says:
    Well obviously Jalen was wrong if he “isn’t that good “ why did the Jags and Lions put 2 guys on him ?

    If you’re “not that good” you would get doubled or bracketed
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________

    We he wasnt “that good” the last 2 weeks now – was he?

  14. BB should have traded him in the off season. The coaches instinct was right.
    In the Jags and Lions games Gronk looked slow and frustrated. Seems like he is not as fast as he was a year ago. Time to move on.

  15. I like Gronk, but he should have held out until he got a real contract w/o incentives. He’s mad cause he may not achieve the incentives.

    Brady would have gone to Kraft and told him to take care of Gronk.

  16. So annoying. I am not going to lie. As a Pats fan, it pains me to say this, but the primadonna disease has struck Brady and Gronk.

    It just sucks they’ve been so selfish, trying to control the narrative for ego purposes.

    Edelman, a Guerrero client either made a mistake or intentionally took something to speed up his rehab, so go talk to him, Gronk.

    Also, talked to Brady, the only QB to skip OTAs ane passing camps this offseason.

    The players who were in there working hard like Dorsett and Patterson, have been hung out to dry.

    JOrdan Matthews took the vet min on a 1 year deal to play with Brady.

    If you;re an honest pats fan, you don’t like this. If you’re a dorky Millennial who only cares about fantasy stats and were born in 1994, then you side with Gronk’s whiny garbage.

    McDaniels’s play calling on Sunday was HOT GARNAGE. HOT GARHAGE.

    Funny how every other elite QB has no issues breaking in new WRs. It’s only Brady that apparently needs All Pros all over the place to be the GOAT>

    SMH

  17. “He wanted to be paid as one of the top tight ends for once. It’s been a struggle for him to make that money. . . .”
    —————————
    He’ll probably need to leave the Pats to get that money. NE thinks their players should feel privileged just to be there and take less pay to help them acquire more elite players. Worked for them for years, but it seems to be coming to a point now as players want paid. We aren’t talking LeVeon salary issues, these players aren’t asking for over-the-top pay, just the going rate for a top 5 player for their position. Tyrod Taylor makes more per year than Brady. That organization has their players by the balls. Super Bowls won’t pay your medical bills when your 70.

  18. Gronk only likes it when LBs cover him…If you want to see him get mad (and throw elbows to the back of unsuspecting defenders who lay vulnerable on the ground) cover him with a decent corner back…

  19. And media types wonder out loud why Belichick and/or most HC’s in sports give them coach speak.

    Sports media is the modern day gossip column. Always trying to dredge crap up to make a name for themselves.
    despicable

  20. tylawspick6 says:
    September 26, 2018 at 9:06 am
    So annoying. I am not going to lie. As a Pats fan, it pains me to say this, but….

    ……

    I love all these dudes who claim to be “Pats fans” with (NYC skylines as their profile pics) and persist on ragging on the greatest coach, QB and TE set in the history of the NFL. 8 superbowls and 5 wins! No losing seasons for almost 20 years!

    Bill, Brady and Gronk are not throwing their teammates under a bus and sitting out for more money, they’re playing. This team has paid it so,far forward… they owe us nothing.

    You’re not “Pats fans”, your “fans of complaining about the Pats”. Every team has them. Otherwise known as trolls.

  21. His brother said he thinks Gronk should be making 15 million, if that’s true no wonder why NE was ready to trade him. I’d take Kelce or Ertz for less money than he’s currently making. Ertz 2018 cap hit 4.937 million, Kelce 2018 cap hit 9.955 million, Gronk 2018 cap hit 11.781 million.

  22. I’m still trying to understand why teams haven’t been doubling him before. It’s quite common to double WRs who are game changers so why not do that to a TE. I don’t think their offensive line is helping out much either. I think they miss Nate Solder.

  23. He wanted to be paid as one of the top tight ends, for once? Um, he’s been paid like a top tight end for more than a few years now. The average tight end makes just over $2 mill. Gronk is the highest paid tight end at just under $12 mill. He will earn more in this one season than the average tight end makes in his career.

    To date, he’s made $60 million. Plus endorsements. Cry me a river.

    What a meathead.

  24. 1. Why is Rob’s brother speaking for him?
    2. It’s called ‘figuring out your opponent’. What, we’re supposed to just let him get the ball?

  25. tylawspick6 says:
    September 26, 2018 at 9:06 am

    So annoying. I am not going to lie. As a Pats fan, it pains me to say this, but the primadonna disease has struck Brady and Gronk.

    It just sucks they’ve been so selfish, trying to control the narrative for ego purposes.

    Edelman, a Guerrero client either made a mistake or intentionally took something to speed up his rehab, so go talk to him, Gronk.

    Also, talked to Brady, the only QB to skip OTAs ane passing camps this offseason.

    The players who were in there working hard like Dorsett and Patterson, have been hung out to dry.

    JOrdan Matthews took the vet min on a 1 year deal to play with Brady.

    If you;re an honest pats fan, you don’t like this. If you’re a dorky Millennial who only cares about fantasy stats and were born in 1994, then you side with Gronk’s whiny garbage.

    McDaniels’s play calling on Sunday was HOT GARNAGE. HOT GARHAGE.

    Funny how every other elite QB has no issues breaking in new WRs. It’s only Brady that apparently needs All Pros all over the place to be the GOAT>
    —————————————-
    idiotic Take as usual. “Primmadona disease here is Bill Bellichik. And this weird offseason behavior can all be traced back to Bill’s CLUELESS Superbowl coaching. Multiple players (6-8) commented on it- something that has never happened with the Pats before.

    Paterson- Really- you think he’s the answer? Bit player at most. Dorset is not a #2 receiver- not even a #3.

    Jordan Mathews? BILL put him on IR a month in that is doubtful all about his hamstring- which miraculously cured itself with Philly.

    Brady skipping O.T.A.’s? You don’t think that has to do with Bill’s completely inept GM work? Yeah- lets trade Cooks for a first round, unproven and oft injured running back when we already had a PROVEN running back in Lewis that wouldn’t have cost much. That’s 1,000 yards out of the offense for a running back! Bill Wants to trade Gronk- for what? If Gronk let that deal go through the offense would have lost over 2,000 yards on offense. 2,000! Bill has dismantled this team. Trading Gronk explains Brady’s off season behavior. Yeah, Brady needs All- Pros- apparently you haven’t watched him play the last 18 years.

    Bill’s GMing of the last 4-8 years has seen him trade quality talent away and getting hardly anything in return. Please explain the absolutely garbage defenses of the last 8 years. Brady has never forced for a big contract- where has that money gone? There are zero stars on defense. Brady and Gronk are the only real talent on the team.

    Why does a supposed “Genius” defensive coach have a defense that takes 8 plus games to get to average, yet teams with lesser coaching start better. The Bills, Jets, and Dolphins ALL have better defenses than we do.The current incarnation of Bellichik seems to hold players responsible, yet never himself, something Bill never did in his earlier years.

    i love the Pats, but Since 2007, the Pats success has 100% depended on Brady.

  26. I read an article ‘Second Look: Rob Gronkowski hasn’t been double-covered as much as you think’ and it says he has really only been getting double coverage 26% of the time. THat might be more than most, but it also means he ISN’T getting double coverage 74% of the time. Either Brady isn’t seeing him or he isn’t getting open during the three quarters of the snaps he is single covered.

    If Gordon can be even a decent outside/deep threat and Edelman is close to what he was the last time he played, everything will be fine on offense

    The defense is another story. Total lack of talent across the board. They should’ve paid Butler. He is light years better than Rowe. They also are big and slow at LB’er, and the front four is useless.

    Kraft needs to hire a GM. BB has shown he sucks at drafting and acquiring talent. His talent lies in coaching. He can get the most out of almost anyone, but he makes it much harder than it has to be because of him being crap as a GM

  27. Gronk has played on the best team in the league for years and won two SB rings, and is the highest paid TE in history.
    But this year isn’t going his way.
    TOUGH.
    No sympathy from me.
    Suck it up, and keep playing hard and hope things improve.

  28. patriotwayrules says:
    September 26, 2018 at 8:47 am

    Greatest TE in the history of the NFL
    ——————————————–

    How do Pats fans always just forget Tony G existed. Look at the stats, it’s not even close.

  29. For those still talking about Malcolm Butler:

    – Butler is the 65th rated cornerback in the league (according to PFF)
    – He is the 10th highest paid CB in the league

    – Rowe (who is terrible) is rated #80 overall
    – He is the 86th highest paid CB

    They traded 15 spots worth of talent for 76 spots worth of salary.

    As a pure GM, which one makes more sense?

    Plus, even if they still had Butler the LB corps is garbage.

  30. Well then, why didn’t you let the Pats send you to the Lions?

    Cut the crap, Gronk! Only reason your pulling this crap now is because you’re afraid your team will lose to the Dolphins this Sunday and your team’s “ownership” of the AFC East just might be ending. Boo-hoo, Cwy-baby! A dynasty is gonna do what a dynasty is gonna do–end.

  31. So let me get this straight. Gronk is upset, or so his brother says, that other coaches know how to coach against the Pats to beat them and he’s upset?? Get over it already!! Man up about it or let someone else play!

  32. Sheesh – football 101 people. Take away primary target. After Gronkowski who’s left? Man up on who’s left and see if your #2 can beat their #2.

    No surprise why the Pats have lost 2 in a row. Some of it is execution. The other part is talent.

  33. Pats always seem to start every season slow. Brady starts slow every game. Much ado about nothing. You’ll see.

  34. dirtdawg53 says:
    He wanted to be paid as one of the top tight ends, for once? Um, he’s been paid like a top tight end for more than a few years now. The average tight end makes just over $2 mill. Gronk is the highest paid tight end at just under $12 mill. He will earn more in this one season than the average tight end makes in his career.
    =============

    Also, he got a new contract after only two years into his rookie deal, so he got paid earlier than most. That second contract was probably smaller than it could have been if he waited, but he chose to take the money early. AND, he is often injured. He’s only played in 16 games his first two seasons.

  35. i love the Pats, but Since 2007, the Pats success has 100% depended on Brady.

    ———

    Did Brady intercept RW in the SB? Did Brady sack Matt Ryan to cause a fumble in the SB? Those plays contributed to the SB wins as much as Brady’s performance.

  36. He’s their best weapon among a bunch of zeroes. It’s called game planning. You take away the only person who can get down and what do you have left?

  37. substanceoverceremony says:

    September 26, 2018 at 11:45 am

    For those still talking about Malcolm Butler:

    – Butler is the 65th rated cornerback in the league (according to PFF)
    – He is the 10th highest paid CB in the league

    – Rowe (who is terrible) is rated #80 overall
    – He is the 86th highest paid CB

    They traded 15 spots worth of talent for 76 spots worth of salary.

    As a pure GM, which one makes more sense?

    Plus, even if they still had Butler the LB corps is garbage.
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    Very nice!!!

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