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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are learning the hard way that Jameis Winston isn’t going to give them a huge boost. Winston returned from his three game suspension and looked lackluster against the Chicago Bears. It almost feels like Dirk Koetter is giving Winston a chance so everyone can see him fail which would give Tampa Bay a good reason to go back to Ryan Fitzpatrick. The problem is the Buccaneers should’ve never gave Winston his job back in the first place. The rhythm and timing which passing offenses are based off of is behind schedule because of Winston’s lack of practice reps. Not only that but it sets a bad precedent when you bench a player who is solely responsible for your success (Fitzpatrick). Eventually the fans in West Florida are going demand that Ryan Fitzpatrick is their starting quarterback and they also might demand that Koetter is fired. How can you stick with a coach that’s made such a poor decision? Winston is super talented but there’s no doubt Fitzpatrick would’ve put up more than 10 points against the Bears. DeSean Jackson was even public about who the starting QB should be (he supports Fitzpatrick) and that should’ve been something that the coaching staff picks up on. How many games can this franchise squander before realizing they’ve made a foolish mistake? Ultimately that’s going to cost Koetter his job and this was a tough one to botch. It was so obvious that Winston wasn’t going to match the play that the Buccaneers offense had through the first two games. Unless this team makes a serious run there’s going to be some big changes in the future. Whether that’s Jameis Winston being released or Koetter being let go who knows? The bottom line is the Bucs decision makers haven’t done a good enough job and they should be held accountable.
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Jameis Winston was supposed to take the Buccaneers to new heights but that hasn’t been the case.