Winston’s Improvement is a Step In The Right Direction
Hey! Hey! Bucs fans! The time is near for your favorite team to get on the field and start its 2019-2020 season with a fresh approach under the watchful eye of head coach Bruce Arians and staff. There is one very important Buccaneer who is looking to prove the most this season and it’s the franchise QB in Jameis Winston.
Winston, who is going into the final year of his rookie contract, is looking to either break the curse of all the Buccaneer QBs before him and earn the second contract in Tampa Bay or become the next in line of former Buccaneer quarterbacks to move on. The choice is his and his alone this season with the guidance of Arians and Offensive Coordinator Byron Leftwich. His skills and abilities can only go as far as they take them, but it’s more of a willingness to clean up his mental game makeup from questionable throws and having a real voice in his ear. Winston is looking to embrace the famous QB whisperer who has coached legends in the game of football and fellow future pro football Hall of Famers in Peyton Manning & Ben Roethlisberger.
Winston is looking to learn and improve his game and take it to another level. One of the most important things that the QB needs to do is work on various things in the passing game. Winston needs to continue working at improving his short to intermediate throws, which have been a weakness for Winston since taking over as the Bucs starter coming out of Florida State. Also, his learning of how to protect the football better in various situations, which has been a problem for him and is a point of his impact of doing the small things that will help him grow into a better quarterback.
For Winston, the fact he has thrown 58 interceptions in 56 career games is an alarming stat for the former Pro Bowler and franchise-record holder. He is working to embrace the discipline to make those simple decisions of easy throws and keep this high powered offense flowing after having the top passing attack in the NFL in 2018.
He was recently quoted saying, “It’s challenging at times because of just wanting to make a play, but that’s part of growth at the quarterback position and part of the awareness of knowing when the (opposing) defense did a great job. How can we protect us?” He has been praised this training camp by Coach Arians and Coach Leftwich saying they are looking for him to make those “money decisions” instead of those “money throws” and all they want him to go out there and do is keep it simple and take it a game at a time. This is one of the things that Winston will have going for him as him and the new coaching staff try to break a twelve year long playoff drought and earn Winston that second contract here in Tampa.