Bruce Arians: Jameis Winston “just growing in the offense”

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The hope around the Buccaneers this offseason was that the arrival of head coach Bruce Arians would help quarterback Jameis Winston take a step forward in his fifth season.

Winston’s three-interception opener didn’t do much to create belief in the partnership, but the last three weeks have been better. Winston has completed 65 percent of his passes while throwing eight touchdowns and two interceptions as the Bucs have gone 2-1.

On Monday, Arians complimented Winston, offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen for the work they’ve been doing to open the season.

“He’s just growing in the offense,” Arians said at a press conference. “I think that Byron and Clyde are doing a great job with him, fundamentally and mentally. I don’t know of anyone who’s played better over the past three weeks than he has and the numbers should show it, we’ve put a lot of points up. Especially when you jump out 21-0 you take the crowd out of it and then you just keep playing. The one thing I kept preaching was to just keep scoring. Keep scoring, keep going after it because I knew the Rams were going to score some points.”

A Saints defense that just shut down the Cowboys is next up for Winston and the Bucs. Arians said on Monday that he wants the whole team to “play fearless” as they try to bump their record to 3-2 on the young season.

10 responses to “Bruce Arians: Jameis Winston “just growing in the offense”

  1. Don’t forget that his throw to Evans with less than 40 sec to go against the NYG put the team in position to be 3-0, kicker be damned.

  2. Seeing what BA has done for Winston in 1 month of live action in comparison to how badly Matt Ryan is performing in Dirk Koetter’s offense one might have to wonder if these past 4 years Winston’s growth as a QB was being held back by an inept coach? If that’s the case then you’d have to wonder what Winston’s stats and the Buccaneers as a whole would’ve looked like the past 4 seasons with someone like BA at the helm instead.

  3. This is going to end badly for Tampa bay…Winston is going to get re-signed to a huge contract extention based off this game and maybay, just maybe a few more good games. I fully expect Winston to keep turning over the ball in future games. A Zebra doe’nt change it’s stripes. The Bucs are winning and losing with a improved defense and yes, a better kicking game.

  4. It is glaringly apparent if given proper coaching, this entire TEAM would be far better off…

    Besides JW, we have ROJO that Dirk called a bust and would not put on the field – the kid is on fire this year – how’s that Falcon offense doing?

    RG Cappa couldn’t get on the field with Dirk, but last week he dominates the LA line all day and has been a key cog in much improved run game since week 1

    Dont even think about our bottom of the league D during JW’s entire career, or perhaps the worst kicking game in the NFL the past decade or so…

    Lovie and Dirk were absolute jokes as HC and JW had to suffer thru it

    In BA we trust!!

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