“Like A Fire And Brimstone Preacher”

December 16th, 2015

General manager Jason Licht weighs in

The legend of America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, grows with each passing week.

Who could forget what happened in the spring, when Joe broke the story of Jameis joining offensive linemen in a painful ritual?

There have been so many other great leadership examples since, and now there’s another, courtesy of Jeff Darlington at NFL.com. He relayed a story of Jameis barking at pledge at general manager Jason Licht during the somber flight home after losing in Indianapolis 2 1/2 weeks ago.

“Mr. Licht, these losses are not going to be the norm,” Winston said. “We are going to win a lot of games. We just have to get these guys to believe. We need them to understand the opportunity that’s in front of them.

“And trust me, I will get them to understand it. Because these guys, they want to fight for you and Coach Lovie. They know how hard you’re working.”

And with that, Winston turned back around as the flight back to Tampa continued. Licht, yet again, had the confirmation of something he’d already felt.

“Oh my gosh, he’s so mature as a leader,” Licht said. “What he says is so natural. I want to get up and run through a wall for him. It’s not fake whatsoever. That night on the flight home from the Colts game, he was like a fire and brimstone preacher.

“I was like, ‘Holy (expletive), I love this guy.’ “

Fun, inspiring stuff. And Joe will have more in the morning.

20 Responses to ““Like A Fire And Brimstone Preacher””

  1. Lefty Says:

    Jameis is the man.. My fear his leadership ability is overshadowing Lovie’s lack of and will keep Lovie along for the ride for who knows how much longer…

  2. Buccfan37 Says:

    Good luck Jameis, you have a tall task in front of you, I’m sure you have been enthsiastic towards your teammates from the season start. I feel your frustration.

  3. Buccfan37 Says:

    Nice pic of Jameis saying this is how it’s gonna be seriously.

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Speaking for Pablo

    “Hamus!!!, Hamus!!!, Hamus!!!” Viva La Hamus!!!” And Viva La Hason Light Too!!!

  5. Sick of Lovie Says:

    Koetter needs to cut Jameis loose. Open the play book and let it all hang out. I’m loving being a Bucs fan again, and Jameis has a lot to do with it.

    Lets be real, the playoffs were a great tease but an unrealistic goal for this season. Lets just let the guy get a full season under his belt and another off season and we can go from there. But, playoffs or not, its been a great year.

  6. Trubucfan22 Says:

    If jameis can win under lovie then what is the problem? Are you planning on replacing lovie with the hall of coaches lined up in the unemployment line waiting for the bucs to call them?

    If in a couple year we still dont have a defense worth a spit, then we can go and fire lovie. But right now he has done anything you could expect from this roster. Created a top 10 offense and defense. Why are we still complaining? It’s not like Lovie has had a decade with this team and has been working with “his” players. Love or hate the conservative nature, but in the long run that philosophy will win us more games than cost us them.

    Imnot saying Lovie is some great all world coach. But expecting the next guy or the guy after that to be some awesome hall of fame coach is just a dream. In this league there are only 5 coaches that deserve to keep their jobs at the end of the year. Belicheat, rivera, arians, lewis, and carol. Any other one could justifiably be fired. Of course that doesnt happen because you have to expect to find a better coach than the one you fired. And that rarely ever happens. The fact of the matter is that teams expect a big turn around within 2 years. Afted 2 years youre fired. But in reality it takes time to build a franchise the way you want it.

    Lovie is a good enough coach to get us to the superbowl. Jameis winston is good enough to win that superbowl.

  7. Dave Says:

    Mean Gene has covered him since college and is adamant in saying this kid has “it” and will win Super Bowls. Plural.
    Some DEs and DBs next year from FA and draft… Throw in another WR… And they could very well be a SB contender next year.

  8. Dave Says:

    You guys always bashing Lovie are so ignorant. The guy has a great head coaching record. Has a great proven defense, but like all great units, they need the pieces in place. The players love the guy and play for him.
    They are simply young and not quite talented enough. A few good moves this off season and they are a 10+ win team in year 3 of this rebuild that had s foundation for them to be relevant for the next decade.

    But keep hating on the coach putting it all together along with the GM because that makes sense.

  9. Piratic Says:

    Far more sense than nonsense in the JBF comments section?

    I can hardly believe it.

    Mark the day. -I’m proud to be a part of it.

    Now we need the return of BamBamBuc!

  10. DavidbigBucsFan Says:

    Piratic it’s still early they’re not allowed on their computers yet.

  11. Fsuking Says:

    yea he really has been cranking out those wins lately. 8-21 should get him right into the Bucs ring of honor.

  12. Fsuking Says:

    Lovie needs to learn something that I learned from the great Jimbo Fisher. There are athletes. And then there are football players. It takes a while to turn one into the other to even play at the college level. Some just don’t have it. Lovie is completely and totally ignorant to this, which is why our defense sucks, but I’ll bet as a whole they could put on one hell of a combine. Say what you want about our defensive talent but either way, it’s still Lovie’s fault. I personally think we have great talent on defense outside of the safety and DE positions. But even if you don’t, then why in the world did Lovie let Revis, Barron and Goldson walk instead of turning them into football players? (Revis already was and them some)

  13. Fsuking Says:

    To be clear, I understand that Barron and Goldson are not great in coverage, a Big part of Lovie’s dumb scheme. But Those guys are tackling machines who make every receiver think twice about where they are on the field and what’s gonna happen to them if they make the catch. And who did we replace them with? Exactly!

  14. Sick of Lovie Says:


    All kidding aside, where is Lovies great record now? This is a “whay have you done for me lately” league. How many more tired-a$$ retreads will he bring in? How many more bums will he sign? How many more games will we lose because his great defense can’t make a stop on 3rd down and get off the field? How many more scrub QBs are going to have HOF numbers when they play the Bucs? These are all sime and obvious points that a lot of fans have, yet Lovie hasn’t addresses a single one of them. Heres another. When will Lovie take a share of the blame? When will he say, my bad, that one is on me?

    What seals it for me is to look at the list of “talent” he has brought in the last two seasons. Now, if I were in charge of hiring the different positions for a company and had the same amount of success that he does or the players do…. lets just say I would need to dust off my own resume.

    I dont like the guy, I dont like his reluctance to evolve, his reluctance to make in game adjustments, and most of all his arrogance. When the team wins and Lovie has a hand in it, I give him credit. Im.not a blind hater, I do see his positives. But as far as the future goes, Jameis ain’t gonna win any Super Bowls if the head coach cant can’t put a defense on the field that can make a stop on 3rd or keep from from shooting themselves in the foot with penalties

  15. Bobby Says:

    @Fsuking…….. what you said makes perfect sense. Barron and Goldson are terrible in coverage but they make receivers pay for it as they ferociously tackle them in the end zone.

  16. Tampa Tony Says:

    @dave, when did a 89-83 career record and 8-21 with Bucs constitute a great record?

    Lovie has shown with his scheme and mentality of takeaways over stops that he is not a good defensive coordinator. His record in Chicago looked good with Ron Rivera and Marinelli as coordinators.

    Loser Lovie is awful at game planning, managing the clock and teaching the players discipline and accountability

  17. Tampa Tony Says:

    Sorry he’s 89-84 after the Saints game

  18. FanOfBucs Says:

    Winston made team and winning his responsibility.

    = LEADER

  19. JMicSoundsNice Says:

    You bring up a lot of great points, especially regarding your position on who the next guy will be after “we” run Coach Smith out of town. You could also say the same about the talent (or lack thereof) that exists on the roster, which has been a consistent theme for a while now.

    Just like coaches, only a select group of players (for talent or financial reasons) legitimately deserve roster spots at the end of the season. You can make an argument that the vast majority of the players in that select group were gifted enough to hit the ground running, meaning their impact was immediate (and consistent) from the point they entered the league (or hit the field). The league is made up of mostly of guys who AREN’T that.

    The good thing about sport and competition, though, is that – with time – many of these guys can (and do) get better (see Mark Barron). The unfortunate part about the business of sport and competition, is that players have a very short window to improve and, thereby, prove their worth to a team. It’s all about results. That’s the bottom-line for the teams and the fans. Bottom-line thinking, though, doesn’t always lend itself to adequate player development, which facilities a consistent turnover of terrible talent.

  20. Marlow Says:

    I was not a Winston believer, but he has proven me wrong. I cannot wait to see how his career unfolds. We need more competitors like him on the team.