Following the New England Patriots' disappointing Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants, so much was made out of a play which involved Pats wide receiver Wes Welker mishandling a catchable ball thrown by Tom Brady that would have put New England inside the Giants' 20-yard line. The Patriots led the Giants at that time, 17-15 with about four minutes to go in the fourth quarter.
For former Patriots offensive coordinator and current Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien, the infamous Welker "wasn't a drop." O'Brien told ESPN Boston that catch, if it was made, would have been an amazing play.
"That would have been a tremendous catch, and he (Welker) should never think twice about that," O'Brien, now head coach at Penn State, told reporters for The Boston Globe and Providence Journal on Saturday at the Big New England Coaching Clinic. "And it had nothing to do with us losing the game. There were many, many plays before that where we could have made better coaching decisions, and better plays. That's just one play of many."
The play itself upset a lot of people including Brady's wife Giselle Bundchen and Welker himself. As O'Brien puts it, Pats fans should be grateful to have a player like Welker on their team.
"I would tell (fans) they should be very grateful ... to have a player like Wes Welker as a Patriot," O'Brien told reporters. "He is what Boston is all about, in my opinion. He's a hard-working guy, he's a tough guy, he's an honest guy, nothing was ever given to him." (ESPN Boston)