Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians is known for trash-talking and even cussing out his players and three-time Super Bowl champion Rob Gronkowski finds it funny. Gronkowski, who played only for the New England Patriots before retiring at the age of 29 last year, came out of retirement this offseason to join Tom Brady in Tampa Bay.
"It's kinda ... at first, it's like, 'Wow, that was pretty funny,' if you're not receiving it," Gronkowski said with a chuckle, per ESPN. "And then when you're receiving it, you're like, 'Oh, shoot!' It's not as funny anymore.
'I gotta get better, I gotta go out there and perform.' " Gronkowski says Arians' strategy works as it motivates him. "It gets motivating for sure. When the head coach is getting on you, it motivates you.
It's all for a good positive way. It may be colorful language but that's fine. It's the game of football," Gronkowski said. "It's all to make yourself better. It's all to make the team better. And that's what it's all about.
It's good to have that too. It keeps your towel on point, it keeps you going, it keeps you motivated."
Gronkowski happy to work with Arians
Gronkowski was coached by Bill Belichick while he was with the Patriots -- one of the greatest coaches in NFL history.
Now he is enjoying working with coach Arians. "It's great. Coach Arians is a great coach. I love listening to him talk," Gronkowski said. "He always has great coaching points. He's an offensive-minded coach, which is cool.
Whenever he talks, you listen. And whenever he has a coaching point, you listen too, because it's always a great coaching point, it's always a coaching point that just doesn't help yourself in a route or a block but also helps the team out.
Gronkowski doesn't mind trash talk personally as he thinks it helps you get stronger and better. "The trash-talking is always cool," Gronkowski said. "That's part of football. There's never gonna be just a pat on the back every single play or every single route, 'Oh, good job.'
No. It's football. You gotta be mentally tough. You've gotta be mentally strong and you're gonna get called out at times if you're not doing things right. It's all part of the game and I've just gotta be better at all times -- conditioning-wise, route-running-wise, in the blocking game -- just always gotta be on top of your game."