Re: This Welker BS has to stop!!
posted at 9/19/2012 11:59 AM EDT
In response to pezz4pats' comment:
By Mike Rodak | ESPNBoston.com
MAPLEVILLE, R.I. -- Count Matt Light among those who feel Wes Welker's reduced playing time to start this season isn't a big deal.
The former Patriots offensive lineman and current ESPN NFL analyst was asked on Tuesday at his eighth annual celebrity shootout if he has wondered why Welker hasn't been on the field as much through the first two games.
"I don't. You're kind of crazy to think that you're going to go to one guy all the time. Again, it's Week 2. Could he come out and be the guy who has 14 or 15 catches in Week 3? Of course," Light said.
Fourth-year receiver Julian Edelman received the start on Sunday against Arizona, but Light doesn't feel as though it's an indictment of Welker.
"They always a game plan there. They've always got guys who are in the mix. When you have as many weapons as they do, it's not hard to imagine that some other guy will play a different role, and things will change from year to year.
"(Welker) will get his touches. You don't take a guy like that off the field and make him a backup by any means. I think it'll work out," Light said. "He's pretty good actually
Matt Light is still in Patriot mode, and isn't ready to be unbiased yet. It doesn't surprise me. Light had a very difficult time defending Brady when Stephen A Smith said Brady tap dances in the pocket better then the late Gregory Hines. As much as I hate to admit it, I kind of agree with Stephen A Smith on this, but of course Light took the Patriots approach and tried answer without going against the grain. Light had a hard time doing so, his comments you posted seems to be the same case.
And let me throw this in... I talked to Rodney Harrison is July, man to man, person to person and I asked him, do you think Welker will be with the Patriots next season. Rodney said with a disgusted tone, "You never know what the Patriots will do". He knows what happens behind closed doors, I bet this doesn't surprise him one bit. This whole Edelman/Welker situation is because the organization is mad Welker didn't resign a team friendly contract. They paid him this year, they will control him and play the control games with him just like they have done in the past with other players. And yes, at the expense of the team which will cost the team games. Won;t be the first time they have done this... Matter of fact, from my understanding they tried to screw with Waters pay too and that's why he isn't here playing.
If the Patriots don't have enough proof already that Edelman isn't the man to replace Welker next season then I don't know what their problem is. He continues to show he isn't. Matter of fact, the man for Welkers job next season is Amendola. Free agent next season and of course Josh has the connection. I will mention that Amendola better learn to not fumble the ball between now and next season.
It's like putting Slater in as a deep threat option for Moss when the Pats got rid of Moss. Slater didn't scare the defenses, he wasn't a threat. Slap one guy on him and shut everything else down. Thgat's what happened. Same goes here with Edleman. He isn't a threat. Don't you want a guy out on the field that is going to help open up the offense and cause defenses to have to game plan around? I do!!! and that person is WW. Use him as a decoy even, I don't care. Welker makes defenses worry which opens up the run, the deep ball, the mid field stuff. Edelman doesn't do that. Seriously, you guys don't understand this? It couldn't be more clear!