Warhop And Bajakian Get To Talk To Jameis

January 16th, 2016

Jameis Winston shown flanked by QB coach Mike Bajakian (left) and O-line coach George Warhop

New Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter will remain playcaller-in-chief of the Bucs’ offense. And Koetter explained he’ll enforce a strict rule on who gets to talk to America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston.

Chatting with media following his introduction yesterday, Koetter emphasized that Jameis shouldn’t have too many voices in his ear lending opinions, coaching and advice.

Speaking to the dean of Tampa Bay sports radio, Steve Duemig, of WDAE-AM 620, Koetter said voices allowed to talk to Jameis will be quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian and offensive line coach George Warhop.

“You can’t have too many guys talking to your quarterback,” Koetter said, adding he might hire an offensive coordinator but it’s not critical.

Joe finds it interesting that Warhop has developed a strong trust with Koetter. That’s a good thing, given what an outstanding job Warhop did last year incorporating two rookies and eight total offensive linemen last season.

15 Responses to “Warhop And Bajakian Get To Talk To Jameis”

  1. kaput Says:

    I have an elite level baseball player for a son, and can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that you need to limit the amount of people that get “inside the head” of an athlete. I’ve limited “swing talk” to three people – his hitting coach, his manager and me, and not another soul.

    Good move.

  2. Bucs Fan Since '76 Says:

    The turnaround in our perception of Warhop from bum to stud is interesting too. The OL is now a strength of the team and it has solid depth too. If Smith and Hayes can get more production from the DL then the foundation for a good run is in place. The NFL might be a QB driven league but the game of football is still about winning the battle in the trenches.

  3. Buc1987 Says:

    “to win together and we become that true family, we’re going to be hell, now.” – Jameis Winston

    Buc fans… don’tcha just love that statement?

    I’ll never forget it and I believe him.

  4. Tackleblockwin Says:

    Didn’t hear the interview, still need to listen to it. But by making that comment it makes we wonder if this was an issue this season.

  5. cover deuce Says:

    76, I think a lot of that has to do with how Warhop turned around the unit once there were actual pieces to work with. There’s no denying that he did a fantastic job breaking in Marpet and Smith. My biggest beef with Warhop last year was his perceived loyalty to Oneil Cousins and Garrett Gilkey, possibly the only guys from last years o-line more putrid than Anthony Collins.

  6. BucsBlud Says:

    Kaput, I agree. My son is the same, elite in Football and Track and Field, and as a coach of both, there are very few people I allow to give him advice, and even fewer who I allow to coach him.

    Good move by Koetter. No need to have all those words in his ear.

  7. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    I’m still not sold on our O-Line or Warhop. Winston wasn’t sacked a lot(escapes by Jameis) but he was hit more than any other QB except maybe Russell Wilson, and his O-Line is average at best. Doug Martin had a great season, in large part, due to leading the league in yards after contact with over 3 yards per rush after the first hit. I know the O-Line played better, but they could still use some upgrades IMO.

  8. gotbbucs Says:

    O-line coach needs access to discuss protections, nothing more. He’s not giving Warhop permission to coach Winston on QB fundamentals.

  9. LargoSamIM Says:


    “(escapes by Jameis)” …. are you BLIND ? I like Jameis… but he is one of the least mobile QBs in the league !! …(of course, not on the Bucs though… with Glennon0

  10. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Stats without video or nuance are meaningless.

    The number of hits on #3 is not necessarily on the OL. Much of it is on #3 himself and I say that not as an insult just an observation.

    #3 is simply too competitive at times for his own good. He HATES to give up on a play. Part of that is his innate drive…part is his rookie inexperience. Ever notice how Vet QB’s like Carson Palmer just turns immediately and tosses the ball OB when he KNOWS the play is over rather than take another hit attempting a miracle. #3 will figure this out and indeed by the end of the season he seemed to already start figuring out that fine line between trying to extend a play or simply cut your losses.

    I’d love to see a comparison chart of QB hits around the league. I suspect Carson Palmer is at the bottom and Big Ben is much closer to the top simply because of their different playing styles. The OL is certainly a factor…but the QB is right up there with them and how well the backs block is also in play.

  11. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    I think this “too many voices” though not necessarily an issue with the offense, but more of an issue with the DBs as they had three coaches over the last 2 years versus the normal one or two (at the most).

  12. Buc1987 Says:

    LargoSamIM …you’ve been outed long ago. Soooo…stop lying already.

    @BucEric…you’re correct, but the O-line was patched together pretty much from week to week. Then again I’m sure the Bucs are not the only team that has to deal with injuries on the o-line. Jameis was very mobile in the pocket at FSU and last season with the Bucs as well. Makes you wonder if this Largo guy even watched any games last season. He just throws stuff out there about JW all the time and it not only comes out of left field, it pretty much comes out of the left field stands.

    His skepticism of JW is WELL documented on these pages. Just search for them.

  13. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Winston and martin made the o line look better than they are. If you want to knock on winston because of his lowish completion percentage, then look no further than the amount of pressure Jameis consistently got. Many times in games our o line was unable to stop the pass rush. Jameis was savvy enough to avoid taking a lot of sacks. But had to throw the ball out of sync. When Jameis got time he was unstoppable.

    I guess that is a knock on Jameis. His inability to perform at a high level when pass rush gets to him. Not many, if any, qbs can do it either, so im not concerned. Even the great Tom Brady has a hard time throwing dimes when he doesn’t have time and room in the pocket.

  14. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    I guess that is a knock on Jameis. His inability to perform at a high level when pass rush gets to him.

    TruBuc I’m sure you”ve read some of that…I haven’t seen a lot..although I have seen reference to his reaction under the blitz. I didn’t think that was a big deal either. For a rookie I thought he did pretty well reading them and remember other teammates have that responsibility as well. I’m not worried at all next year about #3’s or the rest of the team’s reaction to the blitz…they have a year’s experience.

    I also agree with 87 that #3 is deceptively mobile and sneaky quick even if he’s slow in his 40 time.

    Bottom line is I have only ONE major area of concern and that is accuracy. And even having said that it’s hard to really know because he had hands of stone top receivers and penalities negated big passing plays including that TD to Adam Humphries which would have set a single game record and bumped #3’s season total to the same as Andrew Luck’s rookie year.

  15. Buc1987 Says:

    SPBf…yep it may look like I defend the kid to the end, but I don’t. I Only call BS when I see BS.