We’re watching film on my iPad in a lounge outside the Chargers’ locker room, and this isn’t the first time he’s vacated his seat, enthusiasm taking over.
It’s the game within the game that makes it so awesome, he says. To me, the most fun games are where we get in the no-huddle, we get in kind of a groove and the defense has a Mike linebacker who can go no-huddle with you.
We bring up a play from that game against the Cowboys, Thanksgiving 201It was the day’s fourth snap—well before the no-huddle cat-and-mouse game ensued.
We’re running scissors with [Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin], which is pretty simple. Dallas played a 2-high coverage with both Quarters and Cover-2 principles. Safety [Jeff Heath’s] width suggested we could get Travis over the top on this thing. It was Thanksgiving so we didn’t have much time to prepare. But we did talk about whether we might get this coverage. We’d get Travis running right down the middle.
Does that all feel a little gross? Does it seem like an authentic turning point away from this incident for Winston, who previously settled a rape case with accuser Erica Kinsman in 2016 and screamed obscenities about the female anatomy while standing in the middle of a college campus? Do you feel OK with the NFL’s much ballyhooed policy on issues of sexual assault and domestic violence that, according to a 2017 Bleacher Report Mag story, delivered the full six-game suspension for two out of 18 offenders?
If you’re Winston and truly maintain your innocence, doesn’t this seem radically unfair? If you’re the Uber driver who came forward, does an apology for being put in a bad position solve anything?