Patriots News: Wes Welker Talks About His Former Team
While Wes Welker is no longer a member of the New England Patriots, living and working in Denver isn’t far enough removed from Foxboro to ensure #83 doesn’t have to discuss his six seasons and 768 receptions here. Sports Illustrated placed Welker, along with Peyton Manning and two other Broncos, on the cover of a fantasy football edition and the interview produced some interesting comments.
Let’s start at the top of the Pats food chain with Bill Belichick. Welker discussed how he worked with Belichick late in his career in New England. For whatever reason, Welker appeared to not be the focal point of the offense as the 2012 season began. Welker revealed the coach would critique him in front of other players. He noted:
“It was just kind of hard. One of those deals where you have to endure him, put up with him . . . But he does it to everybody, it’s the way he is.”
It’s interesting how Welker wrapped up his reply with a Bill-speak line like “it’s the way he is.” Welker left New England, but BB is still in his head. He admitted it, too.
When I’m answering questions from the Denver media, I’m not worried about what the Broncos’ people are going to think. I’m worried about what Belichick will think. Isn’t that crazy?
Welker also found something Brady and Manning have in common, whether he planned to or not. Welker noted Brady’s intensity and expectations when he joined the team in 2007 and said Brady “wanted it done a certain way and was like, ‘You can’t do it a different way’.” Fast forward to 2013 as Welker joins Manning in Denver and adjusts to a new system. He described it like this:
“…I have to teach my brain to do it the way [Manning is] expecting me to do it. At the end of the day you run it the way he wants it, or he won’t throw it to you.”
Danny Amendola can probably relate to what Welker thought of Brady six years ago. In fact, Brady may have admitted he is still the same guy. Well, we will say Brady still has high expectations. According to the Herald, Brady said “I’m probably a pain in their butt at this point,” Brady said. “I’m always harping on them about something. I don’t let off very often…”