Tampa Bay Buccaneers, tight end Kellen Winslow working on reducing his penalties

TAMPA — When TE Kellen Winslow was flagged for offensive pass interference at Green Bay on Sunday, negating a key touchdown, it was just the latest costly infraction against him.

Bucs coaches believe Winslow is going to have to be constantly aware of his tendency to incur those kinds of penalties because the officials appear to be.

"We know that right now, they're looking at him for those types of things," offensive coordinator Greg Olson said.

The Bucs believe most of the recent calls against Winslow have been borderline at best. Winslow felt that way after the Packers game, saying "I really felt we made enough plays to beat (the Packers). It's hard when you put the game in the ref's hands."

Winslow was called for pushing off a defender with 5:07 left in the third quarter, which negated a 4-yard touchdown pass from Josh Freeman. The Bucs settled for a field goal in the 35-26 loss.

It was the second offensive pass interference call in three games called against Winslow. He also had a face mask penalty called against him while catching a pass in the Nov. 13 loss to the Texans. Each penalty negated a complete pass.

Then there's Winslow's controversial overturned touchdown against the Lions in December last season, a play on which he was called for interference. The league apologized for an incorrect call, but the play cost the Bucs a win, and possibly a playoff berth.

"I coached defensive backs, and we get pushed off (of) all the time," coach Raheem Morris said. " You become accustomed to it, that they don't call that. For Kellen, it's becoming a little bit frustrating. And for his teammates it's getting a little bit frustrating.

"You just have to fight through. … You have to play the game the way it's supposed to be played. You have to do your very best to keep your hands off them."

Olson and his staff have been talking to Winslow about minimizing penalties. Winslow will have to be mindful of the way he's being officiated, Olson said.

"We're constantly talking to him about correct technique and the use of his hands," Olson said. "But some (penalties) may be deserved, if you look at it. And some maybe are not deserved. So we just have to clean it up, technique-wise."

CAUSING A STIR: DT Albert Haynesworth raised eyebrows in a teleconference with Nashville media this week ahead of Sunday's game against his former team, the Titans.

Asked about his hit on Houston QB Matt Schaub that caused Schaub's season-ending foot injury, Haynesworth was unapologetic. "You know me. I love to hit Schaub," he said. "It was on the goal line. He actually screamed like normal in the pile."

Responding to a question about his departure from Tennessee to the Redskins as a free agent in 2009, he said, "I'm going into free agency, I'm almost thinking that all the other teams are kind of alike and they just want to bring somebody in of a high caliber that they're going to kind of play to their strengths. … A lot of times it's a business, and … some teams are just going to bring you in to sell tickets."

GETTING THERE: S Tanard Jackson (hamstring) practiced Thursday but isn't cleared to play Sunday. Jackson missed the Packers game and has been coping with the injury for several weeks. "He's moving around in a limited fashion," Morris said. "Don't ask him how he feels. He'll tell you great. We'll just evaluate him and see where he goes."

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, tight end Kellen Winslow working on reducing his penalties 11/24/11 [Last modified: Friday, November 25, 2011 1:13am]

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