New Report Says Patriots Blame Gronk’s Injures On Tom Brady’s Trainer And His Oddball TB12 Method
Another year, another New England championship, another offseason of NFL media and fans wondering if we’ve seen the last of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Following the Patriots’ loss to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII, Gronk told the media, “I’m definitely gonna look at my future, for sure. I’ll sit down in the next couple of weeks and see where I’m at.”
Following the Patriots’ win over the Rams in Super Bowl LII, Gronk told the media he is “going to take a week or two to figure out where I’m at and then make a decision.”
Sound familiar? It should.
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, sources he trusts told him that if the Patriots had won it all last year Gronkowski was planning to retire.
He also believes that with Sunday’s win over the Rams Gronk will, in fact, retire this coming offseason.
“I think he’s got family members hounding him to get out of that pit where he’s constantly facing the risk of more concussions. I think that’s the thing that’s the big family concern,” said Florio.
Did knowing that announcing his retirement after Super Bowl LIII would overshadow the big win for the team enter into Gronk’s mind Sunday night? It kind of sounds like it.
“Tonight it’s about celebrating with my teammates, and that decision will be made in a week or two,” Gronkowski told the media after the game. “Tonight, that’s what it’s about, it’s about celebrating with my teammates, and that’s what I’m worried about tonight.”
If Gronk does decide to return for the 2019 NFL season, the Patriots would reportedly prefer that he stop following Tom Brady and his trainer Alex Guerrero’s oddball training advice and just stick with their staff’s training methods.
According to NFL Network’s Michael Giardi, “Internally, the Patriots feel like Gronkowski brought some of this on himself. During the offseason when he reported, he came in not as strong, not as fast, and not as explosive. And while he had a very good first game against the Titans, then all of the sudden the injuries popped up to the ankle, to the Achilles, to the back, and the Patriots feel as though if he had done it their way, as opposed to the TB12 way, which Gronk is devoted to, maybe things would have been different.”
In 2018, Gronk put up his lowest yards per game total since his rookie year, only scored three touchdowns, and was on the injury report for most the year with an ankle injury and a bulging disc in his back – the same back which required surgery in the middle of the 2016 season. He has missed or left games with hamstring and groin issues, a thigh contusion and a concussion since returning from back surgery for the 2017 season.
Giardi’s report matches another report from April of 2018 that claimed Bill Belichick openly mocked Gronkowski in front of the team for using the TB12 Method.
Belichick also reportedly banned Brady’s fitness “wizard” from the sidelines, boarding the team jet, or treating any Patriots player other than Brady within the team’s facilities during the 2017 season. This despite Guerrero’s amazing claims that he can cure cancer and concussions.
So is Gronk done with the NFL?
Based on yet another in-your-face video posted by Tom Brady on Instagram after Super Bowl LIII, that doesn’t appear to be the case.
To be continued…