Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston made a short appearance on 95.3 WDAE’s radio show, The Pat and Aaron Show, on Friday on Radio Row in Atlanta prior to the Super Bowl.

Winston began the segment with praises when asked about his former head coach, Dirk Koetter, emphasizing that Koetter was a great coach but conceding that it’s a wins and losses league and that often falls on the head coach and quarterback.

When moving on to talk about his new head coach, Bruce Arians, it was hard for Winston to contain his excitement.

“Man, I was very elated,” Winston said. “Honestly, that was my first choice. If I had talked to anybody in the building I would have said, ‘Yo, B.A. is on the market.’ Just because of my background with him, the swagger that he brings as a professional coach, the resume that he has working with all of these quarterbacks. This guy is known as the quarterback guru, but at the end of the day it’s about wins and losses and I think he’s done that in his tenure as an NFL coach.”

Photo by: PewterReport.com

As is usually the case when talking with Winston, he rarely lacks confidence. Touted as “being a winner” throughout his career at Florida State with a 26-1 record as a starter and with a 9-7 record in his second year with the Bucs, Winston’s answer was simple, but resounding when asked about what he needs to improve going into the 2019 season.

“Wins. That’s all,” Winston said. “Statistically, talent level, I’m the best. I’m one of the best. But wins? I think that’s what it’s all about. It’s not about stats, it’s not about how many touchdowns or how many yards you have, or your completion percentage, it’s about giving your team a chance to win and posting up W’s at the end of the day.”

He’s not alone on that side of the ball, though. He continued by talking about his deeply talented receiving corps.

“Those guys are willing to do whatever with me, whether that’s after the practice or during the offseason,” Winston said. “They’re relentless workers and I give a lot of the credit to our success on the field to the things we do off the field. The preparation and the studying that we have together, because that really builds the chemistry and builds the trust that you have with your teammates.”

Bucs QB Jameis Winston and WRs Adam Humphries and Mike Evans - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs QB Jameis Winston and WRs Adam Humphries and Mike Evans – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

It’s well-known that in Winston’s heart, right next to his passion for football, is a passion for working with kids. That passion has culminated into Jameis Winston’s Dream Forever Foundation, a foundation created to “impact the lives of financially disadvantaged children and youth through encouragement, opportunities and resources to develop and achieve their dreams.”

A major creation from the foundation was a “Dream Room” at Alexander Elementary School in Tampa. Winston talked a little about his foundation before closing the segment.

“First of all, I just want to say that’s the best platform that we have as an NFL player,” Winston said. “We get to reach so many people, but being able to get into your community to affect the kids, to affect the homeless, to affect some of our veterans who are getting looked over, especially in the Tampa Bay community, that’s the biggest platform you can have as a football player.”

As far as the Dream Room, Winston explained the greater impact of giving kids access to technology early and often in primary schools.

the privilege to open these Dream Rooms, based off of technology and the STEM program: science, technology, engineering and math,” Winston said. “Giving kids that are underprivileged opportunities to have Wi-Fi and have access to the internet within school, whether that’s after school, whether that’s before school, to give them an opportunity to do their homework and different assignments.”

Bucs QB Jameis Winston: Photo by: PewterReport.com

Winston continued.

“Allow them to go in there and dream big. Allow them to work on things that they may aspire to be, whether that’s in robotics or coding or just being able to function on the internet. Think about how many jobs the internet has for people these days. If these kids don’t get access to the internet early and often, they might lose out on the trends. There’s no more reading the newspapers to find job apps. It’s surfing the web, learning how to do that effectively and efficiently and creating a path for yourself.”

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20 COMMENTS

  1. Well, he is once again saying the right things as well as doing it. Just have to hope he does not fall of the wagon again because whether he realizes it or not, this is his last chance in Tampa. Mess up this year and he will not come back. Mess up badly enough and he won’t even get a chance elsewhere. He is out of lifelines at this point and he has to play well to remain a starter in the NFL. My fingers are crossed and I hope for the best.

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  2. I HOPE WINSTON IS NOT ARIAN’s FIRST CHOICE JAMEIS

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    • He is though, suck it up buttercup.

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  3. Well for the most part Winston has always said the right things. What we all need to see are results.

    Meanwhile, the sky is literally falling, I have little white pieces of it everywhere and it’s as cold as our 2018 record.

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    • I think Winston is capable of becoming an elite QB. His best (and maybe only) chance to step up to that level is 2019. I hope he does and hope he’s matured enough to stay out of trouble.

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  4. Ok, seriously, what has this guy done to win us football games? Nothing. Two Coaching staff’s fired. Multiple sexual batteries/allegations. So what if he’s “passionate” or “excited”. He’s been a wasted pick, and off field mess, and doesn’t have the respect of his teammates (who can respect someone who repeatedly assaults women?). Draft a QB this year, early rounds, hope he pans out. I’m tired of every website being on this guy’s jock. Hold him accountable to his face, not kiss his ass every chance you get. He want’s tough love? That’s it.

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  5. What’s he done? Pretty much broken all records etc. improved passer rating and completion percent every year. Yes he has too many int. Dude get real if you know anything about football this team has sucked. Defense been dead last in nfl. O line sucks. Run game sucks. A run game is QB best friend. Give him average run game and defense and you will see a very good QB imo. Not making excuses I’m being real. You blame the Qb for the losses is stupid he’s put us in position to win many games where defense gave up over 40 points. Keep it real and be realistic. It’s a team sport and if team sucks doesn’t matter who QB is. He has made mistakes yes. Time to put up or shut up but you can’t have shit defense and run game and blame it all on QB unless your a moron.

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    • He’s had a decent run in some the years he’s been here and a decent D, it didn’t really change his stats much just like giving him the most talent receiving corp NFL did make him shine this year. I can’t speak for others but I don’t evaluate him on team wins at all.

      He’s never put up better than average overall stats. After 4 years of data, he’s below average overall. That’s not an opinion that just what the stats show. Most of those records are team records, the bar is pretty low in Tampa in that regard. His NFL league records mostly revolve around his age. Speaking of which he doesn’t just turn the ball over too much he holds the rolling 4 year record for turnovers.

      If BA doesn’t get results out of him this year it’s time to move, last thing we need is $100m LTD on the books.

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      • A decent run game and decent defense?! What bucs teams have you been watching? This defense has been next to or dead last every single year Jameis has been here. And outside of his rookie year the running game has been dead last. That’s nowhere near decent to me.

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    • Dude has never had his head in the game, in my opinion. He’s more concerned with putting on a show for the cameras then the nitty gritty it takes to thrive in the NFL. Breaking the Bucs passing records? Who the hell have the Bucs QB’s been? Any HOF’ers for what they did in Tampa? When you’re better than Josh Freeman, and that’s your competition…then it is not a particularly high bar to get over. I am a Bucs fan till the day I die, I want them to succeed, Jameis gives me no confidence.

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  6. Jameis needs to be gone if he can’t perform this year, regardless of past allegations or what have you. Stop turning the ball over, start being a professional and hit the damn deep ball, how about no delay of game penalties either…

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    • FYI…. Delay of game penalties are generally communication errors. Last year every play call went through Dirk, when not in hurry up. That takes extra time for the QB to make the call, for the offense to set and for pre-snap reads to be made. JS, but take what you will from that

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  7. What the Buc, what team have you been watching the last 4 years? The bucs have had decent Running game and decent defense some years? Yeah right that statement right there makes anything you say meaningless. For starters the bucs defense has sucked every year Winston has played. The only exception was a 5 or 6 game stretch during the 5 game winning streak during the 9 and 7 season. Wining 9 games that year a coincidence? I don’t think so. Winston’s running game a QBs best friend ( if you don’t believe me just ask Drew Breeze) was good his rookie year and he won 6 games. Not bad for a first year starter who played every snap of that season. What the Buc ,what I think your failing to acknowledge because of your bias towards Winston, is that the Bucs haven’t even been close to fielding a complete team the 4 years Winston’s been here. If you want to say that the QB should win without a complete team every year, name a few of these QBs and I will stand corrected. ( I mean by complete team, lacking a defense and running game the same season) PS not having a good field goal kicker for 4 years didn’t help either.

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  8. All Jameis needs to do is raise his QB average by 20 to 25 %, raise his losses from 70% to win 70% only about 200% better win loss a little tweak here and there throw 10 – 15 less ints a year
    Throw 10 -15 more TDs fumble 200% less .
    Drop personal fouls by 6 or 7 year . If he could do all this he would be a top 10 QB. Maybe Bruce Arians is like Yoda in Star Wars and can pass some of Knowledge of the force. Maybe Obi-Wan Kenobi can help they can turn him from a bottom 10 quarterback to the top 10 quarterback by sitting down and And have a good Stern talking to him.

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  9. Maybe CJ master in fredster can wish it a little harder this year they’re Wishing every year hasn’t helped yet but maybe it will get Chef bohoho in there too he can do some wishing also. By the way where is Dave I miss him telling me how good a running back Rojo was going to be.

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    • And maybe you can come on here and regurgitate your same talking points? Maybe you can regurgitate how bad JPP is so we can all continue to laugh at you. Maybe you can come in and claim how fat Vea is so we can all come in here and laugh at you. Maybe you can come in with the same anti- jameis sentiment you’ve spewed for the whole year. Except when Jameis had good games, then you were invisible ofcourse. But you get the point, just look at all the down votes you get, we are all laughing at you, not with you.

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  10. Jameis is a very good talker problem is Bruce Arians is going to do what he’s going to do no matter what anybody says about him. Lyle sendlein said Bruce Arians is not like any other coach you watch on Hard Knocks he doesn’t feel bad cutting you he feels like he can release the anger from you for holding a spot on his team and not performing at the standards he expected when he cuts you. Once you’re cut he can then think of you as a human being and feel bad for you.

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  11. S W A G G E R !!!

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  12. league worst defense throughout his career. league worst run game for all but one year. one of the most blitzed\pressured QBs in football, exacerbated by a vertical scheme. inferior coaches and players who rebel openly against them. The fact that Jameis has been middle of the road with that going on tells you that he’s got greatness in him. I hope this is the move that unlocks it, if it hasn’t been beaten out of him by 4 years of “a bucs life”

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  13. 1st choice stop throwing so many interceptions!

    2nd choice get more precise and accurate in throwing the deep ball!

    3rd choice stop off field madness!

    4th and final choice no matter what you are the starting QB on a NFL team with no long term contract. Only the one year option and nothing else. For a starting QB that tells you something right there!

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