No competition: Lovie Smith confirms Jameis Winston will start

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In case it wasn’t obvious before, it’s crystal clear now: Jameis Winston is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ starting quarterback.

Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said at his first press conference of training camp that the Buccaneers expected Winston to be the starter when they drafted him and have seen nothing in the three months since to make them question that view.

“He’ll be taking first-team reps,” Smith said. “It’s what we already knew, what we saw in camp, what he has done on and off the field here.”

Smith stressed that Winston doesn’t need a veteran mentor, which is good because the Bucs don’t have one. The only other quarterbacks on the roster are Mike Glennon and Seth Lobato. Smith also said the Bucs won’t rein Winston in as a rookie and will expect him to sling it around like a veteran quarterback.

So if the Bucs are going to turn their team around, they’re going to do it with Winston under center. He’s the franchise quarterback, period.

45 responses to “No competition: Lovie Smith confirms Jameis Winston will start

  1. Yes he’s done some immature and vile things but on the football field Jameis Winston is the real deal.
    This kid is going to be a terrific NFL QB. He’s got the physical ability, the work ethic and most importantly he’s got football smarts.

  2. There’s over a month to go before the regular season starts. Don’t worry–Winston still has plenty of time to get himself arrested for something stupid before the Titans game.

  3. Leave it to Lovie, Mr Understatement….even though he knows absolutely squat about an Offense or QB!

  4. even for a rookie it should not be to hard to grasp a Lovie Smith offense. hand the ball off on first and second down and then throw a wide receiver screen on third down. you can talk about who the coordinator is and his offense all you want but at the end of the day it will be a Lovie get off the bus running offense the sameas it always has been.

  5. “Jameis is our quarterback.”

    Did the same thing with McCown last year and with Sexy Rexy in Chi Town. Not saying they are the same but jeez Lovie, would it hurt for competition?

  6. Winston’s best case scenario: He doesn’t get arrested this year

    Mariota’s best case scenario: He doesn’t get injured running the ball

  7. There’s over a month to go before the regular season starts. Don’t worry–Winston still has plenty of time to get himself arrested for something stupid before the Titans game.

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    Isn’t that what you said would happen before the draft, and after the draft, and after mini camp. You are 0-3 so far so you really have zero credibility.

  8. Glennon? Sobato?? We can make all the jokes we want but it’s not like he has much choice. Looking at the history of Smith and his starting QB’s it’s easy to see why he doesn’t understand the value of competition. For him it has always been a matter of selecting the best of a weak, or in this case unproven, bunch. Doesn’t look like it is going to be any different for him in TB. Speaking of not any different, he’ll have that D playing hard you can count on that.

  9. Lovie is terrible when it comes to offense and the QB position, but that’s why he hired one of the best OC in the league in Dirk Koetter

  10. Not sure if Winston will be a successful NFL starter or not, but TB is likely going about it the right way, by giving him his baptism of fire right away, letting him play through mistakes, and showing confidence in their #1 pick. Seems he’ll sink or swim on his own merits or lack of them…

  11. Lovie is just doubling-down on the mistake of drafting Winston over Mariota. That’s fine by Buc fans, because it will get both of those bums out of town a whole season quicker.

  12. the Bears need a decent backup qb instead of the overrated dame product they currently have, so how about trading Glennon to the bears if he is so terrible? a sixth rounder should do it. the guy did pretty well in his rookie year playing for a dysfunctional team then Lovie “what is offense”? became coach. he decided a career backup was his man and ruined whatever chances the kid had of becoming a good starting qb. yeah benching him for McCown then having to go back to him will do wonders for confidence won’t it?

  13. If he can get 3 seconds of protection he has beasts (Vincent Jackson & Mike Evans) to get the ball to.

    Also he should stay out of trouble Breion Allen has him on lockdown. She will keep the cleat chasing skanks away from him.

    He can afford his crab legs now

    All that said the o line is awful and defense not much better 6-10 would be a good year, 1-0 after beating Mariota (or Marioto if you are Goodell)

  14. So, does that mean when Winston gets beat the first game of the season he is going to sulk away without shaking hands like he did against Oregon? Remember when the only thing people wanted was Johnny Manziel? One year in the league and he is already a joke. Winston will follow, not because he isn’t talented, but because he cannot get out of his own way.

  15. Winston will break all NFL records for interceptions, but he could turn out to be a really good QB if he works hard. Mike Glennon is a decent QB who will be a good backup to Winston. Winston just has to keep his head on straight. He has a lot to learn, but he’s a smart guy. He can be as good as he wants to be.

  16. Good luck with that philosophy, Lovie. No mentor etc. as a Brown fan, I’ve seen this movie before(like. 30 x ). Get ready Tampa, it’s gonna be an UGLY 3 years.

  17. 12coltsfan12 says:
    Jul 31, 2015 12:53 PM
    “No competition” describes the bucs in more ways than one…

    This from the team that rolled over with their legs in the air in the AFC championship game.
    In the Buc’s 14 losses only 5 were by more than a touchdown and three of those were away games.

  18. Mike Glennon needs to get the eff out of Tampa. The longer he’s around Lovie the less of a chance he ever has at an NFL career because Lovie gives his backup QBs almost no practice reps.

  19. He’ll be famous Jameis soon enough…the kids got ambition, drive, a will to win, and obviously a work ethic. Haters, save your breath – The young man can’t hear you.

  20. This is how you end up with problems with these guys. Just hand him the keys to the team and not have to worry about working for it. I wonder were this entitled attitude comes from.

  21. Winston/Koetter combo means new day in Tampa Bay!

    Koetter’s probably most talented offensive coordinator we’ve had.

    It’s gonna be a little shaky until Oline finds their groove…but should be a lot of fun to watch all the same.

    If the D can gel in second season in system it shouldn’t be an issue winning 8 games….which will secure a playoff spot if the rest of the division plays like last season. yup

  22. englishguy24601 says:
    Jul 31, 2015 1:53 PM
    So, does that mean when Winston gets beat the first game of the season he is going to sulk away without shaking hands like he did against Oregon? Remember when the only thing people wanted was Johnny Manziel? One year in the league and he is already a joke. Winston will follow, not because he isn’t talented, but because he cannot get out of his own way.

    12 34

    Wrong….wrong….wrong!!!! Johnny Football partied it up, as soon as the draft ended. And what he did in Vegas…didn’t stay in Vegas. Remember the rolled up dollar bill?? Winston has been very mild mannered!! Rip Winston when he messes up, but give some or just a little bit of credit for staying low key!!! Be FAIR!!

  23. Obviously Winston was going to be the starting QB being picked first overall however you have to feel for Mike Glennon. The guy has shown signs of being a good QB. He was clearly better than McCown last season however wasn’t given a chance then either.

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