Jameis And Jeff Fisher

December 16th, 2015
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Brags about Jameis.

Jeff Fisher is a defensive guy. Always has been. Always will be.

Fisher’s idea of a quarterback was Kerry Collins, who actually had decent years when Fisher annually underwhelmed in Tennessee (and continues that tradition in St. Louis).

So last year after he traded away brittle Sam Bradford, Fisher had but the immortal Nick Foles as his signal-caller.

Even a guy who pays no attention to offense knew Foles wasn’t a long-term answer. So Fisher, as he told the Tampa Bay pen and mic club yesterday, worked out both America’s Quarterback, Bucs signal-caller Jameis Winston, and Marcus Mariota, hoping above hope that for some crazy reason they dropped in the draft.

Fisher knew Jameis too well. Fisher’s son, Trent, was a backup defensive back for Auburn. And in person, Fisher watched Jameis drive Florida State 80 yards for a national championship win.

Fisher talked about Jameis yesterday and though Joe doesn’t follow Fisher closely, Joe has never recalled Fisher rave about a quarterback like he did Jameis.

“We had a private workout with him,” Fisher said. “Spent a lot of time with him and really, really liked him. Just very impressed with him. There’s no doubt in our mind that he was one of the top-two last year. You couldn’t go wrong with either one of them. Just to watch him over time and watch the games and watch him kind of develop – they’re expanding the offense with him now.

“His feet are good, the ball is always in the right position, release is good, accuracy – it’s hard to complete every pass; you can’t do that, but his accuracy is good and he’s mobile. And that presents problems for you. Anytime you can extend plays with your legs, which he’s done numerous times, it becomes a problem for you defensively.

“I think, really, one of the marks of a good young quarterback is what he’s doing on third down. And [Winston] is 42 percent or something like that in conversion rate on third down, which is really impressive. It’s hard to convert third downs as we know, but he’s doing a great job at it.”

As much as Joe thinks Fisher is an overrated head coach, the guy is damn good with defense. Damn good. Fisher is a Buddy Ryan disciple and his teams will beat up opponents. Jameis may be in for a long night.

Fisher may be licking his chops. We’ve seen how the Bucs’ passing game wilts without Vincent Jackson when Mike Evans’ hands turn to Smuckers.

The goal of any defensive coach is to make an offensive predictable, one dimensional. By shutting down Doug Martin, Fisher might achieve his goal more easily than expected.

15 Responses to “Jameis And Jeff Fisher”

  1. Defense Rules Says:

    @Joe … “The goal of any defensive coach is to make an offensive predictable, one dimensional.”

    Very true Joe, but it works both ways. Rams passing game isn’t exactly setting the NFL on fire, but they have a very good running game with Todd Gurley leading the charge. If the Bucs can shut him down, the Bucs might be able to get off the field on 3rd down.

    Offensively it looks like Bucs have to neutralize Aaron McDonald to win. He had 3 sacks in Sunday’s game against the Lions, and looked to be key difference-maker in that game. Even with a short week to prepare, the Bucs can take these guys if our offense doesn’t get greedy and just takes what the Rams give us. Looks to me like Rams are allowing opposing QBs to complete 68% of their passes. Sound familiar?

  2. tdtb2015 Says:

    Quick passes to Humpries and Dye might be the key for us to pull this off. Needless to say they both must have their best outing of the season.

    Hopefully Winston and Koetter have figure out how to attack the Rams by crossing their t’s and dotting their i’s. Perfection is going to be needed with Donald coming at you.

    I believe Koetter and Winston are building character on this offense. Other than Martin, vjack, Marpet and Winston I don’t see enough fire within to go deep in a season with the rest of the offense. Brate seems to have the right attitude also.

    And still i’m static about the next couple of seasons. Go Bucs!!!

  3. tdtb2015 Says:

    Consistency is needed from ASJ and Evans. They need to get off their pedestals and contribute as team players if they are trying to help this team do their part for any playoff chance.

    As young as Winston is, he seems to bring the right wisdom for his teammates. I think Winston loves the attention but he doesn’t put it above the team. He knows the attention comes by PERFORMING. Evans and ASJ must emulate our young QB.

    In Winston, Martin, Koetter, Lovie & Licht I TRUST!!!
    Go Bucs!!!

  4. Tom Edrington Says:

    STill shuddering over the fact that Da’Quan Bowers will be on the field….

  5. tnew Says:

    we need one terrifying option on offense. The one that can take a 2 yard pass to the house or a back that can take a screen 84 yards. That would change everything.

  6. Joe Says:

    we need one terrifying option on offense. The one that can take a 2 yard pass to the house or a back that can take a screen 84 yards. That would change everything


    If Bucs lack one thing on offense, it is a burner. Maybe Kenny Bell was supposed to be that guy?

  7. pick6 Says:

    fisher absolutely the mostly overrated coach in football at the moment, i think he has “the look”, but when you get past the superficial he has maybe 1 winning season for every 3 or 4 he has coached

  8. JonBuc Says:

    Jeff Fisher = Lovie Smith

  9. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Still can’t believe how deep that USC team use to be. That Fischer was apart of.

    RB Marcus Allen
    RB Charles White

    TE Hoby Brenner

    T Anthony Munoz
    T Keith Van Horne
    G Bruce Matthews
    G Don Mosebar
    G- Roy Foster

    LB Larry McGrew
    LB Chip Banks

    DB Dennis Smith
    DB Ronnie Lott
    DB Joey Browner
    DB Jeff Fischer

  10. Buccfan37 Says:

    For Fisher being such a lousy coach he sure has sent the Bucs away with a loss time after time.

  11. DavidbigBucsFan Says:

    We need to do alot of toss sweeps, some reverses and well timed screen plays to make that front 7 do a lot of running simply gas them out then throw in a …………….. dang brain fart! What’s that play when the running back tosses ball back to the qb who throws to hopefully chucks it to a wide open receiver downfield? I mean since they’re going to stack the box lets burn them some.

  12. softastussieMcCoy93 Says:

    We need to bring back the great Been-around play.

  13. lurker Says:

    smuckers is sticky…ever spill any?

  14. lurker Says:


  15. godzilla13 Says:

    So our WR from here on it will be Mike Evans, Adam Humphries and Donteea Dye. I just don’t trust Dye. He has been targeted 15 times with only 5 receptions. Russell Shepard is a better option IMO. better yet use Cameron Brate in a two TE set. He needs to be in the game. This could be the final farewell for the Edward Jones Dome if things don’t fall in favor of St. Louis. It could be the Rams’ last home game in St. Louis. Oh..I forgot Evans can’t catch in a dome. Something about the lights. Slick better get it together. The Rams have averaged just 11 points a game the past four games and there defense has given up 22 points a game over past four. The Rams have played a brutal schedule this year against teams like the Cardinals, Bengals, Vikings, Steelers, Packers and Seahawks. They also lead the league in rushing yards per attempt @ 4.9.