The Patriots shuffled their media schedule this week, and moved their regular Tuesday conference calls with Bill Belichick (noon), director of player personnel Nick Caserio (12:15) and defensive coordinator Dean Pees (12:30) to Monday.
One of the hot topics of discussion was the deactivation of outside linebacker Adalius Thomas in Sunday's game against the Titans. NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders said on television that he spoke with Thomas, and that he was upset but plans to work it out with his coach.
Here is some of the Q&A with Belichick from Monday, which provides context as to the questions asked and the answers given in regards to Thomas:
What made the combination of outside linebackers -- Derrick Burgess, Pierre Woods, Rob Ninkovich and Tully Banta-Cain -- the better choice to have them with the bigger role in the game over Adalius Thomas?
"It's a combination of all the things on defense and on special teams, and third down. When you look at what the roles for those players were on all four downs -- first, second, third and fourth -- they each contributed in at least one and usually two areas pretty strongly. Again, every player has value. If we could have brought more than 45 players to the game, we would have. And I'm sure they all would have played. We had to select the ones that we felt would have the bigger role in the game. That's what we did."
What does this mean for Adalius' future going forward?
"I don't know. It was one game. We'll evaluate it this coming week against Tampa like we always do. This week is different from last week."
Bill, has Adalius lived up to your
expectation of what you thought he would be when you signed him?
"I've said many times I think he's a good football player. He's versatile. He's made some big plays for us, and he's done a lot of different jobs. We have a lot of confidence in him. If that wasn't the case, then he wouldn't be here. I'm glad we have him. I think he can help us. I think he will help us. And he has helped us. I feel that way about our other players as well."