Bruce Arians says Buccaneers will be built around QB Jameis Winston

Bruce Arians says Buccaneers will be built around QB Jameis Winston

Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians expressed the utmost confidence in Jameis Winston, saying the whole program is going to be built around the quarterback next season. 

During an appearance Wednesday on The Rich Eisen Show the newly-hired coach explained his support for Winston. He said he believes the 25-year-old “can win it all.”

“He has the intelligence, the toughness, and obviously the arm, ability to lead a team,” Arians said (via The Athletic). “We have to put the right pieces around him.

“His willingness to work is unbelievable. He’s in the office at 5 o’clock in the morning. I have no qualms about that. There’s no doubt,” he added. “The whole thing is going to be built around him.”

Winston is coming off a season in which he struggled both on and off the field. He was suspended for the first three games of the season after the NFL said its investigation found the quarterback had inappropriately touched a female Uber driver during a March 2016 incident. 

Additionally, he lost the starting position to Ryan Fitzpatrick for a couple of games, but Arians reassured the product out of Florida State is “just going to get better and better.”

“I’ve known him for a long time. We all make mistakes. He’s made his. I’ve made mine,” Arians said of Winston. “I feel like I’ve got a great feel for him, his excitement for the game.”

Winston will be heading into his fifth-year option and is scheduled to make $20 million next season. He finished 2018 completing 64.6 percent of his passes for 2,992 yards with 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions over 11 games.