Bruce Arians: Antoine Winfield Jr., not Chase Young, should be rookie of the year

Divisional Round - Tampa Bay Buccaneers v New Orleans Saints
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Washington defensive end Chase Young is widely regarded as the defensive rookie of the year for the 2020 NFL season. But Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians does not agree with that selection.

Arians said after the Buccaneers beat the Saints that Antoine Winfield Jr., the Bucs’ second-round defensive back, is a more worthy choice. Arians even took a little shot at Young, who finished the season with 7.5 sacks, saying Winfield’s contributions went far beyond Young’s.

“Can’t say enough about him,” Arians said of Winfield. “To me, he’s the defensive rookie of the year. Seven and a half sacks isn’t anything to what he’s done.”

Arians has taken a few digs at Young this postseason, also saying after the Buccaneers beat the Football Team that Washington’s pass rush didn’t scare them. Winfield started all 16 games in the regular season and has played every defensive snap in the postseason for the Bucs, and Arians would have liked to see his player get the hardware that seems destined to go to Young.

13 responses to “Bruce Arians: Antoine Winfield Jr., not Chase Young, should be rookie of the year

  1. Arians and Chase Claypool need attend the same school that teaches people to shut their mouths. What exactly has either done in this league?

  2. Well… he’s not wrong.. anyone who watched Winfield play sees how much he’s impacted that defense. Especially the secondary. The Buccaneers got a steal in the 2nd round on that kid

  3. I don’t really have a problem with this because Arians is just advocating for his guy. That being said, it’s hard to argue that Chase Young doesn’t deserve the Defensive Rookie of the Year award. He didn’t just have 7.5 sacks… he had 10 tackles for loss, 4 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, one of which went for a Touchdown. Also had 4 pass deflections, was regularly chipped or double teamed, and became a Team Captain. Winfield is a good player, but there isn’t a Coach or GM in this league that would take him over Chase Young.

  4. Bruce Arians just can’t help himself. He lacks the personal skills and class to promote his guy without being snarky and trying to degrade somebody else. Chase Young did a little bit more than sack quarterbacks 7.5 times. And Arians knows that.

  5. Arians limiting Young’s contributions to just 7.5 sacks just shows how narrow minded he is. Chase Young did much more than get 7.5 sacks. His presence influenced the defense that opened up so many opportunities for his teammates. That doesn’t show up in his stat line. His presence helped take this defense from a bottom ranked defense to a top 10 defense. Nothing against Winfield, but did he do the same? Not to mention his tackles for loss, forced fumbles, fumble recoveries, etc. I get Arians taking up for his guy, but you don’t have to diminish another guy to do it.

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