Since entering the NFL, Jameis Winston has had a winding path as a starting quarterback. Winston had his fair share ups and downs during his tenure with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that saw it come to an end after five seasons that featured no trips to the playoffs. Through it all, Winston hasn’t lacked any confidence in his ability on the field as he has continued to voice that he believes he’s one of the game’s best quarterbacks. He doubled down on that stance with the notion that he’s an all-time great at this position, which is nothing short than delusional.
Jameis Winston’s NFL career
The Buccaneers rolled with Jameis Winston as the No.1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft with the hopes that he could lift the franchise toward the playoffs and beyond.
However, it didn’t work out in that manner as he struggled to lead Tampa Bay to consistent success. Winston did set numerous records in his rookie campaign, but following that he had significant difficulty bringing the Buccaneers into playoff contention.
He continued to struggle with turnovers while the team finished with one season with a winning record. Winston compiled a 28-42 record over the five seasons that included him temporarily losing his starting job in the 2018 campaign.
The Florida State product put forth a career-best season last year with 33 touchdown passes and 5,109 passing yards. But, it made him the first player to 30-or-more touchdowns and 30 interceptions in a single season. All that hasn’t derailed the confidence he has in himself.
Jameis Winston believes he is one of the greatest NFL QBs
If there is one thing that Jameis Winston has never lacked, he has been confident about his performance on the field.
That became quite clear after the 2019 season as he voiced to the media that he is the best if he eliminates turnovers. Winston doubled down on that belief as he expressed to Tyler Dunne of Bleacher Report that he is one of the greatest quarterbacks to play the game.
“I know what I’m worth,” Winston tells B/R by phone from Alabama. “And I know day in and day out, without publicly coming in and saying it, that historically I’m one of the best quarterbacks to play the game.”
That would put Winston in the line of thought that he believes he is on track to becoming a Hall of Famer. He has had an unwavering belief in his ability on the football that has many different holes in his line of thinking.
Jameis Winston needs a reality check
There is nothing wrong with a tremendous self-belief in your ability, but Jameis Winston has gone over the top.
Winston is a talented quarterback, but that hasn’t equated to him having consistent success. Not only has he not lead his team to the playoffs once, but he has become a turnover machine. Winston put forth passing for 5,000 yards with 30-plus touchdowns, but he committed 30 interceptions and fumbled 12 times.
There is no way around it that he’s prone turnovers as it correlates largely to questionable decision-making and overconfidence in his throwing ability with the interceptions on many occasions. Keep in mind, he led the league last year with 23 dropped possible interceptions.
Winston has his youth on his side and a team another team will be willing to take a chance on him as a potential starter, but first, he will have to make the most of his situation with the New Orleans Saints. He will be able to sit in the same quarterback room as Drew Brees, who is one of the game’s greatest players at the position. If he wants to prove that he can live up to his stance, it will need him to learn in 2020.