Eric Wilbur posted the following in his sports blog. I did cut the end off because of length.
My question is who are the people who is referring to? (in red) are they ESPN? are they from this board? or are they credible authorities?
It bugs me he does not give any examples...could be he is just looking at message boards and chat rooms?
|Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff September 12, 2012 09:36 AM
Making conclusions after Week 1 of the NFL season is foolish at best, lazy at worst, so it's interesting to hear how many people wonder if Bill Belichick is working Patriots receiver Wes Welker out of town after he had only three catches for 14 yards in Sunday's win against Tennessee. Never mind that in his Patriots career, Welker has had eight other games (not including the game against Houston in which he tore his ACL), when he had three catches or fewer, including a pair in his breakout 2007 season. In fact, on 15 separate occasions during his time in New England, Welker has managed just four or fewer catches in a game.
But where there's smoke, there are far too many brains grinding, looking for answers. After all, Welker is playing under the franchise tag, he didn't see as much playing time in Tennessee as he did last year, and not to mention, there was that whole "bad pass/dropped ball" that began in Indianapolis last February, despite how a seeming majority seem content in laying the blame on the wide receiver.
So, the easy thought process is that Belichick is playing him out of town, content to use other weapons such as Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, and Brandon Lloyd the rest of the way...why? Because he's showing him up for the Super Bowl loss? That's one idiotic theory that was bandied about this week in some circles, as was the idea that Belichick and Josh McDaniels are phasing him out sooner rather than later, with Welker's free agency looming. Perhaps there's some credence to the latter, as the team plans to forge ahead next season without doling out a multi-year contract, or franchising the player for a second straight season.