CHICAGO -- It was something of a mild surprise that Terrell Thomas drew a starting outside cornerback assignment for the New York Giants on Thursday night in Chicago. Thomas had played the slot corner position for the first four games of the season and didn't play a single defensive snap Sunday against the Eagles. Trumaine McBride had started that game opposite Prince Amukamara and in place of the injured Corey Webster.
But on Thursday, it was Thomas and Amukamara starting, and that meant Thomas had to match up much of the night with 6-foot-4, 230-pound Bears wideout Brandon Marshall. Thomas was covering Marshall on one of Marshall's touchdown catches and said the big man pushed off.
"Definitely. He does it all the time," Thomas said. "I talked to the refs before the game about it. He's a big, physical guy and they let him get away with it. I had my hands on him, but I couldn't make a play on the ball because I got thrown away."
Thomas was especially upset because he felt a double-standard was being applied when Giants safety Antrel Rolle got called for defensive holding on a Bears third-down play that put the game away with 1:42 left on the clock.
"If you're going to call the game aggressive, call it the whole game," Thomas said. "Don't wait until the last minute and then throw the flag. They were pushing off the whole game and the refs weren't calling it."
Hey, Thomas may be right. But this is one of those things you don't ever seem to hear from the team that won. Just saying.