After Sunday’s smothering win over the Broncos, Patriots receiver Wes Welker talked to Mike Felger of CSNNE.com regarding Welker’s 13-catch performance.
Making the numbers even more surprising was the widespread belief that coach Bill Belichick had been phasing Welker out of the offense, even though the Pats are paying Welker $9.5 million this year under the franchise tag.
“It’s kind of nice to stick it in Bill’s face every once in a while,” Welker said with a smile and a wink. “So this is definitely a good one.”
Welker, by all appearances, meant no disrespect. But they say every joke contains at least a kernel of truth. (I don’t know who “they” are, but “they” definitely say it.) If there’s any real friction between Welker and Belichick, Belichick likely won’t ignore the comment based on the fact that Welker tried to create the impression that he was kidding.
Moreover, Belichick didn’t appreciate a stream of one-liners from Welker two years ago regarding Jets coach Rex Ryan. Belichick removed Welker from the starting lineup in advance of New England’s January 2011 playoff game against the Jets.
So, basically, look for Belichick to be asked about Welker’s comments, to give a non-committal response, and then to take any action if at all next week, when the Pats visit the Seahawks.