So, Brady's not happy? You can understand why when you recall that he just took a big pay cut to become arguably the lowest paid quarterback in the pro league's upper echelon. It's worth remembering that he's been unhappy before (Deion Branch) and all has worked out quite well.
The salve that soothes comes perhaps in the form of yet another former Texas Tech alum, ex-Rams receiver Danny Amendola?
Does anyone here remember that the Patriots were sniffing around Amendola last year, too? Well, until the Rams slapped him with a 2nd round tender that is. I'd say given last year's flirtation with Amendola, the Pats new signing was one of the easier moves to telegraph this year.
Understandably, though, some people aren't enthused and on the face of it, who can blame them? Welker's shoes are inversely proportional sized cleats to fill, at least in comparison to the rest of him! Especially given his propensity to be both a game-changer and a release for Brady in equal measure.
But, is it really so outlandish to think the more things change, the more they stay the same at Foxboro?
The only factor I think that matters is: "Was Welker a product of his environment more than he was a factor in it?"
Tale of the tape Welker vs Amendola:
College: Texas Tech / Texas Tech
Drafted: UDFA '04 / UDFA '08
Age: 32 / 28
Height: 5'9" / 5'11"
Weight: 185lb / 188lb
40yd: 4.65s / 4.58s
20yd Short Shuttle: 4.01s / 4.25s
3 Cone Drill: 7.09s / 6.81s
Vertical: 30" / 31.5"
Broad: 9'5" / 8'7"
KR/PRs pre Patriots: 23.3ypg / 23.5ypg
YAC pre Patriots: 5.1ypg / 4.4ypg
Looking at their pre-Patriots careers, YAC is notable as it's what separates "good" from "great" with receivers. But with only half the length of a football between the two at that stage in their prospective careers, even whilst discussing them in a vacuum (outside of scheme, personnel, circumstance etc). Heck, even the production of both themselves and their team mates in their per-Patriot final season is eerily similar. I won't bore you with the minutiae, but if you check back to those two years and teams you could practically sub out Chris Givens, Brandon Gibson, Danny Amendola & Steven Jackson for Chris Chambers, Wes Welker, Marty Booker & Ronnie Brown and get similar production.
Even their own YPR was identical at 10.3 a clip.
And that's the key for me: They're interchangeable. They came from the same Texas Tech Air Raid/spread offense that the Pats have been using successfully for years now, the same...