May 28th, 2015


Joe isn’t sure where this concept of “mentoring” started, that rookie quarterbacks have to be so babied they need a teammate that is more wet nurse than backup quarterback.

Sometimes, Joe thinks this is empty radio fodder, but boy, do fans sure love to talk about it.

Quick, who was Jim Kelly’s mentor? Andrew Luck? Dan Marino? Matty Ice?

This subject came up again in a video mailbag at Multimedia maven Scott Smith seemed to scoff at the notion that the Bucs stil could bring in a third-string quarterback over the age of 28 to make the bed each morning for “America’s Quarterback,” Bucs signal-caller Jameis Winston, and make sure Jameis is tucked in at night (like his girlfriend couldn’t do that?).

Smith noted there really isn’t any qualified quarterback for that role looking for work and, “I am not sure there is either an opportunity or a need to do that.”

Smith noted if young Jameis really needs a big brother, there is Mike Glennon. To see the full video, you may click here.

26 Responses to “Mentoring”

  1. "TheKevin" Says:

    Lol wasn’t it you that was wondering why mcclown was let go because he would have been a good mentor for the bucs next qb?


  2. "TheKevin" Says:

    But I agree qb shouldn’t need a baby sitter. Winston will do fine.

    Let’s go bucs.

  3. Bucfansinz1986 Says:

    Yep, JBF hisself suggested McCown stick around to hold America’s Infamous Quarterbacks’ hand. Btw, I wonder if other NFL cities are aware of the “AQ” moniker? And be certain….the Bucs absolutely have made sure AIQ has off-field baby sitting.

  4. Joe Says:

    Some of you are reading things that aren’t here.

  5. SeanyMac in SC Says:

    Hi Joe, way off topic here but I wanted to provide some feedback. From my seat your web site seems much faster now and the page loading is much quicker making the experience on the web site much better. Thanks so much for all your Bucs reporting.

    Now back on topic, I feel you can mentor a young man so much. You can’t watch him 24/7. Hopefully young JW will mature enough were this topic is a non-issue. Keeping him around guys like Brooks and Allstott can only help.

  6. jvato24 Says:

    This is funny, Joe was the one saying let’s get Schaub or Hasselbeck as hewould make the perfect mentor. LoL, sweetness

  7. @Hands2theFace Says:

    Back off of Joe…people’s opinions change. He mentioned a mentoring QB in the past but maybe now realized it’s not what others have done in the past. Leave the old man alone…I used to hate the Eagles and now as I’m older realize I don’t hate the Eagles, I hate all things Philly!

  8. Brandon Says:

    Jim Kelly’s mentor… Joe Ferguson? Frank Reich? I’m going with Marv Levy.

  9. Brandon Says:

    Dan Marino is easy…. David Woodley, who got the Dolphins to the Super Bowl the season before Marino was drafted was there, as was Don Strock. I’d say Strock was the mentor.

  10. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    I bet the f Winston get’s into trouble off the field, Joe will blame lack f mentoring.

  11. kaput Says:

    Well, I think Glennon is great for the back up role and that there is no need to add another player at that position.

    That said, the answers to Joe’s question about the back ups to Kelly, Marino, Ryan and Luck are Threadgill, Strock, Redman and Stanton respectively.

    Threadgill was a seven year pro, Strock played for a lot of years, Redman had a seven year career and Stanton played for seven years.

  12. Joe Says:

    @Jvato – Joe never suggested Matt Schaub. Second, “needing” a mentor and suggesting a proven one with a Glennon trade are two different things.

  13. Altered Ego Says:

    It will be difficult to tell the difference between a rookie QB starting for the Bucs and the veteran QB offerings we have had to watch in recent years

  14. The Other Side of the Coin Says:

    JW does not need a mentor. He is the mentor for how to thrive in difficult times. There are plenty vets to help him acclimate to the Pro game. Doesn’t need to be a quarterback.

  15. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    “America’s QB” needs “America’s Mentor” whoever Joe wants to give that title to.

  16. drdneast Says:

    I also believe Joe used to call for Winston to have a mentor before he was drafted.
    Joe can change his mind if he wants, but he shouldn’t deride the idea since he used to subscribe to the notion.
    I always thought the idea was stupid anyway, especially when people used to suggest the Bucs sign Michael Vick to be his mentor.
    I mean who better to mentor your QB than a convicted felon.
    Like hiring Ray McDonald to conduct anger management courses.

  17. "The kevin" Says:

    I’m just glad I’m not banned anymore and I can comment lol

    Thanks joe lol.

  18. bucs4lyfe Says:

    mike glennon still needs a mentor. im sure there are concerns about lack of depth behind tom brady and drew brees and tony room and just about every other starting quarterback in the league. this talk about mentor is silly because I don’t see tom brady being one to groom his backup or even give him snaps. you go with the hot hand experienced or inexperienced Winston cant do any worse than what glennon and mccown have done, I don’t remember anyone mentoring freeman, maybe that’s why he fell apart but still

  19. Buccfan37 Says:

    The Bucs need a mentor for the mentor to mentor said player.

  20. CreamsicleBananaHammock Says:

    And people wondered why FSU fans were so quick to defend Jameis….it’s because of BS like this:

    Welcome to ESPN’s constant smearing of Jameis, non-FSU Bucs fans….where it’s completely acceptable to lie about a 21 yr old kid doing the right thing in order to generate clicks. What a freaking discrace

  21. OAR Says:

    Really?? That’s smearing? Way to over act! Too funny. I think you are making a whole lot of nothing out of nothing.

  22. CreamsicleBananaHammock Says:

    OAR, read that headline and tell me whether or not it is meant to give the impression that Jameis is skipping out on OTA’s for reasons of his own doing

    You’ll start to get how ESPN operates soon enough…once a Buc is arrested and ESPN uses Jameis’ picture in the story like they did over and over again at FSU. This is how they’ve operated the last 2 years with this kid and it’s obviously going to continue.

  23. @Hands2theFace Says:

    OAR – The headline (which is all most people read) is what is smearing/disgraceful.

    Fact; colleague at work this morning (who is anti BUCS/anti Winston, ACC rival) caught me in the hallway this morning and said, “So, Shameis won’t be at OTAs? Already making bad decisions eh?” Asked what he was talking about, he went on to tell me he saw on his ESPN news feed ‘Jameis Winston to miss Buccaneers’ OTA’…this exact headline…He didn’t read it because he’s a putz!

    Could have easily been changed to ‘Jameis Winston to attend Attend NFL Rookie Premiere, miss Buccaneers’ OTA’…but no.

  24. cmurda Says:


    Do yourself a favor and avoid BSPN like I do. There is nothing noteworthy or respectable about BSPN’s campaign.

  25. bucs4lyfe Says:


    yea gotta agree with the cmurda. the title of the artcle does make it obvious they are just generating clicks sort of like what joe does….Winston to miss OTA lol doesn’t sound good to say he will miss Thursday no one cares because they are promoting the article to fans of football that hate Winston because that’s what they want fans to hate Winston which is why they got stonewalled when Winston was drafted first overall and couldn’t get an interview

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

    I feel you cmurda,I’m becoming a bigger NFL network guy each passing day.