We drafted Winston because he was a winner in College. He was a confident, leader, not afraid to push the ball into tight windows to make plays happen. He was a gun slinger. That led to lots of interceptions and lots of touchdowns. Now he’s in the NFL. The defenses are faster, they are bigger, hit harder and are a lot more skilled than anything he saw in college. I am not against seeing Winston dial himself down a bit and get used to this speed of the game. He will probably be much better use to the team as a "game manager". Take care of the ball, let Martin/CSims3 take a lot of pressure off of him, and to use play action to help him keep the turnovers down. I think our defense is good enough to create turnovers and keep the score close. I think week one the defense was a bit unprepared for the quick offense that Mariota ran and for the titans game plan. That was on coaching. I think realistically our defense will be much better than that game and will closer to what we saw Sunday. If our defense can play like that and our run game can do good things. We don't need Winston to be the gunslinger he was and he can learn the speed of the game at a solid pace. Where I think we will get in trouble is if we get leads on us and have to play catch up. This is where Winston will struggle unlike he did in college. Difference is he isn't playing against Duke anymore. He's playing NFL defenses.
I think the Bucs should handle Winston in a similar fashion as Pittsburgh did with Rothlisberger. In Ben’s rookie season, he averaged just over 21 attempts per game, completed 66% of his passes, and sported a 17:11 TD:INT. Meanwhile, the Steelers rode their defense and running attack to a Superbowl victory.Now, I'm not saying that the Bucs TEAM is that talented but I do think that they can take pressure off of Winston by playing him just like they did last week. For right now, I have no issues with the "game manager" expectations. 3-4 season from now? Yeah, I'll be expecting much more.
Play action pass..When we can get our V Jack and Evans in one on one situations, we will be a great football team. With running the ball as much as we do, forces teams to load the box. When they do that, it opens up the lanes for Winston to pick the defense appart. When we were down so much in the 1st game, play action pass has zero effect. In the Saints game, Winston had the 7th best passer rating because he was extremely effective. Even more so if ASJ caught that long backside bomb and Evans got his second foot in bounds. Make not mistake, Winston can run the 2 minute offense to win the game or score before the half if needed but in the meantime, he needs to control the ball, control the clock and let our defense and running game do the work.
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