Jameis, don’t try so hard
TAMPA — Jameis Winston doesn’t lack for leadership qualities, but sometimes he can go over the top. Whether it’s eating Ws before games, picking fights with opposing defensive backs or playing hurt, the Bucs quarterback can put added pressure on himself.
Offensive coordinator Todd Monken wants Winston to try less to impress.
“Irrespective of the physical stuff on the field, let’s not try so hard,” Monken said Thursday. “(Winston has) natural leadership qualities, a toughness about him. Guys want to follow him.
“It’s okay to fail. He’s human. It’s okay to be hurt. It’s okay to have that side of you. … You don’t have to try so hard. Guys will follow you. Just be yourself.”
Monken is prioritizing improving the Bucs’ red-zone efficiency; they ranked 24 th in the NFL last year. Monken is quick to note that with five more touchdowns, the Bucs would have ranked eighth. But dropped balls, fumbled snaps and missed assignments led to the ranking.
“We chose to suck,” Monken said. “We chose to not do it as well as we can do it. That’s the way it is. I say that all the time, ever since I’ve been in coaching. And everyone has to take a bite of it.
“I always say this: We sure as heck want the credit when we win. I do. … And we’ve got to own it when we don’t, when we don’t score, when we don’t take care of the ball. When you don’t do some of the little things that allow you to win, you’ve got to own it.”
Offensive coordinator Todd Monken, at training camp last year, says his 2018 priority is improving red-zone efficiency.