Can Winston learn from Freeman’s failure?

by Gary Shelton on July 27, 2015 · 3 comments

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Bucs' quarterback coach Mike Bajakian must guide Winston./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Bucs' quarterback coach Mike Bajakian must guide Winston./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Monday, 6 a.m.

To Jameis Winston, he is just another quarterback who didn't measure up. No one to think twice about. No one to consider.

Yes, he used to work here. Yes, he was once the hope for the future, too. Yes, he was loaded with potential and laced with promise.

But Josh Freeman failed, so why should Winston think twice about him? The franchise was in the hands of another coach them, then a coach after him. It was a long time ago. What did it have to do with him? If you are Winston, it's just tempting to see Freeman as another wreck by the highway.

Ah, but there are lessons that Winston can learn from the disappointment of Freeman, who was cut last week

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Barry McDowell July 27, 2015 at 4:52 pm

Lovie Smith has never developed a QB has he? Dirk Koetter arrived in Atlanta and Matt Ryan had already been there 4 years. Winston will need exceptional coaching and supervision (hopefully a veteran player will help) but most of all he needs to not be running for his life on every down.


Gary Shelton July 27, 2015 at 11:46 pm

No, he has never developed a star quarterback. But to be fair, he didn’t do the drafting in Chicago. He inherited Rex Grossman and got to a Super Bowl with him, and then the team traded for Jay Cutler. I’d say that Matt Ryan was very good under Koetter. So we’ll see if this works. But it’s fair to suggest that as Winston is evaluated, Smith should be, too.


Jim Willson July 27, 2015 at 2:02 pm

Well said Gary.


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