Jameis Winston Is Buried In “Volume”

June 23rd, 2015

KoetterOffensive coordinator Dirk Koetter thought about slowing down the learning process for 21-year-old Jameis Winston, “America’s Quarterback.”

But then Koetter realized he was better off dumping a supreme challenge on the mind of his young prodigy.

Alex Marvez of FOX Sports has penned a long football look at the making of Jameis the Buccaneer. It’s excellent stuff.

Here’s an excerpt:

“We said we could probably slow down a little bit and give Jameis more immediate success right now in practice,” Koetter said. “But look, we’re not game-planning for our defense or the Tennessee Titans (in Week 1). We’re learning a system.

“We’re going to have a huge amount of volume in right now, way more than we would ever have in one game. We have enough stuff right now for 10 game plans. We’re putting in stuff we’re going to use over the course of a whole season. It will all get shrunk down and Jameis will have input on that. We purposely made a decision that we’re going to throw a huge book at him and see what sticks.”

To help accelerate the learning process, Koetter had the entire offense spend the offseason studying video of the 2014 Bucs as well as the work he did with the Atlanta Falcons. Winston smiled while saying he’s watched “a lot” of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.

“He’s great,” Winston said. “Coach Koetter made him better. It’s how he goes through his progressions. He makes a lot of explosive plays. But at the end of the day, he takes that (easy) completion and keeps the chain moving.”

That’s one of the lessons Koetter hoped Winston would learn when dissecting Ryan.

“It’s the reads, the timing, the footwork, the eye progression that you have to have to play in the type of offense we’re running,” said Koetter, who helped tutor Ryan to the best three seasons of his NFL career (2012 to 2014). “A lot of young guys don’t know how to look off (defenders), don’t know how to put their eyes.”

There’s plenty more via the link above, including a glimpse into Jameis’ work ethic and Koetter’s take on the mind of Jameis compared to Mike Glennon’s.

It’s no surprise that the Bucs are burying Jameis in his playbook and intense study. There’s no reason to take things slowly or worry about Jameis’ ability to handle the position intellectually.

Glennon left college with a Master’s degree after just five years and is in his third pro offense in three years, after being a pro-style QB in college. There’s no doubt he can set a high classroom standard for Jameis.

Does any of this translate into wins? No. But it should help Bucs fans sleep on these long summer nights.

12 Responses to “Jameis Winston Is Buried In “Volume””

  1. CreamsicleBananaHammock Says:

    But Crab Legs!!!!!!

  2. Bubbabucsfan Says:

    Great article, joe! This just got me pumped for the coming season!

  3. OneLove Says:

    Dirk Koetter was such a great hire!!


    “It’s as simple as that” – Lovie Smith

  4. The Buc Realist Says:

    If the Bucs Offense plays as half as good as some around here think. I might have to raise my prediction from 4 wins to 5 wins!!!!

    year 7 and the rebuild continues!!!

  5. Buc4life1979 Says:

    First offseason in almost 40 YEARS of existence, that our Bucs actually have a real and successfully established OC paired with an honest to goodness franchise QB candidate…This = LONGEST OFFSEASON IN FRANCHISE HISTORY and possibly most anticipated season EVER.

  6. Ray Rice Says:


  7. Hawk Says:

    “But at the end of the day, he takes that (easy) completion and keeps the chain moving.””

  8. Harry Says:

    Some might say I am drinking the Kool Aide, but I totally believe Jameis is the best QB to come out of college since Luck. He is going to be better then Ryan, Newton, RG3, Wilson, etc. No one knows what his ceiling actually is, but if he is better than those QBs then the Bucs will have great success… Even in spite of Lovie’s coaching. And if he is as good as the QBs he emulates (Manning/Brady), the Bucs will have numerous SB trips

  9. Tiny Tim Says:

    Hawk Says:
    June 23rd, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    “But at the end of the day, he takes that (easy) completion and keeps the chain moving.””


    Hopefully Glennon saw on tape how to checkdown or make an easy completion while “keeping the chains moving”. Thats what people don’t understand. We keep talking about TD/INT ratio and QB ratings. Checking down while you are in the midst of 8 straight three and outs does not help your offense or defense. Making the easy completion is great when you also “make a lot of explosive plays” like Winston said of Ryan. Our qbs didn’t make anywhere near the amount of explosive plays needed in order to be just an average offense. That is sad.

  10. Ben the GA Buc Says:

    Joe, not sure if you caught it in the Marvez piece, but looks like Winston IS keeping up with Mariota and doing a camp with Bucs receivers, in either Tampa or Tallahassee, TBD.

    We’re good.

  11. Buccfan37 Says:

    In your article you state that the Marvez piece mentions where Koetter compares the mind of Winston with that of Glennon. I wanted to read Koetter’s take on Glennon. I clicked the highlighted box with Glennon’s name, but it refused to come up, unable to connect appeared on multiple attempts. I then tried through the author name on fox sports, same result. I am just curious what Koetter thinks about Glennon. Probably wasn’t much there. Damn conspiracy I tell you! lol

  12. Buc1987 Says:

    Harry….drink it up and believe!