There’s two ways for me to look at this quarterback situation with the Buccaneers. One is, as an outsider who’s income, future and livelihood have nothing tied to the decision.
In this sense. I’m starting Ryan Griffin all day and twice on Sunday. Hey, look at that!
Why? Simply because this team needs to look at what they have for the future and formulate a roster plan of attack after gaining this knowledge.
If Griffin goes out onto the field and misses on everything while losing the entire confidence of his offensive group, then you now know you need to move on and probably pull the trigger on a day one or day two quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Let’s say he does great, then maybe you’re confident enough to draft – oh, I don’t know – J.T. Barrett in the sixth round.
Added bonus for keeping your wounded franchise quarterback on the mend for five more weeks so he can come back and play lights out while running through all of his appeals during the 2018 NFL Season.
On the other hand. If I’m a head coach in just his second season in the position during what has been an eleven year NFL coaching career; I start Winston.
Why? Because the doctors say I can, the player wants to – there’s that phrase – and his teammates want him out there.
This isn’t a quarterback who’s lost the confidence of his teammates no matter what the “Eat a W” memes suggest. He’s still the young gun who drew DeSean Jackson away from a fairy-tale reunion with the city of brotherly love.
He’s still the guy who has over 4,000 yards passing two years in a row to start his career, and the same one who had thrown seven touchdowns to just three interceptions until he got injured.
Yes, I want to see Griffin in there. We know who Ryan Fitzpatrick is. He’s a veteran back-up. Let him be it.
I want to protect Winston, but you know what, I really can’t fault Dirk Koetter for trying everything in his power to save his job.
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This has been the Pewter Plank’s opinions and preferences on who should be the Buccaneers starting quarterback as we near the final quarter of the 2017 NFL Season.
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