Talk Of Bucs Muzzling Jameis Is Baloney

January 12th, 2016

Jameis Winston 2Joe couldn’t believe the take from longtime Buccaneers beat writer Rick Stroud on WDAE-AM 620 this morning.

Stroud was on the air saying he believes the silence of America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, since the firing of Lovie Smith, is “an organizational decision.”

Joe’s good friend The Big Dog, Steve Duemig of WDAE, even entertained the subject on his show this afternoon.

Jiminy Christmas! Isn’t it possible, likely even, that Jameis has stayed quiet because he’s mature enough to wait until he’s interviewed? Jameis shunned social media nearly all season long. His silence is no surprise.

During Lovie’s final days leading the Bucs, he made it clear that he never put a “muzzle” on Jameis. It was as if Lovie shared a personal commandment in developing the rookie franchise QB. “Thou shalt not muzzle Jameis.”

Joe invested time to track down multiple sources today. They all told Joe that the notion of Team Glazer and/or Jason Licht somehow ordering Jameis to keep quiet is outright baloney.

Joe believes that completely.

41 Responses to “Talk Of Bucs Muzzling Jameis Is Baloney”

  1. Bucnut2 Says:

    I know it’s the slow off-season news cycle and that we are waiting on a coaching announcement, but REALLY joe, who cares? This is a non story.

    First of all, there is NO slow offseason news cycle in the NFL, only a little in July and after the Super Bowl for a small stretch. So Joe has no idea what you’re talking about. Second, Joe writes about what Joe finds interesting. A 20-year beat writer in town is saying on the flagship radio station that he thinks the team is muzzling the franchise QB. Joe finds that damn interesting. Therefore, Joe is writing about it. –Joe

  2. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Come on, Joe. You know Rick Stroud has been making up the news for over a decade.

  3. Kevin Says:

    Bucs interviewed koetter for the hc job officially today. I expect them to make the announcment tomorrow whether or not they are planninh on setting us up for more future failure or not. I hope its Dirk.

  4. Brett Says:

    More evidence that Lovie didn’t handle Jameis perfectly.

    Jameis handled Jameis perfectly.

  5. Leighroy Says:

    Well said Brett!

  6. Rons13 Says:


  7. AceofAerospace Says:

    I read darn near anything Buccaneer. Thanks joe.

  8. jb Says:

    First of all, there is NO slow offseason news cycle in the NFL, only a little in July and after the Super Bowl for a small stretch. So Joe has no idea what you’re talking about. Second, Joe writes about what Joe finds interesting. A 20-year beat writer in town is saying on the flagship radio station that he thinks the team is muzzling the franchise QB. Joe finds that damn interesting. Therefore, Joe is writing about it. –Joe
    Joe likes what Joe writes about because Joe likes what Joe writes about and if you don’t like it, tell it to Jimmy because Joe likes what Joe writes about even when it’s concerning what Joe writes about.-Jimmy/Joe

  9. AwesomeMike Says:

    Anybody See That We Are Interested In Nick Saban Per Yahoo sports.

  10. Clodhopper Says:

    I don’t care either. Slow new, fast news, rumor news, talks around the town news. If it’s about Bucs past and present, I want to read it and be caught up on that news. Some of us are out of towners. We don’t have the radio or the news staions to hear things 20 times a day. I’ll take it!!

    Plus I agree. Jameis did what QB’S are supposed to do: Be the smart, mature one on the team. Off the field, he has done everything flawlessly since being here, and I’m not shocked that this is just another example!

  11. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Isn’t it possible, likely even, that Jameis has stayed quiet because he’s mature enough to wait until he’s interviewed?

    Not for some people! I was one of #3’s biggest critics during the runup to the draft because of the collection of off field immaturity. The Bucs did their due diligence and picked him #1. I immediately became a fan but not blind. #3 has EARNED my respect!!! Not because a pundit or blogger said anything about him…but because of HIS own words and actions.

    That does not seem to be enough to satisfy some of #3’s critics. That’s their problem!!!

    As for Joe doing the story…DUH…many of us…not just Rick Stroud have questioned #3’s silence. On ANY NFL team when the head coach is fired one of THE FIRST people of interest is the team’s QB and his reaction!

  12. JA Says:

    I yearn for the days when “could it be, possibly, unknown source,” and my favorite, “what the media doesn’t want you to know” were not part of any reporter’s repertoire. Ironically the “media cover up” stories are usually written by a member of the media. But those days are gone. People will now write or say anything because it works. Many believe anything they read while the rest of have to siphon through the B.S. Idiocracy has become the rampant norm and it’s up to guys like Stroud to appeal to that sad demographic.
    Although an imaginary friend of mine saw Jameis crying one hour after Lovie was fired. He also said that Jameis was too broken hearted to speak as Lovie was a like father figure to him.

  13. BrianBucs Says:

    Actually, I was thinking earlier today that I thought it was odd that we hadn’t heard from Jameis about the Lovie firing.
    Whoever made the decision to keep Jameis quiet at this time (Jameis or Bucs) made the correct one

  14. AJ Says:

    The kid has had a mic in his face since August. Don’t you think he maybe was looking forward to a little R&R somewhere away from Tampa for a while??

  15. Cat Says:

    Most of the offensive players were silent about Lovie’s firing on Twitter. That should tell you something.

  16. ManzielMadness Says:

    Off topic but St. Louis is moving to LA

  17. Elle Says:

    It is a story. Not everybody stayed silent, isn’t that right? A few players took to social networks to comment the decision to fire Lovie Smith, only to backtrack in a hurry and delete their messages. As far as I know, JW has done no such thing. He should certainly be praised for showing everybody that he’s a good citizen after all, and that his past mistakes were just that… the typical juvenile mistakes that most people end up dealing with, at some point or another.

  18. NoBucsGiven Says:

    I’m not saying it’s ownership someone is helping jameis with his decisions on public image and social media. Did anyone notice that he didn’t say a word on Instagram or Twitter all season until the day after the final game? With someone who had all kinds of red flags on his maturity and public image right up until draft day, he seems to have done an about face. I don’t care who it is, but he needs to keep it up!

  19. gulfcoast Says:

    JOES! Your site is like crack. Keep on doin what you’re doin! Go Bucs!

  20. Pelbuc Says:

    If Bucs don’t announce Koetter as HC tomorrow, it tells me they are trying to swing for the fences and chartering a flight to Alabama. I don’t think the Glazers have the fan’s interest at hand, rather their own arrogance is paramount like when they bought ManU. Value of Bucs with Saban as coach is different than a first time coach. Look around and see how these billionaire owners are justifying the screwing over of St. Louis. Nevertheless, Lovie was not advancing this team nor the Glazers’ agenda so he became expendable. Continuity is only good when you’re winning.

  21. cometowin2 Says:

    Don’t think anybody is muzzling Jameis on Lovie’s release but it is interesting that he didn’t have his own radio show this year. Only saw him appear once on Total Access at the end of the year. Appears they may not totally trust what he might say.

  22. Vincente Says:

    Thank you Joe this is very interesting. Glad to know this info.

  23. SuperSam Says:

    anything bucs is better than nothing bucs, I read just about everything buccaneer, always have. When I was a kid growing up in New Mexico and a slow dial up internet I had to rely on the the paper version of Pewter Report, which by the time it made it to my mail box is was usually a week behind, but I still cherished every word of it.

  24. Buccfan37 Says:

    The Rams are back in the NFC West for real.

  25. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    There are very few player comments on the Lovie firing….most comments other than “I wish him well” are totally inappropriate….If you simply put yourself in Jameis place…..If you boss was fired and you immediate supervisor is up for the job… keep your mouth shut!!!

  26. Buc1987 Says:

    The Tampa media……AND….. A few of you fans can’t stand the fact that you were DEAD wrong about this kid.

    Jameis IS a good kid. Jameis IS a smart kid.

    The fans and media that haven’t figured that out yet only make themselves look slow and ignorant.

    Thee end.

    Go Bucs!

  27. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I can’t help but feel bad for St. Louis fans tonight. Just think of it….losing your team. As bad as it is for Buc fans at times with the coaching carousel….bottom dwelling and all….at least we can count on our team being where we want them….in Tampa.
    I no longer live in Tampa but I would be devastated if the Bucs moved elsewhere.

  28. Buc1987 Says:

    SuperSam……reminds me of when I lived in N.C. The only Buc news I got was a small write up in the USA today. I hunted for one daily.

    AOL and dial up on a 3 inch thick laptop was a few years later on for me. Still really only had back then I think. Not even sure if the Times was even online yet.

  29. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    One thousand percent in agreement from what Brett said..Jameis is his OWN man..mature beyond his years…

    Now let’s get an announcement tomorrow on who is HC..No more waiting!

  30. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Hopefully Licht Hires Donnie Henderson as the new defensive backs coach. One of the best in the industry. Then follow that up by signing Jim Schwartz as the new DC.

  31. Pawel Says:

    This site is like crack, but I don’t know how crack is; yeah..

  32. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    (Possible Staff Up-Grades)
    • Defensive Coordinator: Jim Schwartz
    • Defensive Line Coach: Joe Cullen
    • Assistant Defensive Line Coach: Paul Spicer
    • Linebackers Coach: Hardy Nickerson
    • Defensive Backs Coach: Donnie Henderson

    Things would get very interesting- if Buffalo decides to release – Defensive Coach Line Karl Dunbar.

  33. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    *Defensive Line Coach Karl Dunbar.

  34. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    Me like that roster!

  35. lurker Says:

    “JOES! Your site is like crack. ”


    obviously you’ve never tried crack!

    ps this isn’t the 1990’s anymore.

  36. lurker Says:

    clodhopper = chef ?

  37. calibuclife Says:

    Jameis is smart enough to understand that he will be a Captain on this team next season and with being a leader, franchise quarterback,1st overall pick he has to walk that fine line because not only is the NFL a lead by example league but he has already dealt with scrutiny and controversy so he is going to continue to be a pro Lead by example if your franchise player is a screw up what do u think the rest of the team will do I.e. Johnny Football

  38. 1sparkybuc Says:

    It appears by all of the responses that a lot of people care, and this IS an actual story. I’m very proud of Jameis. He has done very well, and I expect he will to improve and make us all proud.

  39. Solinor Says:

    Joe, it’s spelled bologna, not baloney. Lol

  40. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    What StPeteBucsFan said goes for me too.

  41. Clodhopper Says: