Belichick blasts Welker for 'deliberate' hit on Talib

Belichick blasts Welker for 'deliberate' hit on Talib
January 20, 2014, 9:00 am
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FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick unloaded on former Patriot Wes Welker during his end-of-the-season press conference Monday morning, calling Welker's taking out of Aqib Talib -- which, on Sunday, he had called one of the key plays in the Patriots' 26-16 loss to the Broncos -- "[one] of the worst plays I've seen."

The coach's comments were delivered, unprompted, during his opening remarks. 

"I was asked [Sunday night] about the hit," said Belichick of Welker's block on Talib, which knocked the Patriot cornerback out of the game. "And I feel bad for Aqib for the way that play turned out."

During Sunday's end-of-game press conference, Belichick didn't accuse Welker of making a dirty hit on Talib. But on Monday he said he "went back and watched it, which I didn't have a chance to [on Sunday]."

"It was a deliberate play by the receiver to take out Aqib. No attempt to get open."

As for any penalties Welker should receive, Belichick said, "I'll let the league handle the discipline. It's not for me to decide."