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Welker says Brady and Manning are Picasso and Michelangelo


Having caught passes from Peyton Manning in Denver this season, and from Tom Brady in New England for six years prior, Wes Welker is uniquely qualified to compare the two quarterbacks. But Welker would rather not have to choose one or the other.

Welker told reporters that he doesn’t think it’s possible to pick a favorite between the two best quarterbacks of their generation.

It’s like comparing Picasso and Michelangelo,” he said. “It’s hard to compare the two.”

Asked if he personally prefers Michelangelo or Picasso, Welker admitted that he actually doesn’t know much of anything about either of them.

“I couldn’t even tell you,” Welker said. “Somebody threw those names at me one time and I thought it sounded pretty good.”

Welker may not know much about art, but he does know a lot about passing offenses in the NFL, and he says Brady and Manning both lead their offenses in the same way.

“There aren’t too many differences,” Welker said. “They are great quarterbacks. They do a great job of keeping guys accountable, and their leadership skills and everything else. They are two guys you want quarterbacking your team. It’s a toss-up between those two.”

Welker just has to hope that Manning plays better than Brady on Sunday.

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88 Responses to “Welker says Brady and Manning are Picasso and Michelangelo”
  1. andygraham says: Jan 16, 2014 4:07 PM

    Michaelangelo was way better than Picasso.

  2. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 16, 2014 4:08 PM

    Big Ben is Da Vinci: he does it all.

  3. natijim235 says: Jan 16, 2014 4:09 PM

    Welker’s a regular Rembrant

  4. davikes says: Jan 16, 2014 4:09 PM

    There goes Welker and his sense of humor again. Bellichick is unhappy.

  5. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 16, 2014 4:12 PM

    Rick Spielman is more of a sandwich artist.

  6. angelochung says: Jan 16, 2014 4:13 PM

    smart on welker’s part to not allow the media to bait him into a soundbite.

  7. roxtar10 says: Jan 16, 2014 4:14 PM

    Which would make Geno Smith an average finger-painter.

  8. patriotsdefense says: Jan 16, 2014 4:15 PM

    An upside of Welker leaving town was it exposed another fan base to his greatness. Hopefully that helps him secure his bust in the HOF.

    Hope he got them butterfigners this weekend though.

  9. isphet71 says: Jan 16, 2014 4:16 PM

    I’m debating in my own head which of the 2 QBs is which. I’m thinking Manning is Picasso because he had a blue period (Colts) and now a rose period (Broncos).

    OK calling Bronco Orange “Rose” is probably a stretch, but throw me a bone. It’s all I’ve got.

  10. sdsmooth says: Jan 16, 2014 4:16 PM

    That makes Christian Ponder my 3 year old daughter with water colors.

  11. wikidpissah says: Jan 16, 2014 4:16 PM

    Picasso never did well on the big paintings.

  12. isphet71 says: Jan 16, 2014 4:17 PM

    I think Roethlisberger is Roman Polanski in this metaphor.

  13. valentino8100 says: Jan 16, 2014 4:17 PM

    Right…because we all know which he’d rather sit down and have a beer with.

  14. belicheckyourself says: Jan 16, 2014 4:18 PM

    Picasso wasn’t a Ninja Turtle…

  15. 87hollywoodhorn says: Jan 16, 2014 4:19 PM

    Brees is Da Vinci

    His 2011 season is the Mona Lisa

  16. buckhuckster says: Jan 16, 2014 4:19 PM

    It would have been more interesting if Welker was comparing them to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles instead of painters.

  17. thepftpoet says: Jan 16, 2014 4:20 PM

    Ted Thompson is more of a homeless artist who sells his paintings for shoes.

  18. demolition510 says: Jan 16, 2014 4:20 PM

    Omaha steaks > clam chowder

  19. stoytashaan says: Jan 16, 2014 4:20 PM

    So…That makes Tony Romo Jackson Pollock.

  20. deltaoracle says: Jan 16, 2014 4:22 PM

    I think it was Michelangelo’s glamorous wife who responded to critics by snapping “Michey can’t pose for the sculpture and mold the sculpture.”

  21. marcuswelby70 says: Jan 16, 2014 4:23 PM

    Manning/ Brady or Brady/ Manning whichever side of that argument you’re on it doesn’t really matter. Just feel fortunate that you are about to be treated to another epic battle on Sunday between the two best QB’s in the NFL. Not only the two best but both are great role models to young players that will someday make their own mark in the league.

  22. deltaoracle says: Jan 16, 2014 4:23 PM

    Christian Ponder had a paint by numbers set but it turned out he was color blind.

  23. dualprime says: Jan 16, 2014 4:25 PM

    Like saying Omaha is Miami!

  24. badmoonrison says: Jan 16, 2014 4:26 PM

    All this ego stroking between the Pats and the Donks is nauseating.

  25. jonbeck316 says: Jan 16, 2014 4:26 PM

    Welker would be like Jackson pollock- because he DROPPED the paint on the canvas

  26. jonbeck316 says: Jan 16, 2014 4:28 PM

    Manning’s forehead would look the same if it was painted by a cubist painter.

  27. wannabear says: Jan 16, 2014 4:29 PM

    Jay Cutler is both

  28. lanman11 says: Jan 16, 2014 4:29 PM

    That’s not the comparison you want him to make. Get him to compare coaches and you might get something interesting….

  29. thepftpoet says: Jan 16, 2014 4:29 PM

    Mike McCarthy is more of an artist who paints at restaurants like McDonald’s so he can steal Big Macs while he’s painting

  30. grantsbuds says: Jan 16, 2014 4:30 PM

    Picasso and Michelangelo just rolled over in their respective graves.

  31. thegronk87 says: Jan 16, 2014 4:31 PM

    Who is better during the playoffs, Michelangelo or Picasso?

  32. ringheadcrusher says: Jan 16, 2014 4:32 PM

    If he didn’t outright say Manning’s better – the guy on his team RIGHT NOW – it means he thinks Brady is better but of course he wouldn’t say it. If he thought Manning was better he’d say it.

  33. azarkhan says: Jan 16, 2014 4:36 PM

    People who blame Wes Welker for the Patriots 21-17 loss in the 2012 SB are ignorant. Brady’s pass was high, and anyway the key play was in the first quarter when the Giants fumbled on a third-and-3 but the Patriots were called for 12 men on the field. The result: 1st and goal at the 6 yard line and a Giant touchdown. That was the critical error in the game.

  34. baltimorons says: Jan 16, 2014 4:37 PM

    Sounds like welker’s brain has turned to mush from all of those concussions.

  35. purpleguy says: Jan 16, 2014 4:46 PM

    All these Christian Ponder cracks are blatantly inaccurate and false — he hasn’t graduated from crayons to paint yet.

  36. 23rdusernameused says: Jan 16, 2014 4:47 PM

    Also, “purdy”.

  37. kingpel says: Jan 16, 2014 4:50 PM

    My take?

    Picasso is a choker and Michelangelo couldn’t paint anything he didn’t videotape first.

  38. ringheadcrusher says: Jan 16, 2014 4:52 PM

    If Brady wins another ring this year I believe he should be crowned the undisputed GOAT. Personally I already think he is, and this is from a Raiders fan who got slapped with the tuck rule game. He’s not the most complete QB ever – that was Elway – but he’s still the best who ever chucked the rock IMEO. He has everything that made Montana one of the top-3 of all time, but Brady has a better arm. Now, let the screaming and crying begin.

  39. rugolin says: Jan 16, 2014 4:57 PM

    I think they are easy to compare. Brady has 3 Super Bowls in 5 appearances while Manning has 1 Super Bowl in 2 appearances. In the previous 13 games between them Brady has won 10 out of 14. Brady has owned Manning majority of the time and he hasn’t gone 9-11 in playoffs with 8 one and dones while Brady is 18-7.

  40. papertiger418 says: Jan 16, 2014 5:00 PM

    More like Raphael and Donatello!

  41. kneelbeforesod says: Jan 16, 2014 5:01 PM

    Roger Goodell is Machiavelli.

  42. Andre's Johnson says: Jan 16, 2014 5:09 PM

    I know a guy who had a college class with Welker. The guy says Welker showed up the first day of class to get the syllabus and the last day of class to sit for the exam. Maybe the class was art history because that Michelangelo/Picasso analogy is just stupid.

  43. redrew says: Jan 16, 2014 5:10 PM

    Surrounding Manning with all-star WRs gets you a regular season trophy, Surround Brady with JAG WRs, and he’ll get you to his 6th SB, 5 with nobody WRs.
    One guy chokes with more….the other wins more with less!!

  44. janvanflac says: Jan 16, 2014 5:10 PM

    Funny that he admitted he has no idea about what either of those artists actually did. Great football player, sadly a little lacking in knowledge.

  45. razzzmajazzz says: Jan 16, 2014 5:12 PM

    If Manning and Brady are Picasso and Michelangelo does that make Gabbert a connect-the-dots?

  46. rockieschef says: Jan 16, 2014 5:12 PM

    Hey Wes, heres a thought….they both painted women

  47. ringheadcrusher says: Jan 16, 2014 5:13 PM

    EIGHT one-and-dones in the playoffs… Sheesh, that must have driven Colts fans INSANE!

  48. bobleblah says: Jan 16, 2014 5:14 PM

    I think of Manning as a young Elvis,
    Brady as the post-Sgt. Pepper Beatles.

  49. elliottcovert says: Jan 16, 2014 5:18 PM

    Brady would have to be Picasso, because he’s had success with so many different styles of offense.

  50. zerole00 says: Jan 16, 2014 5:21 PM

    I’ve got a much better question to settle it once and for all.

    Wes, let’s say an evil robot is holding a gun to your head and he’s forcing you to give a reach around to either Brady or Manning? Who would you pick?

  51. jaggedmark says: Jan 16, 2014 5:21 PM

    More often than not, Manning has spilled his paint in the postseason.

  52. whentheleveonbreaks says: Jan 16, 2014 5:24 PM

    And while we’re at it, one ex Minnesota punter has my vote for the entire Mapplethorpe collection.

  53. RE LEE says: Jan 16, 2014 5:26 PM

    Just say one is a donkey and the other is a goat… No need for this highfalutin cr-p.

  54. lightcleric says: Jan 16, 2014 5:26 PM

    Man I really wish he would have used Donatello so this could be Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I would love to see Belichick be Shredder or Krang.

  55. alltee says: Jan 16, 2014 5:26 PM

    Here is the easiest way to settle the argument and it’s very clear. Manning sure is statistically better then Brady but rings matter and manning would trade his career for Brady’s to have the three rings. Brady wouldn’t trade his career for manning because he like his three rings. Anyone who is going to disagree with this is too dumb to be in the discussion

  56. tigerlilac says: Jan 16, 2014 5:32 PM

    Welker is not only a great player, he’s a fun guy.

  57. cospgsmadman says: Jan 16, 2014 5:38 PM

    We shall see this weekend…
    GO BRONCOS !!!!!!!!!

  58. phinfan says: Jan 16, 2014 5:48 PM

    Sanchez posed for mona lisa then, and tebow was the thinker

  59. thegreatsantini56 says: Jan 16, 2014 5:50 PM

    I’m impressed by the knowledge of the comments here about art. I wager that when John Fox was coaching the Panthers, he would have resisted bringing either in as a free-agent. Enjoy the ride brother! WOOOH!

  60. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 16, 2014 5:53 PM

    And Lambeau Field is the Sistine Chapel.

  61. patsfan3175 says: Jan 16, 2014 5:53 PM

    And Belichick tops them all.

  62. charliedamon says: Jan 16, 2014 5:55 PM

    Flacco’s strictly paint by the numbers…120 mil to be exact.

  63. kd75 says: Jan 16, 2014 6:02 PM

    I prefer Kandinsky or Dali…

  64. osage44 says: Jan 16, 2014 6:06 PM

    I am now officially sick and tired of this absurd Brady/Manning hype.

  65. p31squared says: Jan 16, 2014 6:35 PM

    People who compare their head-to-head records forget that they weren’t the only ones playing in those games. Manning has clearly been the superior quarterback, possibly the GOAT. Brady has the better coach, possibly the GOAT. Manning has played at the highest level for two organizations. Makes you wonder if Brady would do as well. Remember: Matt Cassel went 11-5 under Belichick. The Colts imploded without Manning.

  66. Bill's got balls! says: Jan 16, 2014 6:43 PM

    Manning’s forehead reminds me of Easter Island.

  67. Bill's got balls! says: Jan 16, 2014 6:49 PM

    BTW, this is one of the funniest threads I’ve seen in years!

  68. dickshotdogs says: Jan 16, 2014 7:21 PM

    He won’t.

  69. abuleto says: Jan 16, 2014 7:34 PM

    manning = Peter Paul Rubens
    Brady = Titian
    These guys r classics! good luck to both can’t wait!!

  70. sf546 says: Jan 16, 2014 7:36 PM

    Well, at the end of the game one of them will be slapping their hands to the sides of their face and screaming.

  71. upperdecker19 says: Jan 16, 2014 7:46 PM

    But do they prefer to be called “maestro”?

  72. granadafan says: Jan 16, 2014 7:51 PM

    From an artist point of view, Michelangelo > Picasso

  73. weepingjebus says: Jan 16, 2014 7:52 PM

    Romo = Dali. So many melted clocks.

  74. Bill's got balls! says: Jan 16, 2014 8:17 PM

    “The Scream” was really a self-portrait by Jim Harbaugh.

  75. toonloonboon says: Jan 16, 2014 8:25 PM

    rg3 draws stick figures

  76. badmoonrison says: Jan 16, 2014 8:47 PM

    Interesting analogy. I didnt know artists were infamous for cheating.

  77. thetruthcampaign says: Jan 16, 2014 9:12 PM

    Welker’s like an Amendola or an Edelman.

  78. steelcurtainn says: Jan 16, 2014 9:42 PM

    What else would welker say. And I think Big Ben is Vincent Van Gogh.

  79. wickedbackspin says: Jan 16, 2014 10:00 PM

    Brady is clearly Michelangelo because he spends a fair amount of time flat on his back under a great work of art.

  80. thereyougo2 says: Jan 16, 2014 10:59 PM

    Two great QBs but which is the better team which in turn is coached at a higher level? IMO even without Wilfolk New England. I also like the 49ers over Seattle.

  81. nite2al says: Jan 16, 2014 11:21 PM

    I guess Welker didn’t get the memo…

    You are supposed to pick the guy who is you current QB, even if it’s Mark Sanchez!

  82. nite2al says: Jan 16, 2014 11:29 PM

    Manning, clearly better…with a higher football IQ…

    Brady won the SBs when he was a game manager, had an excellent defense and Adam V kicking the game winner.

    Better coach…


    Only throws 5 yard passes and the receiver has to get the other five…all the way down the field. This guy gets so much credit for dinks and dunks.

    Matt Cassel…need I say more?

  83. Awol.West says: Jan 16, 2014 11:40 PM

    Masterpiece Resumes

  84. wolfmanpatriot says: Jan 17, 2014 12:10 AM

    Big deal. Welker said my shmenge was Burt Reynolds.

    But, seriously, I think the cheap pa-rick Kraft did Wes, as he did many wrong, and I wish Wes the best.
    Just Not During This Game. 😀

  85. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 17, 2014 1:11 AM

    Obviously then Joe Flacco is the guy who paints by numbers.

  86. tedmurph says: Jan 17, 2014 5:43 AM

    Absolutely the funniest thread ever on pft. Props to you all. LOL

  87. edisbetterthantroy says: Jan 17, 2014 7:53 AM

    I totally understand the hyped “rivalry”. But let’s remember that Brady and Manning play offense. Therefore, they’ve NEVER gone head to head against one another. Football is a team game and games are won in three phases. Both players are only involved in one of those phases.

    Brady has benefited by playing on overall better teams over the years (not this particular year as he’s put the team on his back). Not to mention, better coaching. Manning’s playoff woes are also over-hyped as many of his playoff losses, he’s left the field with a lead late in the 4th quarter and defense/special teams let it slip away.

    They both deserve praise as well as criticism for their achievements.

    My opinion: PeytonisbetterthanBrady

  88. ringheadcrusher says: Jan 17, 2014 1:02 PM

    Maybe if Peyton had spied like Brady/Belichik he might only have 7 playoff one-and-dones instead of 8…

    8 one-and-dones is a CRAZY stat that crushes the argument for Manning IMO. That’s absolutely horrible.

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