The worst play of the Sunday victory against the New York Jets caused Bill Belichick to examine one player in particular.
Though nearly every “insider” expert has been complaining about the defense, it was the offensive line that offended Bill Belichick.
In one minor play, Tom Brady found himself hit by a Jet player going at close to the speed of sound as the Jet blew past one of the failed defenders of the Franchise.
When Franchise Tom Brady is knocked down, the player who failed to protect him goes down for the count
Brady went down with a thud, and meekly following came his missed blocker, Patriot Thomas Welch, who trotted up to look at the damage. Brady likely said encouraging words to his lineman as he fell on his grass.
Unfortunately for Thomas Welch, who had been on Minnesota’s taxi squad last year and was signed by the Patriots on September 3rd, he was the major collateral damage from his one big play in a Patriots uniform.
Belichick can say, “Next!” faster than a Starbucks server on Monday morning.
The Patriots released Thomas Welch on Monday. We can only speculate at what Coach Belichick’s parting words to the player may have been. They likely were as humorless as Tom Brady’s words were facetious.
On the other hand, Bill Belichick is the first to admit he has made a mistake, or at least removed a player for reasons other than the obvious.
Around the same time that Welch took the juice-laced Kool Aid, Bill re-signed Dan Gronkowski, tight end blocking specialist.
Some astute football observers may draw a connection between releasing someone who let Brady get sacked and re-signing someone who is a blocker
More astute fans know that Rob Gronkowski has been lost since his brother Dan left the team two weeks ago. Forlorn and with an apartment growing messier by the day, Belichick had to step in and bring back the elder Gronkowski back to the team to keep his little sibling in check.
Since Wes Welker liked to have stereophonic Gronkowskis on either side of his locker, he too may be celebrating the return of the smarter brother (according to Welker’s own Wonderlic testing).
In any respect we expect practice this week to improve greatly as the Patriots contemplate the navel of Tony Romo.
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