During the first half of Sunday’s AFC Championship game between Denver and New England, Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker knocked Patriots defensive back Aqib Talib out of the game. The play from Welker appeared to be a deliberate attempt to pick Talib off.
When asked Monday morning about the hit on Talib, Belichick didn’t beat around the bush when addressing the play from his former wide receiver.
Bill Belichick: “I was asked about the hit on Talib, and I feel badly for Aqib … — Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) January 20, 2014
Bill Belichick: “The way that play turned out, I went back and watched it, which I didn’t have a chance to yesterday…. — Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) January 20, 2014
Bill Belichick: ” It was a deliberate play by the receiver to take out Aqib. No attempt to get open. … — Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) January 20, 2014
Bill Belichick: “I’ll let the league handle the discipline on that play, whatever they decide. It’s one of the worst plays I’ve seen. …” — Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) January 20, 2014
Bill Belichick: “That’sall I’ll say about that.” — Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) January 20, 2014
Buffalo Bills safety Jim Leonhard shared the same sentiment with Belichick.
Looked like Welker was on a suicide mission on that route. Unreal pick he set, not sure how not a flag. — Jim Leonhard (@jimleonhard) January 19, 2014
The loss of Talib definitely didn’t help the Patriots, who saw their season come to an end at the hands of the Broncos.
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