July 1, 2022

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Jameis Is Still My Quarterback

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted Jameis Winston in the 2015 NFL Draft with the first overall pick in the first round. Since Jameis has been in Tampa, I think he has been mediocre at best, but you can’t argue with the numbers. 2015 he threw 22 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, 2016 28 touchdowns and 18 interceptions, 2017 19 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, 2018 19 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions, and currently this season he has thrown 11 touchdowns and five interceptions.

Sunday’s loss against the Titans Winston was 21/43, 301 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions, but I agree with head coach Bruce Arians that Jameis did not throw any interceptions that were his fault. I think all of those interceptions were on the offensive line for not protecting Jameis and not giving him time. Jameis was not sacked once against the Titans, though, but I will credit Mike Evans for giving Winston a big hand in putting the Bucs in position to win the game yesterday with leading the Bucs in receiving for 11 receptions, for 198 yards, and two touchdowns.

Bruce Arians is all about getting Jameis better and making sure he stays in Tampa because he has backed Winston pretty much since the day he was hired in Tampa. No matter how inconsistent Jameis Winston has looked at times since he was drafted, I still support him and wore my jersey proudly. I wore it on Sunday. The Bucs might be putting Bruce Arians in a bad position with offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich because his playcalling has not been the best. Leftwich was with Arians since Arians last season in Arizona, and they might be good friends, and he may trust him with the playcalling, but that could make a big difference if Bruce Arians called the plays.

Well, Sunday should have been a win for the Bucs, but it came down to a call that the refs knew they had blown. I sure hope the Bucs get their offensive issues fixed before they take on the Seahawks in Seattle next Sunday, which we know will be a very tough game. The Bucs are very capable of pulling an upset on the west coast, they did it before, but that was ten years ago during the Raheem Morris era.