The Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven't had a good quarterback situation very often in the history of their franchise, but I think most fans finally feel fairly secure in their signal caller. For, perhaps, the fourth time in the history of the team -- and the previous three times turned out to be illusions, for various reasons.
Rotoworld's Patrick Daugherty ranked every NFL team's quarterback situation -- not the quality of its quarterbacks just this season, but where they stand going forward and how secure they are in their future with their current signal caller. Downside for Jameis Winston: he hasn't taken a snap in the NFL and his immediate impact is unclear. Upside:
Jameis Winston will become the 37th player to quarterback the Bucs when he comes under center in Week 1. He hopes to become the first to get a second contract. Yes, in 40 years of existence, the Bucs have never drafted a signal caller who signed a second deal with the team. That's the legacy of ineptitude that Winston is up against. On the field, Winston appears more than ready to break the Bucs' quarterback curse. Although a 66 percent passer at Florida State, Winston could be a little too Favre with the ball, tossing 28 interceptions in 27 games. But you don't want a player who is afraid to pull the trigger in the NFL, and Winston's decision making is better than his INT numbers imply. A student of the game with a cannon for an arm, Winston was not the No. 1 overall pick by accident. No rookie is a sure thing, but the odds are high Winston is quarterbacking the Bucs through contract two and beyond.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' situation is ranked fifteenth, ahead of the Chargers with Philip Rivers, the Broncos with Peyton Manning, the Titans with Marcus Mariota and the 49ers with Colin Kaepernick among others, which is pretty gratifying. The last time the Bucs had a quarterback situation that actually looked any good whatsoever, especially for the future was...well...2010/11. But I mean before that it was probably 1987, when they drafted Vinny Testaverde first overall.
Testaverde didn't turn out to be a franchise savior, although he did have a pretty nice and incredibly lengthy career once he left Tampa. At this point we don't know how Winston's coin will fall, but early indications are that he'll turn into a quality quarterback. Further improving the team's outlook is the presence of Mike Glennon. Not very good as a starter, the third-year quarterback is still one of the better backups in the league, and one who could step into the Bucs' offense and at least semi-competently lead it. Yay, more good news!
Of course, some caveats apply: Winston looks good and he's working hard, but no one knows what the future will look like. He has many positive traits, but things he needs to improve on as well. And of course, rookie quarterbacks have a tendency to struggle -- or at least throw a few too many interceptions initially, especially those that fit the profile of Winston: pro-style quarterbacks who are not afraid to pull the trigger. See also: Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning.
But overall, the future looks bright. That's a good thing.