Rob Gronkowski is a match-up nightmare, the 6 ft 6 inch tight end moves like a locomotive and seemingly cant be stopped at the moment, the Denver Broncos attempted to double and triple team the 25-year-old on sunday but to no avail.
The New England Patriots demolished the Super-Bowl favourite Denver Broncos in Foxborough on Sunday and a large part of that tremendous victory was down to the combination of Brady and his favourite target Gronkowski.
Gronk tied Randy Moss for the 2nd quickest player in NFL history to reach 50 Touchdowns, he also became the quickest Tight End to achieve that feat after only playing 59 career regular season games. You can start to see why its perfectly fine to feel sorry for opposing players who's job it is to bring this goliath down.
During his press conference on Wednesday, the Patriots franchise quarterback Tom Brady showered his teammate in praise when he explained that Gronkowski is a matchup nightmare who creates a state of panic for opposing defenders:
“And I think they know that, too, so then they panic, and then when they panic, it’s even more of an advantage to the offense, Sometimes when you get a bigger receiver on the perimeter and a smaller [defensive back] is matched up on him, the mindset of the DB might even change because they think, ‘Oh my God, this guy is so much bigger and taller and stronger and what am I going to do?”
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Can't stop the Gronk
Brady wasn't the only Patriot to feel sympathy for the opposing players who are tasked with trying to bottle up the incredible talents of the most dominant tight end, and possibly receiver in football.
Even one of the best NFL cornerbacks, who currently plays for the New England Patriots in Darrelle Revis, understands the mammoth burden that is trying to stop the Gronk, Revis had to face his teammate in training camp and knows best the ordeal opposing cornerbacks are faced with.
“I wouldn’t blame them for panicking, The guy is 6-foot-7, he can run, he’s explosive. I mean, you put him in that category of Tony Gonzalez, they just have big bodies, hard to get around them, sometimes if you might break you might not know where the ball is going to be at, his wingspan, he will stick his hand in the air."
“There’s so many variables, it’s just hard to cover a big receiver/tight end like that. You spread him out, he makes plays. You put him inside the core and put his hand in the dirt and he makes plays as well.”
Revis is so established at his position that his nickname is a representation of his skill at locking players down, 'Revis Island' has been tasked throughout his NFL career of going one-on-one with the elite receivers in the game, he was asked how he would approach covering Gronkowski:
“That’s over with, but I’m just giving a look, Coach told me to give him a look so I gave him a look. I have to keep [what I would do] to myself. I have to keep that in my bag.”
Revis feels great sympathy to compatriots playing his position who have the misfortune of trying get a hand on Gronkowski let alone bring him to the ground, the cornerback now just counts his lucky stars that he doesn't have to face him on a Sunday.