The Bucs didn’t have the kind of start they wanted to begin the season after falling to the 49ers 31-17 on Sunday. And the talk on sports radio and social media since Sunday night has been predominately about the quarterback.
A big reason for their loss came from four turnovers, including three interceptions from quarterback Jameis Winston.
While one went straight off the hands of O.J. Howard, the other two interceptions were both taken back for a touchdown and left many to wonder if Winston still hasn’t figured out his turnover issues now in his fifth year in the NFL.
The first pick-six was a pass intended for Peyton Barber that was taken back for a score by Richard Sherman. The second was a game-ending interception on a pass that was supposed to go to Dare Ogunbowale, but was thrown right into the hands of Ahkello Witherspoon.
It may have looked at first the interceptions would be the fault of Winston’s, but Bruce Arians set the record straight on Monday and proclaimed that first two interceptions thrown were in fact not on the Bucs starting quarterback.
After reviewing the tape, Arians put the blame on Barber and Mike Evans, who apparently missed a hot route, for those Bucs turnovers, stating that Winston actually threw some perfect balls on those plays.
“After looking at the film the biggest problem with the interception for the touchdown was Peyton was about three yards too deep on his route,” Arians said.”Last night I thought he was fine, but he was too deep, the ball was thrown perfectly. Mike [Evans] missed his hot [route], Jameis executed the play perfectly, the other guys let him down.
On the late game interception sealed the win for San Francisco, Arians did say that he would have preferred that Winston threw the ball away on the screen pass to Ogunbowale since he was under duress.
“The one for the screen, that’s just got to be a throw away, but the other two were not on the quarterback, we dropped one right in our hands, so, we got to eliminate those types of plays if we’re going to beat anybody.
“Two of them he had nothing to do with. He throws a perfect ball, we drop it, it goes up in the air they get an interception. Then the guy runs a route too deep and he threw it right where it’s supposed to be after the guy missed the hot, so guys have to play better around it.”