The Pittsburgh Steelers will be doing some guesswork when they prepare for the New England Patriots offense Thursday night, mostly because there exists zero minutes of tape on Rob Gronkowski and Scott Chandler together.
Gronk didn't play a snap in the preseason. Chandler only played versus Carolina. Adding the 6-foot-7 Chandler alongside Gronk, who is arguably the most dominant player at any position, could transform the Patriots offense. It's possible that the identity of the 2015 Pats is built around the double tight end set.
"We'll see; we haven't seen that yet this year," said Patriots coach Bill Belichick. "We'll see how, each team will probably have its own game plan to deal with whatever personnel we have out there, different combinations of people that we can have. It's hard to talk about just one or two players (without) the other three guys -- how are they aligned formationally? So I don't know. We'll try to create situations that stress the defense and if they overplay one thing and underplay something else, then hopefully we'll go to that softer point. I mean, that's what we're trying to do anyway. It's kind of a basic philosophy."