Table Set For Jameis

October 4th, 2018

Man, Joe is so excited and happy for Jameis Winston. What a great time to be a Bucs fan!

Healthy franchise quarterback. Flat out loaded and hot at receiver and tight end. Healthy offensive line. 

Could the return of America’s Quarterback be laid out any better for success?

Facing losing teams and poor defenses the next two games, life is looking good for Jameis, who got a chance to shake off the rust in Chicago and now will enjoy time to hone his timing with extra practice during the bye.

Sure, Jameis might not have a defense or a running game, but Joe suspects the running game will improve quickly. Regardless, the Bucs have proven they can pass block like champs and Jameis has all the toys needed to light up the scoreboard and hit the ground running like Ryan Fitzpatrick did.

Plus, the Bucs are 2-2, and Jameis shouldn’t be feeling the weight of the world on his shoulders. The internal and external pressure is much more on the defense and the coaching staff than it is on him.

Joe is feeling very optimistic about how Jameis can perform through the final 12 games. And, as Joe wrote many months ago, imagine if this Bucs defense can simply play below average football, the Bucs should win more than they lose.

Perhaps Joe’s greatest hope is that Todd Monken dials up a script for Jameis to succeed early in games, aka start fast. That’s been the knock on Jameis his entire career, but Joe likes Monken putting his fresh set of eyes on that problem.

Joe wishes the defensive playcalling would get the same fresh voice and eyeballs.

67 Responses to “Table Set For Jameis”

  1. voiceofreason Says:

    amen joe!

  2. adam from ny Says:

    jameis plays pretty well in atlanta…he looks nice in that pic…like it’s go time!

  3. adam from ny Says:

    if we win these next 2 – which is feasible, then all we gotta do is split the next 2 after that…and we are 5-3 midway thru, with a 3-1 second quarter record …setting the table for a real run…so these next 2 are horrifically importante amigo!

  4. Joseph Mamma Says:

    Maybe Ryan Fitzpatrick can teach Jameis how to throw an accurate deep pass?

  5. Robert Says:

    no reason he shouldn’t lite em up

  6. LakeLand Says:

    Where were these “loaded” tight ends and receivers Sunday against the Bears?

  7. Ryan McGregor Says:

    Calm down Joe

    Winston will not be able to keep up with our defense. Sad but true.

  8. LakeLand Says:

    You have to show up every week to be considered as elite in the NFL.

  9. adam from ny Says:

    we are no longer elite at tight end with oj howard out the entire second quarter of the season, maybe longer…luckily brate is kind of jameis’ fave receiver – to offset the loss of oj

  10. adam from ny Says:

    well at least alan cross can potentially get more involved…i like that guy…even though he’s TE #4

  11. Buccernutter Says:

    What a great article, Joe! Love the optimism.

    I completely agree. I watched the bears game 3x (ya it was rough) and Jameis did not get the credit he deserved. He made great decisions (besides the last pick), was elitely elusive in the pocket, was extremely accurate (80%), and seemed much calmer than he has in the past. He took what the defense gave him. I am willing to bet this is going to be a very special season for him. He’s got everything he needs and is healthy. I also think rojo breaks out in Atlanta.

    Get ready guys, the haters will become furious and the rest of us are in for an exciting time to be a bucs fan.

    Please though, any improvement on defense would be great! Although I don’t see that performance happening again this year.

  12. adam from ny Says:

    rojo is a freakin wide received disguised as a running back…on tuff he might just go wild tho…

    also he should definitely be taking kick off returns…all he needs is a little space and he’s moving!…wake up dirk…quizz on kickoffs is a joke!

  13. Wausa Says:

    I agree with Joe.
    I am very confident Jamies will play well.
    The problem is I am not sure this defense is capable of even playing below average.

  14. Joe Blahak Says:

    yes, no excuses now…it’s produce or goodbye time…

  15. mike Says:

    good spot for Jameis. Should look like the saints game score wise. The ATL D is worse than the Saints and beat up
    TB 43 ATL 30

  16. adam from ny Says:

    funny thing is the coaches made 2 subtle scapegoats in the chicago game…fitzie and jorel worthy…as if that will drastically change things…but it did protect there azzes for a few weeks, and potentially baffled the glazer gang into thinking they’re movers and shakers at the nfl level

  17. adam from ny Says:


  18. 813bucboi Says:

    well, I slightly disagree…..the table is set for Winston to prove the doubters wrong but that’s about it….

    I still think he needs a full game to shake off the rust….he did throw one bad pick….

    and if the offense doesn’t hum like it did with fitz folks will be screaming for a change…..

    and God forbid we lose the first game he comes back folks will be screaming trade him…..

    and lastly, he’s expected to win with the worse defense in the league….thanks smitty!!!!!!

    Winston has lots of pressure from outside OBP as well as inside…..


  19. Buc50 Says:

    I’m a huge Winston fan but it’s time for him to put up or shut up. Produce and he stays…no more excuses.

  20. 813bucboi Says:


    folks put it all on Winston when he has:
    -no running game
    -no defense
    -no OJ
    -incompetent coaches that fail to have their team prepared on the road and fail to adjust…..


  21. Robert Says:

    love all the optimism, rah rah everyone says he looks like superman……..BUT….

    if he doesn’t hit D Jax in stride for 30+ yards it will be a failure and an exclamation point on him not being capable. If he can’t hit D Jax, WHY THE HECK DO WE HAVE HIM? trade him for another big TE or WR who can catch 10 yard routes and out fight for the ball.

    I think he can, I think he can….like the choo choo train…just keep sayin it. JW just might!

  22. AtlBuc Says:

    @Joseph Mamma
    Maybe Ryan Fitzpatrick can teach Jameis how to throw an accurate deep pass?

    In preseason, Jameis was hitting the long ball. Let’s hope it continues

  23. Buccernutter Says:

    Jameis WILL hit djax in stride on a consistent basis.

  24. 813bucboi Says:

    I agree…..#NOEXCUSESIN2018 but to expect Winston to save the day when he’s behind the 8ball isn’t realistic….I just hope he gets out of each game healthy……

    the coaching is screwing Winston and licht over…..


  25. Robert Says:

    I swear with excuses being made before he even plays it makes me think a lot of folks on here have cheat sheets, maybe a tattoo (but that would be too big) of excuses the can go to at will.

    let em play

  26. Wausa Says:

    Jamies is going to play well, but if the defense gives up 40 the Bucs will not win.

  27. Ruby Red Says:

    Jameis has a lot to prove. I don’t think he is a “thinking man”s quarterback” but I will be glad to be proven wrong. With that powerful arm he also needs to make good decisions. So far that is often a weak spot.

  28. Buc50 Says:

    He doesn’t have to win for me to feel good about him. If the defense gives up 30 points every game but Winston completes 65% of his passes, then I’m happy with him. Mike Smith on the other hand should start packing.

  29. BrianBucs Says:


    So what you are saying then is if Winston comes out and plays poorly. Stumbles, fumbles and bumbles, that he has absolutely no excuses.
    Joe, we will hold you to that

  30. Eric Says:

    Jameies needs to do just what he did last year after the shoulder injury healed.

    Not try to do too much, just solid football. He has proven he is capable.

  31. Hawk Says:

    -no running game (same as the first three games)
    -no defense (same as the first three games)
    -no OJ (Brate is available, JW’s favorite, and a top-flight TE)
    -incompetent coaches that fail to have their team prepared on the road and fail to adjust….. (same as the first three games)
    I don’t care if Winston has a 35% completion, 5 yds per throw, and zero TD throws. If he can guide the offense to 30 pts/game, I’m all in on resigning him. If a perennial backup can average 34 pts/game, then a franchise QB can do better. We (Buc fans) should expect nothing less because I’ll bet the Buccaneer organization will accept nothing less.
    I will cheer for Winston’s success just as loud as I did for Fitz. If they are wearing a Buccaneer uniform (regardless of how ugly), then they are *my* guy!

  32. webster Says:

    The oline did not block like champs the last two games. That is a concern. The film is out on these boys. Is this line really upgraded? That remains to be seen. The oline is the key to this vertical offense.

  33. Dan Says:

    No shot we win more than a couple more. We are gonna get crushed people and all real Bucs fans here know what’s coming over the next 12 games. We know how this ends. Dirk gone Winston gone and starting over. If you didn’t realize this when no one was fired last year then you haven’t paid attention to the Bucs since 2008. Believe your eyes this team and organization stinks. Bring in someone who can get the job done from the top.

  34. BucfanBF Says:

    @ Hawk

    The Bucs organization has tolerated losing from the coaches and particularly Mike Smith.

    I agree with the rest of your comments

  35. Buccernutter Says:

    Dan this offense is projected be the best in history. This defense is projected to be the worst in history. Our season can go literally any direction.

    You certainly don’t know more than most about our future and will almost certainly be surprised who is still here next season.

    A great QB in a high octane offense has unlimited potential. The defense will have a huge influence on how successful we are, sure but you could be very wrong.

  36. RawDog Says:


    Your points per game for Fitz only factored in the first 3 games. We just gonna dismiss his 1/2 against the Bears scoring 3 pts? I agree that scoring points shouldn’t be a problem in this offense, though.

    Go Bucs

  37. small axe Says:

    nice try joe

  38. Issaic haggins Says:

    Go to to sign the fire mike Smith petition

    Search fire mike Smith and sign

    1100 signatures so far

  39. Hawk Says:

    @ BucfanBF
    They ‘tolerate’… up to a certain point, just like we all do in certain circumstances. There is a point at which the last straw is placed upon this team. Either the HC will make changes, the GM will make major changes, or the owners will make drastic changes. The Glazers are patient. That bodes well for any coach considering the Buccaneers. But patience has it’s limits (and should). *We* just are not privy to what the ‘straw’ will be, and which of the above will pull the trigger first.

  40. SkBucsFan Says:

    I just hope he doesn’t suck!
    You’re right Joe, the table is set. Forget about the defensive side of the ball. The defence has no where to go but up. Show us what the Offence can do. Let’s win 48-35 every week.

  41. RawDog Says:

    Glazer’s will fire the coaching staff at year end if the team doesn’t finish .500 or better. I think they retain Licht. Not the team’s style to get rid of personnel mid-season.

  42. Hawk Says:

    @ RawDog
    I wouldn’t factor a half game for any player. IMO, it’s not fair. There are countless games where a team sucks in one half, and explodes in the other.

  43. T REX Says:

    If Winston turns it over we will lose alot…if not we may win some games.

    Will America’s turnover machine finally take care of the football?

  44. Sharkiebucfan Says:

    @joe, all of the sudden unrealistic optimism. Is someone at one buc holding you at gun point? Blink twice if yes, blink once if no.

  45. Hawk Says:

    @ Sharkiebucfan

  46. Hodad Says:

    Pass block like champs? Have you watched the last two games Joe? More like chomps!

  47. lurker Says:

    joe already has a scapegoat for jameis ready.

  48. gambelero Says:

    It’s great to have a healthy oline, but a skilled, healthy oline would be better.

    I haven’t seen a lot of creativity in the running game. It’s almost like we only have one running play.

    They also need to be quicker tempo-wise. When we were down three scores in the second half at Pittsburgh, we were still running off more than 30 seconds and snapping the ball with just a few seconds on the play clock. Give Jameis the play set and let’s get up to the line and run plays. His possession passing game will wear defenses out, but we’re not taking advantage of it. Quicker tempo will pay off particularly well in the red zone because we’ll have the defense gassed after 10-12 plays.

  49. Buc1987 Says:

    lurker …who’s the scapegoat in Joe’s article? Joe?

    Joy Says :

    “Facing losing teams and poor defenses the next two games, life is looking good for Jameis”

    “Regardless, the Bucs have proven they can pass block like champs and Jameis has all the toys needed to light up the scoreboard and hit the ground running like Ryan Fitzpatrick did.”

    Yet from what Joe typed you surmise “joe already has a scapegoat for jameis ready.”

    This people CAN’T read Joe!

  50. Buc1987 Says:

    I need to find my glasses and slow my typing….3rd time today.

  51. Buc1987 Says:

    If the Bucs lose 40-38 to ATL and the Bucs O lights up Atlanta… WILL be Jameis Winston’s fault.

    All agreed haters…..let’s get it out of the way. Agreed right?

    Let’s look at NOTHING else that might of cost the Bucs the win after that game….it’s ALWAYS going to be Winston’s fault. From here until eternity.

    Why do we or I bother anymore? Assclowns are dug into their own ass..

  52. Buc1987 Says:

    Oh yah and he’ll be 18-28 after that…..that’s on HIM and him alone too.

    Dumbest fanbase on the earth… HAS to be. Like in every sport. Dumbest.

    I’m taking a JBF break today. See ya tonight. Chores. I’ve got chores. I’d rather do them than read the retardation that gets posted on here daily. Might even go clean a toilet with a toothbrush or something. Much more fun!

  53. ndog Says:

    I said this 3 weeks ago this is setup to fail type of situation. In the NO game and the Philly game people did not have a book on Monken yet. Now after a quarter of the season has been played that offense has weaknesses that have been exposed and will continue to be exposed. So to expect Jameis to do what Fitz did is crazy cause teams are not going to allow it. They are going to take the deep ball away and make us go 60-70 yards every drive with no mistakes (dropped passes, bad throws, penalties, etc…) and make us run the ball. So I know everyone will bury Jameis if we don’t average 30+ a game but the truth is that is not going to be possible for this team period now that they know how to play us. No excuses that is just reality and it doesn’t mean he cant play well, protect that ball and do his job, but scoring a ton of points is not something that is realistic.

  54. LakeLand Says:

    I don’t see why fans has high expectations for a team that can’t run the football.

    Can’t stop the pass

  55. Robert Says:

    dagnabit…….one a yall left 87m tied to that tree to dang long

    and stop playin that dang banjo!

    oh, and it’s always JW’s fault.

  56. tickrdr Says:

    RawDog Says:
    October 4th, 2018 at 11:27 am


    Your points per game for Fitz only factored in the first 3 games. We just gonna dismiss his 1/2 against the Bears scoring 3 pts? I agree that scoring points shouldn’t be a problem in this offense, though.

    Go Bucs
    Good point, and we’ll have to give you that one.
    So, in three and a half games, The Fitzpatrick-led Bucs scored:
    48+27+27+3 = 105 points, which divided by 3.5 = 30 ppg!

    Let’s keep a running total for Jameis:
    So far this year: The JW3-led offense scored 7 points in one half = 14 ppg.

    Remember this performance from last year:
    The Bucs managed to score 335 POINTS in 2017. Ryan Fitzpatrick played three full games, and mop-up duty in three others. While in there the Bucs scored 105 points. (65 in three starts, and 33 vs. Ariz, and 7 vs. NO, approximately four games total), for an average of 26.25 ppg. That leaves 230 points during the approximately 12 games led by JW3, which yields an average of ONLY 19.16 ppg!

    That is with the same receivers, the same rushing attack, the same O-line, and the same defense last year, and the same coaches.


    BTW: During the last five games of last year when everyone says Jameis played his BEST ball, he had 10 (TEN) turnovers in those five games, losing 5 of 7 fumbles, and throwing 5 INTs.

  57. tickrdr Says:

    ndog Says:
    October 4th, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    ……………… make us go 60-70 yards every drive with no mistakes (dropped passes, bad throws, penalties, etc…)
    You left out fumbles and interceptions, otherwise I agree that is the defensive plan.


  58. tickrdr Says:

    BTW#2: In those last five games of 2017 when Jameis played his best, the only game where the Bucs scored more than 21 points was that last one, where JW3 threw 3 interceptions, and had two other perfectly thrown passes…………….

    right to a defender which they dropped.
    Bucs 1-14 since 2015 with three or more turnovers in a game!

    Scoring points helps win the game.
    Making turnovers helps lose the game.
    Throwing for lots of yards or having a high completion %age…….. not so much.


  59. Reality-is-a-Beotch Says:


    have you not learned your lesson about trying to evaluate qb’s. Again, all your math and excuses for the heartless glennon proved to be nonsense at best. When it came down to playing on the field all your math and excuses could not overcome a soft heartless player with no talent nor upside.

    Stick to hearts and leave qb evaluations for those of us who see clearly.

    as far as jameis goes the poop he took this morning has more talent than any Quarterback that has ever dressed for bucs…. yes i am including that punk steve young who never did a damn thing in a buc uniform but whine and cry just like cancer93

  60. Bucsfanman Says:

    Same coaches, same players (give or take). He’s supposed to be the better QB. I expect a high level of play, as should we all. It’s his job to lose, bottom line.

  61. tickrdr Says:

    Hi, tmaxcon = Reality is a Beotch. Hope you are doing well.

    Just for you:

    The terrible, very bad and heartless Mike Glennon-led Bucs offense scored 254 points in 13 games = 19.54 ppg as a ROOKIE with no “weapons for Winston”.
    Of course, he was only a lowly 3rd round pick, and totally heartless.
    America’s Quarterback, Probowler, #1 pick in the entire NFL Draft, and all-around great guy JW3 averaged only 19.16 ppg during his third season, even with all of those “weapons for Winston”. How is that possible???
    Have a good day, sir!


  62. Bo Says:

    Peyton manning 68 int first three years
    Jameis 46
    Just give him a chance sheesh!!!!!!!

  63. BrianBucs Says:


    Don’t worry my friend. We Assclpwns know that nobody has their head dug into their own ass as far as you do

  64. Alphabucfan Says:

    Can fitz magic play defense lol can we put #13 at corner lol can #84 be a LB or let dirk call plays for the defense he couldn’t do any worse than Smitty lol

  65. BigMacAttack Says:

    I’m not holding my breath on Jameis lighting it up. He was pretty bad last week but I hope it works out and they start winning again.

  66. WillieG Says:

    “Healthy franchise quarterback. Flat out loaded and hot at receiver and tight end. Healthy offensive line.”

    He had all this last year and he sucked. He is a turnover machine.

    He is inaccurate, to anyone not named Brate, Evans, or Humphries.

    He is too excitable which causes too many overthrown passes.

    He will have a losing record this year. He will have a big hand in that record, literally and figuratively.

    He will average 3 picks every two games.
    He will average 1 fumble per game.
    He will overthrow 3-5 passes per game.
    He will never lead the Bucs to more than 2 TDs in the first half.
    The offense under him will start slow and never score more than 30 points in a game.

  67. TOM Says:

    I still think JW has a lot to prove before the Bucs sign him to a big contract.