With the season over after a 7-9 record, the number one question surrounding the Tampa Bay Bucs is what will they do with quarterback Jameis Winston, who is set to become a free agent. The Bucs can choose to re-sign him, place the franchise tag on him, or let Winston walk in free agency.

For fans looking for quick answers to this question, you will have to wait a little longer. Bruce Arians cut right to the chase at his press conference with the media on Monday, saying that it’s going to take some time before a decision is made.

“I’ll save your breath about asking me about Jameis,” Arians said. “There’s not going to be a decision made for a while. So that’s a moot point right now.”

Arians cited that there is a lot to evaluate when it comes to Winston, and even when a decision is made, it won’t be made public.

Bucs HC Bruce Arians – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs HC Bruce Arians – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“I would think in a few weeks we’ll have a decision in which way we want to head.” Arians said. “We will let it out? Probably not because you lose your leverage on that one, too. Stay tuned.”

Winston had one of the more interesting seasons for a quarterback this year. Winston became just the eighth quarterback in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards in a season, and was second in the league with 33 touchdowns. But Winston also led the league with 30 interceptions while becoming the first quarterback in league history to join the 30-30 club for throwing at least 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in the same season.

“The mechanics improved dramatically,” Arians said. “Everybody talked last year that he can’t hit a deep ball, he might be the best in the league. I think that and repetitive mistakes, how many of there were those, and all those things go into it. It’s frustrating to see the growth was great, but to see the regression in some areas was very frustrating.”

The decision on Winston isn’t exactly black and white. For all the positive statistics that Winston has put up to help the Bucs win, his turnovers have also contributed to some losses this year, including the last two games against the Texans and Falcons. The turnovers have been an issue for him for his entire career. In other words, there’s been a lot of good and a lot of bad over the year with the Bucs quarterback.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“I think that’s where you sit down with him and talk it all over,” Arians said. “All of us, Clyde [Christensen], Byron [Leftwich], myself, Jameis, look at it and evaluate it. Is 5,031 [yards] good enough to win a championship, or is the 31 and whatever many fumbles losing the championship? So that’s where you go with it.”

As far what exactly Arians has to evaluate with Winston, there’s a lot of factors involved in it.

“Everything,” Arians said. “Every snap. Run game, passing game, interceptions, completions, the whole thing. There’s still a lot of evaluation to go into it. We’ll sit down as a group and talk about each guy individually here Thursday and evaluate where we want to head.”

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BigSombrero

Smart coach.

Odds of Winston being retained are 99.9% but he wants to give everyone time to let their emotions subside. Winston showed improvement in many areas in a new offense.

I have full confidence these coaches will not blow it up. This team is on the verge of dominating. They need some balance and this off season they will get it through the draft and free agency.

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BigSombrero

A first mock from the sportingnews has the Bucs taking Jonathan Taylor at 14. That would be exactly what the team needs. 7000 yards from scrimmage and 55 touchdowns. He is a 3 down workhorse RB that defenses will respect.

https://www.sportingnews.com/us/nfl/news/nfl-mock-draft-2020-dolphins-panthers-bengals-cowboys-raiders-redskins-lions/4hf53r8awx571nr4v1xr4k4cp

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Dman

Can’t see taking a RB without fixing the O line.

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BigSombrero

Line isn’t the problem. If the Bucs had Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon, Ezekial Elliott, or Saquon Barkley, their stats would be the same or better with this line.

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MrThrityTwo

Line isn’t the problem!

Come on man – the OL is brutal

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geno711

I agree with you. The line has been fine this year. Jensen has been way better this year. Give Jameis and Perriman credit yesterday but the line play was strong yesterday. Name me a game in the last 8 games where Tampa clearly lost the game at the line of scrimmage. I see none. Our defensive line made the other team one dimension every game and we put way more pressure on the opposing team quarterback pass rushing than they put on us and Jameis. Those 5000 yards came because of Jameis elite arm talent, Godwin, Evans and that offensive… Read more »

EricNV

The line is a big problem, particularly the right side, although Cappa made big strides. We need a starting RT who can be mentored by Dotson, or a starting LT who can force the Bucs to move D Smith to RT or at least send a message to Smith that he’s replaceable. Maybe if Jameis isn’t running for his life on most plays he can pull his head out and make better decisions We already have a capable RB in R.J. II. Bucs need to feed him the ball much more often and lessen the load on Winston Rate this… Read more »

BigSombrero

I’m not sure RoJo or Dare scares anyone except BA with those fumbles. Barber is a free agent. That’s the cupboard.

High priced free agents include Gordon, Henry, and Mack. Personally, I hope the Bucs save a few bucks and take a college kid early.

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Spitfire

Come on now man, you gotta know that isn’t true. For one thing, if Prescott was here, he’d be out of football by now, if Elliot was here, he’d be Doug Martin at best. A good Oline makes an Offense and Dallas has one of the games best. Barkley is about the only RB in years that could overcome a bad line, but even he may be done soon it looks like.

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geno711

Rojo ended up with 4.2 yards per carry (Barber only 3.1) Rojo has to improve on pass protect and pass receiving but he is very young (only 22). I think he can take a step up. I do not think he will be elite but would be happy with the Buc’s waiting on a running back and taking best player available in those early rounds. There are other running backs available besides Gordon and Henry. Mack is not available. Kenyan Drake, Jordan Howard, Lamar Miller, DeAndre Washington. Lots of others as well. I agree with Big Sombrero on a lot… Read more »

Dman

Our RB’s are in the top 3 in the league in getting hit in the backfield. Barber gets his yards after contact – again among the top in the league in yards after contact. Our game planning for the running game stinks, but get reliable O lineman and we’d be fine with the backs we have.

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Pete Wood

I don’t want to spend a first round pick on a RB. Too much bust potential.
I want the guy who is responsible for Taylor’s great stats. Center Tyler Biadasz. He could shore up the O-line and help our current rbs. Draft another o-lineman in the second and get our rb in the third.

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htownbucfan03

Pete Wood I get what ur saying but Taylor made his o line look very good also that kid is legit

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BigSombrero

Here is Wisconsin vs Michigan.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-FQCjcz_1E

1st drive was all Taylor. No problem.
2nd drive was all Taylor. Domination.
Everyone knows he’s getting it and he still too fast to stop. For a guy this big, it’s shocking that he is a track athlete at Wisconsin also. His feet are crazy special. He picks the hole so smooth and he’s gone. If this guy is available, the Bucs should run to the podium.

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BigSombrero

I got 4 names for all the ‘experts’ who want to draft a Right Tackle or a Center in round 1.

Jonah Williams – 0 snaps 2019 for Bengals
Andre Dillard – benched after 6 games in the middle of the season
Tytus Howard – IR week 12 but Houston already forced to trade Miami for Tunsil.
Jawaan Taylor – BUST

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BigSombrero

Thats 0 for 3 last year on ALL FIRST ROUND TACKLES last year.

Yes, even Jonah Williams. Turns out he wasn’t the next Joe Frickin’ Thomas. He wasn’t even 1/10th as good as Dotson or Donovan.

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geno711

I have used some of the same arguments about the weakness of that draft class for the offensive line. I was happy the Buc’s did not go for an offensive lineman last year like a lot of fans clamored for. However, it was because the talent was not there last year.

One of the deepest position in the draft this year is offensive line. So going for the best player available, I would be happy with an offensive lineman.

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Dman

BigSom – I completely agree that Taylor is a stud – he’ll likely be playing on Sunday’s for a long time. But it’s hard to ignore the right side of our line. I was all for taking Hunt [despite his now revealed abuse issues] and Mack for that matter. I’d replace Dare OG with a either a FA or a mid round RB, bring back Barber. My take is beef up the line and actually have an offensively game plan that includes a running game.

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Naplesfan

A first round pick wasted on a running back is a sucker bet. Only rarely does that bet ever pay off. The NFL is loaded with failed teams that draft kickers in the first round.

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Naplesfan

Correction – the NFL is loaded with failed teams that draft running backs in the first round. Giants anyone?

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BigSombrero

You’re so wrong about that. Here come the FACTS… The best year for running backs in recent history was 2017. Bucs took BPA TE OJ Howard in the 1st and fans were overjoyed. Consider this though: 30 RB’s were drafted for the 1st time in 20 years. Bucs (finally) took the 17th RB off the board in round 5: Jeremy McNichols(pick 162). The 16 RB’s drafted before him include 10 players that have succeeded to some extent at their drafted position(not special teams aces like TJ Logan): Fournette(4), McCaffery(8), Cook(41), Mixon(48), Kamura(67), Hunt(86), James Conner(105), Tarik Cohen(119), Jamal Williams(134), Marlon… Read more »

geno711

@BiGsombrerO Thanks for the link. I tend to go with theory that some years in draft you have better choices at a position and you should focus on that position. For instance, the year Mike Evans was drafted was loaded with productive receivers. Interestingly, that 2017 year was loaded for running backs. Fournette, McCaffrey, Cook, Mixon, Kamara, Hunt, Conner, Cohen, J Williams, Mack, A Jones, C Carson. I think this year is loaded with wide receivers and Offensive lineman. Well you know which position we may go for more out of those two. A lot also depends on which defensive… Read more »

twspin

Bucs in all probability will not take Taylor if he is there. But you can bet a paycheck..He is..the real deal. I’d take him

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BUC 727

This my last comment on this site. The hate here is real. I get it. If I had gone to UF or Miami. I would have had lingering nightmares from his college days. The truth is, Jameis is a special QB. He is also an exceptional young man. Yet he has given his heart, soul and body to a city that has not appreciated him. Before this season, he never threw for 5000 yards or thirty TDs. He also never threw more than 18 picks. Maybe, just maybe, no risk it no biscuit takes a little time to adjust to.… Read more »

sunshineben

bucs should be making plans to move on from Winston.. along with the fan base !!

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EricNV

Unless Bridgewater wants to play in Tampa next year we’re better off retaining JW.

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stlbucsfan

Who cares Bc the ultimate decision maker, Jason Licht, has no clue what he’s doing. He’s drafted Austin Sefarian Jenkins and OJ Howard in the first and second rounds, ASJ is gone and OJ appears to be a gimmick player afraid of contact. 1st and 2nd round picks down the toilet. The OL didn’t have a single 100 yard rusher until yesterday despite been the highest paid unit in the division. Jameis can throw but it’s anybodies guess on what team will catch the passes. We “fixed” the secondary over the summer and then trotted our the same starting secondary… Read more »

76Buc

SIGN BRIDGEWATER! OBTW, why is everybody talking Jameis. The kicker lost the game (again)! What do we do about Gay? I know Licht won’t can him because he would lose face, but we ne a kicker that can kick 30 – 40 yard FGs.

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twspin

I’d sign Bridgewater in a heartbeat over Jameis any day. But the Saints ain’t letting him go. I bet
he would play great for our Bucs. Just the kind of QB we need.

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EricNV

Gay’s nemesis is the south end of Raymond James. In particular the winds there. He’s a solid kicker. Lots of kickers miss and lose games for their teams. He’s better than the rest of the clowns who have kicked for the Bucs since 2016. Give him some competition in August and he’ll shine again, especially if he makes the south end uprights at Raymond James his home for the next 8 months.

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CrackerBall

Teddy Bridgewater has a noodle arm – not exactly what you want for a vertical-styled offense.

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76Buc

Yep. Noodle arms like Montana and Brady.

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CrackerBall

Wasn’t aware that Montana or Brady ran a vertical-style offense.

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e

The team will go through every throw in the offseason; single out the highest and lowest percentage throws, TD & INTS, tweak the offense to give Jameis a better chance for success. The “risk it-no biscuit” style of offense is just that; there is a lot of ups and downs. How about working in some screens and outlet passes and some other lower risk plays? Get the TEs more involved in the offense. I believe the Bucs should resign Jameis and draft someone to push him. The Jameis haters want him gone, but who is realistically going to walk in… Read more »

EricNV

I’d like the see the OC work some pump fakes into Jameis’s repertoire. Get both the LBs and secondary in coverage going one way and throw opposite to get them to quit focusing on Jameis’ eyes so often.

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e

Yes! It seems like a lot of those nightmare pick-sixes shows Jameis never looking down the other side of the field.

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76Buc

A lot of risk for too few biscuits.

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GrayBalls

WRONG!!!! 33 TDs and 5000 yds makes for a ton of “biscuits”. Unfortunately, quite a few burnt ones in the basket, too

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76Buc

I agree.

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Gatordoc1

Anyone know when the Bucs have to apply the franchise without losing anyone (Winston, Barrett) to free agency? That is the real time table to know where they are going with Winston primarily. Barrett is the most important re-signing. Good edge rushers are about as important as quarterbacks. Also, can we have a gentleman’s (or gentlewomen’s) agreement that we cannot just say “sign a free agent” without naming him? The idea that good or even adequate quarterbacks are on the side of the road with signs they will play for food is a GIANT delusion. Look how many teams have… Read more »

BigSombrero

March 10th, 2020 is the deadline.

https://operations.nfl.com/football-ops/league-governance/2019-20-important-nfl-dates/

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Gatordoc1

Thank you. Now I can just enjoy the playoffs (and a few beers…) until March

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BigSombrero

Cheers then!

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surferdudes

Matt, isn’t there another option besides franchise tag, resign, like the transition tag? For some reason you didn’t bring that up, perhaps you should.

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toucan

The kicker is directly resonsible for 2 losses this season.Yesterday’s loss and the loss to the hapless Giants. Take out those anomalies and the Bucs are 9-7. Jameis last pick 6 may have been tipped but as Arians stated “Brate was covered”. I am a “WWBD” guy.What Would Bret Do?The comparisons to Favre continue. I recall an OT a few years ago with the Packers. The first play called was a fly route down the left sideline. Favre hurled the ball 50 yards in the air. It was complete and the receiver ran into the end zone for the win.Yesterday… Read more »

BigSombrero

The 75 yard touchdown to Engram on the first play to start the 3rd quarter didn’t have anything to do with the loss to the Giants, did it?

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Naplesfan

The only reason kickers matter is when the offense fails to score touchdowns. Claiming that losses are solely due to kickers is silly. Football is a team sport, and the goal of every offense is to score touchdowns. If you do that well, kickers are a complete non-issue. Which is why they don’t get paid very much. If kickers were the sole reason for winning or losing games, instead of, say, quarterbacks, then the going pay rate for kickers would be north of $30M a year, and the going rate for quarterbacks would be under a million per year. The… Read more »

surferdudes

Please Glazers if you’re listening. Crawl out of your vault and spare us more misery. Just say to the fans who are left, we’ve had it too, we’re done, he’s not coming back. Don’t let Licht waste anymore of your money, and our time, let him go. We’ve been more then patient, but the empty seats you are see aren’t going to filled if you bring this clown back.

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BigSombrero

That’s the truth about empty seats. A lot of fans hate Winston, win or lose. I hope he comes back, but it ain’t up to me.

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Naplesfan

“hater” is the word that knuckleheads apply to intelligent people who see through their bullshit.

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stlbucsfan

They can’t possible pitch us another offseason of hope with Marvin Licht calling the shots.

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Naplesfan

Well, the decision on Winston is a very big decision with a lot of implications for the salary cap and the team’s ability to retain other quality free agents who are going to expect to get paid this year. It is also a big decision as to keeping the fan base happy (as if the Glazers care! … even though they should care). It also has to do with Jason Licht and his future, or not, with the Bucs. It also has to do with what kinds of deals that the Bucs can make with available free agent quarterbacks, and… Read more »

buddah

to be fair, Licht chose every starting player on the defensive line and the two starting rookie cornerbacks and safety Edwards who looks like a keeper. I can take him or leave him, but he hasn’t been the disaster that was named Dominick. Yes, he has made his share of mistakesbut the defense ranked 6th in DVOA on Football Outsiders is largely his picks.

As for Jamies, the beat goes on. I’m not sure this defense is quite so happy with him after the last two weeks.

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twspin

I got no problems with our Bucs keeping Jameis on a franchise tag. But I would NOT..pay him big bucks. Give him a yr and let him know definitively this is make or break. I wish We could lure Bridgewater away from the Saints. I get this sinking feeling..we have seen the Best of Jameis but Not..the worse! I hope I’m wrong, But I do not see us going to a superbowl with him. Jameis is probably destined to become a nice career backup for some team. And he will win a few games here and there. He’s just not… Read more »

Don

Nor should it. Quite frankly, if they don’t kick the tires on Bridgewater it’ll be gross negligence on their part. Ultimately, I’m good on a one-year commitment (or cap friendly two-year deal) to Winston if they’ve decided there is absolutely no better option available. But this team has an embarrassment of riches at the skill positions on offense. A smart offseason upgrading the offensive line via FA/Draft would make Tampa utterly lethal on offense. The only thing that could, potentially, hold that back is Winston.

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drdneast

Reminded me do much of the Giants game..Bucs get a lead and Lefto goes into a shell and forgets Winston’s the one that got them the lead. I’ll tell u what else contributed to the loss. 1st and goal on the Falcons 6 and someone, I forget who makes a mistake and back they go 10 yards. Later in the game Winston scrambles and runs for a first down and Donovan Smith hit with a 10 yard holding penalty. Matt Gay missing all 3 field goals. And finally, Winston throws an INT on a play the Falcons CB saw coming… Read more »

AlbJack65

I like to talk NFL football with people, especially the Bucs(college football holds very little interest for me, I haven’t watched a game in several years). I’ve spoken to a lot of people in the Tampa Bay area about Winston over the last 5 years. There seems to be a consistent underlying trend. I would venture to guess that roughly 75% of the anti-Winston people I have spoken to over the last 5 years have a VERY STRONG southern accent. Make of that what you will.

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twspin

Football is a sport where If you are good, That’s what you are. This team has been 5 yrs patient with Mr. Winston. He was a No 1 pick in the NFl Draft. He has been tutored by some of the best NFL QB coaches around. There may be some haters. That’s everywhere in all professions. But I bet you if Jameis was a winner and good player, even those with the southern accents would probably be comment-less. Performance does that. I just don’t think Jameis is the QB to take us to the promise land. Time to move on.… Read more »

Naplesfan

You’re a race baiting asshat. STFU and getthefuckoutta here with your racist talk!

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AlbJack65

Naplesfan….I’m a “race-baiting asshat? I made a comment about what I’ve observed from many Bucs fans. I made no mention of race whatsoever. YOU did. Why?

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twspin

If you are not race-baiting then you are..towing the line. People with Strong Southern accents don’t like Jameis? Football is sport which I have always thought should mimick real society. In football, People luv winners. Accents nor anything else matters. Just winning. Those people with the strong southern accents probably don’t like Jameis for the same reasons us real football fans don’t like him. And that be..lack of consistency.

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matador

What I make of it is that you’re a moron. Including fumbles recovered by the other team the guy has given up possession of the ball approximately 130 times in less than five full years of games. Those same fans you’re slandering want Bridgewater to replace him.

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matador

Not recovered

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MrThrityTwo

Winston gives TB something we haven’t had in years or ever…. An OFFENSE that can score ! We have a weak over paid OL. A 30th ranked pass Defense. No running game. A kicker who misses 14 easy points to two losses. We lost our #1, #2 and #4 WR for our last 2 games. On top of one tough Schedule. Take a good look at Alex Smith for a QB who doesn’t turn the ball over… Good luck that. Or Daniel Jones or Josh Allen or for that matter Marcus Mariotta for a low turnover low scoring QB… Guess… Read more »

CrackerBall

I’m ready for that…

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BUC-ASS-BOB

56 QB started 5 or more games in 2019 Only QB in NFL with worse QB rating than Jameis Winston 2019
Take you time and think about that Brucie

Mitchell Trubisky
Eli Manning Benched 
Mason Rudolph benched 
Baker Mayfield
Andy Dalton  last place 
Dwayne Haskins Benched 

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AlbJack65

Mark, QB Rating is a ridiculous made up stat invented by ESPN in 2011.

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MikeJ813

Hey Buc fans, longtime reader of PW. 1st time poster, been a season ticket holder for 4 years now. Really appreciate the banter on this site between us bucs fans just wanted to add some insight to our current situation: Some things to consider: I’ve read alot of people saying jameis has had 5 years to right the ship, i believe this falls heavily on licht. Take a look at jameis’ last 5 years, Licht drafts a QB first overall. In 5 years licht has failed to build a serviceable defense until the second half of year 5, in 5… Read more »

MikeJ813

also forgot in 5 years failed to build an elite Oline while the online is one of the highest paid this year. this year was the first year the Oline was actually serviceable

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Horse

Arian’s, Licht, Glazers; maybe this will help? Door #1; release Winston on your schedule, not his. All other door options include the releasing of Winston. Door #2; make a trade with the Raiders for Derek Carr. Door #3; sign Eli Manning for a year all guaranteed and still draft a QB in the first or second round and give pick a chance to adjust to the game speed. .Door #4: Give Griffin a shot to start and draft a QB in either round 1 or 2. Door #5; sign QB Bridgewater can I at least a three-year contract as he’s… Read more »

plopes808

As much good as we’ve seen out of Winston, I think we would be foolish to get rid of him without giving him another year under BA and co. That said, there was also a lot of bad that he will need to overcome. One point people haven’t really been talking about is at the moment, Jameis’ value is as low as it may ever get. We could use that to our advantage and offer him a cheaper 2-3 year deal with incentives about turnovers and pay far less than the tag. If he doesn’t take it, we can tag… Read more »

owlykat

There has to be a reason Jameis threw more picks with BA than previously and the answer is BA’s system contributes to more interceptions for any QB in the first year in BA’s system. However, in the second year in BA’s system the QB throws a significantly less number of interceptions. BA has already made Jameis able to throw deep accurately even when throwing to a short receiver, and BA has also made Jameis a lot more dangerous in the red zone, which is why Jameis could throw for 30 TDS this year. So I don’t think that it will… Read more »

SOXX

Could of been one of the great seasons if we had a solid QB. Its rare when you have 3 great receivers on the same team like we did this year. I’m a big fan of BA’s offense but the mental lapses from our QB cost us dearly. That last play made me realize maybe Jameis doesn’t see the field all that good. So I say lets give someone else a shot.

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