Jameis Winston can be better with Saints than with Buccaneers

Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

With the news breaking that Jameis Winston is the new starting quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, there’s reason to believe he’ll be better than he was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Famous Jameis is a bit of a controversial figure in the annals of Buccaneers history amongst fans. The fact that he’s the new starting quarterback for the Bucs’ most hated rival shouldn’t help. Being drafted number one overall in the 2015 NFL Draft after engineering one of the great college football seasons of all-time at Florida State with a Heisman Trophy to boot, expectations were sky-high for Winston in Tampa Bay.

Winston didn’t exactly meet those expectations, but for the majority of his Tampa tenure, the talent around him wasn’t exactly ideal. It was ideal in 2019, and Winston lead the league in passing with 5,109 yards, 319.3 yards per game, and was second in the NFL with touchdown passes with 33. He also lead the league in interceptions with 30, and the Buccaneers went 7-9. That offseason, the Bucs brought in Tom Brady, Jameis went to New Orleans, and here we are.

Jameis Winston definitely has a legitimate shot at being better with the Saints than he was with the Buccaneers.

For starters, Winston is a former 5,000-yard passer. That has already been mentioned, but it needs to be restated because the list of quarterbacks to do that is hilarious with him included. We then have to look at coaching. Winston’s rookie season was under Lovie Smith. After he was fired he spent three seasons under Dirk Koetter. Do with that what you will. Jameis’ best (and final) season in Tampa Bay came under Bruce Arians, which was also his first season playing for Arians. Bucco Bruce Arians is a GREAT coach but as a strategist, he can be a bit predictable. He likes to throw the ball, and he likes to throw the ball deep. He knows it, the opponent knows it, and when you have the talent on the outside like the Bucs have, along with Brady throwing passes, that’s perfectly fine, as last year proved.

Winston then goes to a coach in Sean Payton, who is a bit more diverse and intricate with his offensive strategy. The fact of the matter is, like it or not, Payton is a top-tier coach in the NFL. He molded his offense for Teddy Bridgewater, and then Taysom Hill when Drew Brees went down and the team still won games. Hill can barely throw the ball, and they still won games.

Jameis Winston is now in an almost ideal scenario for him with the Saints all things considered and should be better with New Orleans than he was with Tampa Bay. Not to mention, he did get LASIK and can actually see. That fact has become a bit of a joke on the internet but is a solid point nonetheless.

This all being said, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers do not have to worry about Jameis Winston and the New Orleans Saints. The Bucs will still win the NFC South and are still favorites to win the Super Bowl for a second straight season.

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