Winston needs to improve fundamentals and decision making
Jameis Winston’s intangibles are off the chart, but his throwing mechanics need some improvement. Specifically, Winston tends to get too spread out with his feet and the change in his release point leads to some wayward passes.
Already, coach Dirk Koetter has said Winston needs to improve on his deep ball throwing. But his 58.3 completion percentage also is not NFL caliber.
Winston is never going to hit 70 percent of his throws because he drives the ball downfield too much. But Koetter would like to see Winston make the easy completion more often rather than risk interceptions.
“I would say consistency in his fundamentals,’’ Koetter said. “Now, we’re never going to have, we’re not a dink and dunk team so we’re not going to be a 70-percent completion team. We need to be in the low 60s and keep our explosives. I think we had 139 explosives last year, which if I’m not mistaken, tied us for the lead in the league. We preach explosives way more than we preach completions. But, sometimes you have to get a completion. I’ve read some of the things Jameis said, like Jameis did look at it too much as every play has to be a big play. In the NFL, we say we want explosives, but you have to know when the opportunities are there and as I always say, when to cut our losses and move on. So just mainly consistency with fundamentals and decision making.’’
How big of a jump can Winston make in Year 2?
“I think he can take a huge step because I know in my career, your biggest fear is the unknown,’’ Koetter said. “So when you have a better idea of what to expect it’s so much easier the second time and Jameis has a great way about him. And in that Peter King article pointed it out where he can already compartmentalize, I need to get my body better, I need to do this and this and this. I can’t compartmentalize like that. I have to go back and look at the film and write it in my book and read it about three times. So I think he can take a big jump and I think our team can take a big jump. As a team we beat ourselves too much. Jameis was part of that and I was part of that. We have to do better.’’