Freeman Opens Up About WinslowNovember 2nd, 2011
The alleged Kellen Winslow/Josh Freeman issues are a non-issue to Freeman, so he explained in great detail tonight on The Josh Freeman Show on WDAE-AM 620.
Freeman took listeners into what was happening on the sidelines when FOX cameras caught a heated discussion between Winslow and Freeman during the Bucs-Saints game last month, and Freeman said he was suprised when he was peppered with Winslow questions after that game.
Kudos to host Steve Duemig for asking Freeman the question on the minds of legions of Bucs fans. Here’s Freeman’s response verbatim.
“To be completely honest, out of all my guys, I probably have the best relationship with K2. We spend a lot of time working out in the offseason, hangin’ out. I have a great relationship with K2. In no way shape or form has he ever pressured me to get him the ball. You know, it’s a deal where we’re both extremely competitive,” Freeman said.
“I had a hundred people ask me post Saints game [this year], ‘Are you and Kellen alright? What’s going on between you guys?’ And I was like, ‘What do you mean? That’s two passionate guys that want to win a football game that are trying to get on even ground.’
“I don’t really care. I want to get it done. That’s kind of his feelings to. When we’re there, we’re talking football. And there’s no hard feelings, nothing going on between us, nothing extra-curricular.
“When we’re on the sideline, basically me and Kellen could have been in a 10-foot by 10-foot room having the same conversation and it would have been the exact same for us. I wanted him to speed up his routes. He said he kind of wanted to run them to their depth. I was like, ‘Well we gotta get the ball out. We just gotta get it out because they’re bringing one more guy than we can block. We need to get it going.’
“He was like, ‘Alright, well I want to just break it hot. I’ll just break it hot every time.
“I’m like, ‘Well don’t do that either. But I just need you to hurry up a little bit.’
“We just basically talked it out. That’s our way of doing it, you know. I didn’t feel any disrespect from Kellen and I hope he didn’t feel any from me. Because at the end of the day we’re still great friends and all we want to do is win football games.”
Listening in, Joe got a very candid vibe from Freeman. It was a great answer.
Interestingly, No. 5 admitted he’s been pressing throwing to Mike Williams and Winslow because he believes they’re the Bucs’ best receivers. And Freeman said Brian Urlacher told him after the game that the Bears were keying on him forcing balls to Winslow.