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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73 COMMENTS

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

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        • 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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          • Line isn’t the problem!

            Come on man – the OL is brutal

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          • 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 line. We scored points people. We got yards.

            Pro Football Reference has a pocket time stat for 2019.

            Minnesota lead with 2.6 seconds. Indy and Dallas were next at 2.5 seconds. Tampa tied another 7 teams at 2.4 seconds. That means they are giving their quarterback time.

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          • 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

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          • @ericnv 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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          • 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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          • 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 of things. Not always on running backs. If I remember on running backs last draft, you were a fan of Darrell Henderson. That running back is a mess (he only carries the ball in his left arm).

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

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          • 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 Mack(143). Only one RB drafted after McNichols has found success: Aaron Jones(182).
            11 hits out of 30 in the deepest class 20 years is 36%.

            When I look at all the OTHER years of drafting RB’s, the numbers fall off the map after round 1. I considered the 8 other classes from 2011-2019.

            56 RB’s drafted in the first 3 rounds over those 8 years.
            9 of 11 first rounders that were successful picks include Jacobs, Barkley, Michel, Elliott, Gurley, Gordon, Martin, Ingram, and Trent Richardson. David Wilson and Rashad Penney have had little or no impact.
            82% hit rate for round 1 RB’s.

            45 RB’s drafted in rounds 2-3 from 2011-2019 and 14 have had impactful careers so far. I even included Charles Sims and Eddie Lacy even though their success was minimal when compared to the expectations and success of 1st rounders that I considered above.
            31% success rate for rounds 2-3.

            I prefer the Bucs get a top RB. It’s too important for the success of the team to gamble that they can just get easily pluck an effective one late in the draft. RB Taylor has 7000+ career scrimmage yards and 55 touchdowns.

            http://www.drafthistory.com/index.php/positions/rb

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          • @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 players we re-sign.

            But ultimately, here is one vote for o line (rt tackle) over running back. A good o line player will help make our team better for 10 years. A running back 5 years. Plenty of 2020 drafted right tackles will be good in the .

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      • 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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    • 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. Check this; both starting wideouts are in the pro bowl. Career bust wideout BP looks like a HOFer with both starters out injured.
      My biggest problem with the Arians offence is it’s aversion or ignorance utilizing what was the best TE combo in the league.
      I lived in Jax from 1993 to 2003. I have a Leftwitch #7 jersey. I also think that Byron is a good OC. Yet, Byron thinks that Jameis is his clone, big mistake. Byron was a system QB and Jameis is a true gunslinger. A totally different mindset. Example, first pass intermediate in or out route. Defense sitting in coverage. Result, pick. First pass downtown; defense sitting on in or out route, hitch and go …TD or at least a defense stretched a bit. Bottom line, sitting in the stands or on my sofa, I knew what the Bucs first pass of a drive was going 90% of the time. (Drops the mic).

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

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

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  3. 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 the ended last season as the worst secondary in the league lol. I get the young guys may not have been ready but was sitting the best way to get them up to speed? Drafted Rojo and now we might need another RB lol. We are about 6 1st or 2nd round CBS deep and might finally Have 2 good ones and the list goes on. 6 seasons and the DL has 1 drafted player that appears to be a high end NT. The waste of draft capital is the sole reason why we are this bad. Way more misses than hits yet we wonder why it’s 6 seasons and nothing but moral victories. Oust this clown already stop picking apart the faulty parts and realize it’s the manufacturer that’s to blame.

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

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      • Yep. Noodle arms like Montana and Brady.

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

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  5. 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 a pick up the offense in the offseason without having to go through another year of adjustments? He has been a solid citizen and his teammates believe in him. The Bucs are the second youngest team with a 25 year old QB. Let this team grow. Arians is changing the culture. Don’t blow it up now.

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    • 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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      • 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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    • A lot of risk for too few biscuits.

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      • 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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        • I agree.

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  6. 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 bad quarterback play (Hell, Tannehill beat out Mariota, and THE DOLPHINS! didn’t want him).

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    • March 10th, 2020 is the deadline.

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

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

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        • Cheers then!

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  7. 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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  8. 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 Perriman looked like the fastest guy out there.My choice would have been the same play as Favre was given.

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    • 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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    • 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 numbers tell the story. The bottom line is in fact the bottom line.

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

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

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  10. 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 also our scouting assessment of the available quarterbacks this coming draft. The Bucs are in no position to draft at the top, thank god! .. because that only begets bad decisions (zero out of two in 44 years). Far better to draft somewhere in the middle of the first round – the Bucs are slated for somewhere around pick #14, it appears – where great judges of quarterbacking talent (cough cough cough .. we ARE talking about Jason Light here!) can usually find talented quarterbacks who aren’t nearly the risk of a no. 1 or 2 pick.

    So no, we may find out what Winston’s fate is come opening of free agency .. or perhaps not until shortly after draft day.

    A lot of things have to be balanced, but we’re certainly going to st

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  11. 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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  12. 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 consistent.

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  13. 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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  14. 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 and was able to jump the route because he had seen the pattern.plenty of tome before.
    Nice call Lefto.
    And lets not forget the first INT where Watson ran the wrong route.
    Yes, Winston certainly contributed to the loss.

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  15. 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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    • 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.

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

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        • 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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          • 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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    • 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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      • Not recovered

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  16. 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 how many games we win with our D these last 4-5 years? Even less than we won.
    No Winston and get ready for that.

    Franchise tag Winston, work on the picks, play call around his bad tendencies (shock!) and enhance the OL / running game. We spend WAY to much for a subpar OL.

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    • I’m ready for that…

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

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  18. 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 years kickers have lost us about 2-3 games a year, in 5 years we’ve had little to no running game, in 5 years we’ve had no stability on the coaching staff i believe 3 coaches in the last 5 years. Now i am in no way going to excuse the 30 INTs because you just cant have that but all that being said name another QB in the history of the NFL that has started right away without a veteran to sit behind with all of those factors holding them back that has been successful winning in their first 5 years. a 25 year old QB who has had to overcome all off those obstacles created by their GM who is supposed to build a team around their 1st overall pick is not someone i would want to walk away from so soon. Looking at this year at the beginning of the season folks here predicted 5-11, 6-10, 7-9, 8-8 at best with the tough schedule we had. We end 7-9 which should’ve been 10-6 and people are ready to blow the team up?? Let the emotions simmer after a tough season and realize this team is super close to being a household name in the league with plenty of young talent no need to start over.

    sorry for the long winded comment but i think we should all R E L A X Go Bucs!

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    • 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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  19. 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 perfect for this offense.

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  20. 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 him as a last resort and see what year 2 brings. If he can cut the turnovers in half it will go a long way toward him staying but will also drive up his value. Either way though, we need to come up with a backup plan and I don’t believe Griffin is it.

    I’d love to get Bridgewater, but realistically I can’t see NO letting him go. Swinging a trade for Carr could be good, depending on the price tag. I can also see signing Dalton for a year or 2 to mentor a rookie if we draft one early but I can’t really get on board with Eli.

    I still think our best bet is to stick with Jameis and build the trenches though. We’ve seen a turnaround from the defense that has kept us in games but if BA can turn Jameis around we could be unstoppable. I would really hate to see us move on at this point and see him go on to play at a high level for another team as so many have done before him.

    On a side note, the decision to stick with Jameis may also have selfish reasons. I’ve purchased 4 player jerseys for myself and my kids. LVD, GMC, Kwon, and Jamies. So…as you can see, the track record isn’t looking very good aside from David. I’ve accepted the fact that my jersey purchases have been like Kryptonite for these players so I will not be buying any others. I will stick to the custom jerseys as to not curse anyone else.

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  21. 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 be that hard with Jameis in his second year under BA to cut his interceptions in half and get us to the playoffs next year. It is worth the gamble to franchise tag him this year. Once that happens the fans will come back and cheer for Jameis. BA is smart enough to say no risk it no biscuit in keeping Jameis! Jameis can get a big biscuit for some team; we need it to be our team.

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  22. 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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