Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Gronk's focused on his job, that's all
By Field Yates
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- There's been recent discussions centering around the Patriots' identity on offense.
The team is known as a game-plan offense, altering its approach from week-to-week. Some weeks the running game sets up the pass, and other weeks the opposite is true.
Rather than focusing on what his offense's identity is, however, tight end Rob Gronkowski is just trying to do his own job.
"I'm just out there focused on my job, really," he replied when asked about the group's identity. "Whatever the coaches ask me to do and just really worrying about what I've got to do out there to make the team better and make the offense better. Just overall we've got to go out there and execute as a team, and everyone's just got to make sure they're doing their own, including myself."
In a follow-up question, Gronkowski was asked about how the Patriots are able to so uniquely alter their game plan each week, and do so with consistent effectiveness. They currently pace the NFL in both yards and points per game.
"It's the NFL, it's part of the NFL," Gronkowski said. "You've just got to be ready every single week, you've got a new opponent every single week. You've got to be in the film room studying up on a new defense, saying we've just got to be able to adjust every single week. Kind of what you're going to get, and you've got to be prepared in every way, in every aspect of the game, so you can go out there and do your job and execute every week."
The challenge for the Patriots' offense this Sunday involves containing an aggressive Rams defense as the two teams square off in London.
Gronkowski, who said he's excited for the trip, understands it's all about business.
"Yeah, it is a business trip definitely, and that's what we are going for, to play a football game," he continued. "That's our number-one priority. We have to stay focused and it's going to be a trip where we've got to be mentally prepared, for sure."
As it turns out, London is the birthplace of a player Gronkowski spends ample time with, fellow tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. Shiancoe, who returned to practice on Tuesday (he remains on injured reserve with the designation to return), met with the media for the first time since training camp on Wednesday, briefly recalling his experience in London.
“I didn’t stay there too long, so I don’t remember too much," he said. "It’s a good experience from what I remember -- me coming out of the womb.”
As for returning to the field, Shiancoe says he's excited for the opportunity to play.
“I’m excited, man. I’m excited to get out there," he said. "But I’ll be even more excited to play. I can’t wait for that.”