Jameis Winston suggests that he tuned out coaching last year

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New Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians thinks that fixing quarterback Jameis Winston will be easy. It may not be as easy as Arians believes it will be.

Winston will have to buy in to coaching. And it sounds like, at one point last year, he rebelled.

“I had to look at myself in the mirror and say, ‘Hey Jameis, what do you have to do?’
Winston said during a Super Bowl-week interview, via JoeBucsFan.com, regarding his reaction to a midseason benching. “And that was simply, ‘Get back to playing Jameis Winston football. Be yourself. Have that swag. Don’t try to be something that a coach is trying to get you to be. You know, you gotta go and be you.'”

It’s not the first time Winston has expressed something less than utmost respect for his former coaches. Winston previously had taken a swipe at Dirk Koetter while expressing appreciation for Arians.

“This is one of the first times I’d had this in four years, really,” Winston has said in response to how it feels to know that Arians has Winston’s back and trusts him, via JoeBucsFan.com. “You know, so I’m really blessed to be with [Arians] and his coaches that he’s going to have with us.”

Although it’s not a full-blown verbal assault on Koetter and company, Bucs fans should be mildly troubled by what appears to be an effort by Winston to shift blame for a lackluster four seasons — and by what could be a sign that he may direct some of the same frustration toward Arians, even if any future struggles are the fault of Winston.

42 responses to “Jameis Winston suggests that he tuned out coaching last year

  1. he is kind of right koetter and his deep ball offense is not really built for any qb there are no easy short throws, even rogers and brady have easy completions built into their system, constantly going deep with bad line play and no running game gets the qb killed, also I am not naïve and do think Winston makes mistakes but the system has to fit the qb

  2. Winston is a loser on and off the field. His main problem is letting Jameis be Jameis. Jameis makes bad decisions on and off the field. He just can’t help himself.

    Can Arians change that? I doubt it. We’ll see how “easy” it is.

    Bucs fans should be troubled Winston is still on the roster.

  3. Nah. You’re way more into his quotes than what’s there. Winston was highly supportive of Koetter last year, even late in the season when Dirk’s seat was practically on fire.

    Jameis was simply being complimentary to his new coach, who’s brought an energy to the team he hasn’t experienced before.

  4. He’s a moderate bust, and this will not change. Ever. Maybe he just lost his appetite for “W’s” ?

  5. People might not like what Jameis is saying but that doesn’t mean he is wrong. Some coaches are bad, and instead of identifying the areas where their players excel, they try to change the player.

    I don’t follow the Bucs, so I don’t know what is right in this case, but I know when Phillip Rivers became a pro, some of the conversation around him was changing the way he throws. So, we know it happens.

  6. I’d set the over/under at week 10 for when Arians gets fed up and benches Winston for the rest of the season.

    It will be Gabbert time as I think Arians will bring Gabbert in to back up Winston. Fitzmagic is too big of a threat to Winston’s fragile ego.

  7. Its not that winston isn’t talented, he just isn’t ever going to be a franchise QB mostly because of his attitude.

    He will be “disappeared” from the bucs in a year or 2 but we all won’t be done with him. Just like Jay Cutler, someone will think he can be fixed and then winston will get that HC/GM fired. Like Cutler, he can’t be fixed but it is going to take at least one more cycle (maybe even 2) to get him out of a league he doesn’t belong in.

  8. I am always right, right? says:
    February 14, 2019 at 11:00 am
    He’s a moderate bust, and this will not change. Ever. Maybe he just lost his appetite for “W’s” ?

    He’s definitely been a bust compared to his draft status. I don’t think it’s ever been a question of arm talent, it looks like the guy can make all the throws. It’s his decision making. Unless Ariens can fix the boneheaded plays- and I don’t see how he can- it’s gonna be more of the same Winston we’ve seen for four years.

  9. This is Jamis being Jamis. I think what he saying is I will only take so much coaching. He has that ‘I’m my own man’ mentality. That a stupid way of looking at it. Jamis has a lot to prove in the NFL. By changing coaches, Winston bought another year to prove he belongs as a top QB in the NFL. Arians has a way bringing out his QB’s. Winston need to look at it this way, and put into practice what he is taught. If he doesn’t, it goodbye Winston. Next years QB draft class is better and deeper than this years QB class.

  10. He may have been a good college QB but that hasn’t translated to the NFL…at least not on a consistent basis. Making these comments seems to indicate he’s not very self-aware either. His behavior also seems to indicate he’s not very bright. Maybe he should stop saying things that makes him look even worse. This could be a make or break year for him. If he stinks it up under Arians he may have a hard time finding any team wanting him to be anything other than a backup. Frankly, if he shows he’s incapable of improving why would any team even want him as a backup? He’s not a project. He is what he is and that won’t change.

  11. I cannot see Arians with HIS temper & Winston with HIS arrogance being a “match” made in heaven – I’d really like to know why the Glazers think “InFamous” Jameis is such a great QB & what skills he posses that Arians believes are worth keeping him on the roster?
    He hasn’t progressed in the last 4 years to warrant not be cut/released or traded!
    It sounds like Arians & Winstons future are somehow twisted together by the Glazers.

  12. Sounds to me like Jameis doesn’t take personal accountability for his actions. There were 2…make that 4 reasons he got benched: 1) he got suspended (2) his backup played lights out for 4 weeks (3) Winston wasn’t very good when he went back into the lineup. (4) His pregame rambling speeches are cringeworthy!

  13. The Keener Observer says:
    February 14, 2019 at 11:01 am
    So I’m soooo looking forward to watching this train wreck.

    Many of you are hoping for it. Have been since the media brainwashed you about him. Yes, it makes you pitiful.

  14. The Bucs should move on from this guy. He does not have a superbowl caliber attitude. If you’re not first then you’re last and they will never be first with this guy.

  15. Forget about his head coach. Winston tuned out common sense and being respectful to others several years ago.

  16. I mean if you Look at it from Winston’s stance what he’s saying makes a lot of sense. He came back from his 3 game suspension to Fitz playing some of the best football of his career. You get Desean Jackson vouching for the backup QB to remain the starter. Your own head coach begins to ride the hype as well to the point where he’s ready to bench you instantly after a bad game. They implement an offense that doesn’t play to your strong suits and puts more emphasis on your weakness (deep/vertical offense). Now imagine being a QB and having that amount of pressure on you. You start playing like you have to outplay or overcome hype and that’s exactly what he TRIED to do. He make some erratic decisions. The second he was bench is when I think he threw listening to Koetter our the window. He stopped looking for DJax and started looking for his go to guys. I’m my opinion not listening to Koetter is probably the reason why he’s still here.

  17. boiler72 says:
    February 14, 2019 at 11:35 am
    Bruce Arians’ post-game conferences …

    Reporter: “Bruce, what did you think of the offense today”?
    Arians: “It was offensive”.

    A pretty smug, yet foolish thing to say considering the Bucs in 2018 were the #1 passing offense in the league and the #3 overall offense. With Bruce Arians being the QB whisperer he’s known as, if anything, you’d expect the 2019 Bucs’ offense to be even better, which admittedly is a daunting task considering they’re already at the top of the league; still you’d expect them to be at least as good as they’ve already shown themselves to be, not worse or even terrible as you misguidedly predict.

  18. Jameis is referring to the coaches not wanting him to give pregame speeches. You hear nothing about it when Drew Brees or any other QB’s does it, but when Jameis does it something is said. He should be able to go out there and inspire his team and have fun but since Koetter never wanted Jameis everything he did was a problem. Give Jameis a good kicker and a decent defense and we’re not having this conversation. Defense and kicking were the reason Tampa wasn’t better…not Jameis.

  19. Say what you will about Winston, but from day one the coach made no bones about it. He wanted Mariota.So why would he feel the organization had his back

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