“He’s Pretty Good” – Bill Belichick All Praise for New Orleans Saints’ QB Jameis Winston

Published 09/23/2021, 1:09 AM EDT
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 15: Drew Brees #9 and Jameis Winston #2 of the New Orleans Saints look on from the sideline during their game against the San Francisco 49ers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 15, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


Having a reliable player for a long period is a dream for all coaches. It reduces their headache for team building. They don’t have to relay their tactics every other year and, most importantly, the experience such players bring over is invaluable. After signing him from the Bucs, New Orleans Saints haven’t tapped into the full potential of Jameis Winston.

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Dec 25, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) gestures after a touchdown run by running back Alvin Kamara (41) in the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots coach showers praise on Jameis Winston

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New England Patriots’ coach, Bill Belichick, never had to worry about the Saints’ quarterback position until last season. Things changed when Drew Brees retired. All of a sudden, they were searching for a replacement. They finally zeroed in on ex-Buccaneers quarterback, Jameis Winston.

Despite Winston not making the desired impact in the first two games, his coach believes in his quality. “He’s a really good quarterback,” Belichick said Wednesday, via Ryan Hannable of WEEI. “He threw for 5,000 yards in Tampa, so it’s not like this guy hasn’t been productive. He’s big. He’s strong. He’s accurate. He’s got good touch on the ball.”

TAMPA, FL – OCTOBER 5: Quarterback Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gets ready for a huddle during play against the New England Patriots on October 5, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

Belichick then pointed out Winston’s versatility. “The offense that he ran in Tampa was a lot different than the offense he’s running in New Orleans. But fundamentally this is a big strong guy who can throw the ball accurately. He’s very good down the field. He’s a tough guy to tackle. He’s strong in the pocket. He can make every throw on the field. He’s pretty good.”

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“Runs over people” – Bill Belichick appreciates Winston and his skills

Winston so far hasn’t had a great start for the Saints. In fact, his performance saw a steep decline in the second match. The quarterback had 5 Touchdowns in the Saints’ week one win over Green Bay. Meanwhile, against Carolina, he had a single touchdown and was sacked four times.

Despite the fans criticizing the player, the coach instead highlighted the player’s ability to make plays with his legs. “If you’ve seen him run with the ball, I don’t know why you’d want him to run with the ball in space,” Belichick said. “I don’t think that’s a good idea at all. He’s hard to tackle. He’s fast. Runs over people. I don’t think you want him running wild in your secondary.”

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Suresh Menon

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Suresh Menon is a Football and NFL writer at Essentially Sports. He is currently pursuing BMM from St Xaviers College with his specialization in Advertising. Juventus is his favorite football club and he one day plans to go to Italy and watch a Juve match live.

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