Many fans were all ears for Phil Savage’s interview today on WTAM. Obviously, the main topic of the segment was Phil’s thoughts on tight end Kellen Winslow.
A few things worth mentioning:
Kellen’s hearing has an updated time, and will not take place until Tuesday at the earliest. This means that he will definitely miss this week’s game against Jacksonville, and that the appeal (assuming he is still appealing) would be simply to ensure that he is not out $235,000.
In the interview, Phil briefly mentioned that Randy Lerner was involved in the decision to suspend Kellen, for what it’s worth. He also discussed nearly every member of his staff at one point, claiming that he wouldn’t let any player disparage any of said staff members.
Savage stated that the reason for Kellen’s suspension was due to his “questioning the integrity of the medical staff and organization.” One word that Phil failed to mention is “publicly,” which is where I assume the issues stand. Countless people have been questioning the integrity of the Cleveland medical staff. Heck, we did it months ago, before any of these issues even came to fruition. Obviously, we are not employed by the team; though I’m not sure that should force once into solitary when it comes to voicing opinions.
A lack of professional restraint? Sure. Kellen has always been a very passionate, emotionally-fueled player on and off of the field. And while Savage stated that he would welcome Kellen back after the suspension, I think it will be very, very difficult for this season to continue on the way it was going prior to this past Sunday.
If one thing could be taken from the segment, Phil seemed very genuine as he is definitely attempting to quiet any of the rumors that make him appear to be condescending to his players. He not only spoke to Willis and Snyder, but to the fans listening. The audio can be found in the link below if you happened to miss it.
Phil Savage WTAM Interview 10/23/2008 [WTAM.com]