“He Is A Thermostat Leader”

January 12th, 2016
Not all ex-Bucs were down on Jameis calling out heartless teammates.

Not all ex-Bucs were down on Jameis calling out heartless teammates.

As the lull in the search to replace former Bucs coach Lovie Smith has arrived, it’s back (for the time being) to talking Bucs football.

Though the season ended nine days ago, the postgame blast by America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, still has Joe geeked. In a sad way, the tolerance of losing and the culture of losing in the locker room at One Buc Palace may have led to Lovie getting launched, and in the process, several people losing their jobs and/or careers.

Some ex-Bucs were appalled Jameis spoke out and called out guys who didn’t have heart (as Jameis was quick to point out to Joe the next day, he called himself out first). One former Bucs quarterback believed the opposite and enjoyed what he heard coming from Jameis’ mouth.

Recently, Trent Dilfer jumped on WDAE-AM 620 with Ron and J.P. (kudos, J.P. on the new gig!) and discussed how Jameis will change the losing culture.

“I love it. That’s why I love the kid,” Dilfer said. “[Jameis] has great conviction. He’s right, by the way. Sometimes it takes an alpha to stand up and go against the grain and say things that make other people uncomfortable.

“I think he earned it with the toughness he played with and his resilience, his productivity. Was he perfect? Heck no. Does he have a lot to learn and improve on? Absolutely, and he will do that.

“I think this is why when you look at James Winston, and I will go back to when he was 17-years old, he is not the best thrower. He is not the best athlete. He is not even elite in those areas. But he is an elite football player. He is an elite leader. I use the term he is a thermostat leader. He walks into a room, he doesn’t adjust to the temperature, he jacks it up to 80 and he doesn’t even care if the sweat makes you uncomfortable. He has done it everywhere he has ever been.

“He is one of those unique people that can change the culture and there will be some polarizing moments in the midst of that. It doesn’t surprise me he stood up and said that and by the way, I support that 100 percent.”

This is why the open Bucs gig should be so attractive. What other team without a head coach already has a young, promising quarterback to work with right off the bat? Colin Kaepernick? Please.

To hear more from Dilfer, click on the arrow below. Audio courtesy of Joe’s friends at WDAE-AM 620.

20 Responses to ““He Is A Thermostat Leader””

  1. unbelievable Says:

    Never liked Dilfer as a player but he’s a great analyst. Obviously his connection with Winston goes way back, but he’s spot on in his assessment. JW is the charismatic leader this team has needed! Keep your nose clean in the off-season and lets go out and win next year!

  2. Clodhopper Says:

    Good thing Schino isn’t here anymore. He dont like that thermostat messed with!!

  3. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    Still laughing at you handful of haters who STILL try to act like Jameis shouldn’t have been the pick. We all know it was the obvious, only, and correct call.

    You were wrong. You are still wrong. Let is go, and stop drawing attention to your poor decisions.

  4. Buddhaboy Says:

    what happened to Ron and “IAN”

  5. Joe Says:

    what happened to Ron and “IAN”

    It is now Ron and J.P.

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Jameis will make our next coach look good….I am hoping that it was more scheme and coaching than talent on the defensive side of the ball…..at least with Banks & Verner….I think we have a talent void at DE & S for certain….and we could use a true shut-down corner.
    I think our offense is solid but needs speed at WR….perhaps one more top-tier Olineman in the mix.

  7. Joe Says:

    Good thing Schino isn’t here anymore. He dont like that thermostat messed with!!


    To be honest, Jameis would have been perfect for Schiano. Or Chucky.

  8. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Lol too funny clod😊.

  9. gotbbucs Says:

    There is one big name on this team that has had a weak attitude when it comes to winning since he arrived and everybody knows who I speak off. This is why I would put him on the trade block and change defensive philosophy. We have players on this team that i believe would thrive in more of an attacking hybrid scheme, but there is one overpaid player on that d-line that will fight against the transition.
    Send the loser mentality out the door and bring in fresh blood. Will Gholston is at worst a good 5-tech and we have a litany of defensive tackles on this team that can play both schemes. LVD and Kwon can both blitz and our secondary needs to be rebuilt no matter what scheme we are in.

  10. unbelievable Says:

    Agreed on those needs tbbf.

    1 Speed WR (that can catch!)
    1 O-lineman
    2 DE’s (but 1 consistent DE would be enough for marked improvement)
    1 CB (may be good enough with Banks, Verner, Moore though, depending on scheme)
    2 Safeties (maybe only 1 if McDougald can come back to form. Seemed like he was improving and then started playing terribly. Conte was our best safety overall last season, but that’s not saying much.)

  11. Clodhopper Says:

    Perfect for Chucky, Joe? Do you some insider info you’d like to get off your chest?

  12. ElioT Says:

    This news is so SIX days ago…

  13. cmurda Says:

    I love the Thermostat leader analogy used by Dilfer. Dilfer’s a good dude. I remain appreciative of his efforts here and happy he got himself a SB ring.

  14. LargoBuc Says:

    Tbbf, I think the problem on defense was in fact talent and some what coaching. I have stated many times I beleive scheme to be a bit over blown, with every team, not just here. Our scheme wasnt much different from what is run in Carolina, Atlanta, Seattle, Dallas etc.
    But, Lovie had control over personel, so the fact that there was a lack of talent falls on his shoulders. Sure the offense was productive, but maybe If Lovie used his resources to do a little more on defense, he wouldnt have gone 6-10 and ultimately 8-24. He had to know after going 2-14, there would be no room for error and wether or not the players he brought in knew his scheme or not, if you cant play, you cant play. He knew he was on thin ice and thats what he gave us on defense?

  15. Trubucfan22 Says:

    If lovie had faith in his scheme he wouldnt have taken over the play calling. In year 1 it was frazier’s defense. Year 2 was all lovie. Tell me how you can bring in so many players with success on other teams and fail so badly? George Johnson comes to mind… He wasnt a star for the lions but he had good production in limited opportunities. How is it he did next to nothing in Lovie’s defense? Banks had 4 ints in year 1, and was thought to be our best CB by most fans and media types. How did he go from our best cb to the bench? Verner, how did he go from a pro bowler to not even good enough to play cornerback for lovie? I mean i wont say we had elite talent on defense. But on paper it was a lot better than what we got on the field. There was some excitement about the additions and the way the defense ended year 1.

    Lovie takes over and starts by getting thrashed by a rookie qb. Then continues by throwing every CB on the roster under the bus. Starting guys like Tim jennings and Mike Jenkins, over the CBs even the arm chair HC’s can see were superior.

    The entire season was a mess defensively. If year 1 was the year of transitioning and learning, then why didnt lovie’s defense get better with more talent, and more experince under their belts?

    I dont think this defense is void of talent. I think it was Lovie’s style of coaching and concepts that failed the defense.

    Every team runs a cover 2 concept. And every single one of them runs it slightly different. The talent on each team is different so you have to adjust the plays to fit the players you have. Lovie failed to do this over and over again.

  16. Chris Says:

    Obviously Jameis is a more talented thrower, but watching him spray almost every miss high (longer throws especially), it genuinely irks me that someone could hear this Dilfer rant, and picture ‘ol Tebow. Same exact thing, got his completion up to 60% recently, STILL hasn’t played since going 1-1 in the playoffs. Meanwhile, Chip Kelly goes “to war” with Sam Bradford (with predictable results), and the Texans actually thought Hoyer had a chance under pressure. This league is goddamn silly.

  17. Buccfan37 Says:

    WDAE resurrected J. P. Morgan?

  18. Bucs Nihilist Says:

    j.p. makes the show entertaining and professional. Ian was a lazy blowhard that never did his homework. Classless jerk didn’t even show up for Gruber’s “ring of honor” induction. Dave Moore called him on it on air the next day. Now that’s good radio.

  19. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Just a comment on #3’s accuracy issues.

    No doubt he still have some accuracy issues to work on. But it’s #3 and we all know how hard he’ll be working on that this off season. With baseball totally out of the picture now I believe he’ll be successsful.

    But watching the Pack-Deadskins game turned on a bulb for me. Aaron Rodgers is my favorite “thrower of the ball”. His passes are tight spirals of beauty, his touch is amazing and he can do it from the pocket or on the run. I think Aarron Rodgers is the best QB in the league today…obviously Brady lovers would object and I certainly give them scoreboard..but Rodger just throws a beautiful ball.

    Watching the playoff game I saw Rodgers make some of those amazing throws but I also saw him miss some throws wildly that I though even I could make.
    Watching Rodgers miss receivers so badly made me think that perhaps I had been too rough on #3’s accuracy problems. Perhaps he wasn’t as bad as I thought and with #3 we can never be sure that in addition to the many drops and stupid penalites negating some awesome completions..that some receivers also simply ran the wrong patterns making #3 look bad.

  20. No better way to say it Says:

    I will agree with those that say if anyone had an issue with what Winston said then they are part of the problem. If it makes you uncomfortable then it hit close to home. At that point it is up that person whether or not to make the changes to get on the same page.

    If just a few of those drops were held onto he would have been 60%+ completions and that is great for a rookie. I think 58% or whatever he ended up with is pretty good for a rookie.