TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Is Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, Jameis Winston, beginning to lack confidence? “Frustration,” says head coach, Dirk Koetter. Winston was the main focus in this week’s ‘Koetter’s Korner’ interview with News Channel 8’s Dan Lucas.
Winston threw a pair of interceptions in Sunday’s 27-7 loss by the Bucs, to the Denver Broncos. Both miscues led directly to 14 points for Denver. His season total now sits at eight, just four games into the season. Only the Jets Ryan Fitzpatrick (10 interceptions) has thrown more. “We can’t continue to put our defense in bad situtations,” Koetter said. The Bucs turnover margin through four games is an alarming minus nine. And, like the two interceptions on Sunday, many of those turnovers played a direct role in opponents’ scores in the three Bucs losses.
While turnovers continue to plague the offense, injuries are taking their toll on the Bucs defensive line. Already down defensive end, Robert Ayers, the Bucs lost defensive tackle, Gerald McCoy and defensive end, Noah Spence, on Sunday. The first roster move on Monday was the signing of defensive tackle, John Hughes III, a former member of the Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots. Koetter named two players who had big days, in the absence of McCoy and Spence. Defensive tackle, Clinton McDonald recored 1.5 quarterback sacks while defensive end, William Gholston, was credited with half a quarterback sack, adding to his 1.5 tackles for loss against the Broncos.
The Bucs have an extra day this week to prepare for next Monday night’s game against the Carolina Panthers. Both teams have 1-3 records, tied with the New Orleans Saints for 2nd place in the NFC South. However, all three teams are now two games behind the Atlanta Falcons, who have won three straight, after losing to the Bucs on opening day.