Behold, The Franchise

November 13th, 2016


With a few exceptions, America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, was making America great again today.

Jameis looked every bit the part of the franchise quarterback (save for a couple of plays where he could have thrown the ball away). A mark of a good quarterback is making pedestrian receivers look better.

With Mike Evans bottled up by the Bears for much of the game (who could blame them?), Jameis had no choice but to throw to guys who in other circumstances would be selling subscriptions to TIME-LIFE publications.

Cecil Shorts, Freddie Martino (and his band of Renown) got lots of targets — and some catches.

And then there is Harvard Man, the pride of Naperville, Ill., Cam Brate, who extended his NFL lead in touchdown catches by a tight end, now at six. For a guy who grew up a 45-minute train ride from Soldier Field, that that had to be special to catch a touchdown against the Bears.

But the play fans will be talking about for years if not decades to come came midway through the third quarter when Jameis went all Johnny Football, dodging Bears rushers after Bears defenders, backing up into his own end zone before escaping, running, stopping on a dime and throwing downfield for a leaping Mike Evans at midfield.

On the next play, Jameis hit Martino for a 24-10 lead and the bluehairs in the Vero Beach Ramada Inn celebrated with their vodka tonics and Boost chasers.

But this game may just be all about a young quarterback taking another step toward being the guy everyone thought he would be as a No. 1 overall pick.

Jameis finished completing 23 of 33 attempts for 312 yards and two touchdowns, and a highlight play that will last in Bucs lore long after he has retired.

Today, on Veterans Day Weekend, Jameis helped make America great again, and got the Bucs a needed home win.

25 Responses to “Behold, The Franchise”

  1. DelawareBucsfan Says:

    Where’s all the negative posters about Jameis today? Come on guys, we still wanna hear what Jameis did wrong today. What a beast! Dudes a monster. Everything is going in the right direction. I won 6,000 today betting on the Bucs. Feels good.

  2. tmaxcon Says:

    Awesome Picture Joe!!!! get ready for the crybabies LOL…

    I have said it before Jameis will be the most important and greatest buccaneer of all time. We are lucky to be witnessing greatness… All Hail JABOO

  3. COBucs Says:

    Love Jameis to death cant wait to see what the future holds for him.

  4. Buccaneer scotty Says:

    Jesus is the only savior! And we only be a 2 win team it’s not like we beat Dallas Patriots Seattle yes its nice to win but it was the bears a game you should win lets beat a real team

  5. dr. lob Says:

    Your way off base Joe

  6. Kobe Faker Says:


  7. IK Says:

    he still needs to be able to play well against actual good teams

    his performance was fine but is consistent with past performances against garbage teams

    he also didn’t need to carry the team because the defense had complete control of Jay Cutler

  8. DelawareBucsfan Says:

    Jameis is going to be one of the greatest Buccaneers ever.

  9. duthsty rhothdes Says:

    licht needs to help him out now and get OL and WRs

  10. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Nothing jinxes a team like a pic like that…

  11. Not there yet Says:

    This is Florida media like I said all it takes is one great game to be dubbed a legend in this town…. Y’all some ignorant mofos at times Joe’s

  12. Eric Says:

    Welcome back Jameis.

    We’re still in this thing, and it is not over till all the votes have been counted.

  13. The Buc Realist Says:

    Defense carries the team today, so Joe writes 5 straight articles about the offense!!!!!!

  14. Tampa Tony Says:

    Very good game but not yet a franchise qb

  15. Bucnut2 Says:

    JW had a GREAT game today!! Let’s hope this level of play is repeatable.

  16. Rolph Says:

    This is why we need to continue to build around Jamis. Hes a great leader. O line sucked on the run but did enought w the pass. Great job! D did what they are capable of but still need to get better in the back end. Coutos to conte great play!!!!

  17. Tampa Tony Says:

    Franchise qb’s string wins together and play consistently well. Jameis has that ability but after playing mediocre against bad defenses like Oak and ATL he still has room to improve

  18. Doctor Stroud Says:

    Matthew 7:15

  19. DoNUTS Says:

    JW played better today. He was not high and over the mark like the past 2-3 games. He really needs to work on his arm mechanics and can the “Pro Bowler” throw a spiral every once in a while?

    He still needs work but great team effort today and a MUCH needed WIN at HOME!

  20. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Jameis was really really good today. He was pretty much under siege all day, but still stood in there and made plays. I don’t know if he can lead us to victory against a really good team like KC, but damn it feels good to have a QB.

  21. Phred Says:

    – First 4 games Bucs went 1-3
    – Second 4 games Bucs went 2-2
    – Third 4 games Bucs have started 1-0

    Looks like the team is progressing. An 8-8 season would be a big step up. 9-7 would be overachieving for this team. Playoffs? That’s a goal for next year.

  22. clint Says:

    I believe Jameis will be a borderline HOF player when its said and done and play in SB’s.

    But he beat the bears.

  23. salish_seamonster Says:

    Jameis still has work to do. I’m not buying the hype yet. Still hasn’t come up big against a quality opponent. I’m waiting.

  24. Scottasuarus Says:

    I am a Christian and the photo doesn’t bother me. It’s all in fun and I chose to believe that a loving Christ has a sense of humor.

    It’s all about the love. Have a great Monday!!!

  25. dkdubbnole Says:

    Winston played a great game yesterday. The fact that he had absolutely no offensive line, an inept running game and only one receiver who someone could actually name out on the street, speaks volumes about his play. The heart, desire and will is there. With more experience and a better core around him, Winston could become a great football player. He’s had head scratching moments, but that is going to be the case with young players. Things will continue to get better. I am very excited about the future… I just think we are still a couple seasons, draft picks and free agent moves away. In the meantime, I will continue to support my team.