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Wes Welker ran his mouth a little bit too much, and was clearly punished for it. Was it the right call?

After making over a dozen toe and foot references in a press conference on Thursday (which was clearly directed at Rex Ryan), Patriots coach Bill Belichick gave a very public dressing down to Wes Welker without saying a word. Belichick benched Welker for the first offensive drive.

Personally, I like this method of punishment. You want to go around your coach’s decision not to verbally trash the other team? He’ll return the favor, by quietly sitting you down. He won’t address it with reporters, instead he’ll just sit you down for a while.

The issue isn’t whether the Pats should have been a bunch of loud-mouthed dudes like the Jets. Every team has their own way of approaching games, and how they handle themselves. If you’re on a team, and it’s okay to open your mouth and jaw, then you’re allowed. If you’re on a team where it isn’t allowed? Then shut up and focus on the game.

More on the Wes Welker “punishment” after the jump >>