Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston had a rough 2018 NFL regular season. The former No. 1 overall quarterback bounced in and out of the starting lineup.
Winston, 25, lost his job to backup Ryan Fitzpatrick. He eventually regained it, but it sounds like that came with him tuning out his coaches.
The former Florida State quarterback said a key for him last year was not being something his coach wanted him to be.
“I had to look at myself in the mirror and say, ‘Hey Jameis, what do you have to do?’
Winston said during an interview with JoeBucsFan.com. “And that was simply, ‘Get back to playing Jameis Winston football. Be yourself. Have that swag. Don’t try to be something that a coach is trying to get you to be. You know, you gotta go and be you.’”
It sounds like Jameis Winston reacted to his 2018 benching by tuning out coaching https://t.co/eylBbfwSS9
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Winston’s maturity has been a question throughout his career.
The Buccaneers made a veteran head coaching hire this offseason, bringing in Bruce Arians.
Winston is excited to work with a head coach who – according to him, anyway – has his back.
“This is one of the first times I’d had this in four years, really,” Winston said, via JoeBucsFan.com. “You know, so I’m really blessed to be with [Arians] and his coaches that he’s going to have with us.”
The 2019 season will be a huge one for Winston.