The AFC Championship game saw plenty of big hits, but the biggest hit came not from a defensive player taking out a running back or a wide receiver, rather it came from the very tiny Wes Welker talking out the very lanky Aqib Talib. The role reversal hit ended up knocking Talib out of the game and costing the Patriots a key cog in their defense.
After the game, Bill Belichick wasn’t happy about the play and claimed the NFL should fine Welker for the hit. No only did the league not fine Welker, but the Broncos receiver essentially stated that the play Belichick got mad over was taught to him by Belichick.
Per the Boston Herald:
“We ran the same play. It’s a rub play that everybody runs,” he said. “It’s one of those deals where you try to get a rub on that guy, and really, if you can get him to go over the top of you, the more separation the other receiver will have. That’s what I tried to do to get Demaryius [Thomas] a little more open, and unfortunately, we collided.”
The revelation just further fuels stories that Belichick harbors an intense hatred for Welker, something the Broncos receiver failed to elaborate on when asked about it.