“Ranting And Raving” About Antoine Winfield

May 30th, 2024

Antoine Winfield, Jr.

Was it a career year in 2023 for Antoine Winfield Jr? Or was it a step up to a potential Hall of Fame-worthy career?

Joe has no clue, and Joe can’t expect Winfield to continue working miracles at the pace he did last season. However, some very big names have no issue crowning Winfield as a living legend.

In their “Crystal Ball” series for NBC, retired stud safety Rodney Harrison named Winfield as his 2024 safety of the year. Apparently, this was no bandwagon pick by Harrison of the NFL’s highest paid defensive back.

“He probably should have been Defensive Player of the Year last year, Coach,” Harrison told Tony Dungy. “That’s what we were ranting and raving about.”

No disagreement was forthcoming from Dungy, the Hall of Fame head coach and former Bucs commander (1996-2001).

Dungy pointed to Winfield’s diverse stats and “just elevating his team’s play, adding he considers Winfield a tick better than Ravens All-Pro safety Kyle Hamilton.

“He’s just beginning to see what he can do,” Dungy said of Winfield in Todd Bowles’ defense.

13 Responses to ““Ranting And Raving” About Antoine Winfield”

  1. Guadalajara Mexico Fan Says:

    Have you realized that all this just begun when Bruce Arians took a sit in the RJ Stadium and watch a bowl where Minnesota University was playing and he saw by first hand Winfield Jr. Game Level?

  2. realistic-optimistic Says:

    “He’s just beginning to see what he can do,” Dungy said of Winfield in Todd Bowles’ defense.

    This sounds like The Oracle talking about Neo.

  3. BucsFan55 Says:

    Go Bucs

  4. Brian in St Pete Says:

    Winnie is who he is. He has the desire and work ethic to be great and is just coming into his prime age. From what I’ve seen and heard he will only get better from here. At the end of the day the question really is will the broader nfl fan base and powers the be give a smaller market player the respect he deserves?

  5. Dave Pear Says:

    I wish Bowels would retain Dungy as a consultant and help teach the secondary how to play zone effectively. Bowels has proven he can’t.

  6. gp Says:

    Just like we’ve all seen the players that coast after getting their big contract, we’ve all seen players that seem to step up their play each and every year.
    From the stories I’ve been hearing(Thanks Joe), Winfield is the “step up” type.

    Future Hall of Famer!

  7. Baking with Evans Says:

    @ El Bucco Realisto -With Dungy as a consultant last year Philly would have beaten us at The Licht House!!!!!

  8. Travis Says:

    I can’t wait to see where he ranks in that NFL top 100 they do every year. Something tells me he’ll be incredibly underrated.

  9. AtlBuc Says:

    OMG!! What if the light comes on and he gets that Ed Reed pick 6 vibe. Thats the next step for him

  10. Capt.Tim Says:

    Realistic- optimistic.
    Yeah, that nickname really fits Winfield, Jr.
    some of his moves last year looked super human

  11. Rick Says:

    I call him dueces

  12. TampabayDJ Says:

    ATLBUC – Agree ! I think he’s going to take that next step, especially now that he doesn’t need to worry about playing both Safety positions at the same time ( Jordan Whitehead is back ) and now he can focus on his play and not worry about the guy next to him (Ryan Neal) .. Go Bucs

  13. Lt. Dan Says:

    Mr. Pear: The problem with bringing Dungy back as a defensive consultant is that he runs the Tampa 2 D. That D is as antiquated as the West Coast offense.