Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Dirk Koetter Must Stick with Fitz if Winning


While the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in a quandary about what to do with Jameis Winston, there will be questions that further arise after his suspension. Right now, the scheduled starting QB should be Ryan Fitzpatrick. That should come as no surprise to fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, what may come as a surprise is what happens when the Winston suspension over. What does Dirk Koetter do if the Bucs are playing well under Fitz? Of course, there are only two options.

Option one is probably the easiest. This is Winston’s team and thus, he returns to the starting lineup. He will have the support of teammates and continue to reassure them that he will not be any more trouble than he already has been. Although, many of us have heard this mantra before and wonder when the next episode will come out.

Option two would be staying with Ryan Fitzpatrick. Let’s just say that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 2-1 or a surprising 3-0 under Fitz, why would you not continue to ride his arm. Think back three years ago when Fitzpatrick was with the Jets. He had one of his best seasons in his career. Fitz played in all 16 games, finishing with a 10-6 record, throwing for 3,905 yards,  31 TDs, and 15 INTs. He was one game from leading the Jets into the 2015 NFL Playoffs. There is no doubt, that he can get it done.

The controversy will come week 4. So many questions will come into light. Is Jameis in football shape? Will the timing be there between Winston and his receivers? Is a change even warranted? All these and maybe more will begin to riser come week four.

The Bucs have made some significant moves along the offensive line. They even drafted Ronald Jones out of USC. Given them something to possibly look forward to on the ground. If I am Dirk Koetter and my job is on the line, which it is this year, I am pulling out all the stops.

In saying that, if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 2-1 or a surprising 3-0 (@New Orleans Saints, vs Philadelphia Eagles, and vs Pittsburgh Steelers) then Ryan Fitzpatrick is my QB going forward. Anything less and see if Winston brings back a spark.

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