Koetter is the best guy to oversee that process for several other reasons.
Koetter acknowledges that Winston must continue working on reducing turnovers and not letting his drive to win spur excessive emotional outbursts like it did last week against Carolina and earlier this season in New Orleans. But nobody is quicker to defend Winston from what he perceives as unfair criticism about his leadership and maturity than Koetter.
The things he’s doing for a guy his age and experience are far beyond his years, Koetter said of the 23-year-old Winston. When you look at the tape, Jameis does a lot of good things. There are always things that have to get better.
As his rookie contract moves closer toward expiring, Bucs ownership must decide whether to offer Winston the kind of mega-deal that other young quarterbacks such as Andrew Luck, Derek Carr and Russell Wilson have signed. The evaluation process is far easier if Winston remains in the same offensive system, especially since he is undoubtedly making strides under Koetter and there are no guarantees he wouldn’t regress trying to master another playbook.
Such stability becomes even more important considering Winston is under NFL investigation after being accused of groping an Uber driver. If the league finds its personal conduct policy was violated and levies a perquisite six-game suspension, it will be far easier for Winston to pick up where he left off upon his return than trying to excel in a new scheme.
The Timberwolves beat the Lakers by 18 on Monday thanks both to Jimmy Butler’s 28 points and nine assists and Andrew Wiggins’ 21 points and nine rebounds.
Minnesota began the season a bit lukewarm but now finds itself 10 games above .500 at 24-14. It’s unclear if the Wolves will be able to sustain this streak with Jeff Teague’s knee injury, but almost 30 games into the season, it appears Minnesota is for real.
The Trail Blazers may have been short one of their stars, but the other stepped up when his team needed him.
C.J. McCollum went off against the surging Bulls for 32 points (albeit on 36.7 percent shooting) to power Portland to a 124-120 overtime win over Chicago. He scored 13 combined points in the final five minutes of regulation and in OT.