Are The Bucs Serious About Landry Jones?

January 4th, 2013

So early this week, Bucs coach Greg Schiano made no bones about how the Bucs want to give embattled quarterback Josh Freeman competition. Schiano was less than forthcoming how the Bucs would acquire said quarterback.

Joe knows the Bucs really do want competition for Freeman, and if that means drafting a guy in the middle rounds of the draft, so be it.

That’s why a little nugget on Twitter from Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune was so interesting when he typed that Bucs fans should watch and become familiar with Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones in tonight’s Cotton Bowl because the Bucs are kicking the tires on possibly drafting the four-year Sooners starter.

Joe doesn’t know what to make of this. Jones, once thought to be a high draft pick, has seen his stock steadily decline the past two seasons.

Joe does know that Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik greatly respects the opinion of Sooners coach Bob Stoops. After all, it was largely based on Stoops’ high recommendation that Dominik drafted defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.

Also, Dominik is fond of Big XII and Big Ten players, having used high draft picks on players from those conferences in Freeman, GMC, Adrian Clayborn, Roy Miller and Lavonte David.

Joe has no clue if the Bucs really would draft Jones in a middle round. But it doesn’t surprise Joe that Dominik might be watching Jones with a sharp eye.

70 Responses to “Are The Bucs Serious About Landry Jones?”

  1. RastaMon Says:


  2. Ian's Gay Lisp & Ron's Drinking Problem Says:

    Sounds like Woody’s been EyeBalling the Jack Daniels….when did he start writing satire???????? o_O

  3. Greg Says:

    Up until this year, I would have said pass on Jones because he had never led the Sooners to a comeback victory. He showed much more poise this year, and led them to 2 comeback victories this year, but he wouldn’t come in here and compete for the starter job right away. The problem with Big 12 quarterbacks is that they pretty much suck in the NFL, Bradford being the lone exception and the jury is still out on him.

  4. SilenceTheCritics Says:

    Seriously doubt this is smoke. The Bucs have to be thinking about drafting another QB. You can debate on where in the draft they are wanting to draft it but anyone with any intelligence who watched Freeman play can’t be convinced Freeman is the future. I think Schiano is competent enough to know Freeman needs some serious competition to kick him in the ass.

  5. FloridaGirl Says:

    Potentially a good, mid-round pick to develop and compete with Freeman. If Freeman wins the job and becomes a franchise QB, good trade bait in a year or two.

  6. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Been saying for weeks that the Bucs will likely be looking at Landry Jones along with Zac Dysert and Ryan Nassib in rounds 3 or 4. I think they are seeing the value in using a decent pick on a developmental QB who can at the very least become Freeman’s backup, and at best become the starter in a couple years if he can outperform Freeman.

    If they are indeed looking at Jones I believe this is a very smart move. He came on extremely strong the last half of this season and the light seemed to finally turn on for him. He’s looked great. I’ll be watching closely tonight to see if that continues.

  7. RastaMon Says:

    SilenceTheCritics…….oh I hope the Bucs CYA and draft a QB early…..just saying rhe “name” Landry Jones is smoke…..

  8. SilenceTheCritics Says:

    Ah ok. I wont comment on that because I dont have a clue about who they would potentially be looking at. But I can almost guarantee you they are looking. Dont really know much about Landry either.

  9. raphael Says:


  10. SirustheVirus Says:

    There’s no need to waste a 1st-4rd rd pick on a QB when we got some real needs outside of that position. I would wait for a better QB class before I waste anotherpick on a quaterback. Jones in the fourth round I could see mabey, but before that no way. I’m not sold on anyone enough in this draft to go earlier.

  11. teacherman777 Says:

    That would be a horrible pick.

    Landry Jones is slower than Josh, with a weaker arm, and with less potential.

    Why would we draft a big, slow QB?! Horrible idea!!

    I would try to sign Jason Campbell or another top notch backup. A veteran! Not a rookie.

    However, drafting a good young QB would not upset me.

    Eric Reid announced he’s coming out. He’s bigger than Barron but just as slow. He played FS at LSU, but I bet he will be converted to SS because he’s good in the box, and he he lacks top end speed.

    Although, I love the idea of drafting a stud FS to go with Barron. I don’t want another slow safety. We need a true center fielder to go with Barron.

    Tryanne Matthieu in the 3rd? Who’s down?

    And please, keep an eye out for ex-Auburn RB Michael Dyer. He would also be a late round steal.

    Where is Blount going? I guarantee Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Green Bay offer him a contract! And we will watch him make a Pro Bowl!


  12. George Says:

    The Bucs may be the worst QB team in the history of the league. Is there any other team that has been so poor at this position for so many years? Freeman is the best we’ve ever had and the jury is still out. It’s time to start drafting and developing QBs just like they would any other position. The Bucs have spent draft picks on QBs so rarely — the last 3 I can remember are Freeman, Josh Johnson, and Bruce Gradkowski. Have there been any others in the last 10 years? No wonder the position has sucked for for so long. Drafting a QB in round 3-4 would make a whole lot of sense if not for the glaring needs at CB and impact pass-rusher. Arguably, TE and RB (assuming Blount is gone) are greater needs too… but they need to draft a QB at some point.

  13. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    ^Totally agree. It’s time to draft a QB to develop.

  14. bwallstreet Says:

    Nice way to contradict yourself JOE
    Remember Yesterday?

    @bwallstreet – You are confusing Joe’s opinion of what the Bucs will do, versus what the Bucs want to do, and speculation of what they will do, along with analysis of what they’ve done versus the team’s spoken words. There are lots of nuances. It’s not Joe’s fault your reading comprehension is subpar. And insulting Joe gets you run. Don’t come back if you’re so troubled by the site. –Joe

  15. Joe Says:

    The Bucs may be the worst QB team in the history of the league. Is there any other team that has been so poor at this position for so many years?


  16. toneman850 Says:

    We have so much money in the cap, I think the bucs front office will address the secondary issues in free agency, so they can draft for the sake of building up the team depth.

  17. Andrew 1 Says:

    well… he is going to be playing tonight. we might be seeing our QB of the future play. I will be heavily scrutinizing him.

  18. OklahomaBucFan Says:

    I’ve been a huge OU fan my entire life and I really enjoy it when I see some of my Sooners get the chance to make a NFL roster with my Buccaneers, but having watched every collegiate that Landry Jones has played in, I really don’t feel comfortable with the idea on him in a Buccaneers uniform. A lot of people (in Oklahoma) have tried comparing him to Sam Bradford, since Landry broke pretty much all of his records, but stats aren’t everything. One big difference between the two is that Sam was really good at making the right decisions (in college) and hitting his receivers in stride, both of which Landry struggle with. The big thing for Landry is just how athletic his receivers are and their ability to adjust to balls thrown behind them. Give him a poor supporting class and receivers that struggle to get open, he’s going to have issues. Another issue is his tendency to panic if he even “sniffs” pressure. Now Landry Jones has a pretty good arm and he can make most of the NFL throws, but his deep balls tend to sail on him. If Landry has a good supporting cast and gets a good position coach that can work out his accuracy (which isn’t terrible, just inconsistent) and pocket poise, he could have some potential in the NFL, but if he is rushed into the job, I’m not sure how well he’ll work out.

  19. George Says:

    The issues in the secondary can’t be solved in FA alone. They need 2-3 new starting caliber CBs and can’t really afford more than 1 in FA (assuming they want to spend anything at other positions too). So that means they’re probably going to need to draft 1 or 2 CBs in round 1-3.

  20. PRBucFan Says:

    @ BS

    lol RAAAACK EM JOE!!!

    On topic:
    I guess i ought to watch this kid tonight.

  21. Adam L Says:

    He is perfect. You can draft him and let him sit for 2 years. Freeman can play next year and then get franchised for one more and then you have trade bait like what the Falcons did with Schaub and the Packers did with Flynn. If Freeman stinks up the joint he’s gone anyway and you have a QB who did nothing but study.

    F••• I’m a better GM that Dominik ever could hope to be.

  22. PRBucFan Says:


    Sounds like Landry’s a duplicate of Freeman from that description.

    No thanks, we’ll pass lol

  23. Stranger Says:

    Bad draft decisions are made when people panic. Landry Jones is a poor man Sam Bradford, only with less injuries and less talent.

  24. NJBuc Says:

    The dumbest website for the dumbest fans in the NFL.

  25. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Jones showing that NFL arm and accuracy, along with good poise, nicely so far in the game.

  26. PRBucFan Says:

    lol NJBuc

    No ones keeping you here, feel free to leave

  27. Macabee Says:


    I think you’re right. Landry would fit right in with Freeman. Throws the ball wonderfully and then out of nowhere he throws a pick. But like Freeman, in time maybe he could get better!

  28. FLBoyInDallas Says:


    His WRs have dropped two TD passes so far. Not doing him any favors. Besides that INT he’s been almost perfect in his decision making.

  29. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Did you see him buy time on that TD pass just now and keep his poise while extending the play? Freeman would’ve panicked and thrown it over Mike Williams head and into the first row.

  30. Stranger Says:

    His decision making has been good because most of his plays are first target throws to the flat.

    Also, selective memory.

  31. bob Says:

    this guy is just the kind of guy we need, but maybe not before 4th round, need cb more

  32. Miguel El Magnifico Says:

    Looks like NJBuc and bWallstreet have that bitter beer face from watching too many Rutger’s games. Don’t blame you guys. Real college football is played everywhere but there.

    I’m with Oklahomabucfan on his prolific opinions on Landry and especially “stats aren’t everything.”

    Bob Stoops is a great coach and his brothers aren’t bad either.

    Forget Landry. Keep an eye on those A&M offensive tackles. Freshman QB’s don’t win the Heisman without a lot of help.

  33. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Those two tackles will be gone before pick #13 so no sense in paying attention to them.

  34. MadMax Says:

    @Miguel….I said it earlier on another forum….and we can use RT help… and if Matthews is there. BOOM! We’d be fools to pass over him!

    And Im basing that on us addressing the secondary in FA and stud DT and DE’s and Jarvis being gone already.

    Sharp Eye my friend!

  35. PRBucFan Says:

    Manziel is one heluva playmaker

  36. RustyRhino Says:

    Potentially heart-breaking news for us joebucsfan alumni, we are going to miss Miguel El Magnifico as his favorite coach chip kelly, is near to a deal with his new favorite team the clevland browns. Good luck in Cleveland. Adios amigo…

  37. Miguel El Magnifico Says:

    Ouch! The mistake by the lake.

    There are 3 great OT’s in the draft. That LT, Taylor Lewan from Michigan did pretty well against Jadeveon Clowney (JCP) and might be the 2nd off the board. If ever the Bucs could pick up a stud OT, it might be in this draft.

  38. PRBucFan Says:


    Of all the teams in the league i could least imagine the Browns being like Oregon lol

  39. lurker Says:

    screw landry jones…
    manziel is the real deal! can we tank in 2 years for the #1 pick like indy did last year?

    ps bye miguel payasito. can’t say you’ll be missed.

  40. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Miguel, I think it’s possible the Bucs sign Jake Long in free agency thereby freeing that first pick up for a CB or DT (or possibly even a TE if certain reports are to be believed).

  41. PRBucFan Says:


    I’ll second that Lurker

    The second coming of Doug Flutie??? lol

  42. lurker Says:


    manziel flakes dousn’t have the same ring, does it?

    is 6’1″ 200# too small?

  43. lurker Says:

    we also don’t need any defenders from this ou team…lol

    qb and rb are killing them.

  44. Stranger Says:

    Lurker, think of Jeff Garcia. He’s that size.

  45. kh Says:

    No chance this happens, Landry Jones sucks, every OU fan I know would tell you the same, most of them want Bell to start over him.

  46. PRBucFan Says:

    Yea your right, its doesnt have the same ring lol,

    Apparently, he is considered undersized haha.

    I just googled to see if it was just me or if any other people thought so and i seems its a common comparison.

    Nick Saban recently made the comparison after watching film on Manziel, thats funny stuff.

  47. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    All that matters is who Dominik & Schiano are looking to draft at QB. Our votes and opinions don’t count. I’m confident they’ll make the right choice.

  48. lurker Says:

    nick satan is a classless person anyways…

  49. Miguel El Magnifico Says:


    I was thinking of canceling my NFL Ticket and just becoming a Seahawk fan but since Kelly is going to Cleveland, I’ll renew and maintain my long distance connection with Tampa Bay.

    Did anyone notice the halftime adjustments in the Fiesta Bowl last night. KS came out with a great game plan, but Kelly check mated a great KS team and coaching staff.

    I noticed during the game that when KS was dominating, Chip had kind of a bemused look on his face. Compare to Schiano’s roid rage look where he’s looking to blame the refs or a player when losing.

    Markus Mariota had a horrible game, reminiscent of Freeman vs Dallas Chip took the heat for his freshman QB even though he knew the negotiations for his future livelihood begin today. Kelly showed a lot of restraint not running up the score, passing up several FG’s and slowing down the pace on a very good but tired and outmatched Kansas State team.

  50. PRBucFan Says:

    Can’t say i really have an opinion of the guy.

    But you can throw, Elway, Gruden, and none other than Doug Flutie himself in there aswell for making the comparison lol.

  51. lurker Says:

    lol…why wouldn’t flutie compare himself to johnny football!

  52. Macabee Says:


    Just pulling your chain a little about Landry. I’m sure he would fine as a developing QB. I disagree that he is an NFL ready now QB that could step right in and take Freemans place. Most analyst agree that that QB is not in this draft. But It would not bother me at all if they are interested in him. NFLDraftScout has him rated as a late 2nd or early 3rd round pick. I personally think we have greater needs that early, but like you say, I won’t get to choose!

  53. PRBucFan Says:

    I’m sure Johnny football took that as quite the honor

  54. PRBucFan Says:

    From Johnny Football:

    “I have been dreaming about this since I was a kid, running around the back yard pretending I was Doug Flutie, throwing Hail Marys to my dad,” Manziel said after hugging his parents and younger sister.

  55. Miguel El Magnifico Says:

    “I have been dreaming about this since I was a kid, running around the back yard pretending I was YA Tittle, throwing Hail Marys to my dad,” Miguel said after hugging his parents and younger sister.

  56. PRBucFan Says:


  57. lurker Says:

    miguel…you are too much, as has been pointed out numerous times by myself and others. oregon always plays the greatest teams…lol.

    what is your mancrush on chip the dip about? he has been shown to be wishy-washy. he’s getting out of oregon before the ncaa comes with sanctions for their cheating. we will have to see how his schemes translate to the nfl.

    ps the dawgpound is calling you.
    pps here are a few site for you (the last 2 are forums for your venom):

  58. knucknbuc Says:

    Landry jones aint competition for freeman people lets be real. It’s a stretch to say he’s even competition for Orlavsky. Johnnie manziel is a beast tho. Dude isn’t a doug flutie or jeff garcia type. To make a more recent comparison to me he reminds me of a young mike vick coming out of vtech. He’s not quite as fast, but man can he make people miss without trying and he’s still fast as hell. His accuracy was better then vick’s tho. Really interested in seeing what this kid can do in the NFL When he get’s there.

  59. PRBucFan Says:

    Manziel is a Manziel Type lol

    Just who he reminds me of, especially being smaller

  60. Stranger Says:

    Hope that kills the Jones train for us.

  61. PRBucFan Says:

    Lol hopefully

  62. Greg Says:

    After tonight’ s game, I think Jones just fell to a 4th or 5th round pick

  63. MadMax Says:

    Like I said weeks ago, Aaron Murray please.

    Hell, even Aaron Rodgers lil bro Jordan, who plays for Vandy looks better than Landry.

  64. Jonny 3.3 Says:

    Landry Jones will be an untalented version of Freeman in NFL. No please. I’d rather have a guy from college who routinely made people around him better and won against the odds a couple of times every season.

  65. buccanay Says:

    Credibility – Cummings ZERO….Joe losing it

  66. Ryan Says:

    lol@ anyone who thinks Stoops is a great coach.

    He’s nothing more than a good coach in a great situation.

  67. mcBuc Says:

    Plenty of abs look great and neatly in college. Bit does not mean they will in the nfl.

    My prediction for chip Kelly. Same fate as spurrier in the pros. He will be winning again in college in a year or two.

  68. lurker Says:

    hey mcbuc…

    whose abs are you lookin at? i bet you can’t wait for the combine then, huh?


  69. PRBucFan Says:

    bahahaha I knew as soon as I read McBuc’s post that Lurker wouldn’t be able to resist posting to it lol.

    That was pretty funny though

  70. BigMacAttack Says:

    Nick Satan funny.

    McBuc, you’re my hero. Even after I proofread, I still have typos and leave out words. If I could leave things out at work without problems, I could save a lot of momey.

    Did anyone notice a smaller paycheck this week? And here I thought they were only targeting the rich. Lol 2%