Bucs are going with Ryan Fitzpatrick for the first three weeks

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The Buccaneers season was thrown into uncertainty when quarterback Jameis Winston was suspended for the first three weeks of the regular season.

What is certain is who will start in his place.

Via Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter made it clear that his plan was for veteran backup Ryan Fitzpatrick to handle the starting duties during Winston’s absence.

Asked if younger backup Ryan Griffin could do anything to change his thinking, Koetter replied: “It would have to be something that I can’t foresee right now.”

So, no.

The 35-year-old Fitzpatrick started three games last year (winning two of them, on a team that was 3-10 when Winston started), so he is a known commodity. That makes it little surprise they’ll stick with him during what they hope is a brief and unrepeated absence by their starter.

17 responses to “Bucs are going with Ryan Fitzpatrick for the first three weeks

  1. Fitz LOOKS like a Buccaneer with that beard, aarghhh! Seriously, he’s a great guy and a really decent human being. He may not have set the NFL on fire but you haven’t heard stories about bad behavior from him and he doesn’t do things to embarrass the team he’s on. No diva stories here.

  2. Seriously, the mountain man look has come and gone. Do us all a favor and trim that growth.

  3. Like that 16-inning ball game the other night, some positional player ended up on the mound because the team blew through all the pitchers. I say put the punter in at QB and work him at it all through camp. That was he can be a dual threat once he’s back to just punting, never know if he’ll kick the ball or throw a 40 yard hitch route!

  4. Only Sam Bradford and Joe Flacco have gotten more “money for nothing” than this marginal talent. Kudos.

  5. 0-3 will take the pressure off Winston since they will already be out of contention.
    And Tampa may not be sold on Winston.

    What if –

    A) they trade for Nick Foles

    B) they trade for Teddy Bridgewater

  6. 0-3 will take the pressure off Winston since they will already be out of contention.
    And Tampa may not be sold on Winston.

    What if –

    A) they trade for Nick Foles

    B) they trade for Teddy Bridgewater

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    Why trade? Tampa Bay knows they’re not winning this season.

    A) They’d have to give up too much

    B) Fitzpatrick is better than Bridgewater

  7. Fitzie Strikes Again!

    Always liked watching this guy play- he has a certain B*lls to the walls style sometimes, that seems unrelated to his actual talent level, and even after playing 900 years in the NFL he still hasn’t learned to slide down on a run. in fact I’ve seen him go head on into a tackler for no reason even after he scrambled for the 1st down. Always thought if he had better/stable coaching early on he would have developed into a real starter.

  8. Ryan Fitzpatrick has all the makings of a player that will have a story book ending to his career.

    Something like a poor man’s Kurt Warner and a rich man’s Josh Mccown.

    He’ll start for some team and take them to playoffs. I’m telling You! Haha

  9. I hope he’s the starter all season. I’m not sure Winston can win the job back after the suspension. They’d be smart if they are already considering this a lost season.

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