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Bill Belichick on DHK: Hopefully Rob Gronkowski will be OK

Ryan Hannable
January 23, 2018 - 8:30 am

The Patriots lost Rob Gronkowski just before halftime in the AFC championship game to a concussion and he didn't return to the game.

His status is unknown for Super Bowl LII in two weeks, but appearing on Dale & Holley with Keefe on Monday, Bill Belichick indicated the team missed his presence during the second half.

“There are always a couple plays — Rob is a special player that not everybody is going to make or you’re not going to design for everybody," Belichick said when asked how much of the game plan needed to change. "By far the majority of the offense is able to transfer to the next player. When a guy goes out of the game we can’t go to 50 new plays, or two guys go out of the game 100 new plays. We just can’t do that. Dwayne [Allen] did a good job. I thought that Dwayne stepped in there and blocked well. … Dwayne has done a good job for us all year as a blocker and he has made a couple of key catches for us. Doesn’t have the pass receiving production, but when you have Rob in there, that is obviously a guy that Tom or any quarterback would want to throw to.

"We missed Rob. Hopefully he will be OK.”

The other big storyline of the game was Tom Brady playing with 12 stitches in his throwing hand, although Belichick seemed to downplay the story.

“Well, I think this was a lot more of a media circus than it was a football crisis,” Belichick said. “I never really saw it that way. I don’t think anyone really did. It was what it was, and sometimes things happen during the week, and usually, if they happen early enough then they’re not too serious. They have a chance to resolve, and that’s basically what happened.” 

Added Belichick: "Sometimes guys get banged up in practice. You wait and see if it resolves and then you figure it out. After a period of time, once things get a chance to — they looked at it and had a chance to go through the process a little bit see how it all worked out, it was OK.” 


Bill Belichick on Dale, Holley, & Keefe 1-22-18

New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick joins DHK to discuss the AFC Championship comeback and heading to his 8th Super Bowl appearance  ,if Danny Amendola is clutch, Tom Brady’s thumb injury, the impact of Brandin Cooks and Stephon Gilmore, and the hit on Gronk.

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