TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston may have planned to wear his Florida State flip-flops to One Buc Place Wednesday to celebrate his alma mater’s 45-34 come-from-behind win against Ole Miss, but his fiery halftime speech that went viral over the internet? That wasn’t planned at all.
“I know how hard Coach Fisher worked and how hard he did to prepare those guys,” Winston said. “Then Coach Randy Sanders, he was [always] on the sideline with me. I knew when he wasn’t on the sideline, I knew, ‘I’ve gotta get right.'”
The Noles did “get right,” scoring 33 unanswered points to complete the biggest comeback win in school history. Francois completed 33 of 52 passing attempts for 419 yards and two touchdowns while Dalvin Cook rushed for 91 yards. Marcus Lewis and Tarvarus McFadden each had second-half interceptions, along with Derwin James’ pick in the first quarter.
“I can’t even give you a summary of what I said,” Winston admitted. “It [was] truly just from the heart. I really love those guys in there.”
On Thursday night, in the Rams’ final preseason contest and his first NFL start, Goff completed less than 40 percent of his passes and committed a couple of key turnovers, capping a four-game slate littered with indecision and struggle. Later — in the moments following a 27-25 loss to the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium — Rams coach Jeff Fisher stressed that Goff “has progressed,” but also admitted that he’s “not ready.”
Asked if he trusts Goff to step in if something were to happen to the current starting quarterback, Case Keenum, Fisher said: “I think it’s going to take a little more time. That doesn’t mean to say he can’t be a [backup]. If we were starting right now, I would probably have Sean [Mannion] as a [backup].”
So, to recap …
Keenum, with a 38.2 QBR since going undrafted in 2012, is the starter.
Mannion, who has thrown seven NFL passes since being taken 89th overall in 2015, is the backup.
Goff, who cost the Rams a passel of picks for the right to move up in the draft and select him, is third string.
“He is not frustrated or anything,” Fisher said of Goff. “He is encouraged.”
Keenum sat out the final preseason game, as starters tend to do, and Goff led an impressive opening drive in Minnesota. He went 3-of-4 for 53 yards, converting a third down with a 22-yard pass play and sealing it with a perfect, back-shoulder throw to Kenny Britt for a 1-yard touchdown pass.
But then it all unraveled.