The largest question mark plaguing the Buccaneers this off-season is the deciding factor of former 1st overall pick Jameis Winston. While the highlights have been amazing there’s been a lot of lows. A lot of fans, commentators, analysts, former stars, and TV personalities have given their opinions on Jameis in Tampa. One of the biggest is former NFL QB turned commentator Terry Bradshaw. Speaking on The PewterCast Bradshaw didn’t seem to hold back on his opinion.
“I’d like to be his coach. I think a former quarterback like my self, because I threw a lot of picks. I understand where they’re coming from. He’s a gambler and sometimes he makes bad decisions in a sense. He knows what he’s doing; it’s not like some of the picks I saw earlier this year where he mis-read the coverage. He’ll, at times, think he can squeeze it in there and they end up being picks. There’s also dropped passes. It’s more than just him with 30 interceptions. C’mon.
“If [the Bucs] are not certain [about Jameis], they could franchise him and try to straighten him out. Man, he threw 30 touchdown passes. [He threw] for 5,000 yards. I mean, seriously. Hey listen, the players love this guy, he just has to stop making mistakes.
“I’m going to tell you something, I threw a lot of interceptions. Of the 210 interceptions I threw, 200 of them were my fault. (laughs) You do get fooled in coverages. And I think a lot of me is in Jameis. You just think, ‘Oh, man, I can get this,’ you know.
You just can’t let [interceptions] affect your confidence. I think he’s got to be more judicious with the football but the greatness of Jameis Winston, and I see greatness; I mean I know the fans are probably screamin’ and maybe you guys are too. But you don’t do some of the things he does; he does some brilliant things. It’s just that sometimes he does some things and you go, ‘What the heck was he thinkin’?’
“And it’s the ‘what the heck was he thinking’ that you’ve got to eliminate. He’s a smart kid. And I don’t think they want to get rid of him. And I don’t think they want to start over with a quarterback. There’s too much talent there. Too much invested in him. I just say, ‘Coach him up. Coach him up.’ Coach him harder than ever, or make the reads, you know, possibly make it simple. I don’t know.
“I just like him. It’s just that he does make mistakes and you go, ‘What the heck was he doing?’ But I’ve played that position and I know what it’s like to throw a ball and go, ‘Sheeesh, what in the world was I thinking?’ I do it myself. So I keep him. That’s my answer. I franchise him. I keep him. … Or you go draft somebody and I don’t think you want to do that.
“You can fix [bad decisions]. You can fix it. I can promise you. You can fix it.”
So, for Bradshaw, the pieces aren’t so black and white but his solution to the contract situation is. Having a big name like Bradshaw vouch for you isn’t something taken lightly. With Bruce Arians coming out of retirement to develop Winston and more than a few former NFL QBs saying that Winston is fixable, the idea of signing Winston seems more and more likely.