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10/08/2012 - 1:57pm
Belichick on Welker: 'You should ask him'
By: DJ Bean

FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked about receiver Wes Welker's comment about "sticking it" in the coach's face with his 13-catch performance Sunday, a comment Belichick said he hadn't heard.

Appearing on Comcast SportsNet's postgame show, Welker was asked about catching his increased targets and numbers compared to earlier in the season. 

"Yeah, it's kind of nice to stick it in Bill's face once in a while," Welker replied with a wink. "So this is definitely a good one."

When Belichick was asked whether he took exception with Welker's comment, he responded, "No, I didn't really see the comment though."

When the reporter tried to explain what Welker had said, Belichick responded, "You should ask him what he meant by it."

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10/08/2012 - 1:20pm
Veteran Kevin Faulk to retire Tuesday

Patriots running back Kevin Faulk will announce his retirement in a ceremony at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday. The 36-year-old, who played 13 seasons with New England, will retire as the franchise’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards (12,349) return yards (5,041) and kick return yards (4,098).

“Of course, it was a difficult decision, but it wasn’t something that was difficult because I knew this day was coming,” Faulk told WEEI.com on Monday afternoon. “The tough part is knowing that I’m done playing football forever now.”

Faulk, who was selected in the second round of the 1999 draft by the Patriots, set numerous rushing and all-purpose yardage records at LSU. Over the next 13 seasons, Faulk helped the Patriots claim nine division titles, five conference crowns and three Super Bowl championships.

A versatile presence out of the backfield, over the...

10/08/2012 - 10:48am
Branch on M&M: 'Wes is a clown'

Patriots receiver Deion Branch joined Mut & Merloni on Monday to talk about Sunday's 31-21 victory over the Broncos and the latest chapter in the alleged falling-out between fellow receiver Wes Welker and coach Bill Belichick.

Welker turned some heads Sunday night when he made a wisecrack about his relationship with Belichick. Welker, whose playing time was limited in the opening game of the season, caught 13 passes Sunday. Asked about it on CSNNE's postgame show, Welker said with a smirk and a wink: "Yeah, it's kind of nice to stick it in Bill's face once in a while. So this is definitely a good one."

Branch laughed when the clip was played for him and said he didn't think Belichick would take it seriously.

"That's Wes, though," Branch said. "I don't think coach will think too much of it. That's Wes. Wes is a clown, man. That's Wes. … That's Wes, man. And coach Belichick knows that."

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10/08/2012 - 10:34am
Francona: 'Didn't come here to go to pasture'

At his introduction as the new manager of the Indians, Terry Francona dismissed the idea that he was motivated to take the job in Cleveland in part by the idea that it wasn't the same critical environment as his previous managerial stops in Boston (from 2004-11) and Philadelphia (1997-2000). 

"I didn't come here to go to pasture. I was either going to work here or go back and work at ESPN. I came here because I'm not afraid of a challenge," Francona said. "I thought I was treated very well by the media in Boston. ... I had no complaints about that. Maybe one." 

The former Red Sox manager suggested that 2012, during which he worked as an ESPN analyst, was "an important year" that gave him an opportunity to replenish his energy for managing. 

"Quite frankly, I think I lost maybe a little bit of perspective. Taking a year back, it's not easy to accept the fact that you need to,...

10/08/2012 - 8:26am
Esiason: Fourth-and-5 '100 percent wrong'

Boomer Esiason of CBS Sports made his weekly Monday morning appearance on Dennis & Callahan to talk about the Patriots' 31-21 victory over the Broncos.

The Patriots offense was clicking for much of Sunday's game. Esiason said the running game has taken this offense to new levels.

"I see a Tom Brady who is so in sync with his offensive coordinator, and the ability to call the plays quickly, and has wide receivers that are getting themselves open and making big plays down the field," Esiason said. "You combine that with [Stevan] Ridley and [Brandon] Bolden and [Danny] Woodhead and [Shane] Vereen, now all of a sudden you've got yourself an explosive offense that is as balanced as any offense in football. … They are, from a competent standpoint, playing as competently offensively as they have ever played. And that's because of the balance that they bring to the table now."

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