With the Houston Texans entering the evaluation mode of their roster and adding to their coaching staff, a source close to the situation expects Wes Welker to be added to the coaching personnel in the near future. Welker is expected to be part of the offensive staff, helping the wide receiver group and handle other offensive duties assigned. All signs are pointed to Welker joining the staff for the 2017 season and his knowledge of the wide receiver position in this offense is an added plus.
Welker has no prior coaching experience but has been weighing opportunities to enter the coaching ranks. It appears he will do that with familiar faces in Houston. Coach Bill O’Brien was Welker’s position coach with the New England Patriots and his offensive coordinator for a season before O'Brien left for Penn State. Also, former teammates Mike Vrabel and Larry Izzo are currently on the Texans staff which make the situation for Welker a much easier transition.
Welker amassed 9,924 receiving yards with 50 touchdowns for his career with 7,459 yards and 37 touchdowns coming from his days with the Patriots.
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Vince Wilfork Delivers the Lombardi Trophy to Houston and Still Leaning to Retirement
Pending free agent Vince Wilfork is still leaning towards retirement and reinforced that message today at the NFL Experience at the George R. Brown convention center. Wilfork was taking part in the FedEx delivery of the Lombardi Trophy at the NFL Experience for fans to see prior to be awarded to the winning team of Super Bowl LI.
"I had a great,wonderful career. I'm at a point now where I think I played my last game.I'm happy with that if that's the case." Wilfork said at the NFL experience.
Wilfork also commented on the moves made by the Texans particularly Romeo Crennel taking over the assistant head coach role to help O'Brien.
"That is good because Romeo knows that role. He is very well respected also, I mean, guys have played their tails off for Romeo." Wilfork said of his coach. "He has been around for so long and seen it all. I think if you have and assistant head coach he is the perfect one to fit that mold because he knows defense and know a little bit of offense, he knows people and he know how to make a team play."
Wilfork was the anchor of the number one defense for the Texans in 2016 and likes the commitment the Texans and Crennel have to make this work heading into 2017.
"One thing I have alway loved about Romeo is how poised he always was no matter what the situation may be and that passion that he had for the game." Wilfork explained. "That was good move by his part too and I am happy to see he is in that role."