Wes Welker regrets his Jets-Patriots pregame wordplay
It was funny. It was clever. It was sly by the standards of the usual NFL pregame smackfest. But Wes Welker says he regrets his deft references to feet and the New York Jets.
For those comments, Welker was benched by his coach, Bill Belichick, for the New England Patriots' first offensive series against the Jets on Jan. 16, and the Patriots went on to lose.
"I'm not going to get into any details about it, but I don't think it's worth putting coach [Bill Belichick] in that situation," Welker told the Boston Herald's Karen Guregian. "So in a sense, I do regret it. ... As much as you might want to get enticed into that stuff, at the end of the day, it's just not worth it."
Still, it isn't easy to keep quiet.
"You know what, I think the best way to stick up for your teammate is on the field," Welker said. "I like the fact we don't get caught up in all that stuff. At the end of the day, it's about football. That's what it's supposed to be about. That's all that matters. It's concentrating on your job and what you do, and not concentrating on the riff-raff that goes with all that other stuff. It's about the team and going out there and playing good football. And not getting caught up in all the media hype. It's just not worth it.
"It's not always easy to keep a lid on it, but at the same time, there's a greater goal, and that's winning the game and playing good football. That's what matters. All that other stuff doesn't matter at the end of the day."
Welker was asked if he might be glad that the Jets had lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC championship game.
"I think if you're a Patriot fan, a little bit," he said.
| January 25, 2011; 11:16 AM ET
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