Demar Dotson has been a Tampa Bay Buccaneers for over a decade and has seen just about everything the Buccaneers have to offer: Losing seasons, winning seasons, two general managers (Mark Dominik and Jason Licht), five head coaches (Raheem Morris, Greg Schiano, Lovie Smith, Dirk Koetter, Bruce Arians), six starting quarterbacks (Josh Johnson, Josh Freeman, Mike Glennon, Josh McCown, Jameis Winston, Ryan Fitzpatrick), so it’s safe to say that he knows a thing or two about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
At the very end of last year, roughly 11-12 days ago, the Buccaneers longest-tenured player joined Bucs Pewter Nation, which is hosted by our pals over at Pewter Report, to talk a little bit about Jameis Winston. Dotson, being a big supporter of his gunslinging quarterback, put it into perspective when he asked the question, “Who are you going to get that’s better? Who out there is better?” This is normally the part where a lot of fans chime in and yell, “but, but, but, 88 interceptions and 50 fumbles in five seasons! He makes too many bad decisions and cost us too many games.” While some of that may be true, some of that is also, speculation.
According to Dotson, Jameis Winston’s future with the team may have already been decided, but has yet to disclose this to media. “You hear all kinds of stuff in the media, but from my standpoint, I think it’s 100 percent that Jameis is going to be here, I think the organization knows that Jameis is going to be the guy next year. I don’t think they just want to come out and say it, but I think they made up their minds about it. I think the media has to harp on the bad stuff – the 30 interceptions and all kinds of stuff like that. That’s a guy that has a lot of weight on his shoulders. He prepares every day. He works hard at practice every day. He’s the first one in the building and the last one out every day. He’s a true competitor, and he’s going to work on his game to try to fix that area in his game that’s lacking, which are the turnovers.”
Dotson went on to point out that he believes in order for Winston and the team to succeed, you have to put the things around him needed for everyone to be successful. Of course, protecting him better and running the ball better will obviously help in that regard.
“There are so many things that we can do as a team to help Jameis out. And I know Jameis is going to be back. I think the organization knows it, and I think the front office knows it. And I think that he’s going to be here for a long time.”
Bruce Arians called Demar Dotson a warrior during December 30th’s press conference, “I love him, man. He’s a warrior. You want to build your team around warriors, and he’s definitely one of them.” But Dotson believes that the title should go to Jameis Winston for being “a fighter and a hard worker.” – Someone he would take on his team any day.
Check out the entire interview! You will not be disappointed!