If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers know one thing, it’s how to unseat a starting quarterback. Whether it’s been Jeff Garcia, Josh Freeman, Josh McCown and a host of other interim starters this franchise just hasn’t had a long-term gunslinger to hang their hat on.
Could Tampa Bay Buccaneers history be repeating itself? Well, it would be foolish not to at least entertain the idea this could be the beginning of the end for Jameis Winston as the team’s starting quarterback.
It’s not a matter of talent. Talent has never been the issue. Decision making, maybe. Ball security, definitely. Morality, well it’s come into question a few times now.
Simply put, opening the door for doubt as a franchise leader or player is never a good thing and at the most important position on the roster, it often times leads to a coup.
Ryan Fitzpatrick is no stranger to becoming a surprise starter. He’s done it his entire career.
Of all the teams he’s been on up to this point, there may be no roster better suited to allow him to find success than this one.
The crew at Good Morning Football talked about Winston and how Fitzpatrick may just make a bad situation worse for the young quarterback out of Florida State.
Asked by Kay Adams what could happen if the Bucs go undefeated with Fitzpatrick, Bush said,
"“If he (Fitzpatrick) comes in and plays well those three games, Tampa is going to have some tough decisions to make on their hands…”"
We’re a long way from the regular season still. However, we aren’t very far from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers opening camp and all eyes will be on the quarterback position to open the festivities.
The curse of Fitzpatrick has been talked about before. I obviously don’t blame the veteran for what’s happening with Winston right now, but there’s no doubt there could be some controversy brewing in the arm of the aged gunslinger.
If this team goes undefeated with Fitzpatrick under center, and throws for say 250-yards and two scores in each, then fans of the team are going to have to answer a question within themselves.
Are you hoping for Tampa Bay Buccaneers success or Jameis Winston’s success? Because they may not be the same things anymore.