Willie McGinest

Boston Sports Breakfast Pod: Could Rob Gronkowski retire and return midseason?

Boston Sports Breakfast Pod: Could Rob Gronkowski retire and return midseason?

Could Gronk sit out until midseason as ex-Patriots LB Willie McGinest theorizes? Plus, breaking down the OBJ trade and What's left for the Pats in the NFL free-agent frenzy.


1:00 - Willie McGinest says that he could see Rob Gronkowski starting the 2019 season retired THEN returning. Our Tom E. Curran gives his take on whether that is a realistic possibility.

6:30 - Odell Beckham Jr was traded to the Cleveland Browns late Tuesday Night. Our BST crew reacts to the trade and discusses how much better it makes the Browns.

11:30 - Which NFL free agents would fit in with the Patriots? Phil Perry breaks down his list of who is still available.

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Willie McGinest believes Rob Gronkowski will sit out until late in the 2019 season

Willie McGinest believes Rob Gronkowski will sit out until late in the 2019 season

Rob Gronkowski's future in football remains unclear. His own agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said he doesn't yet know whether the Patriots tight end plans on retiring.

But for whatever it's worth, former Pats linebacker Willie McGinest has a prediction for how Gronk will approach the 2019 campaign. McGinest said Tuesday night on NFL Network that he believes Gronkowski will "take a break for a while" and possibly return "deep into the season".

Hear everything McGinest had to say in the clip below:

It's worth emphasizing that McGinest's comments are purely speculation and no decision for Gronk appears to be imminent. However, the 29-year-old has dealt with a myriad of serious injuries throughout his career and has been vocal about how the physicality of the NFL impacts players.

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Willie McGinest slams critical Steelers blog with accurate takedown

Willie McGinest slams critical Steelers blog with accurate takedown

Score another victory for the New England Patriots in their "rivalry" with the Pittsburgh Steelers, thanks to a guy who's beaten them a few times before.

The Steelers blog "Steelers Depot" bashed NFL Network analyst Willie McGinest on Wednesday, calling the former Patriots linebacker "one of the least prepared analysts" on the network for his take on Pittsburgh general manager Kevin Colbert's comments about quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Steelers Depot tagged McGinest in the tweet, which turned out to be a very bad idea. Here's McGinest's definitive response:

It's a good burn, sure, but it's also accurate. McGinest has carved out a successful second career as an analyst by drawing from the experience he gathered from 12 years and three Super Bowl titles with the Patriots, one of the model franchises in professional sports.

That's what McGinest was doing here: He criticized Colbert for telling his players they need to take their direction from Roethlisberger — "That's one of the dumbest things you can say to a group of men in the locker room" — because he knows from his days in New England a team's success is built on collective effort, not preferential treatment of one player.

Pittsburgh has plenty of issues beyond Colbert's comments to work out this year. Star running back Le'Veon Bell officially will become a free agent in March after the team declined to use its franchise tag on him, while top wide receiver Antonio Brown has demanded a trade.

The Patriots? They'll keep rolling along, seeking to defend their sixth Super Bowl title in the last 18 years.

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