The choice is Belichick's. He needs no reason to have both Thomas and Springs inactive for the rest of the year. Belichick makes these personnel choices and he is responsible for the consequences as he is for all the rest of the positive and negative decisions made. We will never know what really happens in the locker room. In any case, if Belichick decides that the best choice to maximize the chances of the playoffs and the Super Bowl is to bench these guys, then that's fine with me. Belichick is the boss. Of course, that is not what we have all been discussing. We have been discussing our personal feelings about the situation and what we think should be done. My PERSONAL opinion is that we should try to maximize the effectiveness of all assets on the team. GIVEN WHAT LITTLE WE KNOW, I think that that making an example of Thomas and Springs gives wrong message to current and future players. BUT, as may have been the case with Seymour, there may much more involve than we know. Also, I don't think that this situation is similar to some flunkie being late for work at the office. Belichick's job and the player's job is to win football games, get intoi the playoffs and to sell tickets. 53 perfect attendence records at practice, never questioning any management statement and never publicly stating anything negative about any management presonnel may be really important for some. I don't think that this is the apprpriate way to run a football team. If you all think that the team was run that way in the 2001-2004 seasons, think again.