Quarterbacks and head coaches have always had unique relationships. Some good, some testy and some just downright disasters. The two are tied together for the most part, and both of their long-term success is usually a package deal.

The dynamics between Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston and former head coach Dirk  Koetter’s relationship are still somewhat murky, but lie somewhere between great and awful.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston
Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: PewterReport.com

Like an arranged marriage, Koetter didn’t choose Winston and Winston didn’t choose Koetter. Ultimately, the arrangement didn’t pan out for Koetter, who was fired last January after back-to-back 5-11 seasons. Winston survived, for at least one more season in Tampa Bay. Fast forward to April and both the new coach and the old quarterback have had nothing but positives to say about each other.

Earlier this week, speaking to the local media as a group for the first time in 2019, Winston talked about what his brief time with Arians has been like.

”He’s a football guy,’’ Winston said. “We’re not discussing many things. I got a chance to go out to his golf tournament and spend some time with just his foundation and family out there. But other than that when we’re in this building, it’s football and that’s all.”

Winston said Arians is similar to a former coach who had a major run of success with the Alabama native as his under center leader.

“Great personality,” Winston said,. “He reminds me of the coach at Texas A&M, Jimbo (Fisher). He’s going to tell it to you straight and he’s going to have a lot of things to say.”

Fisher pushed Winston hard. So hard in fact the two often butted heads in practice and even on the sideline during games. Both are alpha males with strong opinions, but the dynamic between Fisher and Winston worked.

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs head coach Bruce Arians – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Fisher didn’t sugarcoat things, and neither will Arians. Fisher turned his relationship with Winston into a national championship at Florida State and a Heisman Trophy for Winston, and the Bucs organization is hoping a similar relationship between Arians and Winston can turn into similar success.

“We’re just implementing a new system and it’s time to keep rolling,” Winston said. “You look at the years, our offense has been producing here and there. We’ve always been in the top 10 so now he’s just getting these weapons and he’s using them the way that he wants to use them and we’re excited. Like I said, it’s not about rebuilding. We’re about to go out there and make some noise.”


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About the Author: Mark Cook

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, the beach and family time.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 mark@pewterreport.com
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2 years ago

I Love what I hear… Can’t wait to see it in action…

2 years ago

Neither of the top two QBs taken in the tops two slots of the 2015 draft have pleased thier organizations enough to have ea rned a second contract. Mariotta has had a good offensive line to protect him and a solid defense to keep him close in games and a solid run game to keep the pressure off him but his proponents would say he has lacked playmakers to complete the deal. For Winston it has been the opposite. Plenty of play makers but a very suspect offensive line, a terrible defense and a running game that suffers behind the… Read more »

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2 years ago

I’ve always believed that the Oline was the downfall of our entire offense. Whether you’re talking about the lack of a rushing attack or the problems with Winston’s turnovers etc, the culprit has always been our poor oline. BA will no doubt get the most out of Winston, but unless we fix that oline we will only get so far. I look forward to seeing the new team in action

2 years ago

I’m a Winston supporter and really hope this is more than feel good off season hype.

Let’s hope we make real headway in fixing the OLine.

2 years ago

I am not a Winston supporter however he now is the best QB Bucs have and has lost humpfries and DeSean, DeSean took a DB and safety with him on long route to end zone opened up field to Evan’s and O J. Humpfries was his outlet when Evan’s took the double team, Jamies has lost weapons and nothing been done with O line, Jameis needs a really good running back to take off the pressure, Chef /Fredster/and CG do not seem to care about the predicament that Jameis faces .The OC was terrible at Cards last year and for… Read more »

2 years ago

Bob, you always say that we don’t care about jameis’ predicament, yet I’ve stated on hundreds of occasions that Winston has tried too hard to make plays based on the fact that the defense has sucked every year he’s been here. The oline has been suspect at best and the running game has sucked. Yet YOU are the one who always seemed to only blame jameis. You’re so all over the place on your posts it’s hard to know what you even expect lol. Perhaps your not reading my posts, but I’ve stated all of this time and time again.… Read more »