Following the Patriots’ season-ending loss to the Jets, receiver Wes Welker discussed being benched for the team’s first possession of the game for his subtle dig at Rex Ryan earlier in the week.
“I don’t feel anything [about the benching],” said Welker, who made 11 foot references during a news conference Thursday. “I was just ready for the opportunity to play and help the team win. That’s a coach’s decision, the game plan. You can ask the coach about that stuff. I’m not going to really comment on that stuff.
“We’ve always respected the Jets. They have a good football team.”
When asked about the benching, which was first reported on the CBS game broadcast, coach Bill Belichick had only this to say after the game: “I don’t have any comment on that.”
Jets linebacker Bart Scott, who reacted to Welker's comments late last week by threatening him ("his days in a uniform will be numbered," he told Newsday) didn't have much of a reaction to the benching.
“I know you would like to say that this is like the ‘Young and the Restless’ and I pay attention to what’s going on there, but I could care less," Scott said after the game. "All I do is play whoever comes out there.”
However, he also wasn't backing down from his original comments.
"I stand behind my words and if I get another opportunity for him to come through the middle, I'm going to try and put him through the ground," the linebacker told Boston sports radio station WEEI.