Adalius Thomas benched for Sunday's game

Patriots players vocal, is Bellichick still in control?

12/13/09 in NFL   |   Debi_L   |   11853 respect

I'm a Washington Redskins fan, as many of you know, and a few weeks ago I found myself writing about the drama in the locker room and away from the field, rather than player stats and injuries.  The Redskins were playing....well to be honest...like crap.  The players started speaking out to the media about their opinions on what was going on, leading to even more disjointed relations in the locker room.  Clinton Portis was especially vocal.  Interestingly enough, now that Portis is out for the season, the Redskins seem to be playing better football and are almost winning games.

Now it is the New England Patriots' turn to struggle.  They aren't playing the way they were earlier in the season, and like the Redskins, it seems some of the players are pointing fingers and speaking to the media.

Coach Jim Zorn didn't do too much about his players' actions, the front office made the moves.  However, this isn't Jim Zorn we are talking about, and Bill Belichick doesn't have any qualms about disciplining his players.  For example, earlier this week several players, including Randy Moss and Adalius Thomas were late to a meeting.  Coach Belichick didn't care if the late arrival was weather related, his meeting was for 8am and the players who weren't there on time were sent back home.  This action led to Adalius Thomas commenting to the media that the punishment was more suitable to Kindergarteners. 

This comment, on the heels of Tom Brady's comment after their one point loss to the Miami Dolphins last Sunday, that "Sometimes we fight, sometimes we don't fight very hard." has some wondering if Belichick has lost control of his team.

The media has been all over the Pats, analyzing, criticizing, opinionating, and dismantling the team.  Of course, for the players and the team, it could just be frustration.  The Patriots, after all, have been setting records, just not good ones.

For example, they have lost two games in a row, something not seen in three years, and they have lost three out of their last four games.  A loss today to the Carolina Panthers would see them match a loss record from 2002, a year no Pats fan wants to even think about.

A win today could rejuvenate the team and reinforce the player synergy that has been missing.  The Pats are the favorites today, by two touchdowns.  Only time will tell if the team can put it all together and do what they do best, play football.

In any case, the team will do it without Thomas, who has been benched for the game.  Playing without Clinton Portis, the Redskins' most vocal player seems to have worked, perhaps playing without Thomas will help the Pats.  Let's hope so.  After all, the best cure for dissension in the locker room has got to be winning.  The Pats undoubtedly want to go to the post season, and the Super Bowl.  What better inspiration could there be?
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12/14/09   |   deth_082004

Debi_L wrote:
Actually, other than slamming NASCAR every chance he gets, as a non-sport, he is pretty kind to my teams for some reason.  Wait maybe that's because the Redskins really DO suck this year......

i hope i will enjoy

12/14/09   |   BigTone2475   |   326 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Actually, other than slamming NASCAR every chance he gets, as a non-sport, he is pretty kind to my teams for some reason.  Wait maybe that's because the Redskins really DO suck this year......

I find it funny that he weighs in and usually is the first to do so on every other team but right now there are two stories that paint the Pats in a bad way and he is no where to be found in either one.

12/13/09   |   Debi_L   |   11853 respect

BigTone2475 wrote:
Come on don't give him a heads up, he slams our favorite teams all the time let him just walk right in to it. LOL

Actually, other than slamming NASCAR every chance he gets, as a non-sport, he is pretty kind to my teams for some reason.  Wait maybe that's because the Redskins really DO suck this year......

12/13/09   |   BigTone2475   |   326 respect

Debi_L wrote:

Do you really think I would write an article like this without forewarning  him?  He's completely aware that I was writing it.  However, I doubt he will read one word of it. 

Come on don't give him a heads up, he slams our favorite teams all the time let him just walk right in to it. LOL

12/13/09   |   jswol54   |   20819 respect

BigTone2475 wrote:
What can there really be a chink in the Armor. Oh Pat is going to have a conniption fit. or a heart attack one!!

The Pats have a lot more problems than they would care to admit.  Their domination of the AFC East appears to be coming dangerously close to an end.  They had one hell of a run though, you can't deny that. 

12/13/09   |   Debi_L   |   11853 respect

BigTone2475 wrote:
What can there really be a chink in the Armor. Oh Pat is going to have a conniption fit. or a heart attack one!!

Do you really think I would write an article like this without forewarning  him?  He's completely aware that I was writing it.  However, I doubt he will read one word of it. 

12/13/09   |   BigTone2475   |   326 respect

What can there really be a chink in the Armor. Oh Pat is going to have a conniption fit. or a heart attack one!!

12/13/09   |   jswol54   |   20819 respect

The Pats are playing they way they did back when they were rocking the constipated Patriot unis.  Maybe it's about time to stop wearing them.