Seattle Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond agrees with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the subject of Wes Welker.
Belichick lambasted the Denver Broncos receiver for a hit he laid on Patriots’ cornerback Aqib Talib during last Sunday’s AFC Championship. The blow came from Welker running into Talib on a “pick” play with Talib injuring his knee in the process.
“It is a deliberate play by the receiver to take out Aqib,” Belichick told reporters Monday morning. “No attempt to get open. And I’ll let the league handle the discipline on that play. It’s not for me to decide, but it’s one of the worst plays I’ve seen. And that’s all I’m going to say about that.”
While the league ruled the play from Welker was legal, Thurmond – who will likely draw the majority of the duty covering Welker in Super Bowl XLVIII for Seattle – echoed the sentiments of Belichick is criticizing the play.
“It was really uncalled for,” Thurmond told reporters Wednesday, via ESPN.com. “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 continued. “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.”
The frustration from Thurmond is understandable. He’s seen fellow teammate Kam Chancellor fined for illegal hits against defenseless offensive players. Thurmond feels that distinction should go for protecting defensive players as well.
How Seattle handles Welker could be one of the pivotal matchups for Seattle in the game. However, Welker likely doesn’t have fond memories of his last meeting with the Seattle defense.