Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is catching a heap of criticism, for having tight end Rob Gronkowski in the ball game, on the field goal unit, with the Pats up by a ton.
Gronkowski suffered a broken forearm on the play, and is expected to miss close to a month.
Belichick was on the radio this morning with WEEI, and addressed the critics, and spoke about why Gronk was in the game via ESPN Boston.
“We’ve seen those games in the NFL every year, teams that have a lead — you can go back to the Indianapolis-Tampa game when they scored like 24 points in four minutes,” he said, via Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com. “The Buffalo-Houston playoff game where it’s 35-0 at halftime and you lose 38-35, whatever it was. It doesn’t take much in this league. Teams can score quickly. Turnovers. I think you just keep playing. At some point, there is a point [but] then you only have so many players, so somebody has to play.
“I think you have to be careful when you are trying to run a team to go up to one guy and say, ‘Michael, we’re going to leave you in the game because we don’t really care about you, but Glenn, we’re going to take you out because you’re really important.’ I don’t think that’s really a good way to approach a team. I’ve never done that. I don’t think that would be a very successful approach to it.”
I don’t know about that one Bill. Best tight end in the game, I’m sure you could have found someone to play and block that edge.