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Zoltan Mesko on M&M: Bill Belichick has ‘right to state his own opinion’ on Wes Welker hit

01.31.14 at 12:29 pm ET

Former Patriots and current Bengals punter Zoltan Mesko joined Mut & Merloni on Friday to discuss news related to his old team. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.

Mesko joined the conversation about Bill Belichick‘€™s reaction to the Wes Welker hit.

“He’€™s just stating his opinion,” Mesko said. “He’€™s got the right to state his own opinion to what level he’€™s coaching at and how much success he’€™s had. He sees things differently than anyone else does. The TV copy shows a different thing than what you get out of the end zone and sideline view that you see when you break things down at the football organizational level.

“œThe angle I saw was the TV copy, and I kind of want to revert to what Joe Montana said actually a couple of days ago on ESPN how you wouldn’t send a 5-9 receiver who has had two concussions across the middle to take someone out. The way that worked out was when you’€™re having receivers cross the field, you’€™re trying to make the cornerback always gain ground up field, so you’€™re trying to go underneath him and the cornerback has the responsibility to go underneath you. You’€™re kind of playing chicken there.

“There’€™s two sides to the story,” Mesko added, “but I would trust an opinion of a great coach.”

Following are more highlights from the interview. For more Patriots news, visit the team page at

On Tom Brady holding for the extra point during the divisional title game against the Colts: “I would say I’ve seen Brady hold, I can count the fingers on my hand the times I’ve seen him hold. It’€™s not like it’s super foreign to him. he’s got the hands to catch a shotgun snap, which is sometimes more unpredictable than a snap that is spiraling toward you, even though it may be faster. I was expecting [Ryan Mallett] to be there, usually he does it in practice — maybe throw him in there once a month, even. You want to keep that chemistry going between the holder who’€™s usually the punter and the kicker.”

On punters being defenseless players: “I think up to a certain extent, you are defenseless once you stick your nose in there like that. I’m not going to lie, I keep my head on the swivel because you’re in such an open position where guys do peel back and look for that hit. Now, when I can use the sideline, I will be more aggressive.”

On practicing punting: “There’s certain fundamentals you have to go back to, and the thing is about punting, and in golf, if you want to transfer it over like that — golf is like, you can learn to swing in a minute. It takes a minute to learn it, but it takes a lifetime to perfect it. Same thing with punting. There are certain fundamentals you have to follow, but you can’t think of all of them at the same time. When you do go back into the lab and try to break it down, that’s when it’€™s kind of gets a little more technical. you have to forget about it all and try to make it a fluid motion.”

Read More: Ryan Mallett, Tom Brady, Wes Welker, Zoltan Mesko



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