Wes Welker's PostGame Press Conference Transcript

Ian Logue
September 16, 2012 at 05:08pm ET

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Here is the complete transcript of Wes Welker's postgame press conference:

On what happened:

"I mean we just didn't come out there firing.  We didn't have a great week of practice and coach made a point of that, that we needed to almost play some catch up.  We really didn't do the things necessary to come away with a win, especially early.  We've got to start faster than that and come out and play from ahead and do things the way we need to."

On what he saw during practice that lead him to believe that:

"Just a lot of mental errors and things like that, and guys not doing their assignments and doing their job. We talked about  the different things that they did defensively and the type of players they had and the people we had to control, and we just didn't do a very good job of that."

On breaking Troy Brown's record and if it was bittersweet with the loss:

"Yeah of course, you want to win the game.  But it is what it is."

On if the plan got drastically altered after Aaron Hernandez' injury.

"Yeah, absolutely.   Aaron's in there almost every play.  So it changes quite a bit and you've got to go to a different attack and go out there and play the way we need to and execute the way we need to and today just wasn't enough."

On if he new he wasn't going to be quite as involved in the game plan as much in the first half as he was in the second half:

"I mean, I never know.  I always just prepare myself to be ready and when my number's called I go out there I just try to make plays whenever I get an opportunity.

On if it surprises him not to be involved:

"I mean, you want to be out there.  I think as a competitor and everything else, especially on Sundays, it's what we play for and what we work for and you want to be out there.  But at the same time, coach felt like whatever was best for the team and I'm for that and I totally understand it.  I'm just there to help out however I can."

On if there's any injury reason why his playing time would be cut:

"No, I feel great."

On how much of a loss it would be to be without Hernandez for a long period of time:

"I mean, he's a great player.  He makes so many plays for us and he's really come into this training camp and really done really well.  He's a really tough guy to match-up against, and I think everyone across the board has to pick up the slack and make some plays out there in his place."

On the fact Tom Brady seemed to be in a better rhythm in the second half in the no-huddle:

"I think our no-huddle, we work on that a lot.  We practice it and it was effective for us, especially late in the game.  It was crunch time and we were able to make some plays and get down the field and score.  We just have to finish a lot of those drives with touchdowns instead of field goals."