Wes Welker discusses the lockout, Ochocinco and his offseason workout routine
|05.20.11 at 4:06 pm ET|
Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker talked with WAAF’s Greg Hill on Friday morning, and touched on a wide range of topics, including Chad Ochocinco, the lockout, how he handled things with Rex Ryan and what he’s been doing this offseason. Here are a few highlights (click here to hear the full Q&A):
You haven’t put on any weight during your off time…
“No, man. I’m staying in shape. I’m staying ready. I can see that you’ve kept the weight on pretty good, so congratulations.”
On if Chad Ochocinco could fit in with the Patriots:
“You know what? I have no idea. That’s all up to the coaches and everything like that.”
Would he fit in here?
“I think he’d be fine. I think he’s pretty harmless. He does all the extra stuff that I’m sure Bill is not too fond of. It’s never anything too bad. So we’ll see.”
On his comment that there should be a lockout every year:
“I said that as a joke, and even in the article it was a joke — they said ‘He said it jokingly’ — and yet they use it in the court of law. It’s like … you all hear me on here, I joke around quite a bit. It was a little bit disappointing. If I really didn’t want to play football, I probably would have gone on PUP last year. I probably would have gone on IR. I worked my tail off so I could play football. That was all a joke. It’s kind of discouraging they would actually use that in the court of law, and you have to see it everywhere and things like that. Shoot, I guess the gloves are off [laughing], and they’re going after everything. You have to really watch what you say, whether you say you’re joking or not.”
On what’s going on with the lockout — where do you feel like it is right now?
“I have no idea. The only thing I know is the same thing everybody else reads and sees. I really have no clue what’s going on or what’s going to happen. It seems like we’re not making a lot of headway. I hope we do. We need to have football, and I think it’s always bad for a game whenever the games aren’t being played, especially for these younger guys, being able to get in camp and really, this is a time of year where they’re able to come along and make strides. The rookies are definitely going to be behind, not getting those minicamps and things like that. So hopefully we figure all that out and get it all done, and we’ll have football. I think as it gets closer here will be a little more urgency. Hopefully, that’s what happens.”
On the possibility of losing the fans:
“Yeah, I’m a fan myself. Even looking at it, it almost seems stupid. I know fans sit there and it’s billionaires and millionaires — not a lot of millionaires but some — fighting over money; I don’t think the average fan wants to sit there and hear about that. I know I don’t and I’m part of the situation. I definitely think we have a deal where we could lose fans. It’s sad and it’s something we definitely need to figure out. … I know I’m already bothered by it. Hopefully it all works out in the end, but it’s definitely one of those deals where we really need to iron it out and get together, and make sure we have football this season.”
On workouts this offseason:
“It’s your job. For me, I’m getting great work. I’ve been out in Florida training there. I’ve been getting great work in and I know a lot of guys have been too. I know there are some guys working out here together, which is great. I think the main thing is just making sure you’re staying ready and focused and getting the work you need to be ready for the season. That’s kind of the key thing right now, making sure you’re staying on top of all that.”
On meeting with Jets coach Rex Ryan this offseason:
“Everything is good there. Everything was fine. I apologized and he was a good sport about it, and everything like that. … I bought him a beer. He’s a good man. Great coach, obviously.”
Do you want a new deal before the season is over or do you want to wait?
“It all depends. I’m good either way. For me, it’s just going out there and playing good ball. If it’s before or after, I don’t care. I’m going to go out there and play some good ball, and let everything take care of itself.”
On if he likes it here:
“Oh yeah. Are you kidding me? That’s the thing, I’m able to compare it to when I was 4-12. You know, winning can go a long ways in happiness. I know the Patriots are very committed to that. Hopefully we’re able to move along and win some games in the future.”
On the draft:
“I think this was probably the most surprising draft I’ve seen from us since I’ve been here, just as far as needs. Obviously, I don’t think we really draft according to needs. We draft according to players we think are going to be good players for a long time, and hopefully, we found some of those. You never know. It’s like, ‘This guy and that guy, and oh man, he’s so big and fast.’ And then he gets here and he’s some sort of turd or whatever. You just never know with those guys. You try and bring them along and make sure they’re doing the right things to be a good player and set a good example for them.”
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