Dirk Koetter, DeSean Jackson weigh in on Bucs’ QB conundrum
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers face an impending quarterback conundrum when Jameis Winston returns from suspension in Week 4: Insert the anointed franchise quarterback back atop the depth chart or ride the ridiculously hot hand of Ryan Fitzpatrick.
The 35-year-old journeyman has been a revelation in two starts in Winston’s absence. Fitzpatrick has led the Bucs to a 2-0 record while posting an absurd statistical line, completing 78.7 percent of his passes for 819 yards along with eight touchdowns and only one interception, good for an absurd 151.5 QB rating.
Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter, while rightfully praising Fitzpatrick, appears wary of making any definitive proclamations at this point. After all, Fitzpatrick and the Bucs have a formidable challenge ahead of them in Week 3 with a Monday night showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“I won’t be the one getting into that,” Koetter said this week, via ESPN.com. “We’ll worry about that when the time comes. Right now we’re going to start working on Pittsburgh and that’s all that matters right now. Everything else is in the future because it could all change just like that.”
Bucs wide receiver DeSean Jackson, meanwhile, took a different approach, arguing there’s no way the team should sit the red-hot Fitzpatrick if the QB continues to produce at an incredible rate.
“He’s been playing on fire right now,” Jackson said on NFL Network. “With the way the team is rallying behind him and just playing lights-out football, you have to kind of honor it. You know what I’m saying? You can’t take the hot man out. You got the hot fire right now. It’s like ‘NBA Jam.’ We used to play ‘NBA Jam’ — whoever’s got that hot fire shot, you got to keep shooting, man.
“… He’s putting on a show,” Jackson continued. “It’s not my decision but I’m sure Dirk and [offensive coordinator Todd] Monken and the guys that make those calls, they’ll make sure they stay on fire until that fire is out.”
Regardless of how things ultimately play out, it goes without saying that when it comes to quarterback conundrums, the Bucs’ problem is a good one to have.