Joe Thomas calls out Bill Belichick for his gripes about playing in Mexico City

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Joe Thomas watches the first half between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Cleveland Browns. –AP Photo/Ron Schwane

Bill Belichick has made it clear he’s not in “a big rush” to return to Mexico City.

But when Joe Thomas caught wind of the Patriots head coach’s remarks, the injured Browns offensive lineman voiced that he thinks that a different team should be the ones grumbling following the conclusion of Week 11.

“The real complaining should be from teams that have to play on the west coast on Monday night,” he wrote on Twitter. “My friends on the Atlanta Falcons just got home at 8:32am. New week starts in less than 24 hrs.”

The Falcons defeated the Seahawks, 34-31, Monday night in Seattle. They host the Vikings next Sunday afternoon in Atlanta, which offers a rather short turnaround time, according to Thomas. The Patriots, on the other hand, are coming off their international game at Estadio Azteca and will play the Dolphins at Gillette come Sunday.


Despite New England’s 33-8 rout of the Oakland Raiders, Belichick shared during his weekly radio appearance that the trip was rather demanding.

“It’s a long way to go for a game,” he told WEEI’s Dale & Holley with Keefe. “There’s a lot to it in terms of all the logistics of it. They are not used to having a NFL team, so you have to go in there and handle a lot of the logistics. It took a lot of man power, a lot of hours, a lot of energy out of our organization to do that. This week, we’re tired. We are exhausted from the trip. It was a good trip, but it took a lot out of us.”