BOSTON (CBS) – Call the National Guard, because Rob Gronkowski’s injuries are killing the Patriots. So much so that three-time Super Bowl champion and current CBS Sports analyst Shannon Sharpe thinks the team needs to bring in another one.
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New England has come up short in recent years, partly because of their inability to rely on a healthy Gronkowski in the home stretch of the season, and given Tom Brady’s age they can’t afford to wait much longer.
“What the Patriots really need to do is go out and get a tight end because Rob Gronkowski’s injuries are starting to mount. As you get older you don’t get healthier, and you saw the three forearm surgeries, the back surgery, the ankle surgery and now he’s having the knee surgery – so we don’t know if he’s ever going to be able to be that Rob Gronkowski a couple years ago when he had the 18 touchdowns.”
However, Sharpe says that tight end is not the team’s only area of need on offense.
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“They need an outside threat. I don’t know if you can win a Super Bowl throwing the ball in the middle of the field between the numbers. They have no outside threat. It’s hard to win games like that. When Tom was really dynamic, winning MVP’s, he had Randy Moss that can push the ball down the field.”
“As great as Tom Brady is he needs weapons.”
Although Sharpe gets a lot of flack from Patriots fans for his outward criticism of the team, he has the utmost respect for the organization – even if it doesn’t come across that way.
Sharpe is all about the rings, which is why he would have loved to play in Foxboro.
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“Bill Belichick is definitely one of the top three coaches of all time when you look at what he’s done in New England. New England fans always give me a hard time, I say, ‘Look, you guys got great in 2001. Don’t make it seem like you got tradition and history like the Packers or the Steelers – it’s been 2001 moving forward.'”
“They are the gold standard. I would have loved to have played for the organization because you know coach Belichick is going to make sure he puts his team in the best position to win football games. That’s all I want.”
Listen below for the full interview: