Impressive Third Down Conversion

December 5th, 2015
Leading a turnaround.

Leading a turnaround.

Just looking at the top teams in third down conversion, Joe did a bit of a double-take. The Bucs are No. 10.

Joe doesn’t ever remember the Bucs being that good on third down. It is a good sign — but not an absolute — when a team converts third downs.

Well, shave off the first month of this season, and the Bucs are outstanding at third down conversions. That’s the word from Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune.

A lot of this is due to the development of America’s Quarterback, Bucs signal-caller Jameis Winston. Since the fourth game, in the same time span Cummings cites, Jameis has thrown but three picks through seven games.

Mind you, this is a rookie.

Yes, that’s some kind of a turnaround.

9 Responses to “Impressive Third Down Conversion”

  1. you suck Says:

    Good read

  2. Dave Says:

    This is the first time I have ever felt like they have a chance for s first down when it’s 3rd and long. It’s a great feeling.

  3. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    A lot of this is due to the development of America’s Quarterback, Bucs signal-caller Jameis Winston.

    I’m always on here yammering about football being a team sport but let’s face it. The VAST MAJORITY of this 3rd down success is due to #3…not just a lot.

    I give credit to our OL which miraculously became good overnight! I would normally give credit to muscle hamster..but not on 3rd and long obvious passing situations where everybody knows #3 has to throw. He’s been successful plenty of times in that situation.

    I give credit to the emergence of Cameron Brate and Adam Humphries as possession receivers. ME and VJAX have also contributed.

    But this is on #3. And what impresses me most is his heart and how he thinks. He has inspired this entire team. Again Joe and 87 and the rest…you guys were right.

    I was happy once we made the decision to draft him. It took me awhile to get there because MM is not chopped liver and because of the juvenile off field mistakes. Once we took him though as a Buc’s fan I was going to support him.
    But his play and demeanor are so far beyond what I had hoped for.

    My wife and I judge (you should never judge the Bible is right but it’s human)
    people we come into contact by just a couple things that are important to us.

    Are they comfortable in their own skin? #3 clearly is and he realizes he’s the straw that stirs the drink but is not threatened by anybody else’s success. He’s always quick to praise a teammate!

    And do they “get it”. For my wife and I that means do they really understand how life truly works? Sadly not that many people really “get it” and it frequently can take a long time and a lot of maturity to eventually “get it”.
    To “get it” at such a young age, with so many gifts to distract him, is nothing short of remarkable for #3.

  4. BuccaneerBonzai Says:


    It wasn’t just Jameis. He certainly is the leader and plays a big role, but it still is a team sport. Martin has played a huge role. The offensive line. Winston. Even a couple of the tight ends we never thought would even be on the team.

  5. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    And our WRs of course.

  6. Formerly GlennonGrad Says:

    And of course of the still unsung hero of our 3rd down conversion rate is Dirk who has been just a godsend to our previously anemic passing attack

  7. Johnny "America's Commenter" Dejay Says:

    The third down success is due to four factors:

    1) Third downs have been manageable distances a large percentage of the time because the Bucs moved the ball on first and second downs.

    2) The offensive line has been dominant and created running lanes and protected Winston very well, especially on third downs.

    3) Martin is a threat to break off a run on every carry, even third and five or longer.

    4) Winston has been fantastic on third downs, both passing and scrambling. His will to win is indomitable and his intensity amps up dramatically when drives are on the line.

  8. Warren Says:

    No more 4 yard passes on 3rd and 9. We go for the first down and actually are aware of down and distance. I’ve taken to calling Jameis “Mr. Third Down” when we’re in that situation because I noticed this for most of the season. “Ok Mr Third Down you got this!” Lol. Pleasant change indeed!

  9. orlbucfan Says:

    I’m still a Glennon fan, but Famous Jameis is starting to get my respect. I don’t like off-field “hi-jinks,” and he had quite a few at FSU. Our offense is starting to look like an all-pro at a lot of positions. No wonder we’re ranked #10 in 3rd down conversions. We have a very good OC–a FIRST for this franchise. We’ve got talent at RB, OL, WR, QB, and TE. Just wait until the D gets its kinks straighten out–we will be even scarier than the SB Bucs. The refs will even have to back off. I look forward to the final 5 games. Go Mighty Bucs!!