Buckle Up, Bucs Fans

October 11th, 2018

Big year ahead?

Forget about Mike Smith’s defense for once, will ya?

The Bucs may just be right back in the mix for a playoff run. And why would that be when the defense pukes all over itself week in and week out?

That would be because of America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston.

Jet-flyin’, kiss–stealin‘, data-analyzin’, Bucs-film-studyin’, limousine-ridin’ Thomas Bassinger of the Tampa Bay Times decided why this could be Jameis’ true NFL breakout season as he prepares for his first start of the year Sunday in the Dixie Chicks’ cage in Atlanta.

Among the reasons why Bassinger believes Jameis could carry the Bucs? It seems whenever Jameis faces adversity off the field he cranks up his performance on the field.

As a civil suit against Winston worked its way through the court system in 2015 and 2016, he became the youngest quarterback in NFL history to gain 4,000 passing yards in each of his first two seasons. In 2016, he set the Bucs record for touchdown passes in a single season (28) and led the team to its best finish (9-7) in six seasons.

Bassinger also cited examples of personal stress Jameis endured when at Florida State, and he took all of his frustration out on opponents, leading the Seminoles to glory.

Also, Bassinger brings the same message Joe has been typing for months. Those that think Jameis had a rotten season last year simply are either too blinded by hate or just don’t know any better.

27 Responses to “Buckle Up, Bucs Fans”

  1. Trench War Says:

    I want to win …is that too much to ask? It’s not just about personal stats and accolades. Jameis Winston has 12 games to showcase his decision making and accuracy. I care about winning and want to see if Jameis Winston elevate his game.

  2. NFLNut Says:


    Bassinger is a Jameis-basher who took forever to come around to the obvious fact that Jameis had his best statistical season last year … and he claims to be a stat guru for the Tampa Bay Times?

    I saw a Twitter debate he had with @Jameis1of1 who just destroyed him … and now Bassinger is parroting Jameis1of1 and pretending he always knew Jameis had his best statistical season … what a loon.


  3. DB55 Says:

    The man thrives under pressure but even diamonds can shatter.

    And that might just happen with Dotson watching his six. He might get his shoulder, ankle, knee or head shattered.

    Lichts inability to draft a RT like Ryan Ramczyk should get him fined for willful negligence or arrested for endangering the life of others.

  4. Guzzie Says:

    It’s your site Joe, but it’s embarrassing the whole Americas QB, Jamies is hated throughout America, and half of Tampa fans, you must only have Buc fans as friends, no one thinks he’s some great QB, I like JW but it’s stupid thinking he deserves to be called America’s QB

  5. Buc21 IDAHO Says:

    I think this can also take a turn towards the “maturity” aspect you guys spoke of on the Ira podcast. Maybe instead of off field issues of the negative affecting his play for the better, his child being the inspiration he needs to become the player, team mate, leader and more importantly the man he should be in the coming years. He has many years to grow as a man and father. I believe in him. He can only grow like we all do, hopefully for the best

  6. Blue-footed booby Says:

    South Sudan’s Quarterback, Alternate Pro Bowler who only got in because 4 other quarterbacks backed out, Jameis Winston.

    Oh well, if Koetter gets fired and the Bucs interview John DeFilippo for head coach, he’s not going to want to hitch his wagon to a walking liability for suspensions and instead push hard for Nick Foles or drafting a new quarterback during the interview.

  7. Defense Rules Says:

    Oh lordy, I see we’re back to the “That would be because of America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston” brain-washing Joe. I guess off-to-the-cooler I go, because I had REALLY hoped that you’d move past this.

    I root for the Bucs because they’re MY TEAM. I root for Dirk Koetter because he’s MY HEAD COACH, although at times his overly-conservative approach frustrates me to no end. And yes, I unabashedly root for Mike Smith because he’s MY DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR, although there are many times I wish that Smitty would also stop being so conservative and just turn the dogs loose.

    Not a ‘Jameis-hater’ as you so frequently term those who don’t bow down at the fabricated ‘altar of Jameis’. But guess what … I root for Jameis when he’s on the field because, yup, he’s MY QUARTERBACK. IF he does well, then MY TEAM has a chance of doing well. IF he does poorly, then MY TEAM will do most likely poorly. Individual stats mean close to ZERO to me, although like most everyone else I can appreciate a great performance. TEAM stats are significant … in the context of WINS & LOSSES. Thus POINTS SCORED & POINTS ALLOWED mean a heck of a lot more to me than PASSING YARDAGE GAINED OR ALLOWED.

    So when you continually bash the Bucs’ defense (yes you do Joe), you’re bashing MY DEFENSE. And you’re doing it in the most SUPERFICIAL way … very limited depth of analysis to point out what’s working, what isn’t; what has potential, what doesn’t.; what needs improving, what needs replacing.

    I do get that that’s NOT what JBF is designed to be; fans looking for ‘depth’ look elsewhere (and there are several pretty decent websites that do that). But JBF provides a unique look at MY BUCS’ TEAM … and I applaud you for that. Plus I really enjoy the well-thought-out comments of a number of the ‘JBFers’ as I call them. Folks like Bob in Valrico, StPete, Lord C, TBBF, Bucsfanman and Realist.

    BTW, with certain key players getting healthy now, I expect MY DEFENSE to perform much better against Atlanta. I’m confident they’ll do their part Sunday, and hold Atlanta to in the neighborhood of 24-25 points. After Chicago, I don’t feel as confident about MY OFFENSE, but if they can put up say 28 points while controlling the TOP AND without turning the ball over, we’ll win.

  8. Bucsfanman Says:

    Show me. I don’t care about stats and I don’t care about how you handle “stress.” Show me. It’s put up or shut up time.
    The potential for this offense has been shown. Take the helm and beat the team that’s in front of you. No more excuses.

  9. OneBuc55 Says:

    As TO once said… “That’s my Quarterback”…

    Jameis’ haters fail to realize that he really isn’t the villain the media has made him out to be… he’s never been arrested or tazed (unlike Baker Mayfield)…The rape allegation and the crab legs incidents are now 5 and 6 years old…and the Uber incident is nearing 3 years old…

    The fact of the matter is, Jameis is not the reason why we’re not winning in Tampa; he’s a great teammate and the hardest worker we have on the team; this isn’t always the case for a 24 year old player…The truth is, his team, coaches, and front office have let him down…Since his arrival he has never had a consistent running attack or oline play, defense, or kicking game…

    I still believe in him, I still believe he was the right pick, and I still believe he can take this team back to the playoffs and ultimately the Super Bowl… Whether people see it or believe it or not, he’s maturing right in front of our eyes, and he has a chip on his shoulder…I can’t wait to see what kind of numbers he puts up with these receivers…Games won is considered a QB stat but it’s really a team stat…if his team rally’s around him and does their jobs we can win a bunch of games this year…

  10. Bob in Valrico Says:

    What did I do ? Right back at you, Defense Rules. Your posts are insightful
    and fact based. Agree with your comments on both Koetter and Smitty.
    As for Jameis ,I like to think to think I am much more of an evaluator than
    a hater. Many here blame Koetter for his conservative play calling and
    rightfully so at times. This is where Jameis comes in . IMO if Jameis plays well
    early, Koetter and Montgen can take the shackles off the offense and open it up.
    Turnovers force coaches into a different, often conservative gameplans.
    Jameis has shown he can start against the Eagles, Bears,and Falcons
    winner in the past. Fast starts give the team the best chance to win and inspire
    all phases of the team to contribute.
    Peyton Manning, when questioned about his many comebacks, did not focus on the comebacks but pointed out he didn’t play well enough early in
    the game.
    So I look for Jameis to play to win the game early and often this year if he does the rest of the team has a better chance of playing inspired football.

  11. Bob in Valrico Says:

    edit: Jameis has shown he can start fast against the Eagles….

  12. Resurrection of Fitz Says:

    Joseph after the Saints game Winston stopped thinking about the lawsuit.

    Fitzmagic has set the bar high for Winston. Now the coaching staff and the Glazers now what this passing offense can do when is humming. Now it will be very clear whether Winston is the right fit or not.

    I’m hoping Jameis continues the preseason play he showed us.

    Go Bucs!!!

  13. Resurrection of Fitz Says:


  14. Bucsfanman Says:

    DR- Back at you bro’!

  15. ndog Says:

    I can already see it if we score 28 points and lose it will be Jameis fault cause he doesn’t put up 400 yards and 4 TD’s then he should be gone. Like I have been saying since the 2nd game of the year this is a horrible setup for Jameis cause not teams have a read on what we are doing with Monken at the helm of the offense so he will not get the benefit of surprise like Fitz did. But that is ok the people in charge are not clueless like the majority of folks on this site. And I just love the :I just want to win folks” and “the stats don’t matter” folks. Let me ask you what he supposed to do, play defense, kick and play running back as well? Those folks that say that garbage, if they had any clue, would realize that Jamies played outstanding football against the Patriots at home, Buffalo on the road, Carolina on the road, and Atlanta at home and yes we lost all 4 of those games!!!!!!

  16. Not there yet Says:

    It is like the Steelers broke the offensive line will, they have sucked the last two games, if they can’t dominate this week then Caleb Benenoch and Dotson played like crap, Donovan Smith don’t know what to say about him, he’s just so dang average and unimpressive. If he gets a new contract he’ll definitely need a weight clause.

    I would love to see what Winston does when/if he ever has the kind of time Fitz did the first two games

  17. Jacob Says:

    This is so dumb. Lol. This team blows. They will prove that week in and week out. Forget about the defense? Typical Bucs arrival… Bucs fans are staring at another top 5 pick, new coach, and team reset. Give it up Joe and start assessing the next head coach and whose career the Bucs can ruin next. Good day dumb, sir.

  18. Bob in Valrico Says:

    As has been pointed out previously , Fitz often got the ball out in under 2.5
    seconds.to the open man. He wasn’t able to do that as much against Steelers and bears because of their ability to rush the passer.

  19. Bucsfanman Says:

    ndog- The stats DON’T matter. The reason I say this is that we had a top 5 passing offense last year and were 5-11. Now, you can point to the defense and the kicker, the run-game and play-calling and those are abundantly obvious reasons for our failures. Those are “givens!”
    My contention, and others’, is that Jameis is not without fault here. He contributed as much to the 5-11 record as anyone else. His ill-timed turnovers and poor decisions put the Bucs in bad situations.
    No, I don’t blame Jameis 100% for 5-11, that’s ridiculous. Just like if he plays lights out and the defense plays awful and we end up losing. How can you blame the QB.
    I’m just saying lets not act like Jameis didn’t contribute to our losing last year. He did. That’s last year. He’s got a clean slate and a bevy of weapons at his disposal. This is his time to shine.
    If people are expecting 400 yard games they’re mistaking. That was an unexpected surprise. However, the expectations SHOULD be high for this offense. If we get some semblance of a run-game, watch out! If we get average play from the defense, we are playoff bound, IMO.

  20. BrianBucs Says:

    Licht, Koetter, Smith and Winston all need to go. This is the put up or shut up year for them all.
    Winston will just be another name in Bucs history that came here with high expectations and overhyped potential that disappointed and failed to live up to his press and moved on.

  21. 813bucboi Says:

    I cant seem to remember, but has Winston ever won a shootout as a bucs?……like a 35-28 type of game…..


  22. Dooshlarue Says:

    Yeah, I know whenever I’m not doing my job well, I go out and get into a hassle and then I magically start performing better……. it’s really the damndest thing.

    I’m hoping the Soiled Messiah plays well for my team’s sake but won’t be surprised if he starts fumbling and trying too hard.
    And hey DJax, you did a fine job so far this season but I think we all know he’ll be going back to ME for most of his targets.
    It’s easier for him to throw high and late then to lead a receiver in stride.
    Evans is JW’s safety blanky.

  23. joestang Says:

    so you are saying jameis plays well when he is in trouble. call him a cab.

  24. Architek Says:

    Caveat – personal stress that he brought on himself

  25. Sunday_44 Says:

    Didn’t @ Walter say he would leave this site if Winston was starting after week 4?

    Didn’t he predict Fitz would play all year?

    Jameis is back baby!!!

    Time to shine!!!

  26. Dapostman Says:

    When the Bucs are in the 2021 Super Bowl here in Tampa Florida, even the fans with Winston Derangement Syndrome will be on here stating, ‘that’s my quarterback’. It will be tooooooo funny to watch.

  27. Destinjohnny Says:

    Was always hoping jameis would be like Big Ben.
    Hasn’t happened yet