|Welker thinks Belichick's happy because of a 'lady in his life.' (Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com)|
INDIANAPOLIS -- By all accounts, the version of Bill Belichick that showed up at this year's Super Bowl is a kinder, gentler version of the Hoodie. Or funnier. Whatever it is, Belichick's clearly in a chipper mood this week.
But what's the cause? Well, Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker has one theory: Belichick's dating life.
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"I don’t know, I think he’s enjoying himself," Welker said when asked about Belichick's demeanor. "I think he’s got a lady in his life, so that could definitely be the case; I don’t know. We’re just coming here to try and win a ballgame. However we do that or whatever demeanor we have to take, that’s what it’s going to be."
It's entirely possible that Welker's right. (You should've seen how cynical I was before Mrs. Brinson.) But just to make sure, we asked him again.
"A lot of people have been asking me that," Welker said laughing. "I attribute it to Linda, personally."
This isn't Welker's first run-in with sly press conference humor. The dude knows how to slip a joke or two into a media appearance and have a little fun. But it's not the kind of thing you'd hear from all the Patriots -- Deion Branch, asked about his thoughts on Belichick's demeanor, was a little surprised at Welker's theory.
"He said what?" Branch said before busting out laughing. "I don't know. That's what Welker said? Coach told us to have fun, but not that much fun."
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