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Jameis Winston backlash continues from blowout win against Atlanta

Winston and the offense changed play to score a last minute touchdown.

NFL: New York Giants at New Orleans Saints Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

It has been a mixed bag of opinions for New Orleans Saints backup quarterback Jameis Winston since he handed the ball off to RB Jamaal Williams late in Sunday’s 48-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

As a result of the play, a very tense confrontation between Saints coach Dennis Allen and Falcons coach Arthur Smith ensued after the game. Winston and the offensive line decided to give Williams a chance at his lone touchdown of the season.

Allen later apologized for the touchdown, saying, “That’s not who we are. That’s not how we operate.” But the exchange after the game has many media analysts and fans at odds.

Despite the fact that some analysts and experts criticized Winston for not taking a knee instead of handing the ball off in victory formation, many of his teammates have expressed their support for him. Jamaal Williams was very appreciative of what the team did for him before the end of regulation.

When asked, Williams stated... “I appreciate my teammates for just having my back, for wanting to get me a touchdown, for wanting to just show the love to me.”

One of the Saints veteran players, tight end Jimmy Graham is standing by Jameis Winston and the team. Graham stated that Winston was one of the best teammates that he ever had. He also said that it was a rare situation and the whole team takes responsibility.

Winston was told to kneel on the play by coach Dennis Allen, who wasn’t happy with the players’ decision to ignore his play call {Victory Formation} and try to get Williams his first touchdown of the season. There seems to be no remorse on the part of the Saints players, however, some sports analysts are upset and don’t agree with Winston’s actions.

Shannon Sharpe of ESPN stated, “I would cut Jameis Winston today. I would not want him on my team. That’s loser’s mentality.”

What are your thoughts? Do you think this is all being blown out of proportion? Do agree with Winston and the offense’s decision or should they have obeyed Allen’s call to take a knee? Let us know in the comments below.