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Gronk the philosopher addresses Pats’ 3-1 start

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FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 22: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots looks on during the first half against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on September 22, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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Before the season began, pundits and fans attempted to predict New England’s record in four games played without starting quarterback Tom Brady. That question resurfaced after Sunday’s unexpected loss to the Bills dropped the Pats to 3-1.

Here’s how it was posted to tight end Rob Gronkowski: “If you were told in July that the team would go 3-1 without Tom Brady and largely without you, what would your reaction be?”

Gronkowski’s response was both hilarious and accurate: “I mean, it’s not July anymore, now it’s like real life that we’re 3-1.”

He then was asked about his feelings given the “real life” 3-1 record.

“We just lost to the Bills, so the reaction is we’ve got to get better as a football team,” Gronkowski said. “But I’m just proud to be a part of this team. We stick together and we’ve got to move forward to the Cleveland Browns. I mean, 3-1 is not a bad start at all, but when you lose you’ve got to see what you did wrong, correct it, go back to the practice field and get back on the right track.”

That one wasn’t nearly as hilarious, but it was equally dead-on accurate.