Originally Posted by Vinny
Patriots lose a player (they lost both Woodhead and Gronk in the first quarter) and then they alter what they do based on the talent of the guy replacing them. The guys replacing those guys didn't run identical stuff...they did what they were good at. We on the other hand (just one example of many), swing Old man ILB Ruud outside to man cover players obviously faster than he is.
I heard an interview after the game with Brady and he talked about how they had worked all week on a specific game plan that largely revolved around gronk being in the line up.
He said that once he went out they pretty much had to scrap everything they worked on. So yeah...