I'm usually on the "Bill Bandwagon". What he says goes because he was pretty much conceived, born, and educated on a football field. He's the smartest man in the game today and should be carried onto the field like Xerxes or something. Anyway, my latest rant has to do with Belichick's suggestion that the field conditions on Sunday were the cause of Wes Welker's injury:
In his paid appearance on WEEI, Patriots coach Bill Belichick pointed to the Reliant Stadium turf as perhaps being the cause of Wes Welker's knee injury.
"The turf down there is terrible," he said. "To me player safety starts on the surface that we play on ... the quality of the field I thought was poor.
Ok, I get it, but the team plays in rain, snow, and heaven knows what else. I'd think they'd have little trouble taking care of business on any surface, especially when almost every other guy on the field didn't think it was an issue. Safety James Sanders, in what will surely get him a reprimand for contradicting the head coach, had this to say:
There was a couple slick spots, safety James Sanders said. Our job is to show up and play on Sundays, no matter what the conditions are. The footing wasn't that bad. It really wasn't too, too bad.
It was a little soggy, wide receiver Julian Edelman said. The grass was a little soggy. But it wasn't too bad. It was a little damp.
Julian Edelman, too. Well he needs him now, so I can't see Edelman riding the bench. ;-) At any rate, I think it's a stretch to say the field caused the injury, so maybe it's just Belichick lashing out in frustration, or his version of it. I find it hard to believe a player with Welker's experience would succumb to field conditions when no one else did.