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In this week’s mid-week edition of the Bucs Pewter Nation Podcast, Scott Reynolds, Mark Cook and Trevor Sikkema talk about what might have been the best game of Jameis Winston’s career. They also spin that to see that if Winston is progressing, but the team keeps losing, does that mean Koetter is regressing? That and whether the attitude of this team matters for the last two games.

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  1. I don’t think the problem is Dirk Koetter. It’s his good friend Mike Smith, and Mike has got to go. Bucs offense is productive enough but for God’s sake how can the defense give up 35 yards or more on a 3rd down and 3 to Matthew Stafford? Since the Bucs re-upped Jason Licht, perhaps a bit of calm is needed by not turning over the entire coaching staff, but there has to be better defensive coordinators and defensive position coaches. Top third in defense would make the Bucs a winning team.

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  2. Just because Winston had one good game doesn’t mean he has improved. It was just that, one game, very debatable on him “improving”. Atlanta just showed the nation they aren’t even close to being the same team they were last year, and tbh, isn’t even a playoff team.

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    • This is the same excuse we see from people every time he has a good game though. It’s never Jameis had a great game, it’s the team we played sucked or was in prevent defense. Stats don’t lie, he has improved, he just needs more consistency which will come. And actually yes, Atlanta is in fact a playoff team.

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      • It’s not an excuse. It’s reality. He has been erratic his entire pro career, and if you disagree then I don’t know what games you’ve been watching. You must only be looking at his stats and the highlights. People are hard on him because we expect more from him. Where he should be, and where he’s at in terms of his growth as a QB are very debatable. And don’t give me he’s really young and all the stats because at the end of the day we’ve won 18 games with him in 3 years. He hasn’t exactly changed anything, yet. The thing with you stat guys are you need to understand stats are sometimes deceiving. Look at the New England game earlier this year for the proof.

        And, no, Atl isn’t a playoff team. They barely even beat a team who fielded 10 guys on the field, and left Julio Jones to run around the field by himself!

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        • I”m watching the same games as you, and if you read my comment, which you clearly didn’t, i said he needs consistency. But to say he hasn’t improved is just bs. And YES Atlanta is a playoff team, did you miss the most recent standings? Whether you think they are or not, THEY ARE. you blame stat guys and then go to wins in a team sport? You do realize he doesn’t urn the ball or play defense right? I’m tired of you win loss guys continuing to put the entire blame for a team that is ranked in the bottom 2 in EVERY DEFENSIVE category their is on the QB.

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  3. For the “not improved crowd”

    There are two things people wanted Winston to improve upon since his rookie year. TO and accuracy (more specifically downfield accuracy).

    Rookie Winston:

    Comp %: 58.3
    INTs: 15
    Fumbles lost: 2
    Total turnovers 17
    Comp % on attempts 31+ yards: 58,5

    2017 Winston

    Comp%: 64.0
    INTs: 8
    Fumbles lost: 4
    Total Turnovers: 12
    comp% on attempts 31+ yards: 67.6

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    • Riiight. You’re comparing a full season to half a season.

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      • Rates are easy to do Jake from state farm.

        2017 Winston: 8 INTs/11 games = 0.73 INTs/game
        Rookie Winston: 15 INTs/16 games = 0.94 INTs/game

        2017 Winston total turnovers/game = 1.09 turnovers/game
        Rookie Winston total turnovers/game = 1.06 tunovers/game

        As the numbers show Winston is throwing less INTS since his rookie season, but is being sacked more in 2017 which has led to fumbles or botched snaps by Marpet.

        2017 Winston: 25 sacks in 11 games = 2.27 sacks per game
        rookie Winston: 27 sacks in 16 games = 1.69 sacks per game

        For the tl;dr crowd:

        Upgrade the o-line and that would benefit Winston and the RBs.

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        • Again, look at my post below. You can throw stats out all you want. Listen, I love the guy, but I’ll be hard on him because, besides the past two games, he’s played mediocre this entire season. Poor judgment, stupid plays trying to be a hero, throwing bad balls, not getting through his progressions, overthrowing, underthrowing, ball placement and getting guys killed. He’s young, but it doesn’t matter because he’s a 3-year pro. Just two weeks ago everyone says he’s regressed. Now he has a great game and all of a sudden he’s progressed? Get real. He had a great game, but it was ONE game. This is the same team everyone got all excited about after the Chicago game week 2.

          One thing about your stats that you aren’t taking into consideration is the fact he has been holding onto the ball longer this year = more pressure, more sacks. TBH, the pass blocking is actually pretty good, it’s the run blocking that has been the disappointment.

          I def agree with you on the oline. The trenches are where we need to focus on.

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          • Pass blocking is pretty good? What games are you watching I have to ask?

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    • You also leave the fact that he was very, very, very lucky early in the season with all the “should’ve’ been picks that he was throwing. If you watched the games, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. So, really, his decision making showed it did improve at all, he just got lucky defenders can’t catch. So I bet you that comp % would be right around where his percentage was as a rookie, if not worst.

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      • Ahh and now we are falling back to the well it should’ve been intercepted route huh? Well then well add the three or four TD’s called back by penalties too. While we are at it, let’s change some of Jameis’ picks into drops as well. I love when people change reality to fit their narrative.

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  4. Has Winston really improved or has the bucs receivers / tight ends made the real difference? With all the weapons for Winston he does not scare any nfl team _does he?

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    • Neither does Mariota apparently, in fact a three win team just beat him last week.

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  5. 2017 Winston has thrown 17 TD’s in 11 games.

    Winston’s rate of TDs/game is 1.55 TDs/game so far.

    Rookie Winston threw 22 TD’s in 16 games.

    Rookie Winston’s rate of thrown TDs/game was `1.38 TDs/game

    Winston as a rookie did run for six TD’s though. Throw in rush TD’s and Winston was averaging 1.75 TDs per game.

    But it is clear the Bucs were a top scoring team in 2015, because of the production by the RB’s. Martin had six rush TDs and 1 receiving TD. Sims had 4 receiving TDs.

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  6. Good podcast as always guys. I’m perfectly fine with old greybeard Jon Gruden (4 years younger than Koetter) coming and seeing what he can do with this mess. That said, the concept that his being a “rah rah” motivational speaker is overrated. For one, I don’t remember Tony Dungy giving great speeches to his players and since when did Bill Belichik become known for his speeches? If Jameis or the other leaders on the team cannot motivate them to play, why would you expect the HC to?

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