Kellen Winslow Says No Laughing, No Joking Around Attitude Caused Him To Leave Bucs
The feud between Kellen Winslow and the Buccaneers continues as a video of the former Tampa tight end was released. In the video, Winslow is bashing Buccaneers current coach Greg Schiano and defending former Bucs coach Raheem Morris. Winslow says that there was no laughing, and no joking around during practice and that led him to decide to leave the Buccaneers. “I hate to break the news to you Kellen, you didn’t have to ‘get up out of here’, the Buccaneers threw you’re a** out in a heartbeat. They didn’t want you around anymore,” said Justin Pawlowski on The Commish.
The video was taken by Winslow’s Seahawk teammate Michael Robinson, who was interviewing Winslow for “The Real Robinson Report”, a YouTube page run by the footballer. During the interview, Winslow complained that Schiano would yell at them to get their toes on the line during conditioning and wouldn’t allow any laughing or joking around. “That was the mindset of some of the players, and that’s the mindset that the Buccaneers don’t want with their players—Kellen Winslow in the locker room saying, ‘eh, it’s too serious for me’,” Pawlowski said, “They wanted players that would practice. They wanted players that would do whatever it took for their team to succeed, not for them individually to succeed, but for their team to succeed.”
Winslow also came to the defense of former Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris, who was fired after last season when the Bucs finished with a 4-12 record. “They fired the wrong guy,” he said, “Rah was real.”
This reaction was no surprise to Pawlowski, who says Winslow and Morris were good friends. “Kellen Winslow, he was one of Raheem’s guys. There was a double standard in that locker room, and that’s why you don’t see a guy like Tanard Jackson here anymore,” Pawlowski said, “I think people make the argument that Aqib Talib was Raheem’s guy, well, he might be, but you know what? Aqib Talib has been busting his a** this offseason. He’s doing the right thing.”
Morris had a reputation for being a “player’s coach”. During his interview Winslow said he could talk to Morris about anything, and that he would take a bullet for him. “I have no problem with a head coach being able to talk to his players. You should be able to talk to your players. Whether you’re a discipline coach, whether you’re Tom Coughlin or Greg Schiano, or whether you’re a quote unquote player’s coach,” said The Commish, “So many times we heard about the double standards last year, in regards to the players in the locker room. That is as big of evidence, to that, as you’re going to have.”
Now the Bucs are working to eliminate that double standard. Whether Winslow likes it or not there is a new regime in Tampa Bay. Greg Schiano has brought about a new attitude to a team that needed to start anew. Said Pawlowski, “I had a big smile on my face (after seeing the video) because I was like we don’t have to deal with that anymore. It won’t be tolerated.”