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Wes Welker takes the high road

New England Patriots' Welker is chased down by New York Giants' Boley in the second quarter of the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis Reuters

Patriots receiver Wes Welker has taken a lot of heat in Boston and beyond since the Super Bowl.

He hasn’t been heard from since a teary-eyed press conference following the game where he laudably took the blame for the loss, even though we feel he took a little too much blame.

Welker broke his silence Wednesday via Twitter:

“I would like to thank all of my fans for your love and support. I looked outside and the sun came out. #vacationtime,” Welker said.

The next step this offseason for Welker: Will he get a long-term deal with the Patriots? Tom Curran and I talked about whether Welker will get the franchise tag on last night’s NBC SportsTalk.

And Curran waxed philosophic on all things Patriots on Wednesday’s PFT Live:

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  1. gcsuk says: Feb 15, 2012 3:31 PM

    Welker is a classy guy and I don’t think anyone can argue his dedication and work ethic. I would assume that if the Patriots don’t extend/franchise him, there will probably be 31 teams that are inquiring as to his services.

  2. nxsteven says: Feb 15, 2012 3:34 PM

    Wes I think you dropped something…

  3. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Feb 15, 2012 3:35 PM

    I am in no way a Patriots fan but that play was not an easy catch. It was a very poor pass thrown behind him and to the wrong side.

    Welker did a good job of twisting his body to get his hands on the ball-
    Should he have caught it? Probably. But it would have been a very tough catch.

    Anyone who disagrees go outside with a buddy and try to duplicate the play- I guarantee you drop more than you catch.

  4. weepingjebus says: Feb 15, 2012 3:35 PM

    There was a lot of kneejerk reaction, but when the dust settled everybody still knows he’s a great WR and he plays his heart out. You can’t blame him for getting in the path of the insane, galaxy twisting madness that is Eli Manning’s ridiculous run of luck.

  5. contract says: Feb 15, 2012 3:42 PM

    “…even though we feel he took a little too much blame.”

    That’s polite way of saying that Tom Brady choked the game away.

  6. maven2222 says: Feb 15, 2012 3:43 PM

    He hasn’t been taking any heat in Boston. Maybe it seems that way outside of the city, but the feeling’s always the same with Wes – we love him. It takes a team.

  7. missamyg says: Feb 15, 2012 3:46 PM

    As a Pats fan, I want to thank Wes Welker for all that he has done for the Pats and beyond. I don’t (and no one should) blame him (or any other individual) for the Pats loss in the SB.

    Wes Welker is a solid human being and deserves nothign but praise for the way he has played and acted for the past 4 years. I hope beyond hope that the Pats bring him back.

  8. peezwizz says: Feb 15, 2012 3:50 PM

    we still love you wes

  9. chalkruz1989 says: Feb 15, 2012 3:55 PM

    I would love for Wes Welker to join the NY Giants. If Mario Manningham leaves, Welker would really give the Giants all three-phases of the field mapped out. Hakeem Nicks running the deep routes, Victor Salsa, I mean Cruz, running the intermediate routes, and then Welker running the short routes. Needless to say, defensive coordinators needing a lot of aspirin before and after facing the Giants. I know it’s not a position of need, but, sometimes it doesn’t hurt to have too many assets.

  10. patsfiend says: Feb 15, 2012 3:57 PM

    Wes is the best. He’s not going anywhere. Enjoy the offseason, big guy.

  11. nflofficeadmin says: Feb 15, 2012 4:00 PM

    Based on the posts I guess these guys are okay with choking when it really counts. This isn’t little league where everyone gets a trophy. Wes, you blew it and we couldn’t count on you when we needed you.

  12. ampats says: Feb 15, 2012 4:04 PM

    I must disagree with stupidraidersfan. I will begin by saying every NFL receiver has dropped more than one pass but my disagreement comes from Welker is an NFL receiver and they are paid to make that catch. With that said it was a very difficult catch but he normally makes that catch which is why you saw his reaction when it went thru his hands.

    I also disagree with Tom Curran ( enjoy Quick Slants even though Curran is a goof) that Danny Amandola could replace Welker. Welker will be franchised and like Wilfork/Mankins et al will eventually work out an agreement. Welker is Brady’s security blanket.

    Welker did not lose the game and nor did Brady. It was a great season with an overachieving defense which lacked talent but not heart.

    Couple of tweaks via FA and the draft and as Pats fans we will be looking forward to the confetti falling in the Mercedes/Superdome as the Pats win another Lombardi.

  13. vahawker says: Feb 15, 2012 4:05 PM

    Why is Brady getting a pass(pun intended) for that HORRIBLY thrown ball to a wide open Welker? Welker doesn’t come up with a circus catch, and it is HIS fault the Pats lost? Put the blame squarely where it belongs…TOM FREAKIN’ BRADY!!!!

  14. barryblogs says: Feb 15, 2012 4:06 PM

    Wes Welker is a great player. The Patriots need to keep him. Anyone who measures him by one play is crazy. Re-sign him quickly.

  15. hooterdawg says: Feb 15, 2012 4:07 PM

    The Welker non-catch was only a 2nd down play. Brady made an even worse 3rd down pass to Branch that pulled him out of bounds. Brady was 7-17 down the stretch. For Curran to say Brady makes a good pass as long as it is within 36″ of the target is ridiculous. That is a 2 yard circle! Curran is a homer beat writer who knows his future depends upon his relationship with Brady, not Welker.

  16. skeefe1976 says: Feb 15, 2012 4:08 PM

    Wes Welker > the little white WR on your team

  17. hooterdawg says: Feb 15, 2012 4:11 PM

    If Brady makes the 3rd down connection to Branch, the 2nd down Welker pass is a so what.

  18. nfl fan says: Feb 15, 2012 4:14 PM

    The Bill Buckner play NFL style.

  19. goldrush36 says: Feb 15, 2012 4:15 PM

    One thing i find funny in this. If Alex Smith throws this pass to Michael Crabtree 100% alex’s fault. Romo throws it to Austin 100% Tony’s fault. Eli throws it to Nicks 100% Eli’s fault etc etc etc. brady throws 2 terrible passes in a row. Both are the receivers fault…… Not working for me. Welker had some blame in it sure. Being a former WR myslef, you can’t blame anyone but yourself if you get your hands on the ball and don’t bring it in. However this ball was high and well behind him. He made a damn good effort to get it and it one have been one of the better catches in Superbowl history. I commend him for being the classy guy he is and owning up to his part, even taking full blame for the loss. I only wish the 49ers had a WR like that

  20. n0hopeleft says: Feb 15, 2012 4:21 PM

    weepingjebus says:
    Feb 15, 2012 3:35 PM
    There was a lot of kneejerk reaction, but when the dust settled everybody still knows he’s a great WR and he plays his heart out. You can’t blame him for getting in the path of the insane, galaxy twisting madness that is Eli Manning’s ridiculous run of luck.

    ___________________________________

    Run of luck? The tuck rule was luck.

    Eli beating the Patriots the last 3 meetings isn’t luck – its domination.

  21. lilrob10201 says: Feb 15, 2012 4:43 PM

    Belichick will be stupid to cut his #1 WR.Welker is not going anywhere.

  22. weepingjebus says: Feb 15, 2012 4:43 PM

    “Eli beating the Patriots the last 3 meetings isn’t luck – its domination.”

    Eli plays defense now?

  23. rexismybff says: Feb 15, 2012 4:58 PM

    skeefe1976 says: Feb 15, 2012 4:08 PM

    Wes Welker > the little white WR on your team

    =========================

    Giving #1 WR money to a short white guy is just plain dumb.

  24. dolphins1fan says: Feb 15, 2012 4:59 PM

    If New England doesn’t want Welker, Dolphins will be happy to have him back!

  25. citizenstrange says: Feb 15, 2012 5:21 PM

    Taking the high road? Welker is famous for screaming “YOU SUCK” in the faces of defensive backs.

    What he is doing now is more akin to a dog tucking it’s tail between it’s legs …. not taking any kind of high road.

  26. dacapt704 says: Feb 15, 2012 5:21 PM

    Megatron, Larry Fitz, Andre J., V-Jax would have made that catch…thats what happens when u have midget WRs (stole that from Keyshawn Johnson but its true). Smaller guys cant twist and turn with the fluidity you need to make those type of catches. Steve Smith (CAR) might be the exception this

    @Stupid Raiders Fan

    Ummm me and my buddy dont get paid to make those catches..thats the difference. Wes DOES so he’s expected to make em..no excuses

  27. laeaglefan says: Feb 15, 2012 5:30 PM

    I guess Mrs. Brady won’t be inviting Wes over for dinner anytime soon.

  28. kya_tropic_fan says: Feb 15, 2012 5:30 PM

    hooterdawg says:Feb 15, 2012 4:07 PM

    The Welker non-catch was only a 2nd down play. Brady made an even worse 3rd down pass to Branch that pulled him out of bounds. Brady was 7-17 down the stretch. For Curran to say Brady makes a good pass as long as it is within 36″ of the target is ridiculous. That is a 2 yard circle! Curran is a homer beat writer who knows his future depends upon his relationship with Brady, not Welker.
    ______________________________
    1 foot = 12″
    3 feet = 36″
    1 yard = 3 feet
    so that means
    1 yard = 36″

    A 2 yard cirlce = 72″

  29. mrmuckem says: Feb 15, 2012 5:31 PM

    This really isn’t brain surgery here people, most of you have it right. Very simply put: Welker is a phenomenal receiver, great guy, and an asset to any team, period. Yes, he should have and could have caught that ball, he’s caught much more difficult than that. Yes, he probably catches it 95+ out of 100 times. Yes, Brady’s pass was subpar at best. Yes, it was close enough that it still should have been caught. No, Welker is not solely to blame for the Patriots losing, nor is Brady. Yes, the Patriots would love him back, and will almost certainly do so in some manner, whether in the form of long term or franchise.

  30. skinsfantom says: Feb 15, 2012 5:33 PM

    sniffle sniffle ……we love wes sniffle welker, those big bad sniffle sniffle giants are lucky even though sniffle they kick our ass all the time. GOOD GOD you pats fans are pathetic, AND I’M A SKINS FAN, sack up already.

  31. waxthat says: Feb 15, 2012 5:39 PM

    @goldrush36

    we do..his name’s kyle williams ;(

  32. granadafan says: Feb 15, 2012 5:44 PM

    No one player ever loses or wins the game. This is a team sport and everyone contributes to the flow and results of the game. If people are going to blame Welker, then how about blaming the defensive line for not putting more pressure on Eli to hurry his throws or the DBs for not jamming the WRs at the line to distrupt the timing?

  33. hooterdawg says: Feb 15, 2012 5:44 PM

    @kya_tropic_fan:

    “A 2 yard cirlce = 72″”

    Yup, you got that right. The center of a 2 yd diameter circle is 36″. If a throw has a 36″ radius of error, then that throw could be 36″ in front of the target area, 36″ behind the target area, or high, low, or any combination within that 72″ diamater.

  34. bobhk says: Feb 15, 2012 5:54 PM

    ampats says:

    Welker did not lose the game and nor did Brady. It was a great season with an overachieving defense which lacked talent but not heart.

    Couple of tweaks via FA and the draft and as Pats fans we will be looking forward to the confetti falling in the Mercedes/Superdome as the Pats win another Lombardi.
    ————-
    Typical pats fan. Of course it was not Brady’s or Welker fault…of course…it was the fault of the light breeze coming from Canada.

    If you want to know what clutch is witness Manning to Manningham.

    Your team has not won the lombardi trophy in 7 years. Your team needs more than a couple of tweaks. That D is pretty bad and you need running backs, OL, and a WR.

  35. situsavaisprier says: Feb 15, 2012 6:39 PM

    Even though it was mentioned, I still think that it was a difficult catch to make. Yes, I know WR’s are paid and are in the pros to catch passes of greater difficulty, but you still have to be reasonable. Welker does have nice hands no matter what, but when has he ever been known as a WR that goes up to make higher catches?

    Welker is literally the slot machine, if you know what I mean. He’s a very explosive WR that thrives on throws to his mid-section that ends up in a great ability to instantly turn upfield and get those yards after catch we’ve known him for. That’s his forte, not going up full reach trying to catch a pretty high pass. Believe it or not, Welker doesn’t necessarily have the greatest vertical to be generous. He doesn’t jump high. There are several WR’s that really don’t jump high but are still good players, past and present.

    Welker has taken too much for that play, when it’s Brady that people should look at. Don’t get me wrong the catch was possible, but it wasn’t easy especially the way people who bash him make it sound. And please people with the “He gets paid to make tough catches” crap. If a QB throws a bullet towards your ankles as you are running full speed downfield wide open and you manage to slow down, turn, and reach down towards your ankles to even get a piece of it then can you say that you are paid to make these catches? Welker deserves better than what he’s received.

  36. mrslay1 says: Feb 15, 2012 7:01 PM

    Brady threw a bad pass… Welker might have caught it anyway… Mannings crazy run of LUCK. Folks it all adds up to a game called football. I was not for the Pats or the Gmen, but it was a great game and thats why I watch!

  37. bobhk says: Feb 15, 2012 7:09 PM

    @situsavaisprier

    I agree with you. Even though Welker could have caught this, it was not a gimme.
    For how wide open he is, this is a big time screw up from Brady. He should have laid it in his lap. I mean, no defenders are around it. If he had, this could have been a different ballgame.

  38. ampats says: Feb 15, 2012 8:32 PM

    bobhk first post says,

    “typical pats homer. Your team needs more than a couple of tweeks” (to win SB)

    Post #2
    “If he had , this could have been a different ballgame”.(meaning your hated Patriots might have won?)

    What is it Bob? Typical hater of the Pats whose team has had its ass kicked over the past decade.

    Your posts are almost as big a joke as you must be !

  39. situsavaisprier says: Feb 15, 2012 9:32 PM

    @bobhk

    Well said, and that’s true.

  40. bozosforall says: Feb 15, 2012 9:36 PM

    weepingjebus says:
    Feb 15, 2012 4:43 PM
    “Eli beating the Patriots the last 3 meetings isn’t luck – its domination.”

    Eli plays defense now?

    _____
    Brady didn’t play on those defenses that really won those early 2000s Super Bowls either.

  41. bobhk says: Feb 15, 2012 11:41 PM

    ampats says:
    Feb 15, 2012 8:32 PM
    bobhk first post says,

    “typical pats homer. Your team needs more than a couple of tweeks” (to win SB)

    Post #2
    “If he had , this could have been a different ballgame”.(meaning your hated Patriots might have won?)

    What is it Bob? Typical hater of the Pats whose team has had its ass kicked over the past decade.

    Your posts are almost as big a joke as you must be !
    ————————
    @ampats

    You must be stupider than your handle.

    Couldn’t provide a counter argument so called me a hater.
    My team has 5 Lombardi trophies and an illustrious tradition.
    So I have nothing to hate about a team that has the most losses in superbowls and a sad sack history before 2001.

    Yes, if Brady had made a throw that an average nfl qb would have made your chances to win would have gone much higher. This one is not on welker.

    Your team needs a WR, RB, DBs, Pass rushers, and OL to win a superbowl. You may get by the weak AFC but some NFC team will eat their lunch.

    Too hard to understand?

    Nowhere did I say that I hated pats (but their fans sure are arrogant)

  42. CKL says: Feb 16, 2012 12:36 AM

    “We feel he took a little too much blame”? From whom? Media was about half and half on it if that and no other Pats fan I know of feels that missed connection/drop/bad throw, whatever you want to call it is THE reason the Pats lost.

    A player like WW is always going to feel he should have made a play. He wouldn’t have come all the was from UDFA to one of the better WRs in football if he didn’t have determination and expectations of himself like that.

    I hope all the Pats go on nice vacations elsewhere and have a good time and recharge. They deserve it.

  43. joetoronto says: Feb 16, 2012 5:48 AM

    Just like the pass to Hernandez in the game against the Ravens one week before, Brady threw a bad pass.

    Both would have been TD’s.

    Those are throws Brady used to be able to make with his eyes closed, big money throws.

    Now, sometimes he makes them, sometimes he doesn’t.

    Aging is a bitch.

  44. homelanddefense says: Feb 16, 2012 11:12 AM

    skinsfantom says: Feb 15, 2012 5:33 PM

    sniffle sniffle ……we love wes sniffle welker, those big bad sniffle sniffle giants are lucky even though sniffle they kick our ass all the time. GOOD GOD you pats fans are pathetic, AND I’M A SKINS FAN, sack up already.

    ___________________________

    Winning 3 of that last 4 games against NE is definitely an accomplishment. But three last minute game winning drives to win by less than a TD isnt exactly “kicking our ass”

  45. hooterdawg says: Feb 16, 2012 1:50 PM

    Bottom line is that if the 9ers made the SB, and Alex Smith made that same Brady-to-Welker throw to a streaking and open Vernon Davis, Smith would have been hammered for missing an open Davis. Brady made Welker who he is by throwing quick, accurate darts that Welker turns into YAC. Without Brady’s usual precision, we would never have heard of Welker as we have since he teamed with Brady.

  46. hooterdawg says: Feb 16, 2012 1:52 PM

    “Winning 3 of that last 4 games against NE is definitely an accomplishment. But three last minute game winning drives to win by less than a TD isnt exactly “kicking our ass”.”

    And winning three SB by a mere FG isn’t exactly the dynasty claimed by the Pats fans back when ‘3of4′ was the popular chant.

  47. wenellniners says: Feb 16, 2012 3:15 PM

    i know 31 other teams that would take wes welker on their team in a second.

    he’s the reason why the pats got to the superbowl.

    keep your head up wes. tough times never last, tough people do….

  48. tigerlilac says: Feb 16, 2012 10:34 PM

    Welker is a great football player. As for the fools attacking Brady, he doesn’t need me to defend him but here are a few facts:

    He has been remarkably consistent in regular season and super bowls – – completion %, 64% (RS) and 62% (SB); passing yards per game, 250 YPG (RS) and 240 YPG (SB); TD/Interceptions, 2.6 (RS) and 1.9 (SB).

    In 10 years as a starter he has gone to 5 SBs and won 3. He has 2 SB MVPs. He has the most completions in SB history and the most single game consecutive completions in a SB.

    He has the most consecutive wins (10) in post season history and the highest completion % in any playoff game (93%).

  49. joetoronto says: Feb 17, 2012 5:25 AM

    tigerlilac:

    We all know what Brady did in the past, he was truly one of the all time greats.

    “Was” is the key word though.

  50. tigerlilac says: Feb 17, 2012 5:43 PM

    To joetoronto.

    In Brady’s case past is prologue. The heads of opposing defensive coordinator will explode next year with Brady thowing to Welker underneath, Gronk and Hernandez up the seam, LLoyd up the sideline, and Vereen in the flat.

    I just wish he would put his helmet on when he leads the team out on the field. I don’t know who thought it was a good idea to have him run out first without the helmet but I loved it when he use to come our in the middle of the pack.

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