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'Monday Night Football' analyst Booger McFarland is latest NFL pundit to diss Rob Gronkowski

Alex Reimer
October 02, 2018 - 10:26 am

There seems to be an Anti-Gronk sentiment that’s building in some NFL circles.

Last week, Bill Belichick confidante Mike Lombardi declared the Patriots’ tight end has lost some quickness. Interestingly enough, Belichick did not refute that on OMF Monday, saying it’s a “hard question” and “week-to-week” situation. 

On “Monday Night Football,” analyst Booger McFarland also took a jab at Rob Gronkowski in the fourth quarter, saying he’s no longer at the top of his position. “No disrespect to Gronk, but Travis Kelce is the best tight end in football,” McFarland explained. 

That words echo what Michael Irvin told “Dale & Keefe” on Friday. Irvin is also aboard the Kelce train.

Kelce’s numbers are superior to Gronkowski’s so far this season, which is what you would expect, considering the latter is double-teamed on seemingly every play. Through four games, Kelce has caught 23 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns. Gronk, meanwhile, has 17 catches for 233 yards and one touchdown.

Maybe Gronkowski will receive more space to operate once Julian Edelman returns. Right now, his relative lack of production in the passing game appears to be more about the lack of weapons around him than anything else. Last time Gronk was on the field with a functioning receiving corps around him –– in Super Bowl LII –– he caught nine passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns.

He’ll need lots of games like that down the stretch if he wants to reach his incentives. That’s for sure.