Dirk Koetter isn’t really serious about playing Jameis Winston

Bucs know QB plan for Week 4 but they're not telling

Bucs know QB plan for Week 4 but they're not telling

Impressively, after a wretched first half on Monday night resulted in a 30-20 deficit, Fitzpatrick brought the Buccaneers back from the dead before falling three points shy of forcing overtime.

Jameis Winston is eligible to reclaim his starting spot with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when they travel to Chicago to play the Bears. I hope everybody can appreciate it, it doesn't do us any good to tell our opponents what we're going to do. Fitzpatrick not only led the Buccaneers to wins over the Saints and Eagles before Monday's loss to the Steelers, he also threw for more than 400 yards in three straight games, which had never been done before in National Football League history.

It's hard to imagine a scenario where Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter would consider sitting Fitzpatrick, though. "Let's see what happens". Winston has averaged 275.2 yards per game and thrown nine touchdown passes. Taking him out of the lineup while the team is in first place would be an astoundingly bad decision by Koetter and his staff. The way Fitzpatrick has led this offense this season makes it obvious the starting job should be his. That's why Winston has been sacked 22 times and fumbled seven times over his last six games, while Fitzpatrick has been sacked just eight times and fumbled zero times over his last six games.

In July, well before the season began with Fitzpatrick's unexpectedly prolific play, Koetter had been notably noncommittal about whether Winston would get his job back after Week 3.

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Still, Winston was the number one overall pick.

Despite Koetter's best efforts to give the Bears two quarterbacks to prepare for, no one actually believes he'll make a switch. He claimed during the summer that he had "made a lot of positive changes" over the past couple of years, and Koetter said Tuesday, "We love Jameis". Winston hasn't been around the team since the preseason. Fitzpatrick has averaged 329.2 yards per game and thrown 14 touchdown passes.

Even if Koetter refuses to name his starter until Sunday, we'll start to have strong indications of his identity as soon as Wednesday, when Winston is able to practice with the team for the first time in four weeks.

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