Brate: Jameis Ordered Internal Exam

December 7th, 2016
Dr. Jameis.

Dr. Jameis.

Yes, your Bucs are parading through national media outlets.

That usually happens in December as often as Joe passes on warm chocolate chip cookies.

Yesterday, tight end Cameron Brate carried his six touchdowns this season to the SiriusXM NFL studios with hosts Brady Quinn and Bruce Murray.

Joe already shared Brate’s take on Dirk Koetter versus Lovie Smith, but Harvard-man Brate also talked about a turning point in the season.

After the Bucs were clobbered on Thursday Night Football, Brate said, Jameis gathered players the next day and gave them homework.

It was to “focus on why we play the game” and ask ourselves, “Where was our passion coming from?” Brate said of Jameis’ words.

“We were all pretty low,” Brate said of the team’s mindset at that time. And he said Jameis’ speech had a real impact.

“That was a huge moment for us,” Brate said.

There are many reasons the Bucs are winning, but Jameis’ ability to make players believe and raise their games is a significant factor. There’s just too many guys talking about it without being asked.

In this documented radio moment with Brate, the actual question asked of him had nothing to do with Jameis.

26 Responses to “Brate: Jameis Ordered Internal Exam”

  1. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Who was Tom Brady before Bledsoe got hurt….greatness comes from within.

  2. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Doesn’t matter where you were drafted, the reputation of who you’re playing, or even how talented you are….greatness is that unshakeable believe you will succeed. As I mentioned in the Brady comment….(six rounder, back-up…goes on to win 4 titles), he never had great athleticism….but like Jameis hast this internal drive to be great. Greatness rubs off, and other players see Jameis’ passion and WANT to be great themselves.

  3. firethecannons58 Says:

    Where I think we are going to see the biggest impact of how well we are playing down the stretch and the stories we are hearing about Jameis Winston is free agency. I would not be surprised if Wide Receivers were lining up at one buc place wanting to play with this guy and also get on a team that is clearly on the rise. I am all in on this year and hate talking about the offseason but just a little tidbit I figured I would throw out there.

  4. pick6 Says:

    and the legend grows. even if Jameis tops out as an above-average thrower of the football (i think he’s already much more, just saying “if”), his leadership and mentality will sustain him as one of the league’s great QBs during his career

  5. Buc1987 Says:

    Cameron who? Adam who? Russell who?

    Freddie Martino?

    Jameis makes those around him play better.

    Not just on O either.

  6. Xandtar Says:

    Someday, many many years from now,

    I want Mr. Winston to be our Head Coach or General Manager.

  7. Bucsfanman Says:

    Great stuff! What a natural leader this guy is!

  8. shouldhavedraftedefiert Says:

    accountability and it all starts with him. Leads by example. True leadership.

  9. AceofAerospace Says:

    Do you think it’s a stretch to see Jameis with 4 super bowl rings before he’s done. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking, I do believe. Granted, I felt the same about Gruden and that awesome defense. Still hurts that that great defense only hoisted one Lombardy.

  10. J 2.0 Says:


    I say Evans is a really good WR in his own right. No questioning him. Winston makes him elite.

  11. JonBuc Says:

    I’d “settle” for 1 super bowl win and continued relevance during Winston’s time here. It’s just so refreshing to have meaningful December games vs watching lower tiered college bowl games ( which I like…don’t get me wrong ) and rooting for “draft position”.

  12. gotbbucs Says:

    Keep giving this guy more toys to play with, I want to see how deep the rabbit hole can go. Most of these games we are winning purely on guts and want to, it would be nice at some point to just be purely too talented for other teams to handle.
    I’ll take W’s any way they want to come right now though. This season sure has been a nice surprise considering how it started.

  13. Patrick in VA Says:

    I think Koetter is a great play caller and he’s definitely been a really good hire. Same for coach Smith, I think he’s done really good things for the defense. That said, I think the credit for the culture change on the team rests largely with Jameis and Ayers. I think the coaches knew well enough to get out of the way and let the personalities of those guys take root in the locker room.

    I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  14. tdtb2015 Says:

    @ Patrick – Agreed….I also LOVE what our center Holley brings as a vet and attitude for our o-line.

  15. Artemis Rand Says:

    And THAT is the difference between Freeman and Winston.

    Winston has juice. I SAID JUICE!!!

    Freeman was aloof.

  16. Artemis Rand Says:

    Winston is Lone Star.

    Freeman was Prince Valium.

  17. Cannon Says:

    The title of this post made me thinking that a latex glove was somehow involved…

  18. Glennongrad Says:

    Have we had a Dirk Koetter Confidence poll recently? I haven’t seen one in a while and I’m dang curious about the spread in the wake of the Big Motherduckling Stick effect.

  19. Patrick in VA Says:

    @Glennongrad – Seems like those polls ended right around the time we started winning……

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

    Jameis and this team are going to manifest success.

    We might end up having the most Superbowl victories in NFL History by the time Jameis retires…. Only 6 to go

  21. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I think I can speak for the long time fans here since I’ve been a fan from the beginning.
    One of the highlights of my life was to enjoy a Bucs Superbowl win…..then after, I started to believe I’d never see another one in my lifetime. Now, I am confident that is possible…..It really inspires me and I am certain that Jameis Winston is the right QB to lead us there.
    It’s always been great to be a Bucs fan… I’m excited to be a Bucs fan.

  22. rrsrq Says:

    I can imagine Sapp challenging Jameis in the locker room and Jameis earning his respect, thats why he said they copuld’ve won 5 with that guy

  23. Buc1987 Says:


  24. tmaxcon Says:


    well said sir

  25. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Agree with TBBF / 87.

    It seems almost every week I am saying to my brother “can you believe we actually have a QB like this?”

    It makes it a lot more fun man

  26. Buc Nut Says:

    This team will be great. I already see Jameis Winston as an elite QB.