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Ronde Barber: Jameis Winston ‘has to start carrying’ the Bucs

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Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers great Ronde Barber had a stern message to share regarding the team’s current quarterback, Jameis Winston.

In a radio appearance discussing the draft with The Johnny B Show on 102.5 FM The Bone recently, Barber didn’t mince words about what’s expected of the young passer.

“Your quarterback is in a division now where he has to start carrying the team. The excuses are over for everybody. Right? And they need to win,” Barber said (h/t joebucsfan.com). “They’ve accumulated enough talent. But that talent over the past two years hasn’t translated into a playoff berth.”

Truer words have never been spoken.

The Bucs were pretty much everyone’s sexy pick to emerge as a playoff team last season. They landed top free agent receiver DeSean Jackson and added some pieces on defense as well. Unfortunately, not only did the team fail to make the playoffs, but the Bucs were just plain bad. Attitude problems infested the season, which resulted in a pathetic 5-11 record.

Among the problems that arose, Winston appeared to take a step back in his personal development, rather than ascend to the upper echelon. He ended up getting injured as well, appearing in 13 games while throwing just 19 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

The pressure is certainly on now for Winston to rebound from that rough campaign. Tampa Bay is fairly loaded on both sides of the ball. Barber is correct in saying they don’t have any more excuses.