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Bill Belichick benches Wes Welker for Rex Ryan foot jokes

This weird week leading up to the Jets-Patriots game got a little weirder in the minutes before kickoff.

CBS reported just prior to game time that Wes Welker, the Patriots’ No. 1 receiver, will not be in the starting lineup.

The reason? Patriots coach Bill Belichick benched Welker for making jokes this week about the involvement of Jets coach Rex Ryan and Ryan’s wife in foot fetish videos.

Belichick told all his players not to say anything that would serve as bulletin board material, and he was apparently serious. So Welker won’t start.

UPDATE: Welker took the field for a punt return, then went to the sideline and stayed there throughout the Patriots’ first offensive possession. He was back on the field for the Patriots’ second possession.

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37 Responses to “Bill Belichick benches Wes Welker for Rex Ryan foot jokes”
  1. mataug says: Jan 16, 2011 4:42 PM

    Belichick putting his foot down !

  2. myspaceyourface says: Jan 16, 2011 4:44 PM


  3. habibthomas says: Jan 16, 2011 4:44 PM

    I wonder if he would have benched Brady…I say no, which to me defeats the whole purpose of this weird discipline

  4. Phintastic says: Jan 16, 2011 4:46 PM

    Unfeetin’ believable!!!

  5. blountforce says: Jan 16, 2011 4:47 PM

    C’mon Bill. Hit the guy in his wallet…. don’t punish the team.

  6. hobartbaker says: Jan 16, 2011 4:49 PM

    “Hey, Bellyache, did you hear the one about the………………………, never mind……….”.

  7. voxveritass says: Jan 16, 2011 4:49 PM

    What benching? He was on the field for the punt return.

  8. majikbullet says: Jan 16, 2011 4:51 PM

    Welker received the first punt of the game!

  9. hobartbaker says: Jan 16, 2011 4:54 PM

    By those standards Mangled should get a 3 game suspension for his lame effort.

  10. pervyharvin says: Jan 16, 2011 4:54 PM

    I like the Pats better but I think they are going to lose today.

  11. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Jan 16, 2011 4:54 PM

    Good for him! Mess with the bull you get the….

    It’s like having a child. If you tell them not to do something and they do it and you do nothing, you are going to have one a-hole of a child. This ain’t rocket science.

  12. tryytheveal says: Jan 16, 2011 4:57 PM

    What an assclown……If Brady would have offered rex’s wife some UGGS, think he would have been benched?…..Plaase

  13. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Jan 16, 2011 4:58 PM

    “C’mon Bill. Hit the guy in his wallet…. don’t punish the team.”

    This is why he’s a great coach. Hitting them in the wallet does NOTHING. They make too much. What’s he going to do, fine him $250k? All these guys (the good ones) don’t want to let their team down. So fining them does not acheive the goal. Make them dissapoint their teamates. That’s what it takes.

  14. jimeejohnson says: Jan 16, 2011 4:59 PM

    Brady throws his first interception in 355 attempts. Folk misses his first field goal inside the 40 for the first time in 14 tries. What kind of game is this going to be? Wow!

  15. scytherius says: Jan 16, 2011 5:00 PM

    I am no Belichick fan, quite the contrary. But this was a class move on his part.

  16. igottz5onit says: Jan 16, 2011 5:03 PM

    Then as soon as Brady throws his first pick, Welker comes back in.

  17. 3octaveFart says: Jan 16, 2011 5:07 PM

    Benched him for a whole series.

    That ought to teach him.

  18. commandercornpone says: Jan 16, 2011 5:09 PM

    belichick doesnt play footsie.

  19. skinnypigeon says: Jan 16, 2011 5:14 PM

    I guess Bill felt that Welker put her foot in his mouth.

  20. liquidalfa says: Jan 16, 2011 5:17 PM

    That’s what you get for not toeing the company line.

  21. bspurloc says: Jan 16, 2011 5:18 PM

    too bad folk isnt benched

  22. donovanmcflabb says: Jan 16, 2011 5:20 PM

    I respect Bill B. as a coach but he really is quite the meglomaniac. I would have an easier time accepting him punishing Welker if not for spygate. So let me get this straight Mr. Belechik: your rules are important but not the league’s rules?

  23. goforthanddie says: Jan 16, 2011 5:20 PM

    Welker’s was, by FAR, the best “trash-talking” EVER in sporting history. They should be buying him dinner instead of benching him.

  24. tatum064 says: Jan 16, 2011 5:25 PM

    3 sacks. You think the Jet defense isnt mad about that last game? Jets offense is killing them, though. Can they put Brad Smith in?

  25. jwil444 says: Jan 16, 2011 5:28 PM

    Guess Welker put his foot in his mouth

  26. smootysmoot says: Jan 16, 2011 5:30 PM

    He sat for one series, Big Deal!!!

  27. richm2256 says: Jan 16, 2011 5:36 PM

    Gotta hand it to the Yets defense…. after a rough start they’ve started to get to Brady’s head. Three sacks and an INT and now he’s looking way too tentative throwing the ball.

    Time to start using BJGE a bit more to take off some pressure, and see if you can throw a deep one in there a bit.

  28. mike7vicks7cat says: Jan 16, 2011 5:36 PM

    OH WOWWW he benched him for 3 plays what a drill sargeant he is… ha lol, belichick knows he needs him, he gonna get dumped on by the jets !

  29. Deb says: Jan 16, 2011 5:53 PM

    You guys are missing the point. Welker didn’t skip practice or blatantly defy Belichick’s bulletin-board rule by getting into a verbal war with a Jets player. He engaged in some tongue-in-cheek humor he probably didn’t think was a problem. Belichick disagreed and had him sit out a series to embarrass him and make sure he’d think twice next time. It was like a time out. If it had been a bigger violation, it would have been a bigger punishment. I’m not a fan, but respect BB’s methods.

  30. Jack Burton says: Jan 16, 2011 5:56 PM

    He missed the upright with that discipline.

  31. Slackmo says: Jan 16, 2011 6:06 PM

    New England fans won’t stand for this–especially if it ends in defeet.

  32. jimeejohnson says: Jan 16, 2011 6:07 PM

    I don’t care who wins, but the Jets seem to show up for these big games, while the Patriots don’t. Still plenty of time left…

  33. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 16, 2011 6:09 PM

    Oh please, he’s in there playing about the whole game. What a “statement” of nothing. Try sitting him out the WHOLE game and show you really mean what you say.

  34. sirsprague says: Jan 16, 2011 8:54 PM

    It’s a playoff game. Why would you bench your top receiver for even one series? That’s really the best way to make a statement and still try to win?

    OK, perhaps you think he should be punished for his inappropriate comments. Why? These guys are being paid millions to play a freakin’ game. Let them have some harmless fun. I’d be more worried if Welker was intentionally trying to injure someone, not making ten references to feet.

    I hate the Pats with the burning fire of a thousand suns, and I still laughed at Welker’s conference. I’m having trouble figuring out why I should care if he makes a few wise-cracks.

  35. skoobyfl says: Jan 16, 2011 9:06 PM

    This Bill should have worried more about the opponent instead of his own player ?? These are adults Bill, the joke was funny.

    I also think Welker was a shoe in for the opening kickoff, LOL.

  36. ingreenmts says: Jan 16, 2011 9:15 PM

    Hope Welcher enjoys staying home next weekend.

  37. ninernationnut says: Jan 17, 2011 12:49 AM

    Disclaimer: This post is shows extremely bad taste on my part, but so help me, I can’t stop myself.

    It’s obvious that the Patriots weren’t prepared to really put their best foot forward.

    They just weren’t able to toe the line and they certainly didn’t look as though they were able to think on their feet.

    I was really expecting to see some fancy footwork.

    Perhaps next year they won’t step on each others’ toes and get their feet all tangled up.

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