I know it's taboo to say anything negative about the chosen one, but I try to be as honest as possible on this site. I have been critical of Lovie Smith, Gerald McCoy, Mike Evans, and others, and each time, I have been able to clearly back up my criticism with facts. My criticism of Winston will be no different.
Winston has had an amazing rookie season on the field, and we all know his leadership has likely been his most important quality brought to the franchise. However, if there is a part of Winston's game that needs to improve, it has to be his accuracy on deep passes.
On multiple times throughout the course of Sunday's game against the Bears, Winston had Mike Evans and Donteea Dye open for deep plays down the field. Winston failed with his accuracy on each occasion, under-throwing most of them with one errant throw high and outside on one of Evans' deep routes.
If Winston hits one of those deep routes in stride, they likely go for a touchdown, and the entire game is different.
“That’s something that I work on every day at practice," Winston said after the Bucs' 26-21 loss to the Bears. "If I want to be good in this league I have to make those throws, and the good quarterbacks in the league make those throws and complete those throws. So, like I said, that’s a learning tool for me. I’ve got to make those throws. When you’ve got Mike Evans, and arguably one of the fastest guys on our team [Donteea Dye] wide open, you’ve got to put it in the bread basket and those have got to be touchdowns.”
There is no need to panic at all. Winston has far exceeded all expectations placed on him in his rookie season. The next step to him reaching elite status is to improve that deep ball accuracy. Once he does this, Winston will be on his way to becoming one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.