MNF Primer: New England buying time for Gronk; Brady not in decline

Originally Published: September 29, 2014

Jon Gruden
| As told to Mike Sando

Chiefs To Have Charles Against Patriots

ESPN NFL Insider Mike Sando spent Sunday with ESPN NFL analyst Jon Gruden and the “Monday Night Football” crew in Kansas City, site of the New England PatriotsKansas City Chiefs matchup in Week 4 (ESPN, 8:15 p.m. ET). Sando files a few key takeaways from Gruden regarding key storylines for these teams, in Gruden’s voice.

1. New England is going to improve on offense, but it might not show up in this game.

People are expecting 4,000 yards and 40 touchdown passes from New England. That isn’t going to happen, but the strength of the team is no longer in the skill group of the Patriots. When they were really hard to defend, I remember watching Aaron Hernandez create mismatches opposite Rob Gronkowski, and Danny Woodhead was a force to deal with out of the backfield. They do not have any juice right now other than Julian Edelman.

Gronkowski is not himself yet, but I have a feeling he is going to get back into form. They are being very careful with him. He has had seven surgeries. They are not going to put him out there and expect him to go wire-to-wire in the opening games. They are taking care of him. It’ll be huge for them whenever he does get back into form.

  • Joined ESPN in 2009
  • Analyst for “Monday Night Football” and NFL draft
  • Won Super Bowl XXXVII coaching Tampa Bay Bucs

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