So the Bucs made a furious rally in the second half on the road after switching quarterbacks and lost by three? Wait, haven’t we seen this before?

We have.

Only this time, Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick reversed the roles of who was committing the turnovers and who was bringing them back.

Four weeks ago at Cincinnati, Jameis Winston threw four interceptions, including a pick-six that got him benched for Ryan Fitzpatrick. The 35 year old pulled some Fitz Magic and led the Bucs back to tie the game up at 34, ultimately losing on a field goal as time expired.

This paved the way for Dirk Koetter to make the decision to stick with Fitzpatrick as the starter for games against Carolina, Washington, and their latest game.

On Sunday against the Giants, it was Fitzpatrick who resumed the role of the constant turnover producer, throwing three interceptions, with two in the third quarter, and one of them also being a pick-six. Fitzpatrick’s final pass of his playing time in the quarter was an interception, just like Winston’s was.

Almost parallel to Cincinnati, Jameis Winston came in the third quarter and went wild to bring the Bucs back in contention. His second touchdown of the game cut the deficit to three by a score of 38-35, but it was too little to late as the Bucs couldn’t get any stops or convert on an onside kick.

When Ryan Fitzpatrick entered the game in Cincinnati, he threw for 194 yards and two touchdowns.

When Jameis Winston entered the game in New York, he threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns.

The similarities are uncanny.

Will Jameis be named the starter much akin to when Fitz was rewarded for his (almost) comeback? We’ll find out soon enough, but a betting man would say so.

But wait, there’s more.

The Bucs defense isn’t off the hook, as they brought the same parallels as well. Again in Cincinnati, the defense let up 135 total yards and two touchdowns to running back Joe Mixon, while Saquon Barkely had 152 and three touchdowns for the Giants. The ground game victimized the defense both times in letting up 30+ points. It was another game where combination of no stops on defense and turnovers by the offense put the Bucs behind the eight ball, only to feverishly fight until the end.

Today’s game against the Giants was almost like a sequel to the Bengals, but it’s a movie that Bucs fans don’t want to see. The biggest question left is who gets the starting job when they face the 49ers at home next week. Tampa Bay is hoping that there’s no trilogy.

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19 COMMENTS

  1. Winston needs to start. What’s the point of putting a 35 year old quarterback out there when the team is going nowhere and he’s turning the ball over almost as much as your 24 year old former first overall pick?

    It’s time to make Ryan Griffin the backup and put some film out there for the next GM so they can see what they have.

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    • I totally agree. If we lose any more games we need to try Griffin out. He looked awfully good in Pre-Season. Let’s see what he looks like in the big show. We deserve it, and so does he. If he has the skills we have something to build on regardless of what happens to Fitz or Winston.

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  2. Come on you clown ass Fitzmagic apologists…make the argument that he is who should be playing (Naplesfan, where are you???)! This was a dumb ass Coach trying to save his preverbial ASS instead of doing the right thing! Jameis is not the best QB in the league but he is the best chance at a franchise QB this Team has ever had. Maybe there is a “bias” that some of you have and I don’t mean his “off the field stuff”. Maybe a little bit deeper rooted than what most want to bring up???

    This Team should have started Jameis all the way through. But it is really apparent this coaching staff and GM need to move on. They should not be allowed to make any more roster changes. In all honesty, the Glazers should move on from their standard practice of not firing staff’s in the middle of the season to firing everyone to send the message that this will not be tolerated anymore. Put us AND Koetter out of our collective misery as well as Licht and move the F on! Hire Dingy as President off Football Operations and let him make the decisions moving forward.

    Jameis may be salvageable but I am sure you clowns will disagree. I hope the next Leadership Group gets the chance to figure it out!

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  3. I want to give a Shout out to Mike Evans who just became the Greatest Receiver in Buccaneer History. And he is only 45 yards away from 1000 yds for the Season, with 6 games left.
    We do have Talent on this team. We just need new Coaching.

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  4. All the effort that was put into offence last 4 years to prop up Winston has left defence with huge holes
    and none off it has worked, This season is lost.
    In the NFL you need balance with talent on both O and D
    Your salary cap is suppose to even things out vs rest of NFL.
    The Winston franchise project has failed , Yes at times he is better than Fitz and other times he fails. However
    he is not a 21 Mil QB, New GM and coach will release him.

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    • Learn to spell you donkey! Also, coherent comments help the reader to understand your thoughts though I don’t think it would matter as you evidently don’t think anyone on this Team is worthwhile.

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      • Defence and offence are perfectly acceptable spellings in the English language. Your comment about coherent comments is largely incoherent. It’s also a run on sentence which is poor grammar. The first letter in team should not be capitalized. People who live in glass houses…

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      • The content is clear Winston is Bust , Time wasted propping him up
        4 years , team is bottom of division again .
        Spelling does not change the fact he is bust get over it on to new QB next year

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      • Let me spell Bust for you clowns Winston W I N S T O N !

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  5. This team still needs defensive improvements! It’s the major issue since Koetter has been the head coach. Licht has failed him to provide
    those defensive needs as GM.

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    • Has licht failed or has injuries devastated our defense? We lost both pro bowl LBs, starting DE, our starting CB and Safety and another starting LB still out. We are playing with 3 back up LBs that wouldn’t be starting if all our starters were healthy. Literally half of our projected starting defense is out. You take away those players from any defense and I guarantee they will suck also.

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      • Everybody has injuries; for many teams it’s not a problem as they have ample back ups who are already competing to start.
        Just my opinion here at this point in time and forgetting the past let evaluate this. What injuries are hurting us? Not many at all as these were already just average players at best. David, Alexander, Beckwith, Conte, Evans, Hargreaves, Smith, Jones, Curry, Urien, are all just average players to below average starters and we should have had adequate replacements for them and we don’t. That is on the GM. Poor drafting and free agency signings is an issue for the GM.

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    • I would say d needs improvement only team that has allowed 300 points 329 to be exact

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  6. I know I’ll be attacked for not being part of the mainstream mob, but here goes: go ahead, fire the coach staff and GM. They’ll bring in their own people, new players, and we’ll start fresh. A honeymoon period will ensue, followed by tough times and a couple of losses. That will end the honeymoon period, and we’ll be right back to where we are now. I’ve been a fan since 1976, so I’ve seen it all too often.

    Sometimes, despite popular opinion, you just have to stick with a plan. That plan should be to strengthen the defense at all costs and minimize offensive changes, i.e., don’t fire anyone. Let these players continue to grow together in the same system. Will it happen? I doubt it. But we’ve tried constant change (AKA holding coaches accountable), and that’s proven to be ineffective; it just hasn’t worked. Maybe we should try something that hasn’t been tried, and let the players and coaches improve in the same system.

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    • Bill: If only we could predict the future if Licht and Koetter were given even more time to construct a winning team. Continuity has it’s benefits. Our offense is the best we’ve ever fielded. Thus, keeping it somewhat intact with a few tweaks should be the goal. The defense is the worst……by far and must be completely revamped. Maybe part of the solution is for the rostered players to heal and return to the line-up. More than likely an entirely new scheme and replacing many of the players are in order.

      Do we trust Jason Licht to make another attempt at bringing in players to at least achieve mediocrity? Do we think Dirk Koetter is willing to throw loyalties aside and bring in a more effective coaching staff?

      Hopefully Santos will be the answer at PK.

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  7. I hope to never see Meshaun Jackson in a Buc uniform on Sunday ever again. My wish is for the organization to let him waste away every Sunday on the inactive list.
    His effort on Sunday was abysmal and resulted in at least two of the 4 interceptions

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    • Agreed 100% drd, and then that clown had the balls to talk about needing more effort after the game. The guys been a cancer on every team hes been on and hes been half assing it for weeks. Inactivate his punk ass.

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  8. The Bucs need to do the smart thing here! Start Winston see what we have. Dirk is clawing to save his job and not worried on the long term goal. This season is over. We either have to roll with Jameis and move forward or start with a new QB. Either way Jameis should start the rest of the year.

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  9. This season was a lost cause because Mike Smith was terrible and Dirk Koetter has no vision for the defense. Everybody forgets that the Saints have HOFer Drew Brees as their QB and went thru some pretty stinky seasons because of a piss-poor defense and that organization wasn’t preaching “rebuild” like our losing culture fans do and like our losing culture Glazers do.

    Winston is the best QB on our roster. It’s time for him to make his case for redemption.

    Winston makes players around him better. Cameron Brate, Adam Humphries, Keith Tandy… are just a few players who have vocally given Winston credit to his leadership for their successes. Nobody says that about Fitz because Fitz isn’t that kind of leader and athlete.

    It’s time to remove Koetter now and let this team reconnect with Winston with the assurance that a lame duck head coach isn’t going to get in the way of things. It’s time for the Glazers to show some passion for a winning culture and free Licht to fire Koetter now. Then, we focus on the defense this offseason thru the draft/FA and new coaching.

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