No Pitch Counts For Gronk

August 21st, 2020

No holding back.

Whenever Joe thinks of pitch counts, Joe thinks of one way baseball has been ruined. You know the drill: A starting pitcher is humming along with a good game and gets pulled for no good reason other than he’s thrown 90 pitches or so.

Time to bring in some two-bit reliever in the eighth inning to cough up the lead!

(Joe can only imagine a baseball manager walking up to Bob Gibson on the mound, saying, “OK Bob, I know you have a three-hitter going but you’ve thrown 85 pitches. You’re done. … ” … “Daddy, why is that baseball man sleeping on his back near the pitcher’s mound?”)

So like an old school baseball manager, Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians doesn’t believe in pitch counts. Or limiting the snaps for foot-rubbing tight end Rob Gronkowski.

The future Hall of Famer came to the Bucs in an offseason trade. Gronkowski had retired because he was so physically beaten up from the game. So when the Bucs acquired him, giving them the deepest trio of tight ends in the game, a commonly held belief was that Gronk would be somewhat limited so as not to chase the guy from the game again with more injuries.

Ain’t gonna happen, said Arians yesterday. And Gronk is happy to hear it.

“We’ll play every game to win – whatever that takes,” Arians said. “We can’t worry about December in September. The load – we’ve got a lot of guys, so we can manage that as far as every game. We’re going to play every single game to win, so if that means he plays 50 plays or 30 plays, we’ll see.”

Gronk said he knows no other way to play football than all out, not part-time. In fact, he seemed confused by the suggestion he should be on a pitch count.

“I will play the whole entire game if I have to,” Gronk said. “It’s up to the coaches with the amount of playing time I get. I just listen to my coach. If he puts me in; he puts me in. If he takes me out; he takes me out.

“It’s up to me whenever I am in there to go make the plays. As of right now that’s how it is in training camp. My mentality is, if I have to play the whole entire game I will play the whole entire game. I don’t see why that would be a problem.”

Joe initially thought Gronk would be part-time for his health reasons. The more Joe thought about it, it’s all or nothing this year.

Besides, Gronk’s current contract runs out after this season. And even if healthy, he may want to go elsewhere for more money (Bucs are expected to be shaving salaries to meet the expected lower cap in 2021) or just may say he’s had enough football and go back to his other business ventures and rasslin.’

So use him if you got him. And the way Gronk can also block, why keep him on the sidelines? With Gronk, there may no be a tomorrow.

7 Responses to “No Pitch Counts For Gronk”

  1. SB Says:

    Gronk is going to get his share of catches but he is mainly decoy for ME and CG IMO

  2. unbelievable Says:

    ^ And for his mismatches. I mean think about the red zone:

    Brate / RoJo / McCoy

    And Brady in charge distributing… damn that looks good

  3. BillyBucFan Says:

    Aint no way Gronk is a decoy.
    Dude just knows how to leverage his body to create separation.

    If we don’t see a Gronk spike in game 1 I will be surprised.

    Yes we have mismatches all over the field, but limiting Gronks snaps is a fairly new media point that is obviously wrong.

    If this game goes into overtime and Gronk is absolutely BEAT DOWN, he will be in there on 3rd and 10 or go home, GUARANTEED.

  4. Bush's Coke Spoon Says:

    >>Gronk’s current contract runs out after this season. And even if healthy, he may want to go elsewhere for more money…<<

    If these guys have success, I believe most of them will agree to adjust salaries commensurate with the % change in the salary cap, in order to keep everyone together.

  5. Bush's Coke Spoon Says:

    “I just listen to my coach. If he puts me in; he puts me in. If he takes me out; he takes me out.”

    This is the same team-first attitude we were commenting on yesterday with Evans and Godwin. Having a team filled with high-character men really does make a difference.

  6. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    If Howard steps up his game, there will not be too big of a drop off next season with Gronk gone.

  7. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    ^^^^ ‘..if your aunt had balls, she would be your uncle…”. (I will leave out a reference to Alabama out of respect…) Let’s be real. If OJ plays to his very best he will still fall short of matching Gronk.