While the debate amongst some fans is should Jameis Winston be inserted back as the team’s starter once his three-game suspension is up following next Monday night’s game against the Steelers, Bucs head coach told the media on Monday all he is worried about is Pittsburgh.


Ryan Fitzpatrick has been the talk of the NFL the last two games, after throwing for over 800 yards and accounting for nine touchdowns( eight passing, one rushing). Fans and media members alike wonder if and when Winston get’s his job back, especially if Fitzpatrick has another standout game on national television when they host the Steelers next Monday night.

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. Good for Dirk! Smart man!

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  2. I support his answers.

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  3. The only thing he can say. QB controversies are great for media types, terrible for team chemistry.

    The guys in the locker room will know who should play and the guys will have to figure that out between themselves and reconcile it when the time comes. And that time is certainly not now.

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    • Right, Dman. And that Fitzpatrick press conference was good for team chemistry! Hahaha

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  4. What controversy?
    What moron thinks that the quarterback who is playing better than every other quarterback in the league, should be or will be benched?

    I mean really?

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    • If Jameis were the one who put up the same unexpected gaudy statistics you’d still be seeking something negative to continue your anti-Winston narrative. We are all happy with the results of these past two games for which you, my friend, called me a “homer” for even thinking there was even the slightest chance for victory. Even you thought it was “unrealistic” to think Fitz would lead the team to victory.

      There is no doubt that Fitz, and the offense in general, is playing beyond expectations. For goodness sake he never played like this in any of his past 14 years for the 7 teams who were happy to see him go. So, let’s all enjoy the fun while it lasts, because history says it’s unlikely to continue much longer, and be thankful we have a QB like Winston. Let’s also give a little credit to the NFL’s best receiving corps and improved O-line who are helping to make this all possible.

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      • You Winston fan boys just slay me with your invalid whataboutisms. There is zero comparability between Winston and Fitz.

        First of all, Winston and Winston alone is 100% responsible and liable for getting suspended from the team for three weeks, due to his sexual assaulf of a female Uber driver, and for being so stinking drunk that he cannot even remember what he did. Any idiot professional football player who does what Winston did is, and should be, in jeapardy of more than just sitting out three games, but must be at risk of losing his job in the NFL altogether.

        Second, and only because of the above extremely bad behavior committed by Winston, Ryan Fitzpatrick was given an opportunity, but not a “right” (no NFL player ever has a “right to start), to start and help out his team, as opposed to Winston who hurt his team by his bad behavior

        Thirdly, Fitz, given his opportunity to start, just put together the NFL record best all time performance in history for the first two games of any season, and did it not by beating up on the Browns, but beating two of the besr teams in the NFL.

        So unlike the immature for his age Winston, Fitz used his opportunity extremely well, and did not gratuitously and disrespectfully piss it away in self indulgence as Winston clearlt did.

        So stop with your stupid bullshit of “accusing” me of disliking Winstob, because I wear my disgust with Winston proudly and openly as a REAL BUCS FAN, and not as a fan of a single player who does not deserve to be a member of the team.

        I don’t know if Fitz can continue playing better than every other quarterback in the league, or will fall back to some lesser level of performance. Unless and ntil he does the latter, he clearly deserves the starters job.

        Winston deserves to be cut, period. He was already given his second chance the day he was drafted. He did not deserve a third chance

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        • Cutting Winston would likely be one of the dumbest moves this franchise has made in the past 20 years, although I agree the team needs to ride Fitzpatrick’s hot hand until it’s no longer hot. When Fitzpatrick falters, and his history of the past 14 season shows it likely will at some point soon, Winston showed vast improvement running this offense during the preseason and training camp. He’ll do just fine and pick up right where Fitzpatrick dropped off.

          The success of the Bucs offense right now is as much about the O-Line improvement, the depth of talented receivers, game strategy and game management right now as it is about Fitzpatrick’s hot hand. I think that locker room will be just fine when it’s Winston’s time to start again, that’s where my concern lies and not with the juvenile antics of a drunken Winston coping a feel of a woman’s breast. He’s serving his suspension and not making news (of the negative kind, at least). As a Bucs fan, I feel fortunate that the team has two QBs who are more than capable of driving this highly efficient offense.

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        • It’s pretty clear you have never been a Winston fan ever since the day he was drafted. It’s not a false “BS accusation”……….it’s a fact. Since Winston won’t be cut, as you demand, and will in all likelihood return as starter at some point, perhaps it’s so revolting to you that you become a Dolphins fan. Lot’s of them in SW Florida.

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    • Is Fitz better than Winston? The answer is No and we all know it. In the giant sample size we have of Fitz is this sustainable? No. Even if they were even is Fitz the right move for next month, year or decade? No. So what are we doing here , Jameis is so much better than Fitz it’s not funny so because a guy who is known to be super streaky and has looked great in stretches before but always comes back down to what he really is we are considering getting rid of a franchise QB? Because make no mistake if you go with Fitz here we are back to square one on a franchise QB, Jameis will walk if you bench him especially after he has had his best offseason and preseason of his life. This whole thing is stupid to even consider. You can’t go with Fitz or you create a win it all this year scenario and while we could be a playoff team this isn’t an “all in” roster.

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      • Today Fitz IS clearly a better quarterback than Winston. He is playing better today than every other quarterback in the league. Winston was never that good even on his best days.

        And every player who is suspended by the league multiple games for bad behavior that is particularly disgusting, especially for such bad behavior that is a repeat performance, is by definition not a good player.

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  5. Naples you’re the biggest moron on this site.

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    • No – that title belongs to you and all the other self proclaimed Bucs fans who put a single player above the good of the entire team and fan base who do not share your love for Winston above all else .

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      • You are a self-righteous BOOB! You have a lot of nerve. There are 15 other Teams that would gladly trade for or pick up off of waivers one Jameis Winston. I do not like the position he put the Team in any more than you but for you to go on like this about him is semi-creepy. You are riding this thing so deep now that you can’t get out of it. God forbid anyone look in to your likely checkered youth. Maybe your job and peers ought to know so that your future amployment and life can be judged.

        Face it, like it or not, Jameis IS the the QB of the Bucs future. And I truly hope he shines so bright that you have to wear this unnatural hatred forever. Get over yourself!

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  6. BucNnole, hey, what gives, have you forgotten about Buc-Ass-Bob.
    I’m pretty sure I have disagreed with Naples opinion before, but for the biggest moron on the site I have to go with Buc-Ass-Bob hands down.
    Remember the guy from Arizona who was always working out on Luke Stocker and said he couldn’t get a job anywhere else in the NFL except for Tampa Bay.
    So when the Bucs did cut him, the Titans scooped him up immediately.
    I love our armchair GMs. Always making trades, cutting and drafting players.

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    • That was my friend jongruden to whom I refereed as “jonnyg”. He was actually a good Bucs fan who eventually changed to his new hometown Cardinals. His obsession with Luke Stocker was a bit over the top.

      My vote goes to Naples for the gold star, with Buc Ass Bob and Sunshineben coming in for the silver and bronze.

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      • You have officially joined the Morons Club by proclaiming you are a fan of the disgusting Winston over the welfare of the Bucs, and dissing anyone who does not share your infatuation with the serial sexual assaulter who has never lived up to his grossly overhyped reputation as a football player.

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        • I’m a fan of the Bucs and whoever is on the roster. What sexual assault conviction are you citing? Oh, that would be, none.

          Perhaps you can teach us all the secret handshake of this Moron’s Club.

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    • I agree. Buc-Ass-Bob is indeed worthy of a gold medal for biggest moron on the site. Naplesfan doesn’t come close, since I usually agree with at least part of most of his posts.

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  7. Hang in there Spence. Keep working and relax. I still hope you make it. The one good thing you have going for you is they don’t want to have to cut you.

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    • I hope Spence makes it as well. But its like we’re asking a LB to cover D-Jax. If the guy is on the wrong role no matter how hard he works he’s just not going to keep up. And I do think the guy is working hard. As I’ve posted after other articles, I saw him in training camp and thought he looked great and was going to have a breakout year. Whatever the reason, its just not working. I wish him the best.

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  8. Controversy for media fans. Great situation for the team.

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  9. I would like to know If the report from Ian rapaport about vita vea returning to practice this week is true?

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  10. I found this about Vea. (cut-n-paste below)

    “Ian Rapoport
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    The #Chiefs and #Bucs are both 2-0 and both could be getting healthier: KC S Eric Berry (heel) is improving and could practice this week, while first-round DT Vita Vea could do the same. Too early to know their status for this weekend, but positive signs.
    8:08 AM – 17 Sep 2018”

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    Go Bucs!!!!! Wreak Havoc!

    “The chest hairs are mine.” – Ryan Fitzpatrick, NFL quarterback

    “That’s why we play the game, to see who’ll win.” – Adolph Rupp, Kentucky basketball coach

    “This is the N-F-L, which stand for ‘not for long’ when you make them f**kin’ calls.” – Jerry Glanville, NFL head coach

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  11. Quarterbacks controversy? Other issues? Here are some great insights via Mike Nabors and Roy Cummings postgame comments. Check this out.

    “A Few Extra Buc(K)s, September, 16, 2018”

    http://www.pewterpirates.com/single-post/2018/09/16/Bucs-beat-the-DEFENDING-CHAMPS-Mike-Nabors-and-Roy-Cummings-break-it-down-in-our-A-Few-Extra-Bucks-Podcast-plus-reaction-from-Koetter-and-Fitz-Magic
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    Go Bucs!!!!! Wreak Havoc!

    “That’s why we play the game, to see who’ll win.” – Adolph Rupp, Kentucky basketball coach

    “This is the N-F-L, which stand for ‘not for long’ when you make them f**kin’ calls.” – Jerry Glanville, NFL head coach

    “The chest hairs are mine.” – Ryan Fitzpatrick, NFL quarterback

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  12. I agree with the way the HC handled this question about our QB’s. He has to concentrate on the Steelers and more importantly to keep winning football games. As a long time Winston fan and Seminole fan I think that if Fitz and the Bucs win this next game which at this point is quite feasible, you don’t mess with the Mojo that the team has riding right now and instantly insert Winston back into the starting line up. What has stood out to me thus far is the play of our offensive line. The pass blocking has been vastly improve as has been the reduction of offensive penalties which killed us at times last year. Regarding the QB’s, what has stood out to me is that Fitz in particular spreads the wealth and thus far has been very accurate! Winston at times has tunnel vision and pinpoints one receiver, mostly Mike Evans and often miss fired with DJax last year. I absolutely love the aggressive play calling of Monken which he is doing the smart thing and utilizing all the weapons we have on offense. I almost feel that amongst that group of receivers, someone is always going to get open. I understand that Winston is the franchise QB and if he does decide to insert him back into the starting lineup, it would not surprise me if this happens after the bye week if it happens at all. Defensively I think we played a little better this week but will still have to continue to improve. I am not sure what exactly is happening with Vita Vea and Grimes but I would tend to think those two would help us in particular with ur pass rush and secondary coverage especially with some of the teams we have yet to face on the schedule. I don’t know if everyone else feels this way but the drive that Mike Evans fumbled after the catch is where I felt we were on the brink of going down the field and putting that game out of reach for the Eagles. In any case, hell, this is a great place to be as a Bucs fan and i am looking forward to Monday night football and bring on the Steelers, Go Bucs!

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  13. Very few draft picks actually come out to be a brilliant selections especially in the later and mid rounds.
    Many people strive to be the best and love competition; that goes for Sports too. As long as you try your best, I would hope you would feel good about it whether you get the job or you make the team; I would hope it’s not always just for the money.

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  14. Bucassboob wins biggest moron hands down. I don’t like Dr.D’s politics but on football we usually are on same page. Except when He said I was crazy for saying Koetter should replace Lovie before it happened. Lol

    Naples is the second biggest moron here. Annoying, negative, long winded, know it all.

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  15. Reading this comments section is like reading comments from a bunch of 2nd graders. “Your the dumbest guy on here. No, YOU are the dumbest. No, YOU are.” To all you 2nd graders, you will not agree with every comment on here. But be an adult and stop with the childish name calling. Just state your case, use facts and stop trying to belittle anyone’s comments. GROW UP!!!!

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