Bruce Arians on Jameis Winston: So much of it is mechanical

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It’s no secret that a big reason the Buccaneers hired Bruce Arians as their head coach was the hope that he could help lift quarterback Jameis Winston to greater heights in 2019.

Arians hasn’t been shy about discussing where Winston needs to improve and identified decision making as one of those areas shortly after being hired. Mechanics are also an issue that’s come up as Arians, offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen have reviewed Winston’s throws.

“I’ve studied a bunch of them,’’ Arians said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “Clyde has watched every throw he’s made since his rookie year and Byron, too. And it’s like you’re trying to look safeties off too long and your feet are crossed. So much of it is mechanical.’’

Arians said that the plan is for Christensen to work with Winston on “footwork and drills and throwing off balance and making these throws” until the mechanical issues are resolved.

“It can scare you to where you can’t recover or it can grit your teeth make you say, ‘I’ll show you,'” Arians said. “And I see the gritted teeth right now. He knows, that’s why I said it publicly right at the start, it’s his team. I believe in this guy. Byron believes in this guy. Clyde believes in this guy. The whole coaching staff believes in this team. He’s smart. He loves ball. He’s here. He’s got all the talent in the world, so why can’t he be successful?”

Winston is headed into his fifth season and he won’t get unlimited chances to show that he can turn his talent into results on the field. That makes this offseason a crucial one in Tampa.

16 responses to “Bruce Arians on Jameis Winston: So much of it is mechanical

  1. It always amazes me how easily one coach can spot a problem while years of various others coaches cannot. So many incompetent coaches and organizations out there.

    Guys like Tom House are out there readily available for any quarterback/team that needs him. I don’t understand why guys like House aren’t in greater demand.

  2. Hopefully, the Buccaneers can turn it around. I’m excited for Coach Arians to get his shot with Jameis.

    If I had to wager a bet, I’d put it on the Buccaneers Defense moving to a 3-4. Vita Vea. is your nose tackle.

  3. On behalf of the Buccaneer fan base, thank you to C. Williams for stepping in for Ira Kaufman to present John Lynch’s HOF case. I believe Lynch gets in sometime soon, as he is truly deserving.

  4. Of course Arians will puff himself up with this sort of commentary; it makes him look like an analytical genius and it puts ALL of the burden on the QB.

    This is exactly how *not* to turn a QB’s career around.

  5. Either Arians has some kind of special vision or Winston has ignored his coaching in the past. I have a hard time believing Winston’s past coaches missed the fact his feet were crossed. I think the real problem is at the other end of his body.

  6. That fraud George Whitfield changed his mechanics. Everyone kept saying how his release was too long (it wasn’t), and ever since then, he doesn’t “finish” intermediate throws the way he did in 2013.

    2014 was about arrogance and thinking he could make every play.

    The turnovers he has with Tampa are mostly on intermediate routes. Not a coincidence that it began with Whitfield’s “tutelage.”

  7. bucsmightbegood says:
    February 11, 2019 at 7:22 am
    Hopefully, the Buccaneers can turn it around. I’m excited for Coach Arians to get his shot with Jameis.

    If I had to wager a bet, I’d put it on the Buccaneers Defense moving to a 3-4. Vita Vea. is your nose tackle.

    If McCoy walks, as expected, then I can see it.

    Giants practically giving away JP (and using a 3-4 base) only to keep Mr. Invisible because he was three years younger, looks worse and worse every day. And if Tampa does indeed shift to that, it will look even worse on the Giants’ part.

  8. Mechanics mean nothing if there is no brain power to utilize the perfection of motion. I’ve watched this clown and he’s not well prepared and cannot read a defense. He is so slow in reactions that either he is unable to handle quick processing or he’s lazy.

  9. Again, the self proclaimed maven of football puts his foot in his mouth. Bruce, please just keep your mouth shut. All of his comments since he was hired in Tampa will come back to haunt him big time.

  10. If so much of it is mechanical, does that mean his brain is gear driven? Certainly his mouth must be.

  11. Is it mechanical when Winston acts like a jerk? Was it mechanical when he “tickled” the back of the head of an opposing player during a game – causing a physical incident, when he stole crab legs, when he sexually fondled an Uber driver and all the other times he has acted like a jerk? Arians sounds like he could replace a washer and a screw to fix being a jerk.

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