Saints quarterback Jameis Winston sat down with NFL.com's Adam Maya to discuss what he needs to do to become the Saints' starter. His answer sounded so mature that I'm not even sure it was really him. He even mentions being more of a "game manager." Like, no way.
Check him out:
"I never wanted to be deemed a game manager," Winston said. "But really, that game manager is not a bad piece. That’s something that I think just comes with being a professional quarterback. Being able to not just only do the things that you can do, but being able to do the things that you should not do — like what not to do versus what can I do."
He's exactly right, though.
Sometimes being a "game manager" means making a smart play, not necessarily a flashy play. NFL quarterbacking looks borderline impossible, and it's of course more difficult when you never opt for the boring play.
How many times over the years have we watched Tom Brady (the G.O.A.T) throw the ball away or hit his check downs to Danny Woodhead or Wes Welker for a yard or two? Countless times, and hopefully Jameis follows his lead and plays smarter football.
I'm sorry, but if you're throwing 30 picks, LASIK or not, you're playing recklessly. The Saints clearly don't think he lacks talent, or they never would have signed him in the first place. He doesn't lack talent. He has just been a poor game manager.
He did make some excuses:
"It may have been because of a new offense, it was maybe because I was trying to go out there and prove it, it’s maybe because I was playing for a lot,” Winston said. "It still puzzles me to this day. All I’m trying to do is focus on eliminating that. And what I came up with is — in the course of being an NFL quarterback, there are a lot of plays where when you have talent, you say, 'I can do this, I can do that' — but really learning how to manage the game.”
Jameis, you threw for a league-leading 5,109 yards in your final season with Tampa. It wasn't the "new offense" -- it was that you made bad decisions with the football.
Regardless, Famous Jameis seems to be on the right track to throwing smarter and at least attempting to make adjustments. We just hope this whole thing works out because there's not much we love to see more than a meme-worthy post-game interview out of a happy Jameis Winston.