Bruce Arians says Bucs QB Jameis Winston has ‘all the talent in the world’
Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians still speaks highly of quarterback Jameis Winston after a stretch of rough years.
The 2018 season saw Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick sharing starts throughout the year. Each seemed to perform better as a backup.
That is not stopping Arians from speaking highly about what could be from his 25-year-old quarterback, per Rick Stroud at the Tampa Bay Times:
“He’s smart. He loves ball. He’s here. He’s got all the talent in the world, so why can’t he be successful?’’ Arians said.
That promise of talent is what made Winston the first overall selection in the 2015 draft. With 58 interceptions and 18 lost fumbles since then, he is having trouble delivering on that potential.
Arians notes a need for improvement in decision making, but also in mechanics. Improving those will be important, but they will also be letting Winston make plays like he did a Florida State. The Buccaneers staff does not want to limit him to staying in the pocket.
While the clear need for improvement from Winston is not being ignored, Arians is not putting the sole blame on the quarterback:
“Give him a running game. Give him a defense and see how good he can be. I think we can limit (turnovers). Never get rid of them. There’s nobody that ever does it. But you can limit turnovers,” Arians said.
Winston is one of the biggest factors in Arians coming out of retirement so soon. The new coach sees his new quarterback a rare talent to work with.
Arians mentored players like Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger, but never one with the skill set the Winston possesses.