Despite bringing in a new coaching staff to improve the development of Jameis Winston and a young defense, Pro Football Talk’s Peter King does not have a high hopes for the Bucs in 2019. King ranked all 32 NFL teams on his “Football Morning In America” column and had the Bucs ranked 29th overall with a third straight 5-11 season.
While the addition of Bruce Arians mentoring Winston is intriguing, King does not entirely believe that Winston will be able to stop turning the ball over. He threw 14 interceptions last season in 11 games, and has 58 career interceptions in 56 games played.
For an offense that is keen on taking shots down field, it will be up to Arians to fix Winston’s problems. Whether that can be executed remains to be seen.
You can see King’s entire analysis for ranking including the Bucs here.
“Bruce Arians and Byron Leftwich with Jameis Winston. I like that a lot, mostly because of the drama. I have no idea what direction the Bucs’ offense will take, but I do know one thing: Winston will throw deep early and often. The biggest job for Arians, aside from trying to U-turn a foundering franchise, is the care and fixing of Winston, who couldn’t cure his interception bug in four seasons of Dirk Koetter’s tutelage. In fact, the only quarterback in the NFL since 2015 (minimum 1,500 attempts) to average more than a 3 percent interception rate is Winston—58 picks on 1,922 attempts, for a pick rate of 3.02 percent. Which means that, for every 100 passes Winston has thrown as a pro, just over three have been intercepted. (Hat-tip to Pro Football Reference for the play-index device that allows that stat to be figured out.) So you see the need for new teaching voicing in Winston’s ear … By the way, speaking of the Marcus Mariota-Jameis Winston debate, they meet for a referendum in Nashville on Oct. 27.” – Peter King.