“Smiling, Laughing & Giggling”

June 10th, 2015
Rich Gannon explains

Rich Gannon explains

So what the hell went wrong with Robert Griffin, III? Where did things turn sour for Colin Kaepernick last year?

And what could this have to do with America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston?

Former NFL MVP quarterback Rich Gannon chattered about this on SiriusXM NFL Radio this morning. A conversation about Andrew Luck’s soaring interception rate and Luck talking about ending bonehead mistakes sparked the discussion.

While Gannon believes Luck’s issues simply revolve around a fierce, competitive refusal to walk off the field on third down, he sees other QBs as having fun and creativity coached out of them and, therefore, transformed into an unsuccessful version of themselves.

Gannon pointed to RGIII “smiling, laughing and giggling” his way to the playoffs in 2012. He also noted Kaepernick getting away from the playmaking ability that made Alex Smith irrelevant.

Joe’s simplifying here, but Gannon talked about the delicate balance of keeping a QB competitive, creative and free while protecting the football, letting plays die and being willing to punt.

This especially rings true for Jameis. He’s known for a legendary competitive fire, forcing throws, and creating and using his big arm to make plays. For the Bucs, deftly harnessing and honing Jameis will be as tough a challenge as their is for a rookie quarterback.

Of course, what will make things infinitely easier is a sound offensive line and a running game that keeps Jameis out of 3rd-and-long. And there lies the Bucs greatest challenge.

21 Responses to ““Smiling, Laughing & Giggling””

  1. Ray Rice Says:

    The kid will make plenty of mistakes for sure. He will also make plays that are going to leave many in awe. I’m ready! Bring on the WINS-tons!

  2. lurker Says:

    harbaugh changed the offense to make kaepernick a pocket passer. that is not his forte.

    also, i think america’s quarterback, tom brady, has fun on the field. off the field right now? …. not so much.

  3. tickrdr Says:

    “what will make things infinitely easier is a sound offensive line and a running game”……………..

    It seems to me that many QBs have “it”, when they are given 5 seconds to throw.


  4. rayjay1122 Says:

    Tom Brady gets to sleep with one of the most beautiful women on the planet….I am sure he has plenty of fun off the field!!! 🙂

  5. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Brart favre. Most interception in a career, but still a hall of fame QB. Let the kid just play. If he does royally screw up then you can try to correct it. But do not get in this kids head that he needs to throw the ball away on forth down like mike Glennon does. His instincts are what we need. His big play ability. I’d rather him throw an interception on a well contested 50:50 ball, than 8 consecutive three and outs. Great QBs make great throws, let him be great.

  6. Clodhopper Says:

    RG3 smiled and giggled until he whined about people in the NFL hitting him too hard. They must not have gotten the memo that he was the next big thing and they were supposed to hit him with kid gloves.

  7. Brent Says:

    It’s ok to throw picks if the qb is throwing twice as many Tds like farve did. I think our rbs are ok but that o-line will be mediocre at best.

  8. Digga101 Says:

    Need a beer Joe, Lovie is that dude. Let’s pray for Jameis!

  9. Buc1987 Says:

    Raindrops are fallin’ on my head…..

  10. Bill Byrne Says:

    To be successful any QB needs a good running game and that requires a good OL. The fact that the BUCS leadership will not give Dotson the contract he has earned and deserves tells me everything I need to know about the L&L team.

    Another long and losing season!

  11. OneBuc55 Says:

    Barring injury, I think our O-line will be fine once they settle into this new offense and gel a bit…

    Same with Jameis, I think he’s a bright/talented kid… Once he settles into this offense I expect Koetter’s play-calling to really help him put up some big numbers early…Then everyone Bucs fan on the planet will be “smiling, laughing, and giggling”…

    Ahhh just imagine Jameis’ rookie numbers come seasons end…35 TD’s 15 int’s, 4100 yds passing and 250 yds rushing, and the Bucs get a Wild-card…

    I can dream cant I??? lol, Don’t wake me up….

  12. Larry Says:

    So maybe we’ll have a ton of bad plays surrounded by awesomeness! What’s the downside? 2 – 14?

  13. Destinjohnny Says:

    If he plays as good as glennon did his rookie year I will be pumped

  14. ChessMaster Says:

    If the play is not there, the best thing to do is throw it away and punt. I don’t think anyone needs a lecture on the importance of field positions.

  15. pick6 Says:

    it’s definitely a delicate balance….if brett favre had had a coach like schiano instead of a coach who understood that could accept the INTs as part of his playing style and part of a risk\reward equation that helped his team overall, we might have never heard of the guy

  16. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    While the totals are certainly important, when and where the ints happen is also critical.

    And ints are not just on the QB or OL. The Seahawks had the SB wrapped up.
    3rd and goal from Beast mode. Instead they went to the pass. I agree with the decision but not that stupid play. They should have rolled Wilson and placed a receiver in the end zone. Wilson either rolls in on foot for the TD or lobs it over the DBs’ head to the receiver…if both options are covered then Wilson could have thrown the ball out of the end zone stopping the clock and THEN going to beast mode.

    That interception is the worst I have ever seen in football given the stage, time, and the stupidity of the call. Was it Wilson’s fault? He threw it. But whoever called that brain dead play into the center of a New England defense already jammed in to stop the expected beast mode attack is just as guilty as Wilson!

  17. lurker Says:

    “I am sure he has plenty of fun off the field!!!”

    heeeeeeeeey ohh good one johnny…

    i meant deflate-gate suspensions, but uhhh yeah, i see your point. (unless his marriage is like most after a few years 😉 )

  18. 4RealBucFan Says:

    Koetter adapts his system to his players so I think Winston will be happy.

  19. Pickgrin Says:

    Hope to see Jameis smiling round these parts for the next 15 years or so.

    After 40 years – the Buccaneers deserve to have finally found their Elway/Marino/Montana/Manning type talent at QB. Hell – even if he just turns out to be as good as Roethlisberger (who was the player Winston was most often compared to coming out) he will easily be the best QB this franchise has ever had (and kept).

    Keep smiling Jameis

  20. WalkdaPlank Says:

    Lovie does not like turnovers either. I agree that forcing the ball is part of Jameis’ style which brings success, as well as failure at times, but Lovie is a very conservative coach. From not using timeouts and saying asinine things like “I didn’t want to put more points on the board”, to putting Bobby Rainey in the doghouse after fumbling in Atlanta, to the dumb offensive playcalling, I’m not sure Lovie will support that. He needs to let Jameis be Jameis. Just give him the tools to succeed and let him take care of the rest.

  21. Buc-A-New Says:

    How about This?
    Winston cuts hair to benefit cancer research
    Jameis Winston joined 12 other Tampa Bay Buccaneers in shaving their heads in the team auditorium Tuesday.