Monday, January 20, 2014

Belichick off base in his comments today on Welker's hit on Talib.

Bill Belichick met the media today. Surprisingly, The Coach called out Wes Welker for his hit on Aquib Talib, which resulted on Talib missing the remainder of the game. "I think it was a deliberate play by the receiver to take out Aqib." Bill said. He continued. "no attempt to get open. 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." See for yourself below.
The Pats run pick plays similar to this often. It is also known as a rub route, and it's designed to create separation for the receiver by using another receiver to pick off the trailing defender. In this particular play, Welker clearly sacrifices his own body for the chance at a big play by Demaryius Thomas. The pass ends up falling incomplete, even thought Thomas was open as a result.

Here's FVP's take: Welker had every intention on taking Talib out of the play. Based on how Welker turns his body (see below), how can we determine that Welker had intent on injuring Talib? Add to that the history we know of Welker, and there's little to suggest that he's a cheap shot artist.
FVP has made no bones that we think Bill Belichick is the greatest coach in the free agency era of the NFL. He's in the discussion when the topic of greatest all time coaches in the history of the game comes around. (Lombardi, Belichick, Walsh to digress for a moment) He's also human, and his comments today smack of of sour grapes and poor sportsmanship. They also illustrate the bad blood that exists between Welker and Belichick. The Coach should be bigger than such petty moments. His comments expose his flaws as man, not as a coach. It's disappointing, but shows that he's still just a guy, and not perfect.


  1. Bill is just mad because the one defensive player he could not afford to lose in that game got taken out. Did Welker know Talib's weak spot and hit it on purpose..? Who knows. The truth of the loss is on the other side of the ball. The 26 points put up by Denver was a very beatable score if Brady had managed to complete just a few more passes to wide open receivers. I do not know who the backup QB for the Patriots is, but I wonder if the Pats might have won if Brady had been the one who went out with an injury. It seems I remember a similar scenario happening to the Pats a number of years ago when the star QB went down and an unknown player with the number 12 on the back of his shirt trotted out onto the field and into the history books...

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  3. Talib faked being hurt from a little hit after seeing how tough covering those receivers would be. Big Bill can't see that because he has a thing for Welker sticking it in his face.


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