Jameis Winston: You’ve got to take the simple play

AP

When Jameis Winston was on his way to becoming the first overall pick of the 2015 draft, one of the negatives that analysts picked up from his college days was his habit of throwing interceptions.

Winston threw one every 26 times he put the ball in the air while at Florida State last year and things haven’t improved upon his entry into the NFL. Winston has thrown seven interceptions this season, which works out to one in 19 passes and is obviously too many for any quarterback to succeed over the long term.

Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said it wasn’t a “news flash” to see a rookie quarterback struggle with turnovers and said that you can’t “base the whole rest of Jameis’ career on that.” Both are true, but there are changes that Winston needs to make and he identified one of them while meeting with the media on Wednesday.

“We’ve got some great players around me on this team that can make plays,” Winston said, via the Tampa Bay Times. “I’ve just got to protect the football. It really is that simple. You’ve just got to take the simple play. Give it to your back and let him make a big. You can’t put everything on yourself. Sometimes, they make good plays. … There are only so many ways you can sum up an interception, but at the same time, you’ve got to limit those.”

The Bucs play the Jaguars this weekend and Jags quarterback Blake Bortles said that not putting everything on his own shoulders was an important lesson he learned as a rookie last year. There will be others, but the Bucs may not have the ball often enough for Winston to learn them if he can’t get the interceptions under control over the rest of his first professional campaign.

20 responses to “Jameis Winston: You’ve got to take the simple play

  1. That dude wasn’t ready to start games in the NFL. Most #1 picks should be but not him.

  2. Will “Famous Jameis” tie Vinny Testaverde’s 1988 record (with the T-Bucs) of thirty-five (35) INTs? And like Testaverde, is “Famous Jameis” also color-blind, too? Inquiring minds want to know!

  3. Stop blaming Lovie. Jameis has been overrated since Day 1. Every QB under Jimb0 (Ponder, EJ Manuel and Jamarcus Russell at LSU) plays in an offense set up to pad QB stats. The guy had the absolute best team around him, crazy good o-line, awesome receivers and run game, a defense to win games (one game had 6 int’s- 2 of which were pic 6’s) to help him out. You dont get the best at every position in the NFL. The guy was a 3rd or 4th round pick at best. The team was dumb to pick him, its not on Lovie.

  4. Winston is clearly not an NFL Ready prospect. He has bad footwork, a slow windup delivery, he stares down receivers, and his throws are inaccurate and erratic. These are the same traits he showed in college, but they were overlooked because the team was winning. I keep waiting for this miraculous Football IQ to show up. He looks more like Josh Freeman than Andrew Luck, and we all know how that ended.

  5. Blindly throwing the ball into coverage is usually simplest play. But how can anybody be surprised? He threw a ton of interceptions last year against ACC defenses that were nowhere close to NFL caliber. The whole league totally overlooked that the consensus #1 pick was a turnover machine.

  6. Then why don’t you? Jon Gruden asked him point blank “most of your interceptions come throwing to your favorite receiver. didn’t the coach say don’t do that?” he just shrugged I knew then he would be a flop

  7. The Bucs offense should just consist of handing it off to Doug Martin and throwing jump balls downfield to Mike Evans – they’d have a 50-50 chance of getting into field goal range every drive just by doing that.

  8. The whole league totally overlooked that the consensus #1 pick was a turnover machine…no, the bucs and its fanbase knew…the bucs simply chose to ignore it…

  9. Peyton Manning rookie year 26 TDs 28 INTs. Taking over a terrible 2-14 team and has an awful line. Let’s not go crazy over 4 games. Jameis has the will to get better and that will help him. He’s a winner and doesn’t quit.

  10. letsgobuffalo4 says:
    Oct 8, 2015 10:00 AM
    Stop blaming Lovie. Jameis has been overrated since Day 1. Every QB under Jimb0 (Ponder, EJ Manuel and Jamarcus Russell at LSU) plays in an offense set up to pad QB stats. The guy had the absolute best team around him, crazy good o-line, awesome receivers and run game, a defense to win games (one game had 6 int’s- 2 of which were pic 6’s) to help him out. You dont get the best at every position in the NFL. The guy was a 3rd or 4th round pick at best. The team was dumb to pick him, its not on Lovie.

    Who do you think picked him?
    Lovie got the players he wanted
    Of course it was Lovie. Lovie picked the GM of the Bucs how screwed up is that?

    The sooner the Bucs clean house the better.

  11. Winston will never improve until he realizes he is not really good at all. He has an answer for everything, usually “Lies” like the crab legs, the rape, the bmoc attitude will always bring him down. he’s athletic yes but he’s college level at best.

  12. For as long as Lovie is HC and Lameis is the QB, the Bucs will remain more of the same….. Does not matter if you agree or not, that won’t change how reality will play out!

    Neither are the answer NOW nor will they ever be…

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