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.

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians
Bucs head coach Bruce Arians – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

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.”

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cgmaster27
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Bruce doesnt seem like the kind of guy to make stuff up ,so I’ll take his word for it on these. The Jameis haters will scoff and still say they know more,but we need these interceptions to stop. No matter how they happen. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

chefboho
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Wow, imagine that. Yes Winston still had a pretty bad game, but it’s pretty telling when the coach himself clears the air. Of course trolls like naples, BAB will come up with another narrative to make themselves feel better. This is why football is a TEAM sport. This team still can’t get out of its own way. But I’m sure the Winston haters will say BA is just sticking up for Jaboo. Well, he’s not going to call out his star receiver unless he made a bad play and that’s what he did. Still, the team needs to play better… Read more »

twspin
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twspin

Now answer this question..Does this make YOU feel great about Losing? As the great Lombardi once said, All the chatter is just BS. Winning is all that matters. Amen bro Vince. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

chefboho
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Not at all. In fact not once did I say I felt good about it. My post was about holding everyone accountable, not just the quarterback. Clearly you missed that. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

twspin
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twspin

We still LOST. That’s all that matters. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

BUC-ASS-BOB
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BUC-ASS-BOB

4 passes into the hands of 49ers and dropped, Jameis was lucky to have only 3 INTS 1 INT was tipped. It looked like he was throwing passes at the 49ers directly at times. My god, I can not believe my ears of some words coming out of the Great Brucie The NFL film on him said he was a straight shooter, do not think so he says what the mic wants to hear. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

76bucsfan46
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I have watched Winston play QB for 4 plus years in the NFL and 2yrs in college so dont blow sunshine up my butt crack and tell me Winston isnt a turnover machine. The stats on him do not lie. This guy has just enough talent to break our Bucs harts year after year. I will not renew my season tickets until we replace this guy. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

Bucsfan1983
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I’d have to go back and look at the first two INTs, but I specifically remember the third one not entirely his fault. The Bucs were going for a screen, Winston had almost immediate pressure in his face, threw the ball early because of it. Both Cappa and Dotson were dominated on the play. At the end of the day though, Winston needs to take the sack instead of making the throw. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

Bucsfan1983
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Added: the ball off of Howard’s hands INT, isn’t is fault either. Howard has to catch that. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

pomer1eau
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pomer1eau

Fact is Jameis should recognize that the receivers are not in the right spot and either check it down throw it away or run it for a few yards. I get that some of it is timing and receivers need to be in the right spot at a certain time but he forces a lot of his passes and rarely just takes the loss on the play which often leads to a turnover. Good QBs don’t make the same mistakes every year. They improve every year and he still looks like a nervous rookie out there. I truly hope he… Read more »

tpeluso
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tpeluso

Jameis’s only option on the game-sealing INT was to take a sack, which QBs inherently think not to do. He was trapped in the pocket (so couldn’t run or throw it away as it would have been intentional grounding) and he had no check-down options given the speed with which the 49ers’ pressure got to him. If Arians says Barber was out of position on that play, then I’m going to believe him. (On the first pick-six, it ABSOLUTELY looked like there was a communication mixup on the route, and it’s easy to believe Evans had the route wrong… and… Read more »

pomer1eau
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pomer1eau

I agree that the first pick was all on O.J. As for the game sealing pick, taking the sack or potential grounding foul are the better plays. He should also recognize when his receivers are out of position. Plus he had two awful throws that should have been picks that were dropped by Niners defenders. He should have better awareness in his 5th year. You just don’t throw blind. It’s not just the picks either. It’s his awful deep ball accuracy, lack of anticipation and awareness, inconsistency, bad ball handling, most turnovers in the league since he’s been drafted, and… Read more »

Buc stops here
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Buc stops here

Were the two fumbles not his fault as well? Pretty telling he did not comment on those. Okay, two INTs were not his fault. That still leaves him with two more turnovers he is responsible for. He has until the second Carolina game to get his head on straight and then we may see Gabbert or Griffin after the week off. I give Winston essentially 5 games to show improvement. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

chefboho
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chefboho

It’s not going to happen. You don’t pay a guy $20 million and then bench him. Regardless if he plays like shit because that’s admitting you messed up giving him that money and get your ass fired. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

surferdudes
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The pick that hit O.J. in the hands, and bounced into the air was not his fault, all the others were. One right to Kwon that was dropped, and one in their end zone that was dropped, what about those bad throws? Funny how Brady, and Brees’s coaches don’t have to make excuses for their Q.B.’s picks, because they hardly throw any. Looks like Bruce will be another Jameis enabler. I’ve supported Jameis for the last four years. Bad run game, bad defense, blah, blah. No more. He should be tearing up the league by now if he was any… Read more »

pinkstob
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pinkstob

You beat me to it on the throws to Kwon and the one in the end zone that should have also been picked off. Those warranted an explanation as well but Arians omitted those from the discussion and I would have liked to hear whose fault those were. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

tpeluso
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Jameis gets a pass for the Kwon one. He tripped on the turf as he made his throwing motion, just bad luck. The end zone one is more interesting but it looked like just a solid defensive play akin to the infamous Malcom Butler INT in the Patriots/Seahawks Super Bowl. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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I would hate to wear that on my hat or t-shirts. How about the Tampa Bay Long-Suffering Fans of Bad Quarterbacking Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

DailyRich
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But shouldn’t a QB have the awareness to tell his receiver is out of position and not just blindly throw the ball where he’s been told to? I mean, if Barber was *three yards* out of position, Winston should be able to see that. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

cgmaster27
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That throw is called an anticipation throw you throw it before the reciever is out of his break ,so how would he know if hes in the wrong spot? Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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I’m a big Jameis Winston fan. I loved him in college and I loved that we drafted him. He’s had some great moments and I wish that critics weren’t so hard on him. After this though I have to let him go. It’s too many turnovers, it’s the fact he can’t throw deep and it’s the fact we never win. Yesterday was a winnable game and yesterday was supposed to be the beginning of a fresh new year with expectations that have never been so high since Jameis entered the league. The offense sagged through Winston as he made bad… Read more »

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SappAttack

preach Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

Ron Potter
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Ron Potter

Good post. Hopefully he bounces back, establishes some good consistency in the coming weeks and restores your hope. I too believe he has the talent and the intelligence to do better and get the second contract. We will see, but this first game of the year was a disaster for him and our team. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

76Buc
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76Buc

Amen brother. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

Captain Sly
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Captain Sly

I can’t wait to see what you Buc Ass Clones say when we win on Thursday Night and Winston throws for 300yds 3 tds 0 Int’s. He had a bad game but so did the team, But for some of you you want to blame Winston for The Blocked Punt, The holding penalties, The long Touchdown Pass, The two point conversion and every other thing that went wrong. It doesn’t matter what the coach says, you’re not going to be happy until we are starting over with a new rookie QB with somebody named Donovan Smith & Demar Dotson protecting… Read more »

pomer1eau
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pomer1eau

This “hate” isn’t based off of just yesterdays game. It’s the combo of his poor career and the fact that he has everything around him to succeed and still has not shown improvement. What are you going to say if the panthers win and Jameis throws another 3 picks to lose the game? More excuses? Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

SappAttack
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I’ve never grown more tired of hearing something as I am “Jameis Haters”. No one is “hating” on Jameis. He has earned all his criticism on and off the field. The dude flat out sucks. Every Bucs fan wants to love our QB, no one wants to “hate” for the sake of “hating”. Stop saying that shit Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

EastEndBoy
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I’ll give a different take on the 2nd INT. – 1st one was all on Howard. – 3rd one was a group effort of poor play – the two drops (thanks Kwon) were all on Jameis But the 2nd pick, I actually blame Leftwich and here’s why: Jameis has never been able to make that throw (outside the hash, short pass). His first NFL pass was that throw….and you got it, it was picked off (a pick 6 if I recall). Don’t know why – something about it being between a touch pass and hard pass that he always floats… Read more »

Itch
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Itch

Not sure I completely buy into Arians logic. I am sure he is trying to keep Winston’s confidence up. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

seat26
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seat26

If Winston cannot turn this around by 2nd game, and Bucs don’t pull him before 3rd game, this season is toast and the blame has to be laid at the feet of Licht and BA. This was a horrible game for him, and I was a big supporter. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

surferdudes
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I was giving Jameis a break on the one that bounced off O.J.’s hands. Watch the throw, it was high, and hot. His passes are always high, and hot leaving his receivers hanging out to dry. It wasn’t a long pass, is it to much to ask he hits O.J. in the gut with that throw? Stop the excuses already. I’m not a Jameis hater, never have been. I’ve just seen enough to know he isn’t accurate, makes bad decisions, and turns the ball over waaay to much. If he wasn’t the 1st over all pick in the draft, he’d… Read more »

buddah
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buddah

We’ve been going through this for four years. Those who like Winston will continue to apologize for him; those who dislike him, many who opposed drafting him will point to his flaws. It is getting boring and predictable. Look, he had a bad game and never looked comfortable. Still he threw a rocket for the touchdown to Godwin and was perfect on the throw to Brate that could have been a touchdown. But this was a poor performance no matter how you cut it. The last interception was the most important of the game. We had the ball, a little… Read more »

CrackerBall
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CrackerBall

Whatever… If Bruce Arians told you that wolverines make good house pets, would you believe that too? Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

twspin
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twspin

Yes THEY would CB. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

drdneast
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drdneast

Every QB throws INT’s that are dropped. It’s a meaningless statistic. Just like TDs that are called back. It’s stupid to even talk about them. Like I almost made that TD catch stat. Fact of the matter I said those 2 picks weren’t Winston’s fault last night. You mutts wanted accountability and BA is giving it to you. Winston has taken the blame for all these blunders his teammates make and coaches have been standing aside letting him take the heat but no more. Good for BA. These knuckleheads need to learn they are going to be held accountable for… Read more »

scot pederson
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scot pederson

Its not so much what B.Arians says as what he didnt say. He didnt make any comment on the multiple overthrows, especially deep passes. He didnt make any comment on the 2 other Picks that were dropped by the 49ers which 1 of 2 of those could have been another Pick 6. He didnt make any comment about the poor decision to Intentional grounding in the Red Zone with not a Buc around for 15 yds. He didnt make any comment about 55.4% completion with a New OC, yet every other QB of the 15 teams or so that had… Read more »

SenileSenior
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SenileSenior

I listened to BA’s presser just awhile ago.  I also had heard some remarks by Ian Beckles on the radio to the effect that JW is still learning this new offense. So, I will dampen down my upset about the three picks at this point.  What we need to see is, if Winston really can show better judgment over the next, say, five games.  Let’s see if he can develop his play in the new scheme and can demonstrate consistency by mid season.  Otherwise, I will support a move to find a new QB like some of you advocate already. Of course… Read more »

Pit of misery
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Pit of misery

The coach killer has another victim!!!! Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

GoldsonAges
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Two weren’t his fault and the screen pass was doomed to failure right from the beginning. All players involved in the screen except Cappa get a failing grade. He should have thrown it away but at the end of the day the play design was poor and if your play design was poor then there is a bigger issue that needs to be addressed. They need to re-evaluate some of these play calls. Where’s Justin Watson or Bobo Wilson? Why the hell did we match up Peyton Barber on Richard Sherman? These are not QB issues these are coaching issues.… Read more »

plopes808
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So, everyone here seems to think that BA is covering for Winston. I could believe that if not for 1. The fact that he has forgotten more about football than any of us will ever know, and 2. If he was covering for his QB, I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t do so at the expense of his star receiver and his RB. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

Buc2dafuture
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Winston is the reason we don’t have a chance to win, pressure him and cover the deep ball. He has the pocket presence of a rookie. He looks like he is scared to get hit so he just throws the ball anywhere. We are fighting a losing battle with him. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

The Vicness
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As I said before, he cannot get rid of him or bench him, those were the ultimatum when hired. He will not be honest about him, because he cannot be. We all saw the game. We all saw zero improvement from Winston. Last coach to criticized him was fired (also fired for running a crap defense and a crap OL coach), so BA knows he has to suffer this year to get his real QB next year!!! I’m starting the Draft Andrew Luck rumor right the hell now! Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...