Former Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw knows a little about criticism as an NFL player.

Long before he was winning Super Bowls and starring in Burt Reynolds movies, Bradshaw was a struggling quarterback who threw a ton of interceptions. Five times in his NFL career Bradshaw had more than 20 interceptions in a season, including throwing 46 in his first two season in the league.

On Thursday, Bradshaw was a guest on the popular Bucs fan podcast, The PewterCast, and shared his thoughts on Bucs QB Jameis Winston.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston
Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Getty Images

“I’ve said on the Fox Pregame Show that I’d like to be his coach,” Bradshaw said.”I think a former quarterback like myself, because I threw a lot of picks, I understand where they’re coming from. I think it’s probably going to be something… he’s a gambler and sometimes he makes bad decisions, in the sense, [where] he knows what he’s doing. It’s not like some of the picks that I saw earlier this year where he misread the coverage. He’ll, at times, think [that] he can squeeze it in there and it ends up being picks. There’s also dropped passes, it’s more than just him with 30 interceptions, come on.”

Bradshaw went onto say it can be turned around.

“You can fix that, you can fix it,” Bradshaw said. “I promise you, you can fix it. I didn’t have a coordinator or quarterback coach so if I had to defend myself a little bit, that’s what I’d throw that out there. He’s got one and they need to do a better job.”

You can listen to this episode, plus previous episodes of The PewterCast podcast, here.

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]

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  1. Loved Bradshaw and the Golden Arm, incredible rocket fire passes and tight spirals. Let’s hope he’s right!

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  2. Sign him up. If he thinks he can fix Winston get him on the coaching staff!

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  3. Blaming coaches for not fixing him? Jeez… I think they’ve tried. It’s obviously in one ear out the other.

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    • What do you know bruh shut up

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  4. Interesting to hear Terry Bradshaw on this subject. Not sure if Winston will change his gambling ways however as it is the way he has always played from Florida State. It was a concern when he was drafted. Unfortunately it has come true. Now after 5 years in the NFL and three years starting at Florida State, does anyone think he can change after 8 years of this?

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    • Much of your post is fiction. Jameis only started for 2 years at FSU. They were 27-1 in those 2 years. In 2013, when FSU had a great supporting cast, he threw for 4057 yards 40 TD’s and 10 picks. He won the Heisman trophy and FSU won the national championship. In 2014, FSU had graduated much of that outstanding supporting cast and Jameis was left to make plays and freelance to win ball games. ( Sound familiar yet) He did up until his last game. The problem with his situation at the Bucs has many moving parts. First and foremost is this is the NFL. Every team in the NFL has NFL talent. There are no Towson’s or Tennessee-Martin’s on the schedule. That being said, it’s pretty obvious that the Bucs have been sub-par on defense and in the offensive line and at the runningback position. The Bucs will remain around .500 until they address their OL, defense, and get a superior/elite RB. If the Bucs can address their issues by trading Jameis, I’m okay with that too. But I will tell you that given the Bucs history of making marginal at best trades, I’m not sure they will end up on the better end of that stick. Steve Young and Doug Williams come to mind.

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      • I goofed from memory. His first year in college was good – 40 TDs, 20 INTs, and the Heisman. The next year he fell down much further with 25 TDs, 18 INTS and talk about his propensity to throw interceptions. What you write is true – his supporting cast was not as good. But it was when he showed that he shoves the ball into too-tight gaps when he feels he has to win the game.

        Yes, in Tampa for all 5 years he did not have enough support in Tampa. The question has become does he still feel he has to win it? Against Atlanta, that last interception was all on him. The defense was keeping them in the game despite his turnovers. He did not use his tight ends all that much and both can catch the ball. The only receiver he had was Perriman. He was forcing the ball again in overtime which cost them the game.

        If the Bucs think he can break his bad habit of forcing the ball he will be resigned for at least a year. If not he will be dropped. That is the question we are waiting to see what their thoughts are.

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    • Three years struggling?
      Heisman trophy
      National Championship
      Only lost ONE game in college
      All QB’s wish they had these “struggles”

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  5. I wonder how long we’ll be saying that Winston can be fixed. 5 years and counting…

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    • I guess that someone who won four Superbowls is not qualified to have this opinion because of the narative you believe is correct, is that what we are to believe???

      EVERYONE….swashbuckler2002 has the answers!! He trumps a HOF’er and four time Superbowl Champion!!

      God I’m glad you are here to bring Bradshaw back to his senses!!! (note the sarcasm if your are not intellectually able to understand on your own)

      Go Bucs!

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  6. Yeah Philly exactly, and the team overall, defense, offensive line, run game don’t need any fixing just Winston. Lol.

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  7. It seems Bradshaw didn’t elaborate on what can be fixed. Interesting. Maybe NFL insiders know something we don’t know.

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  8. Being from Pittsburgh I well remember the days when Bradshaw was thought by many to be a country bumpkin in the mold of Jethro Bodine or Haystacks Calhoon. Then along came a supporting cast, that now comprises a significant space in Canton, and suddenly it was those who scoffed at #12 who look intellectually challenged. After a career in football that has spanned four decades, few remember the struggles when it began.

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  9. Fix the O line and Winston , the RB situation will be much better. add a decent backup QB and a few pieces on D and this team is in the playoffs.

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  10. Three years struggling?
    Heisman trophy
    National Championship
    Only lost ONE game in college
    All QB’s wish they had these “struggles”

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  11. Bradshaw’s brain is mush. Have you seen him on TV? It’s sad.

    He’d like to coach him? Jesus what a nightmare that would be lol

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