There was much hoopla made last week after the outcome of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers–Tennessee Titans outcome. Tampa was embarrassed by the Titans in Week One and critics of Jameis Winston were quick to jump. All the crab jokes popped up once again over the Internet. The Internet was filled with low information football fans calling Winston a complete bust. Take a complete look at the Titans victory and look at both sides of the ball. Winston does not play defense, anyone care to notice how poorly the Buccaneers defense played?
Winston plays for a team starting two rookie offensive linemen. Heading into Week One, four offensive linemen out of the seven on the roster, had never started an NFL regular season game. The rookie drew a team with one of the most skilled defensive coordinators in the NFL, Dick LeBeau. LeBeau has an exemplary record against rookie quarterbacks and Winston has never faced the 3-4 defensive scheme.
The game featured a record setting performance for both quarterbacks. Winston’s first throw was a pick-six against the Titans. Only other quarterback to have that feat on the resume, Brett Favre. On the other side of the ball, Marcus Mariota threw four touchdowns in his rookie debut. Only other quarterback to perform that well, Fran Tarkenton. The former Vikings signal caller threw for four scores and added a rushing touchdown as well.
Both the Buccaneers and the Titans are joined at the hip as their draft choices move forward. Both teams only managed 2 wins in the 2014 season. After Sunday, both teams are now 1-1.
After everyone wanted to throw Jameis Winston under the bus after week one, he went on the road and orchestrated an upset of the New Orleans Saints, a home +9.5 point favorite. The Florida State product posted a 14-21-207-1-0 line while rushing for another score. He was a benefactor of playing against a soft Saints defense, but these are divisional games. WR Mike Williams was active, but played no role in the game coming off a hamstring injury and was on a pitch count.
Mariota was matched up against the Browns on the road, facing a much tougher defense than the current Buccaneers version. He still posted some solid numbers, 21-37-257-2-0.
The rapid reaction of fans was somewhat expected in today’s culture after just one week of play. Winston was being referred to as a bust after ONE game. Conversely, many wanted to simply move Mariota directly to the Hall of Fame. This is real life folks, not Madden on your video game.
Temper yourself. Neither of these teams are going to the playoffs this year. Both of these quarterbacks will struggle most of the time, but will have some high points in their rookie season.
Here at the world headquarters of ThePigskin Report.com, we will continue to monitor the progress of these two as the season evolves. Other sites can have knee jerk reactions, but we will let you know what our feelings are as the season progresses. As Aaron Rodgers has said, R-E-L-A-X.