“The Buccaneers have enough talent to compete at the highest level of football and you gotta do that with your most talented player... Ryan Fitzpatrick is an Ivy League guy who has overachieved for short stretches in the NFL, but he’s not a guy you win a Super Bowl with. If the Buccaneers are serious about being a playoff threat you gotta go with Jameis Winston, it’s a no-brainer decision.”
-- Jason Whitlock.
FS1 Speak For Yourself host Jason Whitlock joined Outkick The Coverage Wednesday proclaiming himself on the Jameis Winston-to-start bandwagon, which hasn’t been a vessel too crowded these days in the midst of backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick playing the best football of anyone in the NFL not named Mahomes.
Winston hasn't had the smoothest career, notching a measly 18-27 record as a starter since his debut in 2015, but Winston made the Pro Bowl as a rookie, became the first player in NFL history to record back-to-back 4,000-yard seasons his first two years in the league, and missed out on the playoffs in 2016 via tiebreaker to Detroit.
Whitlock thinks Tampa Bay is a legitimate playoff contender, boasting one of the most talented teams in the league on paper, and believes if the team wants to really win BIG, something the franchise hasn’t done since 2002, the last time the team won a playoff game, then the Bucs must go back to Jameis Winston.
Listen to the full audio below as Whitlock says the idea of a 24-year-old, former no. 1 pick and National Champion winning QB not gaining his starting job back because of a 35-year-old journeyman who’s played for seven different NFL teams is preposterous, and that Winston’s ceiling is obviously leaps and bounds higher than Fitzpatricks.