A day after his team’s 26-16 loss to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship Game, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick isn’t too happy with a former player. According to Boston.com on Jan. 20, Belichick offered his opinion on a play by Broncos receiver Wes Welker that knocked Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib out of the game.
The play in question came in the second quarter with the Broncos just leading 3-0. With the ball back at their own 19, Demaryius Thomas led Talib across the middle where the former Patriots’ receiver leveled him. The play knocked Talib out of the game with a knee injury and for the second straight year in the AFC Championship Game, the Patriots found themselves without their best cover corner.
Belichick, after getting a better look at the play, called it “one of the worst plays I’ve seen.”
The play changed the course of the game as Thomas became basically unstoppable. Belichick’s dismay over the play will of course cause the rest of the league to call him a sore loser, but the Patriots coach was more upset about Talib missing the rest of the game because of it.
“I feel badly for Aqib, the way that play turned out. I went back and watched it, which I didn’t have a chance to [Sunday], it was a deliberate play by the receiver to take out Aqib.”
In a physical game, there were questionable plays by both sides. But did Welker finally stick it to his former coach? The results say yes. But was taking out Talib intentional? Welker of course denied that it was.
“It was one of those plays; it was kind of a rub play and I was trying to get him to go over the top and I think he was thinking the same thing and wanted to come underneath, and you know just kind of collided.”
Belichick disagrees; saying that Welker made no attempt to get open and that he will leave it to the league to handle any discipline.
As Bill Belichick and Wes Welker have no love lost between one another, this will certainly add to their strenuous relationship both on and off the field.