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Wes Welker Postgame Press Conference Transcript

Posted Oct 7, 2012

New England Patriots WR Wes Welker addresses the media during his postgame press conference at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, October 7, 2012.

Q: How big was this win?

WW: It’s a big win, especially against a good team like that. Denver is a great team; Obviously they have Peyton [Manning] and everybody else and [Elvis] Dumervil and Von Miller and Champ Bailey. They have a lot of great players, so they’re a good team and luckily we came away with the win.

Q: What does it say about your team that you’re able to execute playing at that speed? Obviously going no-huddle puts pressure on the defense, but how much pressure does it put on your team to go that fast?

WW: We practice well and I think it shows up on the game field whenever we practice the way we need to and the way we want to have a tempo in the game and do all those things. I think it shows up in the games the way we practice.

Q: You guys put together some 12, 14, 16-play drives. What were some of the similarities in what you guys were able to do on those long drives?

WW: We just kind of mix it up and were able to run the ball effectively and then get some passes in there and do some things there. We were just able to move the ball and really get at a fast pace and a good tempo and it worked out for us.

Q: You guys ran a lot more plays than them. Can you talk about how that broke down?

WW: Any time you can control the game like that and keep on moving the ball and have positive plays and keep the possession, especially keep it away from Peyton [Manning] and their offense, it’s good for us.

Q: At the outset, did they feel your matchup was something you guys could take advantage of or were you just getting open?

WW: I think every week you kind of go into it trying to understand your opponent and know who you’re going against and try to attack it the best you can and win at all costs. There were a few times where I didn’t get open, but for the most part I feel like I got open a lot and was able to make some plays and do some good things out there.

Q: Can you take your best shot at explaining what makes Tom Brady great?

WW: Basically just his work ethic and the way he approaches the game and the hunger that he has for it and the time that he puts in and understanding that he wants to be a great quarterback at all costs and he’s all about it.

Q: Are you surprised they didn’t give you bracket coverage? Are you going to start to expect that looking ahead?

WW: I think it’s tough to do with us just because we have Brandon Lloyd, we have Gronk [Rob Gronkowski], we have Deion [Branch], and we have the running game. There are so many options, so many things to think about that it’s hard to say that they’re going to do that and if they do, we have a lot of other options.

Q: Were you surprised to see so many defensive backs this week even though you covered it up pretty well last week?

WW: Yeah, they changed it up. They went [with] some regular personnel, then they put out some DBs and did that. They mixed it up and then we just tried to adjust to whatever they were doing and put ourselves in the best play possible.

Q: Can you talk about the timing that you and Tom Brady have? There was one play you made where you turned and the ball was coming right at your face. How important is that timing?

WW: It’s very important. That one was a little bit too close for comfort, but I knew the ball was coming quick and I knew I had to press it a little deeper than I wanted to, but I knew it was coming quick and I was ready for it and luckily able to make the play.