Belichick tees off on Welker for hitting Talib
Posted by Mike Florio on January 20, 2014, 9:12 AM EST
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In the first half of New Englandís loss at Denver, Broncos receiver Wes Welker flattened Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib on an apparent pick play, knocking New Englandís best defensive back out of the game.
Welker claimed that he didnít intend to hit Talib. Patriots coach Bill Belichick feels otherwise. Strongly.
ďIt is a deliberate play by the receiver to take out Aqib,Ē Belichick told reporters Monday morning. ďNo attempt to get open. And Iíll let the league handle the discipline on that play. Itís not for me to decide, but itís one of the worst plays Iíve seen. And thatís all Iím going to say about that.Ē
He said plenty. Belichick essentially accused his former star slot wideout of being dirty ó of intentionally and deliberately delivering an illegal hit that caused injury. It was so bad and so blatant in Belichickís view that he expects discipline will be imposed by the league office.
Some will say itís sour grapes from a coach who would have loved to have Welker this season. Others will say Belichick was merely calling it like he sees it.
Either way, itís surely not the last that will be said about the play, or about Belichickís reaction to it.