Even though he’s in Denver, Wes Welker says it’s hard to escape the influence of Bill Belichick.
Turns out Bill Belichick played a pretty big role in Wes Welker’s decision to leave the Patriots.
The All-Pro wide receiver, who signed with the Broncos as a free agent after six seasons as Tom Brady’s favorite target in New England, said he grew tired of Belichick’s critical style.
Wes Welker says the being ripped by Bill Belichick in front of the Patriots was ‘kind of hard.’
“It was just kind of hard,” a candid Welker told Sports Illustrated about Belichick ripping him in front of the team, “one of those deals where you have to endure him, put up with him … But he does it to everybody, it’s the way he is.”
Welker, who traded in Brady for another future Hall of Fame QB in Peyton Manning, said that even though he is safely away from Belichick in the Mile High City his former coach still manages to influence his thinking.
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Wes Welker will return to the Gillette Stadium as a member of the Broncos in November.
“When I’m answering questions from the Denver media, I’m not worried about what the Broncos’ people are going to think,” Welker said in the article published in this week’s issue. “I’m worried about what Belichick will think. Isn’t that crazy?”
Welker, who caught over 100 passes in all but one of his seasons with the Pats – leading the league three times – accepted the Broncos’ two-year, $ 12 million deal in March. The Patriots had offered the 32-year-old veteran a two-year deal worth $ 10 million.
“There were only two places I was going to play (Denver and New England), in my mind,” Welker said of his free agency targets.
Like it or not, Welker will have to pay a visit to his old coach as the Broncos are scheduled to play the Patriots in a Sunday night prime-time game on Nov. 24 at Gillette Stadium.