Welker regrets joking about Rex Ryan

Posted Jan. 25, 2011 @ 11:59 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Patriots WR Wes Welker told the Boston Herald on Monday that he wishes he hadn't made multiple references to feet during a press conference leading up to the team's divisional playoff matchup vs. the Jets. Welker had taken subtle shots at New York head coach Rex Ryan only days before the game, which led to the team suspending the wide receiver for the Pats' first offensive drive. The Jets wound up eliminating the Patriots from the playoffs.

Speaking with Herald reporter Karen Guregian on his way to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl, Welker said he wishes he hadn't been a distraction to his coaches and teammates.

"I'm not going to get into any details about it, but I don't think it's worth putting coach (Belichick) in that situation," Welker told the newspaper. "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."

The veteran wideout was one of several Patriots and Jets players leading up to the game to engage in trash talking. That included Jets CB Antonio Cromartie, who took an expletive-laden shot at Patriots QB Tom Brady. Welker said that he wanted to stick up for his teammate by retaliating with words, but should have gone about it a different way.

"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 just not worth it."

The way we see it

Welker, as he would've likely said, put his foot in his mouth during the press conference prior to the Jets' game. It makes sense, following his team's loss, that he would regret doing that. The Patriots seemed to be uncomfortable with all the trash talking going on prior to their playoff game and it showed with their on-field performance.