Re: My view of the Welker "controversy"
- Sounds perfectly logical to me. One would think Welker would be pulling out all the stops this season, since it is a contract year for him. Yet, he's not getting the playing time, he is not getting the targets, and he has had a couple uncharacteristic drops. We don't see him in practice, so could it be that his performance has slipped?
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Rich Carreiro <rich@...> wrote:
> I pretty much exactly agree with Tim from Georgetown in Reiss's
> mailbag today:
> The mere suggestion that Belichick would punish a player, the
> team and himself by benching a player because he wouldn't sign an
> extension he didn't feel was fair to him is simply
> absurd. Remember when Logan Mankins held out in 2010, and
> Belichick welcomed him back with open arms because he made the
> team better? And the situation in 2007 when I think we all
> understood Asante Samuel was gone as soon as somebody put some
> guaranteed money in front of him, but he played every game and
> made first-team All-Pro? Nobody is better at compartmentalizing
> contract issues and other off-the-field stuff than
> Belichick. There is something else going on with Welker here, and
> it may be a change in attitude or commitment, a sudden
> deterioration of skills, or something else behind the scenes that
> we will probably never find out about, but I will sleep soundly
> tonight with the comfort that Belichick is not doing anything
> that would hurt the team's chances of winning games to "send a
> message" to a player.
> [and I'd add to that taking back Ty Law after he called BB a "liar".]
> Rich Carreiro rich@...