Wilfork: Why bench Welker?

It had nothing to do with the outcome, but Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork says he wouldn't have benched Wes Welker for comments he made about Rex Ryan last week.

Although it had nothing to do with the outcome, one of more interesting talking points of the New England Patriots-New York Jets playoff game Sunday was the pregame benching of Pats wide receiver Wes Welker.

Coach Bill Belichick deflected postgame questions about his decision to sit Welker for New England's opening offensive series, but it's a good assumption he was ticked at Welker for making foot references aimed at Jets coach Rex Ryan. Belichick had told his players to avoid any kind of trash talk before the game, but Welker obviously couldn't resist the opportunity to poke fun at Ryan.

Nose tackle Vince Wilfork, however, offered his opinion during his weekly radio show on WEEI in Boston.

"I didn't hear about that until the end of the game," Wilfork told WEEI, according to Ian R. Rapoport of the Boston Herald. "That was something Bill and Wes went through. Me, personally, I don't know, I don't know. That's the head man making a point about what we represent. I wouldn't have done it. That's just me. Biggest game of the year so far, and probably one of your biggest players not being on the field. That's just me. Everybody has their opinion. That's my opinion. I wouldn't have done it."

To be sure, the Patriots were still steaming about their 28-21 loss, in part because of the excessive celebrating the Jets were doing after the game. It undoubtedly left a bitter taste in the Pats' mouths, who must now watch the Jets play the Pittsburgh Steelers for the AFC championship.

Quarterback Tom Brady, talking with WEEI, said: "They've had a good year. When you have a good year, you can say whatever you want to say. I wish we'd won just to be able to shut them up. But we didn't. So, you know what? It just validates what they think it takes to win. That's where they gain their confidence from."

For what it's worth, Brady also didn't believe Welker's benching had any impact.

"That has no bearing on the way that we played as a team," Brady said. "I think that's just, I don't know, I don't think it had any effect on the game. What has the most effect on the game is the way that we played."

ColtsBlitz.com Recommended Stories


  • Peyton Manning emerged alone atop yet another category in the NFL record book tonight vs the Niners, as he tossed touchdown #509 under the national spotlight of Sunday Night Football (NBC). (Photo…

  • Former USC and NFL running back LenDale White added tons of drama to what was a relatively quiet Homecoming weekend for the Trojans.

  • Here’s a way to watch football and improve your golf swing at the same time. In your living room (or on the range), practice the one-minute golf swing, as shown in this video. Set the timer on your…

  • Dr. Roto, like many others, can't believe Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (pictured above) passed for over 300 yards and rushed for over 100 yards in the same game. First time that's ever happened…

  • As soon as those winds fall off, get into the stand! I always tell people you can't kill them if you aren't out, but if you want to try and pick an opportune time – this is it.

Up Next


Tweets