Buccaneers OC Byron Leftwich claims Jameis Winston is still team’s best QB option for 2020
The general consensus is that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will ultimately move on from Jameis Winston as their starting quarterback this offseason, as Winston is in the final year of his deal and has not shown much—if any—improvement.
However, at least one member of the Buccaneers staff would prefer to keep Winston.
Tampa Bay offensive coordinator and former NFL signal-caller Byron Leftwich cast his vote of confidence for Winston going forward, saying he thinks he is the best option for the Bucs under center in 2020:
“I feel that way,” Leftwich said, according to Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times. “I feel as though we’re just not doing enough to win football games. This league is so ― it’s four or five plays here or there that you’ve just got to really change and get out of our system just as a team, really.
“That comes to winning the football games. If you win some of the games that you lost, it’s all different, right? The narrative is all different. So we’ve got to understand that, try to fix those plays and hopefully when we have the opportunity in the future, that we make those plays to win football games.”
The problem is that Winston may actually be enduring the worst season of his NFL career.
Through seven games, the 25-year-old has thrown for 2,072 yards, 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, which is tied for worst in the league. He is also completing a career-low 58.2 percent of his passes while posting a passer rating of 82.1, also a career worst.
Since drafting Winston first overall in 2015, the Buccaneers have never made the playoffs, and they have logged just one winning season.
It doesn’t look like Tampa Bay will be going much further this year, either, as the Bucs are a mere 2-5 through eight weeks.