The most controversial figure in Buccaneers history also deserves a ring
If you thought McCoy was stirring the pot, you likely stopped reading when you saw Winston’s name.
Winston is easily the most divisive player in franchise history, and he only played for the Buccaneers for five years. Love him or hate him, and there is no in-between, Winston’s legacy and stats will live on in Tampa for a long time to come.
Whether you’re looking at total passing yards and touchdowns, which are impressive, or total turnovers, which are also equally impressive, there is no way to get both sides of the aisle to see eye to eye.
Regardless, Winston is still statistically the best quarterback in Buccaneers’ history, and that does mean something on a list like this. As one of a handful of players to throw for over 5,000 yards before the season expansion, which will make that stat even more impressive, the upside for Jameis was clearly there.
In 2019, we all got to see the good and the bad, but the biggest issue was that the bad was magnified by factors outside of Winston’s control. While we can “if and but” all day long, it is an undeniable fact that the supporting cast was extremely different between 2019 and 2020.
With better kicking, a defense that created turnovers at a lightning pace, an All-Pro offensive line almost across the board, and a better running game, the 2020 offense would set any quarterback up to succeed. Winston may not have played as well as Brady, but it would have been interesting to see what year two in the Bruce Arians offense would’ve looked like.
The Bucs made the right decision to sign Brady, no one is questioning that, but it was far from a ‘quarterback only’ show in Tampa in 2020, and to pretend otherwise places a bit too much blame on Winston during his development years.
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