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Belichick blames Welker injury on Reliant Stadium turf

No one hit New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker when he blew out his knee on Sunday. But that doesn’t mean the Patriots think the Texans are blameless.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick blames Welker’s torn ACL and MCL on the turf at Reliant Stadium.

The turf down there is terrible,” Belichick said on WEEI. “It’s terrible. It’s just inconsistent. It’s all the little trays of grass and some of them are soft and some of them are firm and they don’t all fit well together, those seams . . . some of it feels like a sponge, some of it feels real firm and hard like the Miami surface. One step you’re on one, the other step you’re on another. I really think it’s one of the worst fields I’ve seen.”

Belichick said he thinks the league needs to demand safe playing surfaces in every stadium.

“For the level of play we have in the National Football League, I think consistency on the field would be priority No. 1,” Belichick said. “We talk about players’ safety, about hits and all that and that’s certainly an area that should always be addressed. There’s nothing more important than player safety. To me, player safety starts on the surface that we play on.”

Belichick said he was concerned about the quality of the field even before the game.

“I walked out there,” Belichick said, “and I thought it was terrible.”

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  1. milesaustinisgay says: Jan 4, 2010 7:06 PM

    wah wah wah

  2. KingJoe! says: Jan 4, 2010 7:06 PM

    What a winer! This guy doesn’t say anything for 7 years now in two weeks he rips the Panthers, Casserly and a great stadiums turf. I guess he knows the Pats are on the down turn and he needs to take the focus off their porous defense. I hope Rice and company just embarrass them on Sunday.

  3. st.michael says: Jan 4, 2010 7:07 PM

    Belichick is a Mangini wannabe

  4. robolundgren says: Jan 4, 2010 7:07 PM

    New England is complaining about awful fields? Yeah, ok.

  5. birdmancometh says: Jan 4, 2010 7:07 PM

    Ah, this brings back memories of my beloved Veterans Stadium…

  6. joedimaggio says: Jan 4, 2010 7:09 PM

    Wow…Belichick is such a CLOWN. Does anyone remember what the Gilette Stadium field used to be like, before say 2007? It was 100 yards of dirt!!! And the Patriots wanted it that way! And that arrogant fool has the nerve to criticize the Texans’ field??

  7. Dolphin Fan says: Jan 4, 2010 7:10 PM

    Is it like the turf Dan Marino injured his achilles on in Cleveland when Belichick was the coach there?

  8. Reptar says: Jan 4, 2010 7:10 PM

    Actually he might be on to something there. Colts CB Kelvin Hayden strained his hammy after stepping into a “hole” on the same field last year. Said the turf just gave.

  9. StevieMo says: Jan 4, 2010 7:11 PM

    Bill Belichick is the biggest bitch in the NFL. Just an all-around miserable human being. He’s going to get what’s coming to him over time, including no SB wins since he was caught cheating his ass off.

  10. TBIH says: Jan 4, 2010 7:12 PM

    And you wonder why Brady whines more than any player in the league.

  11. MrNatural says: Jan 4, 2010 7:12 PM

    At least that’s the excuse for the cameras!

  12. efangule says: Jan 4, 2010 7:12 PM

    “blah blah blah. I can’t cheat any more so I have to make up whiny excuses as to why I lose. Blah blah blah.” -Bill Belichick

  13. jimbofungus11 says: Jan 4, 2010 7:12 PM

    Dangit Bill, if you thought it was so bad when you walked on it before the game, why didn’t you pull all of your hosses!

  14. Phil says: Jan 4, 2010 7:14 PM

    Instead of taping Texans pre-game walkthru, he should have been taping how the field was put together.

  15. ar1888 says: Jan 4, 2010 7:14 PM

    Thats the pot calling the kettle black Bill.

  16. Chapnasty2 says: Jan 4, 2010 7:15 PM

    And just after he says something that shows him to be courageous he blames a loss and an injury on something like the field. A field that no one else seemed to get injured on during that game.

  17. Poopenschafft says: Jan 4, 2010 7:16 PM

    Belichick is absolutely right. Last year Marlin Jackson tore his ACL by getting his cleat stuck in seam in the grass last year. That field is a boondoggle.

  18. mlegue810 says: Jan 4, 2010 7:18 PM

    The only thing wrong with that field is that the Patriots are guaranteed to play on it once every 8 years. Go to hell, Belichick.

  19. hayward giablommi says: Jan 4, 2010 7:19 PM

    New England is complaining about awful fields? Yeah, ok.
    ^^^^^
    New England has had fieldturf since 2006.
    Find some other mythical lie to bitch about.

  20. phinzilla says: Jan 4, 2010 7:20 PM

    Did’nt the NFL make Kraft fix his field just a few short years ago? Now we all know where Tammy Bundchen….errr….I mean Tom Brady gets his whining from……

  21. svn says: Jan 4, 2010 7:20 PM

    he actually criticized the gillette stadium turf as well but it was bad and same all throught whereaas according to him the houston turf was inconsistent
    people complain when he doesnt say anything and complain when he does.

  22. RichieBugs83 says: Jan 4, 2010 7:21 PM

    Love the Pats and Belichick, but they have the worst playing surface in the league in New England. Come on Coach, things happen.

  23. Reptar says: Jan 4, 2010 7:21 PM

    # Poopenschafft says: January 4, 2010 7:16 PM
    Belichick is absolutely right. Last year Marlin Jackson tore his ACL by getting his cleat stuck in seam in the grass last year. That field is a boondoggle.
    ————————
    It was Kelvin Hayden and he strained his hammy. Marlin Jackson tore his ACL in a non-contact drill on a Wednesday practice last year.

  24. worldinmyeyes says: Jan 4, 2010 7:23 PM

    This headline doesn’t represent the reality of what was said. You also failed to quote the relevant statements that he’s not sure what would have or wouldn’t have happened on another field. He was asked about field conditions and he answered it. Sensational headlines are more important than context and truth? No wonder he and other coaches detest the media.

  25. mcarey032 says: Jan 4, 2010 7:27 PM

    It is the exact same field that they use in Foxboro! What is Belichick talking about? Just plain crazy!

  26. jersey73 says: Jan 4, 2010 7:27 PM

    Ha ha ha…Wasn’t this the same guy who left the field in Foxboro uncovered the week leading up to the Colts/Pats playoff game in January of 2005 to have it all ripped up to disrupt the Colts offense???
    WHAT A FREAKIN’ HYPOCRITE!!!

  27. Bwa Ha Ha says: Jan 4, 2010 7:29 PM

    I despise Belichick, I’m not a Pats fan either, but when Welker went down, I saw the turf sliding around under his feet (Love that HDTV)
    I told my son that I thought the turf cased him to slide.

  28. TheBigOldDog says: Jan 4, 2010 7:29 PM

    # StevieMo says: January 4, 2010 7:11 PM
    Bill Belichick is the biggest bitch in the NFL. Just an all-around miserable human being. He’s going to get what’s coming to him over time, including no SB wins since he was caught cheating his ass off.
    ____________
    Yup. 5 More Super Bowl Rings for the other hand.

  29. wwwmattcom says: Jan 4, 2010 7:30 PM

    Bill is just being a comedian. But hey, I would LOVE to see every team have grass!
    I will say turf makes these guys more athletically able, and when you start testing the physics of your own body, ‘Wes, going to the MAX with aggressiveness,’ something has to give.
    Just look how low he got with his leg still behind him, he outran himself.
    Green ‘Turf” Monster GOT ONE.

  30. Pattitude says: Jan 4, 2010 7:31 PM

    You people are morons, the new turf in Gillette is excellent. Consistent, fake and fast. He is absolutely correct about the field surface being an issue.
    The “new” turf went in imiediately after the game when it looked like Dillon was in slow mo trying to turn a wet, muddy corner. It was real time and painful to watch. It was ready in a week.

  31. gameunleashed says: Jan 4, 2010 7:31 PM

    wow… hate much guys?? one of the best players on his team gets hurt no contact and he’s whining???you guys just must seriously not like the man. sorry they have been destroying your teams for a while… geez. and before you start … im a buccs fan.

  32. StevieMo says: Jan 4, 2010 7:31 PM

    Maybe Belichick’s friend’s wife will comfort him.

  33. BaldingersPinky says: Jan 4, 2010 7:32 PM

    How long did it take for them to replace the field at Gillette? I’m sure that crap was some sort of advantage for Lord Bill back then.

  34. Phyxsius says: Jan 4, 2010 7:33 PM

    He’s absolutely right. The field does suck. As fast as these players are and the speed that they have to make cuts, the field should be playable. There is enough money in the NFL to have uniform fields of play.

  35. Chapnasty2 says: Jan 4, 2010 7:34 PM

    Did anyone else notice how often Tom Brady cries and complains after he gets hit? Every time he got knocked to the ground he stood up like a WR after an incomplete pass crying for a PI call. Brady and Belichick are two peas in a pod.

  36. TheBigOldDog says: Jan 4, 2010 7:35 PM

    # RichieBugs83 says: January 4, 2010 7:21 PM
    Love the Pats and Belichick, but they have the worst playing surface in the league in New England. Come on Coach, things happen.
    ________________
    State of the art field turf is the worst playing surface in the league?
    Do you morons even follow the NFL I wonder?

  37. hayward giablommi says: Jan 4, 2010 7:35 PM

    Love the Pats and Belichick, but they have the worst playing surface in the league in New England. Come on Coach, things happen.
    ^^^^^
    Not since mid-Novermber 2006 they haven’t. Same fieldturf that 2/3 of the rest of the league has.

  38. stiller43 says: Jan 4, 2010 7:36 PM

    Why doesn’t Houston break the rules like New England does and change the field in the middle of the season next year.

  39. hayward giablommi says: Jan 4, 2010 7:38 PM

    The only thing wrong with that field is that the Patriots are guaranteed to play on it once every 8 years. Go to hell, Belichick.
    ^^^^^
    Actually, every 5 years since they’re both AFC teams.
    …and don’t forget that Super Bowl 38 victory won at Reliant Stadium, you jerk off.

  40. WoPhat says: Jan 4, 2010 7:38 PM

    I happened to catch the segment this afternoon on the internet. I don’t recall Belichick blaming the field for Welker’s injury. He did for sure suggest that the field is one of the worst in the league, but the reason is probably too logical for some.
    Lots of fields suck, including the previous natural surface in Foxboro, but as he indicated, they sucked consistently. (Heinz field is another example… my opinion, not mentioned by Belichick.) The issue he raised with the field in Houston has to do with the patches of turf laid down, and how they are inconsistent in firmness. Some of the grids are solid/firm while others are soft/squooshy, and a player can’t know which is which until they try to plant.
    I guess my point is that you can read the story without the context and get all worked up, because we all know that Belichick sucks and cheats and whines, or you can catch the interview. If you do the latter, listener beware. Belichick is typically very good on the Monday afternoon radio program, but the host/co-hosts are painful.

  41. tigerlilac says: Jan 4, 2010 7:41 PM

    Is what Belichick said true or not true? The facts in evidence indicate it is true.
    Someone needed to say it and Belichick did.
    Why are the conditions of the field deplorable? The owner doesn’t want to pay for field turf and there was a bowl game (Navy 35, Missouri 13, Houston Reliant Stadium, Dec. 31) there this week.
    Shame on the gutless wonders that slammed Belichick on this thread.

  42. Sukhoikiller says: Jan 4, 2010 7:41 PM

    Maybe it’s me, but it’s funny that’s the same turf and stadium the Patriots beat the Panthers in the Super Bowl back in 2003. Did not hear any complaining or whining about the turf being not suitable for play after that game. Oh, the Patriots one that’s why !

  43. hayward giablommi says: Jan 4, 2010 7:45 PM

    Did’nt (sic) the NFL make Kraft fix his field just a few short years ago? Now we all know where Tammy Bundchen….errr….I mean Tom Brady gets his whining from……
    ^^^^^
    You are absolutely WRONG.
    The field was so bad going back to the first game of 2006 that the Patriots VOLUNTARILY asked the league to switch from grass to field turf in the middle of the 2006 season.
    The league initially said “no, you can’t”, so they didn’t, then the Pats played the Jesters in a downpour further destroying the field. When it was discovered that there was no rule stating that a team could not change field surfaces mid season, so they immediately went ahead and installed a new surface in 2 weeks time for when the Bears came to town.
    It really amazes me how uninformed you all are about this stuff. It doesn’t azame me how you all conveniently craft an incorrect argument just to suit your anti-Patriots bias. Pathetic.

  44. JimmySmith says: Jan 4, 2010 7:46 PM

    Not enough bad things can happen to Bellicheat in my book. Let him complain, I hope he loses next week at home so he has to think of a new excuse.

  45. Rev. Dr. HollywoodWags says: Jan 4, 2010 7:47 PM

    The NFL is about bringing people together and family entertainment.

  46. silenceformasses says: Jan 4, 2010 7:47 PM

    HERE ARE SOME FACTS: the people on this comment section, talking crap about Belichick, have small lives and you will never be remembered. Bill Belichick is going to be remembered, long after he’s gone. It doesn’t matter what you small minded people (including myself) think about him, because in the end, no one cares about you. So keep on bitching on this website if you want to use it to escape from your boring, meaningless lives. That’s what I do at least.

  47. marinofreakout says: Jan 4, 2010 7:48 PM

    if bellicheat thought the turf was one of the worst hes seen then why did he put in his good players-its not like they won the game anyway!! sounds like a lose lose lose sort of deal. whiner

  48. Andrew Callahan says: Jan 4, 2010 7:48 PM

    Where does he blame the field? He doesn’t mention Welker’s name once in any of your extracted quotes. Nor does the article you stem your post from. Its one thing to skew headlines but its another thing to just make shit up.

  49. hayward giablommi says: Jan 4, 2010 7:53 PM

    Why doesn’t Houston break the rules like New England does and change the field in the middle of the season next year.
    ^^^^^
    Because there wasn’t a rule to be broken in 2006, which is why they made the switch, so that nobody got injured.
    Any Steeler fan complaining about another team’s surface screams irony, by the way. I guess in lieu of the turf causing injuries, you have a scumbag like Lawrence Timmons who treats Ricky Williams like a trampoline instead, thus causing a season ending injury.

  50. TheWizard says: Jan 4, 2010 7:56 PM

    For all the accusations of whining, you candyasses ought to read your own comments. Pathetic.

  51. TheBigOldDog says: Jan 4, 2010 7:57 PM

    # Sukhoikiller says: January 4, 2010 7:41 PM
    Maybe it’s me, but it’s funny that’s the same turf and stadium the Patriots beat the Panthers in the Super Bowl back in 2003. Did not hear any complaining or whining about the turf being not suitable for play after that game. Oh, the Patriots one that’s why !
    ____________
    It’s a natural surface. Conditions change. That’s the point. The field is 6-7 years older. Are you people really that dense? By the way, he went on to say he did not blame the injury on the field. Just that it was among the worst he had seen because of its inconsistency and that the NFL ought to look at requiring consistency for the sake of player safety.

  52. hayward giablommi says: Jan 4, 2010 7:58 PM

    “Maybe it’s me, but it’s funny that’s the same turf and stadium the Patriots beat the Panthers in the Super Bowl back in 2003. Did not hear any complaining or whining about the turf being not suitable for play after that game. Oh, the Patriots one (sic) that’s why !”
    ^^^^^^
    Seriously?
    Perhaps that’s because for the Super Bowl the NFL had a month to make sure that the field was in tip top shape, rather than the field that was played on Sunday which had been host to 7 NFL games + 2 preseason games this year, on which a college bowl game was played just 2 days earlier.

  53. FireJerryJones says: Jan 4, 2010 7:59 PM

    Wow. Who gives a $hit about Belichick. Watch the tape. Pretty gruesome. Nobody touches the guy. He spins his wheels trying to make a cut and tears an ACL all on his own.
    Pretty sure it’s the turf.
    Likely to hurt the Texans more in the long run, since they play there all the time.
    $hit happens.

  54. W0rnFl0ri0 says: Jan 4, 2010 7:59 PM

    stiller43 says:
    January 4, 2010 7:36 PM
    Why doesn’t Houston break the rules like New England does and change the field in the middle of the season next year.
    ————-
    How is that against the rules??
    Another dumbass post by another moron!!!

  55. TheBigOldDog says: Jan 4, 2010 7:59 PM

    For those who care to hear the whole unfiltered story:
    http://audio.weei.com/m/28202049/bill-belichick-pats-head-coach.htm

  56. NFLMMAfan says: Jan 4, 2010 8:00 PM

    Brady had a nasty wedgie and Bill wasn’t happy about it.
    The field was longer on the Patriots side and Bill wasn’t happy about it.
    Wah, wah, wah, Brady wants a penalty flag, wah, wha, wah

  57. Quagmire says: Jan 4, 2010 8:00 PM

    You want a bad field…anyone see the Louisiana State – Penn State game?

  58. TheBigOldDog says: Jan 4, 2010 8:00 PM

    # StevieMo says: January 4, 2010 7:31 PM
    Maybe Belichick’s friend’s wife will comfort him.
    ____________
    Even when you mental midgets try to slam him you can’t manage to get the story straight. Blind hatred is ugly.

  59. DeeDogn says: Jan 4, 2010 8:02 PM

    I find it funny that all Coaches complain about field conditions when they lose. It sure can’t be the players that lose the game or the fact the Coach gets out Coached.
    Football is a physical sport and injuries happen. Talk to the Colts Anthony Gonzalez about non contact injuries. He blew his knee out on FieldTurf in the preseaon and not a word.

  60. Dwight K. Schrute says: Jan 4, 2010 8:02 PM

    QUESTION: If Belichick walked the field before the game and said it was “terrible” whey then did he leave Randy Moss in, and put Tom Brady BACK into a game (in which he had been pulled already) after another key starter had been seriously injured?
    {Especially considering the game was meaningless to the Patriots playoff schedule}

  61. Debacled says: Jan 4, 2010 8:02 PM

    @ hayward giablommi-
    Try November/December 2007

  62. hayward giablommi says: Jan 4, 2010 8:03 PM

    Not enough bad things can happen to Bellicheat in my book. Let him complain, I hope he loses next week at home so he has to think of a new excuse.
    ^^^^^
    That’s funny, JimmySmith, because I’m hoping I’ll log onto PFT someday and you will be nowhere to be found. Drive by shooting will suffice.
    It’s a shame, too, I’d love to see the Packers go the distance if the Pats don’t, but if that means any happiness in your meaningless existance, then that’s reason enough to change my mind.

  63. NFLMMAfan says: Jan 4, 2010 8:05 PM

    Bill Belichick is going to be remembered, long after he’s gone.
    ^^^^^^
    Yep, we will remember Bill and his video going back all the way to when he entered the NFL. ;-)

  64. CaptainFantastik says: Jan 4, 2010 8:10 PM

    LOL. Look at the Cheatriots fans getting all bent of shape at people pointing out Belicheat’s hypocrisy.

  65. phinzilla says: Jan 4, 2010 8:11 PM

    Patriot Fans, the players and coaches are all a bunch of crying sally’s. I am so sick of Tammy Bundchen screaming for a flag every time a defender gets within arms reach of him………I have lived in this hole they call New England all my life and believe me…….this is the biggest bandwagon jumping hell hole on earth. Patriot fans……..Loyalty since 2001…….what a JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  66. TheBigOldDog says: Jan 4, 2010 8:16 PM

    # DeeDogn says: January 4, 2010 8:02 PM
    I find it funny that all Coaches complain about field conditions when they lose. It sure can’t be the players that lose the game or the fact the Coach gets out Coached.
    _____
    Ya, that would work if he was actually concerned with winning the game.
    Come one, fess up, you people only pay attention to your own team huh. You actually don’t follow the NFL right?

  67. Ytsejamer1 says: Jan 4, 2010 8:16 PM

    Where has anyone read anything regarding Brady complaining about something? I keep seeing these ‘tarded comments about Brady whining all the time, etc… WHEN? WHERE? Prove it…post some links. He never complains about injuries, he never uses them as a crutch or excuse…what’s the deal?
    Kudos to those that pointed out the fact that no rule was broken about changing fields mid-way through the season. That’s the stupidest thing I’ve heard as far as Pats-rule breaking posts.
    So this is what the 49er and Cowboy fans felt like back in the day…the haters almost just validate the dynasty with the hateorade. Awesome!

  68. silenceformasses says: Jan 4, 2010 8:17 PM

    Your right NFLMMAfan, but absolutly NOONE will remember you.

  69. blackglass says: Jan 4, 2010 8:19 PM

    JimmySmith says:
    January 4, 2010 7:46 PM
    Not enough bad things can happen to Bellicheat in my book. Let him complain, I hope he loses next week at home so he has to think of a new excuse.
    Huh, in MY book not enough bad things can happen to you. Losing your hands in a lawnmower, your parents telling you you’re adopted, and 4 Aryans just getting out of prison running a train on you would not be enough, but it would be a start.

  70. CanadianVikingFan says: Jan 4, 2010 8:19 PM

    The big bitch is showing his true colours.

  71. AFWiredawg says: Jan 4, 2010 8:22 PM

    People blow ACL/MCL’s one every field in the NFL…..Bilichick is a complete ass that is on the verge of fading into insignificance along with his team that dominated for so long.
    I am a big fan of Welker, without him Moss will be near worthless as teams will double him on every play…Brady will be blitzed routinely. Welker in my opinion was their MVP that never recieved near enough credit.

  72. Ravenmaniac says: Jan 4, 2010 8:23 PM

    Why would you let your players play on this field if you walked on it before the game and deemed it unsafe……I guess player safety is not paramount to you Bill.

  73. TheBigOldDog says: Jan 4, 2010 8:23 PM

    Dwight K. Schrute,
    If you go to WEEI and listen to Brady’s interview from this morning you’ll have your answer.
    It’s seems that no how many times these guys discuss their operating philosophy,y, or how many books are written about it, even many of their fans still have no clue what makes this team tick and why it has been so successful.
    You don’t win Super Bowls by playing scared.

  74. Deb says: Jan 4, 2010 8:24 PM

    Love Belichick or hate him–and I’m certainly not one of his fans–what he said was true:
    The league needs to demand safe playing surfaces in every stadium.
    Duh.
    But I do like mud. Don’t want them to do anything that eliminates the occasional throwback mud game.

  75. hayward giablommi says: Jan 4, 2010 8:24 PM

    Debacled says:
    @ hayward giablommi- Try November/December 2007
    ^^^^^
    @ Debacled
    No. I have an encyclopedic memory when it comes to Pats games, and I promise you, the last game played on the grass at Gillette Stadium was vs. the Jesters November 12, 2006. The next game at Gillette was November 26, 2006 at 4:15 vs. Chicago and was the first on the fieldturf.
    This was also the game the Brady juked out Brian Urlacher and Junior Seau broke his arm, ending his season.

  76. footballguy76 says: Jan 4, 2010 8:26 PM

    One of the newest and most safe turfs out there is Geo Safe Play…it’s 100% green and biodegradable with the coconut shell and cork fill it uses. The NFL should look into it!

  77. hayward giablommi says: Jan 4, 2010 8:28 PM

    @ Debacled & everyone else:
    11/14/06
    After fruitlessly trying to keep the grass playing surface at Gillette Stadium in suitable condition, the Patriots have decided to install FieldTurf in time for the Nov. 26 game against the Chicago Bears.
    After Sunday’s driving rain that turned the new sod at Gillette Stadium into a quagmire, Patriots Football Weekly has learned that the Patriots finally decided to pull the trigger and do away with natural grass and will install FieldTurf.

    By the time the Miami Dolphins left town after an Oct. 8 defeat, even Bill Belichick commented on how bad things had gotten.
    “The field is in terrible condition,” he said. “I don’t think anybody in this organization is happy about it or thinks it’s in good condition. We’ll see what we can do about it.”
    The first plan was obviously to try to re-sod the field in an attempt to improve things. The field actually held up reasonably well in the first game – a 27-20 loss to Indianapolis Nov. 5 – but Sunday’s rain evidently left the organization no alternative other than a synthetic surface.
    There were reports last month that indicated switching playing surfaces during the middle of the season was forbidden by the NFL, but Patriots President Jonathan Kraft said recently on an 890 ESPN Radio Boston interview that no such rule exists.
    http://www.patriots.com/news/index.cfm?ac=latestnewsdetail&pid=22463&pcid=41

  78. nedirect says: Jan 4, 2010 8:32 PM

    if you listened to the interview you would know that bill never said the field is the reason for the injury. he said that this type of injury could happen on any play of any game. basically shit happens. separate from that statement he delved into the inconsistencies in the texture he found while walking the field and said that the league and the competition committee should look into setting standards for the playing surfaces because this particular field is dangerous because get your facts straight.

  79. runupthescore says: Jan 4, 2010 8:33 PM

    WoPhat – well put.
    “I happened to catch the segment this afternoon on the internet. I don’t recall Belichick blaming the field for Welker’s injury. He did for sure suggest that the field is one of the worst in the league, but the reason is probably too logical for some.
    Lots of fields suck, including the previous natural surface in Foxboro, but as he indicated, they sucked consistently. (Heinz field is another example… my opinion, not mentioned by Belichick.) The issue he raised with the field in Houston has to do with the patches of turf laid down, and how they are inconsistent in firmness. Some of the grids are solid/firm while others are soft/squooshy, and a player can’t know which is which until they try to plant.
    I guess my point is that you can read the story without the context and get all worked up, because we all know that Belichick sucks and cheats and whines, or you can catch the interview. If you do the latter, listener beware. Belichick is typically very good on the Monday afternoon radio program, but the host/co-hosts are painful.”
    =================================================
    I once frequently visited this site a couple of years ago. It was a good, informative site then. But it has become so much like a tabloid newspaper (full of headlines intended to rile the masses), and the comments have become so foul, inane, and immature that I wonder why Mike allowed this once great site to go down the tubes. It’s a pity.
    Like you WoPhat, I listened to the interview in its entirety, and BB DID NOT blame the field for Welker’s injury. He merely stated how horrible the field was due to inconsistent surface firmness. He also talked about how bad the New England field was until the new one went in. But he said that the WHOLE NE field was consistently bad and mushy (not firm here, mushy there) – apparently an important difference to people who make a living playing pro football…..Think about footing, folks.
    One thing was clear – BB doesn’t have much respect for Charlie Casserly’s penchant for throwing out rumors about BB’s players.

  80. Occam says: Jan 4, 2010 8:35 PM

    “That field is a boondoggle.”
    Nice!

  81. BostonISaChraphole says: Jan 4, 2010 8:40 PM

    What a cry baby. Welker should be a man and man up and get his ass back on the field. Instead of pouting on this sideline and making a scene.
    Hmm… wait a minute, I guess since he wasn’t wearing a helmet on the sidelines its not considered pouting? Or maybe cause hes a young white boy and not black like LT.
    Injuries happen in football, this one just happened to happen to one of the biggest piece of shit cities in the NFL. Get over it.

  82. Olacfz says: Jan 4, 2010 8:45 PM

    Whining about turf is for losers.

  83. dt123 says: Jan 4, 2010 8:47 PM

    I recently tore my acl on field turf in the same manner as welker without any contact, at my school they do bot spend the money for the upkeep of the field and it shows. The turf becomes really hard and is unsafe, in the past two years there have been 4 torn acls on our turf. It amazes me that reliable stadium would also have as bad of turf as a university.

  84. VicksPuppies says: Jan 4, 2010 8:51 PM

    Cool your jets, obsessive Pats haters – the article is misleading. He was asked about the field conditions. He did NOT blame the injury on the field conditions. GEESH!

  85. TheBigOldDog says: Jan 4, 2010 8:52 PM

    runupthescore says:
    I once frequently visited this site a couple of years ago. It was a good, informative site then. But it has become so much like a tabloid newspaper (full of headlines intended to rile the masses), and the comments have become so foul, inane, and immature that I wonder why Mike allowed this once great site to go down the tubes. It’s a pity.
    ___________________
    Clearly he’s operating under the theory that any traffic is good traffic. Now it’s acceptable to root for and cheer potentially career ending injuries and wish death upon people. I think it’s a short term strategy fraught with peril.

  86. hayward giablommi says: Jan 4, 2010 8:52 PM

    I have lived in this hole they call New England all my life and believe me…….this is the biggest bandwagon jumping hell hole on earth. Patriot fans……..Loyalty since 2001…….what a JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ^^^^^
    Boy, where to begin?
    For starters, it’s pretty well known that the Dolphin “fans” who live in New England are bandwagon jumpers themselves.
    I’m not one to generalize, but all Dolphins fans I’ve met in MA-RI-CT-NY were complete douchebags. I’d venture to guess you fit this bill.
    Second, if New England is such a “hell hole”, as you say, then leave. Why live somewhere you hate? Noone will miss you, and anything to cut the unemployment rate helps..
    Third, considering that every game has been sold out since 1993, please clarify your loyalty since 2001 comment. No comprende.

  87. justintime says: Jan 4, 2010 8:56 PM

    Well done everyone for nobly defending the honor of grass.

  88. Klytus says: Jan 4, 2010 8:57 PM

    I’m in Belichick’s corner on this one. If the field is bad then the owner should be fined until he/she/it gets the field fixed. If anyone saw the play, they would see that Welker’s leg moved to the left after he planted his foot down. Then his knee collapsed inward. There is no excuse for poor field conditions in a dome stadium.
    The NFL is a multi-billion dollar enterprise, you would think that player safety is an issue that included the field of play.
    GO STEELERS!

  89. W0rnFl0ri0 says: Jan 4, 2010 9:05 PM

    AFWiredawg says:
    January 4, 2010 8:22 PM
    People blow ACL/MCL’s one every field in the NFL…..Bilichick is a complete ass that is on the verge of along with his team that dominated for so long.
    I am a big fan of Welker, without him Moss will be near worthless as teams will double him on every play…Brady will be blitzed routinely. Welker in my opinion was their MVP that never recieved near enough credit.
    —————
    People like this kill me!!!
    What a dumbass!!
    “fading into insignificance” based on what??
    They are the 3rd seed in the afc,
    I guess Pittsburg is finished, based on your logic.
    I said it before I’ll say it again,
    another dumbass post by another dumbass!!

  90. Shadenfreuder says: Jan 4, 2010 9:14 PM

    I challenge anybody on this board to find a single example of Bill Belichick blaming a loss on anything but his team being outplayed by the other team. Show me a single example of Belichick complaining about anything after a game…the refs, the field, the weather. Go ahead. He doesn’t do that. So, when he does complain about the field conditions, as he did today, then it holds a lot of water in my book.
    That field sucked. They played a fricking bowl game there less than 3 days earlier. Natural grass cannot stand up to that. Bob McNair put his wallet ahead of the safety of his players and the other team’s players. No surprise, you don’t become a billionaire by giving a crap about anything besides making money.
    The NFL should mandate field turf for any stadium that intends to host multiple games in a short period of time. Also, the field at Reliant for the Super Bowl was obviously in fantastic shape. They had over a month to get it that way…not 3 days.

  91. TheBigOldDog says: Jan 4, 2010 9:15 PM

    dt123 says: January 4, 2010 8:47 PM
    …at my school…
    _______
    Suddenly, everything makes sense.

  92. Big_McLargeHuge says: Jan 4, 2010 9:48 PM

    Pales in comparison to the field down at the Edward Jones Dome

  93. Deb says: Jan 4, 2010 9:52 PM

    @BostonIsaCrapHole …
    I can’t stand the Pats, but saying Welker should have manned up and gotten back on the field with a torn ACL and MCL is probably the most ridiculous thing ever posted on PFT. And given the really ridiculous things posted here every minute, that’s quite a distinction. Being a man has nothing to do with it. The guy can’t play his position on a knee that doesn’t function.
    There’s hatred … and there’s insanity. You’ve crossed over.

  94. W0rnFl0ri0 says: Jan 4, 2010 9:59 PM

    Shadenfreuder says:
    January 4, 2010 9:14 PM
    I challenge anybody on this board to find a single example of Bill Belichick blaming a loss on anything but his team being outplayed by the other team. Show me a single example of Belichick complaining about anything after a game…the refs, the field, the weather. Go ahead. He doesn’t do that. So, when he does complain about the field conditions, as he did today, then it holds a lot of water in my book.
    That field sucked. They played a fricking bowl game there less than 3 days earlier. Natural grass cannot stand up to that. Bob McNair put his wallet ahead of the safety of his players and the other team’s players. No surprise, you don’t become a billionaire by giving a crap about anything besides making money.
    The NFL should mandate field turf for any stadium that intends to host multiple games in a short period of time. Also, the field at Reliant for the Super Bowl was obviously in fantastic shape. They had over a month to get it that way…not 3 days.
    ———————–
    Well said.

  95. VoxVagina says: Jan 4, 2010 10:01 PM

    Wow what a whiner. Injuries happen to everyone. Unfortunately for King Belichick, the other 31 teams in the league won’t make their field to match the conditions that his highness finds acceptable

  96. Furious George says: Jan 4, 2010 10:06 PM

    TheWizard says:
    January 4, 2010 7:56 PM
    For all the accusations of whining, you candyasses ought to read your own comments. Pathetic.
    ————–
    this is what has caused many fans to stop caring about the nfail. its absolutely incredible the ignorance of the “fans”…. whining and complaining about someone making a true statement about something, and calling that person a whiner and complainer. wow.

  97. Richm2256 says: Jan 4, 2010 10:15 PM

    BostonISaChraphole says:
    January 4, 2010 8:40 PM
    What a cry baby. Welker should be a man and man up and get his ass back on the field. Instead of pouting on this sideline and making a scene.
    Hmm… wait a minute, I guess since he wasn’t wearing a helmet on the sidelines its not considered pouting? Or maybe cause hes a young white boy and not black like LT.
    Injuries happen in football, this one just happened to happen to one of the biggest piece of shit cities in the NFL. Get over it.
    ————————————————
    Did you actually WATCH that play????
    You have got to be THE BIGGEST MORON this board has EVER SEEN!!!!!!
    LOOK AT THE DAMN FILM, DICKHEAD, and then call Wes Welker a “pouter”. Most damn players would never have walked off that field on their own!!!!!!! LT sure as $hit would have had a friggin’ Medivac helicopter drop out of the f-ing sky at MID-FIELD to haul his candy-a$$ out of there.
    Don’t be a total dip$hit, pal, WATCH THAT DAMN TAPE and even YOU will realize what a moron you are for that post.
    Gee-Zus H Criminay, Florio, will you PLEASE start screening htese dumba$$ people who post without having a SINGLE CLUE what the F they are talking about.
    Holy crap I can’t believe this idiot actualy wrote those words!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Dude blew out his knee in a totally disgusting fashion, and this pussy says “get over it”……
    MAN, you are a STUPID MOTHERF–KER!!!!!!!!!
    I’ve got unplug this f-ing computer before I track this jerk down and rip HIS ACL out of HIS knee and see how HE handles it!!!!!!

  98. spudz says: Jan 4, 2010 10:58 PM

    @ Richm2256
    Couldnt have said it better myself……

  99. aj says: Jan 4, 2010 11:36 PM

    Reliant Stadium was voted the 4th best playing surface by the NFLPA players in a 2004 survey. It’s the same system now as it was then.
    http://www.athleticturf.net/athleticturf/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=148868

  100. sandy70 says: Jan 5, 2010 2:28 AM

    Would the field’s condition been mentioned at all had Welker not blown out his knee?
    Just a thought for everyone who is claiming that BB isn’t making that leap of logic…..

  101. SidE-WalkaH says: Jan 5, 2010 3:18 AM

    @ aj
    that was back in 2004. a lot of games have been played on that field in the 5 years since then which wouldnt definitely wear out the field, but I dont think that survey is genuine anyways. look at all of the injuries that have been caused by that field and all the other complaints from other teams and players stating the same thing as belichick. a lot of teams have switched to fieldturf for a reason. maybe the texans should stop being cheap and do the same to prevent future injuries such as this. hopefully the league will get involved and force them to do so.

  102. mlegue810 says: Jan 5, 2010 6:04 AM

    After reading all of these comments, I’m pretty sure Hayward Giablommi is none other than Bill Belichick himself. So from now on, I think it would be prudent to direct any venom regarding the mediocre Patriots or their cheating coach directly to Mr. Giablommi.

  103. I♥Patriots says: Jan 5, 2010 6:58 AM

    aj says: January 4, 2010 11:36 PM
    Reliant Stadium was voted the 4th best playing surface by the NFLPA players in a 2004 survey. It’s the same system now as it was then.
    That was 6 years ago, jackass.

  104. hayward giablommi says: Jan 5, 2010 9:31 AM

    @ mlegue810
    Not BB, but I will take that as a compliment. Thank you.
    By the way, everything I have said here is spot on, unlike the Pavlovian anti-Patriots lemmings who post here.
    If you or anyone else can find one inaccuracy in anything I’ve posted here, please feel free to point it out.

  105. Rick says: Jan 5, 2010 9:43 AM

    The Patriots are the team of the decade. They will be among the greats like the Steelers of the 70s the 49ers of the 80s and the Cowboys of the 90s. Suck it mouth breathers. The HOF is about to fill up with Patriots. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

  106. TheBigOldDog says: Jan 5, 2010 10:45 AM

    Cleric John Preston says: January 5, 2010 10:01 AM
    I hate Patriots fans.
    ____________
    That’s good because they hate you just as much. Maybe more even. Mainly because you are an intellectually challenged individual who don’t even understand what is being discussed, never mind taking the time to get the facts straight before posting your mindless drivel.

  107. hayward giablommi says: Jan 5, 2010 11:35 AM

    “I hate Patriots fans.”
    ^^^^^
    To quote you, “here is the fact”: We hate you more.
    ——-
    “If you say anything that isn’t pro-Bellicheck or Pro-Brady they go off . . . no self control.”
    ^^^^^
    Actually, your predictable Pavlovian responses to anything Patriots-related are so easy to deconstruct that verbally sodomizing you and your ilk has become routine.
    ——
    “Here is the fact: if the Patriots lose to the Ravens this week, Wes Welker’s injury will be the excuse, and now that will be blamed on the Texans Turf.”
    ^^^^^
    One of the stupidest things you’ve ever said here, a truly mind boggling accomplishment. I don’t think it’s possible to distort the truth any more grotesquely than you have here. You clearly have no pulse on what Patriot fans mindset. Just give up.

  108. Deb says: Jan 5, 2010 11:49 AM

    @Sandy70 …
    Can’t believe I’m on a Pats thread defending Belichick, but …
    Would the field’s conditions have been mentioned if Welker hadn’t blown out his knee? Probably not. But no one cared how fast airlines were changing out the pitot probes on their airbuses until the Air France crash last summer killed 228 people.
    I’m not comparing Welker’s injury with the deaths of 228 people, but the principle is the same. People don’t usually fix problems–especially if it will cost them money–until after someone gets hurt and draws attention to them.
    Sad but true.

  109. jostrmr says: Jan 5, 2010 11:51 AM

    To the people who are saying that Reliant Stadium is where the Pats won SB 38, you need to realize that the Super Bowl field is taken care of to make sure that it’s perfect. Do you really think the Texans are taking care of their field to the same specifications that was taken during the Super Bowl? I’m going to say no. So, some of you need to look past your hatred/jealousy of the Pats.

  110. I♥Patriots says: Jan 5, 2010 12:48 PM

    Some people really need to get a grip on reality.
    How can anyone call Wes Welker a pussy???!!!! Are you insane? Have you ever even watched him play? WTF is wrong with you? You will never be one quarter of the man that Wes Welker was when he was 5.
    Did anyone even take the time to read the transcript of BB on WEEI? In no way was he blaming the field for Wes’s injury. The blind hatred for one of the most brilliant minds in the NFL blows my mind. Seems to me that none of you even have any knowledge about the Patriots or NFL rules based on the fact that you can’t let an incident from two years ago that was made into a media circus go.
    BB has never blamed anything on anyone or anything else but himself. If you have ever heard the man speak, you would know that. He always blames himself first. BB never makes excuses.
    Many of you seem flat-out obsessed.
    It sucks that all the Pats fans constantly have to defend our coach and players for no reason other than the fact that others are jealous.

  111. texasPHINSfan says: Jan 5, 2010 12:59 PM

    Gillette’s frozen tundra is some of the worst in the league. I don’t think Belichick has a place to complain.

  112. Deb says: Jan 5, 2010 1:18 PM

    @Richm2256 …
    You have got to work on that perspective thing.
    I called out BostonIsaCrapHole … not as colorfully as you did, but I called him out. Actually, I did say something similar to biggest moron ever to post on the site. Didn’t threaten bodily harm, though. I think the only person who’s ever inspired me to threaten bodily harm … was a Pats fan. But I only threatened to slap his face, not rip out his ACL :-)

  113. footballnut says: Jan 5, 2010 1:37 PM

    It’s pretty bad when we have Steeler fans defending BB in this, but he’s right.
    Also MDS is a bit careless as Belichick never, ever blamed the conditions for Welker’s injury.
    Listen to the broadcast tools and then spew your venom, at least it will be informed venom.
    The field had a bowl game a few days before so it was patched up and this is what can happen.
    But BB never blamed Welker’s injury on this. MDS should clarify as putting words into people’s mouths can be dangerous…

  114. Dave Mac says: Jan 5, 2010 1:44 PM

    haha.. It’s amazing how many people are jealous of the Patriots haha… 118 comments.. and Bill Cowher to the bills has 20 something lol… I am proud to be a fan of the team that EVERYONE is jealous of!!
    Belicheat??? haha.. you guys are just mad that your coach wasn’t smart enough to think of it first!

  115. Deb says: Jan 5, 2010 2:20 PM

    @Dave Mac …
    Sorry to burst your bubble, dear, but I’ve been commenting here, and I’m not jealous of the Pats. Steelers fans have no reason to be jealous of anyone–even on a bad year. Of course, I haven’t posted any goofy jealous anti-Pats stuff because I respect their accomplishments. I’m always surprised by the Pats fans who post goofy jealous comments on our threads. Maybe they’re not as secure as I am.

  116. Deb says: Jan 5, 2010 2:24 PM

    Oh, and Dave Mac, I haven’t commented on Cowher to the Bills because I’ll believe it when I see him announcing it wearing a Bills jacket.

  117. I♥Patriots says: Jan 5, 2010 2:43 PM

    Deb-
    You are not the typical Steelers fan. I hate to stereotype and generalize, but I live in Pittsburgh, and I am a first hand witness to a whole lot of hating and jealousy. My own father was cheering when we lost the SB, knowing just how crushed I was. He called just to rub it in. Not too many Steelers fans have the guts to even admit that they respect the Pats accomplishments. +1 for Deb.
    Are you sure you are a Steelers fan? You sure seem different than most of my experiences.

  118. spyboots says: Jan 5, 2010 3:36 PM

    “Bill Belichick is going to be remembered, long after he’s gone.”
    Yes, as a cheater!

  119. kennethnoisewater says: Jan 5, 2010 4:15 PM

    Who cares if he “cheated”. Win at all costs. This country is full of people with a loser’s mentality. Just ask Bill Polian.

  120. Deb says: Jan 5, 2010 6:10 PM

    @I Love Pats …
    Omigosh, your dad called to rub it in?? That’s horrible. Don’t get me wrong–I was rooting against you that night. Didn’t want you to get that record. But I’d never rub in a loss like that. Losing SBXXX broke my heart.
    I’m a Floridian but a diehard Bama fan. I’ve had to listen to Gators, blah, blah, blah for three years. But when we won the SEC Championship, I just walked around smiling … a lot :-) The only person I gave a hard time was a bandwagoner who’d been giving my mom a hard time. Last year he was Kansas, this year Gators. No patience with that. Same last year w/the AZ people who were really mouthing off to me. (I’ve been a Steelers fan since I was a kid.) I just walked in wearing my Steelers jacket and smiling. But I wear it when we lose, too.
    I just try to congratulate the winners and be a good loser and give people their props. And I don’t talk smack unless people start on me first. You know–all that good sport stuff we learned in kindergarten! :-)

  121. Richm2256 says: Jan 5, 2010 8:36 PM

    texasPHINSfan says:
    Gillette’s frozen tundra is some of the worst in the league. I don’t think Belichick has a place to complain.
    ————————————————
    Really????
    You probably think the Patriots still play on a grass field then? The patriots have played on a state-of-the-art Field Turf system for about five years now, dip$hit.
    The only thing dumber in football than a Dolphins fan is a Dolphins fan from Texas.
    Oh, and Knute Rockne isn’t in South Bend anymore either. He’s dead.
    Just thought I’d bring you into the 21st century, genius.
    @Deb: yeah, I needed to walk away from that idiot, but the offer still stands to rip his ACL (and MCL!) out and see if Wes Welker is still a pussy in his eyes.
    By the way, BostonISacraphole has just been a first ballot breeze-in to the PFT “Moron Poster Hall of Fame”. Unanimous vote.

  122. Deb says: Jan 5, 2010 9:54 PM

    Hey Richm2256 …
    I’ve been wondering … is that guy (BostonIsaCrapHole) new? Never saw him before. Weird thing to post! Get back in the game w/a torn ACL & MCL? Bizarre!

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