The revolving door of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterbacks continues.
The Buccaneers once again benched the struggling Ryan Fitzpatrick, bringing Jameis Winston back in with the team trailing 24-7 to the lowly New York Giants.
In comes #Bucs QB Jameis Winston to replace Ryan Fitzpatrick for Tampa Bay. Another QB change in a season full of them.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 18, 2018
Winston was originally benched in Week 9 after a series of bad performances, but Fitzpatrick has provided no lift at all. He was 13-of-21 passing on Sunday, but had tossed three picks without finding the end zone. This is probably the last we’ll see of him, and will perhaps be Winston’s final opportunity to show the Buccaneers that he deserves to remain their quarterback of the future.
Jameis Winston has grown very accustomed to being criticized, and the quarterback has been around long enough to know that fans were not going to be kind to him after his four-interception performance on Sunday. Winston’s fiancee, however, feels there is a line that should not be crossed.
On Monday, Winston’s fiancee Breion Allen shared an adorable photo of the couple’s son on Instagram. Unfortunately, some trolls took that as an opportunity to rip on Winston for being benched. Allen wasn’t having it.
Some trolls decided to rip Jameis Winston via a photo his fiancee Breion Allen shared of the couple's son, and she was NOT having it pic.twitter.com/dc6Y3gtwiN
— Steve DelVecchio (@SteveDelSports) October 29, 2018
Allen and Winston, who got engaged back in May, have been together since the quarterback was a star at Florida State. She has stayed with Jameis through the disturbing allegations he faced in college, and she never shies away from defending him.
While you can understand fans heckling Winston for the 10 interceptions he has thrown this season, there’s no need to use a photo of his infant son as a jumping off point. You can’t blame Allen for being upset.
Jameis Winston played so poorly in Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals that head coach Dirk Koetter sent him to the bench, and that is where the quarterback will remain when his team takes on the Carolina Panthers next weekend.
On Monday, Koetter announced that he has decided to stick with Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 9.
#Bucs coach Dirk Koetter announces his QB decision: Ryan Fitzpatrick will start on Sunday. So Jameis Winston to the bench.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 29, 2018
Winston was benched on Sunday after throwing his fourth interception of the day. That brought his total to 10 picks on the season in less than four games. Fitzpatrick immediately provided the Bucs with a burst of energy when he took over, and he completed 11-of-15 passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns while nearing leading the team to a massive comeback victory.
The Buccaneers have simply looked better this season with Fitzpatrick under center. He was on pace to set records through the first three games while Winston was suspended, and even Winston did not seem surprised on Sunday when he lost his job. We may not see the former first-round pick start again in 2018.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston was benched on Sunday after throwing four interceptions against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Winston had returned to the starting lineup with much fanfare earlier in the season, but after 10 interceptions in four games, the Buccaneers had no choice but to bench him and return to Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick nearly led Tampa Bay all the way back and actually tied the game before the Bengals converted on a last-second field goal.
After the game, Winston called the experience “humbling” and admitted he had no one to blame but himself.
#Bucs Jameis Winston: It was very humbling. It's my fault we were in that position. Fitz came in and fought his tail off.
— Justin Granit (@JustinGranit) October 28, 2018
Coach Dirk Koetter said no decision had been made on who would start at quarterback for Tampa Bay next week at Carolina. Given how bad Winston was and how Fitzpatrick nearly led them all the way back, it seems more likely than not that Winston will be back on the bench.
- Jameis Winston
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers decided to give Jameis Winston his starting job back earlier this season despite how well Ryan Fitzpatrick had played, but the switch didn’t last very long.
Winston was benched in the second half of Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals after he threw his fourth interception of the day. One of the picks was returned for a touchdown.
Some of the throws from Winston were truly atrocious:
This throw by Jameis Winston may be the worst of the season at any level. pic.twitter.com/q79tDyjAJj
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) October 28, 2018
Winston has thrown multiple interceptions in every game in which he has played this season, and the four on Sunday brought his total for the season to 10. Considering the game against the Bengals was only his third start of the year, that is about as bad as it gets.
It’s no secret that the NFL is loaded with elite quarterbacks. A number of them are experienced veterans, such as Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, or Philip Rivers. These quarterbacks are in their mid-to-upper 30s — or beyond, in Brady’s case — and simply will not be around forever.
So who are the best of the next generation of quarterbacks? Here are the 10 best NFL quarterbacks under the age of 30 (note: Russell Wilson was left off the list because he turns 30 this season).
10) Mitchell Trubisky, Bears
The 24-year-old Trubisky is a young quarterback on the rise. He’s shown some ability as a mobile quarterback, with four rushing touchdowns to his name over the course of his young career. The flashes of a quality passer are there, too, as shown by a six-touchdown performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 4. He’s up to 13 touchdowns in six games so far in 2018. Those are very promising numbers for a second-year quarterback who is still learning his craft at the NFL level.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made an unsurprising decision on their quarterback situation.
Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter announced Monday that Jameis Winston will start for Tampa Bay in Week 6 against the Atlanta Falcons.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 1, 2018
This comes as no surprise, as Koetter hinted at the decision after Sunday’s game. Ryan Fitzpatrick had started the season with three consecutive 400-yard performances, but he was inconsistent in both Weeks 3 and 4. Winston’s return from suspension made the call something of a no-brainer.
Winston will have two weeks to reacquaint himself with the Tampa Bay offense, as they’re heading into a bye week. They’re 2-2 and will have Winston, their most talented quarterback, under center to start their key divisional tilt.