“Airtight” Mariota

February 22nd, 2015

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Joe hasn’t lost sight of Marcus Mariota. What a fantastic prospect the kid is, outside of the charisma department. There’s a clear reason he will be a high first-round pick.

Mariota’s “buzz” didn’t match Jameis Winston’s at the NFL Scouting Combine, but there was still plenty for the Oregon quarterback. [read more]

Jameis Watch: Ignore The 40-Yard Dash Time

February 22nd, 2015
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The evidence is overwhelming

Crab-legs-stealing, BB-gun-shooting, obscenity-hollering, Heisman-Trophy-winning, former national champion Jameis Winston, the pride of Florida State University, continues to look like a much better quarterback prospect than Mike Glennon and Josh McCown.

It’s Joe’s daily nugget on the Jameis Watch, celebrating the best quarterback ever to wear No. 5 in the state of Florida. [read more]

Top 30 Buccaneers Mysteries Of 2014 — No. 15

February 22nd, 2015

In many ways, Tampa Bay’s 2014 season was more bizarre than the MRSA-infected, quarterback-gone-mental, Fire-Schiano-billboards campaign of 2013.

There were plenty of real Bucs mysteries last year, and Joe’s revisiting the most interesting of the bunch. [read more]

Buzzing About Jameis

February 22nd, 2015

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Jameis Winston haters, minds bolted shut, always scream at Joe for not preferring the Bucs draft Marcus Mariota. ‘

Joe’s reasons are twofold:

1) Virtually every person Joe has spoken to that is either currently or formerly employed by an NFL personnel department, claims Winston is a better quarterback. No more complex than that. That has really reinforced what Joe has seen with his own eyes. [read more]

Versatile Lineman Has Bucs’ Interest

February 22nd, 2015
The Bucs have spoken with Penn State OT Donovan Smith "many times."

The Bucs have spoken with Penn State OT Donovan Smith “many times.”

Joe has been pushing for the Bucs to at least draft two offensive linemen this spring. Third and fourth rounds would be fine. Lord knows the Bucs need offensive linemen.

This draft is believed to be deep on offensive linemen, not so much top-heavy, but a lot of valuable talent to be had in the middle rounds. [read more]

Father Lovie?

February 22nd, 2015

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Long-time readers of Joe know how Father Dungy got his moniker; he seemed better suited (and maybe more motivated) to be a priest than an NFL head coach.

Reading the typing of Woody Cummings of The Tampa Tribune, perhaps that moniker could apply Lovie Smith, for it was Smith who said he wouldn’t mind being a father figure to Jameis Winston when if the Bucs draft the Florida State quarterback first overall. [read more]

Smartest Ever?

February 21st, 2015

Updated: 6:39 p.m. Is Jameis Winston a football super genius?

During this afternoon’s NFL Network coverage of the NFL Scouting Combine, hosts Rich Eisen and draft guru Mike Mayock shared the words of their colleague, former head coach Steve Mariucci. [read more]

Backup Blues For Mark Barron

February 21st, 2015
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The Rams’ general manager opened up to Joe

Just at the trade deadline, Bucs general manager Jason Licht pulled off an addition-by-subtraction move when he sent under-performing safety Mark Barron to St. Louis for fourth- and sixth-round picks. [read more]

Mariota And Winston 40-Yard Dash Times

February 21st, 2015
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See how they compare to Mike Glennon

The initial 40-yard dash times are in for the popular quarterback prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft. [read more]

Watch Jameis

February 21st, 2015

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For those who weren’t near a TV yesterday afternoon, or couldn’t hear the audio at the bar, Joe has video of Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston’s press conference at the NFL Scouting Combine. [read more]

One More Day

February 21st, 2015

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Joe’s here again at Lucas Oil Stadium in snowy Indianapolis for the final day for media at this winter’s NFL Scouting Combine.

Joe decided to come in a little later today, and it seems most others did to, or simply already bolted out of town. [read more]

Jameis Watch: “Never Seen Him Look A Safety Off”

February 21st, 2015

JameisCrab-legs-stealing, BB-gun-shooting, obscenity-hollering, Heisman-Trophy-winning, former national champion Jameis Winston, the pride of Florida State University, continues to look like a much better quarterback prospect than Mike Glennon and Josh McCown.

It’s Joe’s daily nugget on the Jameis Watch, celebrating the best quarterback ever to wear No. 5 in the state of Florida..

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“A Big Sigh Of Relief”

February 21st, 2015
Bucs GM Jason Licht has found some peace

Bucs GM Jason Licht has found some peace

Emotion runs through Bucs general manager Jason Licht when he strolls through a certain area of One Buc Palace. [read more]

Lovie’s Ready To Spend Again

February 20th, 2015

In the popular Road Runner cartoons, Wile E. Coyote often takes a freefalling anvil to the head or dynamite explodes in his lap.

After getting flattened beyond recognition, he manages to return in seconds, healthy and ready to hunt. [read more]

“What Would You Do?”

February 20th, 2015

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For some, leaving college to enter the NFL is a no-brainer. It’s a chance to reach their dream. Become a man. [read more]

Lookin’ Good

February 20th, 2015

Earlier this week, a photo of an allegedly bloated Jameis Winston surfaced on the interwebs and quickly went viral.

Naturally, the Winston haters erupted in glee and mocked him for being the second-coming of Jared Lorenzen. [read more]

“This Is A Straight Grind”

February 20th, 2015

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Jameis Winston answered Joe’s question about his baseball career and noted how this is the first time he has ever had an offseason he can devote solely to improving in one sport.

After he left the podium, he went straight to the table of SiriusXM NFL Radio to chat with the co-hosts of “Movin’ the Chains,” Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller. [read more]

“I’m A Quarterback”

February 20th, 2015

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Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is a quarterback. That’s right. He told Joe and hundreds of assembled media types at the NFL Combine in frozen Indianapolis just moments ago.

Joe will provide the highlights. [read more]