Jameis: “You Gotta Give The Fans What They Want”

February 12th, 2016
(Photo courtesy of Buccaneers.com.)

Lightning inspired. (Photo courtesy of Buccaneers.com.)

America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, was a newcomer to Tampa last spring and knew little about what to expect.

Yes, Jameis was longtime friends with Derrick Brooks and mingled at Mike Alstott’s big charity foundation event before he was drafted. But the quality of support in Tampa didn’t hit Jameis until after that.

And it didn’t come from Bucs fans.

Jameis told the Buccaneers Radio Network that it was watching the community’s response to the Tampa Bay Lightning’s great season last year that opened his eyes.

“I became a big fan of Tampa Bay fans when I seen how this city just got behind the Tampa Bay Lightning on their run to the Stanley Cup,” Jameis said. “That even made me a fan. I attended the Tampa Bay Lightning games and I wanted them to win the Cup. So I see how powerful our fans are.

“So when I stepped out there on the field, I was like, ‘We gotta win for these fans because I know they’re going to back us when we win.’

“This is a winning league. So you gotta produce wins. You gotta give the fans some sense of hope. You gotta give the fans what they want. You know, I know that sounds cliché, but home field advantage is a big thing.”

Jameis went on to talk about what a home field advantage should mean on the playoffs stage.

Pretty cool stuff there from Jameis on the power of the community and its ability to rally around and impact a team.

As for insisting fans get what they want, Jameis is on the money. Something for Bucs officials to consider when they negotiate with the running back the fans want, the running back the head coach wants, and the running back Jameis wants.


16 Responses to “Jameis: “You Gotta Give The Fans What They Want””

  1. kraymuthaphukinglocz Says:

    we the people want w’s but this is still my team if they go 0-16 (lets hope not), im having buc football withdrawl

  2. Bucsfanman Says:


  3. Espo Says:

    Offer Dougie what Licht feels is fair and if someone wants to overpay let them.

  4. Jab83 Says:

    What we want Jamies is a franchise QB for the next 10-15 years!!!! Don’t mess it up son!!!

    I don’t believe you will but it goes without saying g around here… We have never had but always WANTED a Franchise QB….

    From your mouth to your ears… Please hear, we WANT you Sir to play here for years and years… We support good people like yourself like no other city you will play for…

    Even the haters will love you IF they take am honest.look at your past…. Take it from a fellow overcomer of stupid actions… In the end all anyone really cares about is that you learned your lesson and move on never to be so stupid again… Regardless of personal feelings… You just pick yourself up and try again… As hard work always pays off equally in rewards 🙂

    Lpt of Bro Love headed your way JW… Our hopes and prayers are with you young man!!!!

  5. Duke Says:


    What’s more important, resigning Doug Martin or your desire to save the Glazers money? Reading your comments, along with countless others, it’s hard to understand the criticism that the Glazers are cheap. Do you want Doug Martin back or do you believe what they save on not over paying will somehow find its way to your wallet.

  6. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Did the Tampa Bay Lightning win the cup this year???

    I haven’t watched hockey in a few years.

  7. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    kraymuthaphukinglocz Says
    ” im having buc football withdrawl…”

    Not me. I actually need a break from watching them play. Last year was really, really hard.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m looking forward to this season…I just need to recharge my batteries first.

    Anyone else feel the same?

  8. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Doug martin isnt going to ask for a top 3 rb salary. Even though he is a top 3 rb. Anything between 7- 8 mill per year should be instantly accepted by both sides. I think martin fits in that salary range. Obviously make it front loaded with low guaranteed money, to take away some of the risk. And let martin earn his money each year. I think it is fair market value. And it solves the fact that martin hasnt been consistent in his career.

  9. Espo Says:


    I could care less about saving Glazer money. Lord knows I’ve tossed too much of my own their way. It’s about having a well rounded team and investing in positions that earn the highest contracts, not rb, where guys routinely come out of nowhere to perform well. Jameis is going to cost a fortune one day. I think D Smith will as well . Kwon, Evans.. whatever superstar Licht drafts in a few months. There is a salary cap ya know. Just because we have a ton of space right now doesn’t mean we won’t be in trouble when we go to resign our own budding stars. Landing that one free agent we might need to put us over the top will be difficult if we overpay for a rb now. I didn’t say anything about being stingy. Just be fair. He’s a good running back, 2 out of 4 years that he’s been healthy, but he isn’t the last rb on earth.

  10. Espo Says:

    Looking at the alternative though … Sims isn’t an every down back. Not yet anyways. I’m all for a franchise tag to see if Dougie can stay healthy and productive, to gauge what his real value is. Tagging him would likely be overpaying him for 1 year so I’m sure he’ll be happy about that.

  11. Espo Says:


    They apparently didn’t play dirty enough to win, and lost in the Finals to some savvy veterans the Chicago Blackhawks.

  12. Matt Cavallo Says:

    Trubucfan22, I agree with what you say about the structure, but apparently Dougie is going to hit the market. I’ve been hearing that a lot today. I am expecting (and hoping) that he tests the market, and gets an offer for the bucs to match. And the bucs better pull the trigger. That is what they get for declining his option, I mean I get it. Idk.

  13. Mike Says:

    Even if they say “NO”, right Jameis?

  14. Buc1987 Says:

    I think I’d go gay for Jameis…lmao.

    If you want to destroy my sweater
    Hold this thread as I walk away…

  15. Bucko40 Says:

    Then why don’t accept responsibility for rapping a young woman and go to prison. Seems like you’ve convinced yourself and nearly everyone else that nothing happened. A real man would’ve owned up to their mistakes and moved on from their.

  16. Buc1987 Says:

    Bucko40…they just rolled back life’s at Wal-Mart.

    Hurry up and go get one.

    What wilt thou say when Jameis wins his counter-suit and your girlfriend loses hers?