At the start of the 2015 draft, you had two very quarterback needy teams in the Buccaneers and Titans. All the way leading up to just before Tampa Bay submitted their number one overall pick, no one truly knew if the selection was going to be Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota. Ultimately they chose Winston, and left Tennessee to select Mariota. Initially it seemed to be a split reaction by the fan base, and until as of late he had seemed to win the city over. To date, they both have had moderately successful careers in different aspects, and you could make a good case for either quarterback. If as a fan, you could have a “re-do”, if you will, who would you select in a snap reaction? Winston or Mariota?
In one corner, you have an even-tempered and athletic player, who is hard not to like. His passing stats are decent, can run efficiently, and has already won a playoff game. Despite, that his development took a step back last season. And while he played well in his first playoff game, it was because of the production of the rest of his team that got them to the playoffs. It remains to be seen if he will continue to digress or show resilience in a new season with also a new head coach.
In the other corner, you have a charismatic, yet polarizing player in Jameis Winston, whose overall passing stats are a bit better, but has only won 20 games in 3 seasons. Not to mention he has had his off-field troubles catch up to him just before the start of the 2018 season. Despite that, I believe the lack of wins has more to do with the Bucs total picture than him alone. Of course he must do his part, but it is clear that he has an overall higher ceiling than Mariota. And with respect or off the field situations, I believe he has and will continue to keep that behind him.
Both of their careers will continue to be tied together if only because of where they were drafted despite how different their style of play at quarterback is. It isn’t expected for either player to get a ton of playing time in week two this Saturday evening, but nonetheless the comparison of one against the other is sure to be highlighted to a good degree.
What’s is your “re-do” selection? Who do you got? Winston or Mariota?