“Let’s Make Life A Little Easier On Him”

October 4th, 2016
(Photo courtesy Buccaneers.com)

(Photo courtesy Buccaneers.com)

A former Bucs quarterback says don’t blame America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston.

The man talking is one of Joe’s favorite analysts, Chris Simms, the son of Phil Simms and Tampa Bay’s third-round draft pick in 2003.

Simms, who now types and does video for BleacherReport.com, is a staunch Jameis supporter. However, he seems to think Jameis is not ready to let loose.

Simms now ranks the Bucs as the 26th best team in the NFL and says things should be dialed back for Jameis, though Simms says not to blame the 22-year-old QB. Here’s a snippet.

Head coach Dirk Koetter wants a passing game like the Pittsburgh Steelers. Winston could only do so much against a defense like Denver’s. It’s geared to stop every big play.

Winston isn’t playing his best ball. Let’s make life a little easier on him with shorter throws and a defense that won’t drop so far behind a team with a rookie behind center.

Sadly, Simms seems to be contradicting himself a bit, or perhaps has negativesly re-evaluated Jameis.

Just six weeks ago, Simms explained that Jameis had progressed so quickly, he wasn’t the kind of young quarterback who needed easy throws to take pressure off him.

31 Responses to ““Let’s Make Life A Little Easier On Him””

  1. Kevin Says:

    When your qb has the dirtiest jersey on the field its a problem

  2. Mike Johnson Says:

    Make it easier on yourself Jameis. Stop forcing the ball. Stop with the turnovers. No shame in eating the ball when nobody is open. You Jameis, are giving/gifting the opposition points. Hell, no Defense can stay on the field all day. Not even our past superbowl team.

  3. LargoBuc Says:

    What has made this year so rough is that last year, Jameis truly made those around him better. This year that has not been the case. Not at all what I expected with Koetter being promoted.

  4. 207BucsFan Says:

    It just goes to show the Doug was the real MVP last year. He opened up the passing game and is really missed right now. I also think that the lack of a guy that can truly take the top off is hurting us. We will see how thing go once Doug comes back. But we need to add some more weapons to the WR position to really help out Jameis.

  5. chipbuc Says:

    No running game. No defense. No chance to be good. No matter who the QB is.

  6. Tampa Tony Says:

    Jameis has at least one turnover in 7 straight games. This is who he is, until he changes it

  7. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    Mike Glennon beat Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh…had the SB Champs Seattle on the ropes in their house along with a win over N.O. in the Dome if Schiano’s vaunted defense had just held.

    Am I suggesting MG8 is even as good as #3? Of course not.

    My point is that MG8 would not have blown us out of that game before it started.
    No he won’t make the big plays like #3 but he also won’t give the game away before it’s even started.

    Perhaps #3 needs to study a bit of MG8’s caution…at least to start games.

    I in no way am off the #3 bandwagon…but just making an honest appraisal.

    #3 came to us with three major questions. The first…off field lack of maturity has been totally answered. He’s not just answered those questions he’s been outstanding in our community.

    2nd. He has had a history of ints. He is obviously still working on that!

    3rd. He is a notoriously slow starter…again he’s still suffering from the problem.

    I think he’ll eventually correct the two remaining problems. Perhaps we all got too excited and believed he had already taken care of the issue when reality is that he’s still learning.

    That’s OK. He’s 22 years old with two seasons of major college ball and 20 games of NFL experience. He’s clearly a work in progress.

  8. Newbucsfan2 Says:

    Cut him a break everyone. We lost the running game..he’s not a magician but a very young quarterback. He’s under enough pressure let’s not pile it on. He took a physical and emotional whooping Sunday. He will fix his mistakes like he has done in the past.

  9. Kobe Faker Says:

    Trade mike evans plus 3rd round pick for OBJ

  10. Conte Piscateli Says:

    I think he means we should have simplified the play book against the best pass rush in football. The offense needs to be flexible enough to have plan for the opponent, and I think many would agree Koetters game plan would have been better suited for the Browns.

  11. unbelievable Says:

    Several years ago there was another young QB in his second year, who was called a gun slinger and primed to be a top level QB.

    He started the season 1-3, (won first game, lost next 3 in a row).

    He threw 19 TDs that season, along with 24 INTs. (Not good at all).

    His name was Brett Farve, and the Packers ended up going 9-7 down the stretch and making the playoffs. Just some perspective.

    I’m as pissed as anyone about his turnovers and poor decision making, but he’s young and the season is still young. Time to turn it around son.

  12. unbelievable Says:

    Kobe Faker once again demonstrating he has literally zero knowledge of football.

    Why do you continue to post such stupidity?

  13. Lord Cornelius Says:

    He just needs to not throw those picks man. He will learn but it’s still frustrating. Both the Denver interceptions were terrible and could easily have been the difference in the game. 17 points off turnovers.

    The defense played pretty well other than Grimes falling twice and Conte making dumb penalty. Sure they gave up 2 TDs on short fields but that is a pretty common NFL theme (scoring off turnovers on short fields).

    The Bucs have beaten themselves twice now. Carolina should be winnable but we are banged up really bad. I’m not counting on it but it would sure as hell help restore some faith

  14. Buc-a-Noles Says:

    Sure it all falls on Winston because he is the leader on the team and the QB, but it’s not just him. Sure he needs to work on protecting the ball and the slow starts.

    So far the season has been a perfect storm, with injuries, strength of schedule and lack of talent, and not to mention a new defensive scheme. I’m not sure what was really expected, they are not an 8 win or more team.

  15. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Screw the Broncos Rams and Cardals game, it’s over. This game is on Monday. Night is an absolute MUST WIN!

    If we get this one and and the Falcons lose to the Broncos, Wed be back in first place and a win like this in front of a national crowd would do so much for the culture of the team. It would also put the Panthers in the gutter and it’d be a Falcons Bucs race to playoffs.

  16. Warrenfb12 Says:

    I don’t agree with this “take stuff off his plate” conversation. Let the guy play and continue to learn.

  17. Kobe Faker Says:

    Relax, making sure the kobe haters are on their toes

    **justin forsett released. Good tough rb and in shape

  18. iamkingsu Says:

    He’s saying that the Bucs don’t have the personnel the steelers have so dial it back. Sheesh

  19. tmaxcon Says:

    protect Jameis and Give Jameis weapons and he will be fine. he has ONE offensive weapon in Evans and a good role player in hump and a broken down old vjax who appears to have lost all interest in football. Jameis has played poorly and has tried to do too much but make no mistake about it Jameis is the future and will lead this team to the playoffs. still too many losers on this team in prominent roles.

    Doug is valuable but anyone who thinks martin will be back and productive from a hamstring this time of year. sorry its not going to happen. he will either come back and be 1 and done for year or in and out until week 10 or so then done. the odds are not in his favor especially given his contract status and injury history.

  20. BucsFanRioDeJaneiro Says:

    Fellow Bucs fans, please don´t panic.
    #3 will be an elite QB very soon.
    But without Martin, Stocker and JRS, our running game simply isn´t able to move the chains.
    And, as we all know, our receiveing corps is thin. Mike Evans is our only reliable weapon at this point. Cam Brate has chemestry with JW, but he´s far from a top NFL TE. V-Jax started the season very slow, Adam Humphries is no more than a prospect at slot, Simms is an excelent situational receiver and that´s it.
    The aftermath, in my opinion, is that we need to be more conservative when it comes to the passing game, in order to make life easier to #3.
    As the game progresses, if we avoid turnovers, JW will feel more comfortable to make deep throws.
    Despite the problems, I´m very confident that, after the bye-week, Bucs will improve dramatically.
    And please apologize my poor English, I´m brazilian.

  21. Kobe Faker Says:

    Tmax speak the truth

    No way doug is in shape and able to be productive this year. He looks like a 230 lb fat alvin chipmonk

    I like jacquizz and dont sleep on his receiving skills.

    If jacquizz doesnt get atleast 17 carries and 5 receptions, there is something seriously wrong with koetter.

  22. pick6 Says:

    i think Simms is prescribing taking what the defense is giving Jameis, not truncating the playbook

  23. Stpetebucsfan Says:


    I think you’re selling #3’s targets short. Yes VJAX is having a horrible year. ME is ME…but Hump as you suggest is a good role player and Cameron Brate is also developing into a decent receiving TE. Brandon Myers had three great seasons before joining us.

    How about an oldie but goodie. Pat McInally! I grew up in Greater Cincinnati and so I was a Bengal fan before converting to the Bucs when I moved south.

    McInally like Brate played at Harvard and in fact he was the first Harvard player to ever play in a Pro Bowl and a Super Bowl. I suspect he’s the ONLY Harvard player to pull that off!

    He was primarily a punter but he was a servicable WR until concussions limited him to punting only. McInally btw was famous for getting a perfect score on the Wonderlic.

    I know you favor the thuggish types…I favor the very bright types…the smarter the better. These guys typically get more out of their talent that better physical specimens who aren’t as bright.

    Can you tell I remain very hopeful about Brate?

  24. rayjay1122 Says:


    No need to apologize for your English. I flew to Rio De Janeiro and stayed a week and was then sent to Fortaleza to work for 3 months and though I did become functionally fluent in Portuguese your English is comparatively superior to my Portuguese. Brazil was great except for the fact that I was there during the Bucs playoff games in the 1999/2000 post season and was not able to watch the games. Brazil was also the first place I ever saw people playing volleyball without using their hands….just heads and feet like soccer. I found that to be very unique but the skill required was impressive. Ciao

  25. Chris Says:

    If he were a QB from Iowa, you would be running him out of town instead of making excuses. Homerism blinders . No, not a Gator fan, just a Buc fan. Reminds me of Vinny, great athletic skills, couldn’t stop throwing to the other team. And just stop with the Favre comparisons. He hasn’t earned it. Hasn’t sniffed a winning season for two years running. It’ll be three next year, especially with Gomer Pyle running the draft. The jury’s out on all of his drafts cause he ain’t turned a damn thing around yet.

  26. Bob in Valrico Says:

    hoping jameis familiarity with panthers will help him.But he has got to be more accurate and careful with football and lack of running of game needs to be addressed. if Koetter doesn’t want to start Rodgers,then he still has the
    running them both and the hot hand taking over.

  27. Bob in Valrico Says:

    can’t make sense of Sims last statement.Jameis is no longer a rookie.And the defense dropped far behind the other team because of two pics giving Denver
    a perfect setup.and the backyard lateral attempt was no better.
    Did read an analysis that said the majority of Jameis pics going back to college were short passes.Not sure if its true or not but I do think if Jameis can complete long TD it will raise his confidence and his game.

  28. Mike Seven Says:

    I not sure I can believe my eyes reading this site , #3 is a bust , has any body watched the games this year , Watch the Bucs broncos Highlights , #3 has no touch , he not that fast , compare his throwing to both Siemian and Lynch
    Broncos got Siemian in 7th round same draft , cant imagine the good players they could have traded the draft pick for , This Lovie mistake will cost Bucs years
    No one will take #3 with his salary Bucs are stuck

  29. LakelandBuc Says:

    Jason Licht is the BUST, the worst GM in the NFL. All he have done in 3 seasons is put together a roster full of MISFITS. He have wasted more money on BUM free agents than any other GM in the league. Where is he at ? I haven’t heard his name called since the Falcons game. He’s in hiding, he ashamed of his inferior roster.

  30. Buc1987 Says:

    Mike Seven…you’re hilarious. 1 for your post and 2 cause you actually re-watched that game.

  31. Bucweiser Says:

    The real problem is the o-line. The best QB can’t make it work if they don’t give him time. Winston does have the dirtiest jersey on the field. Bash the o-line not Winston!