Clyde Christensen feels he failed Jameis Winston

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Heading into the 2019 season, the hope in Tampa was that head coach Bruce Arians and quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen would be able to help Jameis Winston take a step forward as a quarterback.

Winston threw for more than 5,000 yards and posted 33 touchdown passes, but whatever improvement that might have suggested was mitigated by 30 interceptions. It was the same inconsistency that has been an issue throughout Winston’s professional career and the results leave Christensen feeling like he didn’t do his job well enough last year.

“In some ways, I feel like I failed him,” Christensen said on The Pat McAfee Show, via the Tampa Bay Times. “As a coach, you take that personal. Whatever, I didn’t get it done. I didn’t help this kid. This kid is better than 30 interceptions and we didn’t get it done and that I have to live with. But I do think he’s a great kid and he’s going to some great things.”

Winston has not found a new place to attempt to prove Christensen right about what the future will bring. At this point, it seems highly unlikely that he’ll go anywhere as a starter, which is why Christensen believes the quarterback’s “rise to the top” may resemble Ryan Tannehill‘s move to Tennessee last year.

20 responses to “Clyde Christensen feels he failed Jameis Winston

  1. Feel bad? If it wasn’t for Arians giving Winston the best season he’ll ever have, he would of been done after last season. Instead Arians extended his career by two seasons.

  2. Let the athlete admit it for once. The standard cliches, “that’s on me”, “I have to work harder”, etc. don’t apply all the time.

    Don’t beat yourself up, coach. You didn’t have a lot to work with.

  3. 5000 yds., 33 TDs, and 30 Int.
    The interceptions are the easiest of the three to do something about.
    There are teams that need QB help bad enough to roll ’em with Winston.

  4. Winston’s problem with his poor decision making is his low intelligence, and a coach can’t fix that.

  5. Winston, coached by Bill Belichick would be interesting to watch. Especially with Tom in Tampa. Super Bowl Winston & Bill vs Tom in Tampa. Must watch Tee Vee

  6. Every year a coach thinks he’ll be the one who can fix Winston. And every year, the prior year’s guy has failed in the attempt. You’d think coaches would realize the one constant here. It is amazing how people continue to make excuses for him year after year.

    Winston just isn’t capable of succeeding as an NFL starting QB. He’d be a pretty good backup, but not the “guy”.

  7. in the end, we all know who failed Jameis Winston;

    all of us but one, that is;

    luckily that’s the same one who can save Jameis Winston;

    as it turns out, he’s also the one can do it;

    must be tough living with three people inside you;

    one would think by this age the right one would tell the other two to get out of the way;

    that’ll be the day Winston starts to turn into an All-Pro;

    til them, guess he’ll be All-Show, and no stay;

  8. Coming out of college, Jameis looked like a guy who could lead the league in TD’s, but almost certainly would set the all time interceptions record, if he played long enough. That’s exactly what the film was saying, and the film never lies. His college coach was saying something completely different, but coaches can lie. College coaches are recruiting 24/7, and it helps when your school has a player get drafted #1 overall. Jameis had the same physical tools as John Elway, and I believe he was actually underrated in that regard. But he would throw most passes as if he were at practice, and with no regard to coverage. He’d throw to his first option every time, whether he was wide open or triple covered. I didn’t know if he was being coached like that or what. FSU had so much talent, he could get away with it most of the time, but he still threw a ton of int’s. But his defense was so strong, he’d get the ball right back. So I thought he was a bright kid, but he was either mentally lazy or was being coached like that. I heard an interview with his coach where he was saying how Jameis not only went through his first 2 or 3 reads, but also went to his 3rd, 4th, and 5th reads. That’s when I had to put on my hip waders, because the mud was getting too deep. Considering everything else about him off the field, it was just too risky to draft him that high. Most people don’t watch film, but if you can get your hands on his FSU tape, watch it for yourself. Studying tape for hours on end isn’t for everyone, so many scouts take shortcuts. I have nothing better to do sitting here in my mom’s basement, so I watch film.

  9. Hmm, he was throwing a ton of picks at FSU too. Seems to me that Jameis turns all of his coaches into “failures”.

  10. That dude has been reckless since FSu days…
    He openly admitted at one point he told himself ‘don’t be what coaches are trying to get you to be. Just go out and be you!’
    He made himself Uncoachable!

  11. Winston has always had a tremendous upside both at FSU and Tampa Bay. His drawback has always been interceptions. I agree with charliecharger about watching film of Winston. In college Winston would look at his first and second throwing option and usually make his decision on who to throw too. He would look long and hard at both. Then he finally started looking at his 3rd option. Winston has always believed he could throw the football into very tight windows that other QB’s couldn’t. He refused to give up on a play and just throw the ball away. I blame Jimbo Fisher, his HC, at FSU for not teaching him better. Perhaps winning football games was all that matter to Fisher. In any case that’s the mindset he came into the pro football with.

    The first couple of year in Tampa Bay it’s was much the same. They let Winston be Winston. It didn’t seem to matter that pro CB where much tougher to throw on than college CB. It’s wasn’t until last last year with the coaching change that Winston was held accountable. Clyde Christensen and others offensive coaches tried to teach what it would take to be a great pro QB. It was OK to throw the ball away. There were other receiver beside the 1st and 2nd choices. You quickly survey the field for all your options. You don’t settle on just 1 or 2. It’s OK to run if you see a hole open up. If there is nothing, it’s OK to throw the ball away and move on to the next play.

    Where Winston got in trouble last year was looking for that 3rd, 4th, or 5th options. The OL wasn’t strong enough to hold there blocks that long. Winston was once again forced to make a decision under duress. What do most people do when they are under duress, they revert to what comes naturally. For Winston that was to force the ball to one of his receivers, or throw it up for grabs if it was 4th down.

    It’s hard to find fault with someone who is responsible to coach QB’s when the OL fails. Take pride that you did your job. You did what you could for Jamis. Winston will be a better QB somewhere because of you. You didn’t fail.

  12. Winston’s ego was far higher than his talent,and his excuse every week was, I have to get better.5 years of hearing that got old…real quick. I wont miss my heart skipping beats, when he drew back to pass

  13. Winston is responsible for Winston. Period.

    Bucs owners, GMs, HCs, assistants, and fans were more than patient. Five years is more than enough. He may not be a starter in the NFL this year, maybe never. But he will surely be a back up somewhere and will not exactly have to worry about food on the table. Enough feeling sorry for Jameis Winston.

  14. Nobody failed him but the surprising part is that Arians left him starting all season despite all the turnovers. Most coaches would not have left a guy in there long enough to hit 30 INTs. Seems likely Arians talked to the front office ahead of time and got assurances they wouldn’t be changing coaches no matter how bad things got with Winston.

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