Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians speaks out on Jameis Winston’s growth
After struggling in Week 1, Jameis Winston has been phenomenal in the past three weeks for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Following the team’s win on Sunday, Bruce Arians spoke about Winston’s growth this season.
“He’s just growing in the offense,” Arians said at a press conference. “I think that Byron and Clyde are doing a great job with him, fundamentally and mentally. I don’t know of anyone who’s played better over the past three weeks than he has and the numbers should show it, we’ve put a lot of points up. Especially when you jump out 21-0 you take the crowd out of it and then you just keep playing. The one thing I kept preaching was to just keep scoring. Keep scoring, keep going after it because I knew the Rams were going to score some points.”
In Week 1 against the San Francisco 49ers, Winston threw for just 194 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions—including a pick-six. Watching the former No. 1 pick turn the ball over has become a common occurrence in his career.
However, in the Buccaneers’ last three games, Winston has been remarkable under center. The fifth-year quarterback has combined for 973 yards, eight touchdowns, and two interceptions in the past three weeks.
Above all, Winston had his best game of the season on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams on the road. The former Seminole was highly efficient as he aired the ball out for 385 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception in the team’s 55-40 win in Week 4.
The longtime head coach pointed to offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich as being a huge reason why Winston has become comfortable in the offense. Whatever Leftwich and Arians are doing, they need to continue doing it to keep Winston at the level that he is currently playing at for the rest of the season.