Former Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston spent five seasons with Tampa Bay after being the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2015.

Expectations were high. Maybe too high.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston

Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Mary Holt/PR

Winston joined a team coming off of a 2-14 season and one that, frankly, just wasn’t very good. During his time in Tampa Bay Winston re-wrote the QB franchise passing record books but his ups and down, particularly his turnover issue, cost him his job.

Winston wasn’t re-signed last March and the Buccaneers brought in former Patriots star Tom Brady, and as they say, the rest is history.

Winston signed a one-year deal with the NFC South rival New Orleans Saints last year and played sparingly in 2020, but following Drew Brees retirement this month, Winston signed another one-year contract to compete for the starting job with Taysom Hill.

Recently Winston joined former Seminole and NFL player Bryant McFadden’s podcast and talked about his time in Tallahassee, music, his new team the Saints among other subjects. But the most interesting segment happens around the 30-minute mark when Winston was asked by McFadden about his thoughts on seeing his former team win a Super Bowl.

Winston was frank and candid as he shared his feelings on seeing Tampa Bay hoisting a Lombardi Trophy just one season after his departure.

Watch the full interview below to hear what Winston had to say.

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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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SappAttack
SappAttack(@derekmitchellmay)
8 months ago

Juicy!

Dave
Dave(@bucball02)
8 months ago

I’m lazy and don’t want to open up the video. Lol. What’d he say?

Last edited 8 months ago by Dave
BucNnole
BucNnole(@bucnnole)
Reply to  Dave
8 months ago

Whole lot of nothing really. Said he was happy for them and texted pretty much everyone in the organization congrats.

Dave
Dave(@bucball02)
Reply to  BucNnole
8 months ago

I kinda figured as much. Thanks though! 👍🏻

Spitfire
Spitfire(@spitfire)
Reply to  Dave
8 months ago

😂 That’s exactly why I scrolled down to the comments to see what people said about it 😂

Dave
Dave(@bucball02)
Reply to  Spitfire
8 months ago

Lol seriously! 😂

thewbacca
thewbacca(@thewbacca)
Reply to  Dave
8 months ago

True hero of the comments section, BucnNole!

eaustinyoung
eaustinyoung(@eaustinyoung)
8 months ago

My guess is he rambled on and on without saying anything of importance, like every other press conference or interview he’s ever had. Like “props to me” when being replaced by Brady. Or “check the stat sheet I’m ballin” when he set the record for pick 6s and 30-for-30. Or the “eat a W” fiasco that he will never live down.

Buc76
Buc76(@jjjj)
8 months ago

said he was offered a starting job with another team not the Saints. Turned it down to stay.

Spitfire
Spitfire(@spitfire)
8 months ago

Ian Beckles said it best, even he rooted against the Bucs after he left when we got good because it’s like an ex girlfriend. I assume he’s happy for his Buddies but to watch another QB come in and lead the same team with a few additions take it all the way to the promise land probably broke his heart and he hated the s**t out of it. It’s understandable. Just like if the Aints’s would have beat us in the Divisional around and went on to win it all, we’d all be losses that Winston got a ring for… Read more »

SufferingSince76
SufferingSince76(@sufferingsince76)
8 months ago

I’m calling BS on the starting job offer. He would have accepted in a New York minute.

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
8 months ago

Who really cares what Jameis thinks about the Bucs? I mean, really.

surferdudes
surferdudes(@surferdudes)
Reply to  bucballer
8 months ago

Who cares what he thinks period.

Horse
Horse(@horse)
8 months ago

I wouldn’t OPEN with a 10′ poll. I supported Winston until his 4th year and finally had to accept who he was on and off the field. I have moved on from him.
I guess PR did this as a hoot to see how much negative vibrations you all could create. Congratulations!

BrooklynBucsFan
BrooklynBucsFan(@brooklynbucsfan)
8 months ago

His interview was fine. He seemed reasonable in the interview. But we know that his default thought process in the moment is “check your sheet, I’m ballin’” and jumping into an interview to eat a W. That was always his problem, letting his passion get the best of him in pressure moments and making stupid decisions. On the field, stupid throws, in life, foolish behavior. If he can change, he’ll be a good QB and it’ll largely be because we didn’t resign him and he had to eat some humble pie and fight for his second chance.

Last edited 8 months ago by BrooklynBucsFan
tnew
tnew(@tnew)
8 months ago

I found most parts of his interview entertaining. I get why he was so disliked but I still see him having a solid career. If ever a player needed a season on the bench to reset his brain it was Winston. He would’ve greatly benefited by starting his career on the bench and being worked in as the season progressed during his rookie season. I truly don’t understand why organizations continue to make this mistake and don’t learn from history. I know the fans want the #1 pick on the field, but I’ve just seen too many times that being… Read more »

Dave
Dave(@bucball02)
Reply to  tnew
8 months ago

Ehh it’s really 50/50. I can name a bunch of examples of QB’s starting right away and being great, and others where they waited and were great. But here’s the thing. The ones that waited a couple years and were great….there’s absolutely no way to know that they wouldn’t have been equally as great if they started right away. So I don’t have any issue with teams playing the QB right away. Especially the teams that drafted in the top 10. They picked in the top 10 for a reason. Usually that reason is that they had putrid QB play.… Read more »

Last edited 8 months ago by Dave
Waterboy
Waterboy(@cwickmo)
Reply to  tnew
8 months ago

Hypothetical questions, do you think a QB who sits the bench for 2 years behind a veteran would be better in years 3, 4 and 5 than a QB that started from day 1? 2nd question: As an NFL owner would you be comfortable writing a 35-40 million per year check for a QB that you’ve only seen play for 2-3 years vs. a guy that you’ve had 4-5 years to evaluate on the field? By the time you get a chance to start evaluating a guy that sat for 2 years another team would already have a fairly good… Read more »

Dave
Dave(@bucball02)
Reply to  Waterboy
8 months ago

Perfectly said man! For every 1 time a team lets their rookie QB sit a year+, and he ends up being good, there’s another 5 times that a team plays their rookie QB in year 1, and he turns out to be good(at the very least, good their rookie year). Too many to count. P.Manning, Wilson, Watson, Jackson, Ryan, Luck, Cam, Murray, Mariota, Herbert, Burrow, Carr, RG3, etc…and I’m sure there’s many many more that I’m forgetting. Those are just the ones off the top of my head

Last edited 8 months ago by Dave
aredsoxfan1
aredsoxfan1(@aredsoxfan1)
Reply to  tnew
8 months ago

Agree with most of the comments. I think 20 years ago there was more value in letting a QB sit and learn and it can still be the case at times for QB’s coming from lower level college programs. However, I think the transition is easier now than it has ever been and if the QB seems ready why waste a year of learning.

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
8 months ago

Did they check with Josh Freeman, Trent Dilfer, and Testaverde as well to see what their feelings were as well?

twspin
twspin(@twspin)
8 months ago

Thanks for posting the interview here Mark. I enjoyed it. And I can see many still are bad mouthing Jameis and after all..its become the,,American Way as of recently. Jameis is by no means finished in the NFL People said Dilfer, Steve Young, and Doug Williams were washed up when they left the Bucs. All won a Superbowl later on in their careers. Jameis gave us his best and that was not good enough. He came in as a rookie straight to the field without the benefit of a Vet here. But I do believe he has and will continue… Read more »

Dave
Dave(@bucball02)
Reply to  twspin
8 months ago

Who ever said Steve Young was washed up? I don’t think anyone thought that about him. Not to mention, the dude was 25 when he was traded to SF. And if Walsh didn’t trade for him, someone else would have

PissedOffBuc1988
PissedOffBuc1988(@buclover1988)
Reply to  Dave
8 months ago

James Winston was given every opportunity to succeed. He “re wrote” the record books but only because Winston was himself responsible for many of the turnovers. The defense definitely wasn’t great, and the bucs could’ve done better up front, but there were plenty of times where he should’ve made the smart play and it would’ve saved us more than once. As the qb, it is your responsibility to take care of the ball. For sure, take chances, but in a manner that fits within the frame of the game. You got to know when the right times are and when… Read more »

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
Reply to  twspin
8 months ago

No one ever said the trio of QB’s you noted were “washed-up”.

aredsoxfan1
aredsoxfan1(@aredsoxfan1)
8 months ago

I didn’t listen to the interview but Winston does seem to have grown up a bit. Good luck to him, hopefully he has grown as a person and maybe that will translate on the field, just not too much.

PissedOffBuc1988
PissedOffBuc1988(@buclover1988)
8 months ago

It really doesn’t matter what Winston does anymore. Tom Brady has completely transformed The mindset of this team in a way that Winston can only dream of. Winston Is talented. He can sling it. But it takes more than that and a passion for football to be a leader. He probably did learn a few things from Brees, but Brees he will never be. He’s too hyped up. Idc how much he “matures”, I don’t trust him to make sound decisions week after week. Could he be a “Brett favre” type? Perhaps, but he’s just too animated for me at… Read more »

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
8 months ago

I’ve cheered for every QB that’s taken a snap for our Buccaneers even though many didn’t deserve it. I’ve even hoped they would go on to have successful careers when they departed. I would continue to be happy when they did well and somewhat disappointed when they struggled with their new teams. I supported the drafting of Jameis Winston, defended him and even made excuses for many of his way too numerous mistakes. Then “Bad Jameis” started to dominate “Good Jameis” and I realized the team and we fans needed a change. On to New Orleans, our Division rival. I… Read more »

Gary
Gary(@garro)
8 months ago

Winston and Sapp?
Really? That’s the best “journalism” you could come up with? There are literally 20 other former Bucs who’s words might interest me. These two …Zero