Tom Brady responded today to the criticism Rob Gronkowski had for the quarterback and the rest of the New England Patriots' team during his appearance on FOX's NFL show.
The lovable tight end was not a fan of the Patriots appearing to be frustrated following a close win over the Eagles earlier this month.
“It’s like, ‘Yo, you guys are 9-1.’ That’s the one part I don’t miss about being there,” Gronkowski said. “Hands down, I’m not going to lie. I don’t miss that. They’re frustrated. They’re 9-1. They win a game against Philly last week. We lost to them two years ago in the Super Bowl. They should be happy. Instead, you’re sitting there Sunday night like, ‘What did I do wrong?’ No, that’s not the feeling you should have. You should be pumped about the win. Yeah you might not have put up the big offensive numbers that you put up but you won the game. Enjoy it, go out the next week and build off of it.”
Brady, who's been frustrated with the state of the Patriots' offense, responded to Gronk's comment today.
“I think there’s a lot of emotions that I feel, both positive and things that can be critical after a game,” Brady said. “Depending on when you catch me is probably when you’re going to recognize what emotion I’m feeling at that particular time. But I’ve been playing football for 20 years, and there’s a lot of different emotions over the course of a season. There’s a lot of joy in winning, there’s a lot of frustration in a football season. There’s disappointment, there’s elation, there’s perspective and gratitude and appreciation.
“I think all those things balance each other out,” he continued. “You’re not going to go through five blissful months of emotions during football season. It’s going to be challenging at times, and there’s going to be moments where you have to dig deep and find your mental toughness and everyone has different experiences and deals with them in different ways.”
That's a fair response by Brady. Not everyone can be happy all of the time like Gronk. The Patriots are also so consistently great because of their constant pursuit of excellence. While New England is 10-1, Brady and the offense could definitely play better.
Brady did add that he's happy to see Gronkowski doing well. He added that he's one of his favorite teammates ever.
“Rob was one of the great teammates I’ve ever had,” Brady noted. “He’s one of the most consistently optimistic people that I’ve been around. He played with a great love for the game, and I’m happy to see him happy now and enjoying the things that he’s doing in his life.”
One thing that could help the Patriots' offense is a return by Gronkowski. The tight end has hinted at it multiple times, but it won't be happening this season.
You never know what'll happen in 2020, though. For now, we'll just get to enjoy Gronk and his weird outfits on FOX.