Rob Gronkowski has been called for a number of offensive pass interference penalties this season. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was called for offensive pass interference once again Sunday night, but the penalty was offset by a Denver penalty.
Regardless, Gronkowski has been called for a league-high five offensive pass interference penalties this season. It’s worth noting from colleague Chris Price, from 2011-14 Gronkowski was only called for offensive pass interference once.
Some have been questionable calls, especially given Gronkowski’s size. Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked after the game about the calls against Gronkowski this season.
“You should talk to them. Talk to the league, I’m sure they have all the answers on that so talk to them,” Belichick said to reporters.
Quarterback Tom Brady is also having trouble understanding what constitutes a offensive pass interference penalty and what doesn’t.
“I don’t know. No idea,” Brady told reporters. I mean they have meetings about it and we have you know, but it never, you know, it just wasn’t — I don’t know.”
Despite the Patriots’ 30-24 overtime loss, the first loss of the season for New England, Belichick was proud of his team’s effort.
“I’m really proud of the way our team fought today,” he said. “We gave a tremendous effort and played really hard. Obviously, there ate some things we could have done better. I could have coached better, could have played better. Guys really played hard and I have all the respect in the world for this football team the way it competed. I’m proud of the way they went about it tonight. Disappointed in the result, but we have to get back to work this week with Philadelphia.”
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