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Peter King reports Bucs search for a new quarterback began back in October

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The London game made the staff go to work on the future.

NFL: OCT 13 Panthers v Buccaneers
Quarterback Jameis Winston (3) gets sacked during the game against the Panthers on October 13th, 2019 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England.
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We all remember that game last season in London where the Buccaneers got destroyed by Carolina Panthers. We also remember how bad a game quarterback Jameis Winston played.

And it was said performance that appears to have caused Bruce Arians and his staff to look to the future.

According to Peter King of NBC Sports, Tampa Bay started scouting potential replacements for Winston following their 37-26 loss to the Panthers.

“After the London game, scouts got to work in earnest dissecting tape of any quarterbacks who might be available after the season,” King wrote. “Teddy Bridgewater. Andy Dalton. Ryan Tannehill. Marcus Mariota. Philip Rivers. And Tom Brady. It’s work they might have done anyway; the London game was a spur. The last two games gave the search immediacy, and the four QB-braintrust of offensive coaches (Arians, offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, QB coach Clyde Christensen, offensive analyst Tom Moore) began their analyses after the season. Several commented that they’d never seen a market with this many starters available. That’s because there never has been.”

Winston’s six turnover game is one many wanted to quickly forget. It also looks like one the staff immediately want to move on from.

The acquisition of veteran Tom Brady allows them to do just that.

(h/t Joe Bucs Fan)