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Interpret this Wes Welker quote, please

Here at PFT, we sometimes get accused of making a mountain out of a molehill-sized quote.

So I’ll leave it to you guys to interpret this quote from Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker, who was asked what’s the difference between this Patriots team and last year’s team.

“I think we got all 11 guys out there competing,” Welker told Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald. “I
think that makes a big difference. We don’t go in the tank when things
go bad. We got a group of guys that want to compete all 60 minutes and
that makes a big difference going down into the trenches.”

All right, we can’t help interpreting it a little bit.  We think its has plenty to do with these quotes from Welker from 11 days ago.

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39 Responses to “Interpret this Wes Welker quote, please”
  1. Xpensive Wino says: Oct 18, 2010 12:44 PM

    What’s to interpret?
    Moss is moody and selfish and immature and played when he wanted to.
    That’s no secret. When a guy admits that he takes plays off, there’s not a lot of speculation involved in order to figure out what type of guy he is.
    Football is a game of intangibles and the combination of right intangibles far outweigh talent.
    The Patriots are better off without Moss.

  2. spudz says: Oct 18, 2010 12:44 PM

    I interpret it this way
    Branch had 9 catches his first game back in NE.
    Moss had 9 in 4 games
    Who is making an effort out there?

  3. Punt Intended says: Oct 18, 2010 12:45 PM

    Welker’s previous comments do not allude to any issue with Moss’s leadership at all, in fact saying that was he was disappointed after the trade to find out that Moss wanted to leave — given that he was the one BEING a leader, leading the speeches and the chants.
    He didn’t say Moss didn’t come and play after those speeches, but just that he as disappointed post-Moss trade to find out that they may not have been as heartfelt as he assumed.
    Moreover, one may be forced to believe Moss was being a -good- leadership presence in the locker room if he had players like Welker convinced that he was legit.
    And his quote today wasn’t directed at this weeks team vs week 4′s team, it was a whole year of difference.
    You indeed are building a mountain out of a molehill.

  4. borg says: Oct 18, 2010 12:47 PM

    The extirmination is complete. Malcontents like Moss and Adalius Thomas have been kicked to the curb. Big money guys that are more concerned about their next contracts become locker room lawyers…and Belichick will not stand for any me- first players. Being coach and GM does have its advantages.

  5. Deb says: Oct 18, 2010 12:47 PM

    Nope, I think you’re stretching. For one, he was asked the difference between the 2010 team and the 2009 team–not the difference between this team and the team 11 days ago. And his answer is that all the guys on the team want to compete. Well, his quote about Moss didn’t indicate the guy wasn’t competing–just the opposite. He said Moss was the rah-rah guy so it was surprising learning that he wanted to be traded. They got most of their 2010 wins to date with Moss on the roster.
    Last year, it was evident some of the players didn’t have the same work ethic as Pats players from teams past. This year, everyone seems to be stepping up. I think that’s what he’s talking about. It doesn’t seem to have any relation to Moss.

  6. CliveRush says: Oct 18, 2010 12:49 PM

    The truth will rise above the false.

  7. King10 says: Oct 18, 2010 12:50 PM

    Molehill comment with underlying intent.

  8. SteveMo17 says: Oct 18, 2010 12:50 PM

    Hope Wes has fun catching 110 balls for 800 yards without Moss this year.
    Competing for 90 minutes or not, Moss made Welker has effective as he was.

  9. bspurloc says: Oct 18, 2010 12:54 PM

    welkers twin woodhead has arrived.
    to the morons that refused to see this… grats.
    shortbus is beeping outside best not miss it.

  10. Cro-Mags says: Oct 18, 2010 12:54 PM

    Spinning webs of false hype and drama again PFT…

  11. birdmancometh says: Oct 18, 2010 12:54 PM

    It’s not a shock to find out that Wes Welker may not have been Moss’ best friend. They seem like completly different people.
    The Patriots mighty mights skill position players are actually pretty funny. I think they should trade Tate to the Eagles for Chad Hall and trade Branch to the Rams for Amendola.

  12. JimmySmith says: Oct 18, 2010 12:56 PM

    Stating the obvious, it means he is happy that Randy Moss has been traded to the Vikings so he can destroy that team from within instead of the Patriots.
    The problem is that the Vikings already have BrINT Favre to do that so hopefully the schism will take on an urgency.

  13. Tim_Stead says: Oct 18, 2010 12:57 PM

    If Tom Brady wanted Randy Moss on the N.E. Patriots then Randy Moss would be a N. E Patriot.
    Randy Moss is now a Minnesota Viking.
    We all know what Wes is saying and he’s absolutely right. Moss does not play for 60 minutes and he does not play big in big games.

  14. The Black Cat says: Oct 18, 2010 12:57 PM

    I think he’s talking about the Jets.

  15. robsterNY says: Oct 18, 2010 12:58 PM

    My Interpretation;
    We are all glad Moss is gone,we dont have to take up his slack anymore….Ghee!…I hope the door didnt hit em in the ass on the way out.

  16. WTE says: Oct 18, 2010 1:00 PM

    What do you think about that Borges!!

  17. TXYoungGuns82 says: Oct 18, 2010 1:03 PM

    Dear Wes Welker,
    Please stop motivating Randy Moss.
    Signed,
    Packer Fan

  18. Citizen Strange says: Oct 18, 2010 1:09 PM

    It is just the standard horsecrap that all players say about how things are better and all fixed now than they were.
    Have you ever heard even one time in the entire histroy of professional sports say ….
    “Last year I think we had all 11 guys out there competing,” Welker told Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald. “I think that made a big difference. We didn’t go in the tank when things got bad. We had a group of guys that wanted to compete all 60 minutes and that made a big difference going down into the trenches …… this year, not so much”

  19. TXYoungGuns82 says: Oct 18, 2010 1:11 PM

    P.S. I’m not sure what the hell it means, but when I read it, for some reason it sounded like he was trying to foreshadow Junior Seau turning into a suicidal maniac. Did anyone else get that as well?

  20. HarrisonHits says: Oct 18, 2010 1:22 PM

    Geeze I wish PFT would note the author of each article next to the headline so I would know which were Rosenthal’s and I could avoid them like the plague.

  21. UNDERRATED 21 says: Oct 18, 2010 1:36 PM

    Wow whoever said because of Moss Welker got more catches doesn”t watch enough football. Welker gets alot of balls thrown his way becuse he is that good. No Moss yesterday and he still caught 7 receptions against a good secondary.

  22. 8man says: Oct 18, 2010 1:44 PM

    I hate to read any incomplete dialog taken out of context and attempt to interpret what it means.
    That being said, I was pleasantly surprised by the results yesterday and the way the Patriots persevered. They didn’t always look good, but they didn’t ever quit. Which in the end, is really all you can ask of your team.

  23. Maximus says: Oct 18, 2010 1:45 PM

    People keep referring to Moss as a “Hall of Fame” WR.
    You can’t put a loser quitter in the HOF. What an insult to the men who gave 110% because of their love of the game.
    I knew when the Pats got snookered into taking moss of the Raiders hands that they’d never win a SB with him and they didn’t.
    Welker is right. Now the Pats have a fighting chance because the Pats leadership play every play now – not when they feel like it.

  24. ljmk says: Oct 18, 2010 1:45 PM

    Didn’t Randy have something like 50 touchdowns in 53 or so games? Sounds like pretty good production to me. Like it or not, Randy’s presence made Welker a better player. And Welker will get a better contract because of having played with Moss. Keep talking Wes.

  25. HomoforRomo says: Oct 18, 2010 1:49 PM

    What’s Welker gonna say next year when he gets cut in favor of the younger cheaper Woodhead?

  26. Justcut&pasteFlorio says: Oct 18, 2010 1:57 PM

    Once again Florio has hopped on a bulldozer and made a mountain out of a mole hill.
    I’m only surprised that he did not find a way to interpret Welkers remarks to somehow disparage Brett Favre….

  27. buddycianci says: Oct 18, 2010 2:22 PM

    Maximus says: October 18, 2010 1:45 PM
    People keep referring to Moss as a “Hall of Fame” WR.
    You can’t put a loser quitter in the HOF. What an insult to the men who gave 110% because of their love of the game.
    I knew when the Pats got snookered into taking moss of the Raiders hands that they’d never win a SB with him and they didn’t.
    Welker is right. Now the Pats have a fighting chance because the Pats leadership play every play now – not when they feel like it.
    —-
    Maybe you didn’t see it, but the Pats almost won the Super Bowl with Moss. Give credit where it’s due–the Giants won a good game.

  28. rusH1023 says: Oct 18, 2010 2:41 PM

    Maximus says:
    People keep referring to Moss as a “Hall of Fame” WR.
    You can’t put a loser quitter in the HOF. What an insult to the men who gave 110% because of their love of the game.
    I knew when the Pats got snookered into taking moss of the Raiders hands that they’d never win a SB with him and they didn’t.
    Welker is right. Now the Pats have a fighting chance because the Pats leadership play every play now – not when they feel like it.
    _________________________________
    Come on, that year was MAGIC. No, they didn’t win the big game, but give the Giants credit: They played their asses off and ultimately, played better. Regardless, it was truly awesome to have experienced that year. I’ll never forget it.

  29. bonecity7 says: Oct 18, 2010 2:57 PM

    HomoforRomo says:
    October 18, 2010 1:49 PM
    What’s Welker gonna say next year when he gets cut in favor of the younger cheaper Woodhead?
    ————————————————–
    Hey Homo,
    You do realize that Welker and Woodhead play entirely different positions, right?
    Using your logic, what is Wilfork gonna do when he gets cut for the cheaper Sebastian Vollmer?

  30. UNDERRATED 21 says: Oct 18, 2010 3:15 PM

    Bottom line Patriots are better without Moss. Its a system that they run and they do it great with the receivers they have now. Moss was taking them out of the system thats why he is no longer with them.

  31. Pastabelly says: Oct 18, 2010 4:24 PM

    This doesn’t relate to Moss. Belichick cleared out the bad apples during the offseason. That list started but didn’t end with Adalius Thomas. Shawn Springs and Maroney can surely be included. It’s no secret that the Patriots had some negative veterans on the team who needed to be gone.

  32. jrhsd says: Oct 18, 2010 4:40 PM

    my interpretation: “I’m a little pissed I’ll never catch 100 passes again.”

  33. Ledz says: Oct 18, 2010 5:14 PM

    To say a team is better off without a Hall of Fame wide reciever is about as preposterous as a statement can get. Do you seriously think that Welker is going to be open as often as he was now that the deep threat is not a threat at all??? Case in point, Percy Harvin has 3 TD’s in two games now that Moss is creating some space for him. His presence opens things up and to the idiot that compared Deion Branch’s offensive output to Moss’ you should be put out of your misery you idiot. Ya, okay, Moss 9 catches in two games to Branch’s 9 in one game. That’s the first 9 catch game he’s had in 5 freaking years!! You know who you are, and you’re an idiot.

  34. Woodhead 4 prez says: Oct 18, 2010 5:27 PM

    Ledz you just lost all credibility when you compared branchs numbers in the past 5 years when he had MATT HASSLEBACK as a qb compared to Tom Brady , of course he is no randy moss , but brady has an obvious chemistry with him , its a system , not a run the deep route and hope randy gets it , and when randy wants a play off cause tom didn’t throw to him enough is just BS .

  35. sand0 says: Oct 18, 2010 5:52 PM

    Player X, what is the difference between this team and a team that did not win a championship. “This team is better”.
    Seems pretty standard.
    Far too much is made out of Moss’s “not trying” stuff. He conserves energy on off plays so he can run harder on long routes. No WR in the NFL runs more distance than Moss in a game, so it really isn’t fair to say he’s half assing it.
    Plus Moss was a leader in their locker room and contributed to their being good. The trade was due to the fact that the Pats used all their free money on Brady, and Moss was hurt to hear that he was not part of the long term New England plans. His wittle feelings gwat awl hurted.
    If Welker actually is now making a passive aggressive backhanded quote saying Moss didn’t try then that’d be pretty bitch on his part. I’ve never known Welker to be bitch, so this I doubt.

  36. Shut up FOOL says: Oct 18, 2010 6:04 PM

    Ledz nicely said!
    You can’t spin it Pat fans losing Moss is a huge blow! He is a top 10 wideout EASY! Pat’s enjoy watching the play-offs.

  37. ispysomething7 says: Oct 18, 2010 9:59 PM

    Randy Moss = HOF
    Moss will be retiring in Canton…..5 years after he retires. First ballot HOF!

  38. BP says: Oct 19, 2010 7:43 AM

    Has anybody else noticed; Moss is OLD?
    Moss has done what he has done over the years on talent, not effort. When you get old talent fades.
    Welker is everything the Patriots want a player to be; hard working, psychotically competitive, over-achieving and dedicated; a lot like a 6th round pick in the 2000 draft named Tom in those ways.
    Randy isn’t nor has he ever been any of those things.
    I like Randy Moss and wish him well in his new endeavors.

  39. FreddieBaby says: Oct 19, 2010 1:39 PM

    Moss was worth a lot more than what the Vikings had to give up for him and the Patriots were stupid to let him go. So what if he wanted a new contract and let people know about it? There are 1000 other guys in the NFL that do the same thing when it comes time to get paid. If Belichick is such a good coach, he should be able to handle a little flare up like that in his sleep. I appears that (WWW) Whiny Wes Welker realizes that without Moss drawing double or triple coverage, his job will be that much harder and his number of catches will go down, so he is setting up his excuse for a down year in advance. Guaranteed, WWW will not reach his three year average of 115 catches this season without Moss in the lineup.

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