With the draft and most of free agency now over as teams have begun off-season work, Pro Football Talk’s Peter King gave his take on each team and placed them accordingly among each other. When it came to the Buccaneers, King isn’t too high on Bruce Arians and company having immediate success in Tampa.
King has the Buccaneers 29th overall (above the likes of the Bengals, Cardinals and Dolphins) and King is particularly interested in the dynamic of Arians, Leftwich and Jameis Winston. “Bruce Arians and Byron Leftwich with Jameis Winston. I like that a lot, mostly because of the drama.”, writes King.
Drama is a given with Winston due to his volatile results game to game. Buccaneer fans often find themselves immersed in the roller coaster that Winston puts them threw from week to week. In fact, King brings up that very roller coaster when it comes to turnovers. “...for every 100 passes Winston has thrown as a pro, just over three have been intercepted. (Hat-tip to Pro Football Reference for the play-index device that allows that stat to be figured out.)”
With much of the off-season still left and free agents out there to potentially add, this roster is far from solidified. It will be interesting to continue to monitor the National outlook on this Buccaneer team as the off-season progresses. For Kings full comments on the Buccaneers, see the full analysis below.
“Bruce Arians and Byron Leftwich with Jameis Winston. I like that a lot, mostly because of the drama. I have no idea what direction the Bucs’ offense will take, but I do know one thing: Winston will throw deep early and often. The biggest job for Arians, aside from trying to U-turn a foundering franchise, is the care and fixing of Winston, who couldn’t cure his interception bug in four seasons of Dirk Koetter’s tutelage. In fact, the only quarterback in the NFL since 2015 (minimum 1,500 attempts) to average more than a 3 percent interception rate is Winston—58 picks on 1,922 attempts, for a pick rate of 3.02 percent. Which means that, for every 100 passes Winston has thrown as a pro, just over three have been intercepted. (Hat-tip to Pro Football Reference for the play-index device that allows that stat to be figured out.) So you see the need for new teaching voicing in Winston’s ear … By the way, speaking of the Marcus Mariota-Jameis Winston debate, they meet for a referendum in Nashville on Oct. 27.” – Peter King.