“We Chose To Suck” = “Constructive Criticism”

May 24th, 2018

Man, you gotta love the team-first attitude of America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston — and his skillful handling of the media.

A local radio reporter beat Joe to the punch on Tuesday by asking Jameis what it meant to him to hear offensive coordinator Todd Monken say the Bucs’ red zone woes last year happened because “we chose to suck,” a line Monken told media twice.

Jameis’ look turned more serious before he answered.

“It means that we got to get better. You know, we always take constructive criticism, especially from our guy,” Jameis replied. “Like, Coach Monken is our guy. So anything that he shares with us. We receiver that and we find ways to improve.”

Jameis was then asked about Monken saying he “tries too hard” at times and that must stop. And again, Jameis said his coach’s words were constructive and valuable.

“You know, I am who I am,” Jameis said. “At the end of the day, you know I’m always looking for ways to get better. And again, that’s my coach, so anything he has to share. I promise you, if he shared it with you guys, he done talked to me about it. So, like I said, I just have to get better any way I can. So constructive criticism, even praise, you gotta take it in and you gotta see how you can add it to your game and improve.”

Monken’s approach fascinates Joe. On one hand, Monken is telling Jameis he’s among the group that didn’t want it enough in the red zone and “chose to suck.” And then on the other hand, Monken is telling Jameis he’s trying too hard.

Joe will have more on Jameis allegedly trying too hard later this week.

27 Responses to ““We Chose To Suck” = “Constructive Criticism””

  1. richbucsfan Says:

    LOL, Jameis sounds like Popeye, “I am who I am,” Give him a can of spinach. Maybe that will move him to the elite level.

    Actually, “I am who I am,” can mean I can’t change, I don’t know how to change, or I will not change. It’s up to Jameis. Hopefully, he’ll respond to coaching.

  2. Hodad Says:

    I hope Monk was also talking about Koetter’s play calling in the red zone. It seems to me he chose to suck more then his players.

  3. Swweptheleg Says:

    Well hockey is over. Time to turn our attention to the 4th best team in the nfc south and watch the excuses pile up as they make their way to 6-10.

  4. Hodad Says:

    Maybe Koetter sucked more with his play calling in the red zone.

  5. IsrBuc Says:

    Monken being right about Jamies and all, Question is- Why tell it to the public. I felt a bit uncomfortable when he talked about Jamies and him being trying too hard. It seemed like Monken put dug himself into a hole when he started talking about it and then tried to climb out of it somehow. These kind of things should remain between him and the player, i think.

  6. Walter Seidel Says:

    That’s “constructive criticism” ??

  7. AKick'nTheBucNuts Says:

    So, is Jameis trying too hard not to suck?

    We all saw the real problem in the red zone.
    Bad calls.
    And everyone knew we couldn’t and wouldn’t run it in.

    Hopefully, Rocket-A$$ will fix that.

  8. Buc believer Says:

    At least there is one guy that can take constructive criticism without getting all defensive…. cough cough GMC

  9. Sweeptheleg Says:


  10. ATrain Says:

    Hey does anyone know what Time Jamies is meeting fans at the front gate for talking crap?

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:


  12. German Buc Says:

    You all know, that football is the ultimate team sport. This means even if one guy plays lights out, the team might still lose.

    QBs are viewed differently from time to time. They touch the ball very often, so there might be some truth that a good day of your QB will give you a very high chance to win. So the other 31 teams of the NFL are 28-3 if their QB posted a passer rating of 130 or higher. We are 0-2.

    Here is a nice piece about Jameis’ 2017 season: http://www.footballperspective.com/jameis-winston-had-an-unusual-2017-season/
    Warning: Haters better don’t klick the link. You’ll be offended by the text!

  13. donuts Says:

    Winston’s quote of “I am who I am” is concerning. This doesn’t sound like a QB who realizes he is average by NFL standards or led QB’s in fumbles and down field off target passes.

    In regards to Jones being a Pro Bowler, lets tap the brakes a bit and keep in mind this OL has new parts and some question marks (Dotson-Smith). I’m not saying it cant happen but this 5 win team may need a few games to get in sync. Sadly, the Bucs dont have the time to wait to get it together.

    Tons of pressure this year….its truly game 7 for Koetter/Licht Buc’s regime.

  14. Yungry Says:

    Thank goodness there’s no kneeling anymore. 6.5 more years of the best president known to mankind! MAGA

  15. 813bucboi Says:

    imo, monken threw Winston under the bus…..he did the same thing last year with djax and djax had a lousy season…..

    monken needs to do less talking…..


  16. Destinjohnny Says:

    Look love or hate 3, the guy bust his ass to get better and his all in.
    He is a proud cat
    I just wish he was more consistent with his accuracy

  17. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Monkin may be the ticket to a stronger offense if Koetter will delegate.

  18. mark2001 Says:

    Did the bolts choose to suck…or are they really that bad? Time to blow up the team, keep Vasilevskiy and otherwise start from scratch.

  19. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    What a great line “We chose to suck”

  20. Lamarcus Says:

    Fascinating??? Monken don’t know.

    Blame players = job security

  21. Lamarcus Says:

    Blame players= job security

  22. Lamarcus Says:

    We chose to punt on 4th and 1 on other teams 35 yard line. We chose to kick fgs when the kicker had a bum knee. We chose to play Dm we chose to play JW we chose to fail to adjust. We chose to call a play for 1 yard when we need 2. …….

  23. Lucious Selmon Says:

    mark2001 Says:
    May 24th, 2018 at 9:41 am
    Did the bolts choose to suck…or are they really that bad? Time to blow up the team, keep Vasilevskiy and otherwise start from scratch.

    Mark, you are outta your mind. We’ll be watching the Lightning in the conference finals again for the next 2-3 years, easy. They just ran into a goalie who got hot. Happens to the best teams.

    Go Bolts! Thanks for a great season!!

  24. Mike Johnson Says:

    I sure hope Monken includes himself amongst the WE’S.when he mentions sucks. Because he ain’t exactly the NFL ‘s creme de la creme!! He;s full of adjectives about players. But I never seehim..doing anything.

  25. D the Bucs fan Says:

    Hope Monken is referring to coaching as well. But highly doubt it going by other reports that they were 5 plays away from being a top ten offense. Blaming execution instead of play calling or coaching. We need the coaches to take responsibility for the mentality of the team.

  26. Says:

    I don’t think he meant “trying too hard” literally. He meant “trying too hard” – like a RB who fumbles stretching one-handed for the end zone when it will be first and goal from the 1 if he just covers up.

    Trying too hard” is a euphemism for “bad decisions”.

    GO BUCS!!!

  27. Blake_Bucsfan Says:

    Monken was specifically referencing Jameis’ pregame Rah-Rah stuff with the trying to hard comment. I/E eating his fingers would be an example of trying to hard. Go back and listen to what Monken says, he specifically mentions “irrespective of the physical stuff on the field.”