Posted January 23, 2014

Seahawks CB Walter Thurmond calls out Wes Welker, NFL over hit on Aqib Talib

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Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond said Wes Welker may have received a "star" call from officials. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond said Wes Welker may have received a “star” call from officials. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The discussion continues on whether Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker made a legal hit on Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib during Denver’s AFC Championship win last Sunday.

In the days following, Pats head coach Bill Belichick called it “one of the worst plays I’ve seen,” the NFL ruled it was legal, and now Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond, who will face Welker and the Broncos in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, has chimed in.

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Thurmond told the media that the hit on Talib was “uncalled for,” and he called out the league for not staying true to its commitment to protect its players, according to a report from ESPN.com

“It was really uncalled for,” Thurmond said. “The receiver ran right into the guy. I don’t know the extent of the injury Talib had, but I thought we were supposed to protect football players in this league now. I guess not. I guess that only goes one way…If you’re intentionally coming at somebody, it’s supposed to be a flag. But they didn’t throw the flag on him. Some players get away with a lot more than other players depending on status, but that’s just the nature of the game…Welker had his head down, like he was coming down the whole time. That should be a flag, and he should be getting fined. There’s a whole bunch of things that should happen in that situation, but I don’t run the NFL.”

The controversial play, which occurred during the first drive of the second quarter, can be seen below. Talib ended up with a knee injury on the play and didn’t return to the game.

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21 comments
TheHip1
TheHip1

Come on over the middle Wes and try to rub the Seahawks DB's. I think the physicality of Seattle will/could be the difference in the game. Manning sure the hell ain't running with the ball, and if his receivers are crumpled on the ground he won't have anywhere to throw. 

JoeManzanares
JoeManzanares

If anything, Talib ran over Welker and just happened to hit his knee on the play. 

Timmy-Time
Timmy-Time

Peyton Manning offenses do this all the time. They did it it in Indy and it now just carries on in Denver. The Seahawks better be prepared for it. Somehow I know they are. Seahawks: bigger, stronger, meaner, faster, smarter, louder, and better than the Broncos.

tlm773458
tlm773458

If Danny Amendola or Julian Edelman had "taken out" Champ Bailey like this would there be as much talk about it?  The answer, NO...Probably because as long as Belichick and Brady are together you can get a great sample of whining not to mention both thinking they are entitled to win.  Granted they do take credit for their faults but seriously this is getting ridiculous.  So Aqib Talib got hurt.  Does that explain the offensive deficiencies throughout the game?  How about the running of LeGarrett Blount not being effective?  Or the great Tom Brady missing horribly on not 1 or 2 passes but several?  


Quit your crying over this and move on.  Even if Talib had remained in the game the chances would've been good NE loses.  So he is on one receiver and Peyton has what, 3 or 4 others with over 60 catches this season?



RobDotzler
RobDotzler

Wait, what???  I didn't get to see the whole game, so I missed to hit in question.  I say that because it cannot be the same play as the one in the video.  I'm not seeing Welker as the aggressor.  I'm seeing him drop down to protect himself.  I say this as someone who is a Bills fan, repeatedly abused by Welker who had some of his best games against us and my hatred runs deep for him.  I obviously have no love for NE either, so that actually makes me a bit of a neutral party in this.  I understand the gamesmanship of Thurmond, but Billy?  That's just sour grapes.  He's trying to poison the league against Welker, a common practice for the man.  He's poison in my eyes already, but only because he could always be counted upon to help lift the Pats over us.  Not for anything dirty.  Bilichick should be ashamed of his behavior while Welker has nothing to be ashamed of.  The 'hawks?  Wow…, here we are now, entertain us, here we are now entertain us!  Grunge is BACK baby!

BarrySoetoro
BarrySoetoro

So now we have another seattle THUGGER  wanting some attention.What a bunch of Thugga's.

joeycolorado
joeycolorado

Similar play with less than a minute left in the 1st quarter and Edelman nails Rodgers-Cromartie, seriously check it. Totally legal too. DRC went out after that play too. Down field blocking by receivers is part of the game. I'm a Broncos fan and respect the hell out of the Patriots and Belichick, but come on its football and they hit hard in the NFL.

jbc123
jbc123

If a defensive player had hit a receiver who was not catching the ball, the way Welker hit Talib, it certainly would have been called. The 15 yards for unnecessary roughness still would be a small price to pay to get the best cover guy out of the game. 

Jimbo4
Jimbo4

In Thurmond's defense, he was probably really high when he said this.  

B_Rad_K
B_Rad_K

Still find it hard to believe. I am sure it was meant to put a body in front of Talib, but injure him? No. I see Welker try to change direction there then curl up in to a ball before getting crushed. I'm amazed he didn't come up with another concussion there.

jasonandloni03
jasonandloni03

X72 you really saying that. You hiding behind a fake facebook page. Really Pathetic and it shows you are very unintelligent and shows your educational level isn't past preschool!!!

x72
x72

Typical seahawks thug, always crying. What a bunch of scumbags.

x72
x72

@TheHip1 lol. You must not have watched many Broncos games this year.

J57
J57

@Timmy-TimeAlways love it when there's somebody like you in here for comic relief! Here's one for you: The Seahawks run pick plays too! Your knowledge of the game is underwhelming.

RickDesper
RickDesper

@joeycolorado The difference with the Edelman hit was that it was clearly a block after a pass had been caught.  In this case, I think Welker hit Talib a split second before the ball was touched.  

RickDesper
RickDesper

@B_Rad_K Since he didn't land the hit with his helmet, a concussion was unlikely.

ChrisBarnes
ChrisBarnes

Who needs to hide? His opinion is his entitlement on this page. Just as your opinion of him is your right on here as well. Although, I must say that your choice of name calling makes you look like a loser. JS.

KarthikGomadam
KarthikGomadam

@x72 @TheHip1 Seen the Indy game, NE game, and the SD game? If Seahawks can get into Manning's facemask the first few series, its going to be hard. Plus, Welker is a choker. And lastly, Manning will have mostly 2 wideouts (Welker and Decker as they both are definitely inferior to both the Thomas'). Indy gave him 2 and dropped a guy in zone coverage. SD did that and NE did that, to force Manning. The shaky pass he threw last week is a pick this week. The incomplete to Decker last week is a pick this week. These Seahawks can play ball. It will take every bit of Manning to win this.