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Welker jokes about 13 catches: “Nice to stick it in Bill’s face”

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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.

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43 Responses to “Welker jokes about 13 catches: “Nice to stick it in Bill’s face””
  1. joetoronto says: Oct 8, 2012 7:20 AM

    Ya, that’s wasn’t the wisest move ever.

  2. darthvader89 says: Oct 8, 2012 7:23 AM

    This can’t be good for my fantasy team.

  3. pastabelly says: Oct 8, 2012 7:26 AM

    He would be tough to replace. Bill needs to get past this one.

  4. mccourty1sland says: Oct 8, 2012 7:28 AM

    keep it moving, nothing to see here.

  5. fballguy says: Oct 8, 2012 7:40 AM

    Maybe he was talking about a different “it”.

  6. theashleyguy says: Oct 8, 2012 7:43 AM

    As a Seahawks fan, I definitely think Belichick should remove Welker from next week’s game.

  7. bathroombenlovemachine says: Oct 8, 2012 7:45 AM

    The Eagles will win Super Bowl 47 and Michael Vick will be Super Bowl MVP.

    WU TANG

  8. tim1999 says: Oct 8, 2012 7:47 AM

    As a Patriot fan I have no doubt Wes was speaking the truth in his “joke”. Was ridiculous how the Patriots were marginalizing Welker as the beginning of the season. Only injuries to other receivers changed that dynamic.
    Wes knows he’s gone next year. Wes also knows he’s Brady’s favorite receiver and one of the most productive players at his position in the league.
    Any “action” Belichick would take against him would reflect badly on Belichick.
    Think Peyton Manning could use Wes Welker in a Bronco uni next year?? That would really stick it in Bill’s face.

  9. frankiefiveangels says: Oct 8, 2012 7:57 AM

    Belichick will downplay what Welker said. But he will give his response at the beginning of the next game in Seattle. If Welker’s ass is on the bench (and it might be) we’ll know what Belichick’s feeling is.

  10. boblavoie says: Oct 8, 2012 7:58 AM

    Hey, the guys good – just pay him and play him! His joking around should be taken lightly as it is absolutely harmless compared to other players’ comments in this media driven NFL.
    Laugh it off Bill.

  11. tjjohnson98 says: Oct 8, 2012 8:00 AM

    Oh great. Better trade him now in my FF league! One catch for 5 yards next week.

  12. ebr362 says: Oct 8, 2012 8:02 AM

    I wonder if Welker is sick of “the patriots way”?
    We will now see if BB has this hidden sense of humor you hear about from time to time.

  13. theandy59 says: Oct 8, 2012 8:06 AM

    Totally innocuous comment, probably referring to the ribbing Belichick has been giving to Welker this season….people look at BB’s pressers and think the guy has no sense of humor, but he actually has a very biting, sarcastic wit about him. Non-story.

  14. tigerlilac says: Oct 8, 2012 8:10 AM

    Welker and Brady were machine-like on third down. Welker is a defense killer.

    I saw his comment and he was smiling and winking. Yes, there is an element of truth to him wanting to stick it in Bill’s face but Belichick also lit a fire under his diminutive slot receiver. Isn’t that what good coaches do?

  15. blackqbwhiterb says: Oct 8, 2012 8:16 AM

    I guess Welker’s confident he’ll find another team to play for next year, that’s all….or that Tom will convince Bill to ignore these things

  16. jetblackninja says: Oct 8, 2012 8:16 AM

    If you know the team, then you know that Welker was ribbing the local media guys for suggesting he was being phased out of the offense in the first place.

    Especially cause that BS started 2 games into the season…. he just started slow, but the Boston media conspiracy ring was out in full force.

    This was just a nod to the over-reaction.

  17. buckeye94 says: Oct 8, 2012 8:23 AM

    Honestly I don’t get it. I understand they have used him less but they have so many weapons.

  18. cylondetector says: Oct 8, 2012 8:25 AM

    Yeah, quite a different scenario.

    Welkers comments about Rex, while funny and onpoint, were unnecessary fodder for the media and the Jets – the exact opposite of what Belichick always preaches.

    Welker is always having a joke at the expense of his own team-mates – Brady especially (who does his best to provide him with material every offseason, it seems) – poking the Boss is fine (Matt Light used to do it all the time) because its not directed outside the organisation.

  19. oriolesvsravens says: Oct 8, 2012 8:29 AM

    I think he meant it.

  20. braven4evr says: Oct 8, 2012 8:35 AM

    Face it…he’s out of NE next year!

  21. doublebase says: Oct 8, 2012 8:40 AM

    Mr. Welker meet the bench, the bench this is Wes Welker…I think you two have met before. And you might already know Steven Ridley – he’ll be joining you two as well…

  22. patriotenvy says: Oct 8, 2012 9:23 AM

    Too bad he didn’t stick it in bills face during the Superbowl. He did during the off season though.

  23. sidelineshot says: Oct 8, 2012 9:27 AM

    Welker could try his craft away from Gillette Stadium and with some other quarterback not named Brady.
    Good luck, my friend.

  24. fincity305 says: Oct 8, 2012 9:47 AM

    Wee lil Wes, come back to miami and stick it to em twice a year

  25. spideysdog says: Oct 8, 2012 9:55 AM

    sidelineshot says:
    Oct 8, 2012 9:27 AM
    Welker could try his craft away from Gillette Stadium and with some other quarterback not named Brady.
    Good luck, my friend.

    Please, oh please don’t think that Welker can’t catch balls and find success with a Manning or a Rodgers. Wes will have his pick of teams. His success and precise routes will open up the door at any team he chooses. And no, you do NOT have another Welker on that team.

    Whether he was poking fun at the media for the big whoha they made about the first two weeks and his lack of use, or if he was poking at BB, I’m not sure it matters. Cause I don’t think Wes cares.

    I think Wes knows he’s gone. I think he also knows NE is better with him there. I think he also knows he will be employed pretty much anywhere he wants. He sounds like an extremely confident guy that knows his future is set, with or without BB.

  26. aljack88 says: Oct 8, 2012 10:06 AM

    Playing in Seattle this coming week with Hernandez back, it would not be a suprise to see a 3 TE, 1 WR, 1 RB formation employed at the start of the game; due to the ‘hawks D and home crowd noise. Welker would not be the wide out in this formation but the media will drum it up as BB sticking it back in his face.

  27. rc33 says: Oct 8, 2012 10:35 AM

    Welker’s terrific but anyone who believes numerous teams are just going to open their coffers and spend $10M a year on a 32 year-old slot receiver is kidding themselves.
    In turn, I don’t think there’s a GM out there that believes his team would get as much value and performance out of Welker as New England has.

  28. atxpatfan says: Oct 8, 2012 10:39 AM

    The “joke” was directed towards the the guy interviewing him/the media not BB.

    They were all spouting off conspiracy theories after two games about why Welker wasn’t a bigger part of the offense.

  29. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Oct 8, 2012 10:45 AM

    More important. How’s his hair looking?

  30. trojanwarrior007 says: Oct 8, 2012 10:52 AM

    he’s only getting those catches because Edelmann is hurt. Once he’s back expect Welker to be keeping that offensive bench very warm.

  31. jordera22 says: Oct 8, 2012 11:11 AM

    I watched the video and at no time does Wes smile or wink.

  32. mrconnors says: Oct 8, 2012 11:18 AM

    Yes, Doublebase, brilliant idea. Bench the two guys with 255 yards of offense and two TD’s between them.

    Brady fumbled the ball, too, is he going to be benched as well?

  33. rjwinslow says: Oct 8, 2012 11:29 AM

    Trade him, Bill! (Hopefully before my Steelers kick your butts in the playoffs this year).

  34. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 8, 2012 11:36 AM

    Geeze its gotten to the point where everything is so micro examined by the internet “press” and the people who post that a guy can’t even crack a joke anymore without it being defined as some sort of team emergency or horrendous insult.

    Here’s a clue for you. Welker is a jokester. He has a great sense of humor. He made a joke. That was it. A joke. Nothing more.

  35. lolo376 says: Oct 8, 2012 11:36 AM

    Look for Welker to start next weeks game on the bench and Edelman taking his snap. We’ll wish he’d kept his mouth shut!

  36. tedmurph says: Oct 8, 2012 12:20 PM

    I think it was a joke, but with a little FU poke in the ribs. Less about the contract, more about BB riding him for maybe not working hard enough in camp, or using Edelman early in the season because he’s a better blocker or getting hit in the facemask and dropping passes, etc

  37. granadafan says: Oct 8, 2012 12:25 PM

    Yeah, hoodie doesn’t do jokes. This isn’t going to end well.

  38. patriotinvasion says: Oct 8, 2012 12:32 PM

    Wes is only gone next year if we decide not to Franchise him again. Even at the raise of 20% for back-to-back franchises, $11-12M may still be a bargain for a guy that can keep #12 upright and catch 100 balls a year for 1,400 yards.

    Just hope he can get back to the big game and redeem himself for the drop that pretty much cost us the Super Bowl (Note: Eli may still have had time to win it, but the odds of the Patriots winning would have increased dramatically with that 1st down).

  39. jbcuster says: Oct 8, 2012 12:43 PM

    I think Wes will be suprised when the bidding starts next season. Don’t think (at his age) he’s going to get top five wr money from any team. Julian Edelman is not the player Wes is, but will do enough to keep the Pats rolling.

  40. 16x8equal49ers says: Oct 8, 2012 12:46 PM

    Nice to see this. Welker knows his worth to their offense & Brady will pull for his no.1 receiver. He’s got the upper hand now. Is this the NBA?

  41. patsfiend says: Oct 8, 2012 5:05 PM

    He was the MVP of the game yesterday, no doubt.

    We have seen that speaking to the media doesn’t really do anyone favors in New England, however, especially mentions of the hooded one. I think he hurt himself as much as he helped himself, with that one.

  42. backindasaddle says: Oct 8, 2012 5:41 PM

    Bill often talks about doing things and making decisions because they are the best thing for the team and because it will make the team better and that it’s all geared towards winning. Sitting Welker would be geared towards winning. These two need to get over it.

  43. Jeff Tuttle says: Mar 13, 2013 10:51 PM

    Well, I came across this article while reading about recent free agent signings & I have to give props to tim1999 for being dead on in the comment he left on: Oct 8, 2012 at 7:47 AM:

    “As a Patriot fan I have no doubt Wes was speaking the truth in his “joke”. Was ridiculous how the Patriots were marginalizing Welker as the beginning of the season. Only injuries to other receivers changed that dynamic.
    Wes knows he’s gone next year. Wes also knows he’s Brady’s favorite receiver and one of the most productive players at his position in the league.
    Any “action” Belichick would take against him would reflect badly on Belichick.
    Think Peyton Manning could use Wes Welker in a Bronco uni next year?? That would really stick it in Bill’s face.”

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