Bucs coach Dirk Koetter has suggested the offense could run out of the no-huddle more often in 2016. It’s a sign of his trust in the unit’s development, particularly the quarterback, who’s tasked with calling more plays and protection schemes from the line of scrimmage.
HC Dirk Koetter – Photo: Mark Cook/PR
For a rookie who was typically given two options at the line last season, in a simplified offense, Jameis Winston is ready to take further command.
“The more comfortable I get in the offense, the more stuff that they can give me – the more stuff they can put in my hands to go out there and execute,” Winston said in between the first practice of mandatory minicamp Tuesday.
“I just feel like we’re more comfortable because it is Year 2 for us,” he continued on the offense. “We’re excited to see how we can improve on our numbers. Hopefully we can match them or better them, because we had a great offensive year.”
The offense did have its share of promising moments in 2015, and that was in large part due to Winston’s rapid development. Now, as he begins his second offseason, Koetter already notices a huge difference in the cerebral aspect of his game.
While Tampa Bay isn’t game planning at this point – still in the beginning stages of install – Koetter can see Winston’s more comfortable on his own, making the right reads and avoiding forcing the ball.
“Compared to last year at this time, he knows way more than he did a year ago,” Koetter said. “If you remember, a year ago at this time, he was probably throwing three or four interceptions every day. You saw, even when things broke down today, Jameis pulled the ball down and ran.”
Added Koetter, speaking of the no-huddle offense: “It’s great just for the communication part of it, even when we don’t use it for the tempo part It’s making our defense play defense against no huddle as well, which we’ll see plenty of during the season, so I feel like our whole team is getting better in communicating in the no huddle.”
Koetter said they’ve thrown a lot at Winston this offseason, but haven’t come close to reaching his max workload. And as far as the no-huddle offense, the second-year quarterback is all for it.
Less thinking and more executing, Winston said, is always going to help an offense click.
“I think when you’re playing fast pace, the more you can cut out thinking the better you are, especially for the young guys we have,” Winston said. “You just go out there, call the play and go with it.
“Any time you can create rhythm or repetition it’s good – it works. I like no-huddle, everyone likes no huddle.”
Coming out of Florida State, Winston was roundly considered one of the most pro-ready quarterbacks to enter the draft in recent NFL history. He had shown strong capacity to learn and potential to eventually lead a complex offense, and he did it by not letting the game intimidate him.
The key was to keep it simple then, and it’s been the same approach in Tampa Bay.
“I always went by the motto at Florida State: ‘See a little, see a lot. See a lot, see nothing,’” he said. “I’m just paying attention to my keys and trying to go through my progressions.”
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Always encouraging to hear. He will have a pretty solid year as a second year in this offense. If everyone stays healthy, this could be special in Bucs standards. I’m going to go out on a limb and say he puts up around 30 passing TD’s this year.
30 isn’t going out in a limb when he had 22 as a rookie without V Jax for most of the yr, but I’ll raise your 30 and say 35 for Jamies now I also predict he will throw 20 int’s until he can show me he stopped sailing the ball high over the wr’s heads he will have a lot of int’s
Not excited all that much about the yardage #s- points is where it’s at! They need to step it up this season, and I think Winston going against the new D is gonna help a lot in his progress…and yes!- more no huddle!!
As happens with most rookies, the Bucs offense had the most troubles in the red zone.
Tighter compressed area with players moving at faster speeds can intimidate a young QB no matter if they are the Tom Brady clone.
Hopefully this means if Winston is in a situation this year like he was last year when Washington over shifted to the area they were going to run to, he has a better play he can call to.
This should also help take some of the pressure off of the O-line as well. No rest for the defense though…
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