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As much as I didn't like the calls on Mason and Solder, I found the PI call on Gronk to be more egregious.
I don't think it's paranoia to suggest that the refs have been specifically told by the league to call Gronk super tight on OPI - the truth is the defenders have been grabbing him and holding on (at least that was called once this game) - how is he is supposed to free his arms for a catch?
Last night, I thought he just offered a straight arm to the chest of a chasing DB to make some space for a catch - very different to running at a DB and pushing him away from you to create separation.
Great game, great write up.
There is nothing paranoid about it because we already heard for a fact that this is the case. Teams get to submit tape every week to the league and we have heard about multiple teams complaining about 87. To be fair Gronk earned this reputation with his push off move during his first few years to the point where it became a point of emphasis.
In the end it is on Gronk and the TE coaches to fix this because by now we know that the refs will keep calling it like that. Like it or not..