Last season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had to limit their offense to accommodate a rookie quarterback. That’s what every team does, no matter how knowledgeable their rookie playcaller. This year, though, the Bucs are putting a lot more on Jameis Winston’s plate: expect to see more pre-snap responsibilities for the franchise quarterback, and more no-huddle, to boot.
"Jameis is a good communicator at the line, good at the no-huddle, studies like a wild man, and that’s what we love about him," head coach DIrk Koetter told Robert Klemo of The MMQB. "I trust my judgment and I trust the judgment of our coaches. We’re around Jameis every day and we know what he’s capable of."
While the Bucs were fairly productive on offense last year, they didn't quite have an explosive passing game. In fact, they leaned heavily on the running game, 454 rushing attempts to just 535 pass attempts, one of the highest run-pass ratios in the NFL last year. That should change a little this year, as Winston gets more comfortable in the NFL and Koetter dumps more responsibilities on him.
All of that should be exciting. Everyone who knows how Winston works, raves about his dedication to football. He should have no problem adjusting to the heavier responsibilities, as long as he can rein in his risk-taking quarterback style just a little. I can’t wait to see the Bucs offense on the field this year.