“He Was Slippery”

May 25th, 2017


America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, may not be the next Ken Stabler. But a future Hall of Fame pass rusher seemed to compare the two.

“Snake” Stabler got his nickname for his uncanny ability to slither out of close encounters and lead his team to wins, whether quarterbacking Alabama or the Oakland Raiders.

This week on “Good Morning, Football,” seen on NFL Network, recently retired DeMarcus Ware appeared and co-host Kyle Brandt, looking at Ware’s stats, claimed the only NFL quarterback Ware played against but never sacked is Jameis.

Brandt asked him why, even when the Bucs were getting clobbered by the Broncos and the Denver defense knew Jameis was going to pass the ball, how come Ware didn’t tee off on Jameis.

Ware then dropped a Stabler-like reference.

“There is no explanation for the snake that’s in the grass and that is Jameis Winston,” Ware said. “He was slippery, OK? I may have touched him every once in a while but he was able to get away from me.”

The phrase that comes to mind for Joe is “real respects real.” Here is a guy that may have a bust in Canton one day, yet he doffed his cap to a young quarterback who evaded him.

Ware easily could have said he never sacked Jameis because he took his foot off the gas because it was a blowout, or said he wanted his teammates to sack Jameis instead, or given many other reasons.

No, Ware instead gave credit to Jameis for avoiding Ware. That’s pretty cool.

7 Responses to ““He Was Slippery””

  1. Lamarcus Says:

    Winston is the truth. Real deal baby.

  2. Ben the Ga Buc Says:

    I remember some of the Chiefs players saying the same thing after we beat them. They just couldn’t get to him. But you never would have known this in his pre-draft evaluations.

    So glad JW3 is my freaking QB.

  3. Pickgrin Says:

    Winston’s “scrambling” ability – buying time with his feet when protection breaks down while continuing to look down field for a receiver to come open – is one of the most over-looked, under-appreciated aspects of what makes Winston such a great QB.

    Many QBs that are considered “pocket passers” as Winston is – if you can move them off their spot they are likely in trouble. But Jameis actually becomes more dangerous to a defense when he takes off from the pocket with eyes downfield. Statistics back this up.

    Some QBs (a very few) just have this kind of 6th sense when it comes to “sensing” pressure and when its time to move from the pocket without actually having to take their attention and eyes away from whats going on downfield. Winston is absolutely one of them. One of the better ones in fact.

    This aspect of his game will only improve with time and experience 🙂

  4. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    See the scramble drill from the endzone against the bears last season when he connected with ME mid field. Nough said tampa tonya.

  5. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    He started that drill by shakin the bears first rounder who came in like a blurr. There’s a pic on Bucs.com of him braking Kalill Mack’s ankles last season. He almost spinned out of bosa’s stunt. This element of his game (which Noles already knew existed) makes this offense d@$! near unstoppable. When all else fails Fameis can and sometimes will scramble for those six yards. Much like Russell Wilson so frequently does in seattle.

  6. StPeteBucsfan Says:

    The Stabler comparison was perfect. Big Ben moves around a lot in today’s game and he can twist and turn but he’s more strength than snake.

    Stabler was like #3 not known as a great runner…not fast…but he was the “Snake”. He slithered out of all kinds of should be sacks.

    This is what I have been appreciating in #3. I couldn’t put my finger on it but now I see…he’s just slippery…hard to bring down…and he has that giant heart.

  7. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Tony Romo like when it comes to this. People can say what they want about that dude. I always respected his magician like escape ability in the pocket.