One of the biggest decisions that the Bucs will have to make after they play the 2019 season is whether or not they want to keep with Jameis Winston as their starting quarterback for the future.

Winston is in the fifth and final year of his contract and is set to make $20 million this season. Until the Bucs can see his production on the field in 2019, this remains a looming situation that will have to be addressed.

QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: PewterReport.com

At the forefront, a factor as to why Winston hasn’t already reached a second contract is his high turnover rate, stemming from inconsistent play. Winston has thrown 58 interceptions in 56 games.

Many analysts agree that Winston has a very high ceiling, and the potential to be a top 10 quarterback in the NFL if he can put it all together.

One of the people tasked with helping him reach that potential is quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen, who was brought on to be apart of Bruce Arians’ coaching staff.

Christensen spoke with NFL writer Albert Breer for his Monday Morning Quarterback column and discussed working with Winston this offseason to limit his number of interceptions.

“That’s a fact, we have to eliminate them,” Christensen said. “Andrew Luck was the same thing. It’s hard—those guys, they just don’t give up on a play. We emphasized with him that a completion isn’t just a completion, there’s different levels. It’s just trying to establish the correct mentality on accuracy, timing and anticipation. We worked really hard with him on just getting ourselves aligned correctly.”

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  1. Brett Favre threw 53 ints in his first four years and in just 49 games. Winston also has 18 more TDs in his first 4 years then Favre. Favre turned out pretty good as I believe Winston will.

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  2. It’s an interesting comparison with Brett Favre. Favre turned around his ratios after his 3rd season.
    Year 4 : 33 td/14 int
    Year 5 : 38 td/13 int
    Year 6 : 39 td/13 int
    A fact most don’t consider when comparing the two gunslingers: Brett Favre didn’t have a losing season until his 15th year in the NFL when he was 4-12 as a starter.

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  3. From Greg Auman/TheAthletic,

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    Was looking at Winston’s career INT percentage — 3.02 percent is certainly high by today’s standards, but even if he doesn’t improve, he’s basically within a single INT of Carson Palmer (2.96), Aikman (2.99), Marino (3.02), Elway (3.12) in INT percentage.

    I am more concerned about O-Line (RG) and a replacement for JPP than I am about QB play. Go Bucs!

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  4. I believe that I have seen improvement in Winston’s game every season. The only area that has been a problem is the interceptions, many of which come from playing behind or in throwing long passes down the field where his accuracy hasn’t always been the best. If we can stop playing from 2-3 scores down all the time, I would hope that would lead to less mistakes and having a running game that actually is somewhat of a threat wouldn’t hurt either.

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  5. Nitey I Agree I’ve seen improvement every year as well and pre season last year he looked very comfortable and ready to make a leap. Unfortunately the suspension, etc things looked bad early on then last half season he looked pretty good.

    Mac I agree much more concerned about O line play then QB. Not as worried about JPP since the scheme change and more sacks coming from other positions. Not to say he won’t be missed to some degree. Just not overly concerned about it.

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  6. I guess I’m in mind set O line and D has been biggest issues on this team. We have new coaches and I like them all. I just have seen poor O line play so long I’m like I’ll believe it’s better when I see it. Lol. They really took a risk IMO not addressing it but I do understand why they drafted all the DB’s…just hope O line stays healthy.

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  7. The game I can not shake when thinking about Winstons’ future is that Cincinnati game from last season. He had truly awful throws that a quarterback just can not make this far into his development. Just like everyone else I hope he turns in a great year, but they are going to have to move on if he can’t put it together with this new staff

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  8. Again this column basically comes down to the belief that we had poor coaching for the past 4 years and now have excellent coaching. Winston’s turnover issues were well known to every coach we’ve had; and every one of them has effectively echoed precisely what Christensen says in this piece. So if they all knew it, and couldn’t “fix” him, then we’re putting all of our eggs in the “better coaching” basket…again. Sure hope it comes to fruition!

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  9. Excellent article.
    I have never worried to much about Winston’s INT’s because of the number of times he has to throw the ball to come from behind due to the ineptitude of the Bucs defense and our inadequate running game.
    However, I would love to see him cut down on his fumbles, something he can realalistically do depite the other two factors.
    An inept defense and a sputtering ground game have no doubt contributed to the number of INT’s Winston has thrown but the same can’t br be said for Mariota’s problems.
    Mariotta has had both a solid run game and defense since he came into the league.

    0f course I found this statement and stats to be the most interesting in the article:

    One example came with the perceived (and probably real) primary problem in Winston’s game: He threw 58 interceptions over his first four years. Just like Andrew Luck threw 55, Cam Newton threw 54, and Matthew Stafford threw 54 (despite missing 19 games due to injury).
    Heck, Peyton Manning—Peyton Manning—threw 81.

    Of all the QB’s listed, I feel Matt Stafford’s fortunes mirror Winston’s the most.
    Stafford is a damn good QB who has labored with a team that has had a subpar defense and practically no running game since he landed on the team.

    What the Lions have surrounded him with is almost criminal.

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  10. bucsrm, every QB has a bad game.
    Heck, Big Ben threw three or four out to dry last year against the Browns or the Bengals and I didn’t see Tomlin grabbing a hook and putting in another aging TO machine in his place

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  11. “Stats are for losers.” -Raheem Morris
    “Just win baby.” -Al Davis

    Winston put the Bucs in bad positions many times last year and in his career. His W/L record bears that argument. His accuracy, decision making, maturity on and off the field, and leadership need a lot of work especially when compared to HOF QB’s mentioned.

    I hope Arians/Leftwich/Christianson/Moore can whisper in his ear and help him turn the corner, but make no mistake: Winston’s career in Tampa is likely over if he doesn’t win big next year. It’s playoffs or bust.

    Considering how much cap space a new contract will consume and how long it will be guaranteed, it could set the franchise back 4 years if he’s unable to live up to its value.

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  12. Math 101
    Average points scored by Leftwhich offense per game 13.4 Stats for his career as offense coordinator
    Average point allowed by Bowles defence per game last 2 years
    The Stars lined up for Bruce Arians two of the worst teams in the NFL fired their coaches and made them available for Bruce Arians to hire and bring to Tampa That’s certainly a case of the Stars lining up

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  13. Bowles 28.2 points allowed per game

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  14. I think we spend too much time focusing on the Touchdowns vs Turnovers ratio. Go ahead and pencil Winston in for 25 tds & 15 Int’s and 3800 yds because that’s what he was in college and that’s what he is as a Pro. That still ranks him 14th best in the league so why are we complaining. Sure Winston needs to improve but he needs to improve on Accuracy/Completion%. You can’t ask your QB on 3rd & 3 to drop back and throw the ball to a receiver on a 15 yard fade route and expect high completion percentages. How about hit the check down to pick up the 1st and keep the drive alive. Winston will be fine and yes Better Coaching Matters. Go Bucs!!

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  15. IDK Bob – that’s pretty much the same camp as “coaching is all that matters”. The Jets gave up all those points because of bad coaching. The Cards couldn’t score because of bad coaching. The Bucs put up two consecutive 5 win seasons because of bad coaching. Winston has never had his turnover problem “fixed” because of bad coaching. The OLine has stunk for as many years as I can remember because of bad (Warhop) coaching. We haven’t made the playoffs in a coon’s age because of bad coaching. The Patriots win more than we play games because of great coaching. Drew Brees is a HOFer because of great coaching. The Failcons put up more points than I count against us every time we meet because of great coaching. And so on.

    Personally, I think the players have a lot more to do with it….but I know we’re all gambling on the “better coaching is what will turn us around theory”. I hope so!

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  16. Ya’ll (yes, I said ya’ll) need to stop thinking that Winston threw int’s BECAUSE we were behind. He threw them when we were in the lead too. He just throws them. So please stop blaming the defense and the running game for his mistakes. I’ve seen Winston throw a pretty ball. I have. But more often than not his receivers are either sliding to catch it, diving to catch it, jumping 4 ft to catch it, or reaching behind them for it. Just sporadic accuracy. His ball placement is as much to blame as his decision making. Good luck to the coaches on fixing both issues. I don’t see it happening. I keep saying it so now I’m a broken record: He has the raw talent to be great, but he won’t be because he can’t stop convincing himself that he can make that throw. I love his energy but he’s not franchise material.

    A better defense will definitely create more win probability, but don’t expect better play from JW3.

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  17. Eastend – As far as talent is concerned, the biggest hole talent-wise has been the secondary and running game. I believe the lack of talent in the secondary, as Coach Arians said, is fixed. The biggest questions will revolve around the O-line. Based on comments I’ve read and heard from various O-line players, Warhop made the O-line inefficient by making things complicated for the blockers, ditto for Smith with the secondary’s zone coverage and lack of overall aggressiveness on defense. Those same comments seem to indicate the new coaches are simplifying things for the O-line.

    If the team gets back to 8-8 or better, it’s likely the team has bought into what Arians and company are preaching, and players and coaches are on the same page. We haven’t had that since at least 2016, and I think a big part of that 9-7 record was luck. Otherwise, why back-to-back 5-11 seasons? In the end, winning depends on both talent and coaching.

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  18. ,Although I am not sold on Leftwich. DumbAssBob. for the last time,Byron didn’t ‘become the OC for the Cardinals until midway through the season and then he was calling plays from an offense another coach designed. Much like what happened here with Jeff Tedford. You are such an idiot.

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  19. I guess my overall point was the MEDIA needs to stop setting the expectation that Winston is in the same class as the All Pro QB’s on the list. No one is putting Winston on the cover of a Wheaties box. I don’t care how close his INT rate was when compared to whoever. If he inspired that confidence on the field, he would already be locked up long term.

    At this stage, Winston is better known by reputation. A bad reputation. Erica Kinsman’s rape accusation and the subsequent court settlement, loving free crab legs, crazy eyed “eating a W” pre game speeches, and a league suspension from Uber groping allegations are the comments that still come up when people discuss Winston.

    He needs to win and stay humble at all times. He is as close to a bust as a QB gets and it isn’t because of his talent on Sundays or his work ethic.

    To survive and maybe even thrive, this coaching staff has to do exactly what Todd Christianson is talking about: Limit his turnovers by increasing his accuracy and getting rid of the ball. That will lead to “W”s. That will lead to playoffs. That will help put his previous incidents in the rearview mirror. Hopefully one day he will be considered a great QB like Ben Rothlis-Raper, a super bowl winning QB with one awful mistake in his background.

    Winston only has football ON THE FIELD remaining. If he has a “Butt Fumble” moment or something just as laughable, he will be done.

    I’m rooting for the kid. He needs some serious PR damage control and that has to start with winning and saying the right thing when the mic’s are hot.

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  20. @bucwild02 (aka BigSombrero) Re: Favre, it’s worth noting he didn’t have a defense ranked in the bottom half of the NFL in Points allowed until his 8th season, in which he went 8-8.

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  21. The deck is fixed. Winston will only be back for a bargain. He does not seem to be that much better than Brad Johnson. His arm strength is rare, but his accuracy beyond twenty yards is below avg. One negates the other. The o line is trash on purpose. You can not expect any back field to be successful with below avg. O line.

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  22. @badgerw4 It’s a good point about defense. I think if Bowles fixes the defense, the Bucs will win more games. It’s an unfair comparison between the two players in many ways.

    I disagree when fans float the idea that Winston would be more successful with a better OL. Great QBs win regardless of RB, OL, and WRs. The greats have always had a revolving door of talent around them. They just win.

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  23. I’m surprised no one brought up the recent Times article looking at adjusted INTs that shows a clearer picture of Winston’s consistency and also that Palmer’s reported INT #s under BA were an illusion.

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  24. Sorry meant to say Palmer’s improvement in reported INTs under BA was an illusion

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