INDIANAPOLIS -- Matt Light of the New England Patriots recently said of teammate Rob Gronkowski that he speaks three languages — English, Spanish, and Neanderthal. You can now add a fourth language to Gronk's lexicon, because it's perfectly clear after his Media Day session on Tuesday that the second-year star tight end also speaks fluent Belichick-ese, that particular patois one picks up from the Hooded One after a certain amount of time under his tutelage. Belichick-ese is an advanced form of Coachspeak, which means that you open your mouth and form words, but you basically say nothing and give nothing away.
Asked repeatedly about his high ankle sprain, Gronk gave basically the same answer … over and over again. A few samples from just the first three minutes of Gronkowski's media session:
"It's just day-to-day, and I'm working with the training staff, and what the training staff tells me to do, that's what I'm doing."
"Like I said — day by day, and whatever the training staff asks me to do, that's all I'm doing."
"I don't know — like I said, it's day by day — taking every single day and making new steps day by day. Tomorrow's a new day, to be out there with the team, obviously, and help the team, obviously. Just taking it step by step, every single day.
"It's Tuesday, we have a day off, and we'll see what happens tomorrow."
"I don't know whether I'm playing or not — that's on Sunday. All I can worry about is Tuesday. Get better today, keep on improving today. Get stronger today and keep on progressing. Keep on moving forward and going on a positive direction, and that's all that counts."
"I'm not sure — that's why I'm with the training staff. I trust in the organization here, and I trust in the coaches. I trust in the trainers and everyone in the organization to get me ready. I'll do whatever I have to do, and when Sunday comes, I'll be ready."
"Whatever the best is for the team, that's what I'm trying to do. Just trying to get stronger every day and progress every day. When it comes to game time, I'll just help out the team as much as possible."
And so on, and so on. We can't blame Gronk for these pasteurized answers — if he did know the status of his ankle for Sunday's game on Tuesday, which he probably doesn't, he certainly wouldn't tell the media. It's just the way players are conditioned to respond in a hothouse situation where the same point is broached in different disguises.
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