The Facts: It wasn’t long ago that everyone wondered whether the Buccaneers would move on from Winston before 2019. Now, Winston again is the man in Tampa Bay, with a coaching staff that believes in him. The Bucs had two starting quarterbacks last season — Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick — so they really had none. New OC Byron Leftwich said Friday in his introductory press conference that it’s important for a team to know who the starting quarterback is. “It’s Jameis,” Leftwich said.
Diehards Line: Leftwich continued: “I think it’s a very important thing. ... As a team, the locker room knows who the quarterback of this football team is; we know who the quarterback of this football team is. We as coaches just have to do a better job of putting guys in position and making sure we are doing the right things day-in and day-out, so we can be successful on Sundays because that is all these guys really care about. ..." Winston, who will play this season under a $20.9 million fifth-year option, doesn’t have many more chances to prove he’s the franchise quarterback the Bucs thought he was when they spent the No. 1 overall pick on the former Heisman Trophy winner. Winston’s 76 turnovers tie him for the most in the NFL since 2015, including 58 interceptions, which are tied for second-most in the league in that span, per Jenna Laine of ESPN. Limiting those turnovers will be a priority for the new staff.