"He's not regressing, but we've got to take care of the football. I mean, we've got to take care of the football. We can't turn it over three times in a half. We just can't do that."
Winston tossed two more picks on Sunday, bringing his season total to eight in four games. While the Broncos could have made it through without Aqib Talib's pair of interceptions, it was enough to bury a Tampa team that is struggling to get out of a mucky, three-way tie for second place in the NFC South.
Given the talent level on the roster, Tampa Bay's game against Carolina (1-3) next week is approaching must-win status. The Panthers theoretically have the kind of roster that can rebound from a poor start and make the playoffs. The Bucs need something in the bank before their bye week, especially with games against the Falcons, Chiefs, Seahawks and Cowboys all coming down the pike.
This is a unique problem for the Buccaneers because they specifically promoted Koetter in order to aid in Winston's development. In a lot of ways, Winston is struggling like 2015 draft counterpart Marcus Mariota. Both saw their head coaches get fired in favor of their offensive coordinators and both have admittedly tried to do too much within the offense this year. Maybe that is a reflection of our own expectations when it comes to young quarterbacks, or maybe it says something about placing too much responsibility in one person's hands too early.