Buccaneers sticking with Ryan Fitzpatrick

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After Sunday’s 16-3 loss to Washington, Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter said the team would discuss “all personnel issues” when asked about who would start at quarterback against the Giants in Week 11.

On Monday, Koetter announced there would be no change. Ryan Fitzpatrick will start for the third week in a row and the seventh time this season.

Fitzpatrick was 29-of-41 for 406 yards against Washington, but he threw two interceptions and lost a fumble to help bury the team’s chances of winning for the fourth time this year. Fitzpatrick also threw two interceptions in Tampa’s Week Nine loss to the Panthers.

Jameis Winston returned to the team after a three-game suspension to open the season and moved into the starting lineup in Week Six. He was benched in favor of Fitzpatrick in Week Eight and has not played since that point.

30 responses to “Buccaneers sticking with Ryan Fitzpatrick

  1. Why not? Doesn’t matter who is starting for them at QB when your defense and ST unit is as bad as their’s is.

  2. The team is done for the year. Be smart and start Winston unless they have completely given up on Winston and they are drafting a new qb next year

  3. All I know is Fitz is magic for fantasy purposes. He scored more fantasy points in that 3-point debacle than Aaron Rodgers or Phil Rivers did in clean efficient wins.

  4. This seems like the ‘writing is on the wall’ for Winston. His $21M next year only guaranteed for injury. If Bucs don’t play him again this year they are cutting him or sign and trade. Hope they also fire Keotter and Licht and re-sign Fitz for 1 year and draft a QB – Will Grier/Ryan Finley and let them sit a bit. Use the FA money saved from Winston to resign Kwon and get a proven CB/Safety.

  5. Maybe next week he’ll be sober or be able to see strait. He’s no Bobby Lane who needed a night out prior to game day.

  6. He does give them the best chance to win. How long before keotter is fired? I hope it after the season, So they can let Fitz sling it all over the place.

  7. Winston has thrown at least two interceptions in every game. Why would you bench Fitzpatrick just because he threw two interceptions? The fact that he’s played four games with fewer than two interceptions makes him the obvious choice.

  8. kenmasters34 says:
    November 12, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    Really, they shouldnt have fired Lovie Smith


    LMAO you must not watch Tampa Bay football, son.

  9. This dummy sealed his fate when he decided to ride with an old QB who has proven over and over again that he’s the spark, not the engine. Best thing for Winston is to stay on the bench, especially since Mr. Magoo is back calling plays, lol. For the Glazers, this is who has been in charge of developing your QB, so your best best is to keep him away from him until you do what you should have two years ago, fire him.

  10. I don’t see any reason to start Fitzpatrick. The season is lost. Let Jameis Winston have a final chance to show that he deserves to be the QB next season. They drafted him #1 overall. There is nothing to lose by starting him at this point (except losing games).

    We all know Fitzpatrick is not the long-term solution. And he’s not taking them to the playoffs.

  11. If Winston is hurt badly then Tampa will be on the hook for his entire 2019 salary which is like 20mill or something. That would be reason not to play Winston the rest of the year if they have already decided to move on from him as their franchise QB

  12. Rdog says:
    November 12, 2018 at 4:43 pm
    I don’t see any reason to start Fitzpatrick. The season is lost. Let Jameis Winston have a final chance to show that he deserves to be the QB next season. They drafted him #1 overall. There is nothing to lose by starting him at this point (except losing games).
    Except paying him for next year if he gets racked up so bad with a season ending injury that continues over the make or break decision date for next year. That’s not “Fair” but it is what it is. Depending on how a player sees his future, I wouldn’t put it past some of them for intentionally putting themselves in harms way to get paid. I don’t think JW is that kind of player even with his other issues, but I’ve no doubt some would do something like that.

  13. Dirk Koetter should have been fired last season! The Bucs defense is a joke and the season is and was over the moment that Fitzpatrick was named the starting QB. Fitzpatrick turned the football over two times by INT and once by a fumble but what was more telling is the number of times that he failed in the red zone. Jameis Winston needs an HC or OC that will grow Winstons talents, Ryan Fitzpatrick is not the future of the Bucs football team. Winston should be allowed to grow from his mistake and not benched, but Winston needs to stop the boneheaded mistakes that get him suspended.

  14. I haven’t seen that you can teach accuracy. JW has always thrown too many picks even in college. I don’t see anyone coaching that out of him. He’s also a head case and one more sexual assault from a perm ban from the league. Maybe keep him around until the new regime is installed and ask for their opinion. However I think he has too many issues.

  15. Here is the situation as I see it. The Bucs are out of contention. Everybody loves what Fitz brings to the table. But Fitz isn’t the future. It’s time to bring back Winston for the rest of the season to see if Winston is the franchise QB. If not it’s time to look who is available in free agency, or draft a QB.

    That bring us to Dirk Koetter. His job is on the line and he must believe wins just might save his job. I agree, the Bucs best chance to win against the Giants is to start Fitz.

    Therein lies the quandary. Best for the Bucs to start Winston. Best for Koetter is start Fitz.

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