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He threw to Welker a lot because Welker was his best receiver. It's not like he didn't throw to Gronk, Hern, and Lloyd a lot too. The reason he gets fewer guys involved now is because there has been a big drop off in talent between the top three or four receivers and everyone else.
Besides if you wanted to change up Brady's game then why did you get the guy who most compares to Welker? Makes zero sense if you are trying to change the offensive philosphy, well unless Amendola sucks or isn't in the field then you kind of force Brady to throw to other people thn his slot guy
I think it has more to do with the age factor, cost and yes, the fact that Brady and Welker are buddies.
I know I get bashed for this here, but I don't care. It ties into how BB thinks. The millisecond he feels something is out of whack with the team goal, you're gone.
I think once Welker didn't take their best offer last year, they started to go to Edelman to see what he could do in Week 2. Welker saw it, etc. It makes sense. I think Welker felt he was protected a bit since it was known he and Brady were buddies. I really do. Why is he shocked at a thin market for a 32 year old slot guy? He shouldn't be if his agent is being honest with him.
Amendola is in Boston tonight, dude. This was a set up situation. Once Welker didn't take the 5 million per year deal on Tuesday morning, that was it.
I'm more upset that it was a spite contract on the Pats part. .1mil per season more then Welker got and the 5 years Welker wanted... yeah it was a spite contract and reports are Rams were only willing to go 4mil for no more then 3 years. Over payed just to stick it to Wes. Besides why would you PO your franchise player just to shake things up with a WR who can't stay healthy? I could see if they saved money and spent it on D or if they said Hern is taking Welkers role and went after Jennings or spent the savings on a top end DB but they didn't. They took an injury risk and an unknown in the system because they couldn't come up 1mil per a year after Brady took a team friendly deal. This move was spite nothing else and certainly not to shake things up on O. You don't go out and replace a known, proven, durable guy with his closest counterpart on the field and seriously believe it was to shake up the philosphy on O
I really dislike your word choice. It wasn't "spite", dude. It was "we think he's worth no more than 8 mil per in 2012 and 2013 on the market". Welker thought he was worth more on the open market, and he was wrong, as predicted.
You seem to think he deserves special privileges and he doesn't. No one does. Brady doesn't. If Brady is bad in 3 years, he's gone.
BB plays the odds. The money is less, the risk is low with Hernandez as the invested slot guy, Gronk and Ballard are probably the two best TEs in NFL entering 2013, and saving 2 million on Welker's price helps them budget in FA even better than what could have been.
Welker made his choice when he rejected NE's best offer last year.
Not fun, yes. Harsh? Yes. Reality? Yes. Why BB is the best at what he does? Yes.
Rusty look at it this way they gave Amendola .1 per more a season then Welker got and for the 5 years Welker wanted last year. That's not a coincidence. That's spite