AFC Championship Game: Wes Welker hit on Aqib Talib deliberate, says Bill Belichick
Last Updated: 21/01/14 12:15pm
New England head coach Bill Belichick has described Wes Welker's collision with Aqib Talib as "one of the worst plays I've seen".
Denver Broncos receiver Welker, who spent six seasons playing under Belichick at the New England Patriots, came together with cornerback Talib in the second quarter of the AFC Championship Game.
He was not penalised for the collision, which caused Talib to miss the rest of the contest with a knee injury. The Broncos went on to defeat the Patriots 26-16.
Denver receiver Demaryius Thomas made the most of Talib's absence by frequently beating his replacement, Alfonzo Dennard, in coverage to finish the day with 134 receiving yards and a touchdown.
"It was a deliberate play by the receiver to take out Aqib. No attempt to get open."
And Belichick did not pull any punches when giving his view on the actions of the former New England favourite.
"It was a deliberate play by the receiver to take out Aqib. No attempt to get open," Belichick told ESPN.
"I'll let the league handle the discipline on that play, whatever they decide. It's one of the worst plays I've seen. That's all I'll say about that."
Welker, who was a team-mate to Talib during the 2012 season, denied there was anything intentional in the hit.
"It was one of those plays where it's kind of a rough play and 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 just kind of collided," Welker said.
"It wasn't a deal where I was trying to hit him or anything like that."