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Bill Belichick on OMF gives interesting answer reacting to Mike Lombardi saying Rob Gronkowski has lost quickness

Ryan Hannable
October 01, 2018 - 4:27 pm

Former Patriots executive Mike Lombardi got Patriots fans' attention last week when on The Ringer's GM Street podcast he said Rob Gronkowski has lost some of his quickness.

“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.”

During his weekly interview on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria Monday, Bill Belichick was asked about the comments and if he feels Gronkowski has lost some of his quickness. The Patriots coach didn't really dispute what Lombardi said.

“I don’t know, that is a hard question," Belichick said. "You know how it is week-to-week. Sometimes you feel a little better one week than others. Overall, he has been a pretty effective player for us this year and has been able to make plays down the field. He has been able to make plays in the intermediate zones. He’s had a couple catch-and-run plays, so I think he's still been been pretty effective.”

For the record, Gronkowski was asked if he feels as fast as he's ever been last week and he gave somewhat of the same answer.

"I mean, that’s a tough question," Gronkowski said. "It really is. It’s football. Any given day, you can feel different to tell you the truth."

Through four games this season, Gronkowski has 17 catches for 233 yards and a touchdown.

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