After the Dan Shaughnessy episode Texan fans and players believed his article would light a fire under Houston which would give them a competitive edge. Well, Philips may have just negated that advantage by claiming that Wes Welker, the leading receiver over the last two seasons, is "not that athletic" and doesn't require having the Texans best CB on him.
Now, a lot of what he says is true (much like a lot of what Shaughnessy said was true.) Welker is much better in the slot than on the outside and he isn't big. But claiming he isn't very athletic was a dumb thing to say. This has already circled around to Pats players. Not only will Welker be more motivated now, but so will Brady. Welker is a favorite target for Brady and their connection on the field is unreal. They are also great friends off the field.