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Belichick: Welker’s got a good sense of humor

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If Patriots coach Bill Belichick was upset by wide receiver Wes Welker’s comment that it was nice to stick it in the coach’s face after catching 13 balls in the win over the Broncos, he’s not sharing it with the public.

Belichick directed questions about Welker’s comment to the wide receiver during a media session on Monday and the wide receiver said his line, delivered with a wink and a grin on Sunday night, was just a joke. Belichick got asked about it again during an appearance on WEEI Radio on Monday. He gave a little bit more of an answer this time, although it ended with a promise that we’ll never know any response he might have delivered to Welker.

“Well, you know, I think Wes played really well yesterday and happy things turned out the way they did. Any conversations I have with Wes are between me and Wes,” Belichick said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com.

Belichick was then asked if he thought Welker had any future as a comedian. Belichick might not be recommending him to the owners of the Chuckle Factory, but he thinks Welker’s okay in the humor department.

“He has a good sense of humor,” Belichick said.

That should be the last time we spend on this topic, unless there’s some kind of reprisal from Belichick in terms of playing time in the coming weeks. Belichick did sit Welker at the start of a playoff loss to the Jets a couple of years ago because Welker did a few minutes of foot jokes directed at Jets coach Rex Ryan, but that came after the Patriots coach asked his team to avoid giving the Jets any bulletin board material.

We’re not sure if there’s been a similar edict in New England this year, but returns to health for Aaron Hernandez and Julian Edelman could wind up eating into Welker’s playing time again without any machinations coming from under the hood.

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29 Responses to “Belichick: Welker’s got a good sense of humor”
  1. 7swag7 says: Oct 9, 2012 2:15 PM

    I’m over it.

  2. giantssb42champs says: Oct 9, 2012 2:17 PM

    Like belichick would know.

  3. mikealstott says: Oct 9, 2012 2:20 PM

    Bill Belichick has a funny joke to tell… What do you get when you cross an aging loud mouth wide receiver on a one year contract and a grumpy, brilliant, opportunistic head coach….Traded…

  4. footballfan01 says: Oct 9, 2012 2:21 PM

    Belichick has the sense of humor of a potato.

  5. bspuryear says: Oct 9, 2012 2:22 PM

    If Edelman comes back and cuts into Welker’s playing time this will be the only time that I have questioned anything the Bill has done as head coach of the Pats.. Wes is so much better for the offense I don’t understand how they don’t see that… Go Pats

  6. houndofthebaskervols says: Oct 9, 2012 2:26 PM

    Welker needs to shut his damn mouth!

  7. smalltownqb says: Oct 9, 2012 2:32 PM

    The Welker questions are going to come up again when they have Hernandez on the field and we see his targets take a huge nose dive.

  8. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Oct 9, 2012 2:34 PM

    Anyone who doesn’t think Bill takes shots at his own players is crazy. Does no one remember when Wes was on the sideline during Bills documentary and Bill was pointing out all the things Edelman could do to Wes himself.

  9. benh999 says: Oct 9, 2012 2:40 PM

    “That should be the last time we spend on this topic…”

    —————————————-

    Oh no, let’s have a few more articles per day about it for the next week.

  10. jolink653 says: Oct 9, 2012 2:40 PM

    Love BB, but I’m not sure he has any idea what a sense of humor is

  11. rc33 says: Oct 9, 2012 2:54 PM

    Does no one remember when Wes was on the sideline during Bills documentary and Bill was pointing out all the things Edelman could do to Wes himself.
    ————————————-
    That was funny. He asked Welker if he knew who old Yankee 1B Wally Pipp was. Lou Gehrig took Pipp’s spot at 1B, giving him a day off….then proceeded to start the next 2200 games in a row.

  12. bullcharger says: Oct 9, 2012 2:55 PM

    Welker is a funny guy, but the shame is that he thinks he needs to be funny on the podium. It serves no purpose other than as a distraction. I am still angry about the feet rant from 2010 against the Jets. It was really funny, but he ended up rallying the Jets and getting benched to start the game. It was just dumb.

  13. andrewproughcfe says: Oct 9, 2012 3:03 PM

    @mikealstott — “Bill Belichick has a funny joke to tell… What do you get when you cross an aging loud mouth wide receiver on a one year contract and a grumpy, brilliant, opportunistic head coach….Traded…”

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

    Which, of course, leads to this classic:

    What do you get when you cross a grumpy, brilliant, opportunistic head coach with Tom Coughlin?

    …another humiliating Super Bowl disaster

  14. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 9, 2012 3:07 PM

    So you have never talked to the media about a conversation with any player before? Is Wes the only guy that he has only private conversations with Wes and not with anybody else?

    Or is the truth of the matter, that he did find some issue with the statement and he merely needs to pretend that there is a special protocol here because he’s embarrassed to explain the real reason why he can’t talk about it. Which is that he is embarrassed in some way?

    Don’t worry Bill, it’s a rhetorical question that is just between me and myself, and Internet message board readers that I explain that to.

  15. ezwriter69 says: Oct 9, 2012 3:27 PM

    What do you get when you cross a grumpy, brilliant, opportunistic head coach with Tom Coughlin?

    Uh, I thought you were describing Tom Coughlin… maybe the brilliant part should have given it away that you weren’t.

  16. bennyb82 says: Oct 9, 2012 3:30 PM

    I think the Patriots are trying to limit Welkers playing time in a ploy to make him less valuable as a free agent. I think the team knows how important Wes is and they want to keep him for years to come. But if Welker has another huge season this year, his value as a free agent will be too much for the Patriots to match. So what is the best way to lower his value? Play him sparingly in the opening weeks, but begin to use him more and more as the season wears on. The end result is a less than his usual stellar stats for the year. Combine that with his age and the Patriots may have driven his value down to a price they can afford.

  17. spideysdog says: Oct 9, 2012 3:32 PM

    I think BB took Tagliabues NFL (no fun league) a bit to seriously. The reality is, Welker has faced questions since week one about his diminished role. Whether Bill is ”punishing” him for The contract situation time and time again. Wes could have pulled a TO or Dwight Howard move, and caused unneeded animosity and burden on The team with The repeated badgering, but he chose to go The humor route. I see no problem with it. As for Welkers situation, he doesnt need BB to like him or want him around, cause i can think of 20 teams off The top of my head that would be more than happy to see him in their uni. And when it comes right down to it…. I think The last couple weeks have.shown us, that when its 3rd and whatever, The man that matters, no. 12, not only trusts him, but is more than happy to look his way.

  18. grpatriot says: Oct 9, 2012 3:54 PM

    Bill just won’t play the games people want him to play….besides, I really don’t think he cares what anyone thinks of him.
    Being a HC\GM isn’t a popularity contest, it’s a job..One that he does better than anyone else.

  19. grpatriot says: Oct 9, 2012 3:58 PM

    What do you get when you cross a grumpy, brilliant, opportunistic head coach with Tom Coughlin?

    …another humiliating Super Bowl disaster
    =================================
    Both of the Super Bowl losses were very close games…..not disasters!

  20. pastabelly says: Oct 9, 2012 3:59 PM

    Here’s something humorous. There are some Patriots fans who think Edelman is “similar” to Welker. They are both quick, short, and white. But that’s where similarities end. Welker is one of the best slot receivers in the game.

  21. forbiddendonuts says: Oct 9, 2012 4:53 PM

    Those of you saying BB has no sense of humor have apparently only ever watched the 5 seconds clips they show on SportsCenter from his postgame conferences. At any other time – his radio show after a good win, his mid-week press conferences, any NFL Films appearance… or read interviews with ANY ex-Patriot (whether they left on good terms or not) would show that he does have a sense of humor. He puts on a dour, grumpy character for those pressers, but that hardly means that he NEVER has a laugh.

  22. justjoevideo says: Oct 9, 2012 7:00 PM

    Pats LOSE this week in Seattle… :(

  23. giantssb42champs says: Oct 9, 2012 8:01 PM

    “Both of the Super Bowl losses were very close games…..not disasters!”

    Close yes, but most Pats fan would still call them disasters. Especially the perfect season ending one.

  24. patsfiend says: Oct 9, 2012 8:23 PM

    You know you are rooting for the creme of the creme when these are your biggest “newsworthy” problems. Just a little bit of dust on the Pats’ Ferrari. No big deal.

  25. patsfiend says: Oct 9, 2012 8:26 PM

    andrewproughcfe says:
    Oct 9, 2012 3:03 PM
    @mikealstott — “Bill Belichick has a funny joke to tell… What do you get when you cross an aging loud mouth wide receiver on a one year contract and a grumpy, brilliant, opportunistic head coach….Traded…”

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

    Which, of course, leads to this classic:

    What do you get when you cross a grumpy, brilliant, opportunistic head coach with Tom Coughlin?

    …another humiliating Super Bowl disaster
    ==========
    The sad, trolling Giants fans persist. Why do you keep clicking on Belichick articles if he’s such a lousy coach?

  26. fortunefavorsthebolden says: Oct 10, 2012 2:56 PM

    @bullcharger The only problem with your post is neither the stick it in his face or the foot thing happened at the podium. one was an interview with felger and the other was from his locker.

    Oh those crazy facts, they sure do have a way of making a bad post terrible.

  27. bubba99m says: Oct 10, 2012 7:20 PM

    Wes had some outstanding statistical seasons when he was one of the few reliable targets on the team. The reality is (as Rejon Rondo put it) talent eventually cathes up with you, and right now the Pats are loaded with talent when healthy. So yes, Welker will have fewer opportunities as this very versitile offense returns to full strength. Another factor is age. Wes isn’t getting any younger so it makes sense to ease his load and also give some younger guys (with comparable talent) some serious playing time. I agree with Bill that Edelman has a huge upside. He will likely be Welker’s siccessor. As a former QB he can also heave the ball with some accuracy, so it may not be too many seasons before we see some occasional Wildat or creative offense (not thet they need it). Personally, I think some of the media read too much into the Belichick personna. Bill must be laughing his ass off after some of these media session. That’s just my 2 cents. GO PATS!

  28. flash1283 says: Oct 10, 2012 8:59 PM

    fortunefavorsthebolden says:
    Oct 10, 2012 2:56 PM
    @bullcharger The only problem with your post is neither the stick it in his face or the foot thing happened at the podium. one was an interview with felger and the other was from his locker.

    Oh those crazy facts, they sure do have a way of making a bad post terrible.

    Wrong,
    The foot thing DID happen at the podium, it’s all over YouTube.

    Oh those crazy facts…

  29. rushmatic says: Oct 11, 2012 11:24 PM

    Knew it wasn’t going to be an issue. Happy it’s over.

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