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Wes Welker says he “put up with” Bill Belichick in New England

Wes Welker had a few choice words to say about Bill Belichick. (Dave Zalubowski / AP)

Wes Welker may have had great success over his six years with the New England Patriots, but it wasn’t always fun. And now that he’s far, far away, he had some blunt things to say about Life with Bill.

Welker turned down a two-year, $10 million offer from the Patriots in order to sign with the Denver Broncos for two years at $12 million. Now, in remarks to SI’s Chris Ballard, it’s clear that Welker still bears some animosity toward the team. All because, it seems, Coach Bill Belichick would rip him in front of teammates.

“It was just kind of hard,” Welker said. “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.”

Welker spared Tom Brady, his former quarterback and a close friend, in his criticism. At first, though, he told Ballard he didn’t like Brady. “He was very intense, wanted it done a certain way,” Welker said, “and was like, ‘You can’t do it a different way.’”

Welker may have left Boston, but the lessons of Belichick and Brady have stuck. “When I’m answering questions from the Denver media, I’m not worried about what the Broncos’ people are going to think,” Welker says. “I’m worried about what Belichick will think. Isn’t that crazy?”

Not at all. And … think Belichick might use those comments somehow when the Patriots prepare to play the Broncos on Nov. 24?

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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Cindy Boren · August 8, 2013