Just over a year after being drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – without a peep of controversy – quarterback Jameis Winston has changed many people’s minds about their initial thoughts on the former FSU star’s character.
One of those who has a different view of Winston is new Bucs wide receivers coach Todd Monken who spoke to the media on Thursday in the studio at One Buc Place.
“It’s who he is, how he’s wired,” Monken said. “I think that’s one thing that’s a misnomer. I think from the outside you would have looked at it, and with all the things that were publicized in the past about him and who he is, I was dead wrong. He wants to win as much as we do. He’s a competitive joker. He’s smart, he’s competitive and wants to win as much as we do. You can win a lot of games with guys like that.”
Winston did himself no favors in college with a number of things that rubbed many the wrong way. From teenage mischief like BB gun fights to more serious allegations like assault, but the Bessemer, Ala. native has done and said all the right things since becoming a member of the Buccaneers organization.
Monken went onto explain more on this thoughts about Winston.
“I just think that’s in general and in life, especially with social media today, but even before then,” Monken said. “Without knowing a person we make judgments before ever being around them. I think that’s just common. It’s not just Jameis, it’s in general with all people. You make thoughts and impressions. Heck, you meet someone on Facebook or twitter of snap-fish or fish-chat or whatever – you think you know them. You think that you’re a part of their life.
“But you have no idea what they’re like. You have no idea, until you get around them day to day and see what they’re about. That’s really it, in terms of life, not just him.”
Winston will still continue to be under scrutiny, for at least the foreseeable future, as a lawsuit from Erica Kinsman who accused Winston of assault while both were in college in Tallahassee still looms in the shadows. The trial is set to begin next year at some point, and will certainly open some wounds as it approaches. But as Winston has stated numerous times since being drafted, he can only let his actions speak moving forward. So far so good for the 2015 Rookie of the Year runner-up and Pro Bowler.
For Monken, the Bucs, and most of their fans, Winston has been a model citizen, and the potential long-term franchise quarterback the team has been searching for since their inception in 1976.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Now it’s just down to Pink. 🙂 I wonder if this year’s enigma award will go to Noah Spence? I really hope that he comes through like Jameis has.
Pink throws out disclaimers like we will see after 3 yrs then after 3 yrs he will say lets see after 5 yrs so on and so on, the man is very stubborn ha
I am glad I was wrong about Winston and now wear his jersey
Hopefully, the conversion a decade from now will be “yeah, but can he win multiple Lombardis?”
It was sensationalism and lazy journalism at it’s worst. At minimum you would think people would do a little research but they didn’t and the big ‘news’ sites were only interested in perpetuating a narrative for clicks.
Pink will come around. He’s a good fan. I’ll work on him at Training Camp.
I’m a little surprised to hear this from Monken “You have no idea, until you get around them day to day and see what they’re about”
I recall a lot of comments about Winston heading into the draft – most of the negative ones were either concerned about his INT rate, or his assault charge…but in terms of who he was “day to day” on the football field, I never heard anything but praise about his leadership, his teammates loved him, he never quit in a game but rather had all of these comebacks, his coaches loved him, etc etc…
Not sure what Monken was getting at there…
Either the buccaneers knew all about Winston as they thoroughly interviewed and evaluated or some folks have been blowing stuff up peoples collective azzes. In this article some the author would like to deliver a message that the WR coach wasn’t part of the bucks efforts? Don’t need to go back and review prior offerings.
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