Virtually Useless

May 31st, 2018

QB coach Mike Bajakian explains

One approach to develop America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, has been pushed aside.

Joe can’t say whether it worked or not, and it certainly didn’t do much for Mike Glennon.

Joe’s talking about the virtually reality technology the Bucs invested in to help train quarterbacks. Hopes were high and it was considered cutting edge in 2015, when Alex Marvez, then of, broke the story that the Bucs had taken the plunge.

Recently, Joe asked quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian about how the technology is being used today.

Bajakian said it has little value at One Buc Palace.

“You know, it’s fading a little bit,” Bajakian said of the technology use. “I think that that technology is best for players that are new, frankly, that are rookies or developing. At some point, you’ve gotten so many accumulated live reps, whether it be practice or the games, that virtual reps do you little good. So there’s a place for it, I’m sure. But we haven’t utilized it as much as maybe we have in the past.”

Joe would think the technology could be upgraded and programmed to create a worthwhile challenge for Jameis, but that’s just a guess.

Perhaps it could be adapted for defensive ends? The Bucs could sure use any edge they can get to fix their edge rush.

15 Responses to “Virtually Useless”

  1. stpetebucsfan Says:

    As an Army Vet in a society loaded with people brandishing guns with NO understanding of what these weapons are capable of doing I value what the U.S. Army taught me.

    I recall the one of the very best things the Army did for me was give me a great course in RESPECTING and using weapons. We had great training in basic where they tried to emulate actual combat…we crawled under barbed wire in one drill while they fire live roundS over the top of the wire…raise up and your dead!

    I say all this to set up the “virtual” trainer. The Army did as good a job of preparing me for combat as can be humanly done. But the bottom line is that when the bullets fly…people all react differently…training is great…invaluable but again…when bullets fly..

    Same in the NFL…you can practice virtually or really as in underwear football and get reps…but when the hitting gets intense it disrupts a lot of what you learn in practice.

  2. 813bucboi Says:

    I think dirk and smitty need the training more than the players……


  3. Mott Says:

    brandishing – wave or flourish (something, especially a weapon) as a threat or in anger or excitement.

    What neighborhood do you live in stpetebucsfan?

  4. MARLOW_1976 Says:

    FILM/VIDEO is the only technology needed to get better… aside from the number crunching technology.

  5. Defense Rules Says:

    Looking at that picture of Jameis & Bajakian, I keep wondering how well Jameis responds to Bajakian’s coaching. Bajakian has been here all 3 years with Jameis, but so has Dirk Koetter. Wonder if having BOTH Koetter & Bajakian in his ear ever results in conflicting ‘advice’. Now add Monken to the mix. Three coaches all ‘advising’ Jameis on what to do & how to improve. Good luck with that.

  6. The Buc Realist Says:

    Mott asks,
    “What neighborhood do you live in stpetebucsfan?”

    In the neighborhood and state of constant Vigilance!!!!!!!! Like the great polk county sheriff said when asked why the suspect was shot 68 times? “That’s all the bullets we had or we would have shot him more”!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

  7. K_Bassuka Says:


    Maybe your unit didn’t train hard enough, or focus the training in the unit’s weakness. I agree with the notion that when bullets fly things change but if you train right everyone should at the very least know what to do. We spend numerous hours in virtual training as well as live fire training and it worked for us.

    Bottom line is, if you train the right way and use the tools provided to you the right way any and every training will help you overcome your weakness.

  8. SCBucsFan Says:

    stpete Thanks for your service

  9. Bucsfanman Says:

    Tip of the hat stpete! Even if you were an Army Dawg!
    I always chuckle when I people claim how they would have reacted in certain situations without ever having experienced them.
    Talk that nonsense with the barrel of a gun pointed at you.
    There’s no substitute for live reps. These are all great tools but they should not replace live practice.

  10. Bucsfanman Says:

    ^^^hear people^^^

  11. ddiggler Says:


    Great story. So true, remember thinking, “wait this is live fire, I got to get up and run near them?!” I had a round skim my brain bucket. Definitely taught us respect for our weapons and most of all build trust in each other. The Army shoots at a video screen, not even close to what live fire can do.

  12. John Meeks Says:

    St pete,good story and thanks for your service to our country. I know the army trains great when it comes to use of your weapon.who trains police officers??bugs bunny???

  13. Mike Johnson Says:

    Agree StPeteBucFan. I was all of US Army training. Earned an Expert badge in Firearms. Then..I saw real combat. Difference between Night and day. That lump comes up thru your throat and back down to your toes. Its..Sh.t or get off the pot baby. Jameis is mot a rookie any longer. Time for him to truly take that squad leadershop role by performing.

  14. BigMacAttack Says:

    As a Marine, we made the most of Army hand-me-downs. And anything else we could cobble together or scrounge up. Yut!
    No Excuses. Prove It.

  15. donuts Says:

    I would argue that the Bucs bought the wrong VR system. I also think Bajankian is a poor coach and these types of omissions of ineptitude solidify the point; adapt to the tech or be left in the past. They say the same things about OFF/DEF philosophy adapt or get pounded.

    STRVR is the one the NFL endorses and the good team use. (Tom Brady uses STRVR)

    Bucs bought SIDEKIQ. Did we really think this franchise would get this purchase right the first time?