Dirk Koetter won’t commit to Jameis Winston as Week Four starter

AP

Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston will miss the first three games of the regular season, due to a suspension under the Personal Conduct Policy. So when he returns in Week Four, he’ll immediately be reinstalled as the starting quarterback, right?

Maybe not. Via JoeBucsFan.com, coach Dirk Koetter was asked on Thursday whether Winston will be “100 percent your guy” if he’s healthy and ready to play against the Bears.

Week Four is a long ways away,” Koetter said. “Week Four is a long ways away. So, you know, let’s worry about Week Four in Week Four. Right now, let’s worry about preseason and getting ready for the Saints.”

The response is similar to the one given by Koetter a year ago, regarding the final three games of former Buccaneers running back Doug Martin‘s suspension. But Winston is the starting quarterback, the supposed face of the franchise. Koetter’s decision not to commit to Winston is noteworthy.

But it’s really not surprising. Apart from the fact that the Bucs seem to generally be ambivalent about Winston, Week Four comes on a short week after a Monday night game against the Steelers. And the team’s bye comes one week later. If Ryan Fitzpatrick is playing well through the first three games, why not let him finish the first fourth of the season, giving Winston nearly three weeks to re-acclimate before making his debut?

16 responses to “Dirk Koetter won’t commit to Jameis Winston as Week Four starter

  1. Translation: “We can’t commit this guy won’t staying out of trouble for the next 2 days let alone 2+ months.”

  2. Koetter is on the hot seat and it’s hard to see him ushering himself out the door by dishing out extra discipline. Unless Fitzpatrick simply plays awesome it’s going to be Winston back in as starter the second the NFL allows it.

  3. Sad how ready they are to throw away the life and career of a young African-American player. Trump’s influence over the league is far beyond his whining about the players and their peaceful protests

  4. Apart from the fact that the Bucs seem to generally be ambivalent about Winston…

    Pretty sure this opinion of yours is inaccurate. If they were ambivalent, they wouldn’t be putting up with this PR nightmare. He’d already be cut.

    The Bucs are without a doubt high on his potential, and he’s certainly shown plenty. But I think it’s smart of Koetter to focus on Fitzy as the starter for now, and let Winston show that he can be a mature leader.

  5. briang123 says:

    Sad how ready they are to throw away the life and career of a young African-American player. Trump’s influence over the league is far beyond his whining about the players and their peaceful protests
    ===============================================

    Almost August and the snowflakes are still falling.

  6. I think it’s obvious, that if Fitzpatick plays winning football in the first 3 games, the QB job is his for game 4. That gives Winston more time to get in game shape and work with the team as well. After that it’s anyone’s guess.

  7. Shout out to Florio for always giving JBF.com the time of day! I know he can see the similarities in the blog coverage content!

    I actually feel like the Bucs. I can’t look at my Winston jerseys (but I can’t throw them out). I don’t really want to talk about him (but I don’t necessarily want him of the team just yet).

    Can week four come soon enough?

  8. Just name Fitz the starter for the whole season. Let Jameis sit and then release him at the end of the year. No sense putting any more time on this guy.

  9. briang123 says:
    July 26, 2018 at 1:30 pm
    Sad how ready they are to throw away the life and career of a young African-American player. Trump’s influence over the league is far beyond his whining about the players and their peaceful protests
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    Always ready to make us the hero, Winston has been getting in trouble his WHOLE career,
    About time we make these guys liable for what they do!

  10. I wouldn’t read much into the comment. If by some miracle Fitzpatrick is winning games, they should go with the hot hand. Since that’s not likely, expect Winston to be back.

    Either way, the rest of the NFC South will be happy.

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