If Bart Scott could give one piece of advice to the Denver Broncos this week, it would be this: Don’t let Rob Gronkowski beat you.
“No matter who you put on him, if Gronkowski goes up and lines up as a receiver, you can’t single this man,” Scott said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “Because if you play the fade, then Brady throws the back shoulder. They have chemistry. They have history with each other. If you cut Edelman off, he’s going to pivot out and come back out and Brady’s going to hit him. So what you do is you put two on (Gronkowski), you put two on (Edelman). The rest of the seven (defenders), if Steven Jackson with them old hamstrings can carry the football 30 times, so be it.”
Scott said he would put Aqib Talib and T.J. Ward on Gronkowski, and he would put Josh Bush and a teammate (Bradley Roby, perhaps) on Edelman. He would then have Chris Harris guard Danny Amendola one-on-one.
Scott’s strategy, in short, is to limit Gronkowski and Edelman and just flood passing lanes everywhere else.
“It is the same thing that the Patriots do every week,” Scott said. “What do they do? Travis Kelce, you’re the only one that can beat us? Nope, somebody else is going to have to beat us. So I’m going to say, ‘Gronkowksi, you’re not beating us. Edelman, you’re not beating us. Amendola, Steven Jackson: Take them to the promise land.’”
Edelman and Gronkowksi were more or less unstoppable against Kansas City. Edelman had 10 catches for 100 yards, while Gronkowski had seven catches for 83 yards and two touchdowns.
Scott’s advice, however, is not without merit. After all, he was a key member of the Jets team that beat the Patriots in Foxboro in January 2011. Gronkowski had four catches for 65 yards that day, while Edelman had one catch for 12 yards. Neither scored a touchdown.
The Jets won, 28-21.
“We had to defend both of them,” Scott said, “and we took them both out of the game.”