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Welker regrets feet-obsessed presser

Posted on: January 25, 2011 8:42 am
W. Welker said he regret his press conference before the New York game (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Patriots WR Wes Welker isn’t usually a loquacious guy, at least on the record. He’s not going to say very many interesting things, because that’s how players generally act when they play for Bill Belichick.

So, when he participated in a news conference to preview New England’s playoff game vs. the Jets, it was almost shocking to hear Welker transform himself into Mr. Double Entendre. In his 10-minute presser, he referred to feet (in deference to Jets coach Rex Ryan) on 11 occasions.

Of course, it was hysterical – and completely unlike Welker – and Belichick showed his disapproval by not starting him on offense during New England’s playoff loss.

The Boston Herald’s Karen Guregian caught up with Welker at the San Francisco airport as both traveled to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl, and he told her that he regretted the press conference.

"I’m not going to get into any details about it, but I don’t think it’s worth putting coach (Belichick) in that situation," he said. "So in a sense, I do regret it. ... As much as you might want to get enticed into that stuff, at the end of the day, it’s just not worth it.”

Belichick was criticized for not starting Welker – though, that probably had very little to do with the Patriots ultimately losing to the Jets – and even Patriots NT Vince Wilfork said he wouldn’t have chosen to sit Welker. Though Welker didn’t talk about that aspect of his punishment, he did imply that, at times, it’s tough not to say anything while you’re opponent can get away with all the trash-talking he wants.

"You know what, I think the best way to stick up for your teammate is on the field," Welker said. "I like the fact we don’t get caught up in all that stuff. At the end of the day, it’s about football. That’s what it’s supposed to be about. That’s all that matters … And not getting caught up in all the media hype. It’s just not worth it.

"It’s not always easy to keep a lid on it. But at the same time, there’s a greater goal, and that’s winning the game and playing good football. That’s what matters. All that other stuff doesn’t matter at the end of the day.”

Of course, the worst part of this story is that Welker probably won’t make the decision ever to be that clever with the media again. Until he leaves the Patriots organization, anyway.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:48 pm

Welker regrets feet-obsessed presser

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Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2011 8:09 pm

Welker regrets feet-obsessed presser

Vader...couldn't agree with you more.  All I could was shake my head at the benching.  Not that it had any bearing on the outcome of the game but didn't do anything to help morale.  I too see nothing wrong with his new conference and thought Mangold's tweet was hilarious.  Agreed...anything goes on the field and should be tempered in the press.  Scott and Cromartie could learn a lesson from Welker and Mangold.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2011 9:54 am

Welker regrets feet-obsessed presser

Sorry Pats fans but your coach is ridiculous. He goes way beyond being just a coach. He has some serious power trip issues. Welker was just making fun of a funny situation. What harm did he do? You then bench probably your best WR ?? How does that help your team? That is just feeding your own ego. He really should lighten up. The Pats are not going to suddenly suck because Belly acts a bit more human. This is still a game and although I think my Jets talk too much, what fun is it listening to a NE press conference? Brady said how he hated the Jets on a radio show. That was good stuff. What Cromartie said about Brady being an A-hole maybe true but you really should keep the profanity out of the public eye. On the field IMO anything goes but temper it a bit in the press and Welker was far from being embarrassing to himself or his organization. Just for the record, even though I am sticking up for Welker I still hatre him and all Patriots but I would love him if he was on my team. :-) 

Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2011 10:50 pm

Welker regrets feet-obsessed presser

Well I thought it was funny.  In the end it was wrong because he went against coaches orders.  Never a good move.

But I have to say I do respect Rex Ryan a bit after all that.  He knows he runs his mouth as much as anyone, but he took Welker's little joke in stride.  Didn't complain about it, didn't make it a big deal.

Since: Dec 21, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2011 8:09 pm

Welker regrets feet-obsessed presser

Funny stuff though.

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2011 7:43 pm

Welker regrets feet-obsessed presser

Welker sitting a few plays wasn't what cost the Patriots the game, so I don't know why people try to nail Belichick on that. The irony was that, while Welker was making foot jokes, he knew his QB had a foot injury. I guess all the worship paid off, and the foot gods opted to side with Rex Ryan.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2011 6:49 pm

Welker regrets feet-obsessed presser

Why would Welker regret his comments?
They were funny as hell

And they appear to be true which makes Rex and his wife freaks (letting other men touch his wife scumbag)

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2011 6:42 pm

Welker regrets feet-obsessed presser

I don't understand why everyone has issues with talking smack. Football and sports in general are here to amuse us, so why not let them do what they do and say what they say. Let them get in accidents, do drugs, run people over, talk about each other etc. etc. etc. What else would we talk about. Would it just be interesting if they went out played and nothing else? All of this keeps my days interesting rather than the same old same old. It makes the whole game better. Take it light and have fun with it!

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