Though Tom Brady admitted he has never been more visibly pissed off after a loss, he is not angry with Broncos safety Darian Stewart for the low hit that knocked tight end Rob Gronkowski out of Sunday's game.
"I hate to see it, but it really is the only the way defenders can hit now," Brady said after the game, according to a transcript on the Patriots' website. "I bet if you asked the players they would really rather go high than low. I don't think it's dirty I just think that is how football is played now."
Brady makes a good point. With so much emphasis on not hitting players high and avoiding helmet-to-helmet collisions, defenders have been forced to aim lower. That increases the risk of knee injuries.
It's a lose-lose situation. Would you rather have long-term health concerns from concussions, or potentially end your career with a knee injury?
On a positive note, Gronk's injury is merely considered "minor knee strain," according to ESPN. What was originally feared to potentially end Gronk's season should end up keeping him only out a few weeks.
That's the best case scenario for New England.
In the meantime, Brady's not bitter at Stewart, who played within the rules.