January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick pushes photographer Damian Strohmeyer following the 26-16 loss to the Denver Broncos in the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Bill Belichick Says Hit On Aqib Talib Was "One Of The Worst Plays I've Seen"

Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker (87) is tackled by New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib (31) during the first quarter during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Bill Belichick addressed the media for the last time today, with the most interesting comments directed at former Patriot, Wes Welker.

Shortly into the press conference, Belichick talked about the play where Welker injured Aqib Talib. Belichick did not like the play, calling it “one of the worst plays I’ve see.” He also said that “It was a deliberate play by the receiver to take out Aqib. No attempt to get open.”

I agree with the coach, in that it was a bit of a cheap shot on Talib. Welker knew that Talib was dealing with a hip injury, and as Belichick said, he went right at the Pats cornerback, with no attempt to get open. But with that being said, we have to realize that every single team in the NFL runs these types of plays, including the Patriots. Belichick acknowledges this, as he says later that “most teams all teams in the league do it.”

Once again, it was a horrible end to a great season for the Pats, one that will not be forgotten for quite some time. This team fought through so much all year long, and even though I still consider this season a disappointment, I don’t think anybody will denounce this season as anything but great.

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  • Dan Gaschler

    If it was such a terrible play, why does belichick have in his play book too? Is it because he was not able to resign Wes, and he was on the team that beat his ?

    • Cyrus Geller

      BB has the play in the system, but that doesn’t mean he has his players take cheap shots.

      • Dan Gaschler

        and Belicheat is the only coach that hats players hurt….try it on someone else .I have watched Patriot players do the same thing

        • Dan Gaschler

          How about Gronk shoving in the back to get open ????what if the guy planted wrong and tore something ???

          • Cyrus Geller

            Every team in the NFL runs pick plays. Gronk has run them, but he didn’t blatantly dive at a player’s previously injured area, like Welker did. Broncos won that game easily. Outplayed Pats in ever possible way. But I didn’t like how Welker went at Talib’s hip/knees like that.

          • Dan Gaschler

            that is your take, i don’t feel Welker went after him!

          • Dan Gaschler

            Welker missed two game because of a concussion……He wouldn’t put himself in harms way

          • Dan Gaschler


  • Pridenpoise

    The teacher mad at the student, please.