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In this week’s edition of the Bucs Pewter Nation Podcast, Scott Peder–I mean Scott Reynolds, Mark Cook and Trevor Sikkema get their hands dirty with the Fitzpatrick versus Winston debate. The three express who they think should be starting now that Winston is back, and why. Plus the three preview and give their predictions of the upcoming matchup against the Bears.

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  1. The only thing that makes the decision is the coach, and Tony Dungy commented this morning and made the most sense than anyone on ESPN in regards to Fitzpatrick and Dungy. You don’t have to like it, but it does make a lot of sense.

    He said that any coach he knows goes with the hot hand. Fitzpatrick is the first NFL QB to throw for more than 400 yards in three straight games, and he made two bad calls against Pittsburgh. On top of that, the team fought in the second half and came almost all the way back from 20 down to win. He said unless you see a degradation in performance, you leave Fitzpatrick in, no question. You go with the hot hand. If Fitzpatrick declines, then, and only then, do you put Winston in. This goes for the season, not just the next game.

    When asked separately what is Winston’s future in Tampa he said essentially that he has shown he has the tools and the ability to improve to be the future of the Tampa franchise and did not need to play this year as that has already been proved. However, he added he was not certain if the front office and the coaching staff want to continue to deal with his off field problems. He did not know how the team would decide because of that.

    Personally, Dungy’s stance makes sense to me. The coaches are under pressure to win, and if Fitzpatrick can do that Winston can stay on the bench this year. Winning is what matters, and the whole debate who is better is moot. No one cares if the Bucs win the Super Bowl (or even just makes the playoffs) if Fitzpatrick or Winston are the QB. Fans just want either to happen and so does the franchise. For now, Fitzpatrick starts and depending how he plays will determine if he stays there if the coaches make the logical decision.

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    • Dungy is entitled to his opinion. Dungy may also think Super Bowl MVP journeyman Nick Foles should be starting over Wentz in Philly. Maybe that’s different since Wentz was hurt and not suspended. Maybe he’s thinking about the character of Winston and that’s what matters most. Either way, if Koetter plays Fitz and the lowly Bears beat the Bucs, then there’s a bye week and season of QB controversy (that he could have put to rest by starting the franchise player), then he can talk about games on NBC with Dungy next year since he will be fired.

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  2. Does Fitz have the hot hand though? Game 1 and 2? Sure. Game 3? He put the Bucs in a 30-10 hole. The defense pitched a second half shutout, got the ball to the offense with 3 minutes to go, down by 3, at home with an all star cast at WR with the number #1 offense in the NFL against a bottom 5 defense vs the pass. What happened? 3 and out. Fitz’s passes were bad. Off target to double covered players. One should have been intercepted and the other two were just plain awful.

    As far as Winston not throwing a pass in the offense for 6 weeks, who cares. Winston isn’t coming off injury. Fitzpatrick hadn’t played meaningful time in the preseason and came out in Week 1 and lit it up. It was the playcalling and the protection. Winston won vs. the Saints last year. Why would he have lost this year?

    Does there have to be a Fitzpatrick implosion to put the healthy franchise QB back in the lineup? What if the Bucs win ugly? What if the Bucs lose again with 400 yards on offense and 4 turnover? Its a problem for the bye week and beyond.

    Play Winston vs. the Bears.

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  3. This was one of those podcasts where I wished I could jump into the argument.

    Let me preface this by saying I am a huge Jameis supporter. I threatened my ticket rep with cancelling my tickets if we didn’t draft him. I’ve defended him and supported him at every turn…and I still believe in him.

    But how is he “the best quarterback on this team right now”? Based on what? What he did in college? How far he throws the football?

    The last time Jameis led this team to consecutive wins was the 5-game defense fueled win streak of 2016. In those 5 games the offense scored under 20 points three times and Jameis threw six touchdowns. Rarely has he been able to overcome bad defensive play like we’ve seen so far and get a W. Fitz has three times as many 400 yard games this season as Jameis has in his career. Fitz is the best quarterback on this team right now. Jameis has never had an NFL game as good as Fitz Week 1 and Week 2. Fitz has had 1 bad quarter out of 12. Have we ever seen Jameis go three games where he had one quarter that wasn’t pretty much flawless? We’re usually happy if we get three good quarters out of Jameis in one game. We haven’t seen Jameis throw guys open in the NFL. We haven’t seen Jameis throw this accurately…especially downfield. Jameis’ time will come again…but I’m sick of effing losing and if Jameis comes back in and starts losing again, you can’t go back to Fitz unless you’re done with Jameis. And that also might mean everyone gets fired. Fitz stays the starter until he gives you a reason to pull him. Who cares about talent? Bledsoe was a better talent than Brady. Gabbert was a better talent than Russell Wilson. None of that matters after draft day.

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  4. The most talented team doesn’t always win the SuperBowl…That 20pt hole wasn’t all on Fitz- drops, fumbles, poor tackling helped- and it was a good team effort to make the comeback in the 2nd Half. That showed good chemistry and effort…

    Hey Trevor, if you’re looking for something to do on Sat. here in Chicago, Revolution Brewing Oktoberfest street fest all day.
    …and yes, just ask for Wil, the Brewer& we’ll show ya a good time!!

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  5. Great podcast you guys!

    According to Scott Reynold’s logic, he’s only the boss of you guys on a week by week basis. Next week, if something happens this Sunday to prove Trevor or Mark’s collective logic superior to Scott, then I think think one of them needs to be above Scott as bosses and Scott is not allowed to become boss again till you guys’s hot hands get cold 😉 lol

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