Written by: Fred Gudes
The play of Jameis Winston can only be summed up into an experience: Each game feels like you’re on this rollercoaster of emotions with so many highs and lows.
Winston is one of the most unique starting quarterbacks in the NFL. He keeps the Buccaneers in nearly every game, unfortunately, he keeps opposing team in the game as well. It’s pretty remarkable that one player is literally dictating the majority of the scoring, for BOTH teams.
I’m in a love-hate relationship with Winston. Lately, I’ve been leaning towards supporter. But even I have to admit Saturday’s loss versus the Houston Texans falls solely on the QB. Honestly, regardless of what transpired Saturday versus Houston, I still support bringing him back in 2020.
I just can’t see Bruce Arians nurturing a rookie quarterback, nor does it make sense to bring in an Andy Dalton or Philip Rivers. Winston understands Leftwich’s offense. But it still comes down to better decision making needed by Winston.
At this point, I truly have no idea what Winston’s legacy will be in Tampa Bay. If Arians can’t coach the turnovers out of Winston then it’s more than likely no NFL team or coach can. If Arians can cut at least half of Winston’s season turnover average, the Buccaneers most likely make the playoffs with the way the defense has progressed under Todd Bowles.
The decision to retain Winston’s services in 2020 will be one of the hardest decisions any one team has ever had to make about a potential franchise quarterback. Until that decision is made, the debate will carry-on.