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14 Jan 2013

Mandatory Monday: Running on Fumes

Mike Tanier runs down one of the best, and most exhausting, Divisional Round weekends in NFL history.

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 14 Jan 2013

6 comments, Last at 15 Jan 2013, 1:18pm by Dean

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by wr (not verified) :: Mon, 01/14/2013 - 10:21am

"If you do not like this reality, you are free to deny it and substitute one of your own."

There's a Mr. Savage on the phone, mumbling someting about copyright infringement.

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by snoopy369 :: Mon, 01/14/2013 - 10:57am

I like the fact that the picture caption COMES FROM THE FUTURE...

"Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez caught six passes in the win over the Falcons and will play an even bigger role with Rob Gronkowski hurt."

So I guess we should put money on ATL over SF?

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by RickD :: Mon, 01/14/2013 - 11:39am

FWIW, I would believe that Brady didn't know anything about Gronk's broken arm. It seemed clear that he knew nothing during the post-game on-field interview. And I wouldn't see BB making sure that Brady knew about it right before the post-shower press conference.

Belichick, on the other hand, certainly knew.

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by Anonymousse (not verified) :: Mon, 01/14/2013 - 5:36pm

"“I’m not sure,” Belichick said when asked about Gronkowski’s status. He even claimed to not know whether Gronkowski was taken to the hospital or not."

Frankly, Belichick seems like exactly the sort of guy who'd hand Gronkowski off to the Medical staff, know he probably wasn't coming back that day, and not bother getting any more information.

Frankly, Gronkowski's specifics weren't all that relevant to BB, other than that he wouldn't be back by halftime.

Frankly, I'm having trouble with how people don't seem to realize that Gronkowski getting hurt doesn't really affect the Patriots at all. He hasn't been a meaningful part of the offense since the game on 11/18. They're pretty much exactly where they've been the last 2 months.

Frankly, they might be better off with Gronk on IR than Gronk playing hurt and not being effective.

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by sundown (not verified) :: Tue, 01/15/2013 - 12:01pm

That's one of the things that must be hard about being a head coach, the PR side of things where it's expected you know every detail about everything. I agree with you that while BB is coaching the game, details about Gronkowski would be pretty irrelevant beyond whether he's available. (And I don't believe BB even helps call the plays, so even his availability might not be really useful info for him in that case.) That doesn't mean BB doesn't care, it just means that while the game is going on there are more important things to command his attention.

It's always funny when coaches get interviewed while still on the field and questioned about obscure things as if they'd been listening to the telecast. After the Oregon-Kansas State bowl game, the reporter on the field asked Chip Kelly what he thought about his QB being selected as player of the game. Kelly's response was, "He was? Cool." I loved that.

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by Dean :: Tue, 01/15/2013 - 1:18pm

I wonder how many Virginia Tech fans think Matt Ryan chokes in the clutch?