Patriots LB Adalius Thomas, who is likely to be released this offseason, revealed Thursday that his falling out with coach Bill Belichick began in a meeting after the Pats’ Week One comeback win over the Bills.
“I had a meeting and I really didn’t understand some of the stuff I was told,” he added. “So I knew at that point, it was bigger than what was on the surface. You guys watched the games. I was used totally different this year than I was last year before I broke my arm.”
Thomas is right in terms of his usage. With the Patriots playing more 4-3, he played strong-side linebacker instead of rushing off the edge. Naturally, Thomas’ sack numbers were down.
“I want to come somewhere where I’m wanted and where I’m gonna have fun,” he ended by saying. “If I’m not gonna do that, that’s not where I’m gonna be.”
Thomas is likely to be released before the start of the new league year on March 5. His old defensive coordinator, Rex Ryan, could afford to supplement the Jets’ pass rush opposite Calvin Pace.