Mike Alstott Talks Jameis, “Momentum”

January 18th, 2016

AlstottJoe caught up with the A-Train, Mike Alstott, in St. Petersburg this afternoon, where Alstott is serving as running backs coach for the “East” team for Saturday’s East-West Shrine game.

Of course, Joe and Alstott discussed the coaching hire of Dirk Koetter, who replaced Lovie Smith.

“They made a great hire,” Alstott said of Koetter. “It’s a situation where there’s a lot of momentum going on with that coach and the offense now. Get that defense going, too. There’s a lot of great talent on defense. I think he’ll get it all together.”

Joe followed up and asked Alstott how he defines the “momentum” he referenced.

“Obviously, the leader. The leader Winston,” Alstott said.

“Jameis is, you know, obviously that guy can make plays and do a lot of things. And very passionate you can see in his demeanor. And I think guys rally around him. He’s got that presence where guys want to play for him, be in the huddle with him. When it starts with him, it helps two rookies on the offensive line. And then with all the stuff he did, he had a depleted wide receivers corps. And then you have your running back come back and lead the league. When you have a running attack like that and a guy like Jameis, you can’t go wrong.”

Man, Alstott, who isn’t one for much emotion, really brightened up with speaking of America’s Quarterback. It was as if Alstott wanted to suit up and play with Jameis immediately.

Alsott, who coaches high school ball in Pinellas County, said he really enjoyed his first day on the field today with the four running backs he’s mentoring. He’s loving the “coachable” nature of guys who had strong college careers. “You tell them something and they get it quickly,” he said.

That’s not enough, though, to get Alstott thinking of a coaching at the college or pro level. “Not yet,” he said.

37 Responses to “Mike Alstott Talks Jameis, “Momentum””

  1. BoJim Says:

    The A-Train. Favorite Buc right there.

  2. gotbbucs Says:

    Alstott is the reason I became a Bucs fan, from all the way up here in Iowa.

  3. Pick6 Says:

    unlike a lot of ticked off buccaneer legends, here is one guy looking forward to the same thing many fans are – a franchise that will be trusting its offense to lead the charge for the first time in 40 years.

  4. John Herb Says:

    Alstott is, was and always will be THE man! The very definition of ” let your body of work speak for itself ” I was a bit worried about the new staff but if A Train is excited count me in!

  5. Bucs3 Says:

    Same here, except from michigan

  6. Walter Says:

    Maybe one day he’ll coach the Bucs RB’s

  7. Pelbuc Says:

    Great Buccaneer man who always let his play do the talking. He should mentor ASJ and Evans at the very least to teach them maturity and humility. Sure do miss him and Warrick Dunn. Not very many likeable players on this team. Hopefully, Koetter and Licht can change the mindset and bring in some players that are interested in more than cashing a paycheck and making excuses.

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I’d love to see us improve our FB position….either use Lane more or get rid of him…..we need a back like Alstott or Graham….

  9. The Buc Realist Says:

    I hope he is teaching how to “Block” as well!!!!

  10. grafikdetail Says:

    can someone name one ex-buc legend or not that publicly stated they were ticked off?

  11. AceofAerospace Says:

    The best present my son ever bought/made for me is a collage of Mike Alstott cards framed. I think my son was about 15. He put a lot of work into it. He’s 25 now. Best gift ever.

  12. ATrain Says:

    That’s Right. The ATrain Showed Passion for the Game…

    ATrain is the Man


  13. Buccfan37 Says:

    The A train is still on track, he knows what he sees in these Bucs coaching changes. His take and the future are like a breath of clean fresh air.

  14. Jeagan1999 Says:

    The “A-Train” was a joy to watch! You always expected him to run with power and determination, but Someone THAT big just was not supposed to be that nimble and shifty too! He could make people miss, as well as lower his pads and just run right through defenders! #40 has been, and will continue to be one of my favorite athletes of all time!

  15. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Best FB ever.

  16. NCBuc Says:

    One of my favorite runs from A-Train was the playoff game against Washington when he stood 3 guys up and still got the TD. Had dropped my beer jumping up on that play

  17. James Walker Says:

    So is John Lynch next year’s ROH?

  18. Pickgrin Says:

    The Buc Realist Says:
    January 18th, 2016 at 6:22 pm
    I hope he is teaching how to “Block” as well!!!!

    wow. apparently your dickditude knows no bounds

  19. cmurda Says:

    It was as if Alstott wanted to suit up and play with Jameis immediately.

    Man, I miss #40. Just seeing the above line, got me excited even if it was a pipe dream.

  20. Luther Says:

    Trubucfan22 Says:
    January 18th, 2016 at 8:03 pm
    Best FB ever.


    Good Buc…exciting sure…Best FB ever…hardly

  21. Espo Says:

    As far as actually running the ball, he might just be the best fullback ever.

  22. NashvilleBuc Says:

    Alstott is one bad a$$ football playin dude. Best fullback ever.

  23. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:

    Mike Alstott needs to stop being lazy and come out of retirement

  24. ToesOnTheLine! Says:

    Probably my favorite Buc as well. I didn’t get to see many games back then (being in NY), but when I’d catch one on TV or come down to Tampa to see a game at Raymond James he was always so much fun to watch bowl people over in his way. I agree with him on the Koetter hire too. It might only be “gut feeling”, but I think we finally have the necessary trifecta of a good GM, a guy who will be a good HC, and a franchise QB with the burning desire to win and be the best. Obviously we’ve seen a lot of broken dreams as Bucs fans and need to play a game of wait and see, but I am more enthused for the upcoming season than I’ve been in a long time.

  25. darin Says:

    He wasn’t a fullback until gruden came along. Great running back. One of those players that got that stadium rocking

  26. Trubucfan22 Says:

    I guess you gotta split blocking FB and Running FB… He was certainly one of the best running and receiving FBs in league history.

    And he was always a FB. Gruden just used him as a blocker more often after the superbowl year.

  27. Frank Pillow Says:

    Bam! Boom! Pow! Alstott up the gut!!! The man is a Bucs legend. His awe-inspiring ground and pound often brought all of RJS to its feet- back when the place was loud, proud and full of fans.

  28. Ray Rice Says:

    “Alstott up the guttttttt!!!” Dam! Where all the MF’s that thought firing garbage Lovie was wrong. LMFAO I don’t see #40 complaining.#TheRealATrain

  29. Heilan Laddie Says:

    My favourite all time player. Always positive and a great team player even when he was not always in favour. Always encouraging. A true Bucs man and a great human being.

  30. Pickgrin Says:

    Trubucfan22 Says:
    January 18th, 2016 at 10:37 pm
    “Gruden just used him as a blocker…”

    That fact was probably the only thing that ever consistently pissed me off about Jon Gruden. I love Chucky and we are forever indebted to the man for the SB win – but his misuse (or should I say non-use) of Mike Alstott as a runner/receiver was practically criminal. A lot of people forget that A-train caught 65 passes his rookie year…

    Fans who watched Alstott plow through defenses for 6 years before Gruden arrived mostly felt resentful when his role the last 5 years of his career was basically reduced to blocking only with just an occasional short yardage carry. But Mike NEVER publicly complained nor said a word about it. He was an exemplary professional and teammate.

    Talk about class – Mike Alstott is truly one of the nicest and most humble men who have ever put on a Buccaneer uniform. Our all time TD leader as well.

  31. Pickgrin Says:

    6 straight pro bowls and 4 straight all pros before Gruden IMO derailed the A-Train’s almost certain HOF career.

  32. darin Says:

    Trubuc…he was not always a fb. No argument to it.

  33. DallasBuc Says:

    Love Mark Alstott

  34. #1 Buc Fan Says:

    Alstotti was to the Bucks as Zonka to the Fins.
    One hell of a player. I would like to see him as R B Coach.

  35. calibuclife Says:

    I love the A-Train this is what Schiano used to talk about when saying Buc men he Is a true Homer and I love his support that he gives the team

  36. DavidbigBucsFan Says:

    DallasBuc was thinking same exact thing! Gruben couldn’t even get his name right. Never understood how he coveted Lightning over Thunder.

  37. DavidbigBucsFan Says:

    Pickgrin I second that on Alstott and BucMoronic. Alstott is the greatest ever in my book. I think Grudens wife liked Alstott that’s why he pretty much buried the rest of Mikes career.