Johnny Football Vs. Jameis WinstonApril 21st, 2014
Yes, Joe knows the Bucs need a quarterback for the near future. Starting quarterback Josh McCown is 34 and only signed to a two-year pact. Backup quarterback Mike Glennon could be gone depending on how he practices this week, says a local morning sports radio personality.
Joe is awfully confident at some point in the three-day draft next month the Bucs will draft a quarterback. Whether it is Johnny Football in the first round, Derek Carr in the second round, Jimmy Garoppolo in the third round or Aaron Murray on the third day, Joe isn’t sure but he’s willing to lay cash the Bucs have a new signal-caller on the roster after the second weekend in May.
Of course, Joe is pleading with Bucs general manager Jason Licht to do right by Bucs fans and be bold and nab Johnny Football.
Yes, Johnny Football has his legion of haters, and Joe frankly just cannot grasp why. And people trying to link him with Tim Tebow is outrageous. Tebow couldn’t throw the ball; Johnny Football can. The only common theme between Johnny Football and Tebow is that both won a Heisman Trophy.
Last week the New York Times rehashed the sordid Jameis Winston details about an alleged rape in Jan. 2013. Prosecutors couldn’t dig up enough evidence to charge Winston. Out of curiosity, Joe decided to listen to a podcast of “The Jeff Cameron Show,” heard on WTSM-FM 97.9 in Tallahassee, to listen to Cameron’s take on the new story with old facts.
Unlike most big shots in a college town, Cameron is not a hack. In fact, the guy is damned good. The Lakewood High School football product has carved out a helluva gig in the panhandle and Joe very much respects his research and attention to detail. He has a very good show.
Now after the Winston discussion, Cameron’s sidekick brought up the possibility of Johnny Football playing for the Bucs. Let it be known Cameron and his sidekick are avowed Johnny Football haters. They reacted to the notion of Johnny Football being drafted by the Bucs (both are Bucs fans) the way Yosemite Sam reacted whenever he was outwitted by Bugs Bunny; head shaking wildly back and forth, jumping up and down, yelling, “EEEEEEWWWWWW!” and firing off pistols.
One thing Cameron said about Johnny Football stuck with Joe; he dismissed Johnny Football’s carving of Nick Saban’s defenses claiming Saban always has trouble with spread offenses. Sounds like a bit of a reach of an excuse to Joe (remember, Saban had an entire offseason to craft a defense to stop Johnny Football in Round 2, and he still got torched by Johnny Football), but OK, fair point. Joe respects Cameron. Joe just wishes he had the chance to ask Cameron if he had a reason/dismissal why Bob Stoops’ defense was dismantled by Johnny Football as he racked up 516 yards of offense on the Sooners, but OK.
Now last year, even Joe will admit the best quarterback in college football was Winston. Joe suspects Cameron would agree. Winston is damned near the complete package: Big, can move, can take a hit, has a cannon for an arm, is lethally accurate and the dude simply does not get rattled. If Winston were eligible, Joe would be wearing out rosaries in an effort for the Bucs to some how, some way trade up and grab Winston.
Thanks to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s saving of college football, Winston is not eligible for the draft for at least another year.
So this got Joe to thinking…
Last year, Texas A&M and Florida State had two common opponents: Auburn and Duke. So Joe decided to see how Johnny Football fared compared to the best college quarterback in the land, Winston.
Against Auburn, Johnny Football completed 28 of 38 passes for 454 yards, four touchdowns and two picks. Winston completed 20 of 35 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns without a pick in the national championship win. Advantage: Johnny Football (and yes, Joe knows Auburn was stealing offensive signals from Florida State).
Against Duke, Johnny Football had one of his signature games, putting the Aggies square on his shoulders and carrying the team, rallying from a 28-point deficit in the second half to win the Chicken Bowl. Johnny Football completed 30 of 38 passes for 382 yards and four touchdowns without a pick. Winston, facing Duke in the ACC Championship, completed 19 passes in 32 attempts for 330 yards with three touchdowns and two picks. Advantage: Johnny Football.
So facing common opponents when stacked up against who Joe believes was the best quarterback in college football, Johnny Football put up better numbers.
Cue the Johnny Football haters in three… two… go!