The Fitz-to-DJax Connection

August 1st, 2018

Defense dictates.

A lot was made last year and this offseason about the chemistry between America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, and speedster DeSean Jackson.

Now, the concern is what type of chemistry is sparked between backup Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jackson now that Jameis has been sentenced to a three-game suspension by NFL strongman Roger Goodell.

When Bucs coach Dirk Koetter was asked about this after practice today, Koetter said much of that chemistry depends on the defense.

“It is not like [Fitz] looks for [Jackson],” Koetter said. “Have they connected? Yes. On all pass plays, the defense dictates where the ball goes. The quarterback doesn’t say, ‘Hey, I think I will go to DeSean this time.’ The defense dictates that. But they have connected fairly often and they had some good ones today.”

This is also why regular readers of Joe know Joe has not harped on playcalling. Joe doesn’t see what Koetter may see in defensive stunts, plays and assignments from the opponent.

It is nice to think that Jameis should throw to (pick a name) but if the defense is leaning heavy on that same receiver, that is essentially forcing a play and that’s the last thing an offense or a quarterback needs to do.

40 Responses to “The Fitz-to-DJax Connection”

  1. TheBucsAnthem Says:





  2. m0j0 Says:

    That’s why it’s so important to have multiple weapons, so the defense can’t just double or triple team your best player or players and take them away. But it’s also important the QB makes good reads and takes what the defense gives them. That’s where Winston needs to continue developing.

  3. Godeep66 Says:

    It’s good to finally have a quarterback throwing the ball that can read the defense and better yet go through Check downs.

  4. Tnew Says:

    This is my problem with Koetter. The defense dictates the play of the offense. Sean Payton’s or any great coordinator dictate to the defense. This is not a minor wording issue. This is the philosophy l

  5. Joe Says:


    Joe could just about promise you that Sean Payton doesn’t tell Drew Brees, “I don’t care if Michael Thomas is triple-teamed, throw him the rock because I want to show Dan Quinn I’ve got a set of balls.”

  6. Eric Says:

    Except against our defense.

    Then the QB has a smorgasbord of options.

  7. '74 Bucs fan Says:

    What if Mike Evans needs x amount of yards to reach 1000? Then what do you do – Jameis?

  8. JimmyJack Says:

    My problem with Dirk is not play calling, it’s game planning and a lack of ability to adjust.

    My perfect example is the first quarter of the NE Thursday Night game. Our rush attack was gashing them each and every time we called a run yet Dirk calls nonstop deep throws which ended every drive.

    Our defense gave us a 3&out and a turnover vs Brady in his first two drives. Our rush was highly successful. All that happened in the first quarter yet we were dominated in time of possession. That is just bad bad coaching. Don’t care if you blame play calling or whatever. It’s bad coaching no matter what the label.

  9. webster Says:


    You clearly are an idiot. Jameis has had many games since he has been here where he has hit 8 to 9 different receivers in a game. That just validates what the coach is talking about in his comments. If you think jameis has not done that then you are even a bigger idiot than you have been sounding these past couple of week since you started posting here with all of your jameis hate. Get off this board you butt hurt mariotta lover.

  10. AlteredEgo Says:

    Joe why am I in the Gulag ?

  11. Dooshlarue Says:

    Please don’t tell JW that defense dictates offense…… he’s a gunslinger and a gunslinger gonna sling it.
    Especially if it’s to pad a favorite receiver’s stats.

  12. Tony LA Says:

    Read this headline.
    Immediately got depressed.

    Why are the Bucs just settling on a journeyman QB who has the worst winning percentage of any starter who has played more than 75 games – by A LOT?

    Playoff seasons = 0
    Coaches fired as a result of him being their starter = 3
    Previous teams that have given up on him = 6

    Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

  13. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Less than 20% completion on deep throws. Whoever the QB, he has to execute
    more of them. If the run game is working, that should set up play action passes.

  14. Jeffbuc Says:

    Thank you Webster for calling him out. I hope joe starts cracking down on all these negative haters. It’s getting old hearing them just keep beating the dead horse over and over again.

  15. Joe Says:

    Joe why am I in the Gulag ?

    You are not.

  16. AlteredEgo Says:

    Well thanks…perhaps to forgot where you put the key….my posts always appear late in the timeline….timing is everything

  17. HomerSimpsonRocks Says:

    JW forcing the Ball to ME last year is a perfect example of how foolish JW can be on occasion. He’s a boneheaded decision waiting to happen.

  18. Lamarcus Says:


    Hahahhaha burned tnew

  19. Dooshlarue Says:

    Easy Homer…… you might make jeffbuc cry with that statement of fact.

  20. Jjones Says:

    Webster, you are clearly an idiot…see I can do that too.

  21. Tnew Says:

    Joe. Missing my point. “On all plays the defense dictates…..,” is the issue. If you wait and only take, “on every play” what the defense gives you, then you better have a great FG kicker and defense as you will be forced to settle for FG over TD’s.

  22. Tnew Says:

    To your point, maybe the plan is to have a great defense and tremendous special teams and to play in “one score games” but by my view, up until this season was built to be explosive and create mismatches with our skill players.

  23. Tnew Says:

    And btw Lamarcus, you want to be dictated to “on every play”. Just curious.

  24. webster Says:

    Jjones yea you can do it too but that doesnt make it correct. But what is fact is people like you, godeep who come on here day after day to bash a 23 year old kid and you are grown @$$ men shows the level of intelligence you really posses. I mean who other than an idiot such as yourself gets a hard on by repeating the same idiotic comments over and over again regardless of topic/article. That clearly shows a lack of diversity in your thought process which only validates you are an idiot.

  25. Dooshlarue Says:


    If you want to be a high and mighty d!ck and constantly bash people who don’t absolutely adore your boy Jameis……… at least get your facts straight.

    He’s 24 years old genius.
    That’s a whole extra year of maturity in case you can’t do the math.

  26. webster Says:

    Dont matter doolsh his age and i can care less if you adore him but for grown @$$ men to bash over and over all day really says more about your pathetic life than it says about him period. And genius he allegedly groped the driver when he was 21 idiot. He was not 24. But ofcourse you already know that you are an idiot.

  27. Dooshlarue Says:


    You say that you “can care less” if I adore him?
    Do you mean couldn’t care less? That would make sense.

    Think about that in between your Jameis fantasies you little genius!

    And I think you getting all bent out of shape over your Messiah is way more pathetic than us fans who are just tired of JW’s continued mistakes.

    Oh, and before you go to your favorite……that I must be a Mariota supporter…..I’m not.

  28. Dapostman Says:

    Doosh and Webster, were you guys in the Little Giants?

  29. webster Says:


    Stop with the english teacher bs. You are an idiot period. Any person who bash a player everyday with no diversity of thought is a pathetic human being. Congrats. You are a pathetic idiot

  30. Destinjohnny Says:

    Would love to see our weapons play with a top 5 QB

  31. Reach87 Says:

    Why is it so hard to believe, in the NFL (the highest, most competitive level of football) that the defense dictates where the ball goes? At this level its about matchups and advantage. Thats why it starts (starts) with getting the best players you can… to exploit the other teams weakness. Core philosophy. Easy to understand if your mind is not clouded by instant negativity. Go Bucs!

  32. D1 Says:


    The N.E. game, the Bucs ran the ball 3 times for 8yrs in the first qtr. Hardly what I would call gashing. To your statement about game planning, the pats came into the game with big problems in their secondary. The game plan to attack up field was solid. Execution ………whole different discussion.

    As far as overzealously analysing every word or phrase uttered by the coach. Use an once of common sense. What exactly is the subject of the conversation? Well,
    What he said relative to the topic makes sense.

    If you’re convinced DK doesn’t understand how his offensive personal packages and alignments affect the other side of the ball then you’re going to have to explain how this happens. Good luck

  33. Joe Says:

    If you wait and only take, “on every play” what the defense gives you, then you better have a great FG kicker and defense as you will be forced to settle for FG over TD’s

    Joe has heard some of the greatest football coaches — guys who liked to throw the ball — say the same thing as Koetter said about the defense. And it is true.

    Think about it: If a defense is stacked for a run play, why call a run play? If a receiver is double- or triple teamed, why force a pass to him?

    It makes no sense to pull a football version of Pickett’s Charge. That’s video game football. Offensive football is about matchups and exposing a weakness in the defense. You hope to expose a matchup favorable for you, not force a play that may allow the least chance of success.

  34. Lucious Selmon Says:

    I’m not a person who complains much, but I am having trouble with Joe using the very personification of evil as a graphic for any story. Stalin and Soviet communism is responsible for 40-80 million intentional murders in the first half of the 20th century.

    Why don’t you use Mao next, and add his 80+ million murders to our site.

  35. Lucious Selmon Says:

    Jameis does have a tendency to force balls to certain receivers sometimes, but I don’t see this as a big problem. I am willing to bet that he is in the top 20% of QBs in spreading the ball around to different receivers. This is one of the things I like about him–always seeing 8 or 9 different names in the receiving stats.

  36. Herb Says:

    Lucious, I was wondering the same thing.

  37. Neal Says:

    Either Tnew is the world worst troll or she has no business talking football with comments like that. Talk about not understanding one of the most basic philosophies of the game . SMH

  38. Godeep66 Says:

    Webster: you must be that child star that crashed and burned as most of them so. Just because you co-stared with Alex Karas it does not give you a football IQ. I do not hate JW but I do hate how he has let everyone down (again) and will continue to do so. He is done and you have to move on snowflake. Just because it does not fit your narrative does not make it wrong. I will be at the game in New Orleans while you are at mommy’s house trying to tune in the TV with the local HD attend that you got at the flea market. Invite jerkoff Jeff (poster) over. He will bring the Viana sausages and pigs feet so you have something to munch on

  39. Jeff Says:

    NFL Strongman Roger Goodell…. that’s awesome LMAO

  40. KyBucsFan Says:

    You guys should really learn how to spell before you go trying to insult others… Many of these posts give me a headache just trying to read and make any sense of them, every heard of spell checkers???