Dick Jauron didn't do a lot of things right in his five years with the Bears, but he did stick with the "A-Train." Unfortunately Jauron's loyalty to John Shoop hurt everyone.
Now what was supposed to be a fresh start under a new regime has turned into a reduced role for Thomas before even heading to training camp. The Bears spent millions on Thomas Jones, who like Terrell has been a disappointment after being drafted ahead of Brian Urlacher.
At the very least there should have been an open competition, but making a quick decision has put Thomas in a defensive position. He has to answer questions about not getting a shot, yet he has to try and remain a team player.
Thomas has been a consistent producer with virtually no supporting cast. In a more aggressive scheme Thomas could become the dual threat the Bears need out of the backfield. At best Jones may give the Bears a homerun threat, but he's better suited to be a third down back.
It's going to be hard for Thomas to win the job back in the preseason, so when Jones falters in September then Lovie Smith will have to admit his mistake and turn the running game over to the "A-Train."
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