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Koetter: Don't call it a slow start for Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston came out of the gates completing 2 of 6 passes for 11 yards and an interception, with Atlanta jumping out to a 10-3 lead.

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

Jameis Winston came out of the gates completing 2 of 6 passes for 11 yards and an interception, with Atlanta jumping out to a 10-3 lead.

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Bucs QB Jameis Winston ended up with a dominating day in Sunday's win against the Falcons, throwing for four touchdown passes, but he came out of the gates completing 2 of 6 passes for 11 yards and an interception, with Atlanta jumping out to a 10-3 lead.

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said he doesn't consider that any kind of slow start, with a field goal on the opening drive and two touchdowns in the first half.

"Everyone's talking about how bad of a start we got," Koetter said. "Here's how the game started: We deferred. Our defense held them. They hit a bad punt, we got right in field-goal range. We had a 6-yard loss on a running play, so it's second-and-16. Jameis overthrew a wheel route ... then he overthrew Mike (Evans) on the pump. Then we kicked a field goal.

"For the next 15 weeks, if that happened and we got up 3-0, is that a fast start or a slow start? That's an OK start. It might not be lightning, but it's not horrible. I'm not saying we played perfect. I know Jameis was 2 of his first 6, but I think he hit eight in a row after that and 12 out of 13."

[Last modified: Monday, September 12, 2016 5:22pm]

    

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