The departure of Jameis Winston from the Buccaneers sent a lot of shock waves through the Tampa Bay fan base. For Winston’s supporters it hasn’t been easy.

While signing Tom Brady, the NFL’s best quarterback of all time, has eased the sting for Winston backers, there still seems to be a little bit of regret. Perhaps even from some in the organization.

On The Pat McAfee podcast on Thursday Bucs QB coach Clyde Christensen raved about the acquisition of Tom Brady, but he also mentioned Winston and the respect he has for Tampa Bay’s former No. 1 pick.

While Christensen doesn’t believe that essentially trading Winston for Brady was a mistake, he does have some regret over how it turned out.

“I love Jameis Winston, I loved every minute working with Jameis Winston, I really believe he’s going to get the right chance at the right place,” Christensen said. “Maybe like Ryan Tannehill where it takes backing up, who knows what the scenario will be, but he will rise to the top. I think he’s a starting, upper-echelon quarterback in this NFL and I do think he’s going to get these interceptions under control a little bit.

“In some ways I feel like I failed him a little bit, as a coach you take that personal. I didn’t get it done, I didn’t help this kid. This kid’s better than 30 interceptions and we didn’t get that done and that I’ll have to live with.”

Christensen continued.

“I really think that he’s a great kid and I think his career is a long way from being over. I think it’s all ahead of him, I think the good stuff is all ahead of him and some of his were self-inflicted he would tell you early in his career but he’s mature, he got married last Friday, he married his high school sweetheart and he’s off and running and I really believe with all my heart that he’s going to be a good player.”

You can watch the full show here. Christensen begins at the 20 minute mark.

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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BigSombrero

Well, it will be interesting to see if Clyde gives Brady the support he needs to succeed in Tampa. Brady is a great player, but he still needs a great coach for the team to be a success.

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drdneast

There’s a video on You Tube that feels the same way and also points out where Wiston’s difficulties lie and how the play calling didn’t help him.
It’s an excellent video and very fair.

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bucballer

U know the name of the video dr. ?

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Captain Sly

One can be led to the water but you can’t make them……..
Winston is Winston no matter who’s the coach!
5 years in Tampa, 2 years in Tallahassee, multiple coaches. Love him or hate him Winston is Winston!!!!

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DrT1066

For Winston’s sake I hope he becomes another buccaneer quarterback who is cut who goes on to win the Super Bowl. Now that would be typical buccaneer personnel decisions. Or better yet another Steve Young. Who went on to win the Super Bowl and is in the Hall of Fame. I sat in the old sombrero and watched him throw six yes six interceptions against the 49ers. That off-season they bought him from the greedy Buc owner, Hugh Culverhouse. How did that work out buccaneer fans.?

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MiltonMack21

A good coach, being a good coach. AKA Coach Speak.

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Bucko40

Winston got married to his HS sweetheart. That’s rich. This guys has admitted to having sex with a drunk woman without her consent. He’s been found to be involved with sexually abusing a Uber Driver. What self respecting woman stays with a person when they’ve cheated on you twice that we know of.

Talent wise Winston should get another shot in the league. So far 32 teams haven’t stepped up to sign him. There is more going on than we are being informed of.

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BigSombrero

Sexually abusing an Uber driver???

C’mon man. He was drunk, responsibly taking an Uber and made an unwelcomed pass by putting his hand on her thigh. It was unwelcomed but not a crime. She just called Uber to file a complaint, not the cops.

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Spitfire

No, that guy never admitted to having sex with a drunk woman without her consent, that was her claim. I bet he’s a better person than you, I bet if we dump out your load of dirty laundry there would be a few things that could go viral, or claims people have made about you that may not have been true but would make a darn good headline. What does getting married to his Hs sweetheart have to do with an “accusation” anyways?

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Brady is a coach on the field & a great teammate. Clyde should be able to assist Brady with whatever he asks.

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Brady is a coach on the field in New England where he knew Josh McDaniels system like the back of his hand.

This is not that system. He will have a learning curve. He is a human.

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geno711

Sure Brady and Josh Daniels had a long term relationship and I always believe in football more than any other sport at the pro level that both the coach and player share in the ultimate success. But food for thought. Brady has been essentially starting since 2001 with 2008 him being out the full year. In those 18 years. 10 are with Josh McDaniel’s and 8 are with someone else being his OC. In those 10 years with Josh McDaniel, his average passer rating in the NFL has been 8.7th best. In his 8 years with other offensive coordinators, his… Read more »

Dman

This move to Brady has to result in a Super Bowl to be worth it. Two years for TB, two years for BA and then what. If no SB than it’s rebuild. And it may be rebuild anyway. So BA got his guy. It’s SB or bust.

I’m in the minority, but still disappointed we moved on from Jameis. Listening to Christiansen makes me more convinced than ever that one day we will look back and say, “How did we let this guy go?”

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geno711

I am not sure why you are voted down here. I do not agree with your assessment but I think you clearly just framed it as an opinion without taking shots at others. 1. I would say that yes it seems we are pushing for a super bowl for these two years. There will be some fans that will be ultimately disappointed that if we do not get it, we will have failed. But if we have a year where we reached but lost the super bowl and another year where we lost in the NFC championship game. I will… Read more »

Dman

Appreciate your assessments. But Brady’s ability to play until he’s 45 implies he’ll be able to continue cheating ‘Father Time’. We’ll see. Regarding Jameis, my view is he’s a better leader and harder worker than Jeff George. I also never got the sense that George was about team, where I believe Jameis has been and will be. As to moving on from him, the question for me has been what will it take for him to change. Getting passed over by the Bucs and now multiple QB needy teams might well do it. He has the talent, and his work… Read more »

43 Is Only Old in Human Years

I’m with you,, good to see I am not alone.

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Johnny Cannons

I thought that CC and JW3 were kind of a strange marriage. Watching a very conservative CC offense in the Dungy era, I was a little surprised that Arians wanted him to be the QB coach. JW3 did plenty to hurt himself and the team with decision making on and off field, but that went both ways. I really hope JW3 gets the right opportunity and has a long and successful career in this league. I wish it was to be in Tampa, but clearly that’s off the table for now and probably forever. I’ll be pulling for him. I… Read more »

twspin

The end story has yet to be written. The so called, QB Whisperer..Father Brucey has to take some blame also. He gave the guy one yr in his new system. ..One yr. I’m with Big Sombrero here. With all these additions, and the upcoming Offensive selections..We had better Win. Buc fans expect nothing less. No excuses.Despite the mass euphoria, There are 2 spots reserved at the Losers fishing hole over in Clearwater for Arians and Licht. Schiano and ole Lovie Dubbie will be waiting to greet them if they do not win. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes… Read more »

awwdembucs

Clyde don’t apologize other coaches did not get the job done. By Winston being let go may very well help him in the future.

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BUC-ASS-BOB

Clyde was hired to Fix Jameis Winston, not only did he not help fix! Jameis got worse he was on Pat McAfee show talking and looking like he half insane.
This man should be fired based on his performance with Winston, If I was a Winston fan I would not be happy with him at all.
Tom Brady is way to smart to be in same room with this moron.

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stb_tcb

Jameis is married now, thats a big step!! Lets hope he’s going to finally grow up, shut up, and become a mature professional football player. I think he’s going to do a fantastic job in a few more years as a starter with some other team. Hopefully he’s humble enough to take a backup role with the right organization and learn and jump in there and get the job done when the time is right. But it’s not going to happen if he can’t truly become a grown man who cares about keeping his job and listening to his employers,… Read more »

Buc76

Just our luck we get Brady at 43 and playing the season is a lot less likely everyday. They canceled Wimbledon and the Open and that’s July. Training camps open then. You might not even see Tom Brady play here. A guy his age needs to be in shape. None of this is helping. We get people and send them off to win superbowls and we take people who already won. Now the worst luck is about to hit this team. Another folly in a long list going back 45 years. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet.… Read more »

76Buc

Brady will be in shape when he’s 55.

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twspin

Funny thing is Buc76, Us ole heads know..we have seen this pleasant covering to desperately win. Others see it but refuse to even acknowledge we are not going to get a full 2yrs out of a man running low on gas. Can’t blame him though, he’s just filling his coffers for retirement. Guaranteed money to get injured. I fear my bucs have been..Bamboozled. Kinda sad..this false hope.

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TheBradyBunch

So if the Bucs are going to be very pragmatic about the upcoming season, I wonder if they are focusing on what they will need in 2021 as it is starting to look bleak that there will be a season in 2020. If that is the case they will have one year with a 44 year old Brady and two drafts to try and fill needs. If they think Tua or Herbert are legit franchise QB prospects maybe they should try and trade up for one of them. I have been opposed to drafting a QB in the 2020 draft,… Read more »

DrT1066

There’s no one who knows a playbook at quarterback now better than Jameis Winston. He’s not gonna get starting quarterback money. The Bucs would be a hell of a lot better if they signed him to back up money and ditch Gabbert. IMO.

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twspin

Exactly DrT1066. But you can’t tell these Buc fans anything. They have been..blinded by the Light.

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seat26

It was a tough call, But I think Winston ends up starting again in the NFL and having a successful career. Maybe not this year, (but then nobody might) but I believe he will lead a team to the playoffs. He can correct the interceptions with the right coaching.

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matador

After our offense’s offensive play under Dungy, who was a great leader and developer of coaches but knew zero about running an offense, I never understood what qualified Clyde to be a coach. QB play was terrible when he was here the first time and an out of control mess last year. Brady will be his own coach but after that we need a proven QB coach.

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BUC-ASS-BOB

Fact Jameis Winston got worse with this QB coach
2018 Jameis was improving at end of year
With this QB coach Jameis got worse
Not sure why he still has a job?
If I was Jameis fan I would also put some blame on Clyde.

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drdneast

BigSombrero, don’t bother with clowns like Bucko40. Like Spitfire, I think Jameis Winston is probably a better man than many of us are.
I know when I was a drunk I did a number of stupid things that I regretted doing the next day and some of them included unwelcomed passed to the female gender.
Fortunately I didn’t have any money so there was no blood in the water afterwards.

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drdneast

The name of that video is “Jameis Winston failed in Tampa Bay, Is He a Starter in 2020”
This is about the fairest and most intelligent assessment of Winston I have ever seen.
As with a lot of QB’s failures, there is a lot of blame to go around for everyone involved

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Last year we were celebrating Arians arrival and applauded the excellent coaching staff he was assembling. We were so excited that the Quarterback Whisper was coming out of retirement, especially since one of the stated reasons was an opportunity to work with Winston, who had been following for a long time. A year later the greatest Quarterback Coach to walk the earth gave up on Winston after a single season and opted to replace him with a 43 year old QB, with no clear plan on where we are going to be in two years when a 45 year old… Read more »

twspin

Well said 43.

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I remember celebrating a 4th down run when he was a rookie. He took off to the right got stopped, bounced off the pile, put his hand in the dirt and plowed ahead for the first down. I recall that play fondly, but not for the same reasons you have. I was upset because he had a check down in RB Martin, who was already tearing up the league. I did not want Winston to injure himself at all in that play b/c he was our franchise at that moment. But the fact Winston did not even see the checkdown… Read more »

Hockey Duckie

Hubris. HC Arians and CC are full of hubris as they didn’t look at the work Koetter had laid down before them. Koetter did something that no one’s done in Winston’s career, including under Arians, which is to bench Winston. Koetter and his coaching staff didn’t want to remove Winston’s aggressiveness, but he needed to Winston to do so within the context of, “Take what the defense gives you.” 2018 [b]Winston before benching[/b]: .. Games = 4 .. Comp Pct = 64.9% .. TDs = 6 (1.5 TDs per game) .. INTs = 10 (2.5 INTs per game) .. Sacks… Read more »

buclover1988

Winston made some extremely poor throws. There’s a reason he has yet to be signed. If others believed it was coaching and not Winston, Winston would be on a team right now. Winston wasn’t given any kind of running game and his offensive line really underwhelmed at times too. But what really hurt was the defenses inability to stop teams when it mattered and missed field goals. So definitely not all Winston’s fault. However, if Winston did take the check downs, did go through his reads, not stare down his target, and fumble the ball at a ridiculous rate, then… Read more »

jongruden

Well Winston had five years with great offensive weapons and didn’t have a winning record in that time and never learned how to protect the football so I disagree with Clyde Christianson

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