Jameis Stuns With Brilliance And Football IQ

May 5th, 2015
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Jason Licht Opens Up

You’ve heard it; Joe’s heard it: That Jameis Winston, on a greaseboard, is some sort of rare football savant.

It was the talk of NFL scouts at Shrine Game practices, and Joe heard much more at the NFL Scouting Combine. Word also trickled out that Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter was so blown away by Winston’s football retention that Winston is Koetter’s new standard for football IQ.

Despite hearing all of this, Bucs general manager Jason Licht told Bruce Murray and Rich Gannon yesterday, co-hosts of “The Blitz,” heard exclusively on SiriusXM NFL Radio, even he was stunned by Winston.

“Just how incredibly smart he is,” No. 1, Licht said when asked what surprised him about Winston. “No, 2 was his work ethic. Everything you put in front of him, he’s going to study it and it is almost like he is downloading it. He has a photographic memory but he works very hard at what he does and doesn’t take anything for granted.

“No. 3 was how many people came out of the woodwork: coaches and those who may not be high-level employees. People that went out of their way to send unsolicited letters, e-mails, phone calls to us about how good of a person he is. Then we reached out to those people and asked them questions.”

Licht also noted the offense Jimbo Fisher runs at Florida State, a pro style, gives Winston a heads-up as he takes the reins for the Bucs.

“Well, it certainly is a bonus, I will put it that way,” Licht said. “When we were at Florida State, going through film sessions with [Winston] and our coaches, the comment that we had several times while sitting in those rooms going through [Florida State’s] offense is that their offense is – their playbook is twice as thick as ours. So, Jimbo has a great offense there and to be able to master that offense there, they are way ahead of the game.”

43 Responses to “Jameis Stuns With Brilliance And Football IQ”

  1. Dreambig Says:

    Love everything I am hearing about Winstons football IQ. Not sure I am too excited about FSUs playbook being twice as thick as the Bucs, particularly given how terrible the Bucs offense has been over the last few years. Maybe thats why the running game looks like it only has about 3 plays.

  2. bucs4lyfe Says:

    Not sure I am too excited about FSUs playbook being twice as thick as the Bucs
    still didn’t stop Atlanta from putting up 56 points against us last year. you know this is a new playbook for the bucs right?

  3. Pickgrin Says:

    I LOVE this quote from the Peter King article:

    “Winston reported to the facility one day in early March, and offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and quarterback coach Mike Bajakian taught him what he’d learn on the first day of rookie minicamp. “Day 1 Install,” it was called. Fifteen plays, runs and passes, with a slew of formations, progressions in the quarterback’s read, snap counts, coverages, hot receivers if the defense blitzed, offensive-line protections. Bajakian took 90 minutes to explain the “install,” flying through it on purpose, to throw a lot at Winston to see what he’d remember—more conceptually than in memorization. Then, as part of the information-overload, the coaches took him to lunch in the Bucs cafeteria, introducing him to a slew of people, talking to him about his family, doing whatever to get his mind off the football and on to something else. They wanted to test his recall, and his football acumen.

    Back in the quarterback meeting room after lunch, Bajakian put tape of the plays they’d be installing on the big screen. What’s your formation here, Jameis? The protection? Your route progression? Who’s your hot receiver? Play after play, for 45 minutes they went through it. Winston remembered it all. Koetter has been coaching college and pro football since 1985. He is not a gee-whiz coach. Licht was blown away by Koetter’s impression after that couple of hours with Winston. “I’m going to compare every guy I test like that the rest of my career to Jameis,” Koetter told Licht.”

  4. Patrick in VA Says:

    I’m not surprised that FSU’s playbook would be twice the size of the one that Arroyo put together. Hopefully Koetter brings in a more robust offense. However, I’m not really concerned about the volume of plays we have so much as that the plays we run are effective. Gruden, as I recall, had an enormous playbook and I don’t remember us ever having an offense that got any better than serviceable at times.

  5. David Says:

    I’m looking for cheap season tickets for the Bucs for sale , but I can’t find any . Where are all these Jameis haters selling their tickets!

  6. Espo Says:

    It’s all about execution, even if predictable. How much selection was our goal line plays during the glory years? Alstott up the gut! Everyone knew it. No-one could stop it.

  7. NCFlorIdiot Says:

    Yeah, don’t even have to turn the TV on… Already know that’s gonna be the quote of the week… “their playbook is twice as thick as ours”… Why even pay the writers of these bullshit networks when we’re hand delivering one liners to them

  8. Gator - Bucs Says:

    I tell ya, things are shaping up for this Bucs fan. Glad we got JW and went OL in 2 and 3 but Im not so sure about 2WRs though. Im sure with all the Pass Rushers and OL that got drafted there are bound to be some decent ones let go in FA before the season starts. If Donovan Smith and Marpet are the real deals we are going to see a TOTALLY different type of BucsBall with JW and Koetter at the offensive helm

  9. JoeJoes Fungi Nails Says:

    The only smarts I am concerned about with Jameis is….
    is he smart enough to stay out of trouble…..

  10. Buccfan37 Says:

    Absorbing all that info that quick, I guess it’s safe to say Winston is a QB talent mixed into a nerd.

  11. nate_tweetz Says:

    @Neanderthal, what are you rambling about!?! Where in the world are you finding “buyers remorse” in the articles/comments you’re reading? Go back to scratching stick men on the walls of your cave or whatever rock you must be living under. Geez.

  12. Edgewalker Says:

    Barry, you truly are a Neanderthal. Lots of teams wanted him and none could get him because they knew the Bucs were taking him. It was an open secret.

  13. Wausa Says:


    it means a cretin or a dolt — a rough, mean, and slightly foolish person.

    I’d say that fits fairly well with Barry

  14. reelbuc Says:

    Dude ,Barry I will pay u to take ur ignorance somewhere else, to the Redsox ,or Yankees blog.We don’t need this ignorance espescially on a site for Buccaneer fans.Are u that upset for real?If the answer is yes then u don’t have the mental capacity to realize just how damn childish u sound and how ignorant ur comments are.I guess ignorance isn’t bliss after all.lol

  15. BucinNC Says:

    Barry stole my car

  16. Mort Says:

    That’s because the Playbook is on an iPad lol

  17. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    “Barry Neanderthal Man Says:
    May 5th, 2015 at 8:08 am
    He’s so brilliant no other team wanted him. He went number one to the Bucs, you all got who you wanted. So why are you all still trying to build up this Accused? Are you all still not sure? Scared? You should be scared, you backed a problem child. Licht is running scared, he’s got buyers remorse already. You all let a bigger faster Russell Wilson walk. You let a Aaron Rodgers walk. You all ,Fans,Local media,Licht,Smith,Glazers, dekcuf up. You’ve been away from your wives for a year and your trying to convince yourselves the baby’s yours. Haha”

    Damn, Jameis owns you. I’m not surprised, but, it’s hilarious how badly you let him get into your mind. Every time I see you post about him confirms it.

    Jameis all up in Barrys head. I hope you post about him in every single article.

  18. reelbuc Says:

    Winston is a different kind of cat, thats for sure but, he damn sure isn’t a rapist. He’s a kid having a good time with his life.I don’t believe he means any harm.With that being said,Im a gator. but I refuse to be considered in the same class as Barry or any other of you haters.If you love Tampa and the Buccaneers, do yourselves a favor.Get over it or get the hell gone,cause its on like donkey kong for the next 15 years

  19. Patrick in VA Says:

    Jameis has his primary residence registered right inside Barry’s head. So much so, I’m pretty sure that he has mail carriers just walk up to Barry and hand him Jameis’s mail.

  20. Josh P Says:

    Barry is UFOJOE11 im convinced…

  21. R.O. Says:

    Doesn’t matter how thick the playbook is. Everyone runs the same plays.. It’s mot like they go into a game with the full playbook. They add and delete plays weekly depending on the team, personnel and type of D. It’s overrated.

  22. tval Says:

    Fsus playbook is complex, letting ej run options, and even jameis vs duke & aub when run game stalled. but jimbo still usually sticks with what he knows and trusts. And its good jameis learned to drive the standard first..jimbo literally put his team on jameis’s shoulders with an awful run game behind an average line. Tre and cam were the only consistent guys up front. So all this “our line is bad” talk is something jameis can undoubtedly overcome, imo. And off topic: im just happy to see #3 finally at ease now, in his element, where he can get to work and let his dedication, leadership, and play do the talking.

  23. canadian bucsfan Says:

    @ Barry
    Jameis is in your kitchen.

  24. tval Says:

    Lmao @ wilson & rodgers comparisons..you must have a cave mans cable plan if you believe that nonsense..good lord thats a reach. Wilson is a smaller winston. Pro style/baseball pitcher/ and acc defenses speed helped mold him into what he is. Aaron is a pac 12 outlier, period. Pac 12 qbs are garbage 99% of the time. Marcus was scared to death wanting chip to get him. I actually felt worse for him, than brady or aaron, and he didnt have to wait whatsoever..His dad even voiced his concern, understandably, of where marcus went..that just oozes confidence. Lmao!! They arent as dense or naive as you though

  25. Buc1987 Says:

    tval…in short. I’m just glad he’s our QB now.

  26. Buc1987 Says:

    You guys actually still read Barry’s comments?

    I haven’t read one of them in over a week now. The only way I get the gist of what he had to say is by reading everyone that responds to him.

    It’s just so redundant and idiotic.

  27. iamkingsu Says:

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion you’ll

  28. Capt.Tim Says:

    Barry- Jameis is under your bed!

  29. Capt.Tim Says:

    Barry was streaking in my neighborhood last night!
    He was wearing only his #3 signed Winston jersey!

    No one was impressed

  30. MadMax Says:

    @87, thats what I usually do. Just skip over the nonsense. The other responding to him got it right, Winston is tattooed all over his brain and its making him crazy.

    We got the picks right, especially 4 of them, the first 3 and Kenny Bell. He wont be Mike Evans, but he’ll be a legit 3rd option.

  31. Buc1987 Says:

    Max…I think Bell might be able to be groomed into a #2 WR someday after Vjax is gone. I really like Marpet and Bell just like you. I think Marpet is not only good, but he’s going to have that something to prove in him on every play. Bell should make a decent slot WR eventually, but he does look a little skinny, or maybe it’s just because I’m used to looking at how big Evans is. I liked our draft this year. Actually for the first time in years I came away somewhat impressed. Smith does look a little big and awkward to play LT in the NFL, but who knows.

  32. crazy Says:

    It’s always better to under-promise and over-deliver. L&L still don’t seem to have learned that.

  33. Schlomie BarMitzvahCircumScissorStein Says:

    It’s all about selling a narrative and attempting to legitimize. It’s no different than a company advertising a pair of “incredible tennis shoes that no other brand can duplicate.” It’s really no different than the whole character-research-charade the the organization performed.

  34. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Barry equals no comment even necessary.

  35. daldevs Says:

    I wouldn’t worry too much about FSU’s playbook being twice the size of Tampa’s. FSU fans hear that a lot in reports/interviews from recently departed offensive players. EJ Manuel said the same thing. Kelvin Benjamin said the same thing. Devante Freeman said the same thing (granted, he, too, was talking about Dirk’s offense in ATL last year).

    They all say that FSU’s offense is tougher than their new NFL team’s offense to digest.

  36. Bill Says:


    We can add Ponder to that list too. This is a statement more about FSU’s offense being complex (maybe too complex), than it is a critique of the Bucs.

  37. #1OverallPick Says:

    If Lovie doesn’t get Winston to maximize his talent Jimbo Fisher will be the new Bucs head coach 2017.

  38. K Williams Says:

    @ Barry

    Jameis is in your daughter.

  39. Buc1987 Says:

    ^^^ WOW!

  40. BuccaneEric Says:

    WOW is right! Might have went to far with that one!


    Yikes!!!! A little too far with the daughter crack.

  42. Mariota Joe Says:

    Oh, Infamous stuns alright. Let the trainwreck begin (it already has).

  43. canadian bucsfan Says:

    @ k williams
    That’s funny! I like to see some sense of humor here! Just like the jameis christ pic. People have a sense of humor