Now I can see why you guys complain about the NY media. I don't have problem with a NY paper questioning Belichick's genius status, but to do it based on him playing Gronk on a PAT attempt is pretty stupid.
As Tom Jackson pointed out, teams do not have a PAT team depth chart and most teams still play starters on those plays even after they pull starters in a blowout. Teams only have 45 man active roster, and of those 45 players, only 10-12 guys (at most) are suited to block on the PAT team. They ain't putting Danny Woodhead on the line to block.
Also, when was the last time anyone got seriously injured blocking a PAT attempt especially in a blowout? Someone gets a significant injury on PAT attempts every 5-10 years. Gronk wasn't much more likely to get injured on that play than tripping on his shoe laces on the sidelines. It was a fluke injury.
You can question him playing on the play before that when he scored the TD, but most coaches would have played Gronk on the PAT because they had no other players to do it. You need 9 big bodies who can block on the line on PAT attempts.
I really don't care if Belichick is considered a genius or not. It doesn't do anything to affect the play on the field. But at least come up with a decent argument which is based in some football reality.