I really have to disagree here with you about Tomas. Tomas is a skater who was having major consistency issues, and I think it was smart of his coach to decide to dial back on the difficulty, and have Tomas focus on clean programs right now. Once Tomas gets is confidence back, I don't see why they wouldn't add back the quad, given how many points you can get for a quad fall etc, if the quad is going well in practice. Its a good idea though right now I think to first focus on having Tomas land all of the other triples cleanly. I think too in the eyes of the judges, Tomas needed to show he could start skating consistently.. But for Verner it is for a different reason than Abbott or Chan because Verner is skating sooo below his potential!! I hope his "haven't been training long enough" does not become like Lysacek's stress fracture. Something to be said over and over as an excuse for skating a backloaded triple program with no quads because quads are hard or may lead to mistakes on other things. And it is just so not believable coincidental that the jump layout and combos of Lysaceks and Verner's skates are almost exactly the same. I don't know if his coach will even go for quads becasue it is up to him to right? If Verner says yes to a quad but the coach says no than the coach wins probably. So either Verner is being held back by the coach or the coach and him are agreeing to no quads and to just "Lysacek it" and just use excuses.
Tomas is skating better than he's skated in a long time, and I think its a great thing.
My thing is that clean quads should be rewarded handsomely in this system, but no skater should be encouraged to go for a jump/element they can't do consistently well in practice.