Walking A Fine Line

December 21st, 2016
What he is is what makes him special.

What he is is what makes him special.

It sure seems that whenever America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, plays in a big Bucs game, especially if it is nationally televised in primetime, Jameis gets so worked up he’s too amped and it shows in his play.

Yesterday, Joe asked Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken if Jameis gets too hyped for games. Monken didn’t deny it. Though he said he thought Jameis was locked in mentally for the Cowboys — Monken did admit that while Jameis may get too emotional at times, it’s difficult to try to turn a player into something he is not.

And Monken seems to believe part of what makes Jameis such a fine asset is that raw emotion he displays.

“He was locked in, I don’t think it [was] that he wasn’t locked in mentally,” Monken said of the beginning of the Dallas game. “We didn’t have anything where there were calls that were something that we hadn’t worked on.

“Again, he gets excited. He’s a competitive player, so sometimes it’s hard to say with emotional players. That is what makes him who he is.”

To Joe, Jameis is a like a young Brett Favre in that he is a gunslinger and very much would rather throw a home run ball then a five-yard checkdown.

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter had a similar answer to this as Monken months ago saying he has to be careful not to turn Jameis into a Checkdown Charlie.

10 Responses to “Walking A Fine Line”

  1. Lunchbox Says:

    I’ve always likened Jameis to Brett Favre more than any other QB, both in his love for the game and his willingness to keep throwing the ball up whether he’s throwing 4 TD’s or 4 INT’s. I don’t think that’s ever going to go away, but I do think he’ll calm down as he matures and he’ll see the field better as time goes on. He IS only 22 after all. It’s important to not lose sight of that fact.

  2. Tampa Tony Says:

    Hopefully Jameis learns to not always swing for those home run balls, nothing wrong with taking the checkdown keeping a drive alive and giving yourself a few more swings at a homerun ball. Jameis’s homerun ball mentality is one of the reasons this offense is so inconsistent along with penalties and predictable play calling

  3. Patrick in VA Says:

    I think that if he’s going to be someone that is always looking for the home run ball, then he needs to work on his long ball accuracy and he needs to have players capable of making those plays happen. It seems like he’s got a collection of possession receivers, which aren’t great when it comes to trying to take the top off a defense.

  4. tdtb2015 Says:

    I guess what worked for Evans is not working for Winston. Evans has been a awesome turn around with his emotions this season. Evans definitely is thinking about team first. Evans is a good family man.

    Although, we have witness great maturity from Winston off the field compare to his college days. Hopefully the maturity in the field will come with time. From Butthead to family man will take us to the playoffs.

    You know…..is all about the future.

    Go Bucs!!!

  5. Dave Says:

    Exactly who I’ve compared him to- Farve. During his first few seasons he was not very accurate and took too many chances. Overtime he controlled his emotions better and became very accurate, but he never gave up taking the chances in going down field, which I’d like.

  6. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    He throws the check down quite well. Deep passes not so much.

  7. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    Actually he reminds me of Jim Kelly. And there was someone else I was thinking of the other night but escapes me right now.

  8. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    All comes with experience. I have faith that the more Jameis is in this situation, the better he will perform. Once it’s nbd to have his team in this spot late in the season, he will be one bad hombre.

    And i agree that i would say Jameis Winston has the body of a Roethlisberger, with the fire and competitive spirit of a Favre or Brady.

  9. Hawk Says:

    The “Checkdown Charlie” moniker is so ignorant. Montana was the king of short passes, and he didn’t have such a bad career. Glennon LEAD THE LEAGUE in passes over 15 yards, and look where he is. Passing stats are almost worthless. A good coach goes with what works best for his QB. Both kinds of game (long ball and short) can be successful as well as an utter failure. Koetter and Jameis are still getting to know what will work for them (and their receivers) in an NFL environment. Patience.

  10. Gilhealy Says:

    He’s the first Jameis Winston. They’ll be no comparisons in years to come. He is unique. Others will be compared to him, but will come up short.