Belichick: Wes Welker’s Hit on Aqib Talib Was “Deliberate”

January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83) celebrates the 26-16 victory against the New England Patriots following the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Do you think Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is a little upset about losing yesterday? Do you think he’s upset that he didn’t have Wes Welker to help out Tom Brady?

I think he’s even more upset that Welker laid a block on Aqib Talib that put him out of the game.

There’s no doubt Welker hit Talib low, and because Belichick made a comment, you can rest assured knowing the league is going to probably fine Welker for the hit. It’s hard to blame Belichick or the Patriots for being upset about it, as the hit on Talib put him out the rest of the game, and really allowed Demaryius Thomas to put up huge numbers. I don’t recall a pass even being thrown his way in the first quarter, and not that the Broncos couldn’t move the ball otherwise, but the injury to Talib was as big of an injury as any the Patriots have suffered all season, and they’ve suffered a lot.

Welker may have been helped on the hit by his massive helmet. Just look at Welker’s victory face above, though. He obviously doesn’t care.

Topics: Denver Broncos, Injury News, Wes Welker

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  • Kelle

    Demaryius Thomas had a 29 yard reception on the Broncos 2nd drive of the game in the first quarter. The play that Talib was hurt on was an incomplete pass to Demaryius Thomas.

  • Kelle

    Talib was covering Decker when he caught a 21 yard pass on the Broncos first drive of the game. Demaryius Thomas had a 29 yard reception on the Broncos second drive. By the time Talib was injured on the Broncos third drive, Manning already had 114 passing yards. That play was an incomplete pass to Demaryius Thomas. The Broncos passing game was thriving, and Welker had no reason to make a deliberate hit on Talib. Welker wasn’t even trying to hit him. “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 we kind of collided,” is how Welker describes it. Bellichick is just being his typical sore loser self.