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2018 was a rollercoaster ride for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team started the season with their projected starter, Jameis Winston, who was suspended for three games for violating the league’s conduct policy.
The team started 2-1 during that span and decided to stick with veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Winston did eventually start for the team only to be benched and then added back as the starter.
Winston has played for head coach Lovie Smith and recently fired head coach, Dirk Koetter. During his first four years, Winston hadn’t experienced that chemistry you’d expect between a franchise quarterback and head coach.
Now enter coach Bruce Arians who has been noted as an offensive guru during in his career. Arians stated that his reasoning for choosing Tampa Bay was ownership and the general manager but also “Jameis Winston”. “I’ve known Jameis since he was in the 10th grade,” stated Arians
The young quarterback is elated to have Arians as a coach and he expects to have success with the offensive guru. “This is one of the first time I’ve had this in four years. We’re ready to get rocking and rolling,” said Winston.
Arians has shown success coaching talented quarterbacks in the past. In 2012, he took over as interim head coach over the Indianapolis Colts (while Chuck Pagano dealt with leukemia) leading them to a playoff birth with Andrew Luck at the helm. The next year, he took over the Arizona Cardinals and help lead Carson Palmer and company to a NFC appearance in 2015.
Winning AP Coach of the Year twice in four years (2012, 2015), we can only imagine what can take place for Winston and company.
This paring seems to be destined for good things. With both individuals bringing in qualities assets to the table coupled with their mutual respect for one another, this might have the Buccaneers steering in the right direction.
One thing for sure, the last time Winston had a head coach back him up, he won a National Championship as a freshman.