Matt Cassel

Gronk: Belichick knows to how help Pats avoid distractions

Rob Gronkowski says coach Bill Belichick makes it easy for the New England Patriots to ignore distractions such as the one created by last week's ESPN report.

"Throughout my years here I've seen a lot of negative, a lot of positive," Gronkowski said Tuesday as the Patriots prepared for Saturday night's divisional playoff game against the Tennessee Titans.

"The reputation that Coach tries to get us to have is just ignore the noise — ignore the noise from the outside and I feel like that's what myself and a lot of other players have been doing.

"You just gotta ignore the noise and just focus on what we've been doing all year and that's preparing...