Although the Pats easily won that game 42-14, Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips wasn’t very impressed with No. 83.
“Ah, Welker’s not [A.J.] Green,” Phillips told ESPN.com. “He’s a good player, but he’s not that big or a real athletic guy.
“[Welker is] a quick guy that gets open on option routes,” he added. “[Texans nickleback Brandon] Harris actually played him pretty good. He got a holding penalty that hurt us early in the game. But Harris played pretty well. If we don’t get him on a speed guy, we’re in good shape.”
Consider this bulletin board material.
Phillips, of course, backed off his statement and tweeted out some love for the Pats’ receiver, as seen below.
Wes Welker is a great athlete and one of the best receivers of all time- #twistthataround
— Wade Phillips (@sonofbum) January 10, 2013