Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker hasn't needed to say much these past few weeks in regard to his diminished role from earlier in the season. His play on the field has done the talking for him.
That wasn't the case in a postgame interview where he said it was nice to "stick it in Bill [Belichick]'s face every once in awhile," and had to answer for those comments on Monday.
"Yeah, I mean...it was a joke," he said, according to The Boston Globe. "I don't know what else to say about it; it was a joke. But Bill and I, whether y'all believe it or not, have a good relationship and it was a joke and I'll make sure to keep that in-house going forward."
It's been pretty much universally understood that the team underutilized him early in the season, and that he is now proving that decision to be faulty. Tom E. Curran of CSNNE.com called Welker's joke a matter of pride, and he has every reason to feel like he has been wronged.
Perhaps the only thing stopping Bill Belichick from taking action will be injuries to tight end Aaron Hernandez and wide receiver Julian Edelman which have forced Belichick to rewrite the script a little on offense.
But when those two come back, is anything stopping Belichick from going back to the Week 1 script?
Not exactly. That's why, even though Welker had a right to be upset, and even though he was joking, and if he has proven his value to the offense, he may want to think twice before he speaks out against his head coach in the future—even in jest.
Here are some more updates from around the AFC East.
Conor Orr of the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger says the Jets running game is going nowhere this season.
Bleacher Report featured columnist Jesse Reed assesses where the quarterback situation stands after Week 5.
According to Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 Sportsradio, Bills defensive end Mark Anderson is getting an MRI on his knee.
Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald lists the candidates to make big plays for the team down the stretch.
Mike Dussault of PatsPropaganda.com answers the question about the Patriots' bend-don't-break, conservative style of defense.
Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand.