Jameis Winston looking to add more “game manager” traits to his play

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The phrase “game manager” for a quarterback can be viewed as a derogatory term. It gives off a sense that a quarterback can’t make the big plays required to propel him team to be truly successful.

However, when you’re Jameis Winston and the last time you were a full-time starter you had 30 interceptions, adding some “game manager” tendencies to your game might not be the worst idea.

In an interview with Steve Wyche and Jim Trotter on the Huddle & Flow podcast, Winston said that he’s looking to be more of a game manager as he looks to earn the chance to quarterback the New Orleans Saints following the retirement of Drew Brees.

I never wanted to be deemed a game manager,” Winston said, via Adam Maya of NFL.com. “… But really, that game manager is not a bad piece. That’s something that I think just comes with being a professional quarterback. Being able to not just only do the things that you can do, but being able to do the things that you should not do — like what not to do versus what can I do.”

Winston threw for a league-leading 5,109 yards during his last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2019. But while he tossed 33 touchdown passes, it was the 30 interceptions that led the Buccaneers to move on from Winston after the season. For Winston, he can make any throw on the field necessary for a quarterback. The issue is realizing when not to take the chance of forcing a ball into a place it shouldn’t go.

“It may have been because of a new offense, it was maybe because I was trying to go out there and prove it, it’s maybe because I was playing for a lot,” Winston said. “It still puzzles me to this day. All I’m trying to do is focus on eliminating that. And what I came up with is — in the course of being an NFL quarterback, there are a lot of plays where when you have talent, you say I can do this, I can do that — but really learning how to manage the game.”

He’s got the statistics to back up the notion that he’s a capable NFL starting quarterback. That comes with the caveat that he cannot turn the ball over like he did during his final season in Tampa. If Winston can adequately roll back the risk-taking and strike a balance with his play, he might be able to produce brilliantly in Sean Payton’s offense with the Saints.

18 responses to “Jameis Winston looking to add more “game manager” traits to his play

  1. Seems like he’s grown up alot.
    It’ll be interesting to see how the rest of his career shakes out. If anyone can bring out the best in a QB it’s definitely Sean Payton.

  2. No shame at all. Tom Brady made a living off of being a game manager. And most teams should have this approach, to be honest.

  3. Well, if Winston “never wanted to be deemed a game manager”, then his career has been a tremendous success.

  4. Jameis Winston’s interceptions are a result of poor decision making and a lack of intelligence. Does anyone really think that someone who has made so many poor decisions on and off the field his entire life is going to change now?”

    As the scorpion said to the frog… “Its my Nature”

  5. He’s saying all the right things, but can he actually do it? Looks like we’re gonna find out 🤷🏼‍♂️

  6. Jameis can just keep doing what he’s doing and retire in a few years with a couple hundred million in the bank, and no playoff wins. You can do that whether you’re a gun slinger or a game manager. But winning is all about understanding what the defense is trying to do to stop you. What do you think Peyton Manning looks at when he comes to the sidelines? Why do you think he’s looking at those photos? Once you understand what the defense is trying to do, then you have a chance to beat them. It’s 11 on 11. Find the one guy that’s open. Joe Montana usually figured that out while he was calling signals. Brady has it down to a fine art. Game managers don’t win Super Bowls.

  7. If Daniel Jones quits fumbling he can be a star in NY. If Jameis Winston can stop throwing the ball to the other team he can be a star in NO.

    Which is more likely?

    Jones has Jason Garrett, Freddie Kitchens and Jerry Schuplinski.

    Winston has Pete Carmichael, Ron Curry and Sean Payton.

    My money is on Winston having spent a year with Brees watching and learning how to be a pro now with Payton sitting with him like he did with Brees. If he can find the comfort zone in Payton’s offense – take what’s there and not press when things get tight – he’ll be a top 5 QB. But can he manage the nerves when they are down and he’s got to sling it to win or when he’s getting chased around?

  8. Some guys just can’t seem to be taught/trained to not take the kinds of over-confident/risk taking throws that lead to interceptions.

    Fitz reminds me of that too.

    He has all the skills. If he can learn the mental part of the game and have his decision making honed, you would think he could be highly successful.

    Will be interesting to watch if he ends up starting in N.O.

  9. Can’t Turn it over like his final season? You mean can’t turn it over like he did EVERY season.

  10. If it was as easy as just saying it, there’d be a lot more quality game manager QBs in the NFL…

  11. Winston DOES NOT HAVE THE STATISTICS to show he’s a capable NFL QB. He’s got the statistics of a guy who can’t read defenses and makes team crushing errors. He’s always turned the ball over too much. 2019 was just the culmination of his ineptitude.

  12. “It still puzzles me to this day. All I’m trying to do is focus on eliminating that.” — Jameis Winston

    He clearly still doesn’t understand what was actually happening on the field. Unless and until he gets it, he can’t fix it. Good luck.

  13. Judgement and accuracy. maybe he improves accuracy, judgement? Not likely based on all past behavior on and off field.

  14. The Post-Lasik , Post Redshirt learning year Winston will be a Huge success, and the Saints offense will be a formidable Juggernaut.

  15. AOC is glad Al Gore invented football and discovered Mexico says:
    March 30, 2021 at 6:59 am
    Jameis Winston’s interceptions are a result of poor decision making and a lack of intelligence. Does anyone really think that someone who has made so many poor decisions on and off the field his entire life is going to change now?”

    As the scorpion said to the frog… “Its my Nature”
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    Winston scored higher on the Wonderlick test than Drew Brees.

  16. Game managers, like Russell Wilson, are good at avoiding mistakes. Winston is the opposite. He makes risky throws that result in interceptions. Turnovers are usually costly, and they result in losses. Winston has to learn to avoid making bad decisions. Sometimes it is better to throw the ball away or take a sack instead of throwing it into coverage. OTOH, a bad QB will avoid throwing an interception on 4th down and goal by throwing the ball out of bounds. That is just as bad as throwing an interception, if not worse.

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