FOXBORO -- When Bill Belichick publicly objected to Wes Welker's hit on Aqib Talib in Sunday's AFC Championship he was not indicting pick plays in toto.
"I'd say most all teams in the league do it," he said Monday.
Including the Patriots.
As Sports Illustrated's Greg Bedard noted January 15, New England and Denver each ran six such plays in their regular season meeting during Week 12. And Welker ran plenty of pick plays for Belichick in six seasons with the Patriots.
The coach lauded Denver's offense when asked if it uses more pick plays than other teams.
"That depends on the situation," Belichick said. "They do what they need to do. And that's one of the things Manning does a great job with. Depending on how you’re playing him, then he’s going to attack you based on what you’re doing. So if you do certain things, he’s going to do certain things. If you do other things, he’s going to do other things. He’s going to run plays that are good plays against what you’re doing: Runs, passes, schemes, whatever they are."
Belichick knows he got beat, but it was not by Welker and one pick play. Respect was due to Manning and that's where he put it.
"That’s what makes him a great, great, great quarterback," Belichick said. "He’s very, very good at that. And he does an excellent job of — particularly in the passing game, but he did it in the running game yesterday too — of getting his team in a good play. And I would say that doesn’t happen every play, it’s not like he changes every play, I’m not saying that, but situationally, red area, third down, he sees a new look that he thinks he can take advantage of, there’s nobody better at that than he is.”