Wes Welker on Aqib Talib hit: ‘We ran the same play’ in New England
|01.28.14 at 1:50 pm ET|
NEWARK — Wes Welker knew the question was coming.
What happened on his hit on Aqib Talib?
It was the play that knocked out the best defensive back in the Patriots secondary and changed the course of the AFC championship.
“It’s a rub play that everybody runs,’ Welker said at Tuesday’s Super Bowl media day at Newark’s Prudential Center. “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 a little more open and unfortunately we collided.”
Demaryius would be Demaryius Thomas, the Broncos wide receiver who dropped the pass on the crossing pattern over the middle, making the whole thing moot except for the little detail that Talib didn’t play another down after the play in the first half.
Welker was asked by The Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy if if there were anything unusual about the play.
“I don’t think so,” said Welker.
Shaughnessy persisted, asking if he learned the play in New England under Bill Belichick.
“We ran the same play,” Welker replied.
Shaughnessy’s first question of the day was, “Why does Bill hate you?”
Welker dismissed that pretty much out of hand.
“I don’t know if he does,” Welker said. “That’s a question for him.”