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Wilfork: I wouldn't have benched Wes

In his weekly interview on sports radio WEEI, defensive lineman Vince Wilfork said he didn't think the benching of receiver Wes Welker for the first series had an effect on the team's playoff loss to the Jets.

Asked his opinion on the decision, Wilfork said he wouldn't have done it.

"I don't think it was a big deal, the comments Wes said or the benching. People have opinions and my opinion, I wouldn't have done it because of what the game meant," Wilfork told co-hosts Dale Arnold and Michael Holley. "To each his own. I'm not questioning the head man's judgement at all, it's just my opinion."

Wilfork added that he didn't even know Welker had been benched for the first offensive series until after the game.