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Rob Ninkovich on Gronkowski’s injury: “We all feel terrible about it”

Dec 9, 2013|

Ninkovich sits in with Mut and Merloni to look back at yesterday’s comeback win against the Browns. Rob also explains the range of emotions the team experienced after Rob Gronkowski suffered a potentially season ending injury.

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Patriots money here at Gillette Stadium Sports Radio WE BI's Steve DeOssie hang out we'll take up until 2 o'clock here and Kyle Arrington told us that. Onside -- was the middle the middle want to play it. Like that call Rob Ninkovich joins us here. On our broadcast -- interview with rob is brought to you by Verizon's stake connected with. Your patriots at home and on the go with bios what the Internet an NFL mobile Verizon that's tomorrow at Baltimore and now we get to you or your idea. So is this that -- thing now you guys wanna make it happen to be in the cardiac kids out if you want to try to help the ratings and ratings -- making sales and. The other seat you know get the blood pressure it's and I see it. Government let myself as well -- -- possible for him by leave. What we've seen in the last couple. Well I guess nine can never the matter is you ought. Is it -- Groundhog Day I'm sure you guys have talked about a fast starts get out to a good start played from behind and that's the fourth straight week -- -- half Forster we found ourselves down by. Double digits at some point again. Yeah we definitely do you have to do started fast and dominance -- grievance or the way we need distort and known you know moving forward we -- to figure that out. What can the defense actually to help that process of the opener for upstarts. And on main disease talking about a -- and how he's been through it so I mean. We got it figured out we're gonna go out there mean practice. Maybe just maybe have a mentality and they were during the game right now you know just to start faster and it was a -- once we get into the groove of things we start playing better so we needed you know star fest obviously and all three phases. Defensively and a first down when you're down six now. Right yeah I mean do you -- -- -- do you know we know made some stops there on six nothing is not terrible. You know have to go and halftime and they'll say we just need to score once -- word you know -- in the game so alone you know I think that the one plated. It was not a good player was the touchdown of the one play drive -- that through that -- for the post that was that was something that you know you can't there can't give that up. Was that a communications thing Robert Napoli that that every play they showed. Joseph to keep one along -- court and really no safety help over the top according got there late but. What was -- the way it was set up the record and document from a place so I don't mean me coming pressured. Obviously Google -- A chance there for -- You guys it's amazing comebacks we talked about you know in old game was outstanding and -- be -- in game in this one against Cleveland but. Am sure in the locker room it's exciting -- wins away anymore in the next week with. It is went below the differently with the news knowing that Rob Gronkowski will go to the. -- feel terrible about it you know on him and I know that robs. Gone through a lot of his career as far as having due to injuries every single yours had to do something and a you know one thing that I hate hearing people saying something about being injury prone to than anywhere he -- it run full speed underneath where you're planted. Any bar anywhere -- you have the same injury that he had so. Again I think -- He truly is a beast of an athlete and always gonna come back here and you know it's just going to be tough because none of of the on the same injury. And it's you know and so is not an easy rehab so you definitely have some not so concerned what was your timetable and a McCain back in nine months. Those -- and pretty court. -- he still and still slate PC EO a minister's. Mind in mind. Who won't win when stuff like that happen that happened such a big part of your team in Missouri. That's servers are rallying point for for the rest the guys. Well I mean any time you see when your when your guys -- down you know we all did angry and you know. An assailant brought their hurt somebody but I wanna go up there when the game so. You know again there's it's a terrible situation that you know -- and -- would you know he's he's a tough kidneys and about about. You guys also the next minute mentality you know and I think that's a good way approach because it's not like you know this guy's ball every time you get a key guy down to sort of move on the do you ever have spend a moment at all to say this is kinda get a little. Ridiculous at this point. Well humming. Our pursuit had a few big injuries that -- big key guys that are have gone down as your torso. But don't they don't think with the NFL's -- games are gonna continue be play the next week so. You can -- only guys that are on the field and you just have to focus on the guys that are going to be able to be out there for -- And you know -- working for the same goal and that's to win football games. Rob Ninkovich joining us here to -- stated that that pulp and appoint as a captain I became a captain during the year. -- is it a part of your role reminding guys -- we're not gonna let it list of injuries affect us we can't let that be. An excuse brought as a team we have to continue to play sport is that a lateral view with the cap and remind your teammates that you know though the one thing about the beautiful vocal. -- just being resilient mentally tough and is known that you know we got to push on together. And you know it's one guy. Teams know it's it's a group of guys that have to work together in all you'll have their own. Jobs to do of their so you know everyone has to do their job quote pull their own weight and that's how you win football games not one guy. You know just going out there and when the game four -- And he projects. You know what what took place this happens do you project okay. How can we use defense -- -- because or orders or something you can do practice felt the office. Make up for lost like that are reserved to supplement to rely on the coaches to put you guys in position. Well I mean we ought to we ought to step both when you know draw and you went down. -- you know I had to play better in their own had to kind of step it up a little bit and you know I think that. Defensively you know some things we definitely do work on and you know improve on before we hit the post season here -- -- You know again it is that's part of the NFL you got to do with injuries and you know unfortunately for us we've had to do with the good amount. Talk a lot last couple weeks vote of the run defense eagle against Cleveland in the Willis McGahee maybe you don't run the ball that well. You said is a few big plays in the passing game but overall. Mean I don't know if you've seen the film enough that bring you please his followers that this scheme with the way you guys played defensively compared against the run basket which yeah I mean them. Whatever team can you know run for with a demo for a number of good amount and it's not something that as a foot as a defensive football player. You know you take pride and you don't stop in the wrong and getting them in the passing situations really need to throw the ball. -- so again nothing we did. Some good things but there's also some room for improvement for us and you know moving forward we definitely improving his last three weeks. It got a lot of our calls today about the ward hit on Murkowski is that a vendor. Do you think that was a dirty hit by TJ ward the way rob. Well you know I'm I'm a different position as far as you know -- DB I don't know what is likely to our towns. And you know trying to stop them on 270 pound man burned on the field full speed yeah. So I don't know I mean that it's it's a tough situation to -- -- because there's new rules in place that. You know people have to you know you have to go by the rules girls are gonna viewfinder gonna hurt your team with a penalty. So home. Jerry you've seen it this year time and time again in pre season. Penalty killer injury. -- the -- injury death. -- -- just taking taking the shots low now because they know they go rather gonna defined. Or you can even. I've seen a few plays or god does get hit in the chest the legal play and still the -- because. And these defenseless defenseless receiver. So it's just that the situation of being born here -- bang bang situation. You know myself when -- legs because I'm in the big guys -- town. Not a top you know what are the sort of fell midsection the other top protects the head do you think they should protect these. I think addition they need to do some of the Gaza and down if you look at the ball because he can't defend yourself. When you're looking footballer questionable. It would almost coming down on him so. You know and the defenseless receiver defense lists is when you're not looking that -- can turn around and you know put that commercial downer. You know something good. Men and have somebody coming down on your junior looked and backed -- actionable -- in the process of secure bullets that the talks about the mean. Safety be more space than you at times vote for you in particular running back maybe you didn't you open field or Portland how much as we you're targeting. Plea entered into mind that instant there's just happens that. Quickly both -- a quarterback you know heated it's always -- -- goes on the -- -- him in the head and because there was going to be a flag so. You know for me it's just. That's you know strike -- it is. The baseball strikes on -- -- pretty good so depending when nobody -- top of the chest. This other statements that you could be EU is as a defensive player trying to Gator quarterback you -- Offensive linemen go -- he's given up until line if they try to. Take out of it and they've done a good enough job there rob where. You feel like the game is safer for you -- after quarterback at all but I was gonna chop block you from behind her go what your ankles -- coaching duties. Tell mum I'm complete farm with someone tried to me as long as I can feel in the fight and Julia know -- here at American and you could come pretty good at defending that. The problem arises do when you're in a zone team or your on the engagement somebody running and then the backside -- coach you as you're still engaged. So you know that's the problem where people get them caught up is when their hands -- on somebody else and somebody cuts and if you can't protect yourself. -- -- -- On that fumble that wasn't caught I thought the first half you guys rip the ball out it was Gordon the receiver. That they blow it -- on the field that you guys here at the whistle makes him like he's electric can really help grooming. It was the -- caught the ball and try to get some yards and then gets smaller around and fumbled so. You know I think it's a fumble and ornaments you played at least profess. To fumble template for progress against you know whatever and of those. Think -- and that's always been that way Rob Ninkovich joining us here property at the time has always donors are patriots money Rob Ninkovich here. At Gillette Stadium your call 6177797937. ATT -- line. It's 37937.

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