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Bruce Arians Has Strong Message For Jameis Winston Critics

A closeup of Jameis Winston during a Buccaneers game.

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 23: Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AT&T Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell to the Tennessee Titans 27-23, moving to 2-5 on the year. Jameis Winston had some moments in the game, especially where Mike Evans was involved, but he also turned the ball over four times.

Two of those were interceptions, including one of the Buccaneers' final drive of the game. After the loss, head coach Bruce Arians was fired up, and made sure to defend the pair of Winston picks.

During his press conference, Arians said that neither interception was Winston's fault, and went so far as to say that Tampa Bay's wide receivers "let him down today." From Greg Auman of The Athletic:

The first interception was a throw sailed over the head of Chris Godwin, and was picked off by Malcolm Butler.

The game-sealing interception was intended for Breshad Perriman. It is easier to see what Arians meant with this one.

Perriman appears to cut his route short, and a diving Logan Ryan picks off the pass.

The fumbles were also quite costly, with the first being converted into a Titans touchdown. Per Auman, center Ryan Jensen took blame for the botched snap fumble, while Winston took the blame for another.

Jameis Winston's issues remain pretty much the same as the start of his career. He makes some huge throws that remind fans why he was the clear No. 1 pick coming out of Florida State, but he throws back-breaking interceptions, and has weeks where he absolutely gives the game away.

The Buccaneers are back in action next Sunday, with a rough trip to Seattle to face Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.


Bruce Arians: "Jameis didn't throw one damn interception that was his fault. His receivers let him down today. … He played his tail off. You can write what you want. Not one of those interceptions was his fault, and it's a damn shame."

— Greg Auman (@gregauman) October 27, 2019

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