Not everyone wants the Bucs to pick Winston

by Gary Shelton on April 15, 2015 · 5 comments

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Wednesday, 6:00 a.m.

On the football field, he may be the next hope.

Here, he is not.

There, between the goal lines, Jameis Winston is a glittering ball of potential. He is the best chance of a better day. He could be the quarterback the Bucs have always lacked.

Here, Jameis Winston is simply a mistake who is waiting to happen.

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Andrew Meacham April 18, 2015 at 2:26 am

As gamblers like to say, “No guts, no glory.”

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Lawrence Pasman April 15, 2015 at 10:41 pm

I saw Gruden’s QB camp with Winston and actually felt excited at the prospect of getting what appears to be a rare talent. Then I remembered that one of Gruden’s flaws is that he would always fall in love with the game tape, and all too often seem to look the other way regarding character.

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Bill Myers April 15, 2015 at 11:01 am

Winston is not an “old dog”. He is a talented and smart young man who may have made poor choices and is fortunate so far as not to have to pay for them. He can change his attitude and may already have. In my opinion the Bucs should draft him. He will of course need wise counseling and monitoring. He should be aware of this and it should be included in any contract negotiations. I think he is worth the risk! Will the Lovie and Bucs think he is worth the trouble?

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Gary Shelton April 15, 2015 at 10:09 pm

I agree with you guys that he’s probably the best quarterback. I’ve said that all along. That said, he is a huge risk. Not many guys have so many flaws when they play for free and get better once they have millions. I thought it was an important story to hear from the domestic violence experts, because that is part of the package he brings. I’ll say this: I wouldn’t draft him lightly. Not without experts on the field ready to meet with him and guide him. The franchise would be in this, too. Just my humble opinion.

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Cecil DeBald April 15, 2015 at 7:30 am

Tough article to comment on. I think the women make many valid points, including whatever message the drafting of Winston sends to the youth of Tampa Bay. I think they are a bit too close to the domestic abuse issue to be impartial of course. I don’t think accusations alone ban a person from a high-profile position. I doubt the Bucs will embark on any community education program regarding domestic abuse or sexual abuse if they draft Winston – it would be a constant reminder of the accusations against Winston. I believe a person can change, can learn, can become a better person…but not all of them do. I, too, would be more comfortable with Mariota as our QB, but I can’t resolve my feelings for a “nice” stretch of 10-6 seasons with Mariota versus a Superbowl or two with Winston…

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