One surprising aspect of last week’s “LateGate” brouhaha in New England was that the news got out at all. Every team with a few losses inevitably has internal drama, but the Patriots have mastered keeping their issues in-house.
Long-time Patriots defensive end Ty Warren has an idea why the information came out last week: “Adalius [Thomas] put it out there,” Warren said on WEEI this morning, according to Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald.
It’s not shocking that Thomas would tell the media, giving his coach an extra headache. But it is surprising to hear Warren call Thomas out for the infraction.
That Warren would be the one to finger Thomas is telling. Warren is the prototypical Patriot defender, never looking for attention or credit in seven excellent seasons as a starter.
Warren is drawing battle lines here. He pointed out that one of the Tardy Four, linebacker Gary Guyton, came back to the facility to watch film on the night he was turned away from practice.
Thomas has been cast to the bench by the Patriots coaching staff, and now it sounds like his teammates are making him an outcast as well.