It will be less than three months before the world finds out how well rookie quarterback Jameis Winston transitions to NFL life. That transition may actually go over better than many people would expect according to Susan McGalla.
The main reason for why some think this is because Winston will end up playing under offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, who interestingly enough, was the same coordinator who coached Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan for the last three years. Koetter was hired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during this offseason and is seen as a great addition to the Buccaneers staff.
All good news for Winston, since when Koetter coached in college he practiced mainly with a spread offense that was exceedingly good at sustaining drives and putting up points. He then made all the necessary changes to his schemes once he became part of the NFL, including not using the spread offense as much. However he did go a great job of using multiple offenses over the course of a game, if not a season.
Much of Koetter’s success with Ryan was due to the fact that Ryan naturally developed as time went on and became a natural thrower, which is something NFL quarterbacks need to do. Winston is something similar, because he does the same thing and is willing to take risks, which is key for having targets to throw to.