Buccaneers To Start Fitzpatrick, Bench Winston

The Fitzmagic is back in Tampa. On Monday, the Buccaneers announced that Ryan Fitzpatrick will start at quarterback in Week 9 over Jameis Winston

Winston began the year by serving a multi-game suspension and Fitzpatrick made the most of the opportunity. At least, he did for a little while. Fitzpatrick led the Bucs to upset wins over the Saints and Eagles in his first two weeks and nearly got the W over the Steelers in Week 3. Things fell apart for the veteran in Week 4 against the Bears’ top-notch defense, putting Winston back into the lineup.

Unfortunately, the FSU product hasn’t fared well in recent weeks. On Sunday, Winston lobbed four interceptions and the Bucs offense only regained life when Fitzpatrick was called upon to lead the charge. The Bucs scored 18 points in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late as the Bengals won 37-34.

The decision to bench Winston may have ramifications beyond the 2018 season. The former No. 1 overall pick is tied to the team through 2019 through his fifth-year option, but that option is guaranteed for injury only. If the Bucs keep Winston on the pine, they can move on from him this offseason without the specter of a $20MM+ obligation.

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83 comments on “Buccaneers To Start Fitzpatrick, Bench Winston

    • brucewayne

      I think Winston needs to go to the Jags! A change of scenery could help him

      • brucewayne

        and the Jags need to move on from Bortles to ever have a chance of going any further in the post-season!

      • brucewayne

        and the Jags need to move on from Bortles if they want to go any further in the post-season .

          • brucewayne

            I’m saying they need a new QB to go further in the post-season then they did last year.

                  • brucewayne

                    Mind your own business West Coast Ryan. Go back to the baseball boards where nobody can stand you there either. Like I said before , it’s because of my poor phone service that causes the split comments you sniveling little Mammas boy.

                  • brucewayne

                    Hey Ryan! How’s your bro Mitch doing? Been to the DR lately? Watch yourself moron. You shouldn’t start something without knowing who you are messing with!

                    • redrooster

                      Now you aren’t making any sense. And I know exactly who I am messing with. A lonely 14 y/o who gets off on harassing people on the Internet.

                      • brucewayne

                        Go suck a d*ck ! Like you normally do on weekends when Mommy lets you out to see your buddy! The only friend that you have. Because no one else can stand you!

                      • brucewayne

                        Me harassing you? You gotta be kidding! You are the moron who went to every one of my posts on the football page

                        • brucewayne

                          and left stupid comments! If you can’t take it, you shouldn’t dish it out you punk-ass little pansy b*tch!

                          • redrooster

                            I was referring to the other comments you have posted in response to others. They all sound exactly like the aggressive, toxic comments you are posting on this thread. You clearly lead a sad, lonely life. Does being a jackwagon on internet comment pages make you feel better about yourself?

                            • brucewayne

                              You started this pansy ass! I am sick of dealing with Mommas boys on the internet who hide behind fake names

                              • brucewayne

                                and who think they are tough. In real life on the street, If I said boo to you, you would be crapping your pants and crying like the little b*tch that you are !

                                • brucewayne

                                  Now leave me alone and go back to the baseball site where nobody can stand you there either! Just like in real life. You are a loser

                                      • redrooster

                                        No, you started this when you decided it was a good idea to try and cross me on the baseball site months ago. Things are finally catching up to you. And you clearly wouldn’t do shxt if you saw me or anyone on here in real life seeing how you feel the need to be an Internet tough guy all the time.

                                      • redrooster

                                        Adding on, unless you are Batman, you would also be “hiding behind a fake name” just like the “Mama’s boys” you seem to hate such disdain for.

                        • brucewayne

                          and immature that you truly are by keep doing this cuz of something from months ago when you got roasted

                          • brucewayne

                            and proved wrong. So you keep throwing temper tantrums like you do with everyone else who can’t stand you. Just like real life,

                            • brucewayne

                              By the way, it is my real name idiot. On the street , I’d crush you pansy ass b*tch!

                                • brucewayne

                                  Ryan, Here’s some advice for you. Take it anyway you want. Cuz one of these days that big mouth of yours is gonna get you in bad trouble. Stop acting like a tough guy. Cuz the both of us know you are not. You are just a scared little boy acting like a bully on the Internet .

  1. Danthemilwfan

    Don’t get that decision. Can’t win the division, difficult to make the playoffs and a decision in Winston coming up at the end of the year. Might go 8-8 but how does that help?

    • Bill Jasper

      I think they just made the decision on Winston. If not, the GM would have never allowed the change to be made.

      No reason to take a chance on being on the hook for $21 million in 2019 if Winston gets hurt while he’s out there chucking INT’s.

  2. JJB0811

    And in two weeks ‘the Bucs have benched Fitz for Winston’ then in Dec reverse the QB’s again.

    Come January, “We thank the HC and GM for the wonderful hardworking, but we are looking at a different direction for 2019.”

    • crosseyedlemon

      Two QBs that can run hot to cold in a heartbeat. I think there have been a couple of times in NFL history where coaches made such a juggling act work, but those teams had strong defenses which the Bucs also lack.

  3. Z-A

    Yea they should probably be looking to trade Winston at this point. If you can get a 1st and 2nd for him, take it and run. Maybe call up the old ball coach in Oakland.

    • Michael Chaney

      I’d be shocked if they could get anything close to that. Between all the picks he throws, his off-field problems, and the fact that he’s not cheap anymore, I’d have to imagine his value is toast by this point.

      • crosseyedlemon

        I’m guessing Toronto of the CFL would have an interest after being soundly beaten by Johnny Manziel and teammates.

    • leprechaun

      What kind of weed do you smoke dude. A 1st and 2nd your lucky and I mean lucky to pull a 6th or 7th. And your not getting both with that 20 mil option hanging out there

    • Z-A

      Sam Bradfor for a 1 and 4. Carson Palmer (31-32 Age where he looked like hot garbage) for a 1 and 2. Jay Cutler for two 1sts and a 3rd and a QB. Brad Johnson for a 1st 2nd and 3rd. The NFL is full of bad GMs. I have faith one will give a 1st and another pick for the former #1 overall pick. He isn’t Jamarcus, not yet at least. Jimbo ran a fairly complex system so Jameis should be able to thrive at least somewhere.

  4. mikey

    Trade him to the jags, the competition will hopefully make one of them suck less.

  5. CowboysoldierFTW

    I could see them getting a 3rd for him. QB class is weak next draft.

  6. brucewayne

    What’s wrong Red Rooster(Westcoastryan) are you still heartbroken over Mitch? You should’ve stopped like I said . You’re just not smart enough to get it!

        • redrooster

          Still not WCR. You should have never even tried to cross me. And funny you should call me a huge douche when all your comments are you flaming people. Maybe if you went outside and learned about social interactions sometime you would be able to get along with people. Maybe.
          And lastly, what is all this Mitch nonsense?

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