Patriots' Wes Welker toes the line in comments about Jets
There's deadpan and then there's Wes Welker.
The New York Jets launched a verbal assault on the the New England Patriots this week, with Antontio Cromartie calling Tom Brady an a******. The best Brady chose to do in reply was, "My coach calls me that. Maybe [Cromartie] likes me."
Nyuk nyuk. Welker showed how it's done with a tour de foots performance that was either hideously cliche-ridden or masterfully subtle. Brady's wide receiver stood before the media Thursday and, without cracking a smile, repeatedly referred to feet. It's possible, juuusst possible, that he was referring to a video and photos of Jets Coach Rex Ryan and his wife and her feet.
Tom Brady ..."does a great job of making sure everyone is ... putting their best foot forward going out there and playing well and doing what they can out there."
"It's a playoff atmosphere and you can't just stick your toe in the water..."
Last year, Welker was injured and missed the playoffs. "I had my foot up in the air trying to get the swelling to go down and things like that."
Now, though, he's healthy. "...you want to go out there and put your best foot forward."
Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has "great feet, he moves around well and does some good things out there." And again with Revis' feet: "I think he is very patient. He has good feet. He moves around really well."
But Revis isn't alone. Patriots receiver Deion Branch "is another guy with great feet."
(At this point, the lightbulb over sportswriters' heads was shining brightly.)
The Patriots are coming off a first-round bye and "... you want to make sure that you are putting your best foot forward out there and making it happen."
Welker was asked about the Jets' blitz packages. "(They) move people around and do a lot of blitzes. A lot of teams you don't see all year, so you definitely have to be on your toes and make sure that you're ready to go."
Just in case anyone had any doubts, Welker said of the playoff atmosphere at practices this week, "...we're going out there being good little foot soldiers."
Of course, Welker wasn't saying anything the Jets weren't seeing and hearing in their own hometown. Case in point, a New York tabloid headline when they won their wild-card game by a field goal: "Foot Joy"
| January 14, 2011; 6:58 AM ET
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