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#1 jmm57

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 01:44 PM

I don't know if anyone else caught it, but Wes Welker made about 5 "foot" references in his press conference. The audio I heard was maybe 5 minutes long?

Said two separate players had "Great feet" (one was about the Pats TE's, I missed the first question)

He said they were trying to put their "best foot forward" all week at practice.

He said they were all trying to be "good little foot soldiers".

He also said they were trying to "stay on their toes".

This has to have been deliberate?

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 01:51 PM

That's great.

#3 Caspir

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 02:14 PM

I don't know if anyone else caught it, but Wes Welker made about 5 "foot" references in his press conference. The audio I heard was maybe 5 minutes long?

Said two separate players had "Great feet" (one was about the Pats TE's, I missed the first question)

He said they were trying to put their "best foot forward" all week at practice.

He said they were all trying to be "good little foot soldiers".

He also said they were trying to "stay on their toes".

This has to have been deliberate?


It was absolutely deliberate, and %100 hilarious. "This is a playoff atmosphere, you can't jsut stick your toe in the water, you gotta jump right in." He made one foot reference per question. Talking about how it is different this year since he's playing. "It's definitely different. You got your foot up in the air last year." It's on the Patriots website now.

#4 ragnarok725

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 02:29 PM

I don't know if anyone else caught it, but Wes Welker made about 5 "foot" references in his press conference. The audio I heard was maybe 5 minutes long?

Said two separate players had "Great feet" (one was about the Pats TE's, I missed the first question)

He said they were trying to put their "best foot forward" all week at practice.

He said they were all trying to be "good little foot soldiers".

He also said they were trying to "stay on their toes".

This has to have been deliberate?




Q: How valuable is it to have a guy like Tom Brady standing in the huddle, especially in the intense situations of the playoff atmosphere?

WW: Having Tom in there - it goes without saying, the guy is who he is and he does a great job of making sure everyone is on the same page and putting their best foot forward going out there and playing well and doing what they can out there.

Q: How do you approach the young guys about what to expect in the post season?

WW: You just talk to them. It's a playoff atmosphere and you can't just stick your toe in the water, you've got to jump right in and make sure you're ready to go and make things happen. In a playoff atmosphere that's what you have to do.

Q: Do you try to convey a sense of urgency with the younger players? If something comes up during the game - they have to take advantage of that opportunity because they may not get another one...

WW: Absolutely. Every play is so critical and that is something that we talk about quite a bit. Going out there and in every single play if there is a bust or a mental error - it could cost you the game and that is something that we have to stay on top of and make sure that we are doing everything possible to be ready to go on every single play.

Q: I know you are excited to play football every game no matter what the situation is but considering last year when you were forced to sit and watch the playoff game, is there a little bit more excitement for you because you are getting back in the playoffs?

WW: It is definitely a little bit different especially [last year] I had my foot up in the air trying to get the swelling to go down and things like that. [I'm] definitely excited about getting the opportunity to go out there and have some fun and get in the playoff atmosphere. This is what it's all about. This is where you want to get to. This being my seventh year in the league now, and understanding what this means and how rare of an opportunity it is - [we've] got to make sure we take full advantage of it.

Q: How frustrating was it to not be on the field last year? You haven't played a playoff game since Glendale in 2007. How did it feel not being out there last year?

WW: It was tough. It was definitely hard to watch, especially the way the game went. I am definitely excited to be out there and these are the types of games you play for. This is what you spend all year getting ready for and you want to go out there and put your best foot forward.

Q: Where were you physically last year for the Baltimore game?

WW: Where was I physically?

Q: Were you on the field, at home or in a box?

WW: I was actually in the box. Yeah, I was up there watching the game.

Q: Can you put a number on how much Darrelle Revis was covering you on the Dec. 6th game? It seemed significantly more than the first game.

WW: It was definitely a little more. I don't really know a number. It was quite a bit, especially any time they did any sort of man coverages and things like that. It seemed to be a lot more, so you've got to be ready for everything and study film on everybody, and make sure you are definitely ready for him and you've got to bring it every play because he is a great player. He's got great feet, he moves around well and [he] does some good things out there.

Q: A lot of the defensive players have been talking this week about what you guys needed physically to move forward after the Cleveland game. Offensively how have you guys grown as a unit since that Cleveland game?

WW: I think we have had some younger players really step-up this year. Over the year that has been how it goes - guys start to mature, start to understand things, start to understand what the coaches want, and get more comfortable in what they're doing. That's huge - having some of the younger guys do that throughout this season and that's big. They really have grown a lot and I think it has really helped our offense.

Q: What makes Revis as good as he is?

WW: I think he is very patient. He has good feet. He moves around really well. He understands the game. He gets his hands on you pretty well. [He] understands what you're trying to do to him, so he definitely is a tough guy to really set up and get open against. You've got to be on top of your game and make sure that you're doing everything possible to get open.

Q: From what you've seen from Aaron [Hernandez] and Rob [Gronkowski] in practice and obviously in the games are they not typical rookies and for that reason, are they going to have no problem handling the playoff pressure?

WW: I think being as young as they are, I don't think they really don't understand the significance of this game which is sometimes a good thing. They just go out there and play ball and [they] know what they know. They play hard and play well and I think that will be good for them. I know they are going to go out there and give it everything they've got and that's something that they've done all year. That is something that won't change this week, so we are definitely excited to have them be apart of our team and [we're] excited to have them go out there and make some plays in a critical game.

Q: Isn't that what veterans strive for too? To just go out there and play a game even if it's a championship game, as if it's a regular season game to keep on an even-keel?

WW: In a way, yeah, but it's different still. It's the playoffs and this is what you strive for. This is what you work all season for - to get this opportunity and to get this chance and you've got to take full advantage of it.

Q: What has Deion Branch brought to the offense?

WW: Deion is such a great player and such a great teammate. The guy is tough to cover. He does a lot of great things out there - he runs some really good routes. Tom [Brady] trusts him and they are kind of on the same page. He is another guy with great feet and he can really move around and do some great things out there.

Q: You guys were on such an impressive role heading into the last 5 - 6 weeks of the season, how do you guys feel you will handle the bye week, are you afraid that you have lost any momentum at all?

WW: To be honest with you, I feel like our practices have almost simulated a game as well as we could have. We really got after it during the bye week and even this week of really concentrating and practicing hard and making sure that every play, even in practice... you never know when you will get the chance to run it again before the game, so you want to make sure that you are putting your best foot forward out there and making it happen.

Q: How does the playoff atmosphere translate to practices this week of preparation, do you sense it?

WW: Yeah, absolutely. [We're] really moving forward and we're going out there being good little foot soldiers. We are making sure we are going out there doing everything coach [Belichick] asks us to do: making plays and doing everything necessary to get ready for the game.

Q: You've been on both sides of blow-out games in your career. Who does it help motivate more, when you've been blown- out or when you've been on the team that did the blowing out?

WW: I don't know. I think at this point in the year, its playoffs and you understand that even though it ended up being a blow-out last game, one or two plays here and there and it could have been a different ball game so, you've got to make sure you are bringing it every single week, especially this time of year. You've got to bring it every single play and make sure you are putting yourself in the best opportunity to win. The last game doesn't really mean anything and it's all about moving forward and what we do this week.

Q: Is communication a big factor this week with all of the Jets blitz packages? You've really got to focus and be alert and make sure everyone is on the same page.

WW: You definitely have to make sure you are on top of things. Especially with this team, they do so many different things. [They] move people around and do a lot of blitzes. A lot of teams you don't see all year, so you definitely have to be on your toes and make sure that you're ready to go. You've got to make sure you are putting everything out there that you need to, to be ready to go but communication is definitely a huge thing.

Read more at: http://www.patriots....7321&pcid=82

Is he saying meow?

I wonder who he lost a bet with. That's superb. Good catch, jmm57.

Edited by ragnarok725, 13 January 2011 - 02:30 PM.


#5 snowmanny

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 02:51 PM

I don't know if anyone else caught it, but Wes Welker made about 5 "foot" references in his press conference. The audio I heard was maybe 5 minutes long?

Said two separate players had "Great feet" (one was about the Pats TE's, I missed the first question)

He said they were trying to put their "best foot forward" all week at practice.

He said they were all trying to be "good little foot soldiers".

He also said they were trying to "stay on their toes".

This has to have been deliberate?



Did he say anything about stuffing all the holes to stop the run?

#6 Sille Skrub

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 03:16 PM

breaking out...

(thanks abs!)

#7 JBill

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 03:19 PM

If you watch it, completely straight face throughout. "Toe in the water" was particularly well done.

#8 24JoshuaPoint


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Posted 13 January 2011 - 03:36 PM

Fantastic.

#9 kenneycb


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Posted 13 January 2011 - 03:38 PM

Why does Wes Welker hate Rex Ryan's children? Can someone please think of the children?

#10 Titoschew

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 03:42 PM

WW: Yeah, absolutely. [We're] really moving forward and we're going out there being good little foot soldiers. We are making sure we are going out there doing everything coach [Belichick] asks us to do: making plays and doing everything necessary to get ready for the game.


Obviously, WW reads SoSH and lifted this from my game thread. Hi Wes!

#11 Mugthis

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 03:42 PM

Is there any evidence of him using this sort of language so frequently in the past?

#12 mikeford


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Posted 13 January 2011 - 03:51 PM

http://deadspin.com/...ress-conference

#13 Captaincoop


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Posted 13 January 2011 - 03:54 PM

Is there any evidence of him using this sort of language so frequently in the past?


Yes, I actually pulled up transcripts from every press conference he gave from 2007 through the present and put together some spreadsheets. Prior to this particular interview, Welker used terms related to the feet or toes once per 217.8 words. In this particular transcript, as you can see, he used such terms once per every 93 words. Small sample size, but yes, it appears that his Feet Per Word (FPW) rate is more than twice as high as usual. Foot Pun Insider has a post up today noting that it is 87% likely that these references were intentional.

#14 ElcaballitoMVP

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 03:54 PM

Do yourself a favor and watch the press conference. The text doesn't do it justice.

I love this guy.



#15 NortheasternPJ


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Posted 13 January 2011 - 04:05 PM

Felger and Mazz are on this right now. Hilarious.

#16 Corsi


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Posted 13 January 2011 - 04:06 PM

This just made my week.

#17 SeoulSoxFan


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Posted 13 January 2011 - 04:13 PM

This just made my week.


Like LT always said, classless Pats take after their head coach. He probably took his disrespectful feet jokes from Belicheat. These Pats are always running their mouths.

Edited by SeoulSoxFan, 13 January 2011 - 04:14 PM.


#18 Old Fart Tree


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Posted 13 January 2011 - 04:18 PM

Like LT always said, classless Pats take after their head coach. He probably took his disrespectful feet jokes from Belicheat. These Pats are always running their mouths.


If you ain't feeting, you ain't trying.

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#19 dbn

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 04:46 PM

Yes, I actually pulled up transcripts from every press conference he gave from 2007 through the present and put together some spreadsheets. Prior to this particular interview, Welker used terms related to the feet or toes once per 217.8 words. In this particular transcript, as you can see, he used such terms once per every 93 words. Small sample size, but yes, it appears that his Feet Per Word (FPW) rate is more than twice as high as usual. Foot Pun Insider has a post up today noting that it is 87% likely that these references were intentional.


This is why I love SOSH.

#20 Al Zarilla


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Posted 13 January 2011 - 04:48 PM

Do yourself a favor and watch the press conference.

I did. They need to kick up the volume on whatever microphones they use for the press people. Pussyfooting around there with that part. (I'm no Wes Welker).

#21 axe

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 05:23 PM

If you didn't love Welker before You will now-http://deadspin.com/...ress-conference

#22 Carbo Loading

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 05:25 PM

Somebody ought to take the video and add in the background "Feets Don't Fail Me Now"; or even Little Feat's "Trouble" that has the line - 'Now you're so fat your shoes don't fit on your feet'

#23 Shelterdog


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Posted 13 January 2011 - 05:33 PM

I'll be the stick in the mud and say it's too bad Welker did this. It's obviously hysterical, but why give them any fodder?

#24 dcmissle


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Posted 13 January 2011 - 05:34 PM

If you didn't love Welker before You will now-http://deadspin.com/...ress-conference


Pure gold. 11 feet references spliced into 20 seconds of video. He's completely deadpan. It quite obvious what he's doing, but because there is no smirk, he can't really be called on it.

Don't believe ESPN and the like will walk down this road.

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 05:36 PM

I'll be the stick in the mud and say it's too bad Welker did this. It's obviously hysterical, but why give them any fodder?


Players can't possibly get pissed about this even if they want to. It's hysterically funny.

#26 Needlenose's Pole

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 05:37 PM

Pure gold. 11 feet references spliced into 20 seconds of video. He's completely deadpan. It quite obvious what he's doing, but because there is no smirk, he can't really be called on it.

Don't believe ESPN and the like will walk down this road.



Schefter is on it.

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 05:42 PM

Players can't possibly get pissed about this even if they want to. It's hysterically funny.


I hope you're right, and you probably are.

#28 mikeot

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 05:58 PM

Yes, I actually pulled up transcripts from every press conference he gave from 2007 through the present and put together some spreadsheets. Prior to this particular interview, Welker used terms related to the feet or toes once per 217.8 words. In this particular transcript, as you can see, he used such terms once per every 93 words. Small sample size, but yes, it appears that his Feet Per Word (FPW) rate is more than twice as high as usual. Foot Pun Insider has a post up today noting that it is 87% likely that these references were intentional.


Can't argue with the metrics, always more accurate than measuring in feet ...

#29 MainerInExile

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 05:59 PM

Do yourself a favor and watch the press conference. The text doesn't do it justice.

I love this guy.

I'm clearly dense. I watched the press conference and didn't even notice until I saw this thread. I'm amazed he could do it with such a straight face.

#30 mikeot

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 05:59 PM

Somebody ought to take the video and add in the background "Feets Don't Fail Me Now"; or even Little Feat's "Trouble" that has the line - 'Now you're so fat your shoes don't fit on your feet'


Perhaps some Little Feat over the PA at the Razor?

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 06:03 PM

Schefter is on it.

This is really fun. I just hope the Pats really wallop the Jets in all regards. I will be in the air, coming home from Chicago, during the 2nd half of the game but I should be able to watch it online. I'm SO fucking disappointed I won't be home to watch this game.

Wes Welker is my hero.

#32 wesdustjon rondroiker

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 06:05 PM

Pure gold. 11 feet references spliced into 20 seconds of video. He's completely deadpan. It quite obvious what he's doing, but because there is no smirk, he can't really be called on it.

Don't believe ESPN and the like will walk down this road.


I'm not convinced he was doing it on purpose. It was over like 10 minute in reality. people say cliches like that all of the time.

#33 Ed Hillel


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Posted 13 January 2011 - 06:16 PM

I'm not convinced he was doing it on purpose. It was over like 10 minute in reality. people say cliches like that all of the time.


I don't know, it looked to me like he was having trouble holding it back when he said he "let his feet up in the air." There was also one question where his answer was "I hear he's got great feet." Just seems a bit odd.





#34 PedraMartina

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 06:44 PM

I'm not convinced he was doing it on purpose. It was over like 10 minute in reality. people say cliches like that all of the time.


The brilliance of this move as a reaction to the Jets' over-the-top ranting is illustrated by the fact that reasonable people can convince themselves that it was not done on purpose.

#35 Future Sox Doc

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 06:44 PM

I don't know, it looked to me like he was having trouble holding it back when he said he "let his feet up in the air." There was also one question where his answer was "I hear he's got great feet." Just seems a bit odd.


Little foot soldiers gave it away for me.

#36 Sille Skrub

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 09:39 PM

moved some Welker/feet posts in here from the Jets buildup megathread...

#37 steeplechase3k

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 10:04 PM

I don't think I've ever in my life heard someone say "foot in the air" to describe being out with a knee injury, I probably haven't even heard that for a foot/ankle injury.

Absolutely making a joke.

#38 Old Fart Tree


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Posted 13 January 2011 - 10:14 PM

Well, you do have your foot up in the air to drain swelling, and you stay like that for like 20 hours a day, but... yeah. I think he was joking.

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 10:35 PM

Cromartie's comments = Meet the Klumps; Welker comes back with 'A Modest Proposal.'

#40 Sille Skrub

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 10:43 PM

Just watching it now...

You can see a hint of a smile come over his face after each answer.

Really well played. I don't think I could have pulled that off without laughing.

#41 kelpapa

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 10:52 PM

Cromartie's comments = Meet the Klumps; Welker comes back with 'A Modest Proposal.'


Cromartie's teammates seemed kind of pissed about his comments. How badly were Welker's teammates cracking up when they saw this? I would love to see Belichick's response to this.

Edited by kelpapa, 13 January 2011 - 10:52 PM.


#42 Sille Skrub

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 11:00 PM

Players can't possibly get pissed about this even if they want to. It's hysterically funny.

Agreed. I'd love this even if the sides were reversed...

You know, if the shoe was on the other foot.

(/laugh track)

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 11:05 PM

It wouldn't surprise me if there was a certain amount of brainstorming done with teammates in order to come up with a full roster of foot jokes and puns. Perhaps, Welker was chosen to deliver the riff based on his ability as a straight man and veteran status on the team.

#44 Gambler7

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 11:08 PM

Other players seemed to enjoy it...Carolina's Safety Gerald Alexander (as retweeted by Leigh Bodden)

GAlexander21 Gerald Alexander
Wes Welker's is a total smart ass for that interview....I LOVE IT!
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#45 Carmine Hose

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 11:12 PM

What's great is what are the Jets players going to do about it? Talk trash to Welker in defense of their perv coach? Take an extra shot at him on Sunday in defense of their leader's honor?

#46 5dice

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 11:18 PM

TGG Wes Welker thread is good times. Apparently Eric Smith will be knocking WW out because of this.

#47 dcdrew10

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 11:32 PM

TGG Wes Welker thread is good times. Apparently Eric Smith will be knocking WW out because of this.

There are a fair number of Gang Greenies who are admitting it's pretty funny and clever on Welker's part.

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 03:25 AM

Wes is a god among men. His lightest footsteps sound of thunder.

Edited by Beomoose, 14 January 2011 - 03:25 AM.


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Posted 14 January 2011 - 07:10 AM

Definitely premeditated with teammates. Reminds me of this...



#50 tmorgan

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 07:37 AM

I really hope that the Pats have a pool going for who can get the most feet references into their press conferences without cracking up. It could still escalate from here in an awesome way.