Jameis As MVP?

August 30th, 2016
Expecting big things from America.

Expecting big things from America.

This is the time of year for predictions as football fans suffer through the banal final week of preseason football.

Kickoff for the new regular season is just nine days away — nine!

And while popular sports radio and television personality Adam Schein has yet to offer his picks for league awards, on NFL.com he wrote that he envisions a certain quarterback as a dark horse candidate for the 2016 MVP.

That would be America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston.

As I wrote a few months back, the Bucs are my sleeper team in 2016 — I think they can win nine games and seriously contend for a playoff spot. And I believe Winston, who enjoyed a very solid rookie campaign, will take an even bigger step forward. The game slows down in Year 2. He’s on the same page with Dirk Koetter, who not only remains Jameis’ play-caller but now assumes head-coaching duties. The coaching change will equal more wins in Tampa. I think Winston will post a very impressive touchdown-to-interception ratio, as his rapport with the receiving corps (particulary third-year man Mike Evans) continues to improve.

Look, admittedly, I was initially opposed to Tampa Bay taking Winston No. 1 overall. All of the issues that arose during his time at Florida State — from the serious (a sexual assault allegation that didn’t end up spawning criminal charges) to the stupid (crab legs, anyone?) — just didn’t sit right with me. I questioned his maturity and ability to take on the role of franchise face. But to his credit, he’s been a model citizen in Tampa, drawing rave reviews for his work ethic and dedication to his craft. Winston has kept himself out of trouble and emerged as the Bucs’ leader, wise beyond his years.

If the Bucs do make the playoffs — that’s a bit of a stretch — Joe can think of no other person who would be the team’s MVP other than Jameis. And for all the reasons Schein details.

Hey, nobody in their right mind thought the Bucs last year would be 6-6 and in the thick of a wild card hunt before the bottom collapsed. So why would it be shocking to see the Bucs contend this year?

Still, the only way Joe sees Jameis as an MVP candidate is if he put up very sick numbers, or the Bucs won the division. Few MVPs didn’t play for a division winner.

29 Responses to “Jameis As MVP?”

  1. tmaxcon Says:

    Jameis in a few short years will not only be the most important buccaneer of all time he will be the greatest buccaneer of all time. No disrespect to brooks, sapp or selmon but Jameis will hoist multiple super bowl trophies in Tampa a feat none of the previous greats could accomplish.

  2. pick6 Says:

    the division seems vulnerable. the falcons don’t look all that improved from last year, the saints have been better then the bucs in recent years but seem perpetually shaky nonetheless, and the panthers seem destined for some regression after a bit of a miracle season.

    but MVP? that requires winning as well as monstrous stat totals. it’s nice to think about but i don’t think Jameis is poised to throw the almost 5,000 yards and 40+ TDs that some other better known QB like brady or rodgers or big ben is. we are more balanced and seem very unlikely to put the gameplan 100% in our QBs hands. It took a few years of superb play for those QBs to obtain that trust

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    If Jameis has a year like he had a half against Cleveland….he will be a MVP no matter how we finish in the division.

  4. Buccfan37 Says:

    Even for the Bucs to climb to a middle of the pack quality team will be an accomplishment worthy of note. That is the hope this season reasonably holds.

  5. Buc1987 Says:

    This is a guy that’s usually down on the Bucs…

  6. Buc1987 Says:

    Jameis is coming to Tampa….

    LOL that was one of my favorite lines pre-draft 2015.

    The best part of all this is we get to see it unfold before our very eyes instead of watching him star for another team with our very eyes.

    Lots of stuff was said on these pages before that draft about JW. There was numerous insults and name calling thrown at him by Bucs fans. I think the 2 most outlandish things I saw on this site was 1. “Jameis Winston’s not a good leader” and 2. “I predict he falls out of the 1st round possibly all the way to the 3rd.”

    I type all this cause I agree with what tmaxcon typed. You’re right buddy.

  7. Rrsrq Says:

    He just needs about 4 games like he had against Philly last year, a few plays like the one he made against the dirtybirds where he takes over and then he will likely need some come back games, where he brings the team in FG range for his buddy Roberto

  8. Pirate Nation Says:

    Let’s see a winning record first..baby steps. GO BUCS!

  9. Waterboy Says:

    Wow I’m going to have to look back thru the archives later today but if my memory serves me correctly this guy had a very strong opinion against drafting famous Jameis!

  10. The Buc Realist Says:

    Buc1987 Says:
    August 30th, 2016 at 11:28 am
    This is a guy that’s usually down on the Bucs…

    For the record, it was because he knew the popstar and coach my scheme were buffoons!!!!!!

  11. JonBuc Says:

    Say what you will @ Schein’s schtick….he called out Lovie’s demise way before most of us saw it…so I hope he’s at least somewhat close to accurate on this prognostication.

  12. canadian bucsfan Says:

    Schien has been high on Tampa since they fired Lovie. He has stated the team got immediately better when they fired Lovie.

  13. Jeagan1999 Says:

    Nice to get some love from the pundits, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We are in a tough division and we need to jump out to a strong start! If we go 7-3 or 6-4 thru the first 10 games, then we can dare to imagine greatness….until then, we are just another team with visions of grandeur going into a new season. “Greatness” has to be earned.

  14. Bucsfanman Says:

    I dig the excitement and optimism. We have definitely got something special. MVP? Why not?!

  15. Buc1987 Says:

    Realist… he didn’t much care for Schiano as well.

  16. Mike Johnson Says:

    Don’t eat the..yellow snow just yet. The Bucs must make a playoff series..first.
    Who cares about league MVP? I care about us winning the division and getting to the playoffs with a win here and there. jameis can throw a la Marino for 600 yrds. Don’t mean nothing without us advancing in the playoffs. To hell with medals, Give us victories!

  17. Bucsfanman Says:

    Agreed MJ! MVP is nice but a Lombardi is better!
    Go Bucs!

  18. Erik w/ Clean Athletics 'The Kwon Alexander of Bucs Fans' Says:

    I can definitely see Jameis being a strong MVP candidate this year; if not the run away winner.

    Especially with the success that we’re about to have this season.


  19. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    Hey he won the Heisman in his red shirt Freshman year at FSU…why not an MVP with the Tampa Bay Bucs?

  20. Pickgrin Says:

    If Crybaby Cam Newton can win an MVP, then Jameis Winston certainly can. Probably not this year – but in a couple years I’d say its more likely than not that Jameis could walk away with such an honor. If he does, it will mean the Bucs are SB contenders – that’s the beauty of such a possibility.

  21. tomv Says:

    schein was very vocal about the bucs making a huge mistake in drafting Winston glad to see him admitting he was wrong

  22. CreamsicleBananaHammock Says:

    When does they announce the team captains?

  23. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Playoff chances improved (slightly) with Minnesota losing Teddy…or allegedly losing Teddy for the year.

  24. Vegabuc Says:

    Jameis Winston for President

  25. gilhealy Says:

    2/26/2015 Strange Adam Schein Stance- that’s the article Joe wrote where Schein really tears the Bucs and Winston a new one. I don’t know how to paste that article, but he has really changed his tune.

  26. gilhealy Says:

    Sorry Joe, but I figured it out. https://www.joebucsfan.com/2015/02/strange-adam-schein-stance/

  27. Buc1987 Says:

    gilhealy…so what you’re essentially saying is that I know more about Jameis Winston than Schein..

  28. Gilhealy Says:

    Indeed you do ‘1987. I’ll give the guy credit for admitting he was wrong, but the whole “keeping his nose clean” crap kills me. He was never gonna be a problem off the field. You see how fast they moved off Mariota and went to Gurley? Who’s next? Winston is head and shoulders better than anyone they try to overshadow him with. I love watching the media flounder.

  29. Strider ....Sec 147 Says:

    Cam is trash and losers dab