Hangin’ With Tom Brady

January 5th, 2017
Tied with Patriots QB in key stat.

Tied with Patriots QB in key stat.

Yes, America’s Quarterback grew before our eyes.

The Pro Bowl quarterback of the Bucs, Jameis Winston, just completed his second season in the NFL. Already, some statistics place him in elite ranks.

In breaking down Jameis’ season, Jenna Laine of ESPN notes improvement in several areas, including one category where Jameis is tied with four-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady.

Against the blitz, his completion percentage rose from 51.5 percent in 2015 to 59.8 percent. His 11 touchdowns against the blitz tied with Tom Brady for second most in the league. Under pressure, his completion percentage rose from 42.7 to 50.3 percent, his passer rating improved from 58.5 to 83.1 (second highest in the league) and he went from throwing four touchdowns to 12, the most by a quarterback under pressure this year.

Joe remembers getting a Twitter Sunday night from someone (hopefully for him (?) eight beers into a postgame guzzlefest) claiming if Jameis has a bad year in 2017, the Bucs will cut him.

Yeah, right!

30 Responses to “Hangin’ With Tom Brady”

  1. Ocala Says:

    Jamie’s is the best Bucs QB we have ever had by a significant margin

    I’m a fan of Jason Licht but it was very short sited to leave him with so few weapons this past year

  2. thunderchunkyPA Says:

    Ocala, I am with you, but he can’t fix everything in one off-season. I like what he and Greenberg has done with the cap. They will sing Evans to an extension, keep money in the back for D Smith, Marpet, and Kwon. They will have a ton of cash to spend after all that as well. I think they should be smart in UFA like last year, get quality guys who fill a need so they can have more flexibility in the draft. WR, RB, TE should be a must for this season.

  3. Buccaneer scotty Says:

    Gee whiz if he can cut his 18 ints in half and stop over throws and hit someone in stride we will make the playoffs next year.

  4. gilhealy Says:

    Gee whiz, Buc Scotty, can your trolling get any more ignorant?

  5. thunderchunkyPA Says:

    Gee wiz, if we can have a healthy RB not popping pills, and a WR other then Evans who can actually make some plays, we might make the playoffs next year. good grief….

  6. Buccaneer scotty Says:

    Well it’s the truth it gets so old being afraid every time he drops back it like watching the kicker ! And by the way I love Winston and the bucs I just get tired of no one holding him accountable he has to fix the problems I listed above or were going nowhere

  7. Buccaneer scotty Says:

    See what I mean you all want to blame everyone else no one’s making Winston accountable for the bad things he does it’s ridiculous blame everyone all you want 18 interceptions is unacceptable all the overthrows are unacceptable and not being able to be accurate is unacceptable. All I’m saying is quit blowing smoke up his ass he’s not that great yet

  8. Pete Mitchell Says:

    Buccaneer Scotty is right. Jameis’ inaccuracy is responsible for some of the offenses struggles. He clearly overthrows open targets at times, and it’s really hard for receivers to rack up yards after the catch when he isn’t hitting them in stride. Let’s not forget that he has already ended two careers because of high throws (Jackson and Shorts) and almost a third (Russell Sheppard).

    The point that a lot of people will gloss over is the fact the Jameis is only 22, and his drive to improve is astonishing. He seems like the type of competitor that will honestly evaluate his game and work tirelessly to improve. That’s one of the reasons the future is so bright with him.

  9. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Holy Cheezewhiz Batman with all the gee whizzes! Fameis in his first two seasons has already become our GOAT. When he increases his accuracy and players catch the balls he throws to them instead of letting it bounce into someone else’s hands the ints will decrease. There’s a few clowns up here who still nitpick like the little old hags they are trying to make anyone who pays them any mind believe that he’s not a franchise qb. There was one fool who tried to point out ONE play to prove he can’t extend a play trying to compare something Brees did and he didn’t not remembering last years 20 yard run on 3rd&19 that essentially won that game or the countless sacks he’s evaded and ended up making a huge play. Many more positives than negatives! The team has to give him more designed runs inside the 5 because that was a big part of his game last year that was lacking this year. All in all he’s been what this team needed.

  10. Rrsrq Says:

    We are all Bucs fans and realize Jameis gives us the best chance to get back to consistent relevance. But those shortcomings are real, overthrows, inaccuracy and interceptions (18 could’ve been 20+), given that I believe he has the drive to get better wth another full offseason. The other part of that is lack of plays that had Jameis moving or rolling out, if being on the move is his strength. It was obvious that DK at time was scared to let Jameis just whip it.

  11. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    scotty unlike negative Nancies like you, we who like Fameis know his weaknesses but don’t need to harp on them because there’s much more to like. He’s only a 2nd year player who’s already broke team and league records. He’s already become the best qb we ever had so yes he is great in his own right. It’s Debbie downers like you who really bring down the quality of this board. You choose to only look and harp on the negatives but fail to think of the lack of talent he has around him and the constant pressure he’s always forced to evade causing him to force throws. Some of the turn overs were NOT his fault. The man is about improving himself

  12. BKNYfootballhead Says:

    Of course Winston needs to improve on turnovers (fumbles more so).

    Two excuses for note for his picks: he had 4 tip ball int by my count and maybe 2-3 from receivers running wrong routes.

    A stat I find most interesting about Winston’s receivers are they have the lowest YAC in the league.

  13. BKNYfootballhead Says:

    Understand that Joe runs a business and prefers to invest time covering the Bucs rather than babysitting comments that smear Joe. It’s really that simple. Joe has thick skin, just no time to spend debating and refuting. –Joe

  14. AC Says:

    @PeteMitchell & @Scotty While i see where you guys are coming from with the over throws this is just part of the process. Keep in mind this is a 22 year old QB going against 300lb defensive linemen who are trying to take his head off every play. The O line was solid this year but JW3 was definitely under pressure often this season. To say he ended the careers of Vjax and Shorts is also a stretch. These days the defenses hit low because that is what they are told to do. Players hate that but they also hate getting fined over 30k each time they make a hit that is outside the rules. Lets not be negative because i’m sure you guys did not expect us to do what we did this year. Once JW3 has talented players who can play the game and know the game not just speed demons who can run you will see his game elevate.

  15. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Ocala Says
    “I’m a fan of Jason Licht but it was very short sited to leave him with so few weapons this past year”

    In all fairness, the Bucs started the season with plenty of weapons.

    That said, Jason Licht does have a tendency to sign injury prone players…except he didn’t do that at WR. We already had them.

  16. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    He was likely thinking VJ had another 1,000+ year in him. Imagine the difference that would have made. Probably at least 2 more games.

  17. Bob in valrico Says:

    Jameis is the best quarterback we have had ,no question.Some of his inaccuracies will be helped with better line play and better weapons.One of the things I have noticed is there have not been as many out routes to the sideline
    to Evans where he toe taps just inside the sideline.Might be because of pocket collapsing around Jameis too much.At any rate Jameis is more accurate on deep passes between the hashmarks than the sideline especially the left sideline to Evans.When this improves ,I believe our running game will be drastically improved because the safety will have to respect the deep ball.

  18. Tampa Tony Says:

    Scotty- You can’t talk bad about Jameis or the FSU homers masquerading as Buc fans get defensive about their guy who made them relevant again.

    Just because, you point out a flaw of a player doesn’t make you a troll or a hater. Some of us expect more from a #1 overall pick other than turnovers and inaccurate throws. My only saving grace on hoping Jameis gets better is in Week 1 when he had all his weapons he played his best game all year

  19. Bucsfanman Says:

    Wow! Some of you need to relax. News flash: Jameis is NOT perfect! Just like everybody else on this team, he needs to continue getting better. That’s a fact.
    That said, he has shown improvement from year 1 to year 2 and I personally believe that he can get even better. To be compared alongside Brady is an accomplishment unto itself.

  20. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    TampaTony you and a few like you all you do is talk negative. Nothing positive comes out of your brains. There’s nothing much to be expected out of you. Negative Nancies, Debbie Downerser and Lookdowners. You always think you’re some kind of voice of reason when your negativity is unreasonable. A #1 draft pick still needs time to become great. I guess you came out running and talking on the day you were born………..get real

  21. gilhealy Says:

    DavidBigBucs, TT is a piece of work. It’s obvious at 22, Jameis is more mature than him. So I’m guessing he’s either a very young, naive little boy who listen’s to his parents dislike of Jameis, and spouts the same nonsense. Or, which I think is the case, a simpleton who can’t put intelligent thoughts together. So, he just say’s the same things over and over. I wish him well with his struggles. Just do what most of us do and ignore his drivel. He’s harmless.

  22. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    There’s a Zen saying that says you see where you place your attention.

    And so you can look at #3’s poor throws, int’s, fumbles, poor decisions and focus on them.

    OR…you could focus on some freaking amazing passes and scrambles and plays that only a few other QB’s in the league can even make. You could focus on those numbers Joe just put up.

    Or you could just chill and wise up like BucFanman and look at the truth. JW is not perfect but he made improvement. If he improves even 50% as much as he improved this offseason, and we find a running game, we are in the playoffs.

  23. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    This was a schizophrenic year where the O and D never got in synch.

    When the O was playing well it seemed the D let down…when the D started playing well it seemed O let down and faded in the stretch.

    Last year at this time I got all the negative nellies…this year…whatup?

    A talented young Oline with the potential to get better.
    One of the premier WRs in the entire league…just need a running mate next to him
    DL starting to flash a bit with Noah and other players..
    LB’s great shape..perhaps depth issues
    DB’s…two good CB’s…a decent safety…we’re one shy back there

    And…one of the best leaders, most competitive players in the league at QB.

    I simply do not get last year’s negativity this year?

  24. Nole4JabooANDdBucs Says:


    You BOTH nailed it🤗

  25. Tampa Tony Says:

    @St Pete- couldn’t agree more about the two units never quite synching up which is a bit of a letdown but shows us fans their potential. It’s just un realized potential until they put it together.

    You can see what you are want but I find myself cheering at the great plays and frustrated as hell at the turnovers and bad throws. It’s a roller coaster watching Jameis at his current level. Sometimes he makes you cheer and sometimes he makes you puke. It’s just human nature to recall the puking moments more clearly as they stink and stick with you for longer. As someone who lives outside of Tampa the national narrative on Jameis is much different than the local one. Which is something only he can change not internet posters who result to insults when they can’t properly formulate their thoughts

  26. Stpetebucsfan Says:


    I honestly do not follow national media much. Most of what I get is what Joe links here.

    What is the national perception of #3. My son in Columbus is a Browns fan and thinks highly of him…other than that I truly do not know how other feel about #3…mostly just the guys on this board.

  27. Tampa Tony Says:

    St Pete- I live in NYC, and travel quite a bit for work. The national narrative that I observe is he’s average and turns the ball over too much. I think he’d have changed a lot of opinions if he was able to carry this team to the playoffs.

  28. chipbuc Says:

    TAMPA TONY For once lets have a take that is positive about Jameis you can do it. Oh that’s right you are the voice of reason for us Winston nuthuggers as you call us. There’s just one thing we don’t give a crap what you think. Do us a favor get off this board because you negative takes are getting old. Ps You are a Winston nuthugger just in the negative way!!!!

  29. feelthepewterpower Says:

    that boxers stance is paying off? Jameis kept his eyes downfield (even with guys coming at him)…..even under duress and that makes a big difference. It reminds me of basketball…to always keep your head up when dribbling the ball, Joe…

    his footwork is improving too…..less throwing off the backfield….getting a solid stance and driving off the backfoot.

  30. feelthepewterpower Says:

    less throwing off the backfoot, rather^