Bill Belichick doesn’t care if a blizzard has engulfed New England in white like a Snow Cap .If you show up late to practice, you will suffer repercussions.Randy Moss, Adalius Thomas, Derrick Burgess, and Gary Guyton learned that the hard way.The four players were late to a Wednesday morning team meeting, and were sent home from practice for their delinquency.This comes on the heels of Tom Brady’s statement, in which he called out the team for not putting in enough time. This has very much been Brady’s bunch for the duration of the decade, but this is also the first time we’ve seen Brady hold people accountable and really take on the role of team leader in quite some time, partially because he hasn’t had to; the Patriots have long been the league’s most disciplined group.It’s easy to see why action was taken against the athletes, but is Belichick’s punishment a little harshAbsolutely not; after dropping three of their last four, all in dramatic and/or embarrassing fashion, it’s about time someone cracks the whip.In the past, we've come to know Belichick as the gourmet chef of “Humble Pie,” and it’s clear that the team needs to return to the disciplined, error free ways of old.I’m afraid that if this is the full extent of the punishment taken against these athletes, it could very well just be taken as a snow day.But we’ll never know if there’s anything further; Belichick did, after all, say that “anything that happens with discipline on the team will stay between me and the players.”The two names on the list that stand out for me are Derrick Burgess and Adalius Thomas.Burgess was supposed to be a formidable replacement for Richard Seymour, and I gushed over him from the very start. Since his arrival, he has done nothing but disappoint and underachieve, amassing an unsatisfactory two sacks on the season.Adalius Thomas, meanwhile, was a healthy scratch for the 59-0 drubbing of the Tennessee Titans earlier in the season (which, ironically, also occurred in heavy snowfall).
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04/11 - 09/11 Obtain Jersey Boys Tickets performing in Orpheum Theatre, Orpheum Theatre Omaha. Jersey Boys is performing in Minneapolis, Omaha and Las Vegas. Jersey Boys ticketsIf the discipline isn't there, with the way these players are playing, there's no way they'll be turning their performance around anytime soon.Randy Moss and Gary Guyton have much less to worry about. Moss has performed well throughout the season, and Guyton has really begun to come into his own, playing alongside Jerod Mayo in the middle of the 3-4 defense.The outlook for both Thomas and Burgess is cloudy, though. At this point, it's no sure thing that they'll even be on the roster for next season.The pass rush has been a problem for the Patriots all season. Two expensive players who promised to be pass rush beasts have begun to dig their grave of opportunity in New England..
Related FeaturesWIS College Football Season-to-Date FOXSports - College Football College Football SimMatchup Gridiron Dynasty ToolsEmail This Article We simulated 34 college football bowls 1,000 times to find the likely winners and average scores from each game Results and example boxscores from all 34 games are below. If you would like to play these games yourself, every 2009 team is available through our free NCAA college football SimMatchup .New Mexico Bowl - Dec 19, 2009 View Boxscore >Fresno State 27.8 Wyoming 18.6Highlight : The nation's top running back hits his season average as the Bulldogs run wild for more than 230 yards against the Cowboys. Player of the Game : Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State (171 yards, 155 on the ground, two TDs)St. Petersburg Bowl - Dec 19, 2009 View Boxscore >Rutgers 21.3 UCF 17.4Highlight : Battle of shoulda-coulda-woulda teams comes right down to the wire in perhaps the most evenly matched game. Player of the Game :Brynn Harvey, RB, Central Florida (117 total yards, 97 rushing yards, one TD)R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl - Dec 20, 2009 View Boxscore >Southern Miss 23.0 Middle Tennessee 22.2Highlight : Martevious Young, who didnt even start at quarterback until the sixth game of the season, closes out a successful season by leading the Golden Eagles to a bowl win. Player of the Game : Best, RB, California (133 total yards, 105 on the ground, one TD)Sheraton Hawaii Bowl - Dec 24, 2009 View Boxscore >Nevada 31.2 Southern Methodist 25.5Highlight : Nevadas three-headed monster at running back (the Wolfpack are the first team to have three 1,000-yard rushers) takes care of business in SMU's head coach June Jones return to Hawaii. Player of the Game : Vai Taua, RB, Nevada (137 rushing yards, two TDs)Emerald Bowl - Dec 26, 2009 View Boxscore >USC 27.7 Boston College 21.1Highlight : In their first non-BCS bowl in eight years, the Trojans cap off an underwhelming season in a game that statistically speaking, could be described with the same adjective. Player of the Game : Joe McKnight, RB, USC (97 rushing yards, 15 receiving yards, one TD)Meineke Car Care Bowl - Dec 26, 2009 View Boxscore >Pittsburgh 25.6 North Carolina 11.6Highlight : North Carolinas offense fails to get untracked, barely mustering 250 yards of total offense as Pitt bounces back from two straight losses.
Player of the Game : Dion Lewis, RB, Pittsburgh (132 rushing yards, 23 receiving yards, one TD)Little Caesars Pizza Bowl - Dec 26, 2009 View Boxscore >Ohio 21.2 Marshall 18.0Highlight : In what seems like perhaps the most lackluster matchup of the bunch, the Bobcats cap off a hot finish to the season by beating the Thundering Herd. Player of the Game : Darius Marshall, RB, Marshall (116 yards rushing, one TD)Music City Bowl - Dec 27, 2009 View Boxscore >Clemson 27.0 Kentucky 13.3Highlight : Heisman snub C.J. Spiller runs all over one of the nations worst rushing defenses as Clemson puts up one of the biggest routs of the bowl season. Player of the Game : Spiller, RB, Clemson (139 total yards, 115 yards rushing, one TD) Independence Bowl - Dec 28, 2009 View Boxscore >Georgia 31.2 Texas A&M 17.7Highlight :Bulldogs rack up about 400 yards of total offense in a battle of ho-hum teams from the nations top two conferences. Player of the Game : Joe Cox, QB, Georgia (201 passing yards, two TDs)Champs Sports Bowl - Dec 29, 2009 View Boxscore >Miami (FL) 26.5 Wisconsin 18.7Highlight : One-time Heisman hopeful Jacory Harris outduels Big Tens Offensive Player of the Year in battle of passing attack versus ground game. Player of the Game : Harris, QB, Miami (204 yards passing, two TDs)Pacific Life Holiday Bowl - Dec 30, 2009 View Boxscore >Arizona 21.5 Nebraska 16.5Highlight : In whats been the story of the year for the Cornhuskers, Nebraskas offense struggles to find the end zone, spoiling Ndamukong Suhs finale against Wildcats. Player of the Game : Nic Grigsby, RB, Arizona (80 yards on just 11 carries, one TD)Roady's Humanitarian Bowl - Dec 30, 2009 View Boxscore >Idaho 32.5 Bowling Green 20.4Highlight :Despite holding one the nations top passing attacks, the Vandals go to the ground to beat Bowling Green on the Smurf Turf.
Player of the Game : DeMaundray Woolridge, RB, Idaho (107 rushing yards, one TD)Texas Bowl - Dec 30, 2009 View Boxscore >Missouri 25.3 Navy 12.7Highlight : Mizzous more balanced offensive attack prevails over the triple-option Midshipmen, who cant hang tough with just seven passing attempts. Player of the Game : Danario Alexander, WR, Missouri (94 receiving yards, one TD)Armed Forces Bowl - Dec 31, 2009 View Boxscore >Houston 27.4 Air Force 22.7Highlight : Houston ruins Air Forces third consecutive trip to Fort Worth as the nations top passing offense prevails against the countrys top passing defense. Player of the Game : Case Keenum, QB, Houston (231 passing yards, two TDs)Insight Bowl - Dec 31, 2009 View Boxscore >Minnesota 18.8 Iowa State 19.1Highlight : Minnesota and Iowa State clash in a Border Battle of epic defensive proportions as the two teams combine for just over 600 yards of total offense. Player of the Game : Adam Weber, QB, Minnesota (194 passing yards, one TD).Chick-fil-A Bowl - Dec 31, 2009 View Boxscore >Virginia Tech 26.3 Tennessee 16.7Highlight : The Hokies dont let the disappointment of missing out on the BCS, using their rushing attack to take down the upstart Volunteers. Player of the Game :Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech (160 total yards, 139 rushing yards, on TD)Brut Sun Bowl - Dec 31, 2009 View Boxscore >Stanford 29.3 Oklahoma 20.1Highlight : With a running back in the mix for college footballs top award, the Cardinal run rampant over the Sooners, closing out a disappointing year for Oklahoma. Player of the Game :Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford (168 total yards, 151 rushing, two TDs)Rose Bowl Presented By Citi - Jan 01, 2010 View Boxscore >Oregon 21.5 Ohio State 12.9Highlight : Oregons defense shuts down Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor and the Ducks let one of the nations most underrated running backs single-handedly take down the Buckeyes.