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Jim Leonhard says Wes Welker went on 'a suicide mission' to detonate Aqib Talib

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New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick lobbed an uncharacteristic verbal grenade this morning.

Belichick accused his former star, Denver Broncos receiver Wes Welker, of trying to intentionally hurt Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib on a pick play early in the second quarter. The collision knocked Talib out of the game.

"I think it was a deliberate play by the receiver to take out Aqib," Belichick said in the opening remarks of his post-mortem news conference. "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."

Buffalo Bills safety Jim Leonhard agreed. Leonhard tweeted that it appeared Welker was "on a suicide mission."

Leonhard is familiar with Welker. Leonhard was in the AFC East for four of Welker's six seasons with the Patriots.

Talib's absence made Peyton Manning's day much easier. Talib would've been matched with Demaryius Thomas, who caught seven passes for 134 yards and a touchdown.

The Broncos were ahead, 3-0, at the time of the Welker-Talib collision. They won, 26-16.

  • Jeff Kuhn

    Let Belicheat whine all he wants. His team runs just as many picks as anyone else, if not more. Cry bill, cry! We Bills fans love to see you lose!

    • Titletown1

      ....and we Pats fans enjoy watching the Bills lose...again, and again, and again, and again.....well, you know what I mean. When you win something, anything, come on back. And "Belicheat"? Really? Is that your best shot?

      • Max Hammer

        Speaks volumes about Patriots fans that this idiot comes onto a Buffalo sports website to kick the Bills when they're down. Had the Bills won any of their four Super Bowl appearances, the last thing Buffalo fans would be doing is obsessing over the Patriots. Someone sounds bitter about seeing his overrated has-been team get whipped in Denver yesterday.

        Stay classy, lowlife.

        • Titletown1

          Actually Max, who sounds bitter? Buffalo has the big goose egg when it comes to winning....anything. Quick, your inferiority complex is showing. And by the way, I never would have thought to visit this sad site; this story was linked to a Boston site. It was one of your DBs who started this story line......

          • Max Hammer

            Inferiority complex? No, that would be you, "titletown." Your self-esteem is clearly determined by the relative successes or failures of your local sports teams; mine is not. Maybe some day when you graduate from high school and step out into the real world you'll acquire some wisdom... but I doubt it.

          • Titletown1

            Ah yes, a troll from an obscure upstate NY "news" fan comment board speaking about wisdom. Rich, very rich...and kind of comical at the same time.

          • WHAT?

            Obscure? no. I know it's hard to believe, but Buffalo is a major metropolitan area, (yes, it really is. Erie county has a bigger population than some states) and the blog is the city newspaper. The biggest problem with your argument is that Max Hammer was being generous by calling it "wisdom." It's a lesson most learn in high school.

          • Max Hammer

            You're right. I'm giving way too much credit here. This lowlife has no brain and nothing else to recommend him. Very Boston. They'll soon return to being losers and their bandwagon jumping will be a distant memory. Losers for life.

          • Max Hammer

            You're the troll, loser. A bandwagoner from Beantown trolling TBN? That defines trolldom, idiot. Die. Soon.

        • Titletown1

          Actually Max, who sounds bitter? Buffalo has the big goose egg when it comes to winning....anything. Quick, your inferiority complex is showing. And by the way, I never would have thought to visit this sad site; this story was linked to a Boston site. It was one of your DBs who started this story line......

        • James

          Speaks volumes about the original poster. The Bills are going nowhere, with E.J. "JP Losman 2.0" Manuel as their starting QB. And you have the audacity to talk trash?

          • Max Hammer

            New account just opened for trolling? Looks like "Dex" is back.

            The "original poster" was titletown1, loser. I was responding to him as you were to me. (Follow the little arrows; it's not that difficult.) Anyway, the "audacity" is all yours. Stick to your own intellectual weight class, which I'm thinking is just about the middle school level.

            Enjoy MLK day because it's back to school tomorrow, Dex... er, Jimmy.

      • Russell Kaye

        Hey titletown time to change your name to could have been that is in the superbowl OH sorry you will be sitting home with us bills fans get use to it your time to brag and shoot your big mouth off is coming to an abrupt end

      • Russell Kaye

        Hey titletown time to change your name to could have been that is in the superbowl OH sorry you will be sitting home with us bills fans get use to it your time to brag and shoot your big mouth off is coming to an abrupt end

      • Steve

        In the end, both Buffalo and NE are losers. Whether it's 3rd loser or 24th loser, it doesn't matter.

        • Titletown1

          Come on Steve, you know it does make a difference. If you're number 24, you're sitting home watching the playoffs and not even in the tournament. You have absolutely no shot.

          • Steve

            A shot isn't a win. A shot and failure is still a loser. You are trying to put lipstick on a pig here.

            Actually, the fan culture gimmick is what makes the NFL and its owners as a whole the huge winner.

  • Hal Jam

    Belicheck probably taught him that move, that's how he knows.

  • Reem Mc

    Bill is someone I'd rather not hear about cheating from. GIVEN HIS PAST.

  • jwdundee

    The part they left out of the story is that the Patriots ran the exact same play on their previous offensive series and got called for it. One of the Broncos players was injured as well. Guess it's only bad because they didn't get away with it first.

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