Gronk or Graham? Just Give Me The Facts.

Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots

No tight end in the game demands the attention as the 6’6 265 pound giant that plays for the team in Foxborough Massachusetts. Rob Gronkowski and fellow superstar tight end Jimmy Graham are far and away the two most dominant players at this position.  But, the total package is undeniable.

As we stand today, the Patriots are patiently playing the medical waiting game. In the mean time fans and media junkies have been fixated on the recent happenings down in New Orleans. It’s hard to look at the total picture when current events can make you question your convictions.

The difference in style and what they bring to the table is the reason Rob Gronkowski stands atop the list and not Graham. In New Orleans the Saints deploy their 6’7 mismatch in many different alignments and formation sets. Sean Payton the head coach of the Saints and offensive orchestrate Drew Brees understand what they have and don’t have in Graham.

Which is precisely why Gronkowski of the Patriots is the most dominant player at this critical position. No tight end gives as much in the running game as it relates to blocking and presents the same mismatch in the receiving game. The idea here is to decide who gives their team a more distinct advantage.

When you factor in the both teams rushing attacks and how both are used it’s really a no brainer. My apologies to those of you who have been swept away by Jimmy Graham’s performance over the last two weeks. There is no denying these two tight ends are on the level when it relates to catching passes and giving their squads elite advantages in the red zone.

But, for the cost of doing business, when the playoffs roll around. The Saints running game, should they have to take their act on the road, will no doubt prove to be a liability. Graham will have a hand in this Achilles heel. The finese style will only get a franchise so far, when all the chips are on the table

Now, should you not care about the tight ends relationship in how affective the running game is for your team.

Then I can’t help you, and this piece would be deemed irrelevant. Also, don’t take my word for it solely. I am a big believer in the hard facts, we all have opinions. unfortunately, you can’t be victorious in the game of “I’m right because I said so”.

Khaled Elsayed of Pro Football Focus posted a piece on statistical analysis regarding the complete package as it relates to what the tight end brings to the field. In his three seasons in the NFL, Rob Gronkowski has landed at 1,10,13 out of the top 20 spots for best all around players at the position in the previous 5 seasons.

Here is the link to this comprehensive article ; https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2013/07/22/page-of-fame-tight-ends/

As the great Danny Caffey from A Few Good Men once said… “It doesn’t matter what I believe, it only matters what I can prove!”

As you can see, the proof is in the print.