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Welker being phased out in New England

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08:06 AM ET 09.17 | Sunday could otherwise have been a banner day in the career of receiver Wes Welker. With a red-jacketed Troy Brown being inducted into the Patriots' Hall of Fame and watching from Robert Kraft's booth, Welker broke Brown's record to become the all-time receptions leader in Patriots history with his 558th catch. But instead of celebrating the remarkable career of Welker, we were left to ponder how much of it might be left. After the Patriots' absolutely stunning -- and, really, inexcusable -- 20-18 loss to the Cardinals Sunday at Gillette Stadium, there can be no doubt: Welker was set to be phased out of the Patriots' offense. Whether that was short term, or for the rest of the season, we don't know.

The Boston Globe

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September 17, 2012  08:11 AM ET

Some of the play calling needs to be phased out as well!

September 17, 2012  08:12 AM ET

Good job Arizona yesterday!!!!!!!

September 17, 2012  08:13 AM ET

Sorry Wes, all good things eventually come to an end.(ask Hines Ward)

September 17, 2012  08:14 AM ET

He was franchised this year. He's done in New England. Hold out on the Hoodie and you'll get the Woodie.

September 17, 2012  08:15 AM ET

His comments a couple weeks ago about, [Tom Brady's metrosexual toughness] suddenly comes to mind.

September 17, 2012  08:16 AM ET

He played his hand very badly.

September 17, 2012  08:18 AM ET

That's Too Bad, he's a Good Player, but he's in Da Doghouse!!!

September 17, 2012  08:20 AM ET

Troy Brown looked like a "businessman" from the old red light district in that red jacket.

September 17, 2012  08:20 AM ET

He still seems to have plenty of gas left in the tank. I'm sure some lesser team will over-pay for him next season if he doesn't get re-signed.

September 17, 2012  08:22 AM ET

Yesterday's "light on the Welker" playbook wasn't particularly successful, was it? When you lose a game, it's best not to keep doing the same things. Look for a return to more Welker, not less, particularly if Hernandez is out for any period of time.

The Globe isn't the "rag" paper in Boston, but they certainly aren't the most authoritative place to go for sports.

September 17, 2012  08:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

He still seems to have plenty of gas left in the tank. I'm sure some lesser team will over-pay for him next season if he doesn't get re-signed.

Not if he puts up dismal numbers this season... Plus NE uses him to his potential as a slot WR. Without a Tom Brady getting him the ball, he'll be out of the league in no time.

September 17, 2012  08:24 AM ET

Stunning and inexcusable.....really......just like the Super Bowl I guess....

September 17, 2012  08:31 AM ET

Welker being phased out.........N.E. is being phased out! Teams are no longer afraid of the Pats. The lore of the Golden Boy is old news now, teams are balanced and hungry. Haven't you've seen what the Giants have done to them? they're definately old new to us. The air of invincibility is ova. The Golden Child even look very average.

OBTW.........Blue, Pats, Pack, Steelers, Boys, Ravens are all 1-1 so whats all the talk about the Blue not making the playoffs and losing their division? Not! same shiitt was songed last season and look what happened, you know the Giants steez!

September 17, 2012  08:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Stunning and inexcusable.....really......just like the Super Bowl I guess....

You've been sangin that tune for two Super Bowls now........some will never learn. We Blue fans have plenty of glee for the illusioned ones!

September 17, 2012  08:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

You've been sangin that tune for two Super Bowls now........some will never learn. We Blue fans have plenty of glee for the illusioned ones!

It's sarcasm dude ...I'm on your side....

September 17, 2012  08:36 AM ET

Belichick does not like players to make comments in public, and Welker has done that a lot, from Rex Ryan to Brady. The Rex foot comments got him benched for the first half of a playoff game last year. BB also does not like players to hold out. This appears to be a "toe the line" message to Welker, but BB is also a smart coach, and I don't think he'll keep Welker off the field if it hurts the Pats' chances to win.

September 17, 2012  08:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Welker being phased out.........N.E. is being phased out! Teams are no longer afraid of the Pats. The lore of the Golden Boy is old news now, teams are balanced and hungry. Haven't you've seen what the Giants have done to them? they're definately old new to us. The air of invincibility is ova. The Golden Child even look very average. OBTW.........Blue, Pats, Pack, Steelers, Boys, Ravens are all 1-1 so whats all the talk about the Blue not making the playoffs and losing their division? Not! same shiitt was songed last season and look what happened, you know the Giants steez!

Iggles are 2-0....

September 17, 2012  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Sorry Wes, all good things eventually come to an end.(ask Hines Ward)

Ward was 36.....Welker is only 31...

September 17, 2012  08:42 AM ET

The downside of a dynasty is never pretty to watch...

 
September 17, 2012  08:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Welker being phased out.........N.E. is being phased out! Teams are no longer afraid of the Pats. The lore of the Golden Boy is old news now, teams are balanced and hungry. Haven't you've seen what the Giants have done to them? they're definately old new to us. The air of invincibility is ova. The Golden Child even look very average.

Let's just stick the perverbial fork in 'em right now!!!

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