TAMPA, Fla. – As the starting quarterback at Florida State, Jameis Winston won 26 games and lost one.
That’s why his NFL debut Sunday was so painful. The Buccaneers lost to the Tennessee Titans 42-14 in a game in which Winston’s play was dreadful. His two first-half interceptions helped give the Titans a big lead. On Wednesday, Winston was trying to put the loss behind him.
“It’s a very humbling experience because the game could have gone either way," Winston said. “If I would have had a great game people would be, 'How’s he going to handle his bad game when it comes?' I got it out of the way. It’s no laughing matter. It happened fast. I was not expecting it to happen that fast, but it happened. As the quarterback of this program, I’ve got to grow up from that and try not to live that experience again."
But putting that game in the past might be easier said than done. Winston admitted he agonized over the loss into the wee hours of Monday morning.
“I stayed up until probably about 2 o’clock, just trying to see what went wrong," Winston said. “I was trying to get every excuse just to put that one behind me but it hurt. At the end of the day, the sun did rise again the next day."
Instead of moping about the loss, Winston said it’s time to focus on Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints.
“You’ve just got to put that one behind you," Winston said. “You’ve got to move forward. The veterans were telling me that in the NFL, it’s just one game. We have a long season. You’ve got to get ready for the next one."