Bill Belichick offered his take on Wes Welker as a coach

"I think Bill has got an outstanding staff and I know those guys personally and have a ton of respect for them."

Bill Belichick, Wes Welker and Matthew Slater in 2010.
Bill Belichick, Wes Welker and Matthew Slater in 2010. –Jim Davis/Globe Staff

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Wes Welker became one of the most successful slot receivers in NFL history under Bill Belichick, but the two haven’t always enjoyed the best relationship. In fact, Welker admitted in 2016 that he hadn’t spoken to his former coach since leaving New England in 2013.

That said, Belichick appears to have respect for Welker’s work ethic. As the 36-year-old retired receiver is in a new assistant coaching position with the Texans (whom the Patriots are in joint practices with this week), the Patriots coach gave a positive assessment of Welker’s potential.

When asked if he was surprised that Welker became a coach, Belichick offered a quote that also mentioned other former Patriots on the Texans’ staff:

No, I think all of those guys – Wes, Larry [Izzo], Mike [Vrabel] – they’re all players that I’ve had that were as hard of working players as I’ve coached that loved the game, that were grinders, that had that coaching mentality, which was be early, stay late, put in a lot of extra time, do your dirty work and they’ve all started at the bottom and worked their way up. I think Bill has got an outstanding staff and I know those guys personally and have a ton of respect for them.

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