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Mike Lombardi on OMF clarifies comments on Rob Gronkowski’s quickness

Ryan Hannable
September 29, 2018 - 7:26 am

Earlier in the week, on The Ringer’s GM Street podcast, former Patriots executive Mike Lombardi was very critical of the Patriots, including Rob Gronkowski.

Lombardi said he doesn’t have the same quickness he once did.

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“Gronk doesn’t have the same quickness that he once had,” he said on the podcast. “The great combination of Gronk and Aaron Hernandez — Aaron Hernandez was quick, Gronk was quick and explosive. Gronk is more of a builder of speed now. People are playing for that, so none of those underneath routes really apply to Gronk. It’s got to be throws up the field. That limits what you do offensively and I think that’s the challenge for New England.”

On Friday, during his weekly appearance on Ordway, Merloni and Fauria, Lombardi was asked to clarify the comments.

“I am still complimentary of Gronk,” he said. “Gronk is still a great player, but the routes Gronk runs are just down the field routes. That is the way it has been for awhile now.”

Lombardi added: “I think you have to play the whole clip. To me, what I was trying to make the point of was he is the only weapon they have, and that if you listen to the whole thing I said on my podcast was it is hard for him because he’s always getting double-teamed and the spacing. Josh Gordon is going to allow some spacing, which allows Gronk more room to operate. That is really what I was talking about. … I am not trying to be unfair to Gronk. I am not putting any of this on Gronk. I think Gronk’s style is conducive to a play and right now there is not enough guys around him to help highlight what he can still do very effectively.”

It would seem Lombardi is backing away from his words just a little…

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