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Wade Phillips’ comments on Wes Welker create stir

Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips [1] stirred some mild controversy on Thursday when answering a question on Patriots receiver Wes Welker [2]. Phillips was asked by ESPN.com whether or not Houston cornerback Johnathan Joseph [3] — who covered Cincinnati’s A.J. Green in Houston’s wild-card win over the Bengals — would draw Welker in this week’s divisional playoff matchup.

“Welker’s not Green,” Phillips said. “He’s a good player, but he’s not that big or a real athletic guy. He’s a quick guy that gets open on option routes. [Brandon] Harris actually played him pretty good.”

For what it’s worth, in the first game between the two teams Welker was held to three catches (matching a season-low) for 52 yards in the 42-14 win over the Texans.

Later in the day, Phillips tweeted the following message: “Wes Welker is a great athlete and one of the best receivers of all time. #twistthataround”

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