Since the first time Bruce Arians addressed the media as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers it’s been clear Jameis Winston was one of the reasons, if not the main reason he wanted to coach this team as he made his return to the sidelines.
After a 2018 season which began with a suspension and rode through the quarterback carousel between Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick, 2019 is the year of Jameis.
In fact, many people have said and thought that if Winston was ever going to reach the ceiling he had coming out of Florida State in 2015, it would be with Arians.
But how long does he have to show he’s capable of reaching those heights? According to at least one person connected to the sports world and the team itself, the answer is one.
Appearing on the Locked On Bucs Podcast, Paige Dimakos of the TD Fantasy Podcast and The Draft Network - and someone who calls the Arians family her own - was asked if Winston needed to show he could reach those heights in year one with coach Arians, or if he had multiple years to put it together.
“He’s got to show it this year.” said Dimakos, “He’s been in the NFL long enough, he’s got to be able to show it. It doesn't mean he needs to go win a Super Bowl, it doesn’t even mean he needs to go win a playoff game or anything, he just needs to take steps forward. He needs to put the team in the best position to win.”
We already know Winston takes his preparation and development very seriously. With a coaching staff led by Arians with Byron Leftwich as the offensive coordinator, it’s clear the franchise has done what they need to for Winston to show he can truly be the franchise quarterback they thought they drafted in 2015.