I've been following the Welker saga like everyone else as he's one of my favorite players along with Kevin (We really gonna miss you) Faulk. It's seem to be a consensus of opinion that he came back very early and that his recovery was remarkable. It's pretty much conventional wisdom that full recovery from this injury takes over a year and in some cases 18 to 24 months to get back to normal strength and to argue this is simply to split hairs for the sake of arguing. There's a preponderance of evidence to suggest that Wes is no where near 100% as expressed in medical opinion by professionals and by players who have gone through the same injury, recovery, and rehab. You don't need to be a medical expert to have an informed opinion. You need only to be able to read, think, analyze, and interpret information.
Listening to Rodney Harrison was what put me on this topic. He said that Welker was very brave to be playing right now and that he can't be near 100% till way late in the season or until next season. Harrision said that Welker is risking his career playing with that knee in the condition it is in at the moment. I like the way Rodney expresses himself, I admire his candor, his intellingence, and his football knowledge. And what he said without saying it, but by implication, is that Welker may be foolish to risk it all the way he is doing. Rodney suffered the same injury and has first hand football knowledge of the issue.
His opinion, my opinion . . this is a discussion board, and on discussion boards opinions get tossed out and discussed. No one should be uncomfortable with discussing these issues. It's the nature of a discussion board. Dont' get your panties all in a bunch, Girls.
I got a big kick out of some responses, like this guy, whose posts always consist of merely one pity one-liner, never addressing any aspect of any issue:
"obviously is not 100% recovered"? And you know this how exactly" "All these amateur trainers offering medical opinions"
And some great comments too, like this:
"I have no knowledge of the man above anyone elses, I just think of him as loving this opportunity so much, that it doesn't matter to him if he did it for millions of dollars or dozens. So giving his all - at all times - is just his nature."
Am I blowing blue smoke?
Of course we always have the guy who thinks sarcasm is cool and doesn't realize that it is weak:
I'm sorry, i wasnt aware that welker was RISKING his career. I'm glad somebody on this board actually talks to the players."
And real good insights like this one:
On the other hand, maybe maturity isn't a great asset for a small receiver, because with maturity might come the realization that the odds aren't very good out there among the linebackers and safeties. Maybe he'd be better off to get out of the game with a few million dollars in the bank and functional knees and a brain that hasn't been scrambled."
As for my opinion that the Pats management is not committed to winning this season, it's not at all about doom and gloom. I will root them on to win every game and bring it all back home, but based on my observation of the way the Krafts and Belichick operate, the pending labor strife, the way they treat players, the way they let talent go and don't sign talent they have under contract, all that indicates to me a season in limbo,where the Krafts will make hundreds of millions of dollars while giving the appearance of trying, and you and me and Brady and Moss and Welker will be left holding the bag rooting for and playing for a team without the depth of talent, especially on defense, needed to compete with the elite teams. I'm just of the opinion that we won't be going to the Super Bowl this season and that is what I am saying when I say they are not committed to winning it all. We could and should be in a position to win it all.
Is anyone on this board predicting another Super Bowl appearance this season? I'd like to hear about it you are. But my opinion is certainly no better than anyone else's, just an opinion,and if you have a different opinion feel free to write a thread or a post of your own detailing your stance.
This is after all a discussion board.