Bucs QB Jameis Winston - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston is not used to losing and he doesn’t plan on making it a habit in Tampa Bay.
Following the 38-10 season finale in Carolina, the fourth straight loss that puts the Bucs last in the NFC South with a 6-10 record, the rookie took to the podium for his post-game press conference and made strong promises for the future.
“We’re going to create a mindset this offseason – a winning mindset. I guarantee it,” Winston said powerfully. “A mindset that you will never give up, a relentless mindset of being able to persevere over adversity. We’re going to have that next year.”
How does he plan on doing that?
“I’m going to be me,” Winston said. “That’s me. I persevere. I’m relentless. I want to win and that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to protect the football. As a quarterback, you lead.”
In just his rookie season, Winston has already become the outspoken and undisputed leader of the franchise. He quarterbacked the Bucs’ most prolific offense in team history, gaining the trust and respect of his teammates in the process. And for personal accomplishments, Winston became just the third rookie QB in league history to reach 4,000 yards through the air, finishing with 4,042.
But it’s not about him, or even 2015. It’s about building confidence as a team, developing a winning-mentality and finding the right players to follow his lead.
“Right now I’m not worried about wins and losses,” Winston said. “I’m worried about getting a mentality and getting everybody on the same page and bouncing back. Ending the season 0-4 – we have to cut that. We can’t end the season 0-4. We’re way better than that.
“It’s just the beginning. This is a long process, but like I said, in the offseason we’re going to come back strong. We have to. We’re getting better, two wins last year and six this year. We have to get better. I have to get better and I know this team will get better as long as I get better and I know I’m going to get better.”
And for those calling for the coaches’ jobs (or in this case, suggesting that Dirk Koetter could be interviewing for a promotion), Winston made it clear that the right men are in place. Winston wants every player to buy into the system, even if it means looking elsewhere to find a few guys who will.
“All my coaches mean a lot to me – all my coaches,” Winston said. “All of my coaches are going to be a part of that. Coach Koetter is an amazing coach, Coach Lovie is an amazing coach. All our coaches helped us get here. If you look at this team and where we came from… If we didn’t have these coaches and they weren’t on our butts, we wouldn’t have won six games – I guarantee you.
“I guarantee you there are some of our coaches who want it more than our players, and that’s the bad part,” he continued. “That’s the bad part. Our coaches want it, I guarantee you. They’re up there working hours, not getting to see their family. I’m not here to talk about coaches. I know our coaches want it. We need to get our guys to put in the work like our coaches put in. That’s how you’re going to be successful.”
Sunday’s defeat marks the fifth straight season the Bucs have finished last in the NFC South and the fifth time in seven years they’ve accumulated at least 10 losses.
Hearing Winston, in a fiery manner, make such strong assertions and promise change has to give Bucs fans hope. Their team’s franchise quarterback doesn’t accept losing.
“Right now I’m just focused on the 2016 Buccaneers, making a difference in the locker room and getting the guys with the same mentality and being successful. It’s going to be a process, but we’re going to come with it – I guarantee you.”
To watch Winston’s press conference on Buccaneers.com, click here
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I listened to his Press Conference and Jameis is a winner! He flat out said what should have been said by the Coach. There are players playing for the money and nothing else; no real heart for the game. I’d say we need about a dozen or so new players on this team and quite a few are in Defense. Not sure why Lovie has been hiding it all when many of us knew we were not ready yet to declare we were a Playoff Team. Glad to hear the Coaches are pushing the players and will make the changes. Why can’t Lovie just say the way it is? “It’s as simple as that”. First you have to be honest with yourself, then you can get better. That’s Horse wisdom. always worked for me. Go Bucs!
Straight from the Horse’s mouth!!!
Love that that was great horse you could see it all through the defense other than the linebackers lavonte david especially and Gerald Mccoy no one else showed up and Austin seferian Jenkins and Bobby Rainey everyone else showed up except those guys
Well Horse I believe that QB Winston may be the QB for Tampa Bay that is right for Tampa Bay.He will get the team ready next year go bucs
I’m not worried about WINSTON, or LvD, or Martin, or Kwon, or probably GMC (although he really was struggling this year for large stretches)….beyond that, I’m not sure who will buy-in to the winning, adversity-beating attitude….a lot of “me” players, and guys who play as long as we’re ahead….might need a lot of changes…
I heard this moving and admirable promise to change the mentality to a winning attitude in his after game presser. I could feel the passion and disappointment in his voice when he said he has never lost 4 games in a row in his life and was intent on never letting it happen again.
A lot of Knute Rockne in this kid, but he’s going to need help. I only hope he gets the supporting cast (coaches and players) he needs to make good on his promise. It starts at the top!
The team lacks talent but we have our qb so now just build around him but don’t expect much next yr either
I was wrong about Jameis. Stay out of trouble, young man, and you’ll be the star we need.
Passionate speech by Winston. Offensive players usually don’t call out defensive players but I would guess that is who Jameis was talking about with the winning “mentality” comments. This year the Bucs played one of the easiest schedules they have ever had. Schedule gets a lot harder next year.
Mike evans cares about winning enough he got ejected makes me like Mike him even more go bucs
I hope Winston is the foundation for the Bucs going forward. I agree, like the other 20 teams packing their bags today, we need some new and improved talent this offseason. My final observations for the 2015 season is we have our QB, we have some very talented core players, but we need a big dose of “Will to Win,” in 2016. Should be another interesting offseason, I hope I live to see another great regular season. Go Bucs
This is exactly what this team needs and I’m so happy Winston is our QB and not afraid to say it. Enough of the giving up after 1 bad play on defense or a turnover being overturned. Bucs have the fire now with Kwon and Winston leading the way!!!
This kid just gets it. Amazing at 21 years of age. This quote last night from DanTurksGhost I think sums it up, ”
This kid is absolutely the real deal. He’s the kind of leader who can WILL his team to win football games. I can guarantee you that any slacker, loser attitudes on this team are going to be dealt with harshly by JW and his guys. And any new player, either free agent or rookie, drafted or undrafted, are going to know from DAY ONE just who is the leader of this team and they’re going to find out the moment they step foot into OBP for the first time.
This is how you change a team’s attitude from the inside-out. The winds of change are blowing in the right direction…”
Jameis needs to get McCoy on board, or we’re gonna have serious issues down the road.
I’m willing to give all players a chance to change into winners, but it starts today. This team needs a sit down coaches and players and understand winning is the focus and not losing your composure in a game and pushing yourself to the maximum on every play is now the norm. Let it be known that this is Winston’s team. I would listen to Winston only at this point in time if I were the Glazer’s, GM, head Coach and trust Winston who are the real player’s and form your nucleus around them to go forward. Go Bucs!
What a great press conference. This is what it’s going to take to change this franchise. I lover that he called out the Loafers and those with weak wills. Those players need to be called out.
What a great rookie year by Jameis a, we have our franchise QB and if some players aren’t on board, get the hell out. HE will make this team a winner, you can count on it.
We just need a few more players with this moxie and things will turn around. Its this attitude that Jameis has that makes him so special.
Now get out there and work on that deep ball and Mechanics Jameis, I know you will.
Love that he wants more from his team, but he has lots to work on himself. He missed too many open receivers and threw into coverage too much this season. Maybe next year.
Very satisfied as to lovie’s press this morning too. I have great hope we will be a much better team next season. Go Bucs!
Can Winston get on the DL and rush the QB or play as a DB.
chuckbville. LOL. LMAO. Sure pal. Unlike every other rookie QB who has ever played in the NFL.
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