Well Gronk started off this season in a monster way, as he scored three touchdowns and nearly one hundred yards in the NFL season opener. He looked sensational in his debut of the 2015 season, and with such a great performance, it begs the question, ‘can Gronk break Randy Moss’ record of 23 touchdowns in one season’?
It is no secret that the tight end position has blossomed in the last five years into what we know it to be today. Tight ends are seeing more and more targets, and thusly it has led to tight ends receiving more and more touchdowns.
Gronk has been one of the main benefactors of this trend, and has changed the position forever. He has elevated the tight end position to where, statistically, a tight end can contend with a player such as Randy Moss. However, can a tight end put up the touchdown numbers that Moss could still has yet to be seen.
The closest any tight end has ever come to achieving such a mark was in fact Gronk, back in the 2011 season. Gronk managed to put up 17 receiving touchdowns, a record for an NFL tight end, and one rushing touchdown, which came on a lateral pass against the Colts.
Since that season Gronk has dealt with chronic injuries, varying in location and severity, However, Gronk now seems to be hitting his stride, and with a full healthy season in the books, it looks as though he is going to keep dominating the league. He has drastically improved since his record breaking season, nearly five years ago, but even at this level it will be very difficult to surpass the mark set by Randy Moss.
Moss, who is the current record holder for most receiving touchdowns overall, had what could be called, the greatest season ever by a receiver. He exploded onto the New England scene after his career was resurrected from the bowels of Oakland.
Moss gave Patriot fans a treat during the 2007 season, and turned in a performance that will be nearly impossible to recreate. He and Brady were on the same page from day one, at that point in time, they helped to put together an offense, the likes of which had never been seen before.
Moss and Brady had an exceptional supporting cast as well which sported, Wes Welker, Ben Watson, and a plethora of wide receivers who each managed to contribute in their own way.
Recently people have argued that the 2013 Broncos were the greatest offense ever, or the Packers’ teams of late have ruled the NFL, but what makes what Brady and Moss did special is that they were the first to do it. No other team had been the juggernaut that was the 2007 New England Patriots.
Now a days, especially with the rules that are in place to benefit offenses, teams are able to constantly put up numbers that would even be thought possible just ten years ago.
Moss and Brady were able to dominate in an era that, while not too drastic, was different than the one that exist today. Today’s NFL is extremely favorable for receivers rather than defensive backs, and therefore, this could allow for a player such as Gronk to come close to Moss’ record, but I just do not see him breaking it. What Moss did was truly special, and he put together what can only be described as a once in a lifetime season.
The success of the Patriots in 2007 has been commonly attributed to the fact that they were taking out their frustrations due to "spy-gate" on the rest of the league. With a similar fire lit underneath this year's team, I would expect to see great things from these players. Grronk, who is just an absolute freak of nature, should, once again, dazzle the fans and put on a show in 2015.
As for the record itself, I feel as though Gronk will get close, but Moss’ record is something to behold and I don’t see anyone breaking it for a long, long time. If I had to guess I would say Gronk has a career year, and I think he’ll grab about 19 touchdowns in route to another Patriots’ Super Bowl,but Moss' record will be safe, for at least one more season.
By Jake Cianci