Jameis Winston says 2016 not a success for Bucs to him
Quarterback Jameis Winston said even if his team beats Carolina Sunday and finishes with a winning record –- two things he wants to do -– he will not consider the Bucs' 2016 season a success.
"You know, I don’t view it as a success," Winston said Wednesday. "Just for me. For the organization, for fans, you know, a lot of people are happy. But the mentality of this team, our ultimate goal is to win playoff games, win Super Bowls. It’s exciting. It’s exciting that we've got a chance to have a winning season. But that’s not something we’re aiming for at the beginning of the season. We’re aiming for the highest and I think as long as we keep raising the bar, that’s the better we’re going to become."
The Bucs have an extremely slim chance of making the postseason, an unlikely equation that includes a tie between the Redskins and Giants Sunday.
"Our playoff chances are slim to none," said receiver Mike Evans.
Winston needs only 267 passing yards to eclipse Andrew Lucks' record of 8,196 for the most yards passing by a player in his first two seasons.
But Winston says the personal goals and statistics don’t drive him.
"What drives me is winning games for my team," he said. "What’s going to drive me is to see us go out there against Carolina and play our tails off. Not giving up, but giving all we got and bringing home a win for these home fans. Stats and stuff, the only stat I really care about is a W in the win column. All the other stats, man, they can have them.
"By no means, I haven’t arrived at all. I’ve got to continue to get better. I’ve got to continue to tweak things in my game to help this team out.
Even though the Bucs most likely won’t be going to the postseason, Winston says Sunday’s game still is very important.
"It matters because we got one more game that we know we’ve got to finish," Winston said. "We’ve got one more game that we got to finish. That’s the game they’ve given us in the regular season, the game we have to play. How we finish the game is going to mean more to me than the 9-7 or the 8-8 scenario alone.
"You want to go off winning. You want to go off on top. That just gives everyone a good feeling. I don’t want to have to spend a week knowing that I don’t have another game to play just sulking on a loss. No one wants to do that. We want to be happy and be able to take that step forward."