Deion Sanders Was At Saints’ Wednesday Practice, Said They Looked Strong And Had Excellent Game Plan

September 10th, 2018

NFL Network analysis of the Bucs-Saints game was so telling.

Deion Sanders, LaDainian Tomlinson and Shannon Sharpe are in disbelief — and they’re talking about replacing Jameis Winston.

These former NFL heavyweights can’t believe the Saints got pounded by the Bucs yesterday.

Sanders even explained that he was at Saints practice last week and was impressed. Notice, though, that the chatter is 85 percent all about how the Saints stunk it up, not how the Bucs crushed them in their own crib. Shame on these guys!

They go on to talk about Ryan Fitzpatrick and question how he’ll perform under all the new expectations on him since he performed so well out of the gate.

There’s plenty of doubt on Fitz, but all agree that if Fitz keeps playing well then he will keep the job when America’s Quarterback returns from suspension.

“He wins two of the first three games he’s the starter when Jameis gets back,” Sharpe said repeatedly.

Enjoy the video below.

45 Responses to “Deion Sanders Was At Saints’ Wednesday Practice, Said They Looked Strong And Had Excellent Game Plan”

  1. PSLBob Says:

    Agree, if Fitz wins one of the next two games and doesn’t stink up the other, he will start against Chicago. However, I don’t see him sitting beyond the bye week.

  2. unbelievable Says:

    Notice, though, that the chatter is 85 percent all about how the Saints stunk it up, not how the Bucs crushed them in their own crib. Shame on these guys!

    Of course it is.

    The Bucs get no respect from anyone. And frankly, until they start winning and/or competing consistently, nothing will change. They are not a big market team that gets coverage regardless of their record. Even when they have a winning season they get very little respect.

    Until there are consistent wins and the team looks prepared on a consistent basis, they will continue to get chit on by the rest of the league, pundits, etc. just the way it is. But yesterday was a step in the right direction to change that.

  3. Godeep66 Says:

    JBoo Who?

  4. Marlow Says:

    1 game a narrative is not. We’ll see if the Sain’t D is bad and if our O is good over the course of the next few weeks. Speculation, either way, based on 1 game is nothing but nonsense.

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  6. unbelievable Says:

    Also notice that all the haters (Lakeland, kobe, trollmax, dhusty ) are nowhere to be found since yesterday.

    It’s almost like they’re not fans and just want the Bucs to lose so they can continue whining like babies. 🤔🤔🤔

  7. The Real Malloy Says:

    I’m sorry, but Jameis needs to sit if Fitzy keeps playing at a high level. Jameis put himself in this situation. Did you see the grin on Koetters face? I assure you all he will not put his job on the line for Jameis after his antics. If Fitzy continues to do well, he’s the starter.

  8. Pickgrin Says:

    @unbelievable – I had a feeling that would be the case…

    time to go full blown Rhealist after that performance yesterday – and get all full of myself with some re-posts – starting with:

    Pickgrin Says:
    September 9th, 2018 at 10:16 am
    I just hope all the @sswipe clown “fans” who have been spouting constant negativity about the team this week leading up to the 1st game of the season – are nowhere to be found in about 6 hours because the Bucs are coming home with a great effort and a WIN under their belts….

    GO BUCS!!!

  9. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Marlow, you put up 48 points of offense, throw long pass plays to multiple targets and throw 4 TD passes and the QB rushes for one more people are correct to say the Bucs may have something on offense. Just the shear array of talent out there makes it seem like this offense will be difficult to stop.

  10. Buc1987 Says:

    What……. said.

    Go Bucs!

  11. Lamarcus Says:

    Loved the way the Bucs played even if the Saints wasn’t prepared. That’s on the Saints and any team should capitalize on it like The Bucs did in fashion.

    I even felt like who cares if Saints scored the Bucs was just on 🔥.

  12. The Buc Realist Says:

    New Orleans down fall was that they used the game plan that the Bucs could not throw the deep ball and cover short and manned up!!!!!! And they never adjusted!!!!!! The WR got behind and accurate throws with turnovers was the difference!!!!!! ( along with Coach Smitty pitching the shutout in the 3rd)!!!!!!!

    But they thought the Bucs could not connect on the deep ball and over the top!!!!!!

    Free the realist joe!!!!!!!!!!

    #trust the coaches!!!!!!!! Fix the “real” problem!!!!!!!!!!! the roster!!!!!!!!!!

    GO Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. stpetebucsfan Says:


    Spot on! We are not a major market team…13th metro is not a top ten. We have a horrible tradition…why should anybody take us seriously…YET.

    I don’t mind. I hope it helps forge an us against the world mentality in our locker room. I hope all the guys play with a HUGE chip on their shoulders because of the disrespect.

    The Chicago game is perhaps up in the air as to who starts. But I think it will be as much about protecting JW as worrying about the win.

    I’ve always loved Fitz because I so admire smarts. He was incredible yesterday and that’s partly due to the fact that he had a great cast around him…unlike in his previous stops. Partly due to his streaky play…when he’s hot he’s HOT!

    But even if we go 4-0 JW will start game 5 and he should. Regardless of the debate about who gives us the best chance to win a single game…JW IS the franchise QB. Fitz may have earned another year or two as the franchise backup…although Griffin might have something to say about that.

    This franchise has invested the family jewels in JW!!! They simply MUST figure out what their ROI is going forward. JW is either the future….or not…but the Bucs need to find out THIS year before contract issues start popping up.

    I think we have playoff talent on this team no matter who plays QB. Defense obviously needs to get both healthy and improve and some rookies have to grow up really fast but this team is pretty solid. But does anybody here really believe we’ll be in the SB this year. I’m hoping we can get to the playoffs and win at least the first game to set us up for a genuine SB run next year.

    But for the future of the franchise JW HAS TO PLAY. We HAVE to find out what we have…with no more doubts. We’ve invested a top pick in the entire draft…we’ve absorbed too much bad publicity…and this year looms VERY large in making decisions.

    I’m not for trading JW and I think he’ll be fine when he returns. But I won’t be hurt if the Bucs protect him by not throwing him to Khalil Mack and that Bear’s defense in a short week after what could be a very tough Monday night game against the Steelers.

    JW is totally familiar with the Falcons…it’s a home game and then come two winnable games against the Browns and Bengals.

    I don’t want to see JW thrown to the wolves in Chicago. And if Fitz somehow pulls off a 2-1 start much less 3-0 the pressure on JW just gets huge.

    Do we have a franchise QB on this roster or not? I love Fitz but he’s not a franchise QB…we must find out if JW is…even if it costs us this season.

  14. Not there yet Says:

    One game people? People sound really stupid saying after 1 game Winston is done. Keep your emotions in check folks because the only absolute is the next 2 games belong to Fitz stop pretending like he’s not a journeyman quarterback and hold on to your hot takes, unlike analyst on TV you don’t get paid for being wrong all the time

  15. Syl Says:

    The last time Fitz threw 5 tds the next game he came back and threw 6 int’s. That is Fitz career. Be happy you got the win and I think Tampa can beat the Foles led Eagles. But do not put your trust in Fitz.

  16. Lamarcus Says:

    Yes also under Koetter hc we always come out game 1 on fire only to lay a egg week 2.

  17. The Buc Realist Says:


    While we all are touting Fitz, for the great performance, it cannot be sustained!!!!!! It will be his arm strength that will be the difference!!!! But it is proof positive that with an accurate QB that Head Coach Koetter’s offense is “very” dangerous!!!!!!!! JW3 showed a very consistent performances in the preseason that once back should translate!!!!!!! We will lose the Qb scramble for stronger arm, But that is OK because while it is exciting to see the QB truck over a safety for a TD, that kind of play cannot be sustained!!!!!!!!!!

    #trust the coaches!!!!!!!! Fix the “real” problem!!!!!!!!!!! the roster!!!!!!!!!!

    GO Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Etzel Says:

    “All agree…” Guess I’m not considered a part of “All”

  19. Cobraboy Says:

    If the Bucs badly lose the next two, Winston starts game 4.

    If the Bucs win 2 of 3, Fitz starts game 4 and what happens next is a jump ball.

    If the Bucs somehow sweep the first 3, Fitz is the season starter until the wheels come off.

    I just hope Fitz stays healthy.

  20. Robert Says:

    Wait you mean everyone is now saying what I said long ago?

    We would win at least 2of first 3

    All we need is a brad Johnson or jeff Garcia type with these weapons. Someone who will evaluate and execute quickly….not eat dubyas and show boat. (While missing d Jax 12 times)

    Fitz… I said. And godeep

  21. Im tired and 87 is right Says:

    Stpetebucsfan I totally concur with what you said. It’s just like what Philly is going through with Wentz and Foles, once Wentz is ready to go he will be the starter because he is the future of that team. Winston is the future of the Bucs. Now if Winston comes back and doesn’t perform well on a consistent basis then he could lose his job. Go Bucs!

  22. Bucsfanman Says:

    What stpetebucsfan said! Jameis WILL get his shot. This team HAS to know whether or not they need to go get another guy.
    This game was so fun to watch. It’s hard to imagine this team not making a serious run with that type of offensive output, one game or not.

  23. orlbucfan Says:

    The butthole surfer who hosts the NBC Pregame show nearly fatally choked when he had to recount the Bucs win. Coach Dungy was thrilled and lit up like a candle. Tampa has never been a big media market. Bucs still have losing records on the NFL books. Just the facts, jack! However, this O is going to be un(Godwin)godly. I noticed DK was clean shaven in that presser. He wasn’t all preseason. Monk has passed DK’s exam and will assist him the rest of the season. Having the pressure relieved will help the HC watch the rest of the team including the D. Yee Haw! GO MIGHTY BUCS SUNDAY!!

  24. unbelievable Says:

    Agreed st. Pete 100%

    And honestly I like being the underdog. It used to bother me that we got no attention from the media, but now I could honestly care less.

    I’ve pretty much stopped watching sports shows on all the networks anyhow cuz they all just talk about the same 4 stories all day long.

  25. RickinFtMyers Says:

    If the Bucs go 3-0 or 2-1, but the Bucs offense looks good in the single loss, then Dirk Koetter and Todd Monken are almost forced to start Ryan Fitzpatrick in game four and beyond. After all, once you’re 2-1 or 3-0 against the Saints, Eagles, and Steelers, you gotta dance with the one what brung ya. Of course, if my described scenario plays out and Fitzpatrick starts beyond game three, but his level of productivity falls off, then he’s up for replacement by Jameis Winston. Let’s see how the winds blow at Raymond James next week.

  26. Brandon Says:

    Every year there are about 40 viable NFL starting QBs in the league. That means there are 40 guys that can win games if they are given time, have weapons, and are running a good scheme. Fitz is one of them. A lot of teams have two such QBs… a few have none… but the point is that Fitzpatrick might be the 25th best QB in the league. If you give him time (which he’s never played behind a good line), you give him weapons (he’s never had anything close to these weapons, even with the Jets and Bills), he’s got the experience and the ability to do great things in the league, most of those 40 or so QBs can.

    Regardless of what any publications say, the Bucs have the ABSOLUTE BEST group of receivers in the league… by far. What other teams have a top 5 WR like Mike Evans, another legit #1 WR and perhaps the best deep threat like Desean Jackson, another legit #1, who also might be the eventual best WR of the group in Chris Godwin, a feisty tough and quick and sure handed slot guy like Humphries… and then those tight ends! Wow, there is NOT another tight end in the league with the ability of OJ Howard….Rob Gronkowski comes close… but NO! And let’s not leave out the top TD producing tight end for the past two years in Cam Brate. These guys are loaded. If the o-line can block well, there is not a defense in CREATION that can cover these guys. If Fitz can get time, make decent decisions, he or anybody else will continue to have huge days like this. This is not a surprise at all. This is what is expected.

  27. Rick Says:

    Fitz success is tied to our ability to run the ball successfully. That whole line, not just Jensen, has to be nasty against that front seven.

  28. Phil Says:

    Jameis is the starter when he comes back. He is our future not Fitzpatrick. I hope Fitz can win another one.

  29. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Agree with the posters above…

    JW3 must start atleast after the bye week to see what he can do under Monken playcaller during the regular season”

    We have seen Fritz under Koetter playcalling vs Monken playcalling. Drastic difference. Thou Fritz went 2-1 last year, He looked like crap under Koetter playcalling.

    The majority of thr Buc Sheep actually preferred Griffen eho looked better this preseason to start this year.

    “JW3 must play under Monks Playcalling to see if he also dominates and plays elite level as he has done in preseason this year…

    Imo JW will smash records”

    Kobe ” I never seen so many wide open recievers” Faker

  30. SOEbuc Says:

    Fitz and the offense were perfect yesterday. We could’ve lost that game if not for the Justin Evans TD and the other FF. Those were the only things we did on defense all day.

    DON’T LET RYAN SMITH PLAY DEFENSE AT ANY POINT IN THE GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. SOEbuc Says:

    “DON’T LET RYAN SMITH PLAY DEFENSE AT ANY POINT IN THE GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    ^^Pray to the God’s of football that he is okay. If he isn’t we got two rookies, Ryan Smith, Javion Elliot, and Devonte Harris^^ 🙁 🙁

  32. Big Boss Bucs Fan Says:


    Was it just me or do they have a “Late Show” setup going on for a football highlights show?! WTF?! It’s why I don’t watch these crap sports talk TV shows! How about they just show highlights and talk football behind a desk like it used to be instead of trying to outdo the other networks. Its ridiculous really. I don’t care how we do this year, I will NOT watch none of it!!

  33. Rick Says:

    Jameis is superior to Fitzpatrick in all but one catagory, ball security. Hard to win when Jameis is forcing passes and throwing on his way down on sacks.

  34. SOEbuc Says:

    *Forgot to mention my point that VH3 is getting an MRI on his shoulder today.

    “^^Pray to the God’s of football that he is okay. If he isn’t we got two rookies, Ryan Smith, Javion Elliot, and Devonte Harris^^”

  35. OneBucPerson Says:

    @The Real Malloy If Fitzy continues this high level of play he should start Week 4, and no longer than that. At this point in his career we know what Fitzy is, a capable back up. Jameis is the future of this team at QB, and he will be starting from Week 6 onwards (potentially Week 4).

    @unbelievable Could you please tell me how you did that first message where the grey box with someone else’s quote went above your own?

  36. Frank Pillow Says:

    One game at a time…Fitz is right, lots of highs and lows in the game of football. He shared a great perspective at his post-game presser. Enjoy the win, embraces the highs. Move onto this week and the challenge of facing the SB Champs and their excellent D. Rinse, repeat. See where we’re at in week 4.

  37. Tom S. Says:

    The o-line played great, one of the best performances I’ve seen a Bucs o-line ever. Almost every time the Saints blitzed the line picked it up and stonewalled them giving Fitz all the time in the world to pick apart the defense.

    If that continues then Fitz and Winston can lead the offense to be one of the top tier in the league and this is likely a playoff team.

    But the bigger test will be against a Philly d-line that is a lot better than New Orleans. The field at RayJay is nothing like the track in New Orleans and the offensive line has exactly one decent reserve in case of injury. So there are a lot of weeks left to play before those people crowing after 1-0 have any vindication.

  38. miken Says:

    @toms.. the o line played great? Probably so but Fitz quick decision making helped. Anyone who says our D is trash needs to calm down. The saints average 31 points a game at home and we were down 2 corners and Breese is the best there is. D could have played better but if they are trash then what is the saints D?

  39. Rayjay1122 Says:

    Queue up next week’s chatter: The Eagles played like crap.

  40. Gene Deckehoff is my hero Says:

    Jameis has a share of this win with his solid work in camp.

  41. Buccfan37 Says:

    The dead silence from Saints fans during parts of the game was great. Also the Bears, Browns and Bengal teams are tougher than given credit for upcoming competition.

  42. Buc1987 Says:

    Oh, oh, oh
    It’s Fitzmagic, you know
    Never believe it’s not so
    It’s Fitzmagic, you know
    Never believe, it’s not so…

    Fitzmagic – Buc1987

  43. Nole4JabooANDdBucs Says:

    Every year is different…better offensive line, a productive running back, different play caller, great pre-seaon play from all QBs!!!

    Bucs had More…Preparation time for N.O.

    Great win, great job with Fitz, and no doubt JW would have performed the same or better!

    So let’s not get it twisted Fitz is a back up and has nothing to lose…Jameis is the future he needs to be involved!

  44. Jaycee Says:

    This team is Winston’s, HOWEVER, you go with the hot hand. Jameis will not start against the Bears if Yukon Cornelius (I say that in a good way) continues to win. Good for him. He’s a seasoned vet who is cool and calm in the clutch.

  45. LongSeason Says:

    Isn’t Fitz 3-1 as a starter with the Bucs?