Studs, duds from Bucs' 30-27 Week 3 loss vs. Steelers

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Studs, duds from Bucs' 30-27 Week 3 loss vs. Steelers

Especially, when your other choice is Winston, who was suspended for three games for allegedly groping a female Uber drive in the crotch.

"We did it right at the airport, right when we land", Haden said.

"We know what we're going to do".

The 35-year-old Fitzpatrick was near flawless in the first two games, completing 78 percent of his passes prior to stumbling in the first half against the Steelers.

"My passion for this team, my love for the team, goes beyond where I'm out there throwing the football for this team or not", Winston told reporters.

Jameis Winston has not been seen on a football field since late August. So far this season, Fitzpatrick has thrown for 1,230 yards and 11 touchdowns with four interceptions. Will it be veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick or fourth-year pro Jameis Winston? Fitzpatrick's "Fitzmagic" has resulted in a more efficient Bucs offense.

Koetter doesn't want to tip his hand to the Chicago Bears, but Winston, who returns from a three-game suspension, sounded more like a backup than a starter during a Wednesday morning press conference.

Still, Fitzpatrick finished with 411 yards passing and three touchdowns and has done more than enough to keep the starting job. "I'm happy that when we have a win, I can dap guys up and celebrate with them", he added.

Head coach Dirk Koetter said Monday night after Fitzpatrick almost led the Buccaneers to a comeback in a 30-27 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers that he needs to speak to Winston before sharing his decision.

It will certainly be interesting to see how Koetter and Co. go about this. Unfortunately for Tampa Bay, the bad edged out the good by three points, and the Bucs failed to escape the 30-point hole they dug for themselves in the first half. "It was frustrating. I was (injured) in training camp, so this was kind of just a "Welcome Back" nearly'". Wide receiver Mike Evans took the blame for one of the picks, saying he deviated from the planned route and "tricked Fitz".

"It's possible ... I worry about a lot of stuff, but I also trust our guys ... that they'll know that we're making the move that's in the best interest of our team".

Haden said he was notified when he got on the plane that he'd be tested when the team landed, and that was awkward too, he told Fowler.

"I'm not a selfish player, it's about our team", Winston said. "We're just so used to all of our quarterbacks, because we get a lot of reps with all of them and are all on the same page". The fact that he also played better than Winston last season as well is just the icing on the cake.

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