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Adalius Thomas benched for performance

When the Patriots made linebacker Adalius Thomas a healthy scratch Sunday, it was fair to wonder if there was more to the story.

The big ticket free agent item missed some practice time the previous week week for non injury-related reasons; there was also speculation Sunday he had an illness. 

Patriots coach Bill Belichick laid those theories to rest Sunday after New England’s 59-0 win. 

“We just went with the players we thought would have the bigger role in the game,” Belichick said.

Ouch.

Like Jevon Kearse with the Titans last week, Adalius Thomas was not on hand to watch his teammates play.  The 40-year-old linebacker Junior Seau, on the other hand, recorded two tackles in the game.  Thomas expected to play Sunday, until he got the news Sunday morning from Belichick, according to Christopher Gasper of the Boston Globe.

Time will tell if Thomas’ demotion sticks, but it’s quite a fall from grace for a player who was given $24 million over the first three years of his contract, signed in 2007.

It’s starting to look like Thomas may not get a fourth year.

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31 Responses to “Adalius Thomas benched for performance”
  1. lezmaka says: Oct 18, 2009 10:50 PM

    I heard he was benched because he wouldn’t drop his protest of Ed Johnson being released because he wouldn’t drop his grievance against the Colts even though there’s no evidence for any of it. And no, I won’t reveal my source unless Florio reveals his source!

  2. leatherneck says: Oct 18, 2009 11:01 PM

    59-0.
    What kind of a classless jerk does that? This isn’t college. Bellichek is scum.
    Hold your head up, Titans. You were 0-6 in 2006, too.

  3. cvv84 says: Oct 18, 2009 11:07 PM

    Hmm seeing they aren’t running as much 3-4 this year I wonder if they’d trade him to a team like the Chiefs or Packers.

  4. Insomniac says: Oct 18, 2009 11:12 PM

    Wouldn’t disciplinary reasons be another possibility? Belichick never discusses those things. (“Team matter.”)

  5. Simdogga77 says: Oct 18, 2009 11:13 PM

    This isn’t pop warner leatherneck. These guys are PAID professionals. I mean they took Brady out in the 3rd quarter and still couldn’t stop the Pats Offense.
    The Titans are just bad.

  6. myfistyourface says: Oct 18, 2009 11:21 PM

    @leatherpurse
    Football is a scoring game. When the offensive team scores a touchdown or kicks a field goal they gain points. If the defensive team can not defend the endzone the offiensive team gains more points.
    Leatherfeck your comparison of college ball is weak. Yes the Patriots are an incredibly dominant team. However, the Titans need a new coach. They have unbelievable players.

  7. Ralphie says: Oct 18, 2009 11:23 PM

    leatherneck says:
    October 18, 2009 11:01 PM
    59-0.
    What kind of a classless jerk does that? This isn’t college. Bellichek is scum.
    Hold your head up, Titans. You were 0-6 in 2006, too.
    ___________________________________
    That’s the stupidest post I’ve read today. Blame the loss on the opposing coach loser. If the Titans need to hold their heads up you need to take yours out of your dumb ass. Maybe the Pats just should have taken a knee in the 2nd quarter when your beloved Titans quit. Better yet they should have put in the “mercy rule” they use in Pop Warner. “Holds your heads up”…what kind of whining crap is that? They need a kick in the ass not a pat in the back way they quit today.

  8. HarrisonHits says: Oct 18, 2009 11:27 PM

    “59-0. What kind of a classless jerk does that? ”
    Waaaa waaa mean ol’ Patriots. Get a clue. Players gain millions of dollars for performance, ie yards gained, passes caught, touchdowns scored. There is no such thing as running up the score. Go back to watching Pop Warner games if you can’t take your team gettin’ its ass whupped.

  9. Meni69 says: Oct 18, 2009 11:51 PM

    “59-0. What kind of a classless jerk does that? ”
    the titans never got off the bus, its that simple.
    If the pats wanted to run it up they could have score 80 points.

  10. The Real Shuxion says: Oct 19, 2009 12:14 AM

    “59-0. What kind of a classless jerk does that? ”
    ————————————————
    All 32 coaches in the NFL if they can.

  11. dlmcc0909 says: Oct 19, 2009 12:38 AM

    they could have put one of us in to play linebacker and the Titans probably still wouldnt have scored on them.
    you cant get mad at the Patriots for the score, these players all have performance bonuses in their contracts and theyre going to want to pad their stats. Anyone would do the same. Its the Titans fault for not showing any heart today. Fischer deserves better

  12. LEEROY333 says: Oct 19, 2009 12:40 AM

    I THINK THE TITANS MIGHT HAVE JUST BEEN A LITTLE COLD, AND BELLICHIK DOES NOT KNOW THE WORD LET UP AND DONT THINK HE SHOULD HOW ARE THE TITANS GOING TO IMPROVE IF YOU JUST TAKE IT EASY ON THEM FOR CHRIST SAKE YOU NEVER HEARD ANY OF THAT CRAP AGAINST A WINNLESS DETROIT, SHUT UP

  13. afogg0855 says: Oct 19, 2009 2:17 AM

    Leatherdouche!
    Brady didnt even play the 2nd half! Would you have been happy if they just started punting on every 1st down? Titans turned it over 5 times! When the players are on the field theyre gonna do their job.
    Meni is right, they could have left Tom in and had him break all kinds of single game records and throw 10 touchdowns and completely defecate on all of Tennessee, but we figured Brian Hoyer could use some experience against a bunch of bums.
    This is the best thing to happen to Tennessee all year, maybe now they’ll wake up.

  14. jerseypatriot says: Oct 19, 2009 6:55 AM

    Time to FEAR the Patriot!

  15. jerseypatriot says: Oct 19, 2009 6:55 AM

    Time to FEAR the Patriot!

  16. Dan says: Oct 19, 2009 7:21 AM

    What the Patriots did to the Titans will be a good thing. Jeff Fischer will find out who has balls in his locker room now.
    People forget, after the Patriots Drubbed the Redskins 52-7, they made the playoffs.

  17. Steeler-lady says: Oct 19, 2009 7:40 AM

    I could hear Myron Cope in Gillette yesterday .. MMMMMMMMM HAAAAAAAAA,and a DOUBLE YOI” to the Titans beat down..
    The COPE CURSE continues …. HERE WE GO STEELERS,HERE WE GO!
    BUT I wouldnt get to excited Pat fans,thinkin this is how its gonna be every week…LOl if you watched the game you would of clearly seen the Titans put NO PRESSURE on BRady,the WR’s were left WIDE OPEN for most of the game..There were plays when Welker was all by himself in the middle of the field.. lol Sooo its not like the Titans put up a fight.
    O by the way..How did yall like that BRUSH of a hand on Brady,n got a roughin the passer call AGAIN!LOl Even Brady looked puzzled on that call. LOL
    ooo by the way.. I have a q…Several years ago a player was penalized for makin a snow angel in celebration .. yesterday Randy Moss did a chest bump with the Pats mascot in celebration but no flag… I would like to know what constitutes “a prop” ..

  18. GRpatriot says: Oct 19, 2009 9:04 AM

    Everyone wanted to know what was wrong with Brady? In other words, Brady has lost it, the Dynasty is over! Belichick’s defense is passe, and other idiotic comments. (Baldinger)
    Tom has a great day and it’s oh, they’re running up the score, etc…
    Weather, get it, The Titans came to play or not, only the players in thier locker room know that answer! I do feel sorry for the Titans….Poor Jeff Fischer now has to be mean Coach. He must evaluate this situation, and decicde if any of his players deserve to get on the field…
    By the way, the Saints scored 48! At home in a dome. I don’t hear any critsism of Breese….?
    Did Shockey really have to score that TD?
    Look, grow up! This is pro sports! Your opponent is scoring and moving the ball well, stop them! The Titans also had 5 turnovers….
    What is the politically correct point spread?

  19. Somnambulus says: Oct 19, 2009 9:06 AM

    Performance issues? Don’t get benched–get Levitra.

  20. FireJerryJones says: Oct 19, 2009 9:13 AM

    Wow.
    Thomas was a star in Baltimore… disappeared in the Patriots system.
    On the running up the score piece… Collins completed one real pass all day.
    One.
    Seems like the Titans didn’t have the right shoes on either.
    Who’s job is it to make sure your team doesn’t get embarrassed?
    I can’t believe the Titans players actually get paid for this.
    They probably didn’t know that Belichick will run it up if you lay an egg.

  21. Murabma says: Oct 19, 2009 9:29 AM

    Great to see all the bandwagon Pats* fans who were ready to jump off not just the bandwagon but bridges a week ago are now fully back on board. Must be great to have such “fans” (the most obnoxious in the League by a mile and a half, absolutely no question about that at all–not even close)…..

  22. Filbertkiwi71 says: Oct 19, 2009 9:53 AM

    HarrisonHits says:
    October 18, 2009 11:27 PM
    “59-0. What kind of a classless jerk does that? ”
    Waaaa waaa mean ol’ Patriots. Get a clue. Players gain millions of dollars for performance, ie yards gained, passes caught, touchdowns scored. There is no such thing as running up the score. Go back to watching Pop Warner games if you can’t take your team gettin’ its ass whupped.
    ==========
    Gloat all you want. Ridicule and attempt to humiliate others all you want. I remember when the Patriots sucked and didn’t sell out their stadium on a regular basis, long before Kraft owned them.
    The Patriots had, and still have their share of whining fans too.
    Usually the most obnoxious fans are the bandwagon fans. When the Patriots are no longer competitive, which happens to all teams eventually, the Patriot fan base will shrink, and the whining will begin again, so just be happy that your team has been good as long as it has.

  23. davis1281 says: Oct 19, 2009 9:57 AM

    Steeler-lady says:
    October 19, 2009 7:40 AM
    I could hear Myron Cope in Gillette yesterday .. MMMMMMMMM HAAAAAAAAA,and a DOUBLE YOI” to the Titans beat down..
    The COPE CURSE continues …. HERE WE GO STEELERS,HERE WE GO!
    BUT I wouldnt get to excited Pat fans,thinkin this is how its gonna be every week…LOl if you watched the game you would of clearly seen the Titans put NO PRESSURE on BRady,the WR’s were left WIDE OPEN for most of the game..There were plays when Welker was all by himself in the middle of the field.. lol Sooo its not like the Titans put up a fight.
    O by the way..How did yall like that BRUSH of a hand on Brady,n got a roughin the passer call AGAIN!LOl Even Brady looked puzzled on that call. LOL
    ooo by the way.. I have a q…Several years ago a player was penalized for makin a snow angel in celebration .. yesterday Randy Moss did a chest bump with the Pats mascot in celebration but no flag… I would like to know what constitutes “a prop
    ******************************************
    Are you talking about the same team the Steelers
    had to go to OT to beat?
    Why are you trying to talk shit on a Pats post?
    Last time I checked a Brady led Patriots team is 5-1 Vs. Pittsburgh!!

  24. VicksPuppies says: Oct 19, 2009 10:04 AM

    By looking at the score alone, you could think the Pats ran up the score. After about 5 minutes into the second half, however, Brady was out, and the remaining TD was scored by a backup. There was no running up the score – the Titans were just that bad yesterday.

  25. Steeler-lady says: Oct 19, 2009 10:35 AM

    hey Davis…last time i checked the Pats were caught with VIDEOTAPES full of Pittsburgh Steelers..LOL Why would the GENIUS need videotape of the Steelers?? Lol that my dear is HOW they are successful against the Steelers!
    6Lombardis and counting!

  26. The11thwonder says: Oct 19, 2009 10:46 AM

    AFOGGO
    Brady didnt even play the 2nd half! Would you have been happy if they just started punting on every 1st down? Titans turned it over 5 times! When the players are on the field theyre gonna do their job.
    ———————————————-
    He played until the 3rd quarter. Pretty irresponsible on Belichick’s part. Brady could have been non-sensically injured.
    Belichick has always lacked class. A winner yes, but there is no respect. Can’t even do a handshake half the time.
    Jeff fisher is a douche too… Think it’s about time to try something new.. you can start at QB….

  27. davis1281 says: Oct 19, 2009 11:29 AM

    Steeler-lady says:
    October 19, 2009 10:35 AM
    hey Davis…last time i checked the Pats were caught with VIDEOTAPES full of Pittsburgh Steelers..LOL Why would the GENIUS need videotape of the Steelers?? Lol that my dear is HOW they are successful against the Steelers!
    6Lombardis and counting!
    ******************************************
    Typical response all Steelers fans try to use. What they always leave out though is how those games were won.
    The first AFC title game was won by a punt ret for TD and a blocked fg ret for a TD. Last time I checked that had nothing to do with Def signals.
    Then the second title game they always leave out the fact that when the Pats and Steelers played in the regular season game that year the Pats were without
    Branch, Dillon and 3 starters on the O line. when they played in the title game all those players were back.
    They also leave out the fact that when the Steelers had a chance to get back in that game and went for it on 4th and SHORT the BUS was stopped!
    But forget about those games lets go to the most recent Pats-Steelers game (that involved Brady not Cassel) the final in that one was 34- 14 Pats.
    With Brady going for 399, that was after spy gate. What’s the excuse you want to use for that one?

  28. finsbooyah says: Oct 19, 2009 11:31 AM

    leatherneck,
    This is professional football. It’s the offense’s job to score and the defense’s job to stop them. It’s as simple as that.
    Yes, I am a Dolphins fan and when they lost 62-7 to Jacksonville in the playoffs (Marino’s last game) I was outraged. Not because Jacksonville ran up the score, but because Miami’s play was disgracefull

  29. Steeler-lady says: Oct 19, 2009 12:27 PM

    Lol Davis you sure do talk alot of smack..with your SPYGATE team n all.I would be ashamed.
    But we all know you will talk shit this week… and when Brady has another bad game or mediocre game i should say,you can always use his knee for an excuse.Listen to the comentators they will guide you… If he throws a bad pass they focus on the knee… when he throws a completion or if Welker makes another spectacular catch.. we hear BRADY IS BACK! LMAO!!!!!!!!
    O and since you want to bring up the Afc title game we lost to yall.. that just happens to the be the year yall were videotaping .hhmmmmmmmmmm….
    Anyway im done talkin to a loser such as yourself….
    oo hey how did that last superbowl go for you guys?? :-)
    U ever hear that song.. 18 n life?? I heard they made a new one for yall … 18 and DONE!

  30. davis1281 says: Oct 19, 2009 1:11 PM

    @Steeler-lady
    But Waite, you’re done talking? You never answered my question about the 07 beat down, remember when the Pitt DB guaranteed a victory or about the title game
    with the punt ret and blocked fg ret for a td. Or the BUS getting stuffed on 4th and short in the second title game when they could have gotten back in it.
    You just babbled about Brady’s knee, and I would expect him to have some slow starts just like Manning last year after coming off major knee surgery.

  31. CornFlorio says: Oct 19, 2009 10:38 PM

    dumbass1281 got SCHOOLED by Steeler-lady!!!!
    Of this there is NO DOUBT! LMAO!!!
    More like “18 and D’OH” though. Ha ha ha!
    BIGGEST CHOKE in SPORTS HISTORY!

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