The day Wes Welker walked away from New England will forever be remembered as a sad and depressing moment. How could we get rid of the little guy, he was the core of our receivers and a huge part of the team. But business is business and as much as we as fans do not want the sport to be about money, sometimes it is. While I am just as distraught and saddened as the next Pats fan, I think its time we get over it.
Yes Wes Welker is gone and yes, the way he left absolutely sucks, but we must get over it. Now there is a blame game going on between Welker’s agents and Kraft, seriously grow up guys. Welker is gone and there is nothing that we can do to get him back. Unfortunately ESPN and every other large media group hates everything Boston, so every time I check out what is happening in the sports world I am bombarded by seven to ten articles about who is to blame for this alleged Patriots “mistake”. An article on bleacherreport.com was even titled “Patriots made a huge mistake not offering Welker a contract” The article goes on to talk about how the whole situation went down and ends by stating that Danny Amendola will not replicate Wes Welker’s productivity on the field which is another issue all unto its own. I guess Wes Welker was everything we had and that dude wearing 12 is nothing without his compadre. But wait, your saying, Tom Brady won three Super Bowls without Wes Welker. Your absolutely right champ, turns out the Pats and Tom Brady can figure out how to win games, yes even the big dance without Wes Welker. By no means am I saying that Welker was not a huge part of New England’s offense for the past six years, what I am saying is that losing Welker does not mean the Patriots are headed for a 8-8 season. What it means is the times are changing in Foxboro whether we like it or not.
When Amendola was signed the day after Welker was let go, there was no surprise to any of us. Immediately the comparisons started. Welker to Amendola, can he replicate the productivity, will he stay injury free, can he fill the shoes of Welker. Here’s the answer to all of these questions: No. Absolutely not. Welker will beat Amendola one hundred times out of one hundred when we look at the two side to side. But it turns out that Amendola is not coming to the Patriots to be Wes Welker, he’s coming to be Danny Amendola. Yes, Danny Amendola’s role on the Rams was very similar to Welker’s on the Patriots but Amendola on the Patriots will create a different role. This role I believe will be very similar to what the Patriots of old used to run. Amendola, because of his size can be a more physical receiver than Welker, he can make catches when being challenged by a safety or nickel corner. The difference between Welker and Amendola is that Welker could win coverage one on one with his quickness and agility in close quarters. While Amendola is still a quick and athletic wideout, he is taller and bigger than Welker giving him the ability to make catches with defenders contesting for the ball. D.A.(Amendola) will be used much differently than Wes Welker, that’s why this comparison bugs me so much. The Patriots would be stupid to try and force Amendola to be a Welker. Amendola will not produce as much as Welker but will be just as valuable.
This move shows a shift in New England’s offensive philosophy from a heavy passing attack to a more balanced offense. They are changing their offense and trying to bring back a Patriots offense that won Super Bowls and performed in the playoffs. The offense of old had a power running game who at its prime had Corey Dillion in the backfield. We have seen through the last couple years an emergence in the running game in New England. First it was Ben Jarvus Green-Ellis who rushed for over a thousand yards for the first time since Corey Dillion. Last year we had Stevan Ridley who rushed 1,263 yards. The Patriots are trying to get back their running game because it worked. They ran the ball hard with a power back, and that opened up the play action for Brady. I imagine Brady on a play action and hitting Gronk over the middle of the field for big yardage. Or Stevan Ridley ripping through a defense behind a pulling guard on a power. This offense will be no where near as flashy as the one we have seen in recent years from New England, but this offense got it done in the playoffs, and when it comes down to it, thats all that matters.
People are mistaken when they believe Tom Brady reconstructed his contract for Welker, he reconstructed his contract to put his team in the best position to win with or without Welker. The times in New England are changing and unfortunately those plans did not include Welker. But, my friends, its time to move on from the days of Wes Welker and into the new era of Patriot football. A new kind of football that is trying to produce on Super Bowl Sunday. It is time for us as fans to get over Welker, and embrace a new Patriots team. Hope you all enjoyed reading!