Operation Rattle Jameis

July 31st, 2015
New Bucs DE George Johnson explains

New Bucs DE George Johnson explains

The 2015 savior of the Bucs’ edge pass rush, George Johnson, a new arrival from the Lions, explained today that the Tampa Bay defense has a very serious mission through the next few weeks.

Speaking to Joe and other media at One Buc Palace, Johnson wasn’t talking about pulling the defense into the upper half of NFL defenses, a feat not seen since 2008. No. Johnson wasn’t chattering about preparing for Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Cam Newton. Johnson was talking about Jameis Winston, America’s Quarterback.

Johnson said his teammates on that side of the ball will be committed to making Jameis ready.

“He’s going to be tested during this camp,” Johnson said of Jameis. “He’s going to be tested during this camp. We feel like we’re going to be the best team to give him the test. And when we actually give him our all, he’s going to get better, and then when he gets into the game feel like I’ve seen this before. ‘Our guys play a lot tougher than this.’ And he’s going to play good.”

That was a great take by Johnson, and it’s a good mindset of accountability for the Bucs defense. Jameis does need to practice against a nasty defense playing at top speed. As Joe types this, the Titans’ new Hall of Fame defensive mastermind, Dick LeBeau, is salivating at the thought of playing against Jameis, a 21-year-old rookie, on opening day.

For those wondering, the pads are scheduled to come on during Day 3 of training camp, per league restrictions. That’s Monday, when Jameis will really see an NFL defensive flying around and in his face for the first time.

25 Responses to “Operation Rattle Jameis”

  1. ruggyup Says:

    That quote from Johnson is the most encouraging attitude we have seen to date from anyone in the Bucs camp. Hope it becomes infectious and spreads throughout the team. We need it !

  2. Buc1987 Says:

    Truly a new day in Tampa Bay!

  3. Fsuking Says:

    Dick LeBeau is 100 years old and has been coaching for 200 years. I’m not sure he still has the wherewithal to keep up with a young and fresh Jameis and good ol’ Dirk Kotter

  4. BlogTalkFootball Says:

    We’ll see if the Offensive Line is as ready to protect Jameis as the defense is to rattle him. If I am the defense, I am going through Evan Smith, the least motivated guy.

  5. Erik with Clean Athletics Says:

    87, sorry about the red Winston jersey. The white ones were sold out at every major retailer. Hopefully, the Gruden autographed pic helps to mend the wound

  6. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Jameis will have plenty of tape to watch on Dick LeBeau.
    Jameis knows how to read defenses, and it is not like he hasn’t ever seen exotic blitz schemes when he was in College.
    I think Tampa is going to flat out surprise a lot of teams this year.

  7. BucFan20 Says:

    I will not get to excited if we get reports Winston is doing well against our defense. After all, every team they played last year lit them up.

  8. Buc1987 Says:

    Erik…I don’t know if you caught my post the other day, but you sir are the effin man. I’m fine with the red. Then you put some frosting on top with the Gruden autograph.

    Come to the opening game this season and it’s all you can drink on me. Whenever you’re ready for another beer, just call my cell. I’ll just get up and meet you at the concessions.

    Dude you’re awesome and a rare american. Such a stand up guy.

    Sorry Joe if this belongs on the message boards…

  9. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    I love the attitude on this team. It seems we finally have a group all headed in the same direction with a good locker room.

  10. bucsbedabest Says:

    George Johnson is a serious dude. People underestimate our DE. This guy is a stud and is going to break the Buccaneers 10 season sack drought. Pro Football Focus rated him 9th overall for a 4-3 DE in pass rushing productivity last year ahead of Robert Quinn, Jason Pierre-Paul and DeMarcus Ware. That is some pretty good company? I like his look, I like what he has to say and I like his stats.

  11. iamkingsu Says:

    I’ve been worried ever since the schedule came out about that week 1 match up against Lebeau. He’s the only def. Coord that rattled RG3 his whole rookie year when he wrecked the whole league.

  12. Buc1987 Says:

    iamkingsu …yes but Mike Glennon beat him.

  13. Tampa Tony Says:

    If Glennon beat Lebeau and the Falcons almost beat them last year with Koetter I’m confident that the Bucs can beat lebeau. But can Lovies soft d stop mariotta?

  14. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The only problem is that our defense will be playing against our Oline…..makes them better than they acutally are….the may just be able to accomplish their mission of getting to Jameis…..

  15. Buc-A-New Says:

    Not sure if you are still here or not Erik but I applaud you. I told everyone all along that you would man up. Thanks for making me right 🙂

  16. LargoBuc Says:

    Hopefully, Lebeau defense will confuse the Titans defense more than our offense. A below average unit will need time to learn the new, complicated defense. Lebeau dosent have a Troy Polamlu, James Harrison, Ryan Clark, James Farrior, Casey Hampton, Aaron Smith. Not even close. Koetter should take advantage.

  17. LargoBuc Says:

    Cant wait for our defense to rattle Mariota. He has so much to process. The guy hasnt called an audible since high school! Hes gonna have to read defenses on his own now and take snaps under center. Its good we get him week one instead of later on after he has a chance to get it all down. You know Mccoy wants to hit him hard.

  18. Erik with Clean Athletics Says:

    I’m feeling all warm and fuzzy. Thank you, gentlemen…. And I didn’t see your post from the other day, 87, so this is making me feel much better about the situation. I’m so embarrassed that I ran into cash flow shortage and I was starting to really feel like a douche, but I guess it’s all good now. Looking forward to this exciting season ahead. Go Bucs and Go Jameis

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

    Well said,great points Largobuc. Both of them.

  20. Dreambig Says:

    Lets hope Lebeau faces the same frustration as Boston Colleges Don Brown:


    I love this artical. Hopefully a lot of NFL Defenses feel the same frustration

  21. Dreambig Says:

    Don Brown – Boston College says:
    “He will fight you on every play until his last dying breath,” Brown says. “He’s the toughest guy to get on the ground that we’ve ever played. I’m just going to tell you, with a lot of guys, when you start hitting them, their s— goes awry. This guy, it doesn’t. Early in the game last year we were hitting him, sacking him, banging him, and he just kept playing.”

    And this is why Winston is the starter. This is why he wins in the 4th quarter. No running out of bounds 1 yard short of the first down.

    Its a new day in Tampa! I couldn’t be more excited!

  22. DallasBuc Says:

    Why do guys that have accomplished nothing more in their career than taking Glazer cash at the insistence of lapdog Licht talk as if they have done something in this league. Didn’t this guy get beat out by Daniel (The Shame) TeoNesheim in Schiano’s defense? Maybe he should focus his utterances away from scribes and recording devices until he accomplishes something significant on the football field.

  23. buc4life1979 Says:

    6 sacks in a year as a reserve lineman on a line that had that talent at starter as Detroit’s did last year IS accomplishing something significant on the football field. our own Jack Smith did the same thing and we’re all high on seeing what he can do with a full season or most of us are anyway so wtf?

  24. JBF Addict Says:

    @DallasBuc – key phrase: “Schiano’s defense”. Please move on and realise there’s a new scheme in town. Let’s give the guy a shot.

  25. DallasBuc Says:

    Buc4- go ahead and research all the great reserve DEs with 6 sacks and educate me some more about their significance in the NFL. Who the hell knows about Jacquis Smith outside of this Tampa echo chamber? Relax and when he beats out a starter or dominates when it matters please wake me up.

    Addict- we are talking about rushing the passer not the finer points of sommelier. If TeoNesheim wins a roster spot over youfor defensive end in the NFL then perhaps it is time to go complete your degree. And if you are happy with being a 6 sack guy then perhaps stop talking like you have accomplished something significant at your position. It’s embarrassing