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Former Oklahoma Defensive Lineman Perrion Winfrey Takes Another Shot at Alex Grinch

Perrion Winfrey is now with the Cleveland Browns after being selected as the 108th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. And now that he’s starting to get the hang of his new employer, he did not hold back when analyzing his new coordinator versus his old coordinator.

Here is Winfrey’s tweet from Saturday.

The Browns defensive coordinator is Joe Woods, who has spent years in the NFL as an assistant before working his way up the ladder and being named the Browns defensive coordinator in 2020.

 

The last couple of seasons Winfrey has played under Sooners defensive coordinator Alex Grinch, who has since left for USC with Lincoln Riley.

Winfrey hasn’t had many nice things to say about the former Oklahoma coaching staff, even suggesting while Oklahoma was dominating the Alamo Bowl that Lincoln Riley was the problem for the team.

Winfrey signed with Oklahoma in 2019 out of Iowa Western Community College, when he chose the Sooners over Alabama, LSU and Texas.

He had a generally successful couple of seasons, accumulating 16.5 TFLs and six sacks for the Sooners. Winfrey’s presence in the middle has demanded double-teams from opposing offenses and helped lead the Sooners to a Top 25 rushing defense in both of his seasons.

 

However, it was well noted that Winfrey and other Oklahoma players weren’t always thrilled with Alex Grinch’s game plans. Winfrey even discussed it on “The Oklahoma Breakdown” Podcast, saying, “I feel like we just weren’t allowed to showcase our skills throughout the whole season.”

Winfrey was named one of our Top 5 Big 12 Steals of the 2022 NFL Draft.

And needless to say, he appears relieved to be onto the next stage of his career and he clearly has no problem continuing to let everyone know that.

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