The 2018 Tampa Bay Buccaneers are an awful team regardless of whether Ryan Fitzpatrick or Jameis Winston is taking snaps at quarterback.
Now that we have that out of the way, I have no doubt the message will still be lost to those who insist on keeping the QB controversy alive and well. I can beat the point home that neither Winston nor Fitz play defense, but the fandom has become ridiculous and it becomes insipid to point out the obvious. Neither Brad Johnson nor Doug Williams would have made a difference as the Bucs would have still been beat down 42-28 at the hands of the Carolina Panthers.
Fitzpatrick passed just over 50 percent for 243 yards, 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Before the Winston fans hop on the “I told you so” train, “Pot, meet Kettle.” Currently the Glazers and the Bucs are facing the prospect of fighting with Jon Gruden and the future Las Vegas Raiders for a spot at the top overall pick. It’s near guaranteed the Bucs will have another top 5 or at least a top 10 pick that they have a good chance of squandering come 2019.
Now for the million-dollar question: if Koetter still has his job by the time they face the Washington Redskins on November 11, should Fitz get another chance to start?
The short answer is yes because despite Fitz getting sacked three times for 24 yards and two interceptions, he’s not proven himself to be a reason the team loses yet. The bar’s been pretty low for a struggling team like the Bucs, but as long as his TD-INT ratio isn’t embarrassing enough, he still has a better rapport with the receiving corps no matter how awful protection and play-calling are.
How long should Fitz be in there? Well, as long as the Bucs aren’t officially eliminated in the playoffs, he should give the team a fair shot as long as there isn’t another meltdown. Then you can play musical QB chairs again with Winston. Should the season be lost, you might as well give Ryan Griffin a shot.
You may resume your petty QB squabbling again.