Jameis Winston making a strong first impression on Bruce Arians

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One of the key tasks awaiting Bruce Arians when he was named head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was to see if he could salvage former No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston.

While it’s still really early in the offseason, Arians has been impressed by some of the things he’s seen from Winston on the field.

“It’s amazing. I mean, he was getting the third and fourth reads quickly today,’’ Arians said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “He was off his first read, and that was not the easiest secondary to read. There was a lot of movement from quarters, to single high to man. I was extremely pleased with that part of it. I don’t think the defense got their hands on any of his (passes).

“That last throw, that was the fifth read in that play and he was on it so fast and he could tell me why. It’s one thing to throw a completion, but tell me why you did it. That’s nice.”

Offseason work is still heavily restricted at this point in the calendar and there is only so much teams can do. Nevertheless, Winston has appeared to make a strong first impression on his new coach.

The sentiment appears to be mutual as well.

“One thing about coach B.A. You think he’s sitting back in his golf cart, but he’s communicating with his coaches,’’ Winston said. “He just has that head role so he’s communicating with everybody. He’s letting his orchestra play but he’s orchestrating behind the scenes, telling everybody his thoughts and communicating with the quarterbacks, communicating with (receivers coach Kevin Garver), communicating with coach Byron. He runs the show. Even though they’re the puppets. We’re all on a string, but he’s pulling it.”

7 responses to “Jameis Winston making a strong first impression on Bruce Arians

  1. What was the coach supposed to say, “Winston sucks”? You can’t judge a book by its’ cover. The true Winston will be revealed once real competition shows up and the games begin. I hope I am wrong, but…

  2. Tom Kulaga says:
    April 24, 2019 at 6:01 am
    What was the coach supposed to say, “Winston sucks”? You can’t judge a book by its’ cover. The true Winston will be revealed once real competition shows up and the games begin. I hope I am wrong, but…
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    No…..you’re right! Winston is what his “record” says he is….

  3. He hardly has to be salvaged since he’s been an above NFL starter even on that bad team. The defense is what’s doomed them since he’s been there. The last two years it was historically bad for instance. The only stretch where they had good defensive play in the middle of his second year, they went on a five-game winning streak and nearly made the playoffs.

  4. LoL… anyone can look good in practice in shorts…
    He will probably look decent against such a horrible defense they have…
    It is when he plays in real games he gets reckless and is unwatchable….
    He has played reckless and untrustworthy since High School.. Under pressure, he will ALWAYS revert back to what he knows…
    Plus, we are often reminded this is the season in the NFL for lying and deception… LoL

  5. Winston is the most frustrating kind of quarterback for a fan or a coach. He CAN play well and does so for stretches at a time. Then he kills you with a dumb throw right when it matters most. His good stretches will keep giving hope and then he’ll continually dash them. To be honest he reminds me a lot of Brett Favre. Yeah, that guy’s a Hall of Famer with a single Super Bowl win, but he had the same M.O. for the latter 2/3 of his career: sling it around, make a lot of big plays, win a good number of games, lose in heartbreakingly stupid fashion.

  6. Everyone talking smack about Winson, don’t come running back when he leads them to the playoffs this year…..ijs…

  7. What else can he say after the GM gave him $20.9 million this year instead of cutting him?

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