Maybe this is nothing, but we would prefer to think it’s something.
When Patriots WR Wes Welker stepped to the podium on Thursday, he worked in a reference to feet on his first answer. And then he didn’t stop. When we got the transcript in-house, it didn’t take long to deduce that Welker is pretty damn clever.
Don’t think the Patriots don’t engage in trash-talking. They’re just more subtle about it. Welker dead-pans the entire 8-minute presser, and has taken what has been a ridiculous amount of meaningless banter this week to a whole new level with this.
Here are excerpts of the Welker transcript for your reading pleasure:
Q: How valuable is it to have a guy like Tom Brady standing in the huddle, especially in the intense situations of the playoff atmosphere?
WW: Having Tom in there – it goes without saying, the guy is who he is and he does a great job of making sure everyone is on the same page and putting their best foot forward going out there and playing well and doing what they can out there.
Q: How do you approach the young guys about what to expect in the postseason?
WW: You just talk to them. It’s a playoff atmosphere and you can’t just stick your toe in the water, you’ve got to jump right in and make sure you’re ready to go and make things happen.
Q: I know you are excited to play football every game no matter what the situation is but considering last year when you were forced to sit and watch the playoff game, is there a little bit more excitement for you because you are getting back in the playoffs?
WW: It is definitely a little bit different especially [last year] I had my foot up in the air trying to get the swelling to go down and things like that. [I’m] definitely excited about getting the opportunity to go out there and have some fun and get in the playoff atmosphere. This is what it’s all about.
Q: How frustrating was it to not be on the field last year? You haven’t played a playoff game since Glendale in 2007. How did it feel not being out there last year?
WW: It was tough. It was definitely hard to watch, especially the way the game went. I am definitely excited to be out there and these are the types of games you play for. This is what you spend all year getting ready for and you want to go out there and put your best foot forward.
Q: Can you put a number on how much Darrelle Revis was covering you on the Dec. 6th game? It seemed significantly more than the first game.
WW: It was definitely a little more. I don’t really know a number. It was quite a bit, especially any time they did any sort of man coverages and things like that. It seemed to be a lot more, so you’ve got to be ready for everything and study film on everybody, and make sure you are definitely ready for him and you’ve got to bring it every play because he is a great player. He’s got great feet, he moves around well and [he] does some good things out there.
Q: What makes Revis as good as he is?
WW: I think he is very patient. He has good feet. He moves around really well. He understands the game. He gets his hands on you pretty well. [He] understands what you’re trying to do to him, so he definitely is a tough guy to really set up and get open against.
Q: What has Deion Branch brought to the offense?
WW: Deion is such a great player and such a great teammate. The guy is tough to cover. He does a lot of great things out there – he runs some really good routes. Tom [Brady] trusts him and they are kind of on the same page. He is another guy with great feet and he can really move around and do some great things out there.
Q: You guys were on such an impressive roll heading into the last 5–6 weeks of the season, how do you guys feel you will handle the bye week, are you afraid that you have lost any momentum at all?
WW: We really got after it during the bye week and even this week of really concentrating and practicing hard and making sure that every play, even in practice… you never know when you will get the chance to run it again before the game, so you want to make sure that you are putting your best foot forward out there and making it happen.
Q: How does the playoff atmosphere translate to practices this week of preparation, do you sense it?
WW: Yeah, absolutely. [We’re] really moving forward and we’re going out there being good little foot soldiers. We are making sure we are going out there doing everything coach [Belichick] asks us to do.
Q: Is communication a big factor this week with all of the Jets blitz packages? You’ve really got to focus and be alert and make sure everyone is on the same page.
WW: You definitely have to make sure you are on top of things. Especially with this team, they do so many different things. [They] move people around and do a lot of blitzes. A lot of teams you don’t see all year, so you definitely have to be on your toes and make sure that you’re ready to go.
The final tally: Welker uses a reference to feet or toes 10 times in 17 questions. He works in “best foot forward” (3x) most often, followed by “great feet” twice.
Well played, Wes. And he didn’t even stick his foot in his mouth. Very well played.