Jameis’ Kryptonite Found

December 11th, 2015
Jameis struggles against the blitz.

Jameis struggles against the blitz.

All week long since he ran Sunday for 20 yards and a first down that not only saved the Bucs’ game against the Dixie Chicks but perhaps the season, the hosannas for America’s Quarterback, Bucs signal-caller Jameis Winston, are coming from all corners.

But even Joe had to tap the brakes a bit when Bucky Brooks of NFL Network stated Jameis was better than Cam Newton and Andrew Luck when they were rookies.

No one is a bigger fan of Jameis than Joe, but let’s not get carried away.

However, it seems former NFL personnel man Gil Brandt, a key figure in building the Cowboys’ dynasty of the 1970s, has found a dent in Jameis’ shield. It seems blitzes throw him for a loop.

That is not good company Jameis is keeping there. And some wonder why the Bucs employ a six-man front so often?

So, yeah, Jameis is not quite ready to pose for his bust in Canton. Joe only wonders the magic Jameis can work if he ever does figure out blitzes.

27 Responses to “Jameis’ Kryptonite Found”

  1. No_Bucs_Given Says:

    Yea but how did Newton and Luck handle the blitz in their rookie year?

  2. Bucs Fan Since '76 Says:

    He will figure it out. More game reps and he will begin to process information faster, which in turn will allow him to beat the blitz more often.

  3. Elle Says:

    He’s a rookie, he’s allowed to have an Achilles heel. He’ll get better and better, no doubts. Magic is destined for NFL greatness.

  4. Wombat Says:

    I think a sample size of 12 games versus the other QB’s is a lil harsh. He is a rookie and I don’t see a trend here yet. Let’s try in 3 yrs and see what it is then. I think if he is as smart as he appears, he will be wanting them to blitz so he can pick them apart… I think QB IQ trumps all blitzes!!!

  5. Couch Fan Says:

    Part of that has to be due to the fact he’s also got rookie lineman figuring out the blitz as well. They’ll all figure it out together. Not worried about it.

  6. kaput Says:

    NFL.com had a ranking of quarterbacks in the NFL right now, and had Jameis 11th.

    That’s fabulous all things considered.

    He’s fine. He’s more than fine.

  7. Cannon Says:

    Another thing to consider is that Jameis is always looking down field.

    It makes our offense lethal… but doesn’t jive real well against the blitz.

    When teams start blitzing heavy, I have often felt that we should have a better hot read option dialed up.

  8. Lord Cornelius Says:

    He is throwing balls away in those situations more than taking sacks at least

  9. 1nebuc Says:

    This kid is ahead of his time but he still has time . We must remember he has played 12 games so far at the hardest position. We must give the kid a real chance to develope. Right now he is playing football with a above average 21yr old brain . We have a big time qb in TAMPA now and we must not get carried away and let the coaches coach him up . If you watch him play he easily reads the blitz . Watch his footwork in the pocket . His hip to toe motion and foot to foot separation are to far apart. Once they close those 2 thing up and make it tighter( which they will ) the blitz will be no issue for JABOO. JUST BE PATIENT!!!!

  10. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Agree with what Elle..1nebuc and others are saying. This is a function of experience.

    I watched about a half of last night’s AZ-Minn game. Carson Palmer was a witch against the blitz. He made it look like a practice session. I had forgotten what a wiley vet like Palmer or Brady can do with the ball.

    Palmer seemed to know exactly where the pressure would come from and exactly where the safety valve would be…it was a thing of beauty and at one point I actually felt sorry for the Vikings defense.

  11. Hunter Says:

    Pointless stat, what is winstons comp% on 3rd downs. Far more important

  12. Fsuking Says:

    Thats not Jameis’s fault at all. It’s a combination of our line and our WR’s. Our line has played great this year but there’s no denying that the blitz exploits our major weaknesses in lack of strength and Donovan Smith’s cement shoes. And when Jameis picks up a blitz, he knows this and looks to his primary reciver who isn’t open unless it Mike Evan, who then drops it. Or he throws it away, which I’m sure there is some stat out there showing Jameis leading the NFL in throw aways. Smart guy!

  13. softastissueMcCoy93 Says:

    What about Evan dropped balls in man coverage? I’m sure if defenses are willing to cover Evans man-to-man, I’m quite sure they are blitzing the QB more often than not. He’s not making turnovers and taking dumb sacks. We all know that stats are for loosers, and Jameis is a winner. I’ll take my Qb over those stats all day. Also, a healthy tight-end and true slot receiver like Humphries will help against those blitz packages.

  14. Idontwannahearitanymore Says:

    “and Donovan Smith’s cement shoes.”

    Do you have any examples or proof for this assertion? I think his record speaks (well) for him.

  15. BucMan72 Says:

    The question i have is how much of that 51 percent represents receiver drops?

  16. BucMan72 Says:

    I seem to remember the bucs brewing pretty good on 3rd downs too…

  17. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Actually…Jameis is the only first year QB among that list. All rookie QBs who start struggle with the blitz at first.

    He’s getting better at it though.

    I’m curious as to how that completion percentage changed from game to game. Seems that would be a better representation of his progress in that area.

  18. Pierce Says:

    I think that’s understandable for a rookie. Blitzes take time to learn in this league

  19. DavidbigBucsFan Says:

    Who cares? In the end he’ll figure it out and when teams can no longer afford man coverage on ME13 and other Bucs receivers they’ll have fewer opportunities to blitz. I guarantee that completion % is skewed by throw aways and dropped passes.

    Jameis ‘The Fameis’ Winston

    Fame is Fortune

    Fame is power

    Fame is respect
    And whatever isn’t given freely he will take!

  20. Eric Says:

    Go ahead and blitz him. leave man coverage…….


  21. Bucsfanman Says:

    This is a non-starter and completely irrelevant stats. Dude’s a rookie, end of story!

  22. Stanglassman Says:

    Eric- I was thinking the same thing.

    Jameis was always great vs the blitz at FSU. The small sample size is not a good representation of his strengths/weaknesses. I’d like to see how he has done vs the blitz in the past 4 or 5 games. How can he be so productive on 3 down and bad vs a blitz?

  23. Buc2015 Says:

    Other Jameis stats and ranks against the blitz (ranks among 32 qualifiers): 8.6 yards per attempt = 5th best; 16.8 yards per completion = BEST; 1.0 percent interception rate (1 in 102 attempts) = 7th best; sack rate of 6.4 percent = 13th best; and Joe’s favorite stat, an 85.9 passer rating = 18th best.

    So I’d say he’s been far from terrible against the blitz …. takes more downfield chances but still takes care of the ball.

  24. Buc1987 Says:

    “No one is a bigger fan of Jameis than Joe”

    Keep telling yourself that Joe.

  25. Buc since '74 Says:

    Jameis is the only rookie on that list. And is .4 behind 2 time Super Bowl winning QB Eli (who is a debatable HOF’er). Soooo….. not overly concerned.

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

    If Winston can figure the blitzes out, he’s going to be one of the best ever.

  27. @FcukTheRefsBroy Says: