Bill Belichick insists Rob Gronkowski has been ‘doing the same thing every day’
|08.27.13 at 1:57 pm ET|
FOXBORO — There are moments during his press conferences when Bill Belichick gets agitated and sometimes downright offended.
When the NFL Network’s Albert Breer showed up Tuesday, he wanted to know about the progress of Rob Gronkowski, who was spotted doing agility drills in full view of reporters on the lower practice field Monday.
At the time, Breer, who was not in Foxboro Monday, tweeted that could be taken as a sign that Gronkowski is making good progress and may not be on the PUP list when the deadline comes this Saturday evening at 6 p.m. ET.
Apparently, Belichick was very aware of Breer’s report and was ready when the former Boston Globe Patriots beat writer came calling Tuesday afternoon.
The discussion went like this:
Breer: How has Gronkowski looked? I know he was out on the field [Monday].
Belichick: He’s been out here every day. He hasn’t missed a day of camp.
Belichick: He was here the first day of camp. He’s been doing the same thing every day.
Breer: How has he looked recently?
Belichick: He’s been doing the same thing every day.
Breer: Same thing every day?
Belichick: Same thing every day. For those of us who have been here, it’s the same thing every day. Same thing every day.
Ouch. Smackdowns in the world of Belichick don’t get much cleaner than that.
Gronkowski wasn’t on either the upper or lower fields Tuesday during the 20-minute media access window. The media can and will read into that what they will but know Bill Belichick will be reading.
Here is the remainder of Bill Belichick’s press conference from Tuesday:
BB: We’re kind of in the same place we were yesterday: same type of schedule, same type of emphasis. Just trying to string a few days together as we wind down the preseason and get ready for the start of the regular season.
Q: What have you seen from Dan Connolly recently?
BB: Dan has been getting back into it. Worked hard, even during the time he was out, stayed on top of everything and was able to practice last week, play against Detroit. I think he’s coming around.
Q: How would you assess his performance against Detroit?
BB: Based on the whole game, I don’t think I’d really nominate anybody for the Hall of Fame in that game. None of us performed very well.
Q: When you’re making a decision on putting a player on the PUP list and he won’t be available for the first two or three games, how does that complicate things?
BB: Every decision we make on a player comes down to two things really: what’s best for the player and what’s best for the team. When those are the same, it’s easy. When they’re not, something has to give and you have to make a call one way or the other. That’s the way it is with everything.
Q: Is it hard to hold a roster spot for a player that might not be ready for the first couple weeks?
BB: I think it’s just what I said it was. Each situation is independent: it depends on the situation, it depends on what your other options are, what the injury is, how long are you’re talking about, what the expectations are, what kind of depth you have at that position. You can go on and on. Each situation is different.
Q: Have you been able to tell how the players have responded getting back to work after the Detroit game?
BB: I can’t tell you how every single guy is doing or looks at it but hopefully as a team we can move forward. We certainly need to.
Q: What has been your impression of the way some of the young receivers have been able to assimilate their way into this offense throughout the course of camp, in particular the rookies, Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce?
BB: Like a lot of rookies, some good things, some not so good. Better over time; we’ll see how it goes.
Q: What is the biggest challenge they face?
Q: Dont’a Hightower has been using the communication helmet in the preseason games. Is that something you’re considering for the regular season or is that just something you’re doing in the preseason?
BB: We could do it. We’re only allowed to have one green dot on one player and then if that player wasn’t in the game, then we could put it on somebody else. We use it with different people in preseason so if we get to that point during the season a lot of the guys that have experience with it. Safeties, linebackers, we’ve used it on different people in practices and in preseason games just for the experience of it.
Q: How many players do you have to have ready to do that on any given day?
BB: I’d say in any given week, it probably is two and then depending on who the third is, that may or may not be realistic. It’s hard to practice more than two, I would say.
Q: I know you have no control over court dates and what happens during court dates but how much extra planning have you had to do in regard to Alfonzo Dennard and what may or may not happen with him down the road?
BB: Not much. Like you said, all that is out of our control.
Q: Have you had to have a Plan B scenario whether he’s with you or not with you?
BB: It’s out of our control.
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