The usually unflappable Bill Belichick was surprisingly open yesterday in his criticism of former player Wes Welker after his hit on Aqib Talib, which occurred during New England Patriots 26-16 loss at Denver in the AFC Championship Game.
Belichick certainly had a frustrating penultimate game of the season again, as for the second straight year the Patriots lost one short of the Super Bowl.
During the game, the Broncos wide-receiver Welker ran what is called a 'rub route', whereby the receiver takes out the defensive back to free up more time for the quarterback.
That specific piece of play left Talib with knee and rib injuries, and after the game the normally reserved coach to spoke out.
According to the Pats' coach, Welker deliberately hurt Talib. "It is a deliberate play by the receiver to take out Aqib,” Belichick said. “No attempt to get open. And I’ll let the league handle the discipline on that play. It’s not for me to decide, but it’s one of the worst plays I’ve seen. And that’s all I’m going to say about that.”
At the end of the day, if the Broncos were going to choose a player to hurt the opposition, Welker would not be the first name on the list.
The Broncos are also not the only team that runs these sorts of plays. They are certainly standard, and not illegal acts.
It seems more likely that Belichick was suffering from sour grapes after the game. However, who can blame him? They did after all almost get to the Super Bowl again, which obviously will hurt tremendously.