Re: DEAR WELKER BASHERS : Consider This...
posted at 9/20/2012 12:37 AM EDT
1) So let me get this straight ... nobody has been bashing Welker ?
The guy's been a lightning rod since shortly after the Super Bowl , and the vitriol only ratcheted up over the summer when a new contract couldn't be ironed out .
( tho most realize and respect what Welker brings to the table )
To the revisionist BDCers now claiming that nobody has bashed Welker .
One word for ya ....Pfft .
2) My point about Welker not being in the starting line-up was made to highlight the fact that in football ...team unity ( and the positive momentum it brings ) can at times be almost as important as talent .
If you've ever suited up and taken the field and beaten a superier foe then you know what I'm talkin' about.
No matter how anybody wants to spin it -
Welker was benched to start the game on Sunday.
He knew it .
His teamates knew it .
There's also no denying that there was a palpable feeling during the game that things were not quite right ( even before Hernandez went down ) .
It reminded me of the last time Welker didn't start a game ( Jets playoff debacle )
That one didn't end too well either .
For those keeping score - the 3rd time in his Patriot career that Welker wasn't in the starting line-up was the Ravens playoff game ( blown out knee vs Houston week b4 ) and we all know how that went - a disheartened Patriots team got blown out .
I LOVE BB ... as an NFL Coach , IMO he's the best ever .
As a person - I think he's a ... SEMI - P _ _ C K
It's a good thing for the rest of the league too .
IMO ...Belicheck is a good motivator but not a great motivator
If there's an area where other NFL coaches may be more gifted than Belichick , it's in his inability at times to manipulate his team's temperture .
Sadly - It may be a contributing factor as to why an inferior team ( talent -wise ) has somehow managed to hand us excruciating SB losses .
Some coaches have the inate ability to get their players to run thru walls for them ...
Does anybody honestly think BB's that guy ?
( Not knockin him for it either ...just calling it as I see it ... it is , what it is )
Which leads me back to my point regarding Welker - who I believe to be an emotional leader on the Pats .
If you start the game by sitting a guy like Welker ... you're in danger of sending the wrong message to the team ... and the team ... T - E - A - M might just sufffer for it .
As least as far as the Welker W - L "stats" may suggest .