Jameis = Winning

December 10th, 2015
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The difference, says Sean Payton.

Last year the Bucs were a wretched lot.

The Wall Street Journal currently has a list of most painful teams to watch. If such a list existed last year, it would have included the Bucs, easily.

During the third quarter of a specific 2014 home game, Joe remembers the Bucs were so abysmal, it took ever fiber of Joe’s body not to stand up, walk to the back of the press box at the Den of Depression and begin watching an out-of-town game.

And Joe was being paid to watch the Bucs! That’s how godawful this team was.

A year later, the Bucs find themselves in a playoff chase. Can you imagine?

Well, Saints coach Sean Payton (who attended college with Joe) can imagine. And he said the difference is too easy to point out: It is America’s Quarterback, Bucs signal-caller Jameis Winston. That’s what Payton told Christopher Dabe of the Times-Picayune.

“When we saw him (after) Week 1, we had one game of evidence, and that was the tough loss they had against Tennessee,” Payton said. “But when you start looking at weeks that have followed … there’s a bunch of tape on him, and he’s doing a lot of things better each week.

“The other thing is he’s eliminating the bad plays. You don’t see the minus plays maybe like you saw in that Titan game. He’s a reason why they’re winning.”

The more one thinks about it, that does add up. In the NFL, you can only go so far without a quarterback; it really is that simple. That’s one reason Joe banged the drum so loud and long for Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht to draft Jameis.

The dude wins.

Though Jameis has yet to complete his rookie season , it’s difficult to look back and remember the juggernaut offense led by offensive savant Marcus Arroyo and quarterbacked by Stewart McClown.

14 Responses to “Jameis = Winning”

  1. DavidbigBucsFan Says:

    Joe have you fully repented from banging your drum for Johnny Foootbaall???? At least you carried a better beat for Fameis.

    Jameis + Bucs = WINNERS

    GLENNON + Bucs = Demsum. . . . . .sum you win dem sum you lose.

    DallasBuc + Bucclueless= trolls= LOSERS!

  2. tdtb2015 Says:

    Don’t worry Bucs fans.

    Licht will show the way!

    Koetter will pave the road!

    Lovie will create takeaways for Jameis!

    Jameis will take us to the promise land in less than 3 years!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!

  3. Defense Rules Says:

    Joe … Thanks for continuing to bring up Arroyo and McCown. Continually looking backwards in this case certainly makes me appreciate Dirk Koetter and Jameis all the more.

    Of course it does bring up the question, “How far along would Jameis be at this point it he’d been trained by Marcus Arroyo instead of by Dirk Koetter?” Oh well, maybe continually looking backwards isn’t that helpful after all.

  4. Espo Says:

    McCown led the league with dumb looks on his face. It’s a little known stat that no-one wants to give him credit when it’s due.

  5. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    All I remember of Payton back in the day, was when he was apart of the stacked coaching staff at San Diego State. He coached up – Marshall Faulk & Wayne Pittman
    (Micheal Pittman’s Older brother). That was one dangeous combination to watch.

  6. Vincente Says:

    Joe is it safe to say that this team here is as United as we have seen any buc team? All I see is a bunch of brothers playing football together as a team. No selfishness but a family atmosphere. That will take this team from good to great. What we are seeing happening right now is truly special.

  7. orlbucfan Says:

    Hey Joe,

    The Bucs were the MOST PAINFUL team to watch last year. They were the NFL very bottom of the bottom feeders, i.e., last place. McClown lost so many games on his very own lonesome–it drove me bonkers cos the defense did not play like a 2-14 team. Yeah, I know, no OC but McClown was (supposedly) a veteran. Lovie had an ego hangup about not drafting Glennon, so he barely let him play. It was a very frustrating season for this devoted old Bucs veteran fan.

    That’s why I’m just having a ball watching this offense develop. Sure, Famous J is a big part. He wouldn’t be without the supporting cast which is improving with him. Wonder if Arthur Blank and Rich McKay are kicking themselves in canning Mike Smith? That freed up Koetter…….and the rest is HISTORY!! Looking forward to Sunday’s sold out ballgame. Bucs will win. 8-8 and mebbe better? Go Mighty Bucs!! Signed, your devoted long-time fan in O-ville

  8. stulaake Says:

    “A reason” not the reason they’re winning…

  9. admin Says:

    Joe is it safe to say that this team here is as United as we have seen any buc team?

    Wouldn’t say “ever” but in recent years, no question.

  10. BrooklynBucsFan Says:

    I’ve always felt that they didn’t play Glennon because they wanted the first pick. Glennon would’ve probably won a game or two more and we wouldn’t have been able to draft Jameis. I think that’s also why they let Aroyo stay at coordinator. It was all about getting that first pick and I’m actually glad they did it. Go Bucs!

  11. Buc1987 Says:

    I think 2011 Raheem’s team was the most painful one to watch over the last 5 years. I used to just shut the TV off.

  12. 1nebuc Says:


    I have seen some bad football being a BUCCANEERS fan but i love them so much i named my little league football program after them NORTH TAMPA BUCCANEERS … But tha 2011 season i could not watch a whole game . I would literally turn my tv off and go to sleep on the games . I gave my season tickets to my kids to go after the 3rd home game . It was god awful. Last year it was hard to watch but we all knew what they were playing for .

  13. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Biggest take away from this article. Bucs lead the league in pre snap penalties. And it’s always the same 3 players. Mankins, Mccoy, and gholston. Every single game these 3 get a pre snap penalty. I just dont get it. Something so easy, yet every week these guys are doing it.

  14. godzilla13 Says:

    Yes, like Payton said “Winston is “a” reason they are winning.” Without the defense stepping up, we would not be in the playoff hunt right now. Where would this team be right now if not for Sterling Moore? Mike Jenkins would still be starting and probably with Tim Jennings. Everything changed when Jennings was released and Sterling Moore and Jude Adjei-Barimah became starters.