New England Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski, who’s play warranted a 6 year, 53 million dollar contract extension last June from the team. But after his latest no shirt wearing dance party in Las Vegas on Sunday night, the question is now coming up, “Does Rob Gronkowski need to grow up?” The short answer is yes! The long answer is off the field yes, on the field the Patriots need Gronk to be Gronk. The timeline of Rob Gronkowski’s off the field transgressions now include a picture with porn star Bibi Jones with her wearing a Patriots jersey, partying like a crazy college kid at a Patriots post Super Bowl XLVI party, beer bongs during spring break and now this. Look, I am not trying to deny the kid a good time, BUT with the investment the Patriots made to him, the fact that when the time comes in post Tom Brady New England, Rob Gronkowski is the Patriots biggest star. He has to show an ability to “Just Say No!” As a New England Patriots fan, I love the guy, I love what he brings you on the football field, BUT once again, he needs to learn that the Patriots have made an investment on him, and he needs to be ready to be the Superstar, that the Patriots and their fans need him to be.
Now the question is who sits him down and says, Look Rob, we get it you are a big kid and we love that about you, but you need to make better decisions. Is that guy Robert Kraft? Hell he is signing the checks, Bill Belichick? Tom Brady? Ding, ding, ding we have a winner. Brady is one of a small handful of guys on the Patriots that have a Super Bowl Ring. Brady, in his earlier days owned Boston and still does, needs to sit Gronk down and say, it’s great to go out and have a good time, but giving your boy on stage a DDT, is just not cool. The Gronk family from their dad Gordie on down to the 5 brothers are a group of over sized kids, but at this point, they need to take a back seat in Rob’s life and let Gronk become the greatest Tight End to ever play the game.
What could help Rob? Go to California to work with Tom Brady, the same way Julian Edelman did last off-season, and Aaron Hernandez is going this year. Doing this may help his off the field and come September the Patriots on the field.
What makes a Quarterback “Elite”? Ask Eli Manning and Giants fans they will tell you that 2 Super Bowl Wins and MVP Awards do it, ask fans of other teams they’ll give you another answer. In judging and naming who is “Elite” it really is up to what you treasure and value in a QB and it’s all opinions.
Well here is my opinion and definition of “What makes an “Elite” QB. To me there can only be one “Elite” QB, the creme de la creme, the best and right now in the NFL that player wears # 12. No, not Aaron Rodgers, it’s Tom Brady.
Why is it Tom Brady, 3 Super Bowl wins, 5 trips to the big game, 6 AFC Championship Games (5 wins), 10 Division Championships (most in NFL History). Stats alone are not what gives Brady the edge in my opinion, they don’t hurt his case but the teams that Brady has played on are what put him in this position. The New England Patriots team first attitude and Bill Belichick’s mantra of “Do Your Job” and ” next man stops up” has always kept New England in the playoff hunt and perennial Super Bowl hopes. When you look at the weapons around Brady short of Randy Moss and now Rob Gronkowski, Brady has never had a Hall of Fame cast of weapons around him. He has the ability to make players better, from Troy Brown to Danny Woodhead. It’s hard to imagine where the Patriots would be today without the scrawny 6th round pick that was waiting in the wings after Drew Bledsoe’s Patriot career ending injury in Week 2 of the 2001 season. An even stronger case for Brady is made in Sean Glennon’s book, “Tom Brady vs. The NFL”.
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Eli Manning, New York Giants
Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Matt Schaub, Houston Texans
Ben Roethlisberger*, Pittsburgh Steelers
Very Good QB’s
Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
Andy Dalton, Cincinatti Bengals
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Phillip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
Good QB’s and too early to fully tell
Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Alex Smith*, San Francisco 49ers
Michael Vick*, Philadelphia Eagles
Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
Chad Henne, Jacksonville Jaguars
Runaway, Runaway if you want to survive it’s time to break free
Mark Sanchez, New York Jets
Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills
Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams
Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans
Brady Quinn, Kansas City Chiefs
John Skelton, Arizona Cardinals
Remember rating QB’s in the NFL is opinion based and these are my opinions. What’s your list
*Currently Injured and not starting