Buccaneers' Bruce Arians offers harsh Jameis Winston take

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Bruce Arians insisted his Buccaneers could win with a quarterback other than Jameis Winston amid doubts over the quarterback's future.

Winston became the first NFL player to throw for at least 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in a season as Tampa Bay ended its campaign with a 28-22 overtime loss to the Falcons on Sunday.

Atlanta won the game on a walk-off pick-six of Winston — the passer's NFL record seventh pick-six of the year.

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"[If] we can win with this one, we can definitely win with another one too," Arians told reporters on Monday. "We're going to have this defense."

The Buccaneers used the No. 1 pick in the 2015 draft to select Winston, but the 25-year-old, who became the eighth quarterback in league history to throw for 5,000 yards in a season, struggled in 2019.

As the Buccaneers prepare to evaluate their season, Arians said he will take his time reviewing Winston's place on the team.

"It will be a while," Arians said. "I would think in a few weeks we will have a decision on which way we want to head. Will we let it out? Probably not. Because you lose your leverage on that one too. So it's 'stay tuned.'"

"Well, free agency, who's available," Arians added. "What's behind Door No. 2. That's the first question. Then as you evaluate for the draft, that's another question. Are they better than what you have? Then you evaluate and that's when you make your decisions."

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