Afterward Sunday’s game, Pederson, perhaps fearing the worst, professed his confidence in his backup.

“This guy’s come in, he’s played a lot of football games in this league,” Pederson said of Foles, 28. “He’s started in this league. Guys have confidence in him. I have confidence in him.”

That was enough — just barely — for Jacksonville’s defense.

Trailing 27-10, Wilson avoided a sack and hit Paul Richardson for a 61-yard score. Down 30-17, Wilson connected with Tyler Lockett for a 74-yarder.

Wilson had a final chance to rally his team, but he failed to convert a fourth-and-9 pass from the Seattle 43.

Fournette iced the victory by gaining 13 yards on a third-and-11 play with less than 2 minutes remaining.

“That’s a distraction. And a lot of distractions come up when we don’t perform how we need to perform,” Winston said. “I’m a strong believer that coaches coach and players play. If you look at today’s game, the players [and] I didn’t play. I didn’t play. I had three turnovers.”

Koetter was informed of the report after the Bucs’ 24-21 loss to the Detroit Lions. Like Winston, he denied that there was any tension.

“I think Jameis and I have had an extremely consistent relationship over the last three years, and I don’t think anything different about it, but that’s just my opinion,” Koetter said, emphasizing that he’s more concerned about winning games than reports. “I know the truth about our relationship. My big concern is our football team.”royals_036