Winston needs to be careful with his passion

by Gary Shelton on December 24, 2015 · 1 comment

in general, NFL, Tampa Bay Bucs

Winston has shown that he can boil over on occasion.

Winston has shown that he can boil over on occasion.

Wednesday, 6 a.m.

It was an early-season game in Buffalo, just as the Bills were taking over the division from the Miami Dolphins. And things weren't going well for Miami.

Dan Marino was irritated. He didn't have time, and he didn't have open receivers. And Mark Clayton had just run an incorrect route.

And there, in the heat of the moment, Marino reached out and slapped Clayton on the back of the head.

Whap! It was his finest completion of the afternoon.

It happens. Cam Newton comes with fire. He will dance in your end zone, and he will dance on your neck. Remember his preseason scuffle with Josh Norman last year?

Tom Brady has been known to exchange loud opinions with his offensive coordinator. He wins most of his arguments, too.

Peyton Manning got angry at his entire crowd last year for not following protocol.

And so it goes.  There is fire, and there is passion. There are quarterbacks who play on the edge, quarterbacks who let you see their tempers flow. Brett Favre. Steve Young. Philip Rivers. Jim Kelly.

Such quarterbacks are thought of as leaders, as motivators, as battlers. If a defender hits them late, they are likely to get in his face. Such passion can be a quarterback's biggest weapon. And it can hurt him deeply.

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Cecil DeBald December 24, 2015 at 9:41 am

One of the best leadership guidelines I was ever given, many years ago in the Marines, is that a leader explodes in anger, yells and screams, gets profane, shows real emotion – when, and only when, he or she decides to. A lesson perhaps for young Winston.


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