Several Weeks Later, Kansas City’s Eric Winston Stands By His Comments About Chiefs Fans Cheering Matt Cassel’s InjuryOctober 31, 2012 – 8:30 am by Steven Cuce
Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Eric Winston made plenty of headlines earlier this month when he ripped into Chiefs fans, who he heard cheering when quarterback Matt Cassel was injured in a loss to Baltimore on Oct. 7th.
Winston continues to stand by his comments. Kansas City stands at 1-6 looking to get back on the winning track this week at San Diego on Thursday night.
Eric Winston joined WHB in Kansas City with Soren Petro to discuss standing by his comments regarding Chiefs fans cheering for Matt Cassel’s injury, the Chiefs’ struggles that have led to a 1-6 record and not regretting that he signed with the Chiefs.
Several weeks later, do you look back at your comments regarding Chiefs fans cheering for Matt Cassel’s injury and think there is way you could have done it differently? Would you do it all the same?
“I stand by what I said. I believe in what I said. I guess when I said it, I never really thought it would get much national play to be honest with you. I guess that’s me still being a little naive to the media scene and how powerful some of the media is now, but I wanted to make a point. I thought I made the point and that was it. I’m sorry some people got their feelings hurt or they felt like it was wrong for me to say, but I don’t. I felt passionately about, it like you said. I felt like it was the right thing to say and I stand by it.”
Is there anything you can figure out as to why the season hasn’t gone so well and why the Chiefs are 1-6?
“No. … We came out of camp [and] we all felt pretty good about the team and where we are at, and I think if we were 3-3 or 4-3, maybe you could say, ‘Well, this is the one reason why we’re not 6-1,’ or something like that. I think when you’ve gone through as tough of a stretch as we have, I don’t think it’s only one thing. It’s a lot of things. … The bye week was — I would look at myself first. I would examine myself. How could I play better? What can I do to help my teammates and help the offensive line play better? I think that’s what everyone has to do and I think we did it, obviously, and it’s going to pay off Sunday. But I really hope the practices we’ve had, the way we’ve handled it, I think the guys in the locker room have been professional about the way we’ve gone about our business every day. I know it will start paying off and it’s something we gotta start making happen and not hope that it comes around, and hope that the ball bounces our way. We gotta make the ball bounce our way and we got another opportunity Thursday to do it.”
Do you regret signing with Kansas City?
“Absolutely not. My family has taken a real love for this city. I enjoy the place, I enjoy the guys and I enjoy the team, and tough times don’t last. We are going to make this turnaround and we are going to figure out a way to get this thing turned around. It’s been a real pleasure to be a part of an organization with as much history. I’m a huge football buff. I love football, I love the history of it and everything like that, and to be a part of an organization that has deep roots in the history of the NFL as Kansas City does is a real honor for me to be a part of it.”