Joe Hawley Talks Jameis’ Inaccuracy, Wants Quenton Nelson

March 2nd, 2018

Done & talking

UPDATED 8:57 a.m. — Joe Hawley is finished with the NFL.

A two-year, full-time starting center for your Bucs (2015-2016) says he lost 40 pounds since the end of the 2017 season and would only return to the NFL if a team calls him a month after training camp and needs a third-string tight end, Hawley quipped this morning on WDAE-AM 620.

On a more serious note, Hawley said he has purchased a van and will now be traveling to every state in the nation and will visit many national parks. He plans to chronicle his journey on YouTube and Instagram.

Hawley is at peace with the end of his career and he was very thankful for Jason Licht and Dirk Koetter calling him personally to say the team wouldn’t be picking up his option for 2018.

Of course, Hawley talked Bucs and Joe will be sharing.

On Jameis Winston, Hawley said the shoulder injury broke down the offense and he acknowledged that Jameis couldn’t connect on the big strike and it was about the QB.

“When he couldn’t get the deep ball accuracy going,” it hurt the rest of our offense, Hawley said.

Hawley didn’t think offensive line was a major need on the club (more on that later), but he had a clear opinion at left guard. And it wasn’t about re-signing Kevin Pamphile or Evan Smith.

“I think we need a left guard. [Notre Dame guard] Quenton Nelson, that would be a great addition,” Hawley said. “He’s a mover, too, and that would really solidify the pocket for Jameis.”

Yes, Hawley is a J.R. Sweezy fan.

Joe will have more from Hawley later today.

22 Responses to “Joe Hawley Talks Jameis’ Inaccuracy, Wants Quenton Nelson”

  1. tmaxcon Says:

    Great endorsement of pamphlet and Evans.

    Nelson would be a smart pick so doubtful it will be bucs pick.

  2. Dewey Selmon Says:

    He couldn’t get the deep ball accuracy going before his shoulder injury.

  3. University of Seffner Says:

    While Nelson would be an instant upgrade, is Guard an area that’s a must? Imagine this scenario (probably won’t happen): What if the Bucs are on the clock, and Bradley Chubb and Quenton Nelson are on the board, who do you choose? My honest decision would be to take Chubb because this offseason should be focused on improving a Defensive Line that only got a little over 20 sacks (22) last season.

  4. miken Says:

    Joe was a wise old vet. Thankful we picked him up. Best wishes Joe

  5. Walter Seidel Says:

    Deep ball inaccuracy was a factor before the injury.

  6. Dewey Selmon Says:

    hey Seffner. I’m pretty sure Chubb is #1 on most of our wish lists, but i don’t think many are holding their breath he will be there.

  7. Andrew Says:

    Did he specifically say that the shoulder led to down field inaccuracy or was the shoulder and accuracy comment independent of one another?

  8. Guzziep Says:

    Praying for any type of trade down, unless Chubb or Barkley are there of course, the meat of this draft are DT, RB and G, all need positions, plenty of available talent, trading down and getting an extra 2 or 3 would be move valuable than taking the 7th best player, even trading into the 20s for 1 of the Bills 1st and 2nd would allow us to get 4 top 100 players

  9. Bucsfanman Says:

    Very telling about LG. I agree. I never understood the rotation. I’m OK with Nelson as the pick.
    Jameis wasn’t all that accurate on the long ball before the injury. Even so, shame on Koetter for not adapting the play-book!
    Love me some Joe Hawley!

  10. Tnew Says:

    Guard is an area of absolute musts. We only have Sweezy and Benenoch under contract. Failure to address The guard position would be like failing to address WR two seasons ago, or DLine and RB last season. At some point, they need to get in front of the curve. While Chubb is a slam dunk dream pick, so is Nelson and Barkley. The main issue is there is a very good chance all three are off the board at 7.

  11. gbobucsfan Says:

    I really think the draft outlook for most teams (esp in the top 5) will change drastically after Free Agency. It’s fun to think about because that’s really the only thing to talk about now, but I think it changes big time before April.

  12. Tony from Los Angeles Says:

    The path to greatness is laid out for the Bucs…

    Sign Norwell
    Draft Nelson

    Devote the rest of the draft and free agency to the d-line


  13. Waterboy Says:

    Jameis didn’t run the ball well or get opposing offenses off the field or put pressure on QB’s either. He has to fix all of those things for this team to have any chance of success next season.

  14. DanBucsFan Says:

    I agree with Tony from LA..
    Sign Norwell and draft Nelson. We would have a AWESOME line for years. And then can focus on Dline , but we need to definitely FIX THE TRENCHES, by adding brawlers. No more nice guys. On that note, much respect Joe Hawley, a lil undersized but played with the demeanor all O linemen should have.

  15. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    “When he couldn’t get the deep ball accuracy going,” it hurt the rest of our offense, Hawley said.

    Whom to believe – The Players that are on the team or The Talking Heads in the Media?


  16. LakeLand Says:

    Why continue to throw the deep ball when you a 6’6 250 LB, TE. who run a 4.5 40. And you have RBs who can catch the ball. You have another TE, who run good routes.You have a WR in the slot, who can pickup a quick 10 yards with a toss.

  17. derrickbrooksforGM Says:

    ima say it again, JW isn’t a drop a dime on demand kind of guy. We knew he wasn’t accurate when they drafted him. Shame on Licht for bringing in the wrong FA’s and shame on Koetter for not adjusting his play calling to help JW out with the long ball. JW would be all world with the right coach.

  18. derrickbrooksforGM Says:

    LakeLand Says:
    March 2nd, 2018 at 12:26 pm
    Why continue to throw the deep ball when you a 6’6 250 LB, TE. who run a 4.5 40. And you have RBs who can catch the ball. You have another TE, who run good routes.You have a WR in the slot, who can pickup a quick 10 yards with a toss.

    ^^^Great points. Why bring in DJAX if you know he doesn’t fit the strength of your QB or offense?! Licht man, Licht 🙁

  19. Beionny Says:

    Other than inability to get pressure on the QB, Deep ball accuracy could very well be considered the most critical failure of this team. Sure our ineffectiveness in the red zone was crucial but if we hit on those deep balls we wouldn’t have to worry about scoring in the red zone. Koetter talks about explosive plays all the time… take those away and the offense isn’t the same. How many field goals would we not even have had to attempt if Jameis had connected on those deep balls for 6? It killed us. I love Jameis and I’m not a film junkie but I think Fitz was better at the deep ball than he was.

  20. Hodad Says:

    So Jameis had shoulder issues, but Koetter kept dialing up long pass plays? A good O.C. would’ve adjusted his play calling to help his Q.B. out. We are doomed with Koetter running the show, and Licht picking the players.

  21. mike10 Says:

    Jameis hasn’t had deep ball accuracy since he joined the Bucs, injury didn’t change that.

    JW better keep practicing, even tho Idk if you can learn that…

  22. Pryda ...sec147 Says:

    He comes to my restaurant in Hyde park all the time dude is great person wish him the best!!