Vincent Jackson Defends Jameis Pick

September 17th, 2015


Depending on how you view it, there was an easy or a tough question thrown at Vincent Jackson this afternoon in the Buccaneers locker room.

Pat Donovan of WDAE-AM 620 asked the Bucs’ $10-million-per-year wide receiver what a lot of fans are chattering about after Marcus Mariota eviscerated the Tampa Bay defense on Sunday.

Pat Donovan: What do you say to the fans who are already trying to figure out if the Bucs took the right guy at quarterback.

Vincent Jackson: Oh, we absolutely did. There’s no doubt in our minds. We are 100 percent confident with the gentlemen we have in this room, from quarterback all the way to the second-string punter. You know what I mean. Our management works really hard putting the right people in here to fit this organization, to fit this scheme. We are absolutely 100 percent supportive behind Jameis. And we are excited to show everybody why.”

This was a good question lobbed at VJax, and Joe must express that Jackson responded passionately. Jackson is the ultimate company man, but there was a lot of emotion in his voice.

Man, do the Bucs ever need a win on Sunday.

61 Responses to “Vincent Jackson Defends Jameis Pick”

  1. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    …..this is pointless

    of course you’re going to defend one of the biggest mistakes in BUCS history

    Good Job Vincent!!!!

  2. Wombat Says:

    The Kings New Clothes…..

  3. Buccfan37 Says:

    Get ready for the sequel, Must Win 2, A Bucs Life.

  4. ShutTheBucUp Says:

    Siege the liquor before you sit down to watch this one

  5. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Man, do the Bucs ever need a win on Sunday.

    I wouldn’t go that far but they DO need to be competetive.
    Again MG8 set the bar pretty high in last year’s game 5 in N.O.

    I do not expect JW to win the game Sunday. I can accept the mistakes. But at some point he DOES need to give us hope for the future.

    I would go so far as to do what Joe and others have feared…take the game out of his hands. There will be plenty of time to see Fameis the gunslinger. First let’s see Fameis master some basics like handing the ball off and NO ints.

    At this point I think it might actually be beneficial to let Fameis play with a little fear. 2-4 ints a game is not going to hack it in the NFL.

  6. BucsFan1976 Says:

    Heard Fran Tarkenton on WDAE this morning rate Jameis as “cause for concern”. Also he went on an on about how Marcus gets it already. What you think of that Joe?

  7. buc4life1979 Says:

    …..this is pointless

    of course you’re going to continue to talk sh!t about Winston, you’re from the Supersam bobbing on Mariota’s crotch crowd.

    Way to be obvious Anthem!!!

  8. DefenseRules Says:

    If VJax, one of the Bucs’ captains, had come out with anything less than “We are absolutely 100 percent supportive behind Jameis” I would’ve really been horrified. Players turning on each other … or on the coaches … after 1 game into the new season (as bad as it was) would be catastrophic.

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

    Just wait on it.

  10. Jameisbucsfan Says:

    Calm down you foolish trolls. 4 years ago people said that the Colts took the wrong qb.

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Anyone that seriously questions the choice of Winston based on one game for each QB is delusional.

    There are those who felt that way from the beginning and their concern is valid….but not after one game.

    Regardless, Jameis is a Buc… him, root for him to be a winner!!!

  12. Bucco Brice Says:


  13. Hawaiian Buc Says:



    I’m not sure if you listened to the interview or not, but if you did you left out the fact that Tarkenton said he didn’t watch the game. His evaluation was based 100% on stats.

  14. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Regardless, Jameis is a Buc… him, root for him to be a winner!!!

    Amen TBBF!

  15. crazy Says:

    Winston will likely be fine but it’s just gonna take a while longer than Lovie and company led us to believe and even a little more challenging if Lovie’s Defense doesn’t get its act together and deliver those 10 wins Love said it would.

    It’s no surprise Tarkenton still likes the guy who reminds him of himself.

  16. bculaw Says:

    Bucco Brice:

    I heard Tarkenton’s interview, and, as a huge UGA fan, was quite interested in what he had to say. He was adamant that the Bucs, and their fans, should be very concerned that Jameis won’t develop into a franchise QB based on his performance on Sunday.

    You know what? I would be worried based on his comments EXCEPT THAT HE ADMITTED THAT HE DIDN’T WATCH THE GAME! Don’t go on air preaching doom and gloom on our 21 year old rookie QB after his first game when you didn’t take time to watch the game, much less analyze the film of his performance!

    I also found it interesting that he would focus so greatly on Jameis’ failures until I realized the real motive for his appearance was to shill his new book. The title of the book? The Power of Failure. Here is a snippet from the description:

    “But in his inspiring and insightful new book, The Power of Failure, Tarkenton illustrates with hard, real-life examples why the most successful entrepreneurs are those with the courage, the resilience, the intelligence, and the competitive spirit to fail often, fail faster, and fail better—to achieve ultimate success.”

    Boy, I am shocked that Tark would be so focused on the negatives in Jameis’ performance. Maybe Jameis should read Tark’s new book? Maybe we all should? Seems like a pretty convenient platform, doesn’t it? As you like to say BB, “simple as that.”

    My lord, this fan base can be thick headed sometimes!!!

  17. mike10 Says:

    Ya 2 things here:

    a. That’s exactly what he has to say. I applaud the emotion in going over the top to convince.

    2. If he’s 5% being honest, I truly believe it has to do with Jameis’ personality, positivity, and ‘winningness’… But he didn’t show doo doo on the field. That footwork bro..

  18. mike10 Says:

    I’ve been saying this and will continue to: I really think you gotta bench Jameis. It won’t happen, but the most impressive move Lovie would have made in 2 years IMO would be to bench him. Jameis needs to build his NFL game in layers – he just can’t behind that line

  19. Greg Schiano Says:

    Obviously Tarkenton has not seen Fameis play! What does Fameis eat every day….about 150 pounds (Tarkentons playing weight). Tarkenton was nimble and agile….two words only spoken about Famies when he is at the buffet or chasing an FSU coed!

    In TBT JW states “If I had a great game, people would’ve wondered; ‘How is he going to handle his bad game when it comes?’ I got it out of the way.” So, according to JW that was his bad game for this season…nothing to worry about…all good games from here on out.

    So….if JW had played like MM did in either of the last 2 games, ended up winning the game with 4 touchdowns in the first half, on the cover of Sports Illustrated….would you have asked people at the water cooler “I wonder how the Gunslinger will handle a bad game when it comes???”

    As for the defense…..if they fly to the ball like the Falcons and the Niners did…I could honestly be happy win or lose. We all hope they win…but keep in mind that JW is being coached by the football guru-not in the HC

  20. So Cal X Bucs Fan Says:

    Text book politician answer from VJax. Winston was billed as the perfect fit, but we saw the real answer on the field vs. Titans. We will see same against the Saints. At the end of the season ask him again and see what he says.

  21. Bucco Brice Says:

    OK, He didn’t watch the game…fair enough. He made valid points though and I WAS a Mariota supporter pre-draft. All my worries of Jameis magnified with that sh*t show on Sunday. I can’t get over that game and the worst case scenario that actually happened. I do hope Jamarcus Leftwich proves me wrong someday, because believe or not I bleed orange, not the pewter crap. I’ve been here through a whole lifetime of disasters.

  22. SuperSam Says:

    Yea and I bet if you also asked him if Lovie Smith is the right coach he would also say the same nonsense, cmon whats he supposed to say? We all know the bucs screwed up again and picked the wrong guy now we have to live with this mistake for the next 10 plus years. we chose the slow footed elongated release turnover prone baseball player over the Fast quick twitch pinpoint accurate football protecting quarterback. And as far as im concerned Joe you deserve as much blame for this crap mess as anyone, you crowned Winston king from day one and did nothing but bash Mariota, so you made your bed now lie in it. Michael Irvin said it best this morning Winston needs to talk less and play more, because he got whooped by the quiet confident kid whos actions speak louder than his words!!! Hey Winston shut up and play football!!

  23. Gaytor Bait Says:

    Tarkington was really just a conceited dick earlier. Didn’t even watch the game….wtf???

  24. McBuc Says:

    People should keep in mind that the defense played so poorly the offense had to change the way they were going to approach this game. When you are down that much that early it changes everything. There are plenty of great quarterbacks that had horrible Rookie seasons, and even more with dreadful first games. Glendon would not have performed any better than Winston in this game.

  25. SuperSam Says:

    Who gives a crap if hes confident in his press conferences, when he sucks on sundays!!!

  26. McBuc Says:

    Sam. Joe never bashed Mariota, he said he prefers Winston but would be happy with the Hawaiian as well. how would Mariota have responded if he was down 21 points in the first quarter in his first game? We will never know, but that is a big load for a brand new QB. The defense had way more to do with this then the young quarterback.

  27. SuperSam Says:

    Lovie never left his basement , he brought it to Tampa with him!! Garbage football. Falcons have a brand new Head coach, Defense, Offense , and they look light years ahead of this team. Go figure.

  28. Tampa Tony Says:

    Ask Vincent again after the season when he’s not on the team

  29. McBuc Says:

    hey Sam, would you rather him cry like Tim couch? he is mandated to have press conferences, so I would rather see him excepting responsibility and stay and confident.

  30. Bucco Brice Says:

    ..and for everyone that blames this on the defense…that first pass of Winstons was the nail in the coffin…took the steam out of players and fans alike…an offensively challenged team rarely recovers being down 14-0…defense was sh*t but Winston made the worst possible mistake…

  31. SuperSam Says:

    Sorry im just so sick of losing.

  32. bculaw Says:

    Still amazed that one of the most prolific and successful college QBs in the modern game, the youngest Heisman Trophy winner in the history of the award, apparently gets 60 minutes of playing time to acclimate to the hardest position in professional sports.

  33. Bucco Brice Says:

    what’s the over/under on Winston picks this week?…The only backing Winston will get from me is when he can get through a game without a turnover, which I doubt he can do..

  34. SuperSam Says:

    I don’t understand the lack of passion on this team from the players and coaches both!! I mean I would be trying like hell to make sure the quarterback we passed on in the draft didn’t come to our house and kick our ass!! That’s just makes you look like a fool, cmon Lovie act like you actually care about winning!! Get mad!! Show some passion!!

  35. McBuc Says:

    hey Sam, though that is a post I can get behind. They need to passion. It is kind of telling when the rookie quarterback having a rough game is the only guy on the sidelines trying to fire the others up. Where worth the other leaders at that time? Also, if one penalty that one interception deflate them the rails the entire team, what does that say about the mental toughness of this group. We expected the offense to take time to develop, but the defense should be there playing hard. I know you do not make that comment, that was For bucco. easier to write one post.

  36. McBuc Says:

    that should have said now not though. Dang iPad

  37. SuperSam Says:

    And stop it with the Andrew luck is Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota is RG3 crap already, apples and oranges, I saw a young poised kid who stood tall in the pocket and threw strikes all day and only ran when he had to escape the little bitty pass rush we generated, and even then he still beat us with his arm. We had our chance to draft a franchise quarterback and we screwed it up.

  38. SuperSam Says:

    Im not even mad at Winston hes in a no win situation with this team, im PISSED AT THE GLAZERS FOR LETTING LOVIE RUIN WINSTON AND GETTING HIM BEAT TO DEATH, ITS NOT FAIR TO HIM. Put him on the bench now and play Glennon till we can get a coach that knows what there doing, otherwise Winston is gonna be the next David Carr.

  39. Buc1987 Says:

    Lovie Smith sucks.

    That’s all I got for you.

  40. Johnny Dejay Says:

    Let’s not forget that Vincent Jackson also called Josh Freeman a Top-5 Quarterback in the NFL when he arrived in Tampa. $10M+ a year buys a lot of lip-service loyalty.

  41. bucrightoff Says:

    Buc1987 Says:
    September 17th, 2015 at 2:46 pm
    Lovie Smith sucks.

    That’s all I got for you.

    And that’s all you need. Unless you’d like to superlatives like “Lovie Smith sucks ass”, “Lovie Smith sucks donkey dick” etc…

  42. Johnny Dejay Says:

    … We have tight ends and running backs and of course, Josh Freeman. He’s a quarterback that should be mentioned among the top five of the league …

  43. Buc1987 Says:

    Dejay…correct and Jackson had a great season that year as far as stats, as well as Freeman.

  44. Johnny Dejay Says:

    87 – Not even close to Top-5 seasons for either player.

  45. Buc1987 Says:

    Dejay…Freeman set franchise records that year. Vjax had the best season he ever had as an NFL player with over 1300 yards.

    Why are you just making stuff up? Just t make it up?

  46. Buc1987 Says:

    Bucs fans…pishhh

  47. jeff Says:

    Joe is the biggest supporter of Jamis and he loudly wanted this guy for what ever reason and Marcus does get it and he rubbed in the bucs face he is going to be a steve young type qb and the bucs stunk the pick up and crapped on there fans

  48. CAN'T FIX IT Says:

    WHO’S CROTCH ARE YOU BOBBING ON THERE BUCFORLIFEPLUS TWO x 4 LIPS1979 SAY :::I say bob on this suck face Winston lover, right now Mariota’s far out in front on Winston, and Winston is a sucking the rear and 15 more games to go …….

  49. Nick3 Says:

    Please VJax I agree but you need to show all the haters why or they will continue to hate and annoint Mariota the next coming since Dan Marino. Its funny how people can make a snap judgement from one game which is absolute garbage. Give Winston a chance he will be fine. Now our defense is a completely different story. It was awful and was all last year too.

  50. Buc1987 Says:

    “and I was a Mariota fan too”

    That’s my most favorite line on JBF that I have read the most times since Sunday by numerous people. No matter what the post is about they always have to throw that line into the mix. Have to let everyone know where they stood.

    Hilarious this site!

  51. Buccfan37 Says:

    The Bucs better win or at least play better at the Saints to lessen some of the heat around here. Ask Lovie if the team is ready for New Orleans.

  52. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    I know you are aggravated with me because I’ve repeatedly pointed out my concerns about JW’s performance on Sunday just as others have continually repeated the excuses…SOME of which are justifiable…SOME are not.

    But just for the record. I was very concerned about JW’s off field errors of his youth. Once I got past that however I have been in JW’s corner because I bought totally into the meme that if it wasn’t for the off field stuff JW was clearly and easily the best choice. I never bought the crap that supposedly meant MM was far worse. I’m on the record as saying BOTH of these guys could and probably will have very successful careers. Of course one game tells us nothing.

    If it was like the old days BOTH QB’s would be on the bench right now learning their craft instead of having BOTH of their flaws magnified by expected and understandable early struggles.

    Don’t worry 87 I haven’t bailed yet. Just not sure JW doesn’t need a little more time to grow out of the spotlight. But the kid is a genuine competitor and so I won’t be surprised if he does have a good game on Sunday. I just want to see him flash a bit. If our D plays like Sunday it won’t matter how JW plays other than to show he’s making progress.

  53. Buc1987 Says:

    SPBF…everyone is worried about his footwork including me. Then I watch college film of his footwork and there was no stumbling or tripping over his feet. For anyone that thinks this is going to be a problem, perhaps they can go to youtube and watch some FSU highlights and watch his footwork. There’s not a damn thing wrong with it. If you find a video of him stumbling, outside of that BS Rose Bowl one that everyone saw over and over again, please do post it.

    You find one though.

  54. Buc1987 Says:

    For the love of God Cleveland. Please embarrass Mariota this Sunday so these clowns can stfu with their Mariota is a football God nonsense.

    Shut em up please!

  55. Destinjohnny Says:

    Franchise qb’s come along everyday no big deal missing on one

  56. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    I’m wondering how bad his ankle is? My wife thought she had knee problems. Went to the orthopod and he traced it to her ankles and actually her flat feet.

    She needed special prescription orthotics for her shoes…not just off the shelf Dr. Sholls. I’m concerned that they are hiding what might be a truly bad high ankle sprain, don’t know if Fameis has flat feet, perhaps it might be as simple as getting him some special shoes with prescription orthotics.

    I have not watched nearly the amount of #3 as you of course. I do recall him making some nice runs…no speed but very agile and dodging tacklers. Maybe he’s having physical issues, high ankle sprain? and the Bucs are trying to hide it.

  57. Yungry Says:

    Mariotta for President, 2016!!!!!

  58. rayjay1122 Says:

    Oh yeah? I also heard he was defending Donald Trump’s hair.

  59. ndog Says:

    One freaking game and Jameis sucks to you people. Supersam bottom line is your a grade a idiot! If this was game 10 maybe you have a point but even that would be to soon in reality. I mean they should not even let you watch football if you think one game makes a career. But then again look who I’m talking to, why do I bother.

  60. ndog Says:

    What you Mariota lovers don’t seem to get is if the ref doesn’t blow a quick whistle and kwon catches that pick then guess what he had two turnovers as well. It is a matter of seconds and a catch by a linebacker from Mariota and Winston having the exact same game with one turnover for a score and a pick. If any of you think that everything is going to keep going his way like it did Sunday you are sadly mistaken.

  61. FortMyersDave Says:

    Hey V-Jack: just win a damned game…. Then you can say whatever you want!