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Future of Bucs success will revolve around young blood

Rookie quarterback Jameis Winston has had enough. So has rookie linebacker Kwon Alexander.

After Winston lashed out against teammates with no heart following Sunday’s season finale, both Alexander and Winston took to Twitter to share tweets regarding the 2016 season. Both have the fire and leadership quality pure leaders look for and traits Tampa Bay has lacked in quite some time.

Many wondered about Winston’s comments and if it was the right thing to do. But on Monday during his season ending press conference, head coach Lovie Smith agreed with Winston’s comments.

“I don’t muzzle Jameis at all, or any of our players,” Smith said. “I want them to say what’s on their mind and what they see. As one of the leaders going forward, he needs to be vocal and more vocal in his role as our starting quarterback and if he said that then there’s probably a whole lot of truth to it,’’

As for Alexander, Smith stated the defense lacked energy and toughness while their rookie linebacker was out. That speaks volumes for a young player that is assigned the role of the quarterback of the defense and says to the veterans they need to step up.

It’s time for the Buccaneers to turn the page. If veteran guard Logan Mankins retires, his captain patch on the jersey should be placed on Winston’s. On defense, a captain did not talk to the media after the game on Sunday nor on Monday. As the team’s leader he should have done so but did not. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy should be replaced as one of the captains of the team and either keep Clinton McDonald and Lavonte David as the two captains or replace McCoy with Alexander. Of course that is up to the players and how badly they want new blood leading them to success.

The losing culture still runs wild through the halls of One Buc Place but that will hopefully change soon with Winston and Alexander. But that won’t be easy if those currently on the roster have the wrong mentality. That’s something the organization needs to address as well. Or Winston himself.

“We’re going to take a couple weeks off and whoever I can see, whoever I can affect – and guys know who they are,” Winston said Monday when asked about changing the culture. “At the end of the day, everyone is going to work together and we’re going to build this team together.”

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