By Tommy Jaggi
The Pittsburgh Steelers are a great football organization, but one player they could never figure out how to stop was Patriots tight end, Rob Gronkowski.
With all of the question marks surrounding how the Steelers will perform without All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown, at least we can take comfort in one thing: Pittsburgh will never again have to face the likes of tight end, Rob Gronkowski.
The Patriots tight end was truly ‘the Steelers killer’ and Pittsburgh never did find a way to contain Gronkowski before he retired. Gronk’s career spanned 9 years and injuries plagued him to only playing two full seasons – the last of which came all the way back in 2011.
Recently, Ben Linsey of Pro Football Focus wrote an article explain the ‘NFL’s team-killers’ and it wasn’t a big surprise to see Gronkowski on this list. With a 94.5 overall grade in his career against Pittsburgh, Gronk was unstoppable. Here is what Linsey had to say on the Patriots tight end being the ‘team-killer’ against the Steelers:
As I mentioned in the intro to this article, Gronkowski utterly dominated his matchups with the Steelers. He was targeted 51 times and brought in 41 of those passes for 685 yards and eight touchdowns. No matter which metric you look at Gronk is up near the top but most impressive is his passer rating when targeted – a perfect 158.3. Can’t get any better than...