For those who questioned Gronkowski's seriousness about football following the famous "Summer of Gronk", you should take note of the young tight end's recent comments.
You didn't see the happy go lucky Gronk in Friday's preseason loss to the Buccaneers. As noted by Karen Guregian of the Herald, there wasn't even a famous spike after his, largely meaningless, touchdown in the third quarter last week.
"We’re not playing well as a unit,” said Gronkowski. “and when we’re not playing well as a unit, you’re never really happy.
We’re just not doing well as a whole. It’s everyone. It starts with myself and goes around. You have to have the whole offense clicking as a whole. You gotta have blocking. You gotta have a run game in order to have a passing game. So we have to put it all together, and we just haven’t done that yet.
We want to be on the up. But it’s also preseason now. We have another week. We’re going to take what we did and learn from it. We just need to get out there and get the chemistry going.”
The Patriots offense has been almost abysmal to watch at times. Most surprisingly a lot of that time came with Tom Brady at the helm. Don't count Gronkowski as the only member of the Patriots offense who is frustrated with how things have gone.
“I think we’ve got to be more consistent, there’s no question about that," said Bady on WEEI. "Offensive football is based on stringing play-after-play, good-play-after-good-play together, in order to score points and to be methodical, and to be precise. That’s really the only way, when you play against good defenses, to score points” Brady continued.
"That’s the kind of chemistry that you look to develop as an offense, as a receiver, tight end combo. In the passing game, that really is the passing offense. The more you do it, the more comfortable you become. Everybody wants it to click right away, at the same time, there’s really a foundation that you’ve got to put together, that we’ve been trying to do over the last few months. Sometimes it shows up, and sometimes you realize you’ve got a lot more work to put in. Coming off the Tampa game, we realize we’ve got a lot more work to put in. And as long as we’re willing to commit to that, then you know that there’s going to be improvement and that’s where you get your confidence.”
The Patriots haven't been as bad as the Jets, who have yet to score a touchdown this preseason, but they haven't looked good either.
Some could blame the offensive line, but Brady and others are quick to point out that it is everyone on the team. When Brady gets sacked, it could be on the offensive line, or it could be because the o-line was expected Brady to get the ball out quickly, but there was nobody open. It's hard to tell a lot of these specifics from the TV point of view (we'll have coaches film to analyse here on PatriotsLife starting in the regular season) but one thing is clear, things have not looked good.
So, Patriots fans, are you worried about the Patriots offense? Comment below with your thoughts.