Wes Welker: Overrated white guy or key to Super Bowl for Broncos?

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Wes Welker.
Whenever the Broncos make a big move, there's always debate. Was drafting Tim Tebow in the first round an unbelievably stupid decision? (There's still plenty of disagreement about this one.) Was paying huge money to Peyton Manning right after neck surgery an unnecessary risk? (It's worked out pretty well so far.) So it's no surprise Broncos fanatics are divided on yesterday's acquisition of receiver Wes Welker from the New England. Was it an incredible coup? Or a waste of $12 million? Let's look at the pros and cons.

No question about Welker's productivity over the six years. His season reception totals are absolutely jaw-dropping: 112 in 2007, 111 in 2008, 123 in 2009, 86 in 2010 (slacker!), 122 in 2011 and 118 last year. Moreover, he averaged more than ten yards per catch and 1,000 yards overall in five of those six campaigns, and the lowest number of touchdowns he registered for a year was three.

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Welker in his New England togs.
So why the hell did New England let a guy like this slip away? And why didn't every other team in the NFL back a Brinks truck up to his house and invite him to take away as much cash as he could carry?

Let's start with that first question, and several statements of fact about Patriots coach Bill Belichick . For one thing, he's an asshole. An incredibly successful, Hall of Fame-bound asshole, but an asshole nonetheless. Moreover, he runs the squad with an iron fist, and an iron sphincter to match. If he has a sense of humor, it'd take an electron microscope to find it -- and last season, Welker got on Belichick's bad side.

How? We're not sure, and given Belichick's legendary aptitude when it comes to secret-keeping and flat-out lying, it's doubtful we'll ever know for certain. But during early games in 2012, Welker became a relative afterthought in the Pats offense, sculpted in part by reviled former Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels. That changed in part because of injuries to other pass catchers, including Aaron Hernandez and Julian Edelman. Rather than simply being grateful that he was being noticed again, however, Welker commented about it publicly, saying after grabbing thirteen pigskins during a shellacking of your Broncos that it was "kind of nice to stick it in Bill's face once in a while."

Welker subsequently insisted he'd been joking. But Belichick doesn't joke. In fact, it probably took all the intestinal fortitude he could muster not to order that Welker be shotgunned, gangland style.

More recently, Pats quarterback Tom Brady restructured his contract to free up more money for other players -- and many observers figured a main reason for his doing so was to give the team the chance to keep Welker, who was becoming a free agent. Instead, Belichick let Welker twist in the wind until John Elway and the Broncos cut him down.

There doesn't appear to have been much competition for his services from other squads, and that makes sense. Welker isn't as big, fast or skilled as many of the premier receivers in the league, and his success is widely regarded to have been as a result of Brady's talents, not his own. The supposition: Once he was no longer on the other end of TB's passes, he'd be revealed as mighty ordinary.

Continue for more about the Wes Welker acquisition, including a video.


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Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Question :

Who's caught more passes than Welker over the past 8 seasons ?

Answer :

NO ONE !!!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

If Peyton would have had the benefit of a younger, more fit 'Stokely', I cannot picture Fox blowing the divisional playoff game to the Ravens, as what was carelessly done, HERE at Invesco last January . Welker will catch in the neighborhood of 75 passes inside of ten yards . His true assert is yards after catch or completion . (YAC) A MAJOR NEED FOR PEYTON playing in colder temps .

I consistently win my 'Fantasy Leagues' . Why ? I follow both college & pro year round . Free Agency and the draft are both CRITICAL to my team's ongoing sucsess . The Broncos as an actual team have risen all the way to 8 -1 odds to win SB 2013 ! Only the Pats & 49ers are ranked higher at 7 - 1 .

Now IS THE TIME TO BE A BRONCO FAN !!! They ARE FOR REAL !!!

Jim Kinney
Jim Kinney

Didn't seem like offense was the problem last year. Probably would be better to have signed a Safety like Golston or Landry with that extra $$$ (Rahim Moore, cough, cough). Oh well, the Warm Weather, Gloved Wonder Boy will be happy. Better hope the temperature stays above 50 degrees next season.

David Kotzebue
David Kotzebue

Another win for Elway. They're going for the Bowl next yr.

Brandon Charles Haug
Brandon Charles Haug

Really.... Overrated & white...? Would it be better if he were another race???

Kevin OSullivan
Kevin OSullivan

I'm a Pats fan and the Broncos scored. Perfect fit for manning.

Faycless
Faycless

Hardly an overrated WHITE guy!!!

JP Thomason
JP Thomason

How can it not be good? Taking a pro bowler away from the diabolical clutches of the evil Tom Brady! (:

Brian Ford
Brian Ford

Amazing...cant wait for Bronco season!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Bill Black    Right on friend !

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@David Kotzebue I like the way you think, David. Thanks for the post.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Brandon Charles Haug   And a local, fried chicken franchise ?

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Stephen Dalton   FU , MR. RIM-JOB-MASTER !!!

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