Saints game-planning for Gronk's return

Saints game-planning for Gronk's return
October 9, 2013, 8:30 pm
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FOXBORO -- As the New Orleans Saints prepare for the Patriots' offense, they'll do exactly what is expected of them.

They'll prepare for the return of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. And that will be the only game plan they'll have for Sunday.

"I don't necessarily think there's two defensive game plans," said Saints coach Sean Payton in a conference call on Wednesday. "I think it's more a case, when you go against your scout teams that are trying to simulate the opponent, you often times use jersey numbers, and sometimes the fronts and coverages can be dictated by a lineman.

"So I think you take the approach, A) that he's going to play, and then you understand that if he doesn't, how that affects your game plan," added Payton. "But I don't think you ever go in with two entirely different plans. But you're certainly mindful of a player of his ability."