Jameis Winston benched after fourth interception returned for TD

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Dirk Koetter finally saw enough from Jameis Winston, but it took four interceptions, the last returned for a touchdown by the Bengals.

Winston completed 18 of 35 passes for 276 yards and a touchdown but matched his career high with four interceptions. He also threw four in a 2015 loss to Carolina and a 2016 loss to Arizona.

He now has thrown 10 interceptions since returning from a three-game suspension.

The Bucs yanked him in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick, who started the first four games in Winston’s absence.

The Bengals converted only one of Winston’s first three interceptions into points, with their second touchdown of the game coming after Preston Brown‘s takeaway. But Jessie Bates took Winston’s fourth pick 21 yards to the end zone to give the Bengals a 34-16 lead. They now lead 34-19.

Winston did pass Doug Williams for fourth place on the team’s all-time passing yards list, but that is small consolation for a tough day at the office.

30 responses to “Jameis Winston benched after fourth interception returned for TD

  1. When will Winston start blaming Trump? When will the protests begin, calling Koetter a racist? When will Kaepernick tweet about this?

  2. Never seen a team with two quarterbacks who could be so good and so bad so quickly…bizarre

  3. Interesting stat of the day. If Bengals win today, they will be 4 and 1 without Vontaze Burfict. They are better without him.

  4. I think Winston is done with the Bucs. His 2019 money is guaranteed for injury so I think he sits for the rest of the year and then gets cut. He’ll be a journeyman back up at best.

    See ya!

  5. Time to move on…it’s become painfully obvious that he’s never going to take that next step.

  6. thermanmerman99 says:
    October 28, 2018 at 3:43 pm
    When will Winston start blaming Trump? When will the protests begin, calling Koetter a racist? When will Kaepernick tweet about this?
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    Yep.

  7. Nice move starting Winston, Koetter, you boob. Fitzpatrick was tearing up the league, had one bad half, any you pulled him for the turnover machine. Genius.

    If the Bucs are smart, and they aren’t, Winston has played his last down for them.

  8. Can’t wait to see how this game ends. Jameis isn’t a franchise QB, there’s just something about Fitz that gets the team going.

  9. thermanmerman99 says:
    When will Winston start blaming Trump? When will the protests begin, calling Koetter a racist? When will Kaepernick tweet about this?
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    -The Bengals are the racists for picking him off 4 times. If they weren’t racists they would have just knocked the ball down and given Winston another chance.

  10. What kind of dirt does Marvin Lewis have on Cincy ownership? How does Cincy let the Bucs back in this game like that?

  11. If cut, there will be little interest in another player of questionable character. NFL is getting more wise by the player. Winston’s talent is marginal but his lightening rod lack of character is a locker room distraction.

  12. MyCommentIsAwaitingModeration says:
    October 28, 2018 at 3:58 pm
    Time to move on…it’s become painfully obvious that he’s never going to take that next step.
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    Well, let’s see. There was the crab legs thing, sorta maybe a confidence hit, then the Uber thing, another maybe confidence hit. Yep, it’s not his fault.

  13. killerquails says:
    October 28, 2018 at 4:39 pm
    If cut, there will be little interest in another player of questionable character. NFL is getting more wise by the player. Winston’s talent is marginal but his lightening rod lack of character is a locker room distraction.

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    Well on the plus side, he’ll have time to make Nike commercials.

  14. The two point conversion by Fitzpatrick to tie the game was definently magic. Winston is what he is and it doesn’t look like he’s going to take that next step.

  15. I dont think Fitz is the future but I thought they pulled the plug on him to quick after that bad outing, Winston did no better. I get why they want to see more from Winston but he isnt the future either. Roll with Fitz and plan to draft a QB of the future.

  16. Koetter should be fired for not pulling Winston after that horrible 3rd pick. By then he should have had 5 picks but the Bengals dropped a couple. The 4th pick was a pick 6 and cost them the game.

  17. I Koetter believe he waited until Winston’s FOURTH pick to yank him. I don’t know what he thinks he sees when he’s passing,but he is plain awful. I think his teammates have had it up to their eyeballs with his bad play and off-field behavior. They RESPECT Fitzpatrick,and that’s huge. Koetter should be canned for not doing what obviously needed to be done before it was too late…and it’s too late. Game over.

  18. bugbearcaptain says:
    October 28, 2018 at 5:20 pm
    I dont think Fitz is the future but I thought they pulled the plug on him to quick after that bad outing, Winston did no better. I get why they want to see more from Winston but he isnt the future either. Roll with Fitz and plan to draft a QB of the future.
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    The problem with that solution is that this next years draft class is very weak especially with Herbert saying that he is most likely not declaring for the 2019 draft. To make matters worse a few teams who suck even more will be looking for their QB of the future and then you have teams picking later in the 1st/2nd round such as NE/NO among others who will be looking for successors to their starting QB’s should someone like Lock or Grier make it to the end of round 1/2. 2018 was the year to take a QB as it was the best draft class in years, TB should of taken a guy in this last draft just based off Winston’s groping allegations, they are now paying for passing on one.

  19. I would hate to fire coach. Remember everyone wanted Gruden last year. How’s that working in Oakland! There are issues on most teams. We need to stay the course and make some more adjustments like we have already done. Letting Smith go was a good start with improved results. The kicker should be up next in my opinion and it’s a wait an see with keeping winston benched or not. I think he needs to sit a few games, but that’s me. This team has had 5 coaches in 10 years. Not good and it shows. This is the first time Tampa has had an explosive offense in the top 5 and we want to fire everyone and start over again. We are closer than most think or realize. A good D coach with a couple of more playmakers in the secondary will get us over the hump. Not too sure about the QB situation though.

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