Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job
The one target Welker didn't pull in cost them the game. That and an 88-yard game-winning TD drive by Eli against our defense that was really weak in 2011.Look how badly the Pats struggled without a healthy Gronk in the Super against the Giants.
They had 28 first downs and 428 total yards of offense.They couldn’t move the ball a year later against the Ravens in the AFCCG.
Agreed but Gronk's absence wasn't the only reason. Brady's #2 in that game was a completely washed Austin Collie. Their defense also wasn't good in 2013.They had no shot against the Broncos in 2013 AFCCG.
With a historic 4th quarter comeback against the Legion of Boom. 4 TDs by 4 different receivers in that Super Bowl.They suddenly won a Super Bowl with a healthy Gronk.
Not in 2016 when they played as well offensively as they ever had under Brady.Their offense ran through Gronk.
Bill still moved on from Brady way too early. Bill also tried to trade Gronk when he was still in his prime. Given how the 2016 season went (and finished), it became impossible for the Patriots to move on from Brady at that time. But again, the 2016 season happened without Gronk making a reception after week 9.My original question was had the Pats not drafted Gronk, does Tom stay or Bill move on from him prior to the 2016 season?