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Bucs break down the interceptions of wayward quarterback Jameis Winston

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Boiling it down, there were bad decisions, one tipped ball and one great play.

Such is the anatomy of the disaster that was Jameis Winston’s four-intereception day. At least, according to Tampa Bay Bucs’ offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.

“That’s what I wrote on my sheet: two bad decisions, one tipped ball, one great play,” Koetter said. ”How many turnovers are too many? One turnover is too many. Every interception, any turnover, has a reason tagged to it. Jameis throws hundreds of passes every day and we had four interceptions. Everybody is going to start saying, ‘He does this, he does this, he does this.’ Jameis is good enough. He wasn’t good enough on Sunday. Offensively we weren’t good enough

“Trust me, I watch a lot of film. I watch a lot of film. You can’t turn the ball over, plain and simple. My wife told me that when I went home. ‘Hey, you guys got to quit turning the ball over.’ Yeah, okay, I know. We have to quit turning it over. There’s reasons for turnovers, some more easily fixable than others.”

Koetter said that Winston has played decently in half of the Bucs’ games. The team hopes he’s good Jameis against Jacksonville.

A lot of quarterbacks have had interception problems over the years. Remember Hall of Famer George Blanda? He threw 42 in a 14-game season one year. He had two six-interception days, a five interception day and three fours. Peyton Manning had 28 one year, but was able to cut that in half for most of his career.

“Jameis played two pretty good games – a win in New Orleans and he played pretty decent at Houston.” Koetter said. “What can we learn from that? Our quarterback is playing inconsistent. We have a rookie quarterback and he’s playing inconsistent. What’s the next news flash we are going to send? I’ve told you before, Jameis does see the field well. That’s one of his strengths. He does see the field well. We have to get off to a better start. I have to help get him off to a better start. I think things will be fine other than that. It was just unfortunate it went down that way on Sunday. We have to own it. That happened.”

Winston said he wasn’t trying to excuse his performance.

“I don’t sit back, analyze, look for excuses I can make about turnovers,” Winston said. “My job is just to protect the football. I just have to do a better job of protecting it. You got to learn from them.

“It’s really that simple. You just have to take the simple play. Give it to your back, let him make a big play. You can’t put everything on yourself. Sometimes [defenders] they make good plays. Thomas Davis made a great play on that interception. There are so many ways you can sum up an interception, but at the end of the day you just got to try to limit those. There are opportunities to make that play and try to protect it a little bit more.”

Koetter said Winston is playing better when he is not under center.

“Jameis is definitely playing better in no-huddle” Koetter said. “Obvious next question is, why aren’t you going no-huddle more? You can’t do everything you want to do game plan-wise out of no-huddle. It’s harder to do some of the things you want to do, especially with this being everybody’s first year in the system. We probably should be doing no-huddle more. We are playing better probably in no-huddle than when we’re not.”

The Bucs are home against Jacksonville Sunday.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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