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Wes Welker Conference Call Transcript

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker addresses the Seattle media during his conference call on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.

(On Seattle's defense...)
"They're a team that, I mean, they really get after it. I think they're top five in pretty much every category. They fly around to the ball. They tackle really well. They have a bunch of big guys that move around very well. They're definitely a team that you have to be on top of everything and not get sloppy on any plays and do your assignment and do everything possible to move the ball and score on them because it's not easy."

(On if his role has changed from 2008 to now and what does he see as the differences in the offense...)
"Maybe a little bit but not too much. Whatever's asked of me and whatever the coaches want me to do, that's what I go out and do and just try to do to the best of my ability and try to make plays as many times as possible whenever my number's called. But I wouldn't say it's changed too much – maybe a little bit – more personnels and things like that. For the most part, it's stayed pretty much the same."

(On if he felt this past Sunday was the fastest they've ever played as an offense in terms of tempo...)
"I don't think so. I think we've played fast on multiple occasions and done different things and kind of tried to take advantage of whatever the defense gives us."

(On if he likes playing with that tempo or if it's a challenge to keep everything straight...)
"Personally, I do. I like going at a fast pace. I feel like it's something that I train for and get ready for and go out there and try to wear my opponent down and stay on top of my assignment on each and every play and do what I need to do to get open and make plays."

(On how the no-huddle changes what their offense can do...)
"I don't know. It doesn't really change too much. You've got to make sure you're in shape, that's for sure. But you just go out there and do your assignment and your techniques and listen to Tom [Brady], get the call, echo it out and just go from there."

(On how much going on the road and crowd noise changes what they can do in the no-huddle...)
"Obviously, in Seattle it's going to be a tough deal just because the crowd is so loud and it's a tough environment and everything else. We've just got to make sure we're practicing the best we can and do what we can to make sure we're ready to go."

(On Seattle's tall cornerbacks...)
"Obviously, they're bigger guys, taller guys with longer arms. They do a good job of being patient and staying square to the line. But you've got to get them moving, you've got to do some different things to them and try to get their body weight going and try to work them in different ways like that."

(On if he's faced any cornerbacks consistently with that size...)
"You know, [Antonio] Cromartie is the same type of body-type. Sean Smith is a bigger guy, down there in Miami. Different guys like that. But these guys have their own unique style and are very aggressive and pretty physical and things like that so I think they're a lot different than a lot of the guys we face."

(On if he sees more of the spread offense carrying over into the NFL from the college game...)
"Yeah, I think a little bit. I think so. Spreading the ball around and doing different things. I think they run the ball a little more than Mike [Leach]

(from playing for him at Texas Tech)
would like to but for the most part I think spreading it out and doing some of those things in various situations – that kind of offense is moving a little more to the NFL."

(On what about Brady allows him to take different offensive systems to a high level...)
"He's such a perfectionist and so on top of things and such a competitor and wants everybody to be on the same page. He's going to let you know if you're screwing up and try and get you in the right mindset to go out there and do what you need to do on the football field. It's good to have him there to keep guys accountable and do those different things."

(On Brady never having played in Seattle and if there are challenges that presents or if he's such a veteran that it won't have much effect on him...)
"I think he's played in some pretty big games in the past so I'm not too worried about him."

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