Originally Posted by Torgus
The D should be damn good this year, if not i'd start to wonder if there's is a schematic or coaching issue. 8 of the projected starters are former 1st round picks, obviously that's not the end all be all but it says a lot. If we're talking pure talent, this gives the 03 team a serious run for its' money (and that defense was stout as hell). I wonder about passrush and depth at linebacker, but the front line talent on day 1 is as good as any team in the league IMO. Jamie Collins could be an all-pro type player, watch out for him to become a national name this year.
RE: Gronk, i've always found it interesting how people alter their opinions with access to results. He missed 0 practices and 0 games his first 2 seasons in the league. Since then he's essentially had a run of awful luck, but "injury prone" to me is just incorrect. It's splitting hair I guess because the bottom line is he was not on the field, but the implication that he is somehow fragile or prone to injury is not based in fact and ignores half of his career to this point.
With all that said, no Gronk, no superbowl. He completely alters what they can do on offense. Such a dominant player in every facet of offensive football. So they need him when it counts, which is not in September. "