Gronkowski sets TE record with three straight 10-plus TD seasons


Gronkowski sets TE record with three straight 10-plus TD seasons

FOXBORO -- Before leaving Sunday's game last in the fourth quarter with what was later determined to be a broken forearm, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski made NFL history in a 59-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Gronkowski became the first tight end in NFL history to have three-straight, 10-plus touchdown seasons. He finished the game with seven receptions for a game-high 137 receiving yards, and two touchdowns.

His first touchdown of the game came on New England's opening drive, which resulted in a four-yard touchdown reception by Gronkowski, which tied the game at 7-7.

But it was Gronkowski's second touchdown reception of the game -- a 24-yard catch in the third quarter -- which pushed his 2012 season totals to 10 touchdowns for the third straight season.

"Hes a tough matchup for everybody, not just us," said Colts interim head coach Bruce Arians after the game. "So, yeah, youve got your work cut out for you if it is your job covering him. And Tom Brady knows where to put the ball on him when youve got good coverage. I mean, Antoine Bethea had great coverage on him one time and it was a perfect throw and a good catch. Theres nothing else you can do. Just line up and play the next down."

"He is such a big body and fluid receiver," said Colts safety Tom Zbikowski. "It's not like he is going to burn you with his speed, but he finds a way to get open every time. And they also have a pretty good quarterback that can put it where he needs to put it."

That quarterback was asked after the game why Gronkowski doesn't get double-teamed more often on Sundays.

"Well, they try," said Tom Brady. "I think its definitely something they try. Its just hard because do you want to blitz? Do you not want to blitz? When you're a tight end, you're really in the inside part of the field and you can run basically anywhere you want. Its not like youre an outside receiver where your route has to complement other peoples routes. As a tight end, you can go to the right, left, deep, short; you can really do whatever you want. And the more guys you put on them, the less there are on Wes Welker, the less guys you have rushing, the less on Brandon Lloyd, Julian Edelman. Thats why it's team football."

Gronkowski also became the third Patriots player to record three consecutive 10-plus touchdown seasons, joining Randy Moss and Corey Dillon.

"Rob does a great job for us, blocking, receiving, third down, red area," said Patriots coach Bill Belichick after the game. "Hes a good player."

That's something the Patriots knew well before Sunday's win over the Colts.

Giants coach: ‘We’re not going to turn our back on Josh [Brown]’

Giants coach: ‘We’re not going to turn our back on Josh [Brown]’

LONDON — Coach Ben McAdoo said Friday that the New York Giants have not yet decided whether Josh Brown will remain on the team after admitting to abuse of his former wife.

McAdoo faced repeated questioning about the kicker following the Giants' first practice in London for a game Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.

“We’re not going to turn our back on Josh,” McAdoo said. “He’s a teammate and a guy who we’re hoping makes strides.”

Brown did not travel to London and the team has yet to say if he will be suspended or cut following this week's publication of King County Sheriff's Office records in which the player said he physically abused his wife, Molly, over a protracted period. She told police in those documents that the abuse and other threatening behavior stretched from 2009, when she was pregnant with their daughter, to the Pro Bowl in January 2016.

At the Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Brown's wife said she called NFL security to move her and her three children to another hotel to avoid harassment from her estranged husband. She said he pounded on her hotel door seeking to get in. The allegation is included in the final report filed last month by the investigating detective, King County Sheriff's Det. Robin Ostrum.

When asked whether the Giants knew about Brown's behavior at the Pro Bowl, McAdoo repeatedly said the Giants were still gathering information. Finally, he answered: "I'm not going to answer that."

When a reporter asked McAdoo about his comments earlier this year suggesting he would show no tolerance for players abusive of their family members, McAdoo said his comments then were more nuanced.

"When did I say zero tolerance?" he said, adding: "I do not support domestic violence, if that's what you're asking. I do not condone it."

McAdoo described Brown as a practicing Christian who was trying to improve his behavior and the Giants organization was supporting him in this. But when asked to explain how the Giants supported him or monitored his off-field behavior, McAdoo said he couldn't detail any specific acts of support.

The Giants have signed Robbie Gould, an 11-year veteran of the Chicago Bears who was cut in September for salary cap reasons. The 34-year-old will practice with the team Saturday.

"I've seen him make a lot of kicks against me in the past. He's been successful, and we're hoping that continues," the coach said of Gould.



Kusnierek: Lack of NFL discipline on Josh Brown disgraceful

Kusnierek: Lack of NFL discipline on Josh Brown disgraceful

Trenni Kusnierek is outraged, and rightfully so, by the actions - or lack thereof - by the NFL regarding domestic violence by Giants kicker Josh Brown.

Tom E. Curran details the NFL's botched investigation here.