Tampa Bay has made a huge decision after its 11th straight season of missing the playoffs, and that decision was whether to bring back Quarterback Jameis Winston for his 5th-year option. Bringing him back will cost the Buccaneers $20 million in 2019, and honestly, thank goodness that they did.
Jameis at the beginning of the season was suspended for 3 games due to allegations from a 2016 incident involving an Uber driver. With Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm for the first 3 games, the Buccaneers started out at a promising 2-1 with wins against the Saints and the Eagles.
When Jameis returned, he started out poorly, throwing 7 INTs in 3 games before ultimately being benched due to his 4 INTs against the Bengals. All seemed lost for Jameis Winston until he got his shot at redemption when he relieved Fitzpatrick in the second half against the Giants. He led the Bucs to 4 straight touchdown drives and just short of a miraculous comeback.
Since the game against the Giants, Winston put together an impressive resume. He combined for 1,822 yards, 13TD, 4INT. He had since taken great strides to correct one of his biggest problems, which is taking care of the football. He’s made some incredible plays such as; a 64-yard completion on 3rd and 20 as protection broke down.
Under Bruce Arians, who has been high on Jameis, he could and should flourish, especially with the addition of a new offensive line. Arians has called Winston a winner and a great leader. So, pairing him with a coach, who actually believes in him and bringing in other talented coaches, the Bucs could be a miracle ‘worst to first team’ in 2019. The Bucs are ranked in the worst among offensive lines in allowing QB pressures and hits. With that in combination with the fact that the Bucs have no run game, thanks again to the shotty o-line, Winston had been forced to make something out of nothing, resulting in a high amount of turnovers.
Giving up on the first QB in NFL history with back to back 4,000-yard passing seasons, Bucs all-time leader in passing touchdowns, most passing touchdowns in Bucs history, and youngest to 40 touchdowns, would have been a huge mistake. The talent is there, but the help has not. With some help and better coaching, the potential for Jameis Winston, and this young Tampa Bay team is limitless.