One year after injury, Welker still wants to play in “meaningless” game

Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker’s career was permanently altered when he tore his ACL in Week 17 last year in a so-called meaningless game against the Texans.

That injury has a lot of folks guessing that Bill Belichick will rest his starters Sunday sooner than later, especially Welker.  We have our doubts; Only once has Belichick sat Tom Brady early in a similar situation.  The Patriots have played to win “meaningless” games more often then not.

Welker says he wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I’m here to play football and that’s what I prepare to do every single week,” Welker told Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald.  “That’s my game plan going into this week.”

The Patriots have already earned their week off.  We suspect Belichick and Welker will be gunning for that 14th win against the Dolphins.

44 responses to “One year after injury, Welker still wants to play in “meaningless” game

  1. Belichick has rarely sat Tom Brady early in a game and has played to win “meaningless” games more often then not.

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    It would be interesting to see how badly the Patriots get destroyed without Tom Brady at the helm.

  2. If they don’t play you’re looking at a solid 3 weeks nearly without any live game action. A rest is fine, but that’s ridiculous.

    It doesn’t make sense to rest them for that long, these guys have a rhythm that they are in, even coming back from minor injuries for a couple weeks it takes a “few plays” to get back in sync.

    I wouldn’t be shocked to see them only play a half or 3 quarters, particularly if the game gets out of hand, but the thought of resting them altogether is preposterous in my opinion.

  3. nickster2k you sound like an idiot how soon we forget when tom tore his knee up in the first game of the season sat out and a little known QB named matt cassell came in and took us to the playoffs. oh yeah and now he is making all kinds of money not because he is a good QB but because the pats system made him.

  4. No game is “meaningless” as the fans deserve the very best, especially at home. And, they get the very best with the New England Patriots. Thanks Bob, Bill, Tom and the entire organization. It was been a wonderful decade for us old timers.

  5. Wes isnt any more statistically likely to get injured in this game just because he did last year. It’s not like he should get special treatment. They have a buy, they can rest then. Any more than 2 weeks rest is pushing it.

  6. @chowderhead12:

    You call yourself a Pats fan, but you think “Cassell took us to the playoffs” in ’08?

    You’re giving Patriots fans everywhere a bad name. Please post only when you know what the hell you’re talking about. Idiot.

  7. hey chowderhead – the Patriots didn’t make the playoffs in ’08 when Cassell was under center. They did go 11-5, but Phins won the division and the Pats were on the outside looking in.

  8. In the interest of accuracy, the Pats didn’t make the playoffs in the year Cassell was QB. 11-5 wasn’t enough to get them in.

  9. chowderhead12 you sound like an idiot too. the pats didn’t make the playoffs when brady tore his acl and mcl. they went 11-5 but lost the division to the dolphins. yes the pats played good and would have been in the playoffs if tom brady was playing, but thats not wat nickster2k was saying. he basically said the pats are only good with brady and because of brady. which is somewhat true, they wouldnt be 13-2 without him as the starting qb, but that doesnt matter cuz he is the starting quarterback and this argument is pointless.

  10. chowderhead12 says:
    Dec 31, 2010 12:21 PM
    nickster2k you sound like an idiot how soon we forget when tom tore his knee up in the first game of the season sat out and a little known QB named matt cassell came in and took us to the playoffs.

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    The Patriots didn’t make the playoffs that year. Do all Patriots fans live in a fantasy land like you? And you call me an idiot???

    The Dolphins won the division that year with the cupcake schedule that division had. They improved from 1 – 15 the previous year. The Patriots, however, went from 16 – 0 to 11 – 5. Quite a huge difference without Brady. And no playoffs.

  11. chowderhead, I’m pretty sure the Pats missed the playoffs that year. You sound like a “real” fan.

  12. Nickster2k,

    if I didn’t know better I would have guessed you were a jets fan since the motto of the HC is torture and humiliation.

    I say that because on the Belichick post you were humilated by your comments but then again being a Dolphins fan once a loser always a loser.

    Do yourself a favor and don’t post your stupidity on the Patriots posts and enjoy your offseason thinking about another season of being a fan for a team that will finish below the Bills in 2011.

  13. #
    unbreakable02215 says: Dec 31, 2010 12:14 PM

    Yeah Wes. Just hang on to the ball this week bro.
    Brady looked like he was ready to eat him after his
    3rd drop.
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    Truth. I heard he leads the NFL in drops. Not sure if it’s true but he HAS dropped an effton of balls this year.
    I love the guy madly and wouldn’t trade him for the world but he needs the playtime. I am thinking it’s a bit of a mental thing with him because he’s NEVER been a big pass dropper.

  14. Etymology: From chowder + head. One might be a chowder-head if one doesn’t use one’s brains effectively, which would give others the opinion that one has clam-chowder for brains.

    chow·der·head (chou d r-h d ). n. Slang. A person regarded as stupid; a dolt.

    With adequate self-knowledge you are ready to start achieving what you are truly capable of in life.

  15. nickster2k,

    That poster was mistaken. Big damn deal. Huge difference? You betcha. We went from going undefeated with our star QB to winning over 10 games with the back up and missed the playoffs. A colossal failure for us, but what does failure look like for your team? 8-8 with the star QB?

    How many games has your team won? Have they hit 10 yet?

    What was YOUR point?

  16. Good for Wes!!! And good for Belichick. I hate the practice of sitting starters and throwing games because they’re “meaningless.” Since when? Didn’t the people buying tickets pay the same amount as the people buying tickets for the other 15 games? Did the networks get a week 17 discount? How about the advertisers?

    People can say what they want about Spygate. But how is it not cheating to sit your starters and deliberately throw a game that has playoff implications for other teams–as the Colts did last year? It’s one thing to sit guys who are injured or banged up. But sitting healthy players to “rest” them for the playoffs? I know my Steelers have done it, but it’s wrong. And frankly, it’s hypocritical to damn the Pats as cheaters for filming signals (in a way that was disallowed only five minutes before the uproar) when the league and most teams are tacitly complicit in deliberately throwing games. Whatever those guys did, at least they were trying to win. Cheating to lose today in hopes of winning tomorrow is just … nuts.

  17. ampats says:
    Dec 31, 2010 1:26 PM
    Nickster2k,

    if I didn’t know better I would have guessed you were a jets fan since the motto of the HC is torture and humiliation.

    I say that because on the Belichick post you were humilated by your comments but then again being a Dolphins fan once a loser always a loser.

    Do yourself a favor and don’t post your stupidity on the Patriots posts and enjoy your offseason thinking about another season of being a fan for a team that will finish below the Bills in 2011.

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    Armpit,

    I have no idea what you’re trying trying to say with this convoluted nonsense. But no, I am not a Jets or Dolphins fan.

    I’m a Belichick fan. My favorite is when he puts Tom Brady in the starting lineup and has him go out and win him another ring.

  18. highfivefootballfan says:
    Dec 31, 2010 12:47 PM
    hey chowderhead – the Patriots didn’t make the playoffs in ’08 when Cassell was under center. They did go 11-5, but Phins won the division and the Pats were on the outside looking in.

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    don’t forget that a lot of pats fans are fair-weather fans so they probably tuned out after the first game and have no idea who made the playoffs.

    also a lot of them don’t start watching football until the redsox season is over– so most of them probably didn’t realize until November that Brady was out.

    either way a very short season for the “fan” base that year.

  19. Keep this in mind all of you Patriot haters. With 2 #1, 2 #2 and 2 #3 picks in the upcoming draft, Billy now has the artillery to perpetually own the draft for years to come. He can easily trade down for an extra #1 next year, giving him 2, and simply do that every single year going forward and if he ever needs to re-tool he has 2 #1 to do it with. Now, I want you to keep hating so here’s another for ya. If the Pats win Sunday, Belichek will be the only coach in NFL history to have 4 different years of at least 14 wins. Oh, and you already know the Pats have the best record in the NFL and accomplished that during a rebuilding year.

    Face facts. There is Billy and there is everyone else. If you could change the coach on your team today and get Belichek in return, every single one of you would do it. Bill does it the old fashioned way. Hard work, great scouting. How does he find these guys like Woodhead and make them major contributors? How does he pick up an unknown running back like the Law Firm and that guy has NEVER fumbled in his career? You do it by being smarter than the other guy. Billy doesn’t want superstars on his team outside of Brady, and Brady was the 199th pick the year he was drafted and certainly not on the road to Canton when he came into the league. And one more thing for the haters. If you really hate us, you will have a long time to do it, because this team is going to be at the top for another 5-10 years. Some of you will be dead by then.

  20. .
    as much as I hate bellicheat, he has balls unlike the colts coach who is a p u s s y.

    he will play as expected.

  21. tiffpats4eva says:
    Dec 31, 2010 2:15 PM
    nickster2k,

    That poster was mistaken. Big damn deal. Huge difference? You betcha. We went from going undefeated with our star QB to winning over 10 games with the back up and missed the playoffs. A colossal failure for us, but what does failure look like for your team? 8-8 with the star QB?

    How many games has your team won? Have they hit 10 yet?

    What was YOUR point?

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    my point is that Belichick owes most of his success to Brady.

    When Belichick gets into the HOF, his bust better be fellating a statue of Brady to reflect how he got there.

  22. carryingweight
    As a fan, I admit to a preference for BB’s camera subject.
    Brittfar and SexyRexy, for example seem not to be getting maximum value for their efforts.

  23. @Deb
    “But how is it not cheating to sit your starters and deliberately throw a game that has playoff implications for other teams”

    You usually have intelligent posts. This was not among them. While you may not like starters sitting, cheating is the wrong term to use. Sounds like a lot of teams this week and from prior years need to be investigated???

  24. Only once has Belichick sat Tom Brady early in a similar situation

    Fact check time.

    Didn’t Hoyer play the second half against Houston last year?

    Didn’t Cassell enter the Miami game in Q1 the year Flutie drop-kicked an extra point?

  25. @eddyjf …

    Thanks for the positive part of the post 🙂 Yes, I’m taking an extreme position for the sake of debate. Cheating probably isn’t the best word choice. But when you think about it, all these teams are throwing games … and that is a wacky thing to do.

    Never really thought about this until the Colts did it last year. Suddenly a team was tossing away the chance for an undefeated season. That is such a rare and special thing. I agree that it’s meaningless without the championship. But I’d rather go down fighting for the whole thing than trying to just tiptoe into the winner’s circle. I was raised on Bear Bryant–a tie is like kissing your sister. It’s kind of the same principle. They wanted to win the Super Bowl … without getting their uniforms dirty?

    I hate the Pats … but you can’t argue that they’ve been the most successful team of the last decade without sitting their starters going into the playoffs. Something to be said for that.

  26. @Deb, FYI, I think that you should play your starters and adjust accordingly regarding how the game is going.

  27. Welker is the antithesis of the ‘Diva Receiver’. His work ethic is unmatched, his commitment to TEAM accomplishment is paramount and he’s a role model to his team mates.

    The guy is ultra-productive because of his professionalism and willingness to work his butt off to perfect his execution within the offense (and of course Tom Brady throwing the ball). He goes over the middle, takes the big nasty hits, bounces back up, keeps his mouth shut, and does it again and again.

    He’s a pleasure to watch and is a breath of fresh air when compared to the ‘Diva Receivers’ throughout the league.

  28. nickster2k says:

    don’t forget that a lot of pats fans are fair-weather fans so they probably tuned out after the first game and have no idea who made the playoffs.

    also a lot of them don’t start watching football until the redsox season is over– so most of them probably didn’t realize until November that Brady was out.

    either way a very short season for the “fan” base that year.
    ————————————————

    How can expect to be taken seriously here with drivel like that?

    For you chuckleheads saying that Brady makes Belichick, I would suggest that you consider Bill Belichick took a guy who hadn’t started as a QB since Christ was a Corporal, and he went 11-5 with that guy. In just about any other year in the NFL, that gets you a playoff spot. He made that guy good enough with his coaching that this one-time benchwarmer is now leading a successful campaign for the playoffs on another team, coached by a coordinator who is a disciple of the Belichick system.

    Brady is a first-ballot HOF caliber qb,but make no mistake, without Belichick he isn’t that same guy, much as Montanna without Walsh doesn’t win all those Super Bowls. Brady openly admits this.

    You morons who continuously give all the credit to Brady have no clue what the hell you’re talking about.

    By the way, the thread here was about Wes Welker being rested. Welker IS the antithesis to the “diva” receivers, in that he goes all-out on every single play. And his performance after the catch is amazing. Dude has a nose for the marker, and WILL NOT QUIT until he gets there! It’s no surprise that he wouldn’t want to rest with that “Gimme the ball, Tommy!” attitude.

    And for once I find myself agreeing with Deb – to a point. If your the coach of a team that has clinched your playoff seed,but are playing in a game with playoff implications, you absolutey MUST go full-in. Laying down your starters will affect the outcome of your game, and by extension,which teams get into the playoffs at what seed. You ARE essentially “throwing a game”. What the Colts did was detestable, and had way more impact than should be allowed.

  29. @’nickster2k’

    You’re obviously a very frustrated little guy. Don’t worry…someday your team might be good too.

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