Posts Tagged ‘Denver’

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Now this is something to get angry about.

After getting sent packing by the Denver Broncos, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick had some strong, yet cowardly words for one of his former receivers. Regarding a hit by Broncos receiver Wes Welker on Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib, Belichick said, “It was a deliberate play by the receiver to take out Aqib. No attempt to get open. I’ll let the league handle the discipline on that play, whatever they decide. It’s one of the worst plays I’ve seen. That’s all I’ll say about that.”

These comments were not only incorrect, but also classless.

Lets start with the actual play. With fellow Denver receiver Demaryius Thomas running a slant route, Welker tried to help him, while running his route, by setting a pick on Aqib Talib. The pass was incomplete, but Talib was hurt on the play. Talib was diagnosed with a knee injury and did not return to the game.

Should Welker have drawn an offensive pass interference on the play, absolutely. He set an illegal pick on the Patriots cornerback and should have been flagged for it. With that being said, the play was not malicious. Welker started off running his route, saw an opportunity to help his team and took it.

Now lets get to Belichick. The notorious bad sport didn’t disappoint. Calling out your ex player for something he clearly didn’t do is just embarrassing. The head coach’s antics got even more laughable when not one of his teammates took his side. Patriots defensive backs Steven Gregory put it perfectly saying, “He matches up against what we consider the top receiver week in and week out. He’s a leader, he’s a competitive guy, a guy that’s going to go out and give you everything he’s got, so you never want to lose a guy like that. But at the same time, other guys have to step up like we’ve done all year.”

Why couldn’t Belichick say that? Its one thing if you’re a player and your caught in the heat of the moment, but a coach, on the next day should not make those remarks. When your players are being more mature than you, its time to take a look in the mirror.

Lastly, lets review the logic (or lack there of) involved in Belichicks accusations. Wes Welker clocks in at about 5’8 180lbs. Aqib Talib is roughly 6’1 215 lbs. Why would Denver send one of their best receivers to attempt to hurt another player? If they really wanted to injure Talib, they would have sent someone like Joel Dreessen, the 6’4 240 lbs tight end out to deliver the hit. Furthermore, Welker missed a few games toward the end of the season due to a concussion. Why would he or the team place the small receiver in harms way? Additionally, the former Patriots took the brunt of the hit. The slot receiver was knocked hard to the ground after the collision with the Pats corner. Logically, there would be no reason to send Welker at Talib.

With all of this being said, the worst part of this whole allegation was the fact that the Patriots ran the exact same play. In the first quarter, Patriots tight end Michael Hoomanawanui set an illegal pick against a Denver defensive back for a receiver running a slant route. New England drew a 10-yard offensive pass interference on the play, but does that really matter? Belichick seemed to have selective amnesia regarding this play. The only difference between the two plays was that Hoomanawanui is 265lbs, while Welker is 180 lbs.

Everyone knows why these comments were made. Belichick didn’t like Welker in New England. After signing with Denver, Bradys former favorite target said, “It was just kind of hard, one of those deals where you have to endure him, put up with him.” Its one thing for a player to make comments like these, but a coach needs to take the high road. After the game, Welker called the victory “bittersweet”, since he had to defeat his former team to get there. Clearly the words of a cold-blooded killer.

Robert Kraft, Tom Brady, and the rest of the New England Patriots organization deserved better.

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Earlier this week, our staff gave you their picks for this weeks NFL games. However, those picks won’t help you earn money. So I’m going to give you 6 NFL picks that will help you bring in some cash.

Gary’s Six Pack of Picks.

Pick 1. SEA -11.5 – A Rams team with Kellen Clemmons (remember him?) against one of the best defense in the NFL? I’ll take the easy money here. Count on a defensive touchdown here as well for fantasy owners.

Pick 2.  WAS +11.5 – RG3 is finally looking like the quarterback that the Redskins had last year. He is running more and is looking better in the passing game as well. This, matched with the fact that Denver has one of the worst defenses in the NFL this year, could lead to not only a cover by the Redskins, but an outright win.

Pick 3. GB -9.0 – I’m personally surprised this line isn’t higher. Even with all their injuries, Aaron Rodgers is going to light this team up like a Christmas tree.

Pick 4. DET -3.0- This game will probably be a shootout decided by a last second field goal, but that’s all the Lions will need. I’m trusting Stafford and Megatron over Romo and Dez.

Pick 5. PIT -1.0- This game, like the Lions game, could come down to a field goal. The reasons I take the Steelers here are because they have looked improved since they came off their bye. As long as Dick Lebaeu is the defensive coordinator, I trust the Steelers defense to pull out this win.

Pick 6. KC -7.0 (buy half a point) – A new quarterback against the best defense in the NFL once again equals trouble. Expect a wipeout against the Browns.

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DEF/ST

#10 NYJ DEF starts the list. The Jets aren’t a bad play they have proven they can stop the run and with Rex any situation is manageable.

#9 Atlanta DEF needs to step up after the bye week they will against Arizona. Start them with confidence.

#8 The no-fly zone. TB against Carolina get ready for a low scoring game.

#7 New Orleans is my next best DEF for this list going against BUF if they can stop the run they are in business.

#6 Well the Jets are good, but the Bengles DEF will show power all day. They are one of the most underrated defenses in the league and will be giving every team a fight. Watch this team make the playoffs and ride their DEF all the way there.

#5 NE is going against a divisional foe at home. Well that’s enough to put them in the top 5 even with all their injuries. The dolphins may be the best team in the division now aside for them, but the Jets are right in the rear view mirror

#4 This list can’t be complete without SEA defense. Arguably the best in the league and with a backup QB next week against STL well the only thing missing is playing at home.

#3 Without a running game just gotta play them like the winless team they were before losing their all star. Carolina DEF will have a field day against the Bucs this week.

#2 They are undefeated because of the running game and just as important the defense. KC is the place to be now in the football world right by their rival Denver.

#1 Well it has been almost as obvious as the sky is blue. The number one defense is always the one who plays the Jaguars and this week it is an elite defense. San Fran gets my play of the week on D