On the surface, life looked good for Wes Welker in New England. He racked up personal achievements and recognition including five straight Pro Bowl appearances, caught balls from one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play in Tom Brady, and played for a consistent winner. Despite those benefits, Welker felt stifled by head coach Bill Belichick.
Now with the Denver Broncos, Welker said the coach derided him in front of the team and treated him with disrespect. “It was just kind of hard,” Welker says, “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.”
Despite his new surroundings, Welker said he still feels the presence of his overbearing former coach. “When I’m answering questions from the Denver media, I’m not worried about what the Broncos’ people are going to think,” Welker added. “I’m worried about what Belichick will think. Isn’t that crazy?”
Welker, who will have the distinction of being a top receiver for Tom Brady and for Peyton Manning, has had a bitter divorce from the Patriots, having a public spat with owner Robert Kraft this offseason. He and the Broncos will suit up against New England to open up those wounds and establish an AFC pecking order on November 24.