ESPN Analyzes Winston Postgame Comments

Rose Bowl (24 of 55)

Last night, the Oregon Ducks snapped Florida State’s 29-game winning streak, beating the Seminoles 59-20 in a lopsided Rose Bowl victory. It was the largest loss ever by a defending national champion.

FSUs Winston says Ducks "never stopped" the Seminoles during Oregons rout of the Seminoles, 59-20.

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FSU Winston says Ducks defense did not stop the Seminoles “at all” during Ducks Rose Bowl rout, 59-20.

So what did FSU quarterback have to say about the Ducks’ performance? The post-game responses from FSU quarterback Jameis Winston are confusing at best and at times, just plain arrogant.

“This game could’ve went either way. If everybody in this room wants to be real themselves, this game could’ve went either way. We turned the ball over a lot, you know. We beat ourselves. Just be real with yourself. We beat ourselves,” Winston said.

Winston clearly is not accustomed to losing, something he hadn’t experienced before yesterday’s Rose Bowl game. Oregon’s defensive line pressure was relentless, forcing seven fumbles, four of which FSU lost. And the fumble Winston lost was returned by Oregon’s Tony Washington for a touchdown.

“Tonight was unfortunate. It wasn’t just like they were stopping us. Their offense did great, their defense was great, but we were never stopped, at all,” Winston said.

Winston completed 29 of 45 passing attempts, throwing for 348 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Winston was sacked twice and the Seminoles were stopped repeatedly by a furious Duck defensive front.

Winston's fumble results in an Oregon touchdown by Tony Washington

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Winston’s fumble results in an Oregon touchdown by Tony Washington

ESPN’s correspondent Stephen A. Smith summed up Winston’s comments best on ESPN’s First Take:

It was more about bad FSU than Oregon, but he’s still wrong, Jameis Winston that is, about what he just said because despite the bevy of mistakes that were inexplicable, that were embarrassing, that were just nauseating to watch. The fact is, Oregon deserves a hell of a lot more credit than he’s willing to give them.

And I would strongly advise him in the future: you know, you can’t walk around having that kind of swagger and that kind of attitude immediately after getting stomped by 39 points in a national semi-final. I mean [Winston] just looks like a damn fool. —I said it, and I’m gonna say it again: he looked like a damn fool saying something like that. It just don’t make any sense. You just got stomped by 39 points. Show a bit of humility and acknowledge the fact that the Oregon Ducks who walked into the game as the No.2 team in the nation beat ya down.

For anyone who watched the Rose Bowl last night, Winston’s comments come across as sour grapes, a stubborn refusal to accept defeat. Perhaps a little time away from the spotlight will do Winston some good.

Top photo credit: John Sperry

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  • 1pac12fan

    Here is one simple duck fans opinion…To a degree, I get what Jameis is trying to say. I just think he did a very poor job of making that point.

    In the epic third quarter, both teams gained essentially the same yards from scrimmage, yet Oregon scored 27 and FSU 7. Florida move the ball well throughout the game. How many three and outs did the UO defense get when the game was still in question? Oregon’s defense was typical, bend to the red zone, stiffin, and get take away’s.

    Jameis gave a very poor post game presser, and did a poor job of articulating his point…but hey, isn’t that also typical?!?

    In the end, the better TEAM won a brilliant game. I am one Duck fan that could care less about the comments and opinions of Jameis…even if I can see his point.

    Go Ducks!

    • Sad Panda

      I agree. While I’m no fan of Winston, I think he was basically trying to say that Oregon never really stopped the FSU offense, which is kind of true. Obviously turnovers involve both teams, but aside from those, this was a pretty even game. Either way though, the better team won. Now bring on Ohio State!

      • uoyeah

        You have to be on offense to have a turnover. We stopped their offense repeatedly…with turnovers!

      • Michael Oaks

        What do you call those goal line stands, the defense put on them? and how about the tipped ball and whirling dervish receiver spinning around with the ball and handing it to No. 4? And the butt fumble was not caused by Buffalo Wild Wings! It was caused because No. 91 was barreling down on Winston from the front side. Did you see his eyes? He knew he was going to take a heck of a hit from Washington, he stepped back and butt fumbles? What do coaches tell their defensive players? Be opportunistic. That goal line stop when Winston’s knee hit the ground before he broke the plain of the goal line with the ball, was caused by none other than Washington! No, I think the right team won this game and played the type of defense that would give them the best chance to win! Keep everything in front don’t give up the explosion plays and tighten your belt if they get to the red zone!

  • WDM Duck

    When it comes to turnovers, you have to give credit where credit is due. Those were not unforced errors on FSUs part. While Oregon did give up a ton of yards, the FSU turnovers were forced by players in Apple Green making plays. Period. Chew on that, Jamis.

  • omnimoeish

    The whole 4th quarter was basically Oregon running out the clock with backups. Oregon could’ve put up a couple more TDs easy if they really wanted to prove a point.

  • Louie Guertin

    They were stopped every time they punted , were intercepted, or lost a fumble, or did not score.

  • MarcTheDuck

    Wow, can you imagine how high the score would have been had the Ducks actually been able to stop FSU some? LOL!

  • Jeremy Phillips

    The better you are the luckier you seem….. For instamce, on the play where Jameis slipped and knocked the ball out of his own hands. Two ducks came off their assignments att he perfect time to rush Jameis. Tony Washington was covering the HB who went out on a pass route. KNowing he could not cover the faster HB forever he left his man and went after Winston forcing him to rush his decision making. This is something you wont see many college coaches allow their players to do. Its superior coaching, superior game planning and smarter players. Everyone gets hung up on yards. Oregons game plan was to give up yards and wait for the turnovers which is exactly what happened because that is what FSU does.

  • Joe

    Can we have those last 8 minutes back? I’d have no problem running up the score after hearing comments like these…

  • Avroair

    The only thing he said that was correct was: “We beat ourselves” But his timing was wrong, they weren’t prepared, they weren’t focused and they weren’t disciplined… they lost before the game even began.