Ok, hand up…I did something stupid.It is not the first time, and it won’t be the
Earlier this week I wrote a think piece on how the Patriots
would be well suited to use Gronk as a specialist in the Red Zone and on third
downs.This strategy will help keep him
healthy when it really matters.Here is
“…I would have 2 more rings right now if he didn’t miss the
2007 and 2011 Superbowls”
Loyal reader Nicholas Kaknes pointed out in the comments
that I am a first degree pickle-head:
Of course he is correct.Gronk was not even drafted until 2010!(I think I am still traumatized by losing the ’07 Bowl).
In light of this, I thought it might be interesting to see
exactly how many more rings I should have if he were healthy his whole career:
healthy the whole year.The Pats lose to
the Jets in the Divisional Round 28-21
2011: Ankle njury occurs against Baltimore in the AFC
Championship game.Pats lose to the
Giants in the SuperBowl.Gronk plays in
that game, although he is clearly limited, basically used as a decoy.
2012:Arm gets broken
on the field-goal unit mid-season.Gronk
comes back and re-injures the arm in the playoffs.Pats lose in the AFC championship game to the
snapped in half by TJ Ward on a seam route mid-season.Gronk misses the rest of the way and the Pats
lose to Denver in the AFC Championship game 26-16.
2014: Gronk is healthy all season, we win the Super Bowl.
2015: A helmet to the knee mid-season took Gronk out for a
little, but he was there when it mattered.Patriots lose in Denver 20-18, but Gronk kept us in that game.
2016: Earl Thomas collapses his chest cavity.We win
the Super Bowl anyway.
I dunno how fair it is, but I think there are at least two
more rings for the Patriots if Gronk is available full time.
What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments.