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Bill Belichick blows off questions about Rob Gronkowski’s stats

Bill Belichick not surprisingly had little time for questions about Rob Gronkowski’s relatively subpar start to the season, statistically speaking. The New England Patriots head coach instead pointed out the goal is to win games, not pad a specific player’s stats.

Gronkowski heads into Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears with 26 catches, 405 yards and one touchdown in the season’s first six games. The fact that Gronkowski has failed to haul in a touchdown pass in the last five games is even more troubling.

Belichick, however, rightfully points out that stats matter little so long as the Patriots, winners of three straight games, continue that trend.

“We’re really just worried about this game, trying to go out there and beat Chicago,” Belichick said at his Friday morning presser, via NESN “So that’s what we’re going to focus on. If we score enough points and hold them to fewer, then we’ll win. That’s the goal. …

“Our goal is not to go out there and create stats for an individual player. We just don’t think that way. We try to go out and win the game, so whatever we need to do to win the game, then that’s what our goal is. Our goal is not to create individual stats. That’s just not how we do it.”

Gronkowski has downplayed the lack of productivity from a statistical perspective as well.

“It is what it is,” Gronkowski told reporters Wednesday, via the Patriots’ official website, via, while pointing out he has to do more in the red zone to produce touchdowns. The Patriots tight end also exhibited a team-first attitude despite his lack of production, adding that hard work will ultimately yield statistical results.

“Whatever I have to do to help out the team, even if the ball’s not going my way, I’ve just got to do it and just keep grinding,” Gronkowski said. “If I keep playing ball, keep doing what I need to do, keep playing better, I might start receiving the targets. That’s what it comes down to, so just got to get better and get open.”