Jameis Winston: Bruce Arians’ words “mean a lot to me”

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In his first press conference as the head coach of the Buccaneers, Bruce Arians said that he plans to build the “whole thing” around quarterback Jameis Winston.

Winston is coming off a season that started with a suspension, saw him get benched for several games after returning to action and contained questions about his future with the Bucs from start to finish. Winston said that he appreciates what Arians said about him at the press conference.

“It means a lot to me, man,” Winston said to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “And that’s just how he is, he stands behind his players and I’m happy our team gets to see that side of him. And I just can’t wait to get in the building and work with him.”

Winston called it “a surreal moment” to learn that a coach he met when he was 14 would be running the team and that he’s “happy to get a chance to work with” a coach who has worked with many successful quarterbacks as he tries to get his own career back on better footing.

11 responses to “Jameis Winston: Bruce Arians’ words “mean a lot to me”

  1. Arians will build the “whole thing” around but it will not be “on him” to carry the team..Hes going to build this guys confidence and challenge him to be a solid consistent player with a strong team around him.

  2. Winston has led a top 10 offense 3 out of the last 4 years; top 5 offense in two of those years. He has led the #1 passing offense two of his four years as a starter.

    Does he turn the ball over? Yes. Then again, so would anyone who threw the ball 10+ yards down the field on average. Far more than anyone else. In case you’d like to argue, see Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, and Andrew Luck in their early years.

    If Tampa wants to win, they need to focus on the perennial bottom 5 defense, not the perennial top 5 offense.

  3. Odd to think it but I think the Bucs found the one coach who can turn Winston’s career around and finally make him into a dependable franchise QB.

  4. It seems a lot of comments are down of the defensive players. Personally I don’t think it’s all on the players. I think it’s was the defensive scheme the Bucs played. Call it a bend, down break defense, or you can call it a passive defense. The Bucs let the offensive play happen in front of them. It was a conservative style of defense at best. Under Bowles, it will be an attacking defense. Bowles will bring the fight to the offensive. He won’t sit back and let the offense dictate to him. Yes, some position changes may have to be made and some players may be cut. But overall the players were that bad. It was the defensive system played last year that was horrible. The Bucs wasted the talent they had.

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