Jameis Winston has done it again to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the fan base. With a new coaching staff, it was supposed to be different. Bruce Arians and new OC, Byron Leftwich were supposed to be able to mold Jameis into the QB he was drafted to be. They were supposed to be able to tame the turnover beast that is Winston’s alter ego.
One game into the 2019 NFL season it seems that that may not be the case, after all.
Yes, it was only one game, and it is only week one under the new regime.
Yes, the offensive line is not particularly very good, and the 49ers had an active defensive line. But, at this point, it is a problem. And, today? This was a breaking point for a lot of people.
This is Jameis Winston's 17th career game with multiple interceptions, passing Blake Bortles for most in the league since Winston entered the NFL in 2015. pic.twitter.com/2jiXnz9E8w
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 8, 2019
The First INT of the day wasn’t all on him though. O.J. Howard had the ball bounce off of his hands and into the hands of a linebacker.
The second interception was terrible. With a 5-wide set, the Bucs puzzlingly had RB Peyton Barber on the outside matched up on Richard Sherman. This didn’t go well, as you would expect, and Winston threw a pass that looked like it was meant to be an out route that ended up right in the hands of Sherman. And, he took it to the house as Barber sat his route and didn’t break out.
The third pick is the one that sealed the fate of a lot of Bucs fans. Down 6 with the ball with a little over two minutes left, the Bucs had a chance to win the game. Winston could right the wrongs of the day and get a signature moment for his career.
To start the drive the Bucs called a running back screen that the 49ers sniffed out. With RB Dare Ogunbowale smothered by white and gold Winston was also pressured by the D-line. However, instead of throwing the ball away or even into the ground, he elected to try to somehow find Oguenbowale, who could hardly, if at all, be seen on our T.V. screens or in the stands in the mass of bodies.
The pass was floated over the RB and lineman and picked off by the Niner’s Ahkello Witherspoon who raced 25 yards for the return, and easily into the endzone for the second pick six of the second half.
This was a pass that a 5th year QB just CAN NOT MAKE. Period.
You can not make that kind of throw, that late into a game and not expect the doubters to come for you.
The Bucs this offseason will have a decision to make.
Winston will be up for a new deal and plays like that one and games like today, are just making it easier and more comfortable for the Bucs to go in a new direction. Winston his whole career has delivered great plays like his touchdown to Chris Godwin earlier in the third quarter, to crazy plays like the one called back to Cameron Brate, but to downright bone-headed ones like today’s last pick.
With a short week coming up with a trip to Carolina on Thursday, Winston will need to tighten up. We have heard him say multiple times the games are on him, he needs to do better, and he needs to take care of the ball.
At the end of the day, we have not seen those things happen for a full stretch of games consistently.
Winston is playing for his Bucs future, and the front office and scouting department are probably already planning trips out to Tuscaloosa, Eugene, and Athens.
With 15 more games to go this season, Jameis Winston, you are already on the clock.
Bucs coach Arians again non-committal Tuesday on QB Winston
It’s become increasingly apparent, that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are ready to move on from potential free agent quarterback Jameis Winston. And Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, coach Bruce Arians gave the latest example that he and the Buccaneers front office will look at the other options available first.
Arians spoke at a podium on numerous subjects, but the most prominent is what Tampa Bay will do in the coming days with Winston?
— Charlie Clifford (@cliffWISH8) February 25, 2020
Arians was asked directly about potential for a franchise tag for his starter a year ago and what the Bucs might proceed to do? But, he refused to endorse that option on the former number one overall pick Winston. And, the Bucs coach maintained that the team will possibly us the franchise tag for defensive end Shaq Barrett.
Further, Arians gave a pointed specific answer on Winston’s poor play last December as the team finished 7-9 and that has the team looking at other options,
Arians on Winston and why it’s still uncertain: “December wasn’t what I wanted to see.”
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) February 25, 2020
Arians has consistently refused back Winston since the off-season began. This included at an NFL coaching seminar earlier this month in Tampa. He said to the media at that time:
“Really nothing has changed,” Arians said. “What’s Door No. 2? You know? Can we make the one we have better? All those things you go through right now.”
“You’re just sitting there waiting to see is there someone available? … Is he a better option?
The Buccaneers faltered in the middle of the season to drop to 3-7 and then, Winston and Co. blew its final two games to finish 7 – 9 with Winston throwing a career-high 30 interceptions.
After their final loss at home to Atlanta in overtime, where Winston threw the game losing “pick six,” Arians was candid after the final game by saying about Winston’s play that it would have to be evaluated pass by pass and game by game in the off-season. Further, he told the media then, that there “was some great and some terrible…. and you have to decide, if the great outweighs the terrible.”
While Winston did throw for a career-high 5000 + yards in 2019, his interceptions and total turnovers continued to be his downfall throughout the season. The Buccaneers finished 1 – 6 in games against teams with winning records and Winston had 17 total turnovers in those seven games. He finished with the 30 picks that included 10 of them in the Bucs final four games.
Tampa Bay obviously will have the opportunity to go after a free agent quarterback or two, as there is much speculation about the likes of Tom Brady with the Patriots. Plus, Philip Rivers will not be re-signed by the Chargers and is available come March. And, now that Drew Brees has announced he wants to play at least one more year for the Saints, their backup Teddy Bridgewater will be in demand on the market.
The Bucs are also continuing the evaluating the QB class for the Draft the next few days in Indy, which could have some interesting names still available in the second and third rounds and beyond.
Bucs confirmed Monday they will have new uniforms in 2020
On Monday, the Bucs confirmed what they have been hinting at, they will have new uniforms in 2020. But the real question is: what does “new” mean in this instance?
We heard you!
New uniforms coming April 2020. pic.twitter.com/e7qNUsNWZb
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) February 24, 2020
The Bucs also released a statement through their website confirming that April will be the unveiling of the new uniforms, as well as, potential new color scheme, logo, etc. and had these comments from co – owner, Ed Glazer:
“We have heard the feedback from our fans loud and clear and have been working with the NFL and our league partners at Nike to usher in a new look as we enter this next decade of Buccaneers football. We look forward to revealing more details in the near future about our official unveiling event which will take place later this spring.”
As we wrote earlier this month, the Buccaneers have been hinting at trying to enhance their uniforms and there is some belief there will be more orange, the original color of the franchise. There is also educated speculation that the team may go back to a white helmet, which will enable them to have “throwback uniform games” that they’ve not been able to have for the last seven seasons.
This is because under league concussion protocol, players must have the same helmet all season and the Bucs primary one has been pewter in color since their chance in colors and logo in 1997,
The Bucs last altered their uniforms in 2014 by brightening the color red and slightly changing the logo and making it bigger on their pewter helmet. Teammates Ryan Jensen and Mike Evans are shown in the current color scheme, etc. above.
NFL teams have to submit changes in their colors and logos a year in advance. So obviously, this has been in the works for the Glazer family that owns the team for some time.
It should be noted that the Buccaneers NFC South Rivals, the Atlanta Falcons, have already made mention that they are changing their uniforms and color scheme. And, it’s believed that they will go back in 2020 to their original base color of red including possibly red helmets and potentially, primarily gray pants that they wore for over twenty years.
The Falcons have had black helmets for the better part of 30 years going back to Jerry Glanville changing the color scheme to primarily black jerseys in his days at the Falcons coach in the early 1990s.
Back to the Bucs. There is no other team in the NFL that has orange as their primary jersey color. The Bengals Broncos and Browns have occasionally worn orange “alternate jerseys” but not full time.
So, if the Glazers are again embracing a change to mostly orange jerseys, it will be unique. The video Monday showed a red jersey on a sewing machine, which could be a clue or could be misdirection of what the team actually intends to unveil in April.