“They Made The Right Choice”

August 6th, 2015
Count Charley Casserly of the NFL Network who among those who like "America's Quarterback."

Count Charley Casserly of NFL Network among those who like “America’s Quarterback.”

Former NFL general manager and current NFL Network talking head Charley Casserly was at One Buc Palace to survey Tampa Bay this week, and pay particular attention to “America’s Quarterback,” Bucs signal-caller Jameis Winston.

And while Jameis may have thrown a few picks in practice, specifically when the defense was in Operation Rattle Jameis mode, Casserly isn’t concerned Jameis is melting down. In fact, Casserly thinks Jameis is coming along the way one should expect from an NFL rookie quarterback.

“The thing you have to do is, you can’t sit there and say, ‘OK, this is what he did today.’ You have to take in the whole picture,” Casserly said. “So what you do when you evaluate rookies is you look for parts. ‘Is this what I saw in college?’ Well, yeah, I mean the guy has a strong arm. The ball comes out there with the release pretty good. You see his ability to read defenses. Does he do it every play? No.

“So what you are doing, you are teaching him. This is a teaching camp. So you want to see – it is hard to judge improvement because you are watching grass grow every day. You have to come back in a couple of weeks and all of a sudden nobody cut the lawn, it looks better. And that is what you are going to see. So to me, you look for parts and I saw parts.

“Yeah, he had turnovers in college. If you put pressure on the guy, he threw the ball up. Sometimes he will force it in there. These are things that over time you will see but you don’t want to get hung up on it now.

“The guy has talent. They made the right choice. For everything we know today, they made the right choice.”

Joe also asked Casserly if he liked how the Bucs defense is under Operation Rattle Jameis. While Casserly noted there really isn’t a universal way to groom rookie quarterbacks — some methods work for some rookies and other methods work for others — he likes what Lovie is doing with young Jameis if the Bucs are determined to start Jameis against the Titans.

“If they are going to start this guy on opening day, they don’t have a no-blitz rule in the first game of the season,” Casserly said. “You have to get him ready, and the way to get him ready is to throw a lot at him early and he gets comfortable with it and better at it.”

17 Responses to ““They Made The Right Choice””

  1. vegasbuccaner Says:

    I hope he’s ready . .my liver can’t handle another season like the last few . ..

  2. roberts 9 Says:

    keep telling yourselves that. lol

  3. OneBuc55 Says:

    Im ok with Lovie & Co. “throwing the kitchen sink” at Jameis…there’s no sense in babying him now…Winston is a gunslinger by nature…that said, he needs to understand when to let the play die, and live to fight another play…moving forward, we need him to have the mindset he had in 2013 when he let the game come to him; not the mindset he had in 2014 when he was trying to force the issue…

  4. Espo Says:

    I hope operation rattle Jameis doesn’t stunt our defense’s growth. It’s not like we’ll be running the Schiano D during the regular season.

  5. Tom Edrington Says:

    Just can’t begin to imagine the hype of the season opener……

    Winston vs. Mariota…….actually it is Winson vs. Titan defense and Mariota vs. Buc defense…..

    It will end up as a HUGE stat and performance comparison……huge pressure on both but it will boil down to better supporting cast and which QB does not make a mistake that costs the game ie: a crucial pick-six……

    For those predicting six wins or more, that game is a MUST WIN…..and that is not refutable.

  6. tdtb2015 Says:

    isn’t the job of the defense to rattle the QB at all times????? smh

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Here is the real question. Can our Oline stop our defense from rattling Jameis?…..because, our defense wasn’t able to rattle any other QBs very often.

    My concern is with line improvement…..Jameis’ development is important…but we need significant improvement from both lines.

  8. Buccfan37 Says:

    Operation Rattle Jameis will be every opponent’s goal. How well the entire Buc offense learns to handle that pressure is what must improve for those must wins.

  9. georgia buc fan 39 years Says:

    And so begins a new year. 1 2 3 DOMINATE!!!

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

    Jamies is quoted as saying”I can not be rattled “. This is merely an exercise for a young man that isn’t easily shaken off his rocker. Keep bringing the house Lovie Smith,I watched program after program bring it game after game all last season up in Tally.

  11. MTM Says:

    If the Bucs defensive line has really improved it will benefit Winston’s learning curve. If Winston has to play against a high level defense daily it can only help.
    Casserly also believes that Russell Wilson is not a top 10 quarterback. Really. So I’ll take his opinion with a grain of salt.

  12. LargoBuc Says:

    Against Tennessee, I can see Jameis throwing a pick or two, wheras Mariota will protect the ball. That said, Mariota should learn a valuable lesson that check down quarterbacks dont start for long. Ill take a pick or two so long as Jameis makes some plays too.
    Bqsically, Mariota is a more athletic Mike Glennon with the pro ready-ness. If Mariota has yet to throw a pick in practice, he must be checking down alot. Either that of Tennessee defense is beyond horrible. While I think they are pretty bad, I doubt they are that horrible.

  13. tval Says:

    Mariota is playing arena ball 7 on 7..its “skelly” work, he better do well. He is not more pro ready than mike glennon. I agree with those saying bring the house now. jameis just has to learn the nfl speed and how to live to play another down. That is all. Mariota has no idea what to expect week 1

  14. panhandlebuc Says:

    Dirk took Matt ryan, a guy who threw 18+ picks his senior year, and made him a great QB. Winston has the skill set and clearly can handle pressure. Don’t forget he was upstanding vs the Blitz in 2013. No rookie QB is going to walk in the door and play lights out.

    Keep drooling over mariota’s 7 on 7 training camp completion percentage! Titans tickets are on sale right now, its about a 8 hour drive.

  15. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Last night I heard a talking head claim Luck threw 18 ints in his first training camp. Int’s in camp are not a bad thing. We learn from our mistakes and camp is the place to learn. Int’s in an actual game are what is unacceptable.

  16. Tampa Tony Says:

    Isn’t casserly the same dude who drafted David Carr?

    I just wish Lovie tried to rattle some of the back up qbs we played last year like this

  17. Tom S. Says:

    Unfortunately Casserly also missed big by drafting QB Heath Shuler when he was with the Redskins. FWIW he did draft Andre Johnson, took Mario Williams over Reggie Bush when everyone thought he was stupid for doing so (he wasn’t), Demeco Ryans, Champ Bailey, Keenan McCardell etc. In other words he was no “Rock Star” but he plucked a future HOFer or two in the draft.