Rob Gronkowski Says He’s Not Forgetting Assignments This Year

September 16th, 2021

Remembers plays this year.

We all know the Bucs’ offense, which returned all 11+1 starters, is more efficient than last year at this time.

Yes, a big reason is the playbook is fully understood know by park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring, down-forgetting, handshake-stiffing, jet-ski-losing, biscuit-baking, tequila-shooting, smartphone-phobic, waffle-grilling, trophy-throwing, roller-coaster-scared, numbers-rules-peeved, helmet-tossing, football-punting, Bucs-Super-Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady .

But there are also little things that folks may not notice or that aren’t discussed much that likely added up to bad plays and breakdowns last season.

For example, foot-rubbing, car-littering Bucs tight end Rob Gronkowski admitted yesterday talking to the local pen and mic club about forgetting blocking assignments.

“It’s not as complicated for me this year,” Gronk said. “Just going out there and hearing the play in the huddle – it was a whole new system I had to learn (last season). Now, I hear it and ‘boom’ I just react out there.

“Last year a few times I’d put my hand down and be like, ‘Oh man, I kind of forgot who I’ve got.’ You’re thinking about it and then it’s snapped, and you’re stuck in the middle.

“This year it’s definitely a lot more enjoyable breaking out of the huddle and just going out there and doing what you need to do. Your body and instincts are just taking over instead of thinking about the game.”

Joe knows this was the case with Brady, as far as learning his new teammates and the playbook. And Joe is confident the same was true for furniture-tossing, bicycle-throwing receiver Antonio Brown.

Joe is also confident the rest of the Bucs had to learn how to work with their new star teammates.

Brady knowing the playbook and his teammates is obvious. Stuff like Gronk remembering who to block is an example of so much that goes on that no one actually sees outside of the inner circle at One Buc Palace.

12 Responses to “Rob Gronkowski Says He’s Not Forgetting Assignments This Year”

  1. Mort Says:

    And he was a pretty good Blocking Tight End last year as well!

  2. Swampbuc Says:

    There is no cooler dude in the NFL than Rob Gronkowski. {inch me! These are the Bucs!

  3. PSL Bob Says:

    What we saw last week was rust. Dropped balls, fumbles, penalties, etc. I expect that to be largely gone this week and the Brady-Gronk connection will flatten the dirty birds. Evans should be more involved this week as well.

  4. Casual Observer Says:

    Our O will be great this year – as in game one. It is the pass D strategies that need a lot of attention if we are to repeat.

  5. Medicated Pete Says:

    TB21 & Gronky Kong need 15td’s to pass Manning & Harrison. Look for Gronk to get ball in redzone almost every time

  6. Youngbucs Says:

    Brady was the real MVP last season!

  7. M. Steelman Says:

    Gronky Kong I’m going to have to steal that one. I figure it is going to be beatdown time on the falcons after BA and TB had a week of practice to point out team problems. Gonna tell y’all been following my boy since michigan. He’s like a demon at practice after a bad showing. So I’m going to predict 42-13 go bucs!

  8. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Rob Gronkowski – GOAT of tight ends

  9. JimBuc2 Says:

    I like our roster surplus, particularly TE and receivers. Licht is no dummy, either. He has enough moxie, that much is known. I would bet the ranch that our savvy GM has his eye on a trade lined up already. I think Tanner Hudson is expendable, not to mention Ryan Griffin, 4Net, picks, etc. Some combination of player/picks for say Richard Sherman, or perhaps Lattimore is very doable and I fully expect an announcement along those lines before the Rams game. Last year our depth in the secondary stood out in the NFC Championship. That was then, the stakes are much higher now. Licht will solve our secondary concerns sooner, rather than latter. On the other hand, he did allow Carl Nassib to walk. Big mistake.
    LFG Bucs!

  10. Sparky Says:

    I doubt Sherman is in football shape considering his personal struggles right now. And there is no way the Saints trade Lattimore to a division rival. Zero. How would we pay either of them? We had to restructure Evans just to get a little breathing room under the cap. And it would have been great to keep Nassib, but LV gave him $25million and I’m not sure he’s better than who we would have had to get rid of to afford that. If we are gonna trade for a CB it will probably come closer to the trade deadline when a few teams will realize they are going nowhere and could use the draft capital. It will also involve getting rid of someone we are currently over paying.

  11. buxszntkt Says:

    No way Lattimore is traded to us, he has ME13’s number every game. May have to trade someone that forces us to gamble on our depth, e.g. Brate , Miller and/or a high pick to get someone we want to start and can rely on. We’re not looking for a Vernon Hargreaves III.

  12. BucsCoolade Says:

    Gronk is the stud who can come out of retirement and dominate his blocks.

    His great hands, strength and length mean no one can get around him.. It would be cool to see him take on Khalil mack or Donald .