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Wes Welker on Rex Ryan comments: “I do regret it”

Wes Welker

If he had it to do all over again, Wes Welker wouldn’t try to turn a press conference into a stand-up comedy act.

Welker made a bunch of foot jokes at the expense of Jets coach Rex Ryan before the teams met in the playoffs, and Patriots coach Bill Belichick wasn’t amused, deciding to bench Welker for the Patriots’ first offensive series of the playoff game. Now Welker is saying he’s sorry.

“I’m not going to get into any details about it, but I don’t think it’s worth putting coach [Belichick] in that situation,” Welker told the Boston Herald. “So in a sense, I do regret it. . . . As much as you might want to get enticed into that stuff, at the end of the day, it’s just not worth it.”

Although Belichick had ordered his players not to respond to the relentless trash talk from the Jets, Welker says he just couldn’t help himself.

“It’s not always easy to keep a lid on it,” Welker said, “but at the same time, there’s a greater goal, and that’s winning the game and playing good football. That’s what matters. All that other stuff doesn’t matter at the end of the day.”

Asked if he’s glad the Jets aren’t in the Super Bowl, Welker said, “I think if you’re a Patriot fan, a little bit.”

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23 Responses to “Wes Welker on Rex Ryan comments: “I do regret it””
  1. jc1958coo says: Jan 25, 2011 7:17 AM

    nothing like putting your foot in your mouth!

  2. atlien698 says: Jan 25, 2011 7:22 AM

    Maurice Jones-Drew would have denied that he was taking a shot at Rex Ryan…

  3. 8man says: Jan 25, 2011 7:28 AM

    I think Wes might have a different take if the Patriots had won that game. It was pretty funny.

    I’d said all along that the divisional games were meaningless to whatever teams won them but lost the conference championships. As of now, that game is meaningless to both the Patriots and the Jets.

    Except for the fact that the Patriots will be drafting ahead of the Jets…..

  4. jmac1013 says: Jan 25, 2011 7:37 AM

    jc1958coo says:
    Jan 25, 2011 7:17 AM
    nothing like putting your foot in your mouth!
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    Nice one.

    Ok, what kind of sissy society do we live in now? People always apologizing.

    In sports terms, I hate the patriots, but nothing welker said was offensive. He was having some fun.

  5. jdandcoke says: Jan 25, 2011 7:58 AM

    welker regrets putting his coach in a tough spot….i doubt for a second he regrets abusing rex…and he shouldnt regret it. fortunately the steelers took care of business and the three ring circus that is the jets will not have to be heard from again for at least another 6 months.

  6. arnoldziffel says: Jan 25, 2011 8:02 AM

    Well hell Wesley, I’ll say it … I’m DELIGHTED that the Jets are not in the Super Bowl. I’m pleased to know that over-hyped bunch of self-promoters will be sitting at home with the rest of us … watching the Super Bowl on TV.

    Talk about over-rated! Take a look at the Jets’ schedule … one of the easiest in the NFL this past season. Then in the first round of the playoffs they beat a Colts team decimated with injury and playing 3rd stingers. The Patriots were good, but very very young. The Steelers kicked their asses on one half of football, then coasted the second half for an easy victory.

    It’s good to know there’s still some order in the universe. The Steelers bloodied the noses of these school yard bullies and took their lunch money.

  7. TxGrown says: Jan 25, 2011 8:42 AM

    Well Wes at the end of the day….remember you lost. TO THE JETS!!!!!!

  8. jcjets says: Jan 25, 2011 9:00 AM

    @jmac1013 you’re right, it wasn’t offensive, but he directly defied his head coach on the eve of a playoff game by doing it. Belichick told his players to avoid saying anything controversial to the media.

  9. jcjets says: Jan 25, 2011 9:23 AM

    @arnoldziffel we could fit what you know about football into a very tiny thimble.

    You do know that the jets and patriots schedule is virtually the same every year, right? Pats played the Chargers, and the Colts, while the jets played the Broncos and Texans. If the jets had an easy schedule, so did the pats.

  10. richm2256 says: Jan 25, 2011 9:49 AM

    Asked if he’s glad the Jets aren’t in the Super Bowl, Welker said, “I think if you’re a Patriot fan, a little bit.”
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    Except that now Patriots fans are all looking for the Packers to beat Pittsburgh so we don’t have to listen to Steeler fans next year talking trash about how a clearly inferior Roethlisberger has as many rings as Brady.

    Also, I’d say a majority of Pats fans were impressed with Green Bay damn near winning behind Matt Flynn. That was a team with moxie, a team we can respect. And that Clay Matthews is a younger, tougher, Tedy Bruschi.

    We’d love him in blue.

  11. j0esixpack says: Jan 25, 2011 9:58 AM

    The mentality of Jets fans is quite entertaining

    The reality is that both the Jets and the Patriots failed to win the Super Bowl. As far as Patriots fans are concerned, falling short of the Super Bowl = Failure

    As far as Jets fans are concerned, having not caught a wiff of a Lombardi in 42 years, any win against the Patriots constitutes a “Super Bowl” win.

    That’s why the Jets can never win a Super Bowl – they get themselves pumped up for the games that don’t mean anything and their coach is the biggest cause of that.

    The end result of the Jets 2010 post season is that instead of losing in the playoffs and retaining a 2nd round draft choice, they lost in the playoffs and gave up a 2nd round draft choice.

    So what they ultimately “won” in the playoffs this year was the ability to make a weak 2011 draft even weaker

  12. alanschech says: Jan 25, 2011 10:01 AM

    Welker had to apologize, because he put his coach in a tough position. I am sure he isn’t really sorry, frankly, even as a Jets fan I thought it was kind of funny, mainly because it was unexpected.

    Foot jokes are getting old though people. Let the guy coach and let’s move on from the stupid jokes.

  13. mrplow3 says: Jan 25, 2011 10:08 AM

    What the hell is he apoligizing for?

    Rex Ryan likes to watch other dudes bang his wife. That makes him a cuckold. A cuckold is not a real man. A cuckold is pathetic piece of trash that deserves zero respect from any member of the male species. They deserve to be mocked and ridiculed. Much like most of sensible america is doing at the moment.

    Do not apoligize for cracking jokes at the expense of this joke of a human.

  14. mksnpcola says: Jan 25, 2011 10:12 AM

    Am I happy that the green team from new jerk is not in the Super Bowl? You bet your foot I am! Had they made it I wouldn’t have watched. I never want to see them happy. My favorite shot of the weekend was that of Rex throwing his head set like a child at the end of the game when Pittsburgh made that last first down. What a gentleman.

  15. mistrezzrachael says: Jan 25, 2011 10:22 AM

    If you think the foot jokes are getting OLD…then the loudmouth coach team & fans…need to learn how to handle themselves a different way.

    All the jets do..is attract attention to themselves…and is sickening when you consider that all time…they are 5th losingest franchise.

    Rexy’s mouth is in end…going to be his downfall….AND he’d better hope that the ‘rumored’ videos which haven;t hit..do not…Or he’ll be working @ a shoe shine stand @ an airport.

  16. jdandcoke says: Jan 25, 2011 10:22 AM

    @alan

    i agree…the foot jokes are REALLY old. luckily for all of us rex will undoubtedly give us something different next year that we can make countless new jokes about. rex is the gift that keeps on giving.

  17. chobes68 says: Jan 25, 2011 10:42 AM

    I thought it was funny too, however Bill doesn’t play those games. really though, what did he miss, the first defensive series?

  18. cintiphil says: Jan 25, 2011 11:09 AM

    Welker’s comments had nothing to do with winning or losing that game. The Jets were ready to play, and the Pat’s were not. That was very evident when Brady showed his fear of the Jets by taking a few dives just by being touched by a Jets defender. that radiates to the whole team, as the others can sense that he is not giving his all and willing to take some punishment for the victory. It happens just that way, believe me. That is how an inferior team can beat a better one at any time.

    Just look at how the Pat’s almost came back. When a player makes one great play, it picks up everyone else, and they can start to believe in themselves. The loss was totally on Brady and no one else. He deserves the GOAT of the game, not Welker!

  19. rushmatic says: Jan 25, 2011 12:36 PM

    alanschech says:

    Welker had to apologize, because he put his coach in a tough position. I am sure he isn’t really sorry, frankly, even as a Jets fan I thought it was kind of funny, mainly because it was unexpected.

    Foot jokes are getting old though people. Let the guy coach and let’s move on from the stupid jokes.
    ________________

    Riiiiight, but spygate and cheating jokes are the flavor of the month after three years of exaggeration. Get used to it, buddy.

  20. jimweb1111 says: Jan 25, 2011 12:53 PM

    what kind of wimpy society do we live in when we have to apologize for some good fun……..rex ryan can poke fun at everybody but when he gets some back the only guy that has the guts to defend his “honor” by poking some back, has to apologize…..that sucks……
    It is only a game…..to the athletes who get the big bucks for us to glorify them into heroes it is their livelihood…….and more serious to them, but it is still a game………so what the heck…..it’s only entertainment, and the back and forth insults ARE part of it………welker did not stick his foot in his mouth, but stuck it up rex ryans ass…… I it loved when ryan called out hard ass belichek……..and when welker responded it was hilarious……BUT IN THE END, WELKER HAD TO SUCCOMB TO HIS BOSS……BELLICOSE BILL BILICEK RIDES HERD ON HIS TROOPS…GO WELKER….GO RYAN……IF THE COWBOYS DON’T WIN THIS YEAR, WHO REALLY GIVES A CRAP WHO WINS….ITS WHO PLAYS WITH THE MOST HEART!!!!!

  21. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Jan 25, 2011 11:13 PM

    Pats shouldn’t talk. One and done is becoming the best they can do.

  22. monropoobah says: Jan 26, 2011 4:22 AM

    8man says:
    I’d said all along that the divisional games were meaningless to whatever teams won them but lost the conference championships. As of now, that game is meaningless to both the Patriots and the Jets.

    would obviously have liked to win the conference championship but meaningless? no.

  23. 1historian says: Jan 26, 2011 11:28 AM

    Joesixpack, I have a question

    How did you manage to fit the words ‘mentality’ and jets fans’ in the same sentence?

    I must admit I am quite impressed.

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