So what happened to Wes Welker on Monday night?
|11.22.11 at 3:59 pm ET|
On Monday against the Chiefs, Wes Welker had his quietest game of the season — he wasn’t targeted by Tom Brady until the quarterback threw a pass his way with 9:59 left in the fourth quarter, and didn’t catch his first pass of the night until he hauled in a short six-yarder with six minutes left in regulation. On the night, he ended up with two catches for 22 yards.
On Tuesday, offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien acknowledged that it wasn’t one of Welker’s best games statistically, but he did a lot of things that didn’t show up in the boxscore.
“He only had two catches, but he does so many other things that help our offense,” O’Brien said. “I don’t know if you guys watched the tape, but if you go back and watch it, he was blocking extremely well and helping us in the running game. We rushed for 157 yards. Some of that was because of him and how well he blocked.
“Obviously, the Chiefs had a good game plan and they did a good job for most of the night and we were able to make some plays as the game wore on and it ended up being pretty good.”
Coach Bill Belichick was also asked about Welker, and seemed to hint that even though the wide receiver had just two catches, he would get a positive grade for his work against the Chiefs.
“We grade players in the game based on them doing their assignment right and performing their responsibility on the play properly — that’s what they’re graded on,” Belichick said. “Whatever a player is supposed to do — run a route, block somebody, whatever it happens to be — if they do what they’re doing properly, that’s really all they can do. The opportunities that they get, then you can evaluate those. If those opportunities go to somebody else or the running play, the production is going to show up with the running back, not the guys who are blocking. That’s the way it is.
“Wes, he does a good job for us; has done a good job all year in terms of his route running, his assignments, his blocking — pretty much whatever we ask him to do, we can count on him to do it and perform it well. He’s done that consistently; he did it last night.”
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