Thomas: ‘It was definitely a frustrating year’


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Patriots LB Adalius Thomas appeared this afternoon on “Felger and Massarotti” on 98.5 the Sports Hub, making his first public comments since the season ended. And while he was somewhat vague on the details, he explained where the disconnect between he and the team began.

Specifically, Thomas pointed to a meeting he had with Bill Belichick after the season opener against Buffalo.

“I had a meeting and I really didn’t understand some of the stuff I was told,” Thomas said. “So I knew at that point, it was bigger than what was on the surface. It was bigger than that. You guys watch the games. I was used totally different this year than I was last year before I broke my arm. And even last year, before I came back, I was told that I was going to be used differently. And so with that being the case, I don’t know if that’s really how you do it.

“It was the play of the Buffalo game, whether or not it was sufficient. I really didn’t understand it. I didn’t understand, it was the first game back, the way some stuff went down.”

He said the meeting was “confusing” and things “got more confusing as the year went on.” As we told you last week, Thomas said he hasn’t spoken with the team since the season ended.

Thomas described his time in New England as “roller-coaster,” explaining how he felt he was playing good soldier at new position in 2007, inside linebacker, and felt like he was doing well — back at outside linebacker — in 2008 before a broken arm ended his season. The problems in the Buffalo game didn’t get better, and he was deactivated for the Tennessee game, then sent home with three other players (Randy Moss, Derrick Burgess, Gary Guyton) after arriving at the stadium late in the week leading up to the Carolina game. He was also inactive for that one.


He reiterated his stance that he followed protocol on the day he was tardy, calling the team to let people know he was stuck. He stopped short of saying he was singled out, because he wasn’t the only one told to leave. But he did say that it wasn’t the first or last time someone had arrived late, yet it was the only time players were sent home.

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“I think losing and winning has a lot to do with it, if we’d won that previous week that wouldn’t have been an issue,” Thomas said. “I will say this — When you do something like that, it’s hard to keep that, because then it happens again, you have to send somebody else home. That wasn’t the case. And so then, you question that.”

As for the year as a whole year, Thomas said, “I don’t know if you can say you weren’t wanted. I definitely didn’t have fun. It was definitely a frustrating year.”

He continued, “Like I said, if I have a problem with someone, I’ll go to them and say whatever. I don’t understand it, bro. It’s mind-boggling.”

So does he want out? He didn’t say that. But he certainly didn’t sound happy with his current situation.

“I want to come somewhere where I’m wanted and where I’m gonna have fun,” Thomas said. “If I’m not gonna do that, that’s not where I’m gonna be.”