By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to first-year Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach Bruce Arians, quarterback Jameis Winston needs to be “a little bit smarter.” Winston struggled during the 2018 season.
The Buccaneers hired Arians because they want to get the former No. 1 overall pick back on track. Winston previously attended Arians coaching camps.
“No pressure,” Arians said. “No pressure whatsoever. I want him to relax and play the game. Talent is no issue. It’s just becoming a little bit smarter.”
One thing that Arians will have to work with Winston on is cutting down the turnovers.
The 25-year-old Bessemer, Alabama native made 11 appearances with nine starts in 2018. He struggled with a 3-6 record.
He went 244 of 378 for 2,992 yards. He also had 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
“With Clyde Christensen as his quarterbacks coach and Byron Leftwich [as coordinator], he’s going to be coached as well as he’s ever been and more prepared than he’s ever been fundamentally and mentally,” coach Bruce Arians said Thursday, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.
His best game of the season in terms of yardage came in Week 7 in a 26-23 win over the Cleveland Browns. He went 32 of 52 for 365 yards with two interceptions.
Winston had two games, in which he threw for four touchdowns. In the team’s season-finale, in a 34-32 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, he went 22 of 35 for 345 yards with four touchdowns and one interception.
He also had his second four touchdown game against the Falcons in Week 6 in a 34-29 loss. He went 30 of 41 for 395 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions.
“No pressure. No pressure whatsoever,” Arians said of his expectations for his new quarterback. “I want him to relax and play the game. Talent is no issue. It’s just becoming a little bit smarter.”