Jameis Winston Says He Can Relate To Byron Leftwich
Via JoeBucsFan.com: Jameis Winston appeared on an undisclosed Sirius XM radio show and said some things that I found interesting. Joe Bucs Fan quoted Jameis talking about how he personally feels about working under a new OC,
“I talked to Byron. It’s good. I think it’s going to be very crucial to have somebody that’s not only credible, but relatable,” Jameis said. “Having a quarterback that’s been in this league, that’s played in this league, that know how things, it’s just going to be a different level of communication, especially him being an African-American quarterback being able to relate to me a little bit more.”
After hearing about that comment, many can take it in many different ways, but also many wouldn’t understand its meaning.
I completely understand what Jameis Winston was talking about because his new OC Byron Leftwich was a high draft pick himself, as he was selected by the Jaguars back with the 7th pick overall in the 2003 NFL Draft in the. Winston, going #1 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft, can relate to the pressures of being both QBs and instant starters. Both of them became their respective teams’ franchise QBs.
Byron Leftwich felt the pressure of having to back up Mark Brunell and eventually going in for him when he was injured and out for the season. He had to prove all the doubters wrong. Leftwich started well, but not up to people’s standards, and faced with doubt and negativity as he too was faced with a 5-11 season. However, as Leftwich continue to focus on his game and improve on everything he can, everyone began to love him.
Winston, on the other hand, is entering into the 5th-year option of his rookie contract and has to prove a ton of doubters wrong. Winston has to face the pressure of becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2020, another new coaching regime in just his 5th season in the NFL, another new offense, ridicule from past off-field issues, and having to bounce back from back-to-back 5-11 seasons.
Between the QB whisperer and Byron Leftwich, they should get the ship back on course and also help Winston find his full potential. Winning cures all ailments as some say. If Tampa can get into the postseason, finally, after more than a decade, then most will simply forgive and forget.
In my honest opinion, I think the hiring of Leftwich is a blessing in disguise because of the challenges that Leftwich faced when he was a quarterback and mentor Jameis Winston in order to see beyond football, bringing the very best out of him.