After watching the first game of the season and listening to a ton of talk radio, I was convinced that Wes Welker was not being phased out and the balance of the offensive attack was the reason Wes didn't get targeted in the first game as many times as NE fans are use to seeing. After all, it was only one game. Plus the ground attack was fairly impressive. It made sense to give The Patriots coaching staff the benefit of the doubt when they said it was game planning that limited Welker's role. Then I watched the game today and read this article on Larry Brown Sports:
Is the Patriot staff trying to prove a point? Are they trying to say they don't need Wes that much and thus diminish his worth? If the Patriots are trying to prove Welker is not that important, it's not going very well. With Welker in this limited role the offense looked HORRID this week. Would they really freeze out the league's leading receiver over the last five years to prove such a point? I think it's one of two things. A) He really upset the brass this off season with his contract situation and speaking to the media. In which case, Wes will probably be traded soon. or B) Josh McDaniels just plain old doesn't like him. Patriot fans are use to giving that organization the benefit of the doubt and don't second guess that much because of their winning ways. But after two weeks of Welker's role being such an afterthought, and the offense looking so bad, and now a loss to Arizona, I don't think you can call it "game planning" anymore. Something's up and they're not tellin' (like usual)..
I'm dying to know what everyone else thinks...