For all the jackasses that are calling sports radio and purposing retarded trades like Adalius Thomas to the Bills for Terrel Owens could you please stop. I don’t think that the Bills would ever allow Owens to be traded in the division nor do I think that the Patriots would want anything to do with his ridiculous ego.
My theory on Thomas not dressing is this; he was hungover. He showed up in the locker room and basically couldn’t go. That’s the only thing I could think of that you would bench a guy that you’re paying a shit ton of money. That’s my theory, there’s absolutely no merit to my theory, but I’m sticking with my story.
In an effort to corroborate my story I googled “Adalius Thomas Drunk” and came up with this lovely link. It shows a drunk ass Lions fan getting arrested on Sunday. Hilarious.
I don’t foresee the Pats moving Thomas. It would cost them about $8 million to move him and they only have about $6 million room under the cap. If they really wanted to, they could shift some money around to make a trade happen but that isn’t too likely. The benching was a one game punishment and it’s probably a wake up call. Thomas will tear up practice this week and be a man on fire against the Bucs this week.
I don’t think the Pats will make any other moves today (the trading deadline). There were rumors of a Deion Branch reunion in Foxboro but I think that was just speculation. Tully Banta-Cain was released but will likely be re-signed at a possible lower rate. Although the Banta-Cain release and the Sam Aiken extension could be precursors for a big deal today. We’ll see.
Back tomorrow with a recap of any deals.
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In the offseason the Patriots traded away Mike Vrabel to the KC Chiefs as part of the Matt Casselface trade. That left a huge hole in the linebacking corps. A hole the Patriots tried to plug by going after Jason Taylor who went back to Miami. Well, last Friday the Patriots made a trade with the Raiders for Derrick Burgess in an effort to plug that hole. Before we get to him, let’s look at the rest of the linebackers.
ILB – Tedy Bruschi (54) – Unfrozen Caveman Linebacker is back for his 14th season with the Pats. Some believed that he too could have been cut/traded in the offseason but after coming back from a stroke and being the anchor in the linebacking corps you had to think that wouldn’t happen. He’s not as fast as he was so he will see diminished playing time with the emergence of younger linebackers like Gary Guyton (59) to push for more playing time inside.
ILB – Jerod Mayo (51) – The reigning defensive rookie of the year looks to build on his stellar first season. He played 90% of all defensive snaps last season and solidified his place inside next to Tedy Bruschi. Look for guys like Eric Alexander (52), Guyton and former XFL player Paris Lemon (47) to back up Bruschi and Mayo. Tank Williams (26) may even see some time in the middle.
OLB – Adalius Thomas (96) – In week ten an arm injury ended his season last year. At the time he was the Pats sack leader with five. The Pats waited in putting him on IR because they thought he’d be able to come back but was placed on IR in early December ending his season for good. That was about the time that Junior Seau was brought in again to help the linebackers. Well, no Junior this year but a crew of Pierre Woods (58), Shawn Crable (98) and Tully Banta-Cain (95) are all on the roster and had figured to fight for the spot opposite Thomas until they signed…
OLB – Derrick Burgess (49 for now) – Burgess, like I said earlier, is that Jason Taylor type player the Patriots have wanted ever since the Vrabel trade. In their 3-4 system they need an explosive defensive end type presence (again think Willie McGinest) and now they have one that really owns the pass rush. Everything I’ve read about this guy says that if he stays healthy will be an awesome presence opposite Thomas.
I think that the signing of Burgess really bolsters that front seven rush. Bolsters is so much that the younger defensive backfield (that we’ll preview tomorrow) may be able to get away with some mistakes as there will be real pressure up front from the pass rush.
The last two Patriots games have been a couple of the most boring games we’ve seen in years. I understand that Tom Brady is out for the season and the high flying Patriots offense of last year can’t exist without Tom, but come on.
I guess this is all part of the learning curve with a new quarterback. Tom did the same things when he was first brought in. Tom deked and dunked with short screen passes and the league thought that Tom couldn’t throw the long ball. Well, a Randy Moss bomb in the San Francisco game proved that Cassel could throw the bomb, but a few similar passes since have proven it’s not always accurate.
So when you’re forced to deek and dunk, play possession football what do you need? You need a solid running game. With Sandyvagititus Maroney on the IR, LaMont Jordan not playing in five games, and Sammy Morris not playing in the last three you had to wonder who would step up. Well BenJarvus Green-Ellis has filled that void. He rushed for 105 yards and a score in yesterday’s 20-10 win. This guy seems to be tackled so many times yet he keeps his legs churning and emerges from the scrum for a first down.
Not to be lost in the offense was yet another great game from the Speedy White Guy, Wes Welker. This guy has been the only consistent player in one of my fantasy teams and I’m so glad that he is Cassel’s binky.
Now the bad news. Adalius Thomas is likely out for the season with a broken arm. This is a significant loss to an already depleted defense. The rookies (you know, the guys that as you’re watching you say, “Who the hell is that?”) have done alright, but it will be a very tough task to fill those shoes.
So the Pats are tied now with the Jets atop the AFC East at 6-3 for first place. Which makes Thursday night’s game that much more important. I heard some dumb broad reporter ask Coach Bill what he’d do differently with first place on the line Thursday. Bill looks at her and says, “Nothing.” Awesome. Ask a stupid question…
Did you hear a giant thud coming from about 2,600 miles away? Yeah that was Big Jeff’s manhood hitting his desk when he read the story.
Yeah, the Patriots are having Arkansas Razorback and best running back coming out of college Darren McFadden into Foxboro next Thursday and Friday. But, I’ll save you the suspense. No chance this guy signs with the Pats. Besides the fact that I don’t think he’s on the board at #7 and don’t see the Pats trading up I just don’t think that’s the best thing to do with the pick.
The glaring weaknesses that we’ve been talking about since that day in February at linebacker and corner are way too big to spend a pick on an offensive player let alone a skill position.
I wish that Da Guy’s prediction of the Little Animal could come true but he wanted to head back to Ohio State. All indications are that Vernon Gholston the Little Animal’s college teammate will be joining the Pats. Click the link on his name, the guy is huge.
Well, maybe not defensive end huge. As big as this guy is, I see him lining up opposite Adalius Thomas on the outside and Vrabel and Bruschi on the inside. Just think, I could line up at corner and with this beast in the mix with our nasty front three it wouldn’t even matter. The opposing quarterback would be digging mulch out of his teeth by the time I realized what receiver I was supposed to cover.