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09/17/2012 - 3:00pm
Belichick: 'Don't really see [Welker] behind'

FOXBORO --  Bill Belichick dispelled one theory about the lack of playing time for Wes Welker in his Monday press briefing at Gillette Stadium. Belichick was asked if the receiver's departure for several days from the team for a funeral had caused him to behind others in the team's offense. 

"Wes has a lot of experience around here," Belichick said. "I think he's one of our smartest and obviously most experienced players. I don't really see him behind."

Welker, who was not listed on the injury report, did not start in his customary slot receiver position on Sunday, with Julian Edelman taking his place. Welker played in 63 offensive snaps on Sunday while Edelman took part in 75. Belichick said it's not unusual for a player like Welker to get fewer snaps than others because of game situations. 

"I'm sure you've seen us play before. We have different combinations of personnel groups in every game all...

09/17/2012 - 10:58am
Welker: 'Coaches coach, players play'

Wes Welker stopped by for a visit with Mut & Merloni at Gillette Stadium as part of WEEI's Patriots Monday.

The veteran wide receiver, who broke Troy Brown's team record for career receptions in Sunday's 20-18 loss to the Cardinals, is the center of controversy, as his playing time has diminished this season with no explanation from the team. Welker did not start Sunday's game, although he ended up seeing regular duty after tight end Aaron Hernandez went down with an apparent ankle injury in the first quarter.

Welker took the high road when asked about not starting.

"I really wasn't positive even leading up to the first series," he said. "I wasn't sure what was going to happen. I just go out there, and whenever my number's called, I go out and play. … It is what it is. Coaches coach, players play. That's all I can do."

Asked if there was any indication in the days leading up the game that Julian Edelman...

09/17/2012 - 8:07am
Esiason on D&C: Pats 'petty' to punish Welker

CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason joined Dennis & Callahan for his weekly Patriots Monday appearance to analyze the Pats' 20-18 loss to the Cardinals.

"This loss for the New England Patriots is just about as bad as it gets," Esiason said, adding: "It's just inexcusable. You can say whatever you want about the referees, you can say whatever you want about [Rob] Gronkowski's supposed holding call there at the end on the final touchdown that was called back, but at the end of the day, Tom [Brady] and Bill [Belichick] and everybody up there know better than I do and anybody else does that once you have a subpar opponent, you can't every allow them to think that they're in the game. And I think as the game went on yesterday, it was kind of interesting, the Arizona Cardinals felt like they were just able to stay in the game."

Esiason didn't have a clear answer as to why the offense struggled as much as it did.

"I...

09/17/2012 - 6:41am
Brady on D&C: 'It's never one play'

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly Patriots Monday appearance on Dennis & Callahan to recap Sunday's frustrating 20-18 loss to the Cardinals. The Patriots lost the game when Stephen Gostkowski's last-second field goal attempt went wide left, but Brady said the kicker doesn't deserve to shoulder the blame.

"He always makes those," Brady said. "He's been the best kicker, the most accurate kicker in the history of our team. He's a great kicker. Everyone's confident, he was confident, sometimes you just miss them. Sometimes as a quarterback you just miss a throw, sometimes as a linebacker you just miss a tackle or you drop a ball. That's just football. It's never one play. … It's easy now to point a finger at one player or one play. But the reality is it was a lot of plays by a lot of guys where we need to do a better job so that it doesn't come down to a kick at the end of the game."

The offense struggled all...

09/16/2012 - 5:14pm
Gostkowski: 'Sure I'll get ripped by fans'

FOXBORO -- After making his first four field goal attempts on the day, including two from beyond 50 yards, Stephen Gostkowski shouldered the blame after missing a 42-yard field goal wide left with one second remaining that allowed the Cardinals to escape with a 20-18 win over the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. 

"I'm not scared to fail," Gostkowski said. "It stinks when you do. But I wouldn't go out there every day if I was scared to screw up. I'll feel bad about this for a couple of days and I'm sure I'll get ripped for it by the fans, and it's well-deserved. My teammates have my back. No one feels worse about missing a kick than I do. You've just got to move on and get over it. It's the good ones that get over bad games it lasts a while. If I let this affect me negatively, I'm not doing my job."

Gostkowski said he felt confident going into the potential game-winning kick, a chance presented to the Patriots when Brandon...

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