It made the numbers game there, of course, easier to win. The Dolphins could've turned that around on the Patriots by throwing the ball, but White never made them pay.
3) Assignment football: Defending the option is the same at almost any level. It boils down to everyone following their assignment, and sticking to it.
The Patriots had to get those assignments sorted out after what happened during White's early outburst, and once they did, they were harder to deal with. Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano, a stout blocker, said that "They figured out who the option man was, and that made it tough for us to seal the edge."