Two of the biggest storylines for the Buccaneers this offseason have been the hiring of Bruce Arians and his staff, as well as the departure of longtime Buc Gerald McCoy.

Quarterback Jameis Winston joined ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Monday to discuss both shakeups on his podcast.

“It’s really been a blessing, really just about the people he has around the quarterback position,” Winston said on working with Arians. “Having greats like Coach [Tom] Moore, having Coach Clyde Christensen in the QB room and having someone that I can relate to, someone that has played the game and played under his system, in Byron Leftwich as the offensive coordinator.”

Winston continued.

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

“He kind of heads the whole thing,” Winston said. “I’m getting coached by him, Coach Byron is getting coached by him and Coach Clyde is getting coached by him. It’s always parallel energy and it’s all about the quarterback executing.”

This upcoming season is a year unlike the Bucs have ever seen, from a quarterback standpoint. With Winston in his option year and no extension yet on the table, the fifth-year QB has a lot to prove in a new system to not only earn that presumably lengthy extension, but the hefty paycheck that comes with it.

“Every year, every game really, I try to play like it’s my last game,” Winston said on his contract year. “Growing up I always wanted to be a professional quarterback and having a year where nothing is guaranteed, it’s solely up me to go out and perform and win some football games, it just gives you that extra drive and sense of urgency to be your best.”

Winston said that his drive to become a quarterback as a kid revolved around wanting being the guy to touch the ball all the time, have that leadership role to “lead the pack” and that he considers himself a perfectionist. He said the toughest part about that is competing against himself every day, and that sometimes havig that drive to be perfect leads to him trying to do too much. To remedy that, Winston said that Arians is helping him understand that you have to concede plays sometimes to be successful, even if that means taking a sack or even letting the Bucs punt and letting your defense do their job.

Winston went on to discuss the young talent at wide receiver, noting Chris Godwin and rookie Scotty Miller, that will have to step up to replace departures in DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries. He then sang the praises of all the running backs that the Bucs’ have on the roster, specifically mentioning how proud he is of the  offseason that Ronald Jones has had. Winston claimed that RoJo could be a premier back in this league with the growth he’s made.

Schefter then moved on to how it will feel for Winston to see Gerald McCoy to face the Bucs twice in 2019 as the defensive tackle has now signed with the Carolina Panthers.

Bucs DT Gerald McCoy
Bucs DT Gerald McCoy – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“I think it’ll be fun,” Winston said. “I’m learning every year how the NFL business is but Gerald McCoy is definitely one of the greatest men I’ve known. It’s definitely sad to see him not being a Buc, but I’m definitely excited to play against him. I know he’s going to have a chip on his shoulder, even though he doesn’t need a chip on his shoulder. I mean the guy’s a six-time Pro Bowler and will probably be a Hall of Famer one day, but I know he’s going to have some heat towards us, so I’m excited. I’m ready to hit him with a double-cadence to get him to jump offside and get in his head a little bit. He’ll probably try to talk about the Lord to me while he’s out there on the field, he’s a great christian guy, so I’m excited to play and compete against him.”

You can listen to the full interview below.

http://www.espn.com/espnradio/play?id=26941295

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Buc stops here
11 months ago

I just hope he stops the turnovers and forcing the ball. Keep hoping and this is his last opportunity to prove to all the naysayers that he cannot do it – at least in Tampa.

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drdneast
11 months ago

The problem in the past games has been when he has concede plays and the team punted, the other team usually jammed the ball down our throats or shredded our off coverage for a score putting him further behind the eight ball.
Punting the ball is great if you have a half way decent defense. Not so good if the other team is scoring at will.

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twspin
11 months ago

Turnovers Jameis..Turnovers. I’m hoping you won’t have to throw as much from behind..we were always playing from behind or a team had that winning drive against us. We scored points. Just could not stop anybody. If the Defense improves as many think it will..we got a legitimate shot at the NFC South. The key for our Bucs is not offense. Its improvement to the D. We left at least 4 winnable games on the field last season because we simply could not stop anybody. and we proved…Shootouts might be winnable..But you sure as hell better be able to mount a… Read more »

BigSombrero
11 months ago

This offense is going to be 🔥🔥🔥.

If the Bucs run a scheme like the Saints where the ball is out quickly, how the hell can anyone stop them? It’s a mismatch with Mike Evans, OJ Howard, Chris Godwin, Cam Brate, Scotty Miller, and Breshad Perriman.

Funny to hear him laugh off Gerald McCoy’s Bible verse taunts. “Geeeeeeezus Criminy” as Jon Gruden might say! 🤣

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thewbacca
11 months ago

McCoy talks about the Lord, Suh arranges the appointment to see him.

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EricNV
11 months ago

You look at the games last season that were lost by the defense and the kicker, and we would been a playoff team with an average defense and an average kicker. Yes, Jameis has to cut-down the turnovers – not all them his fault – and just be more responsible with the football, but he’s got the tools to be an elite QB in this league. I think most of the pressure in 2019 will be on this defense to show dramatic improvement. Our offense will once again be top 10. We only need our defense and field goal kicker… Read more »

chefboho
11 months ago

I’ve been on record supporting jameis since day one. He’s made some really dumb life choices as well as football choices. But I truly feel like he’s improved a little each year. Once he doesn’t have to score a touchdown every drive, or throw 50+ times a game, or have a rushing attack that the defense finally has to respect can only help. Think of the other factors. Special teams were terrible, punt return team was terrible. Missing field goals and a terrible oline. Point is that I just don’t see how people can put it all on the quarterback?… Read more »

fredster
11 months ago

McCoy in the HOF? I think not. Lol

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fredster
11 months ago

Chefboho I agree. The QB is small issue on this team in reality. Doesn’t matter though the I hate Winston idiots will still refuse to see the big picture.

As far as Suck-Ass-Bob, he will never be happy. If they are 10-6 he will bitch and cry like a baby they weren’t 11-5. Etc etc. the guy see no positives period and is a troll asshat.

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IDGABuc
11 months ago

“Rrgghh!!” Oh Thewy! Your too much! Seriously that was hilarious. “McCoy talks about the Lord, Suh arranges the appointment to see him”! Classic

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BUC-ASS-BOB
11 months ago

Buc Ass Bob would be happy when he sat down to watch a playoff game in which the Bucs were in, in the past Bucs eliminated by mid season, how much fun is that for anyone? The ownership is wholly responsible for last 10 years.someone needs speak up ! this far this site full of enablers. And for me I am called every name in book for being the sole voice screaming something is wrong in management thinking. Last year this team was 31st in attendance! Something is seriously wrong. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please… Read more »

fredster
11 months ago

Bob Your called every name in book because your a negative idiot that never has one good thing to say about anything. Nothing period! I’m frustrated too been fan over 30 years. I don’t cry like a baby 24/7 and boohoo every god damn move made. Who was a better coach than Arians available? Who was a better defensive coordinator available? Nobody! So shut up and quit crying. 32 pro teams all spending same money and you expect Bucs be contenders every year? Yes its been a long run of sucking. You think Glazers don’t desperately want to win at… Read more »

Spitfire
11 months ago

No Ass, you’re called names because you call other names as well, and don’t act like you are a Savior of a Bucs Fan just fighting for what is right. You badmouth everything possible, when a player is available you y’all them up and say they would never come here and then bad mouth them when they do. You wrote the team off before training camp even starts and you wanna try and claim to be the Truest Bucs Fan here? This is where you are delusional. You know a lot of times murderers justify what they do as the… Read more »

Captain Sly
11 months ago

Seems everybody’s got an opinion on our success: Average Kicker, Better Defense,Limit Turnovers, Top Scorings Offense & on & on & on. What a team scores matters but when a team scores matters even more. Bad coaches are trying to figure out how to score more or how to keep teams scoring less, but the Good coaches are scheming to control Tempo. Go out and get the most explosive offense or the most smothering defense and put it up against a team and Head Coach who understands how to control the clock, You will loose every time. This is precisely… Read more »

drdneast
11 months ago

DubAssBob=Troll.
Did you read the definition of a troll that was left for you yesterday?
It fit you to a T.
Should have had your pic next to it.

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buddah
11 months ago

This board sometimes finds it difficult to stay on message. The topic is the interview with Jameis. Personally, I like how upbeat he is about the coaching staff and younger players, particularly Ronald Jones and Scotty Miller. Ronald Jones may turn out to be the key to the season. I got the impression from Jones’s commentary for PR during training camp that he was lacking self-confidence and felt intimidated. This appeared to be the case during the preseason and carried over to training camp. A good coach is part strategist/part psychologist and BA appears to be pushing a lot of… Read more »

76Buc
11 months ago

Thank you Norman Vincent Peal!!

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buddah
11 months ago

Wrong religion, but your heart i in the right place.

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DT25
11 months ago

@buddah I”m hoping for the same. The OL will need to step up too or RoJo’s confidence will find itself MIA again pretty quickly. I still have my doubts the OL will suddenly become even an average run blocking unit after being the literal worst in the league last year. But hopefully this new staff can inspire them, too, and fix some of the basic breakdowns that Warhop never seemed to be able to fix last season so Jones (and Barber) can find some actual space to run. The one thing that’s obvious from RoJo’s college tape is he excels… Read more »