All About Mechanics

November 16th, 2016
Sharp last five games.

Sharp last five games. A former Bucs QB weighs in. (Photo courtesy of

America is on a roll.

Since he tossed a pair of picks against the Broncos, America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, is rolling. Jameis has thrown for 11 touchdowns and two picks in his last five games. Pretty damned good ratio.

For former Bucs quarterback Trent Dilfer, the reason is simple. Jameis cleaned up his mechanics. Speaking on WDAE-AM 620 this week on the “Ron and J.P. Show,” Dilfer has noticed a new Jameis since the loss to the Broncos.

“I have seen him tightened up,” Dilfer said of Jameis. “I have seen him become more efficient with his body movements, both lower and upper body. The ball is coming out better. It is quicker. He is not throwing interceptions because [the Bucs] are dinking and dunking. They are still piping it down the field. I think when he misses now, he has more control of the ball. And the ball is not getting away from him so DBs can get their hands on it.”

This is clearly good to learn but it raises a question with Joe. If Dilfer could see Jameis’ mechanics were all screwed up, how come Bucs coaches, specifically quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian who is supposed to be Jameis’ mechanics guru, couldn’t see this?

Look, Joe is happy this got corrected and clearly Jameis did something overtly to correct his problems. Why wasn’t this smoothed out in training camp and/or how did Bajakian allow Jameis to slip back into bad habits?

Maybe Joe is off base, but he will raise the question once again: If Bajakian is such a rising star in the coaching ranks as the Bucs claim he is, why hasn’t he developed a better quarterback during his coaching career than his previous prized pupil, Dan LeFevour? Prior to working with Jameis, Bajakian’s best student has bounced around North American professional teams more than a basketball at a community rec center.

There are other juicy nuggets in the Dilfer interview and you can listen to it in full by clicking the arrow below. Audio courtesy of Joe’s friends at WDAE-AM 620.

23 Responses to “All About Mechanics”

  1. Mojiska Says:

    Maybe he saw the bad habits, but it took jameis a while to work through them. Things don’t get perfected overnight.

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    It’s not always the coach….sometimes a player simply needs time to develop.

  3. The Buc Realist Says:

    Maybe Jw3 was working on it and that is why he did not start playing until halfway thru the second quarter!!!! Luckily the defense was already carrying the game!!!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!

  4. Bucsfan4life Says:

    It seems like winston is going to be one of those guys that plays better down the stretch which could be good for us. He could be one of those guys that starts to Come around towards the end of the season and into playoffs. Just a thought.

  5. tdtb2015 Says:

    Could it be JW had a minor injury from hitting the ground so much this season and now he is recovered? JW will never admit to it.

  6. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    He keeps looking better and better lately

  7. Clodhopper Says:

    I swear this is deja vu from last year. If I recall correctly, Dilfer said this same thing last year when Jameis cleaned up his picks after that horrendous Panther game when he through 5 or so picks.

    I’ll never ever forget the look on his face when he threw his forth pick against the Cards. That look terrified me, because you could see was dumbfounded and had no idea where to go from there and what was going wrong.

    It’s almost like Jameis needs a good dose of shock therapy at the beginning of each season to clean up his picks. Haha

  8. ATrain Says:

    Really Joe?????

    No one gets the benefit of the doubt on this team but YOUR BOY…

    The coach can see a problem and change it in a game or two..

    It takes time to change and develop a player… Really you question the Coach?

    I got a question you should ask—-Where is the Million Dollar Mans Sacks like he had his first year??????????????????

  9. Kobe Faker Says:

    Agreed we need better coaches with alot of nfl experience to help jameis

    We a need a offensive coordinator to help out koetter the clown

    He cant do both jobs at once like alot of nfl head coaches

    I think koetters play designs, schemes and ,predictable playcalling

    Its the wrong scheme for jameis and how to beat the nfl defenses

    39 games to jameis free agency

  10. Buc1987 Says:

    Tampabaybucfan Says:

    “It’s not always the coach….sometimes a player simply needs time to develop.”

    Correct. Buc fans need to stop whining about this 22 year old kid that had the misfortune of being drafted by this woeful franchise. I guess some expected Joe Montana out of the box.

    You all should be thankful imo.

  11. R.O. Says:

    Come in Joe.. grasping at straws saying the Coaching Stagf hasn’t been working and coaching on his Mechanics. Criticizing without data to back it up is just bad story writing.

  12. The Buc Realist Says:


    Its just when Joe ask why the defense was aggressive with blitzes!! Well this was one of the first games that they had success with it. Other games their were some and they were not effective so they moved on to other formations!!!

    And one of the reasons it work well last sunday is that GMC93 had the attention of 2 and so did NS57!!!!! leaving wide open lanes to bring it!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Bucsince1976 Says:

    Yes, sometimes 22 year old QBs start to improve with experience. It has been known to happen.

    But haters will hate. Jameis will still have bad games, just like Eli Manning and Big Ben, but when Jameis does it, the haters will scream “bust!” and somehow claim the Bucs would have been better off drafted MM or trading away the pick.

    JW is a good QB, and we should be grateful.

  14. Matthew Says:

    Or maybe Dilfer is just blowing hot air to explain something he’s guessing about. They played one of the best defenses in the league vs Denver, which cause even the best QBs problems.
    Jameis is 22, playing his first full year of football with no baseball offseason with subpar supporting casts outside of Mike Evans. He’s going to struggle at times but so far has shown a propensity to get better; all the bloviating from week to week about him is tiresome. We have a good extremely talented young QB, who is making improvements, something we’ve never had here in Tampa. Go Bucs.

  15. unbelievable Says:

    LOL Joe just because you see a problem doesn’t mean it can be fixed instantly. How do you know what coaches have and have not been working on with him?

  16. Bucsfanman Says:

    Really ATrain?! Really?! You have to drag in your GMC diatribe?
    This is about our QB.
    He’s a work in progress and will be for a few more years. There’s nothing wrong with that. Keep working JW.

  17. cmurda Says:

    It’s because Jameis was taught that football doesn’t start until November. It should come as no coincidence that in November and onward, he is playing great football.

  18. SOEbuc Says:

    Joe I’m pretty sure mechanics were one of the biggest things they were talking about in camp. And you’re media and public. They probably tell you/us about 10 percent of whats really going on inside OBP.

  19. Defense Rules Says:

    @Joe … ‘how did Bajakian allow Jameis to slip back into bad habits?’ Obviously Wednesday, Nov 16th has been designated as ‘Mike Bajakian’s Day’. Well, his day to get thrown under the bus at least. Thump thump Mike, Jameis’ problems are on you. They had nothing to do with his lack of weapons for several games, or with an OLine that’s been shaky at times. And certainly nothing to do with Jameis facing some pretty decent defenses over those weeks. Nope, today is officially ‘Mike Bajakian Day’. Thump thump Mike.

  20. LakeLandBuc Says:

    This Sunday, we have to face the Top-Ranked Defense in Interceptions. This will be a huge test for our passing game.

  21. 813bucboi Says:

    @Lakeland….im hoping for a win…but if we lose, I wonder what excuse will we hear next?….at some point that staff has to beat a team above .500 to show improvement….DIRK=JIM TOMSULA….GO BUCS!!!

  22. Mike85 Says:

    Only joe things a QB with average or below average mechanics like Jameis gets fixed in 2 off seasons. It takes time Joe. Look at Blake Bottles his mechanics are all over the place. What we will get frim Jameis will be inconsistencies. I say by after 4 or 5 off sayeasons his mechanics should be very good. As long as there’s improvement each season. Th

  23. Pete Mitchell Says:

    That Dilfer is pretty good at noticing stuff after that fact…