“Jameis Actually Prioritizes The Plays”

January 16th, 2017
Telling talk from the head coach

Telling talk from the head coach

Great look inside the Bucs offense and the respect for the football mind of America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston.

At 22-years-old last season, Jameis had a heavy hand in the offense, and winning head coach/playcaller Dirk Koetter is considering kicking that up a notch.

“Sure I’ve thought about it,” Koetter told the Buccaneers Radio Network, when asked if he’d consider letting Jameis call his own plays in a two-minute drill situation.

“Jameis has a lot more input than people might think as far as playcalling. You know, we got that [playcall] sheet, you’ve seen the sheet that I’m holding in front of me. Actually, in the different areas that we break down, our 1st-and-10, our normal downs, 2-and-longs, 3rd-and-mediums, 3rd-and-longs. when we work on certain plays during the week, at the end of the week, Jameis actually prioritizes the plays. So we know what Jameis likes for situations. Then it’s just a matter of me or whoever else is calling the plays sending or relaying them in.

“We package plays, this or this, based on different things the defenses are doing. … You know, Jameis does a little bit more, you know, he probably checked off five or six times [in the season finale] and did a good job in that area. You know, there’s very few quarterbacks in the league calling their own plays, maybe zero, but some definitely have more freedom than others.”

This is evidence of the great respect Koetter has for Jameis, and Koetter’s willingness to adapt and listen to players, which certainly extends beyond his quarterback.

Joe actually hopes Koetter takes a heavier hand in the offense this year. versus Jameis having a little more input.

Why? Because hopefully Koetter will have a lot more weapons and will be able to tap much deeper into his expertise.

16 Responses to ““Jameis Actually Prioritizes The Plays””

  1. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    An observation from an old dude. My wife and I enjoy people who are “comfortable in their own skins”.

    People who are self assured but not arrogant or cocky. People who do not depend on the praise of others to be motivated or grounded.

    This freaking organization is getting loaded with those kind of people. And at the very top we are golden.

    I think Licht is very confident…confident enough to send ASJ packing…he can admit his mistakes and move on…he KNOWS his own ability and doesn’t need JBF posters or anybody else to confirm it.

    It’s the same with Koetter and the same with #3. They both know the talent they possess. They don’t care what we think they’re self directed and highly motivated for all the right reasons.

    As a sports fan I’ve always wanted to be able to root for more than just W’s and L’s. I want to LIKE my sports heroes. Seriously…what is not to like about DK, #3 or TL? GO BUCS!

  2. Pat Says:


    Very well put and excellent point

  3. Fred E. Buc Says:

    Consider this–as a long-time (and former) Air Force special operations aviator…on a crew aircraft, and all crewmembers are essential, and all are the “most important” at any given phase of the mission. But you don’t have just any Smokin’ Joe (pun intended) as the aircraft commander/pilot in the left seat. No matter what, the aircraft cannot go anywhere unless he makes it happen. So looking at Jameis as the QB, it is only he that will take the snap and give it to whoever, whenever–anyone he dam* well pleases. Sure, he’ll get bludgeoned on the sideline if he “blows off” the playcalling altogether. Still, I like the idea of him having some latitude, and the left and right boundaries should widen as Jameis gains experience. We’d probably never know this had Joe not asked (God knows, don’t count on a local periodical to do it). Of course, Jameis may be more apt to go for the sexier plays instead of the check down, or the scramble for the 1st. This explains to me how sometimes he makes some really risky throws (or truly weird decisions) when a simpler call is safer and preferred. No doubt he’ll improve…and it’s a lot easier to sit in an armchair and second guess any of these guys given the speed of the game.

  4. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I love this. Winston is being raised to be a game manager as well as great QB.

    I know he is nowhere near being like Peyton Manning (yet), but as he matures I can see him running an offense in the same way. I remember seeing video of Peyton on the sidelines, always looking over plays and trying to pick apart defenses.

    Countless times, I have seen Winston doing the same thing.

  5. WhatdaBUCisthis Says:

    Witness the awakening of Jameis

  6. R.O. Says:

    Still bothers me we when we dont check out of a run play when you can see the D is stacking and we lose yards…

  7. Pawel Says:

    When does football season start?

  8. Junito Says:

    My bucs will be evening more stronger. Come next season..we had a good season..we were better than detriot.seattle. an giants that lost there game in the playoffs..we came in second in our division..good winning season..am a number 1 fan of my Tampa bay bucs..

  9. loggedontosay Says:

    Jameis needs to prioritize some short pass route especially to the right side of the field.

  10. Pelbuc Says:

    Another common denominator of these playoff teams besides elite QBs are clutch kickers. Ask yourself if Aguayo would have hit 2 50+ FGs with the game on the line like Crosby did for Green Bay.

  11. Buc50 Says:

    @Pelbuc correction…3 50+ FGs with game on the line. 2 of them counted and 1 was a freeze out. We would have been toast

  12. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    We would have been toast

    Can’t really argue that point this year Buc50. We have to hope he improves dramatically in the offseason.

    I think his accuracy issues were in his head but his leg could definitely use some strength. That freaking 56 yarder is farther than Ohnono can kick unless he’s added some more muscle.

  13. webster Says:

    @ buc50 and pelbuc

    Did you hear aikman say how when that kicker was a rookie he sucked but mccarthy stuck with him? That kicker is in his 4th year. Food for thought.

  14. Stpetebucsfan Says:


    Excellent point! And yeah that is definitely food for thought.

  15. celly Says:

    Pelbuc Says:
    January 16th, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Another common denominator of these playoff teams besides elite QBs are clutch kickers. Ask yourself if Aguayo would have hit 2 50+ FGs with the game on the line like Crosby did for Green Bay.

    Buc50 Says:
    January 16th, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    @Pelbuc correction…3 50+ FGs with game on the line. 2 of them counted and 1 was a freeze out. We would have been toast

    You mean would I expect our rookie kicker to do something that no other player had ever done in the history of the NFL?

    Yeah, that seem fair.

  16. Gencoimports Says:

    I hope Jameis is observing the way Aaron Rodgers is playing right now, including how he is always looking to take advantage of opposing defenses making substitutions and making them pay.