Bucs won’t decide Jameis Winston plan for this week until Wednesday

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Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said after Sunday’s 17-3 loss to the Panthers that he considered pulling quarterback Jameis Winston from the game after Winston took a hit on his already injured right shoulder in the second half of the game.

Koetter left Winston in, but it seemed clear that Winston wasn’t totally right in the game against the Panthers a week after shining in the second half against the Bills. Koetter noted it was windy, but also said last Friday that Winston aggravated his shoulder injury against Buffalo and some have suggested it would be better for Winston to sit until he’s healthy.

Koetter said on Monday that the team would come up with a plan for Winston’s week, including whether he practices on Wednesday and Thursday, between now and Wednesday.

“There’s three factors in that,” Koetter said, via the Tampa Bay Times. “First and foremost is what the medical staff says. That’s for every player. Jameis is at the front of the list. Second is the player. The player knows if he can go or not. And then third, when we’re watching practice, if it doesn’t look like they can go or it looks like they can’t go at a success rate good enough for us to win. … But we haven’t had any of those things.”

Winston has started every game for the Buccaneers since entering the league as the first overall pick in 2015. The team will have to figure out if continuing that streak is in everyone’s best interest in New Orleans this Sunday.

8 responses to “Bucs won’t decide Jameis Winston plan for this week until Wednesday

  1. Too easy of a decision here – do what’s best for the team. If he’s healthy, play him. If not, sit him. Bucs have never had a franchise QB – they have a gem now. 23 year old QB who was leading the NFL is passing before injury…don’t ruin him.

  2. Their chances of winning goes up slightly with Fitz… His deep ball and accuracy are far more dependable and you don’t have to expect irresponsible and erratic throws when calling plays… Winston is far to inconsistent with his throws and his poor decision making..

  3. Nothing says bust like:

    1) Only QB in NFL history to start career with back-to-back 4000+ yard season
    2) One of 5 QB’s in NFL history to throw 50+ TD’s in first two years
    3) One of 3 QB’s in NFL history to throw 50+ TD’s before 24 years old

  4. quintorisjones says:
    October 31, 2017 at 10:53 am
    Nothing says bust like:

    1) Only QB in NFL history to start career with back-to-back 4000+ yard season
    2) One of 5 QB’s in NFL history to throw 50+ TD’s in first two years
    3) One of 3 QB’s in NFL history to throw 50+ TD’s before 24 years old

    But are they winning? I bet Lovie Smith looks real good now doesn’t he?

  5. Did some research on first round quarterbacks over the past 2 decades (first overall picks at the same points in their career that Jameis is right now)
    1) Jamarcus russell was 7-18 and had 0 playoff appearances
    2) Eli Manning was 17-13 and led the giants to the playoffs 2/3 first seasons
    3) Alex smith was 11-19 with 0 playoff appearances
    4) Andrew Luck was 27-12 with playoff appearances in his first 3 years
    5) Sam Bradford was 13-22 with 0 playoff appearances
    6) Matt stafford was 8-12 with a playoff appearance in his third year
    7) cam newton was 17-22 with a playoff appearance in his third year
    8) Peyton Manning was 21-18 with playoff appearances in 2/3 years

    9) Jameis is 17-22 with 0 playoff appearances and at 2-5 will not make the playoffs this year either.

    Yes Winston holds records for touchdowns and yards and blah blah blah, all stuff that will get him our big dollars as this is a qb driven league, but where he lacks is the win-loss column. You either get a Manning, luck, Newton, or an Alex smith, Jamarcus Russell or Sam Bradford. My personal opinion, Winston needs a better coach. A lot of the qbs on that list have succeeded after coaching changes

  6. The win/loss column is a product of 56 players and coaches. His stats show he’s getting the job done. Maybe if the 2nd ranked passing offense in the NFL had something better than 29th rushing offense or 30th defense, that win/loss column would look different. My guess is that it would…

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