Jameis Winston: “I know . . . that historically I’m one of the best quarterbacks to play the game”

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Jameis Winston no longer has a starting job. He still has plenty of confidence.

I know what I’m worth,” Winston recently told Tyler Dunne of BleacherReport.com. “And I know day in and day out, without publicly coming in and saying it, that historically I’m one of the best quarterbacks to play the game.”

And he’s now publicly come out and said it. He publicly said even more.

“Do I feel like I’m better than a lot of starting quarterbacks in this league?” Winston said. “I do. But God has a plan that I haven’t even thought of yet. I have to respect this game first. Respect is earned.”

Winston will need to do something to earn another starting job, thanks to his 30-interception performance in 2019, one that highlights his propensity for trying to do more than he can.

“My entire life, I’ve been a winner,” Winston said. “Little League football. Middle school. High school. College. Obviously, the NFL is a little more difficult. But I’ve been a winner. I don’t want to be viewed as a loser. It’s going to come. It’s going to happen. This is something I’ve been fighting for my entire life. Building up to this.

Winston had his chance to keep his starting job in Tampa. Entering the final two weeks of the 2019 season, Winston and the Bucs had won four in a row, moving the team’s record to 7-7. And then it fell apart for Winston and the Bucs, with four interceptions against the Texans and two against the Falcons, including an overtime pick-six than ended the year and Winston’s Tampa career.

“If people think I’m just going to lay down and give up because of a few losing seasons, that’s never going to be the case,” Winston said. “It’s not over for me.”

He resents his current perception as being an over-the-hill, used-up passer.

“I’m 26,” Winston told Dunne. “There’s people talking about me like I’m an old, washed-up quarterback. Like I’m 40 years old! I’ve got so much life. I’ve got so much energy, man. . . . This is not over for me.”

So what should we expect?

“Expect to see the national championship, Rookie of the Year, Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback being the best version of himself, taking care of the football, bombing the ball down the field, throwing touchdown after touchdown, leading the pack and being cool as the other side of the pillow,” Winston said.

Taking care of the football is the key, and Winston realizes that he needs to learn how and then to throw the ball away. His inability to do that has left him without a starting job; before he ever gets another one, he’ll have to prove that he’s a different player than he has been.

37 responses to “Jameis Winston: “I know . . . that historically I’m one of the best quarterbacks to play the game”

  1. Never knew “historically” and “delusionally” were synonyms.

    learn something new every day, I guess.

  2. “Do I feel like I’m better than a lot of starting quarterbacks in this league?” Winston said. “I do. But God has a plan that I haven’t even thought of yet.”
    ___________

    I suspect that God’s plan is to teach you some humility.

  3. He had five years to be a winner in the NFL.

    Saying that he just has to fix the interceptions is like saying a cornerback just has to stop missing tackles… it’s kind of a big deal and not something that just gets fixed.

  4. Wow, can’t want for him to win comeback player of the decade with those self aspirations!

    Perhaps God’s plan is actually for him to be a QB1 again…. XFL reboot 2022!!!

    GL Jameis, deflate your head a bit first.

  5. Like so many other players he has a Hall of Fame ego, that outweighs his actual ability!

  6. If you keep telling yourself this, Jamiepoo, you can also buy your own yellow jacket and give a speech to yourself. And then you can buy your own bust. You will be the greatest to ever be inducted into your own HOF.

  7. Putting aside the other outlandish claims hes made but who talked about Winston likes he old? I’ve yet to hear any talking head mention anything that could be construed as age related.

  8. Well Jameis at least when your football career is over you will always have comedy cause man you got some jokes! Go Bucs!

  9. Today’s recipient of the Inigo Montoya “You Keep Using That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means” award.

  10. “Expect to see the national championship, Rookie of the Year, Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback being the best version of himself, taking care of the football, bombing the ball down the field, throwing touchdown after touchdown, leading the pack and being cool as the other side of the pillow,” Winston said.
    ————————————————–
    I love his confidence but it comes across pretty badly considering “taking care of the football” and “throwing touchdown after touchdown” will only happen in practise this year unless Brees gets hurt. You are now the back-up QB, you kind of have to wear that. As an aside, when has he EVER taken care of the football?

    I wonder how many QBs in history have gone from the clear starter for multiple years to back-up on another team and then re-gained a starter’s role and succeeded…

  11. And I know historically I’m the sexiest man alive. My wife may or may not agree, but we are talking “historically”, so I got that on my side!

  12. Pure comedy. He also took a shot at a 41 year old Drew Brees by suggesting at 40 years old, you are washed up as a QB. The Saints are going to be really interesting to watch this year.

  13. Nothing says one of the quarterbacks ever like having to take a backup job for 1 million, which is what all the top quarterbacks make these days.

  14. Jameis Winston is correct.
    Statistically he is one of the top 50 QBs in on the planet Earth out of a world population of 7.8 Billion.
    He is 1 in 150,000,000 rare, thats statistically significant.

    Nows is he a good QB when compared only to NFL players? Nope.

  15. Jameis Winston at Florida State was a legend, he was the first to break the SEC hegemony.

  16. Someone needs to schedule him a “random” drug test.

    He’s clearly on something strong

  17. By week 3 he will be the starting QB for the Saints…I have a bad feeling Brees’s bad luck of 2020 is going to continue.

  18. “There’s people talking about me like I’m an old, washed-up quarterback.”

    You’re not a washed-up QB, you’re a never-was.

  19. Jameis Winston: “I know . . . that historically I’m one of the best MMAQ (monday morning armchair quarterbacks) to play the game”

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