August 29th, 2017

More evidence of changing perception.

Recently, Joe brought word by way of the Los Angeles Times that the perception of America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, was changing — from the wrongheaded view painting him as some monster into the person he truly is: an intelligent, personable, charismatic young man wildly driven to win.

Well, it isn’t just the Los Angeles Times changing its tune on Jameis. It’s working for the four-letter as well.

Typing for BSPN, Kevin Siefert has a list of winners and losers this NFL preseason. And even though Siefert doesn’t believe Jameis is winning this summer on the field, off it, Siefert believes Jameis is knocking it out of the park, specifically on “Hard Knocks.”

In fact, Siefert suggests Jameis may be the biggest “Hard Knocks” star in the history of the NFL Films-produced HBO series.

Winston hasn’t really lit up the field, having failed to throw a touchdown pass in 69 attempts. But he is without question the breakout star of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” and is arguably the most interesting and engaging protagonist in the history of the long-running show. I was moved by the detailed tour of his childhood home in the opening episode, and by the way his words personalized what could have been a cliché segment. His personality has been portrayed as overtly positive and personable, but without any sense that he is playing for the cameras. Winston entered the NFL under the legal cloud of a sexual assault allegation, which was settled in December 2016. Through “Hard Knocks,” the NFL world is seeing a fresh version of a still-developing player and man.

Joe was hoping this would happen and there is evidence that Jameis’ image has changed for the better.

And Joe isn’t too far off from Siefert in enjoying Jameis as the star of this season’s “Hard Knocks.” Jameis is the hook, big time. Joe loves how NFL Films is building the focus on winning Bucs coach Dirk Koetter having a prodigy like Jameis on his hands, and how he is developing Jameis into perhaps the next star of the NFL.

Hell, the series of “Hard Knocks” could be solely about the Koetter-Jameis relationship and Joe would be locked in.

The scenes on and off the field, on the practice field and in Koetter’s office, as well as the sidelines, are as compelling as TV gets.

Joe’s stoked for tonight’s episode, the fourth of five in the series.

12 Responses to “Winning”

  1. Cometowin2 Says:

    Loving Hard Knocks and how Jameis is coming across. Go Bucs!!!

  2. DB55 Says:

    I want to see the conversation they had on Saturday during the 1st qrt on 4th and 3 when coach called a time-out presumably to go-for-it but then decided to punt the ball. Is Jameis fn up the offense? If so, can it be that the O is too complicated for a young team? Mcnichols can’t even get on the field and it seems that Jameis can’t make his reads. Am I off base?

  3. ben Says:

    But Joe …with all the weapons on this team now, will he ever be rated higher then M.M??…Brag or push Jamies up but not yet a top 10 qb and M.M. has always been rated higher by the nfl. Is this the year that changes!

  4. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    “ben Says:
    July 17th, 2017 at 9:29 am

    pls stop with hype on Mr.Winston until he moves up into top 10..He is rated as middle of the nfl qb’s which should change this year with the additions of his new team mates. After all M.M. is rated higher the Winston with more upside by most nfl people so let Winston show them their wrong first.”

    “ben Says:
    June 21st, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    If Mr Winston is America’s qb what do u call Mariota who has been rated by the nfl ahead of him every year? (even missing games due to injury)”

    I believe the site you are looking for is MusicCityMiracles.

  5. BadHomebre Says:

    MM will never win a SB and you know it. JW3 will and you know it. That is the difference.

  6. Bob in Valrico Says:

    A couple of things i heard in Koetter’s presser:
    On the change to a punt on 4th and 3.
    Koetter said that he did not like the defensive alignment.Really can’t blame him with Pamphile,Dotson,Evans and jackson out.Blocking wasn’t that good.Seemed like everytime either QB tried a rollout defense was there to wrap them up.
    And on Mcnichols, believe koetter said he took him out of the game when he
    missed a blocking assignment and Jameis was sacked.Time will tell if he can pick up the offense,but he missed some OTA’s and is behind the curve.
    As for the offense being to complicated,come on now vanilla offenses in preseason? Godwin has also picked up the offense like a vet according to teammates,don’t quote me on this but I believe it was Evans.

  7. DB55 Says:

    I hope you’re right valico seriously I truly do.

  8. The Other Side of the Coin Says:

    There are a lot of people who owe Winston an apology for how they falsely maligned this young man. He make a few mistakes, but nothing like the phony krap they tried to paint him with. This has always been his heart. Now everyone can see it.

  9. Bob in Valrico Says:

    I’ ll also say this about Jameis,from some accounts he is doing a much better job
    not forcing it and going through all his progressions.He handles blitzes well.
    That said sending in more rushers than offense has blockers has taken even the most experienced QB’s out of their game,in part because you don’t know where the extra rusher is going to come from. No better example than Tom Brady for much of the last Superbowl.Jameis has some of that same desire to keep trying if things aren’t going well.

  10. stpetebucsfan Says:


    Am I off base?

    I suspect you are. The Browns game was say to small a sample size to base any opinion. In the Jags game…because of their vaunted front 7 I watched our OL and how #3 played. He generally had enough time…I watched him go down his progressions and sometimes hitting the 3rd or 4th target. He did an excellent job of reading the blitz and finding his hot receiver. And oh…he would have had a long TD bomb if ME13’s KY jelly hands did not return for that play. Gruden called it a perfect pass…it hit ME13 PERFECTLY in the hands at the goal line!! Of course that doesn’t count…but #3 clearly SHOULD have at least one TD. There have been some questionable calls that have eliminated a couple of others…Pacman clearly interfered with ME13 in the end zone during the Cincinnati game.

    Speaking of Cincinnati…#3 was poised..again against a respected defense and moved the ball right down the field.

    Bottom line for me is that it’s the freaking pre season…there is such a small sample size as to be insignificant…and what were we looking for out of #3 this year.

    I don’t know about the rest of you but I was looking to stop the horrible slow starts #3 had become famous for both here and at FSU. I was looking for #3 to show up at the start of the game composed and not with those wild saucer eyes that make him look like he’s just washed down a half dozen hits of speed with Red Bull….I think he’s passed that test with flying colors. I didn’t get to see Cleveland. But #3 was clearly poised against both Cincy and Jax and started great and should have had a couple of TD’s if not for the big drop and the no call in the endzone at Cincy.

    The other thing I was looking for was improved accuracy. #3 clearly worked hard on that during the offseason…through the first two games and his charting at practice #3 was throwing at a 70%+ clip. That’s as accurate as it’s going to get. And again…Favre had FIVE seasons where he didn’t break 60%.

    I like what #3 is doing and if we stay healthy I think our OL is going to be stout. Still gotta find the RT but the other four are beastly.

  11. rayjay1122 Says:

    I 100% agree with SPBF.^^^^

  12. Rod Munch Says:

    Actually Winston did throw a TD just the other night and d-bags refs didn’t give it to him even though it was clearly a TD. Also Evans cleanly dropped what should have been another TD. I have exactly zero worries about Winston – he’s looked great this preseason. His completion percentage is way up, when they’re running plays that are mixed up (meaning it’s not Dirks ultra conservative 2016 offensive play calling) the team is moving up and down the field. Anyone watching Winston this preseason and not excited about seeing this team play – well they shouldn’t be talking about football and should spend their Sundays holding their purse while their domestic partner looks for new toilet seat lid covers.