There is a lot of back and forth in the Buccaneers blame game. Many point the finger to head coach Lovie Smith (rightfully so), the defense, offense, etc. Even rookie quarterback Jameis Winston has taken heat from the fan base for his interceptions.
Speaking of those interceptions, you’ve heard folks comparing them to Peyton Manning’s rookie year, even Andrew Luck in defense of Winston. So Cian Fahey at Football Outsiders brought up his concerns regarding the rookie signal caller’s interceptions:
When Manning threw 28 interceptions as a rookie, he averaged an interception every 20.5 pass attempts. He had averaged an interception every 41.9 attempts in college. Through four games this season, Winston is averaging an interception every 19 pass attempts, a similar rate to Manning during his rookie season. However, Winston can’t fall back on his college play to point to his ability to take care of the football.
Fahey — who has always been critical of Winston — brings up a good point. Winston’s interceptions could be a cause for concern. But the thing about his interceptions in their rookie season through four games are actually less than that of Manning’s, making his assessment and projection a bit premature.
So since we are comparing this statistic, it seems Winston projects better than Manning since the future Hall of Famer had 11 through his first four games.
Winston will continue to have his ups and downs. Perfecting his craft at the pro level will come with time. No reason to be down on the kid at the moment. Especially like the above quoted take that has misguided its readers.