“How About Some Singles?”

October 22nd, 2017

Talks America.

Is America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston regressing? Or is he progressing?

Winning Bucs coach Dirk Koetter told SiriusXM NFL Radio Jameis is having his best season in the NFL. The one and only Chris “Mad Dog” Russo of SiriusXM Radio believes Jameis has regressed.

Phil Simms seems to be in the middle. During his weekly appearance with Russo, the Super Bowl-winning quarterback stated he likes Jameis and he likes the offense that Koetter runs but believes Koetter could do things to further advance Jameis’ career.

“The style of offense that Tampa plays is going to be tough against this Buffalo defense,” Simms said. “Tampa holds the ball. They take a while to throw. They are a downfield throwing football team.

“[Jameis is] banged up and that would worry me playing up there with the way [Buffalo’s defense can] play and how rugged Buffalo’s football team is, and they are rugged. Jameis Winston, I like a lot of the things [the Bucs] do throwing the football down the field. It is kind of fun to watch.

“But you know what? You can’t hit a home run every play. How about some singles? Let’s get some singles. How about a bunt? Let’s do some different things. Make it easier on Jameis. Every play can’t – let me read the defense, read this, throw to this guy – it is an offense that takes time. You have to have a quarterback that is willing to stand in there. [Jameis] can do that because he is big and brave and doesn’t lack courage but it leads to turnovers, sacks, those types of things. They have to make some adjustments.”

Joe doesn’t disagree with anything Simms says here but the trick is, Jameis has only thrown three picks and all three came in the same game (Minnesota). He has greatly cut down on his turnovers. The Bucs have only allowed nine sacks. That is fourth-best in the NFL.

But Joe believes mixing in more shorter passes to guys in space would be just fine instead of constantly trying to hit DeSean Jackson on a bomb. This just in: Jameis and Jackson are having trouble linking up. Then how about dialing back the number of attempts to connect deep with Jackson until they can get on the same page?

16 Responses to ““How About Some Singles?””

  1. Defense Rules Says:

    Phil Simms is spot-on in terms of what adjustments this offense needs to make. But there was one word … RUN … that I didn’t see in there. Jameis’ best friend is the run. If we can get the running game producing steadily AND use the short/intermediate passing game to complement it, then those deeper pass opportunities have to be there as the defense focuses more on stopping the short game. If the play-calling doesn’t keep the Buffalo defense honest with a solid rushing attack, their DLine will tee-off on Jameis & I’m concerned they’ll go after his shoulder. Like Simms says ““[Jameis is] banged up and that would worry me playing up there with the way [Buffalo’s defense can] play and how rugged Buffalo’s football team is.”

  2. Pickgrin Says:

    Screw dink and dunk. Thats not who we are. Keep taking the shots and Jameis to DJax will pay big dividends and win us the game. Also opens things up for DM who needs to have a big day.

  3. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Get ahead first with the passes that Jameis does well . The middle of the field should be used more for all our receivers not just Brate and sometimes Hump. We have got
    new weapons for Jameis but they have barely been unwrapped. Better use of
    both OJ and Godwin should help this offense and surprise the defense.
    Love the seam patterns to Brate but OJ should be used like Tony Gonzolez was
    in Atlanta. He should be one of those big targets to get those must have first downs.

  4. ClodHopper Says:

    Yes!! Dink dunk. Dink dunk. High percentage throws. Glorified running the ball. It’ll open up the deep ball just as well as running it will. Long drives. Time of possession. DeSean will break a few for some long yacs.

    Or. We don’t even have to dink and dunk all game long. Just more than we do. We’re too predictable right now

  5. ClodHopper Says:

    It’s the kind of offense the smart guys like Belicheat and Andy Reid have been doing for over a decade. What’s taking NFL people so long to figure the NFL rules are very friendly to dinking and dunking?

  6. Ndog Says:

    Exactly Mix it up

  7. Conte Piscateli Says:

    Look it isn’t even just dink and dunks, but mix in the shower throws, consider it like using a change up in pitching. It makes the fastball more effective. Right now we are showing defenses to only have to defend deep. We want them to have to defend the entire field.

  8. Hodad Says:

    Winning head coach Dirk Koetter’s record is 2-3. Are you trying to convince us he’s a winning head coach, or yourself Joe.

  9. Toe to Leather Says:

    Dirk has been a head coach for 2 years. 2-3 this year added to 9-7 last year=11-10, still a winning head coach.

  10. EasyTheGreat Says:

    Need more of those Humphries bubble screens!! It’s a guarantee to get 6-8 yards

  11. DislocatedBucsFan Says:


  12. Mike Johnson Says:

    How about just WINNING> That solves a lot of problems. By any means necessary…WIN!

  13. Big Stinky Says:

    Figure it out Brother! Joe calls Dirk a winning head coach because he is 11-10 as a Bucs head coach. That may end today the way we are playing. It was fun while it lasted. Don’t get me wrong, we should beat the Bills but I am NOT holding my breath. Slow starts are killing us at the moment. Hope he made the right decision starting Jameis today, we will see after the first couple of throws today. Bet he keeps his passes short with his shoulder still sore. Whatever it takes to win I say. Just hope the team underachieving doesn’t get Dirk fired with a 5-11 finish. I am tired of new coaches EVERY 2 years AND who could we get to do better. Just win baby! Playoffs or Bust! Go BUCS!

  14. Lamarcus Says:

    Djx is toooo impatient for all that. Impatient djx=offense struggles.

  15. Alanbucsfan Says:

    What stats are Simms looking at? Or is he just going by perception?
    Winston’s interceptions are down, true, but ave yards, completions over 20 yds and completions over 40 yds are among bottom half of starting qb’s. If anything, passing game needs to be more explosive.

  16. Hodad Says:

    Koetter is one game over .500 career, one game under this year. If that’s a winner, you’re expectations are low. I’d hardly being crowing like Joe does that he’s winning coach Koetter with an 11-10 record, no division championship in site, and more then likely no playoff appearance this year. Some winner.