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07:22 AM ET 01.21 | In the eyes of Bill Belichick, former Patriot Wes Welker made a deliberate effort to take out Aqib Talib when New England met the Broncos in Sunday's AFC Championship Game. Will the league office agree with the New England Patriots coach? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that any fine or discipline with regard to Welker's block will come at the end of the week. Game officials viewed the play as a judgment call that contact between Welker and Talib occurred as the ball was being touched by Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. ... Interestingly, the Patriots ran a nearly identical play late in the first quarter with wide receiver Julian Edelman delivering a hit that shook up Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

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January 21, 2014  07:31 AM ET

... the Patriots ran a nearly identical play late in the first quarter with wide receiver Julian Edelman delivering a hit that shook up Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.



Yes, but those are legal plays for BB teams. ;-)

January 21, 2014  07:41 AM ET

As long as it's not a suspension, who cares.

January 21, 2014  07:59 AM ET

The ball had been dropped by Thomas by the time Welker ran into Talib, who couldn't keep up with Thomas in the first place. Fine? ok. Suspension? Shouldn't happen.

January 21, 2014  08:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

As long as it's not a suspension, who cares.

Agreed...

January 21, 2014  08:13 AM ET

Rule 8, Section 5, Article 2 (Forward Pass, Backward Pass, Fumble)
Prohibited Acts by both teams while the ball is in the air. Acts that are pass interference include, but are not limited to:

(e) cutting off the path of an opponent by making contact with him, without playing the ball.

Seems simple enough right? The important wording in this portion of the pass interference rule is "making contact with him." The tricky part is it is still completely a judgement call by the ref. In most cases (even though we know these plays are designed to create the pick effect), the question that arises is intent. If there is contact, was the contact intentional? Did the receiver knowingly cut off a defender to spring someone else open? Was the receiver just running a route and things got congested?

January 21, 2014  08:21 AM ET

Dumb. All of it. The hit was clean with contact beginning pad to pad. If the ball was touched before contact was made then it is called perfect timing and perfectly legal.

EVEN IF it was an illegal pick play, then it just becomes a MISSED CALL. Same as any other game of missed calls on that play or holding or blocking in the back or anything else. Period. There is NO penalty ever given for that. Show me ONE time that has ever happened.

The only one up for any penalty on it would be for the official who missed it. Jeesh!

January 21, 2014  08:26 AM ET

This comment from Fox and Devin McCourty speaks volumes about the whole issue...

Asked why he would send the 5-foot-9 Welker, 4 inches shorter, at Talib after sustaining two recent concussions, Fox said, "That???s a good question. I don???t have an answer to it."

But he and several Patriots said pick plays in which one receiver brushes against or hits a defender to free another receiver are becoming more prevalent.

"Teams do a lot of that just to give guys separation and to open up the passing game," safety Devin McCourty said.

January 21, 2014  08:29 AM ET

I'd pay big $'s to see him take out Sherman, too.

January 21, 2014  08:30 AM ET

It's football, for crying out loud, let them play the game. Maybe the NFL should have a flag league too, for those that can't take the physical stuff.

January 21, 2014  08:33 AM ET

WHY???? He learned how to take a cheap shot from bela-CHEAT.....

bela-CHEAT hasn't won anything since he got caught CHEATING in SPY-GATE.... ha ha

January 21, 2014  08:37 AM ET

Belichick's sour grapes. This is a non story. Why didn't the reporter ask him if he intended Edelman to injure DRC with the same play just before. Hypocrite, cry-baby. I'd be embarrassed to be a Pats fan anyway, but this is just pathetic.

January 21, 2014  08:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I'd pay big $'s to see him take out Sherman, too.

Me too... :)

January 21, 2014  08:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Dumb. All of it. The hit was clean with contact beginning pad to pad. If the ball was touched before contact was made then it is called perfect timing and perfectly legal.EVEN IF it was an illegal pick play, then it just becomes a MISSED CALL. Same as any other game of missed calls on that play or holding or blocking in the back or anything else. Period. There is NO penalty ever given for that. Show me ONE time that has ever happened.The only one up for any penalty on it would be for the official who missed it. Jeesh!

Well said.

Forgot to mention sending the previously concussed Welker and having his head hit by Talibs shoulder on the play-not smart call if it was intentional. But Otis picked up on that.

What nobody seems to remember though is Talib fell forward and Welker fell to the side/back (away from Talib), certainly it could be a flop but it seems more likely Welker set the pick and Talib was too stupid to move.

January 21, 2014  08:51 AM ET

Belichick's level of class continues to drop to new, lower levels. The NFL will be a better place when this cheating, whining POS is no longer in it...

January 21, 2014  08:54 AM ET

The Patriots play was not "nearly" identical. Edelman took a much bigger shot at DRC. Welker learned that play from Belichick and the Pats who love to run it. It isn't dirty and isn't illegal. BB is just butthurt that his team has lost again now that they can't cheat the way they did during their SB run.

January 21, 2014  08:58 AM ET

I see the pathetic Patriot haters are out in force today.

January 21, 2014  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

I see the pathetic Patriot haters are out in force today.

Anything regarding BB on FN becomes a troll magnet.

January 21, 2014  09:20 AM ET

I wonder how he feels about the thug Saints going after Favre in the 2009 NFC Championship game?

January 21, 2014  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Anything regarding BB on FN becomes a troll magnet.

THIS^^^^^.

 
January 21, 2014  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

I see the pathetic Patriot haters are out in force today.

I have no sympathy for the Pats. They go in to next year with a better team than this one even. Get some guys back, time enough to beef up the TE and WR and DB a little in the draft and FA. Brady and a good OL for three more years. They are livin' the dream.

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