Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston has plenty of supporters in the locker room, but none may be bigger than right tackle Demar Dotson – and not because Dotson is among the biggest Buccaneers at 6-foot-9, 320 pounds.

Dotson is a big believer in Winston, who is coming off a season in which he set a franchise record with 5,109 passing yards and 33 touchdowns and become just the eighth quarterback in NFL history to hit the 5,000-yard mark.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

But Winston has his detractors after leading the league with 30 interceptions last year and surpassing the 100-turnover mark in his five-year career. Winston also became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in the same season.

The Bucs’ brass is currently evaluating Winston’s tape to determine if the franchise wants to re-sign him for the long term, use the franchise tag on him or go in a different direction.

Dotson joined the PewterReport.com staff on the final Pewter Nation Podcast of 2019 to defend Winston.

“Who are you going to get that’s better? Who out there is better?” Dotson said.

Dotson also said that he believes the organization already knows it wants to keep Winston, but just isn’t telling the media.

“You hear all kinds of stuff in the media, but from my standpoint I think it’s 100 percent that Jameis is going to be here,” Dotson said. “I think the organization knows that Jameis is going to be the guy next year. I don’t think they just want to come out and say it, but I think they made up their mind about it. I think the media has to harp on the bad stuff – the 30 interceptions and all kinds of stuff like that. That’s a guy that has a lot of weight on his shoulders. He prepares every day. He works hard at practice every day. He’s the first one in the building and the last one out every day. He’s a true competitor and he’s going to work on his game to try to fix that area in his game that’s lacking, which (are) the turnovers.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston and RT Demar Dotson
Bucs QB Jameis Winston and RT Demar Dotson – Photo by: Getty Images

“You put better things around him – we have to run the ball better – that will help him out. There are so many things that we can do as a team to help Jameis out. And I know Jameis is going to be back. I think the organization knows it and I think the front office knows it. And I think that he’s going to be here for a long time.”

The 34-year old Dotson told the PewterReport.com staff on the Pewter Nation Podcast that he wanted to come back for a 12th season. Bucs head coach Bruce Arians called Dotson “a warrior” in his year-end press conference and expressed his admiration for Tampa Bay’s elder statesman.

Dotson said on the Pewter Nation Podcast that Winston, who played with a broken thumb for the last few weeks of the season, was the real warrior.

“That guy is a true warrior,” Dotson said. “That’s who Bruce should have been saying when he said ‘a warrior.’ He should have given it to Jameis. That’s a true warrior. That’s a fighter, a hard worker. I would take that guy on my team any day.”

Dotson thinks the Bucs would be foolish to let Winston go.

“Everybody thinks the grass is always greener on the other side, right?” Dotson said. “Until they find out it’s not.”

Dotson talked about Winston’s fighter mentality and competitive nature on the Pewter Nation Podcast, and also made a few jokes at his own expense when talking about his lack of enthusiasm for run blocking.

Bucs RT Demar Dotson
Bucs RT Demar Dotson – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“I think I’m a little different,” Dotson said. “I think most offensive linemen like to run the football. Me personally, I’d rather pass protect. I think that’s why people say I’m so bad at run blocking. Me saying this is probably going to get me kicked out of Tampa.”

Dotson also recalled his try-out at the Bucs’ rookie mini-camp in 2009 when he showed up with basketball sneakers instead of football cleats on the Pewter Nation Podcast. And find out which NFL player gave Dotson the most trouble in his 11-year career in Tampa Bay and which Bucs edge rusher was the most problematic for Dotson in practice.

Click on the Pewter Nation Podcast link below to hear Dotson’s full interview.

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64 COMMENTS

  1. “I THINK its 100%..”

    “60% of the time it works everytime”..

    Lol..

    Go Bucs

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    • I’m sure there are those who didn’t quite get your Yogi sarcasm. Funny! I always liked “50% of it is half-mental.”

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      • Good one!

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  2. I am very confident Jamies is coming back.
    I’m sure the Bucs front office is determining how they want him back….new contract, franchise tag him or transition tag.

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  3. Go Bucs

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  4. I think it’s 100% if they can’t get someone else…

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    • I don’t see an “if” out there.

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  5. The grass isn’t greener on the other side of the fence. The grass is greener where you water it.

    Demar Dotson knows if Winston has some help with a formidable rushing attack, the sky’s the limit for that guy.

    Offseason priorities after Winston? Keep the defensive front 7 together. Add a premiere running back early. Then draft a right tackle to eventually replace Dot. Then it’s BPA.

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    • I don’t see the running backs being elite in this years draft. The offensive lineman in this years draft are much more elite. That is where we should pick in my opinion; Unless there is some great value BPA at our pick.

      Some fans last year were pushing for Darrell Henderson in the 3rd round and upset that we traded that pick to the Rams. Jamal Dean and Mike Edwards are greater than Darrell Henderson.

      I like a pass catching back more than Taylor from Wisconsin if we go there and not sure there is one in the 1st round that we should take as a value. The run 1st guys like Adrian Peterson, Peyton Barber and Jonathan Taylor limit your offense too much with 8 men in the box.

      Jonathan Taylor last three years with a total of 926 carries (too many) and only 42 receptions (too little). Not my 1st round pick.

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      • The RB’s are elite this year. There are at least 4 by my estimation. The 4th best is Dobbins who broke Ohio States rushing record, previously held by Eddie George. Taylor is the clear #1 in my humble opinion. He is so smooth with great feet and he has track speed. He compiled 7000+ scrimmage yards and 55 TDs in 3 years at Wisconsin. Compare that to Todd Gurley: 3900 scrimmage yards and 42 TDs over the same period of time. Also, Taylor caught 42 passes over 3 years, with 21 coming last year for 5 TDs and 9.7 yards per catch.

        No offensive lineman is as good as that guy. Not Wirfs. Not Thomas.

        Derrick Brown is the only player I hope the Bucs would draft over Taylor in round 1.

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        • You DON’T take a RB in the first roumd, especially the Bucs. With a strong O-Line we would see more production from our existing RB’s and a better pocket for Winston. I understand that draw but it is not a fiscally sound move.

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          • I agree the best teams have a strong offensive line. I also think the Bucs need to draft a RT to replace Dot, whether he is re-signed or not. I rationalize the selection like this:

            Kenyatta Walker is the best 1st round RT the Bucs have ever taken. Also, he is the ONLY right tackle drafted in the 1st by the Bucs. Solid 6 year NFL career. Not in the ring of honor obviously.

            Ricky Bell, Bo Jackson, Warrick Dunn, Cadillac Williams, and Doug Martin were all drafted by Tampa in the 1st round. Would any of you guys prefer Walker over any of those RB’s?

            You guys see where I’m coming from??

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        • BigS

          I think I just disagree if Taylor is elite like Zeke or Gurley. I like Taylor and would say that you can choose to compare him to Gurley… I think Gurley and Zeke and Barkley have better lateral movement than Taylor.

          I think Jonathan Taylor and Cadillac Williams compare better.
          Both 5’11” and 218 lbs with 4.42 speed.

          Jonathan Taylor as an excellent back. Not an elite back. Is he worthy of some team taking him in the 1st? Yes

          I have liked Jedrick Wills Jr for the Bucs over EVERY other OL for the Buc’s.

          I think people agree that Wills is the best run blocker in the draft. He really improved on his pass protect this year and only allowed 11 pressures all season (just 1 in his last 5 games). He was a 5 star recruit as well. I think he will be gone before the Buc’s pick but I want him in the 1st and would like Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the 3rd if he is there.

          I think Cappa’s running blocking skill is better than his pass blocking skill. Cappa is a big strong man who showed this year that he gets how to play in this league. He will get better.

          Wills is a perfectly sized right tackle who has dominant physical strength and knows how to use that strength in his run blocking.

          Those two can create running game mismatches for years to come for the Buc’s on that right side.

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          • Kenyatta Walker drafted 14 overall by Bucs. 6 year NFL career.

            Caddy, Dougernaut, Bo Knows, Warrick Dunn, and the amazing Ricky Bell(RIP) drafted by in the 1st.

            That is the complete list of RB’s and RT’s drafted by Tampa in the first.

            See what I’m saying?

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    • There was a book back in the 60’s. “The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank”. I don’t see any grass (QB’s) out there that isn’t in some way over the septic tank. I’ll take Jameis Winston over any of those names folks keep tossing out simply because the things Big Dot points out about #3 can’t be taught. Being a bit more cautious, understanding the nuances of the complicated Offense, the improved Defense, utilizing the running game more and having an outlet receiver are simple things that will limit those mind-boggling INT’s.

      I know we were all emotional after that last one, but I’m over it now and looking forward to the Draft.

      So far, I still haven’t seen a QB in the play-offs that has wowed me. Most are merely throwing dinks and handing off. What a concept!

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      • Success doesn’t mean you have to throw ball 50 yds down the field ever hear of west coast offense? How did that work out in SF? Testeverde and Freeman had a great deep ball while Brad Johnson had a rubber band arm but which one won the SB?

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    • A formidable rushing attack only comes with an improvement on the right side of the O-line. We need to draft a starting tackle (R or L doesn’t matter to me) in the first round, and draft at least one more O-lineman for quality depth later on or through FA. Our O-line only worked well when it was healthy, and we were at less than healthy for half the games.

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      • Tackles in the first round are a 25/75 proposition at best. Look at last year’s tackles or the Bucs complete history. Its dumb to grab the 2nd or 3rd rated lineman off the board in the first when you can get the #1 running back. A great running back makes the line and QB better.

        Do not be shocked when the Bucs pass on an offensive lineman in round 1

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  6. We already know you can’t win when leading the league in picks, pick sixes, total turnovers. We just witnessed a season of it. If BA, BL, think they can cut JW’s turnovers in half, and that will result in a winning season, then he’ll be back. You know Licht needs him to succeed, and BA was brought in to make sure that happens. So yeah, I’d say 99.9 percent chance he’s back. However the Bucs should look for some legit competition. Right now we have zero QB’s under contract, we better make sure we have options next year.

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    • So who’s better surfer? Do you think the Bucs need to package multiple picks to trade up and select a rookie QB like Herbert or Tua?

      I’ll use the same logic most of you negative nancies use all the time: just draft a QB in the 6th round. You’re sure to land the next goat. 👍

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      • Fans in Tampa hate Cam Newton (including me). He was pretty horrible this year but he has had exciting years. The same can be said with Phillip Rivers. He had a bad year and maybe he is too old. But I pretty sure that none of the fans on this site have watched that much of these other quarterbacks.

        All that needs to happen is that the Buc’s brass thinks they can get someone better. I lean towards that Winston is going to be back; there are certainly a lot of signals for that.

        But all it needs is for someone to think that Cam, Philip Rivers, Dalton or someone else be a better fit OR that the Bucs get annoyed/upset that they cannot get Jameis to agree to a 3 year deal that they don’t want the 1 year franchise and then uncertainty (remember Jameis has made it clear multiple times that he is looking for over 30 million per year).

        I just see lots of moving pieces on the Jameis situation this year especially with more starting quarterbacks then ever being available.

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        • I don’t want any of those guys………..especially Cam Poutin.

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        • Those would be horrible replacements. Cam coming off surgery & we’d have to trade for him, he also hasn’t had a great season in awhile. Rivers is old, immobile, and throws a lot of picks. Dalton best choice out of the 3 but he hasn’t done much to lead the bengals, no playoff wins, benched for Ryan Finley. I for 1 don’t want a guy benched for Ryan Finley, these names sound attractive but when u look at the numbers they are no more an upgrade over winston

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        • If the Bucs let Winston walk, then they need to find a replacement in FA. The guys out there who have Winston’s arm qualities, minus the stupid on-field decisions and errant throws, are few and far between. Winston actually improved his deep ball throws in 2019. If he can do that, I think he’s capable of throwing far fewer INTs in 2020. C Palmer threw 22 INTs his first year in Arians’ offense, then only 6 the next year.

          It would be ridiculous to think Jameis Winston will ever throw for 10 or fewer INTs over a 16-game season. That’s just not the way he’ll ever play. However, If he can put up 4000+ yds with 30 or more TDs and only 15 INTs, this team goes to the playoffs with the new, vastly improved defense the Bucs now have. Think of how many more games this team would have won in 2019 if Jameis had only thrown for 15 INTs and only 3 or fewer pick-6s.

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  7. The Bucs will have to draft a QB in 2020 and prepare for many possibilities for 2022. But for 2020 I think Winston will be a Buc starting QB IMVHO.

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    • 2022? Who cares about 2022? I guess they better draft a another middle linebacker to replace David in 2022 too. Lay off the sauce.

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  8. I believe they will franchise tag Jameis and work very hard on reducing the interceptions going into Arians’ second season. I think Dot is correct in saying that he is the best available option for now. Perhaps they decide to draft a QB in the second round as insurance.This team should have been at least 9-7 if it hadn’t been for Matt Gay.I think he needs to be highly scrutinized and we should add once again kicking competition in camp.
    Inexcusable for a kicker to miss 3 makable field goals at home under good conditions. After 17 weeks you can’t blame it on his being a rookie. Strong leg or not this should not be happening.

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    • While it’s easy to blame Matt Gay for 2 losses, it’s even easier to blame Winston, play calling, and the secondary for all the other losses. IF we keep the front seven more or less intact, that secondary will be much improved starting game one next September. Winston has to throw far fewer INTs for the Bucs to make a playoff run, and we need the O-line to step it up and block better.

      Matt Gay’s kicking problems were from the south end uprights of Raymond James. Look at his stats for the away games, then compare them with the home games. I’m predicting this young man will be practicing 50% of his kicks in the off season at Raymond James stadium, and 90% of those kicks will be at the south end uprights.

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  9. Of curse he will!…see what I did there! It’s only a matter of what designation he is assigned and how much salary he makes. This fan thinks if we r going to go down THAT route, perhaps the designation should be the one that allows him to test Free Agency with the Bucs having the right to match. Rumors have Jameis camp starting out at 30 mil! I think that the open market won’t offer anywhere close to that! It behooves the Bucs to allow other offers to see the actual market for his services. I fear they may overpay if they don’t allow this! I don’t feel as if any other team will pay Jameis as much as the Bucs r willing to pay. I’m down with the team decision on Jameis… I just don’t want them needlessly overpaying in 5-7 million range, as that 5-7 million could go along way with our other team salary or cap issues. I’m just saying…

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  10. You!… on the other hand bro… not so much! Definitely, not 100% on YOUR chances to be resigned!

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    • I say keep Dotson as a quality depth player to mentor a new OT taken during the draft.

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  11. Here’s just a guess?
    They have already told Winston what he must improve on and here’s what you have to do to correct it. Now go back in training and get help to make that happen. Come back at the first OTA and show us how you have improved, then we will talk about a long-term contract and all the guaranteed money you’re going to get.

    I have confidence in Arians and trust his decision because he knows a hundred times more than me. Go Bucs!

    Time for us fans to get on board as to whatever is going to happen and accept it and support the decision until proven something else.

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    • New league year starts 3/18 Horse. There will not be any OTA’s before free agency starts then. Teams must declare their tags before that date. Once free agency kicks off, anything can happen.

      Best guess from this long time fan is the Bucs get an incentive laden deal for 4 years done before free agency. Probably a lot like Donovan Smith last year on the eve of free agency. He will likely command $20-25 million guaranteed with incentives that could push it to $30-35 million.

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      • Yes I agree. I forgot all about when they declare.

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    • Horse I respect the hell out of you but didn’t they try that this year with JW? And their predecessors before them? In year six (eight, really) it’s going to be different this time?

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      • I can’t disagree with you because I do agree with you, but we aren’t making the decision and so I’m going to go along with it because I still want to be a Buc fan.

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  12. No one will ever know how great Winston can be until the Oline is solidified. Drafting Oline is priority number 1 and help at RB is number two. I still wish we would have grabbed Marlon Mack but again, until this Oline is 5 guys solid the Running Game and the QB play is never going to be what it should be.

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    • Dalvin cook too. That’s who we really needed not a damn TE. It’s crazy we took a TE over a FAST RB. This year we really should look at Cam Akers out of FSU. He could’ve been easily the best RB in the nation if he had an Oline.

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      • RB Jonathan Taylor has 7000+ scrimmage yards and 55 touchdowns in 3 seasons and is a track star with the size of smoothness of ex Vikes RB Robert Smith.

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        • Taylor is my pick all day if he’s there. Akers wouldn’t be a bad consolation

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          • An OT is my pick. Look at how many times our RBs were hit behind the line of scrimmage as justification.

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  13. I still think Winston could win everyone over by signing a short term 1 year $25 million prove it contract to allow the team to put the right pieces around him and then show us what he’s really got with proper protection and a better Running Game.

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  14. People have literally brainwashed themselves into believing our front office would allow a 26 year old 5k yard passer to walk out the door in a league where teams are literally dying to find talent at QB.

    Stupidest thing I’ve ever seen…

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  15. HErs’s a..big bottons up to your 100% prediction there Mr. Dotson. We Bucs fans pray you are right!

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  16. I’m only about 30% sure that Dodson will be a starter next year.

    But that being said…trust in Arians.

    If I’m Jameis, I take a 20 mil. deal, knowing I get to keep my current home, pastor, friends, team mates, and support system. And have the best QB coaching available to take my game to the next level.

    And then next year, if the TD’s double the Ints, go for 30 mil.

    Jameis…that is the smart and Godly thing to do.

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    • Pray about it Jameis…it isn’t all about mammon. And if you continue to grow, you might be in the league as a starter for the next 10 years. On the other hand, if you fall into the wrong crowd, or regress, you might be looking at the last starter contract. Just saying…the right thing for many reasons.

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  17. Winston will be back, no debate.

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  18. There’s no way the Bucs divorce themselves from Jameis Winston. Now that we’ve all had a chance to “chill”, I think most of us realize he’s far better than whoever is behind Door # 2″. One need only look at these play-off QB’s to realize what is making their teams successful.

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    • 100% agree!

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    • I don’t want to agree with you because I have givin up on Winston, but I have to agree with you there’s nobody really better out there other than Bridgewater; who would be a safe quarterback, but not someone who could bring us back if we’re behind.

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  19. Dot is right, at the end of the day these quarterback names that are being thrown around as replacements if they were on as high of a pedestal as our fans are putting them on their current teams would be dying to keep them but they aren’t. Of course there are outliers like Tannehill this year(getting big help from defense and running game, who woulda thunk it) but at the end of the day stick with the 26 year old with experience in the offense And whose teammates clearly love from the rookies to the vets for at least 1 more year. If all else fails u can still get your daltons, Newtons, cousins, etc in free agency next year for cheaper than this year

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  20. The Ravens were strong all year. They turned the ball over three times. They lost.

    Winston has been turning the ball over for seven years. Something like 130 times in less than five full years of playing in the pewter and red.

    Next year will be different (I’ve heard nearly every year). Thank you, next…

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    • So let me get this right? You think the Ravens should blow it up because they had turnovers? Let’s get real, the Titans defense won that game. Once this team and this QB has a real running back like Henry that is gonna get his, regardless of the offensive linemen, then Winston will do what he did in college. Win consistently.

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      • What did I say about defense? I said they turned the ball over three times and lost. As most teams who turn the ball over three times do. As Jameis has been a turnover machine with a losing record throughout his Bucs career. No one can overcome the level of turnovers Winston has run up. Not even if he’s ballin

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  21. First off, there will be no home town discounts, or incentives of any kind for reducing picks in any contract he signs, you guys are dreaming. Jameis is “balling”, he said it himself. Jameis thinks he’s a couple of less picks away from being “the best”. Half the people agree that’s true, the rest think it will never happen. Whatever happens with Winston, you can’t blame the Bucs for not doing everything possible to make it work. They fired Lovie to keep Dirk working with him. They fired Dirk for not getting through to him, even though many thought Winston should have been cut over Uber Gate. Tough season for Dirk, but Winston stays, so does Licht, in comes B.A. to save the day. Winston’s fifth year, over 5000 yards 33 TD’s, mega contract baby! Oh wait, 30 interceptions, 7 pick sixes, yikes! So here we are, what to do? Even if Jameis comes back, draft a QB. Whether it’s first round, third, or fifth, draft one. It would be a waste not having this coaching staff develop a QB. It’s the most important position in football, and it’s been five six years since we drafted one high. I’m fine with the Bucs bringing back Jameis for another year on the tag, but we better have a back up plan.

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    • Dirk got fired because he had no answers. He kept Smitty and his shitty defense. He kept Grimes around. He played games with the QB’s – BOTH OF THEM.

      Koetter was a joke. Schiano was better.

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  22. I’m pinning my hopes to Winston based on Carson Palmer’s remarks. We should begin to have winning seasons and make play off appearances.

    However, after watching the Ravens season come apart after one key pick in last night’s game I think that a win or loss by an otherwise strong team can derail any Super Bowl hopes at any time.

    I also noticed how simply throwing the ball away when there is no play was demonstrated by Garoppolo in their game. It is such a simple idea for any NFL QB but it has to become instinctive.

    After five years in the league Winston just doesn’t get it. I see him capable of halving his interceptions reduced. I do not see him making the right decision every time in the key situations that would inevitably lead to the Lombardi.

    Many have compared Jameis Winston to Brett Favre. He was able to cut down his interceptions some years. In the end in spite of all the acclaim Favre garnished he only led the Packers to one Super Bowl win. It appears that Brees will also end his career with just the one ring also.

    Though Winston had the potential I no longer see him leading us to multiple NFL championships. The “quarterback whisperer” may yet pull off the seemingly impossible but I don’t have expectations of a miraculous transformation of Winston at this point in his career.
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    • “After five years in the league Winston just doesn’t get it. I see him capable of halving his interceptions reduced. I do not see him making the right decision every time in the key situations that would inevitably lead to the Lombardi.”

      If Jameis only throws 15 INTs and 30+ TDs next season, we will be a playoff team who gets a week off and goes deep, possibly to the Super Bowl. Only way it happens though is if we improve the O-line and Matt Gay moves a mobile home into Raymond James’ south end for the entire off season.

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  23. I do see Winston as potentially cutting his interception numbers in half in 2020. This was what I was trying to get at. (Poor choice of words as usual.)

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    • Please…God No. I hope he’s wrong. I’m done watching that loser

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      • No other good choice. It’ll be Winston’s year 2 in Arians’ system, year 1 for anybody else.

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  24. Winston’s contract demands will dictate if he’s resigned. Giving the player with his turnover history 30-35 million extension is ludicrous. If anyone thinks Winston is going to accept playing under a transition or Franchise Tag then they are crazy also. Bell and Bryant set a dangerous precedent when it comes to using the Franchise Tag. Giving Winston 30-35 million per will handcuff this franchise for years to come. Between Barrett and Winston, if it happens, will take up well over half of the available cap space.

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    • If Winston demands $30+ million, let him walk or franchise him. He’ll either play and collect $23 million -$27 million from the Bucs, or get his next GM fired.

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  25. Great receivers translate to 30 TDs and a bad QB translates to 30 interceptions.

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