Inside The Mind Of Jameis Winston

April 2nd, 2015

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A lot has been made of Jameis Winston’s football IQ.

Joe had heard from an scout back back in January that Winston was a “football mensch.” At the NFL Scouting Combine reports had many NFL staffs were won over by Winston’s ability to break down plays.

But how can the average NFL fan know about Winston’s mind? Take this sneak peek from “Gruden’s QB Camp,” hosted by none other than Chucky. The former Bucs Super Bowl-winning coach is rather impressed when Winston details how he set up a touchdown pass reading the Notre Dame defense, and by calling blocking adjustments at the line.

You can view it yourself from the BSPN video below.

39 Responses to “Inside The Mind Of Jameis Winston”

  1. rriddler Says:

    This is very entertaining to watch without sound, just reading the subtitles. You’ve got to be aware of that ass pressure.

  2. Tom Edrington Says:

    “You got yourself protected…….”

    If Jameis is going to get protected, he better bring some of his FSU linemen with him because the current OL only protect their paychecks……..

  3. Erik the WiseMMan Says:

    Winston is so over-rated, IMO… Anything I’ve seen of his great mind actually seems quite basic to me. Maybe I’m wrong or I just haven’t seen very much of him, but he doesn’t seem as intelligent as these dudes try to make u think. I would guess that Mariota is more intelligent. Did aanyone here Chris Landry’s take on the combine interviews he sat in on? Mariota definitely sounded like the super genius to me.

  4. JoeJoes Fungi Nails Says:

    yeah….but will it translate on the field in the NFL..many before him have been heralded as the second coming… that is not an Easter reference
    glad to see folks are finally coming around to Jameis

  5. Horice Says:

    ONE THING IS CLEAR if you don’t like Jameis, Vince Lombardi himself could tell you he can be your QB. And you people will tell him he doesn’t know football. Hatered is a powerful tool!

  6. robert 9 Says:

    I have an agenda. I don’t want this guy on our football team.

  7. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Well, we won’t be picking at one again for a long time to come, because the defense will improve enough over the next couple years to keep us from it. So he better be all that and a bag of chips.

  8. BlogTalkFootball Says:

    IQ in this case could save his butt, by switching to a less lethal (to him) play when he recognizes a blitz. McClown seemed to stick with a play that was obviously doomed, even Glennon did that. Unless Arroyo was not giving them plays they could switch to.

    I am looking forward to seeing him in action this season.

    PS… I am not a ‘Noles fan. But I see talent and for once the Bucs do, too.

  9. Nick Says:

    @robert 9

    Yeah, we got that about 3 months ago buddy. Thanks for reminding us every single day.

  10. Bucsfan4lyf Says:


    Mariota= NEXT BIG THING


  11. buc4lyfe Says:


    right again…..your on fire because I was saying that when we signed josh mccown. whether he is good or not this will be our only chance to get a quarterback with this kind of potential JW or MM, thank you lovie for being smart enough and bad enough at doing your job last year that you got this franchise in a position to improve at the position that could raise the level of play faster than drafting at any other position

  12. Arealbucsfan Says:

    @Erik we get it dude; u hate Winston. Now pipe down

  13. Harry Says:

    @Horice Says:
    “ONE THING IS CLEAR if you don’t like Jameis, Vince Lombardi himself could tell you he can be your QB. And you people will tell him he doesn’t know football. Hatered is a powerful tool!”

    You said that so perfectly, it bears repeating. No point in arguing with the likes of Robert 9, et al, they refuse to get it. Once Jameis is in a Bucs uniform, they will have to get behind it or move on.

    Me, I can’t wait for that day!

  14. ruggyup Says:

    Dude this, dude that, nobody hates Winston. Hate we reserve for ISIS. To question JW’s away from the field, social and human relationships IQ is a legitimate issue and reality remains to be seen. How about we STFU and avoid the hate word.

  15. jimmy53 Says:

    This should be called “things Mariota never had to do in college.”

    I laugh at the haters that say his football smarts are overrated. You are now grasping at straws for reasons to not like this guy. At some point you’re gonna need to shut up, and get on the bus. Or feel free to migrate to the team down south….we don’t need you.

  16. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    “ruggyup Says:
    April 2nd, 2015 at 10:28 am
    How about we STFU and avoid the hate word.”

    When people find a way to find fault for not going to the draft because he wants to be with his grandma and other family, I will call it hate.

    When people continually say he is bound for prison, I will call it hate.

    There’s plenty of people who prefer a different choice with the pick, which is fine. But, if you can’t see the people that clearly HATE him, that’s not anyone’s fault but your own. Shiz, I bet some would pick ISIS over Jameis.

  17. JoeJoes Fungi Nails Says:

    Simple minded people need to resort to name calling …..hater…racist….because they can not make a supportive argument to counter Jameis’s undeniable liabilties off field and his weaknesses on field…..

  18. ATrain Says:

    I cant wait for Winston to put on the uniform and SAVE us and he walks on the NFL water. He is soo smart he will even coach..

    BUT when he doesn’t and I already saw the excuses starting (takes more than one year to rate a QB) The lovers will make the excuses.

    Winston will not save this team. Only a lot of rebuilding with the right coach will save this team.. A lot of damage down over the last 5 years.

    I saw a post about the haters and to get over it Winston is coming.. You are right but becareful LOVE IS BLIND…Don’t follow blindly and step back and understand your Winston is not a savior. If we don’t get an O-Line that can block and an edge rusher. ALso a LB who can cover …We will still be sinking.

    Oh someone better tell Winston to work on his speed because his granny gear he runs in will get him run over in this league.

  19. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    What was his read on that backward pass against Oregon?

  20. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    “JoeJoes Fungi Nails Says:
    April 2nd, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Simple minded people need to resort to name calling …..hater…racist….because they can not make a supportive argument to counter Jameis’s undeniable liabilties off field and his weaknesses on field…..”

    First off, what you and I may consider “undeniable” and what we define as a conclusive argument is vastly different, and entirely subjective. i.e. only in your mind are you the winner of some fictitious debate, and same for me.

    Second, none it matters. What matters is what the owners and front office think. And, if you can’t see that writing on the wall, then nothing else can be done but for you to see for yourself on draft day.

    So, please argue and in your own mind, “win” arguments all day every day. It’s not changing what happens on April 30th. Knock yourself out. I just laugh at it. And will laugh harder when he is the starting QB in Tampa.

  21. cmurda Says:

    Let me wipe that tear in my eye away. I’m so jacked to get this guy. This is our time to finally get a legit QB. Not everyone that is not pro-Jameis is a hater. I realize that but give him a fair chance. I think he has it. He could transform this organization. He has the potential for generational talent. I’ll take that chance.

  22. The Other Side of the Coin Says:

    Have you Winston haters picked out your new screen names for next year yet? By the end of the season I’m guessing most of you will begin to see how wrong you are.

    How about some suggestions.




    Anyone else have some good ones?

  23. Lord Cornelius Says:

    The only person that I’ve seen with reservations about Winston; that actually posts intelligently and someone I can consider intellectually honest; is StPeteBucsfan. Bonzai wasn’t too bad either and seemed to convert at some point to accepting Winston.

    A lot of other people have literally made up countless fact after fact that are not substantiated by anything. Or arguments that are purely subjective but they make them as if they are some objective fact.

  24. SteveBucsFan Says:


    I have listened to everything Landry has said and before he ever met either one of the prospects he was all over Mariota. It seems to me he had a lot of bias towards Winston before he ever even saw him (like a lot of people).

    I have watched all the previews of the Gruden QB camp for both Winston and Mariota. Can you not see the stark contrast in the two QBs? I don’t think Mariota said a word the whole time he was there. He could hardly call a play in the huddle.

    On the other hand, you have Winston. Recalling plays and protections like nothing. He is light years ahead of Mariota.

    I don’t think I ever saw Chucky smile so much…

  25. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Also – I have said this before but QBs can help the O-line a ton by setting protections correctly before the play is called; or checking to plays that have quick options if there is a rush and the line breaks down.

    Peyton Manning had some pretty bad O-lines at various points in his career but it didn’t really matter because of how well he could set himself up for success.

    Not sure how much better Winston is at diagnosing defenses pre-snap and setting the right protection / play when compared to a guy like Glennon or McCown; but I would have to think so considering football IQ is one of the primary reasons he is going to go #1 overall.

  26. Horice Says:

    Most of you guys who talk about him off the field should take a few things into consideration. Do I “no more about him off the field than you who listen to the media?” The answer is a resounding YES! As I have one of my players on his team that was signed with him and plays on offense. You can read, good for you! You can quote media sources, good for you too. But if you REALLY looked at yourself and your comments on this site, one might think that you ACTUALLY have some agenda; you are a fan of a different college team, you don’t like a black man having allegations of rape against a white woman, you don’t like the fact that he seems so confident after these allegations and convictions, or your just hiding your racism behind his off the field transgressions. And before you attempt to refute my take on you, let me give you some examples of your hypocritcy. Payton Manning accused of sexual assault, sued twice and paid out each time (but you won’t talk about him like you do Jameis, and would gladly take him as a Buc QB). Big Ben, raped a girl in a bar, just signed a 99 million dollar contract (and you would trade your wife and kids to see him in a Buc uniform). I could keep the names coming if you like! Some of you attempt to sound intelligent and present an argument but a REAL FAN THAT KNOWS the NFL and spends hours daily keeping up with the Bucs can see completely through you and see the BIGOT in you over flow. I don’t follow college teams unless I have players on them (I could care less about any college team). I have one of players on the Buc’s currently playing WR. So what YOU think you know, you have no clue! I love the BUCS and I want us to be a dynasty, but if you took transgressions into account, we wouldn’t have an NFL. there is a difference if a player does things out of malice, or out of being young and stupid. AND EVERYONE OF US HAVE BEEN YOUNG AND STUPID! And if you say you haven’t then YOUR AN OLD LIAR!

  27. crazy Says:

    Whoever takes Winston needs to tamp down expectations before the market sets them so high no one could live up to them. He could help this himself if he weren’t so busy campaigning to win the draft.

  28. Nick2 Says:

    I just want to say I have lived in Florida for quite some time and when I first heard about Jameis he was the next great Fla State QB. Well they have had some difference makers (Charley Ward comes to mind) but being a Gator fan I took notice when he vaulted Fla State from a decent ACC team to one of the top teams in the country. People can say that it was the talent around him but Fla State was just another big time program with average success until he got to that team. Bucs fans we are going to be just fine with this guy as long as he keeps his nose clean. This guy is a winner. You know guys that just go out and win???? Thats Jameis Winston and I am happy as can be he is going to be a Buccaneer!!!!!!!!!

  29. kaput Says:

    I’m a Gator, and I can’t wait to have this kid on the Bucs.

    Very intelligent, loves football, has a great awareness of the field and has a great arm. What’s not to like on the field?

    Franchise quarterback.

    I bet he’s going to be a top five NFL quarterback in short order.

  30. Pickgrin Says:

    That’s pretty weird that the text at the bottom of the video is so far off what was actually being said. Was kind of funny.

    28 More days.

    I’m sure Winston will have some struggles in his 1st year. Most rookies do. But he’s also gonna show why he was one of the highest rated QBs to come out in quite some time.

    Evans and VJax can’t wait to get this guy in here I’m sure. No more badly underthrown balls on deep routes which obviously frustrated ME13 last year. Winston to Evans long is going to be a beautiful thing to watch for many years. When was the last time we saw a Bucs QB hit a receiver perfectly in stride with a 50 yard pass? Maybe Vinny did it a couple times. I bet we will see that a few times this year.

  31. Erik the WiseMMan Says:

    I’m obviously not pro-Winston, but I’m also not a Winston hater. I’m just super duper pro-Mariota. If we are actually dumb enough to pass on Mariota, I will be so disgusted with our decision-making that the Bucs will become my 2nd favorite team behind whoever drafts Mariota. And I’ve been a diehard Buc fan for like 30yrs.

  32. cmurda Says:

    @Horice. I’m in agreement with a lot of what you say. I would like to hope that racial bias isn’t playing into this but I’m sure it does in certain increments. I wouldn’t assume , however, that it is a driving force. The NFL has stepped up it’s enforcement on off-field issues. They are becoming more and more problematic. It’s probably a good thing to try to have more positive role models in the NFL. I am firmly entrenched in the Winston camp. I look at the transgressions he has had and I see very little difference n the choices I made at that age. He doesn’t scare me one iota. In fact all his actions and words have confirmed by confidence in Fameis. If there is anything that scares me, it’s the unlikely scenario the Bucs will find a way not to pick him or trade down too far to get him. This is the Bucs after all.

  33. JoeJoes Fungi Nails Says:

    Love and Done….I don’t agrue here in case you have not noticed…. I simply state my opinon and observations

  34. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    “JoeJoes Fungi Nails Says:
    April 2nd, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Love and Done….I don’t agrue here in case you have not noticed…. I simply state my opinon and observations”

    You were the one who referenced “supportive argument to counter”, hence argue. Like I said, it doesn’t matter. What matters is what the owners and OBP wants on April 30th.

  35. Buccfan37 Says:

    Non Winston fans sure get the scorn and ridicule here. Sure, they repeat themselves over and over, but most Winston fans are repetitive also and being in the majority their opinions are seen as a matter of all facts. Nobody knows how Winston will do as a Buc. I find most hardcore Winston comments too pushy and critical of opposing views. Everyone wants to be right 24/7.

  36. Charlie7 Says:

    I have decided to print out this page so that i can find you haters a year down the road. Of course if you will have changed your name by then. If any of you know anything about football and I have my doubts, no QB sets the world on fire their rookie year but Winston will win and be a winner in the long run. Who ever drafts Mariota will get a great QB so go and follow that team because the Bucs don’t need you.

  37. TheShaz Says:

    If I recall correctly.

    This time last year. Johnny Football was the 2nd coming.

    He’s in REHAB and at best 2nd string starting this season.

  38. 87LikesFreeJerseys Says:

    Erik the WiseMMan Says:
    April 2nd, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    “I’m obviously not pro-Winston, but I’m also not a Winston hater. I’m just super duper pro-Mariota. If we are actually dumb enough to pass on Mariota, I will be so disgusted with our decision-making that the Bucs will become my 2nd favorite team behind whoever drafts Mariota. And I’ve been a diehard Buc fan for like 30yrs.”

    I grew up in Mass. I can easily BE a Pat’s fan or have them as my 2nd team being that they play in the AFC. That will NEVER happen. I only have ONE team and ONE team only.

    Good idea for you Erik though, because after Mariota busts like most spread QB’s do, you can always come back and call this your favorite team again. Will that make you a bigger fan than the rest of us?


  39. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    I would guess that Mariota is more intelligent.

    Erik I would make the same guess but here’s the situation.


    At the risk of hacking off the football gurus here…football is not rocket science!

    It’s not brain surgery doesn’t even require the knowledge absorption of a good dental assistant.

    Fameis seems to have the gift however of “playing” football. It’s a natural talent that everybody has raved about.

    Fameis will not be joining MENSA anytime soon. But Fameis has football knowledge and perhaps as important football intuition.

    Some things just come easily to some people. Nobody is smart about everything. I’ve now seen and heard enough to believe Fameis is indeed “football smart”.