Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

26 Apr 2010

Patriots Release Adalius Thomas

The Patriots have released linebacker Adalius Thomas.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 26 Apr 2010

27 comments, Last at 29 Apr 2010, 3:33pm by Big Johnson


by thomthy (not verified) :: Mon, 04/26/2010 - 11:40am

It's hard to imagine how signing a 30 year old player who'd been good for one whole season could possibly have gone wrong.

by bubqr :: Mon, 04/26/2010 - 12:04pm

Good for one whole season only ? Are you sure you're talking about A.Thomas ?

by Rich Arpin (not verified) :: Mon, 04/26/2010 - 11:46am

I wonder if the jets are going to pick him up, Ryan using him as an outside blitzer against the pats would be polish on the boot that kicks them in the ass. At least if he was productive in a way Gholston was supposed to be.

I just remember A. Thomas coming around the right tackle in a game against the steelers and just laying waste to Roth.

I also wonder who the pats are going to use to Blitz, I remember Bruschi launching himself over the line several times but many of the new lb's don't penetrate the pocket the same way. Belichick didn't really utilize thomas the way he could have.

by bubqr :: Mon, 04/26/2010 - 12:16pm

I do remember being impressed by A.Thomas on an INT/INT return, where he displayed amazing athleticism, but I can't remember which game/opponent it was...

BTW, doesn't beat Patrick Willis INT return against the Seahawks (IIRC).

by Nathan :: Mon, 04/26/2010 - 2:32pm

San Diego, 2007 regular season.

by Led :: Mon, 04/26/2010 - 12:43pm

I don't think A. Thomas is as good as Bryan Thomas right now (and he's definitely worse than Pace) and I'm not sure they have two spots on the roster for over the hill but still marginally useful OLBs. Jason Taylor fills their quota. But I also didn't see the harm in keeping a solid run blocking guard who was also a team leader as an insurance policy in an uncapped year. So I'm not exactly plugged in to the front office's thinking.

by RickD :: Mon, 04/26/2010 - 12:46pm

Don't blame the coaching. Thomas had been sleepwalking through his assignments for two years.

by Big Johnson (not verified) :: Mon, 04/26/2010 - 6:31pm

the jets wont pick him up. They already picked up two washed up defensive players in cromartie and taylor. Rex ryan doesnt have magic pixy dust that instantly makes any situation work perfectly.

Rex ryan signs LT and lets thomas jones walk. and this guy is smart, how?!

by greybeard :: Tue, 04/27/2010 - 1:00am

His team played at AFC champs game. What is your achievement?

by Big Johnson (not verified) :: Tue, 04/27/2010 - 1:10am

If i wanted you to know more about me I would give you my phone number or add you on facebook. This is a football website, not a dating service.

and his team wont make the playoffs this year.

by Snack Flag (not verified) :: Tue, 04/27/2010 - 8:48am

This isn't a dating site? Catholic Match Girl says different!

by Fan in Exile :: Tue, 04/27/2010 - 9:46am

I miss Catholic Match Girl. She could look into my soul.

by greybeard :: Wed, 04/28/2010 - 1:29am

Are you confused or something? I don't want to know more about you. How could you come to the conclusion that, that was what my question meant?
You are "Rivers is better" guy. That is by itself much more information about you than I want to know.

by Big Johnson (not verified) :: Wed, 04/28/2010 - 7:45pm

"That is by itself much more information about you than I want to know."

then why would u ask me what have i accomplished? i think you just wanted to date me and when i turned you down now you are playing hard to get.

yes i think rivers is the best quarterback in the nfl. the numbers tend to agree with me.

i also think rex ryan is a bad coach that is too full of himself to succeed over the long run. time will tell one way or another.

by Snack Flag (not verified) :: Thu, 04/29/2010 - 9:11am

Can you save the mindless personal attacks for your call ins to the local morning drive time zoo crew radio show? It's really annoying when 98% of the other people on this site want to rationally and intelligently discuss football.

I have to say, I want to think Ryan is a bad coach since I root for the Pats and have a distaste for loudmouths, but he scares the shit out of me every time NE plays the Jets. It may be true that his ego gets the best of him, but I think he makes the Jets a wildcard that could beat anyone in the league at any given time. Conversely, I get the feeling they could lose to a lot of bad teams as well.

by Big Johnson :: Thu, 04/29/2010 - 3:33pm

He was the one that in 3 posts had the awfully insightful, the jets made the afc playoffs, and nothing else. I atleast used football analysis in my posts. You are targetting the wrong guy unless you are including both of us in your 2%.... in which case kudos.

People perenially overrate the loud mouths because they "scare them". Things went right for the jets last year, in football things change in an instant. Sanchez needs to improve vastly for this team to improve. If he plays the same as he did last year, this team will be the biggest disappointment in football.

by DelawareSteeler (not verified) :: Mon, 04/26/2010 - 12:10pm

If we're thinking about the same hit, rich, that was actually bart scott...but i've seen that guy get sacked so many times, maybe you're thinking of something different

by Eddo :: Mon, 04/26/2010 - 1:35pm

Why is everyone calling him "A. Thomas" instead of just "Thomas" or "Adalius Thomas"?

by Nathan :: Mon, 04/26/2010 - 2:31pm

People do that on here I think they think it sounds official and impartial.

by Bobman :: Mon, 04/26/2010 - 2:52pm

I think friends/teammates call him AD, his initials are AT (initials often used here--say in a Manning/Brady thread you might see "PM does this but TB does that"). Thomas is a pretty common surname (don't want to confuse him with Therman).

Either that or I am not sure. At least "A. Thomas" eliminates confusion that AT or AD might cause.

I still want to know if and why the "i" in his name is silent. Everybody on TV seems to drop it. Of course, these are the same guys calling Tim Dwight "Tim Duh-white."

by Theo :: Mon, 04/26/2010 - 5:48pm

there's a lot of Thomases in this world.

by Eddo :: Mon, 04/26/2010 - 6:03pm

My post wasn't an honest question, it was snark directed at people who are too lazy to type out "Adalius" when trying to differentiate the subject at hand from another player named "Thomas".

by Bobman :: Tue, 04/27/2010 - 12:08am

Damn you. And Damn me for taking it seriously. And damn that weird name. And while I'm at it, damn child-proof Advil containers, halitosis, and cow methane.

by tuluse :: Tue, 04/27/2010 - 12:19am

And one other small point. Why is it that these new lurex dancing tights go baggy at the knees after only a couple of evenings' fun. Bring back the old canvas ones I say. It is incredible, isn't it, that in these days when man can walk on the moon and work out the most complicated hire purchase agreements, I still get these terrible headaches.

by JasonK :: Mon, 04/26/2010 - 2:13pm

Well, he did come very close to helping them win a championship. I recall him absolutely abusing Dave Diehl on the Giants' last drive of SB42.

by Rich Conley (not verified) :: Wed, 04/28/2010 - 10:21am

Yeah, he did.

He was never the same after the injury in 2008 though. I don't know if it was rust, or if he didn't have the strength to keep OL away from his body, but he was terrible in '09.

He'll be 33 before the season starts, so its not impossible that hes just done.