The coach of the Patriots, Bill Belichick spoke recently about his team’s player, Rob Gronkowski’s current state. It’s an open question whether he will play or not play.
While Rob Gronkowski had been boasting of his prowess to make a comeback to the playing field, it seems it was more hot air than reality.
The coach of his team, Bill Belichick has refuted the reports and said he will not be playing. That of course was a huge letdown after the original hopefulness among those who heard the news straight from Rob’s mouth.
"Well, I’m glad that Rob’s optimistic about his situation," Belichick said in a press conference on Tuesday. "We’ll go through the week of practice and take a look at everything, everybody and see where everybody is at and do what we feel like is best for the team.
Bill Belichick furthermore stated that although he respected Rob’s feelings, it was the higher-ups who would decide whether he got to play in the end or not.
"With all due respect to Rob, I’m glad he feels the way he does but in the end, we’ll have to make the decision that we feel is best for the team and we’ll do that as we go through the week," Bill Belichick said.
He said that the decision will be taken as the week progressed. Rob had been suffering from a torn ACL and had miraculously recovered from the injury in record time. He expressed his wish to get in the playoffs and test his limits. But the team management had other things in mind.
"A player hasn't played in preseason, there's still game speed and game situations and all the communication that goes on in the game," Belichick added. "That's just different in practice. You have to be ready to handle that and work with your teammates in those conditions and that kind of timeframe and those type of game situations that change so fluidly. ... Your mind has to transfer situations and transfer them very quickly because every play takes on a new down and distance or possibly field position."
"Players that aren't in the game need to be able to have that time on the sideline to make adjustments and be ready to anticipate things that are going to happen the next series and all that. You don't get good at those things with your teammates without being able to do them. It takes some time. Guys that don't play have to make that ground up."
While Rob had given an interview some time back in which he expressed his unbound optimism in his ability to play satisfactorily, the fact that he never conferred with coach Bill meant that he would have to face the music when the coach came to know of this extreme in individualism.
The result was obviously a slight snubbing from the side of the coach who said that it was not Rob’s choice but that of the team management. The player sequence in the Patriots team is no small feat.
It is a gargantuan task where every little thing is micromanaged so that the game goes in their favor in the unpredictable football field. The fact that Rob decided that life was best played without a script has cost him big time.
But part of the blame also lies with Belichick who is used to being a bossy and pontificating soul. This seems to have become more a clash of personalities and egos rather than a matter of following standard procedure. And the sad thing is that it is the team and its players not to mention the stuffed shirt coach that will have to suffer in the end.