More On “Heated” Winslow-Freeman DiscussionOctober 17th, 2011
On that play, the Saints were late to the line of scrimmage in having a guy cover Winslow, who was lined up in the flat. Winslow was flailing and screaming for a quick snap of the ball because he was alone, but it didn’t come. The Saints did, in fact, finally get a man over before the snap to cover Winslow, who was signaling Josh Freeman to throw him the ball, seemingly because Winslow liked the 1-0n-1 matchup against the smaller defender.
At the snap, Winslow broke for the corner of the end zone. He wasn’t open. And Freeman hit Parker over the middle, just inside of Winslow for the score. Parker’s touchdown celebration was near Winslow in the end zone, but Winslow didn’t join in. Winslow had a slumped posture and was the last player off the field.
His first stop was Josh Freeman to talk about something that didn’t look too celebratory.
At the time, Joe was stunned that a guy would get in his quarterback’s ear, clearly with some negativity, seconds after a pivotal touchdown.
On the next Bucs’ offensive series, the Bucs, after running the ball successfully, threw three consecutive forced passes into Winslow. All were incomplete. Then Winslow and Freeman had what looked like another intense conversation picked up by FOX-TV cameras, which seemed to follow their sideline discussion intermittently.
Now Joe doesn’t know what was said, of course, but the way it all played out looked really crappy for Winslow.
After the game, Winslow told Joe, “We had some arguments out there. It was real heated out there. But I’m kind of glad it happened because it really brought us together.”
Following a win like this, Joe’s choosing to believe in all aspects of the fairy tale ending to yeterday’s story against the Saints, even in the case of the Winslow-Freeman squabble. But given some of the negative perceptions that came with Winslow from Cleveland, his relationship with Freeman bears keeping an eye on.