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Wes Welker not fined for hit on Aqib Talib


When Patriots coach Bill Belichick blasted Broncos receiver Wes Welker for his hit on Aqib Talib in the AFC Championship Game, Belichick said, “I’ll let the league handle the discipline on that play. It’s not for me to decide.”

Now the league has decided. Welker will not be disciplined.

The NFL confirmed that on Friday afternoon, and it’s no surprise, as NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino already said that Welker’s hit on Talib was legal. Belichick may have considered it one of the worst plays he’s ever seen, but the reality is that under NFL rules, receivers are allowed to hit defensive backs the way Welker hit Talib.

The Competition Committee may put a proposal before the owners this offseason to change the rules and give defensive backs more protection on such plays. But right now, what Welker did was legal. The officials were correct not to throw a flag, and the NFL saw nothing to discipline Welker for. Belichick doesn’t have to like it, but that’s the rule in the NFL.

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  1. metalman5150 says: Jan 24, 2014 3:28 PM

    The NFL illuminati always has it’s way.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 24, 2014 3:28 PM

    League wanted to make sure that Wes was available to take out Sherman.

  3. 69finfan says: Jan 24, 2014 3:29 PM


  4. blackbug99 says: Jan 24, 2014 3:35 PM

    Really? In Belichick’s career he’s never seen a worse hit? Give me a break…..NE is on the downslide :)!

  5. dualprime says: Jan 24, 2014 3:35 PM

    “Belichick doesn’t have to like it, but that’s the rule in the NFL.”


  6. mattwalshvideo says: Jan 24, 2014 3:35 PM

    Just Belicheat “misinterpreting” the rules again.

  7. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 24, 2014 3:35 PM

    When did pick plays become legal in the NFL again? I must have missed the memo. Raiders used to always get penalized for pick plays.

  8. jerrahsucks says: Jan 24, 2014 3:37 PM

    Take that Billycheater.

  9. dmartin17 says: Jan 24, 2014 3:37 PM

    Not a fine, but definitely a flag.

  10. dmartin17 says: Jan 24, 2014 3:38 PM

    And still a cheap shot. As Jermain Wiggins said: You gotta at least make it look like you’re trying to avoid contact.

  11. troy43mvp says: Jan 24, 2014 3:39 PM

    Of course he wasn’t. He was just doing what Beledick does every game. Setting an illegal pick and it worked because the refs have done only one thing consistent all year long……blow calls.

  12. azarkhan says: Jan 24, 2014 3:40 PM

    Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond on Welker’s hit:
    “It was really uncalled for,” Thurmond said. “The receiver ran right into the guy. I don’t know the extent of the injury Talib had, but I thought we were supposed to protect football players in this league now. I guess not. I guess that only goes one way.”

    “Welker had his head down, like he was coming down the whole time,” he said. “That should be a flag, and he should be getting fined. There’s a whole bunch of things that should happen in that situation, but I don’t run the NFL.”

  13. vbe2 says: Jan 24, 2014 3:40 PM

    They ought to fine Belicheat though for trying to sully the name of a fine player for personal grudge reasons.

  14. reigningrams says: Jan 24, 2014 3:41 PM

    why would he have been fined? this IS a contact sport, after all………..

  15. Patskrieg dot com says: Jan 24, 2014 3:42 PM

    Funny things happen with disciplinary decisions for successful babyface teams.

    Noteworthy Examples:
    Andre Johnson wasn’t suspended for punching Cortland Finnegan.

    The two years it took to discipline Von Miller for failed drug tests.

    Matt Light not getting suspended for punching Channing Crowder with his helmet off in 2008 (if Pats haters even remember that far, yes I went there).

  16. dietrich43 says: Jan 24, 2014 3:42 PM

    If a DB did the same thing to Welker, it would have resulted in a flag and a fine. But because Talib plays defense, it’s ok.

  17. forsbergler says: Jan 24, 2014 3:43 PM

    Unfortuanatly it’s not the resposibility of the offensive player to change his route to get out of the wat of a Defensive player. Hense why Mesh plays are effective against Man to man Defense. You can say he wasn’t trying to get open and he ran right at the guy but unfortuantly that’s just an assumption. Prove it. That’s why what he did was legal. It’s called football

  18. securb2013 says: Jan 24, 2014 3:44 PM

    Did the league run out of rules to help Brady win so now they have to invent rules to help the Patriot’s DBs?

  19. tv426 says: Jan 24, 2014 3:44 PM

    NE runs the same play. They rub DBs nearly every play. Billy is a sore loser is all!

  20. craigkintexas says: Jan 24, 2014 3:44 PM

    Who really cares what Belichick thinks!

  21. stealthjunk says: Jan 24, 2014 3:46 PM

    Leave it to the guy who thinks taping the other team’s practices/signals is legal to tell us how to interpret the NFL rulebook.

  22. purpleguy says: Jan 24, 2014 3:47 PM

    Instead, they forced him to wear that doofy looking beanie thingee for 7 days straight.

  23. forsbergler says: Jan 24, 2014 3:47 PM

    It’s not illigal as long as you don’t hold when you do it. If you run full speed into a dude on defense without changing your direction at the last second to hit the guy, Its legal. If you go out of your way to make sure you hit a guy, change your direction at the last second, hold onto the guy. That’s a pick play. Getting in the way is a mesh play or within 5 yrds is a rub route. It’s always been like this just cause pats nation is the biggest cry babies of all time is the only reason thios is getting any press.

  24. phinagain says: Jan 24, 2014 3:52 PM

    I seem to remember that pick play being a key part of the NE offense. The Dolphins play them 2x a year, and Belichik ran that kind of play all the time. Now that it injured his guy, it’s the “worst play” ever? And the league bows down?

    Wasn’t the extra point elimination idea floated earlier this year by Belichik because his team got penalized for an illegal play?

    Tuck (rule) everlasting runs this league.

  25. myworldurjuslivinit says: Jan 24, 2014 3:54 PM

    plz tell me when a pick play is legal and when its illegal…sigh.
    So many rules, so many judgment calls = bad calls

  26. doe22us says: Jan 24, 2014 3:54 PM

    How did BB feel when the Browns player took out the knee of gronk, now that is what he should be complaining about, but guess what that is par for the course for him regular season game dont mean much than post-season game especially playing Manning. Take your lumps and then move on.

  27. gotitan says: Jan 24, 2014 3:56 PM

    Why does Wes have a panty on his head?

  28. jbaxt says: Jan 24, 2014 3:58 PM

    Huge pick, now I agree it was just after the ball hit Thomas but he wasn’t on a route and could seriously injury a player with that type of move. Denver got away with about 5 pick plays that game, and only one was called.

  29. ratsfoiledagain says: Jan 24, 2014 4:00 PM

    Bill shouldn’t be upset about this. He still has no idea who Welker is.

    He keeps calling him ‘the player’.

  30. bigdaddy44 says: Jan 24, 2014 4:09 PM

    Welker should not have been fined, but that was not the real intent of Belichick’s comments. He created a media firestorm that will lead to the Competition Committee reviewing that type of play for the future. Even though the Pats are the 2nd biggest offenders to Denver at using that rub/pick play, BB is, was and always will be a ‘defense first’ coach at heart. Many of the rules that have been installed in favor of the offense, were a league reaction to the way Belichick’s team played defense. Belichick also intentionally created a lot of negative attention toward Welker, as part of their feud. There was no way the league was going to issue a fine on Welker, and BB knew that before he spoke.

  31. drgfri says: Jan 24, 2014 4:16 PM

    Thank goodness! I was worried that his wife would have to start working a hooters again to pay for that fine…..

  32. khar9 says: Jan 24, 2014 4:23 PM

    Funny it would of been a penalty if the defensive player hit the offensive player

  33. phinsfanjoz says: Jan 24, 2014 4:24 PM

    Belichick didn’t like a legal play because it went against his team.

    It’s about time the NFL told the Pats to shove it.

  34. pongonfl says: Jan 24, 2014 4:27 PM

    Marvin Harrison wants Belicheck to get on the field and take all the “legal” non penalized, playoff game winning hits he took from Patriots teams in the early 2000s. Usually 2 at a time, and after the play was over.

    BB is becoming ridiculous.

    Without illegal contact, Bill has ZERO patriot rings. If he didn’t coach his defense to cheat in the superbowl, then it was only because of illegal contact that they even got there to win it.

    PI and a Great Kicker, you can win rings that way if they let you.

  35. bigdaddy44 says: Jan 24, 2014 4:29 PM

    The video of Walker’s hit on Talib should be used as a training video for every defensive back in the NFL on how to legally hit a receiver. Wes could teach some of these guys a thing or two, save them some fine money, and reduce the number of injuries. Welker lowered his shoulder properly and targeted Talib right in the chest. He did not go for the head or the knees. He kept his head off to the side, to protect himself also. It was a textbook clean hit.
    If you have followed Welker, you would know that he is one of the toughest players in the league, but he is not a dirty player. He would have been a great safety if he had more size. Then again, if he had more size, he could be one of the greatest receivers ever.

  36. mogogo1 says: Jan 24, 2014 4:29 PM

    Great example here of how the game has been negatively impacted by all the recent rules changes and fines. There’s a constant debate over everyday plays and whether they warrant a fine for one reason or another. Some days it seems like the entire sport is somehow now against its own rules.

  37. scrotiemcb says: Jan 24, 2014 4:31 PM

    Was the little Welker wannabe fined for his hit on DRC?

    Oh, that’s right, the Broncos don’t cry about football plays.

    My bad.

  38. annes22 says: Jan 24, 2014 4:32 PM

    Good I’m glad there was no fine. That was just sour grapes from Bill and he didn’t even know the
    receivers name!! Too bad Bill, wrong again!!
    One of the worst you have ever seen, what a stupid statement after all the years in football.

  39. coltsfan2004 says: Jan 24, 2014 4:42 PM

    Billycheat always knew this, he said all that to distract media and pats fans so that they don’t talk about their game plan and the poor play that lead them to a humiliating loss . There was a great article about this in Boston Globe a couple of days back.

  40. johnodocks says: Jan 24, 2014 5:14 PM

    forsbergler says:Jan 24, 2014 3:43 PM

    “Unfortuanatly it’s not the resposibility of the offensive player to change his route to get out of the wat of a Defensive player. Hense why Mesh plays are effective against Man to man Defense. You can say he wasn’t trying to get open and he ran right at the guy but unfortuantly that’s just an assumption. Prove it. That’s why what he did was legal. It’s called football”

    Does the defensive player have to change his route to avoid the offensive player so that he (the defender) can go where he wants to go? According to your way of thinking if an offensive player wants to run a route that interferes with a defender trying to cover another receiver, that’s okay. Sorry to break this to you but that’s illegal. It’s called an “illegal pick.” That’s football. If he does it while the ball’s in the air, that’s called “offensive pass interference.”

  41. bubba9er says: Jan 24, 2014 5:15 PM

    Good, he didn’t do anything wrong. He was just coming back from multiple concussions – why would he do that and risk everything?

    The film shows him looking at Peyton ready for a pass, then bam!

  42. molsonexport says: Jan 24, 2014 5:21 PM

    Welkah was aiming for Talib’s hip. Plain and simple

  43. coltsfan2004 says: Jan 24, 2014 5:32 PM

    The article was by Ron Borges in Boston herald , does not let me post with the link.

  44. doggeatdogg says: Jan 24, 2014 5:34 PM

    Is Belichick OK? Has somebody check in on him yet?

  45. bobsnygiants says: Jan 24, 2014 5:37 PM

    you can tell who the NFL likes , fine Sherman Not Welker.

  46. tmdill18 says: Jan 24, 2014 5:47 PM

    And the league also declared that all video of that play must be destroyed.

  47. seaeagle707 says: Jan 24, 2014 6:01 PM

    The Patriots Traitor tries that crap against the Hawk’s corners and he’s going to find himself on the sore end. Especially if he comes at Sherman or Maxwell. That’s not Hawks fan bravado, that’s the truth. If Welker targets Kam, Wes may get to see birdies flying around his head, in New Jersey, in February.

  48. marcuswelby1 says: Jan 24, 2014 6:02 PM

    craigkintexas says:
    Jan 24, 2014 3:44 PM
    Who really cares what Belichick thinks!


    Apparently a whole bunch of Trolls!

  49. olcap says: Jan 24, 2014 6:13 PM

    Yeah, it’s legal. Yeah, Belichick doesn’t have to like it, and neither does anyone else.

    But we can see where this is going to be headed over the next several months: story after story about how there should be a rule so that DBs don’t get hurt when they are legally blocked.

    So let’s see… the DBs will be added to the list of players that the NFL has to make rules for because they got injured in the normal flow of a freaking football game. That list includes quarterbacks and receivers, and now a third group.

    We joke about flag football, but really – what else could there possibly be as the future for the NFL after these jokers are done with it?

    Care to speculate on which position will be the next that these clowns will “protect” with a new rule because a player got hurt on a play?

  50. marcuswelby1 says: Jan 24, 2014 6:15 PM

    coltsfan2004 says:
    Jan 24, 2014 5:32 PM
    The article was by Ron Borges in Boston herald , does not let me post with the link.

    Ron Borges, just so you know was suspended for two months back in 2007 on plagiarism allegations.
    This same clown, about ten years ago slapped a boxing writer named Michael Katz in the face so hard that he knocked his hat off. Katz was in his 60’s at the time, walked with a cane, and wore a neck brace.
    So consider this when you read his trashy columns! In Boston he is dubbed, the Broadsheet Bully.

  51. dodohead418 says: Jan 24, 2014 6:16 PM

    The fine should really go to Belichick for saying what he said.

  52. forsbergler says: Jan 24, 2014 6:20 PM

    Actually it’s not illegal buds. The Ofeenive player is running a route. Within the 1st 5 yrd of a play the defender can alter a WR route after that you can’t run into a WR, it’s called illigal contact, holding, or PI. The deffender has to let the WR go where he wants and if that right at you…..that’s his choice….The defender is responsible to move, not the WR. This is why mesh routes work against man to man. Talib should of had his head on a swivel and seen welker coming and altered his positioning to get out of his way…he didn’t….. the 2 ran right at eachother from like 15yds away and collided. It’s not like welker at the last second altered his route to smoke Talib. From 15 yrds away he ran strait at him and Talib didn’t see him until the last second. It’s was talibs responsibility to get outta the way. It should of been a penalty on Defense if anything for illigal contact. It’s called Football, LEARN IT

  53. fordmandalay says: Jan 24, 2014 6:30 PM

    Belichek; “How dare Welker actually use a play we taught him against us!”

  54. mogogo1 says: Jan 24, 2014 6:34 PM

    seaeagle707 says:

    The Patriots Traitor tries that crap against the Hawk’s corners and he’s going to find himself on the sore end. Especially if he comes at Sherman or Maxwell. That’s not Hawks fan bravado, that’s the truth.

    The truth is that Sherman is already going to have a tough time not picking up a personal foul penalty even on his best behavior because the officials are going to be all over him. If he responds like you’re hoping, he’ll get himself ejected. That’ll show everybody, won’t it?

  55. timpiker says: Jan 24, 2014 7:01 PM

    Funny how many here see no problem because they hate Belichick. That’s not the issue. It was a dirty play and Welker should’ve been fine at least 50k.

  56. seaeagle707 says: Jan 24, 2014 7:17 PM


    The officials won’t be all over him, primarily because to them, Sherman is generally respectful. Most of them know that Crabs was in the wrong, with his shove in the back during the play, and his hand in Sherm’s facemask after it. Now, I’m not saying that Sherm is an angel, but he is the recognized best corner in the NFL. That means, that the media is going to be all over him, and that’s a spotlight that the refs don’t like to work under.

  57. johnnycantread says: Jan 24, 2014 7:17 PM

    It’s obvious that Belichick did not want to discuss the Patriots playoff flop at the press conference… So he distracted the media with the allegation against Welker… Hey, nice sidestep!

  58. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Jan 24, 2014 7:31 PM

    Too funny…. Just another sign of their faded domination & relevance….. One of the worst plays I’ve ever seen….. Ha Ha…. Pretty pathetic & sad that Beliache doesn’t seem to know how foolish he looks in saying that…… Sour grapes is all….. Jaded cheater….. He reminds me of a senile old man saying things that make no sense… Ha Ha Patriots…..

  59. fatelvis77 says: Jan 24, 2014 7:37 PM

    Former TE here. Not a fan of either team.

    Not an illegal play at all. Watch the replay. The contact occurs like a tenth of a second after the ball is caught, so Welker is blocking Talib. You see this play all the time. Sorry that Talib got hurt, but the hit was legal and there was no apparent attempt to injure, so no personal foul.

  60. mrlaloosh says: Jan 24, 2014 7:44 PM

    They’re not gonna fine white players.

  61. RE LEE says: Jan 24, 2014 7:46 PM

    NFL officiating has no credibility.

  62. tvjules says: Jan 24, 2014 7:51 PM

    It was a cheap shot. Good luck trying that with Sherman little guy.

  63. db105 says: Jan 24, 2014 7:52 PM

    The NFL wants defensive players to be hesitant to create more offense and points.

  64. frostymugobeer says: Jan 24, 2014 8:39 PM

    belli and edleman were not fined so how could the league fine welker?

    this play COULD have drawn a flag….but no way a fine.

  65. cornersss says: Jan 24, 2014 8:44 PM

    “Why does Wes have a panty on his head?”

    Hes going to the superbowl,duh.

  66. bronco1st says: Jan 24, 2014 8:49 PM

    Turns out Talib wasn’t injured – unless you’re talking about his feelings. Talib should be fined for sitting out the game with something below a minor bruise.

  67. cornersss says: Jan 24, 2014 8:50 PM

    is it me or are the patriots trying to make wes welker the scapegoat again?

  68. zn0rseman says: Jan 24, 2014 9:16 PM

    You know, a lot of people hate the Patriots, and that’s fine. But there is no place in football for intentionally seeking to injure another player which certainly appeared to be the case on this play. That and a WR pick is an illegal play anyway, even without the dirty hit.

  69. lanman11 says: Jan 24, 2014 9:35 PM

    The intent of the play was dirty. You just can’t prove it.

    Edelman and DRC were both outside the hash marks when the receiver caught the ball. DRC saw Edelman coming. He thought he would blow right through the smaller Edelman. Surprise!!! Edelman laid a perfect, upright block into DRC and laid him out like a Sunday go to meetin’ suit. DRC got knocked the F-out. Straight up. How embarrassing for him. Great play by Minitron. The comparison with Welker’s play isn’t even close.

  70. forsbergler says: Jan 24, 2014 9:54 PM

    This is BB and the patriots fans not knowing the rules of football and trying to make up excuses to why they got horribly out played on Sunday. Was the play dirty? YES, Did Welker have any intent to try and get open? NO! Was his intention to go out and try and injure Talib? YES! Was the play legal YES! It’s called have your head on a swivel and get out of the way of a guy that’s running full speed at you to knock you out! If Talib would have even altered his direction even a little bit, they would of got a OPI call. He didn’t, like an unaware idiot. He wasn’t paying attention to anybody except DT. Welker cracked him good to send a message to the NE Patriots. Edleman on the previous drive LEGALLY smoked Domonique Rogers-Cromartie on a similar play. It’s to bad that Edleman was just playing football the right way, TUFF but the broncos couldn’t have NE WR’s taking shots at Denver’s best cover corner. You remember what happened to the broncos when DRC was hurt on the play before half time in Foxboro. TB lit us up with LEGAL RUB ROUTES and PICK PLAYS the entire second half. The Denver Broncos were not going to let that happen again Expecially in the AFC Championship. I love when the Pats get theirs!

  71. forsbergler says: Jan 24, 2014 10:13 PM

    And btw, there is no flag for what you call an “illigal pick”. I think what your referring to is a “pick” play. there is nothing illigal about it. Just like basketball as long as it’s performed properly, i.e. Not intentionally looking like your trying to impede or block a defensive player, not grabbing at them, and over all looking like a receiver out there just running a route, and not just a blocker you will get away with it all day long. Know why? BECAUSE THERE IS NOTHING ILLIGAL ABOUT IT. HENSE THERE WAS NO CALL ON THE PLAY AND NO SUPLIMIMENTARY DICIPLINE. If you started watching football BEFORE 2001 you’d know this. This tactic has been around as long as the forward pass. I’m sorry you guys are so butthurt that manning and the broncos are the best in the league at it.

  72. yousuxxors says: Jan 25, 2014 11:40 AM

    this is what defensive backs should start doing … run right into receivers

  73. melikefootball says: Jan 25, 2014 7:28 PM

    Why should he have been fined, not illegal hit. Bill I Cheat should be fined for pushing for a fine with his words of worst hit he had ever seen.

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