FWIW, I've done 365 batches with the same braid and never had a stuck runoff, although I crush very fine. The braid has also never collapsed, even with 75 lb. of grain.
personally, i think there are so many things you changed here that it's hard to put your finger on which one it was that caused the stuck mash. i'd try each thing separately and see what happens on future batches.
with that said, i think both the things you did could lead to a stuck mash. the finer the grind the more likely you are to plug up all the holes in your ss braid.
secondly, i would think that dumping the grain on the braid could crush it more easily than putting the water in first. since the grain won't get into the tube its just going to sit as dead weight on it, potentially squashing it a little. add the weight of some water, and it could definitely distort. the other way around, when you add water first, you can be certain that the braid is not deformed since the water can pass readily through the holes. when you add the grain it won't go shooting to the bottom, it will slowly drop as it soaks up water, so likely it will pile up around and on top of the braid in a more gradual manner helping prevent any distortion or smooshing. as in your second try, dumping mash on top of your braid, i would think again, could squash it due to the weight of the wet grain and water hitting the braid.
so in short, i'd advise adding the grain to the water in the future, as in my mind the other way around seems likely to cause problems.