As good as the Patriots’ offence has been this season, they have a dirty secret that no one talks about: Rob Gronkowski and Wes Welker are their only true offensive weapons.OK fine, you could probably say Aaron Hernandez is a weapon too. But he almost always has a favourable match-up thanks to Gronk’s presence and the genius ways the New England coaching staff moves him around the formation.
But either way, having just two or three big-time offensive options on an elite offence team (32 points per game) is sort of amazing. It’s also the reason people are obsessing over Rob Gronkowski’s bum ankle so much this week.
If Gronk can’t beat linebackers/safeties with his speed and out-leap corners with his jumping ability, then the Patriots offence becomes really limited.
Suddenly the Giants can treat him like a traditional tight-end rather than the offensive nightmare that he’s been all season — which allows them to roll more coverage to Hernandez, and shrinks the holes in the middle of the defence where Welker absolutely kills teams.
That’s why Gronk’s ankle is the story of the Super Bowl week — if he’s hampered, it’ll mean more for the Patriots offence than an injury to any other player.
Luckily for Tom Brady and friends, all indications point to Gronkowski being good to go. But if the game starts and Brady’s not targeting him early, things could get dicey.
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