Belichick: 'Didn't see' Welker's comments

October, 8, 2012
10/08/12
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said on Monday that he "didn't really see" the comments from Wes Welker following the team's 31-21 win on Sunday, in which Welker seemed to take a good-natured jab at his coach.

"Yeah it's kind of nice to stick it in Bill's face once in a while," Welker said jokingly and with a wink when asked during a Comcast Sportsnet interview how it felt to catch 13 balls in the game as compared to the three he snagged in Week 1. "So this is definitely a good one."

Welker is playing under the $9.5 million franchise tag this season after he and the team could not come to terms on a long-term deal. A major storyline over the first few weeks of the season was his reduced role in the Patriots offense, a subplot that has faded in recent weeks thanks to injuries to receiver Julian Edelman and Aaron Hernandez. After catching just eight passes over the first two weeks combined, Welker has averaged 10 catches per game since. He ranks second in the NFL with 38 catches on the season.

Upon being informed of Welker’s comment at his daily news conference Monday, Belichick said, "You should ask him about it then. What he meant by it, I don't know."
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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