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Wes Welker on playing for Bill Belichick: 'It was just kind of hard'

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Wes Welker says playing for Bill Belichick is hard. (USATSI)
Wes Welker says playing for Bill Belichick is hard. (USATSI)

During Wes Welker's free agency this offseason, he knew he was going to sign with one of two teams: New England or Denver. Apparently it turns out one of the advantages for Denver was that they're not coached by Bill Belichick.

Welker, who's on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week, said one of the reasons he left New England was because Bill Belichick "got on him in a way he never had before, admonishing him in front of the team," SI's Chris Ballard wrote.

"It was just kind of hard," Welker told SI, via the Boston Globe. "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."

Another subject Welker touched on: the Patriots' media policy.

New England's players are known for giving vanilla, nondescript answers to almost every question asked and that's by design. That's part of Belichick's media policy, a policy that seems to still haunt Welker.

"When I'm answering questions from the Denver media, I'm not worried about what the Broncos' people are going to think," Welker said. "I'm worried about what Belichick will think. Isn't that crazy?"

Belichick apparently isn't the only demanding person in the Patriots organization, quarterback Tom Brady is too. Especially when Welker first joined the team in 2007.

"He was very intense, wanted it done a certain way and was like, 'You can't do it a different way,'" Welker said, describing his first-year with the team.

And as you might assume, Welker's had to adjust a little going from Brady to Peyton Manning.

"In New England, if the middle of the field was closed, I'd run a seam route," Welker said. "It's something I've been doing for six years now, so I have to teach my brain to do it the way [Manning is] expecting me to do it. At the end of the day you run it the way he wants it, or he won't throw it to you."

Welker will have a chance to tell all of this to Belichick in person on Nov. 24 when the Broncos travel to New England.


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