Bucs QB coach feels like he ‘failed’ Jameis Winston
Many feel like Jameis Winston got a raw deal in Tampa Bay, and his former quarterbacks coach appears to be one of them.
In an interview this week on “The Pat McAfee Show,” Buccaneers QB coach Clyde Christensen spoke both glowingly and regretfully about Winston.
“I love Jameis Winston, I loved every minute working with Jameis Winston, I really believe he’s going to get the right chance at the right place,” Christensen said, per Pewter Report’s Mark Cook. “Maybe like Ryan Tannehill where it takes backing up, who knows what the scenario will be, but he will rise to the top. I think he’s a starting, upper-echelon quarterback in this NFL and I do think he’s going to get these interceptions under control a little bit.
“In some ways I feel like I failed him a little bit,” he added about Winston. “As a coach you take that personal. I didn’t get it done, I didn’t help this kid. This kid’s better than 30 interceptions and we didn’t get that done and that I’ll have to live with.”
The 26-year-old Winston had been with the Bucs for his entire five-year NFL career, but Christensen was only hired in 2019. For what it’s worth, Winston saw a large increase in volume last year but also led the league in picks and saw his stock plummet, making him unlikely to even be a starter next season.
Now that Tom Brady and a new era have arrived in Tampa, Christensen is among others on the team who think Winston was somewhat scapegoated.