Lovie Breaks Down Air Jameis

November 10th, 2015

(Photo courtesy of Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

It was 3rd-and-goal from the Giants’ 10 yard line.

Another field goal wasn’t going to cut it.

And then it was that America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, rose toward the miraculous heavens that sent him to Tampa and refused to be dragged down by the demons haunting the Den of Depression.

Air Jameis took off from 10 feet out and landed in the end zone. His will was no match for the Giants on that play.

Through some of his Buccaneers Radio Network show last night, Lovie Smith seemed to hold back expressing his deep admiration for all things Jameis. But the Air Jameis play got Lovie to open up a bit.

It impressed Lovie that Jameis was fully aware of the game situation.

“When a team really needs you to do something, and in that situation, an incompletion just wasn’t, we needed more,” Lovie said. “And that’s when you’re supposed to take off and try and get in the end zone some kind of way. He’s a big man. And he’s on record making guys miss. But from there, you’re still a little short of the goal line. And he needed to elevate and he did that. Big play to get us back in it

Life in around Tampa these days is just a little bit easier knowing that America’s Quarterback is on our team.

23 Responses to “Lovie Breaks Down Air Jameis”

  1. MT Tom Says:

    My only concern is it seems like he is biased toward the run on 3rd and goal. Hopefully Koetter can gameplan better goalline. Jameis needs to have a full goalline option not a qb keeper every time. That gets predictable. That will get him hurt.

  2. Crabdogg Says:

    America’s Tent Revival QB at his finest.

  3. tmaxcon Says:

    MT Tom

    It would also help if Jameis had reliable weapons to throw the ball to in the redzone.

  4. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    At the start of the season the pick 6’s upset me. Not because Fameis, a rookie threw them, as much as they had him try to complete those outs.

    Whatever after the first three games I was of the mindset we should limit Fameis to being a game manager and simply doing his part when called upon. I thought it was far too soon to expect a rookie QB to carry a team.

    Of course that’s when I believed we had a defense! I felt just babysit #3 through the first half and then let’s see where we are.
    Well here we are! Our D sucks right now. EVERY BUC FAN in America knew when we punted that last time on 4th and 10 the game was over because of our D. We should have simply given #3 one more shot since we all knew in reality it was our ONLY chance.

    And so here is my point. In the second half of the season we need to play to our strengths such as they are. We are not going to win defensive struggles.

    It’s time to pull of the training wheels and set #3 free. He’s gone over 100 attempts without a pick…that’s good for any QB much less a rookie. He’s learned a TON in the first half of the season.

    It’s time to ride the franchise QB for the second half of the year. IF we are to have success it will come from offensive side of the ball. Keep the running game going which frees #3. Cobble together some receivers for #3

    When VJAX returns…IF ASJ ever plays again…and Humphries continues to do his Julian Edelman impersonation we’ll be fine.

  5. Jena W Says:

    Dreaming here, but I wish the Bucs would rescue Nick O’Leary from the Bills practice squad. He would make a great 2nd look in a 2 tight end play. Opponents would certainly key on him knowing his history with Jameis and that could really free up Martin or a WR. Also, FSU fans KNOW what O’Leary is capable of even if the Bills aren’t giving him game chances to show them. O’Leary certainly can’t do any worse than any other running play maker not name Martin.

    Still, just dreaming her.

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    It’s time to start more 1st & 10 with the pass…..especially in the red zone….

    I also agree that we need to take more chances with Jameis….fewer field goals more attempts at TD. Koetter calls a pretty good game….but our red zone offense is poor at best. The key is our runs constantly being stuffed on 1st down.

  7. Jena W Says:

    For all you who enjoyed ‘Air Jameis’; fyi – it’s not the first or the second time he’s done that move. lol

    Winston ‘hurdles’ for TD run versus Oklahoma State:

    Winston ‘hurdles’ Duke players for TD in ACC title game 2013:

    Our man Jameis ‘flys’ when necessary! lol

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Did anyone notice we actually used Winston in a sneak?……he was successful but a timeout was called……that makes two weeks in a row a timeout was called with Winston keeping the ball on short yardage.

  9. Buc Neckid Says:

    He is a little bit Biased to run it in on these plays
    due to
    poor play design
    poor wide receiver options (i.e. only one True WR target)
    poor execution on the receivers’ part

  10. David Says:

    I like Winston but even his good plays look awkward…lol…I just hope we get him some playmakers becuz I don’t think his bidy will hold up through all this. Even bib Ben who he is soo often compared to is having injury issues now.

  11. Supersam Says:

    Kinda ironic how during the draft process Lovie didn’t want a “running quarterback” and yet here we are and Mariota is doing it thorough the air and Winston is the one running lol. Life is funny.

  12. Waterboy Says:

    They’ve gotta get him some red zone targets or figure out some creative ways to get by with what that have. As much I liked seeing him take the game in his own hands and put 6 on the board I hate to see him taking unnecessary hits. They might want to think about putting in some zone reads and running some WR pick/rub routes in the red zone. Those are easy routes to run and doesn’t require the QB to throw into traffic in the middle of the field. That would also allow them to take advantage of Simms catching ability on outside screens, quick swing passes, and delayed release routes.

  13. BucFan20 Says:

    Two number great QB’s with two number one losers. What a shame.

  14. BucFan20 Says:

    ^ one and two

  15. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We need one WR with blazing speed & hands…….our OC & Jameis will attract interest in FA and we have the cap space…..a proven WR is more of a sure bet than a DE….

    Use the draft for DE, CB, S

  16. Idontwannahearitanymore Says:

    “Air Jameis took off from 10 feet out and landed in the end zone. His will was no match for the Giants on that play.”

    I believe you have misstated that: it should be ” the Giants were no match for his will.”

  17. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Instead of breaking down AIR JAMEIS, Lovie should concentrate on his Iraqi-like air defense of his secondary.

  18. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    Agree completely. I still miss Joey Galloway! Dontaae Dye ran a 4.45 which is not shabby.

    Like Ali Marpet he comes from a division III school Heidelberg and in 2010 he blew out his knee…ACL,MCL and meniscus. He has apparently recovered well however and he’s still our best bet for a deep threat.

    I thought the TD catch was a nice play. He’s not only a rookie FA but he’s from a tiny school. He needs time to develop. Too many here have already given up on him.

    While VJAX is out it’s time to see if Dye and Humphries are the real deal.
    I hope Humphries can be our Julian Edelman.

    Time to air it out deep! Let’s go long!

  19. GhostofSchiano Says:

    You know what runs 7-9 yards turns around and catches a pass? Any wide receiver the bucs face

  20. Couch Fan Says:

    Thank the football gods for Jameis.

  21. waterboy Says:

    Don’t forget about Kenny Bell he might provide the speed that they’re missing at WR next season.

  22. Chris Says:

    I’m sold!!
    Wasn’t pre draft (Wanted Mariota, but now…. I truly believe he is going to be a real franchise QB!!!
    This year…6-10
    Next 9-7…. Then

  23. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    Two number great QB’s with two number one losers. What a shame.

    While I agree that it’s a shame it’s also the rule not the exception.

    Most great young QB’s drafted in the top 5 by definition are going to crapola teams or they wouldn’t be drafting that high. The exception of course is a good team packaging drafts and moving up.

    #3 and MM went to crappy teams precisely because they were crappy enough to get high draft picks. And yes it is a shame!!!