Shaping Football

June 1st, 2017


Just about the highest accolade one can give a player is to refer to him as a “game-changer.” That means the dude is often the difference in grabbing a victory.

Now Joe has a hunch referring to a player as someone who can shape the game is a pretty high honor as well. And in a list of 99 names that will shape the NFL this season, Dan Graziano of BSPN includes America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston.

Why? Because he thrives under pressure.

Winston’s Total QBR when pressured the past two seasons is 67.6, easily the best in the league over that time. Jay Cutler was second at 59.9, followed by Dak Prescott at 58.4.

As Joe stated yesterday, many NFL types are wringing their hands about how to stop Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson and/or O.J. Howard and think the only way is to go after Jameis.

That, in reality, likely would be the worst thing to do.

15 Responses to “Shaping Football”

  1. Mike Johnson Says:

    Winston needs to work on coming out of the game faster and smarter. The 1st half of last season he over and underthrew quite a few balls. Like the kid but he’s not there yet. He must improve greatly this season.

  2. The Buc Realist Says:

    Even though the offense was not explosive last year, lack of running game and limited with players. It really accelerated the concepts of the 4-vert offense for JW3!!!!!!!!! The progression reads, the longer slow drives , will all pay off for this year!!!!! But it will be the defense that will help get this team a fast start while the new offensive pieces gel!!!!!!! Watch out for the Bucs in the second half when they start defeating the other NFC south opponents!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Bib Fortuna Says:

    Joe, that is still a poor QBR (and understandably so) despite the fact that the next best QB is around 8 points away.

    For a QB to perceived as someone who can make defenses pay if they were to come after him, i would expect a rating metric to be higher.

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

    Let me say it again NFL please load the box and bring the heat. Be My Guess.

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

    “He must improve greatly this season”. These internet QB gurus funny man😄.. Could he start faster maybe,send your HC a email stating going no huddle little more early in games. He thrives in that, it seems to put him right in rhythm.

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

    League has seen bust like Andre Ware,Akili Smith and Jamarcus Russell but these QB experts round here. talk as if they qualified to actually spea

  7. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Once he plays as well with a clean pocket, and I think he will, we will be Super Bowl bound!

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

    on matters pertaining to my QB man please. You need to improve next season.

  9. Cobraboy Says:

    One consideration: seems Mariota—who I initially wanted more than Winston because of his raw athletic ability—is more fragile than Winston.

    He’s already had a knee sprain and broken leg in is first two seasons.

    The only edge I give Mariota over Winston is scrambling ability, not avoiding sacks, but as a runner. He’s more of a dual threat than Winston.

    That said, I am now a huge fan of Winston, not just for ability but for passion and leadership.

  10. Joe Says:

    Joe, that is still a poor QBR (and understandably so) despite the fact that the next best QB is around 8 points away.

    (Ahem). Best in the league. Joe rests his case.

  11. Bib Fortuna Says:

    Joe, i love Jameis, but you said/wrote/quoted “make defenses pay”. I dont know if this rating implies that.

  12. Pickgrin Says:

    “Ill be your Huckleberry – BRING IT!!” – Jameis Winston

  13. America's Commenter Says:

    An important clarification is that this is ESPN’s Total QBR metric, not the traditional Quarterback Rating that we see broadcast on TV.

    Joe’s point is that Winston’s Total QBR on average (62.8) is actually lower than his Total QBR under pressure (67.6) over the past two seasons. (Note: Keep in mind that the pressure stat is included in the average, so Winston’s Total QBR when not pressured is considerably lower than 62.8.)

    Joe is right, the worst thing teams can do is pressure Winston. They’d be much better off sitting back in complicated coverages and forcing him into bad decisions.

    But how long can defenses actually cover 4 or 5 legitimate stud receivers? I’d hate to have to pick my poison.

  14. RayJameisStadium Says:

    We will own the NFC south.

    Go BUCS !!

  15. RayJameisStadium Says:

    Mike Evans 2017 MVP