Bucs bench Fitzpatrick against Giants

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback carousel is back. Head coach Dirk Koetter has benched Ryan Fitzpatrick.

He had three interceptions against the New York Giants. Fitzpatrick has been replaced by Jameis Winston.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterbacks Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jameis Winston stand on the sidelines against the Chicago Bears
Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jameis Winston stand on the sidelines against the Chicago Bears (Getty Images)

Fitzpatrick went 13 of 21 for 167-yards at the time of the benching with the three interceptions.

The Buccaneers season has been a disaster this season. One of the seasons — besides a bad defense — is the problems at quarterback.

The team has been flip-flopping at the signal-caller position all season. The 35-year-old Fitzpatrick may have received his final start of the season.

Winston — the former No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft — went 12 of 16 for 199 yards. He had two touchdowns and an interception in the Bucs 38-35 loss to the Giants.

Fitzpatrick has gone 164 of 246 for 2,366 yards, including four 300-plus passing games. He has 17 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

On the season, Winston is 1-2 as a starter in three games. He has gone 108 of 164 for 1,380 yards.

He now has eight touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Whoever the coach will be next season — it if unlikely that Koetter is retained — the Bucs have to solve the quarterback problems if they want to be good again. Justin Herbert is the top draft prospect but he’ll be gone by the time the Bucs would draft as he is expected to be gone within the Top 3.

Fitzpatrick is on a one-year deal that pays him $3.3 million. Winston is making $7.9 million this season before a fifth-year option for next year at $20.9 million.

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