“He’s A Playmaker”

January 19th, 2019

Bold words from new OC.

Man, the new Bucs coaching staff is really going out of its way to get their message across to anyone who will listen.

America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, is the Bucs. Period. End of paragraph.

Yesterday when new Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich was introduced to the local pen and mic club, he raved about Jameis in many ways.

Simply put, Jameis, said Leftwich, is a playermaker.

“He’s [been] a playmaker from the second he got in this league,” Leftwich said. “This kid’s played four years and he’s only 25 or something like that? It’s amazing, the situations that he’s already been in and experience he’s gained being in this league, so I’m excited about that. Excited not just with Jameis, just to put everybody – the key to this thing when you’re coordinating an offense, when you’re coordinating a defense, is to put your playmakers in position to make plays – and we will do that. We will do that to the best of our ability.

“We’re excited about the personnel that we do have here. It’s hard to find better, especially on the offensive side of the football, anywhere, so we’re excited to get working with Jameis. We’re excited to get working with the other guys, just get ready to get going. Hopefully, we can just speed this thing up and get on the grass as quick as possible.”

The way the new coaching staff is raving about Jameis, it almost smells to Joe as if part of the deal to bring these guys to Tampa Bay was that Bucco Bruce Arians got Team Glazer to agree to work on an extension for Jameis, whose current contract expires at the end of the 2019 season.

Arians is already on record that he didn’t come here to rebuild and he’s not a rebuild kind of a guy. Well, let’s say Jameis leaves after this year. Then you sure as hell are rebuilding if you have to find/draft a new quarterback

47 Responses to ““He’s A Playmaker””

  1. TexBuc Says:

    Finally a coaching staff that understands that when you are having to run from pass rushers to get the ball out the QB will not be able to throw with proper feet placement. Taking what a QB does well and add on to playbook instead of deleting plays your QB does well like seem passes to the TE, designed roll outs, and once in while a designed QB run.

  2. Topcoach1978 Says:

    Yea the only problem with that little excuse he has had several “CLEAN” pockets and he still throws a ball that even the professional ex football player commentators wonder wth he was doing and yeah I get helping him out with the playbook but JW has to be more accurate downfield PERIOD for an aggressive vertical offense to work! The new coaching staff is pouring it on thick to boost his confidence that DK killed they’ve seen the film and knows his limitations!

  3. Todd Says:

    Wondering how much could be saved via negotiation if BA negotiated a 3-5 year extension PRIOR to the season starting to both make a statement, but also to save potentially millions. For example, what if we signed him to a total 5-year contract valued at $110 million. The same offer is off the table if the season starts. A new position will be taken after the “wait and see” year. If he sucks, he wins big. If he doesn’t, we win big.


  4. tbbucs3 Says:

    I remember at one point during the season fans were complaining about JWs inaccuracy when he was literally 12 for 15 during a game.

  5. Valrico Bobby Says:

    Jameis has shown enough to warrant working with another offensive coaching staff. Good luck to him. The BIGGEST question is what will happen to the line and can they get competent running the ball. I like Barber but he should be the thunder to someone else’s lightning.

  6. BucAllNight Says:

    So ready to see JW with a real coach who believes in him backing him… now all these haters can STFU or root for Flacco in Jacksonville… Go Bucs!!

  7. TexBuc Says:

    Wonder why teams don’t just pass every play for big chunks?

    One dimensional teams do not have winning seasons. When a defense only has to defend one aspect of a offense they usually can shut them down. That is why even the Patriots run the ball 45% of time with a future hall of fame QB, but some think Winston should be able to win on a offense that only runs about 30% of time? Koetter runs a 4 VERTICAL OFFENSE which means most of the plays are 10-25 yards downfield and takes time for WR to get open.

    As examples I present you the KC Chiefs, NO Saints, and the LA Rams all successful teams that have an effective running game.

  8. tmaxcon Says:

    watching the jameis haters choke on crow next season is going to be almost as beautiful as my main man Bucsfanman chomping down some crow when his little boy cancer93 let him down.

    it’s amazing what happens when leadership starts to creep into a building that has been void of leadership. standing up and behind a player that will go a long way with locker room not just jameis… cancer93 you are no longer a buccaneers man sir… see ya!!! I got the champagne on ice!

  9. tbbucs3 Says:

    Right TexBux

    I think it will actually helped Jameis once he gets in a more QB friendly offense since he’s been playing with a weak Oline, no running game and a scheme that is not easy for QBs to play in. Can’t wait to see him in a real NFL offense

  10. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Give Jameis a damn running game and a decent defense like any other well-respected QB has…..then watch him win.
    It doesn’t really take a rocket scientist to see that.

    The Oline does protect him enough to get the ball out but gives him no running game threat so play action is not nearly as effective.

  11. Broy34@me.com Says:

    Love how haters like the moron on here saying they’re pouring it on thick because they’ve seen the field and know his limitations. Yeah that’s it…they’ve seen the film of 4 years already talk about how good he is throwing deep(and minus Jackson he is) but they’re just lying to everybody. And Arians immediately says its Winston’s team and he loves him. He’s lying too. What the 66 year old out of retirement wants to do is draft a rookie. Omg some of you. Get this through your heads. JAMEIS WILL BE RESIGNED AND WILL BE THE QB FOR YEARS TO COME. WATCH THE SECOND HALF OF THE SEASON AND WATCH WHAT HAPPENS WHEN HE SAYS KISS MY ASS KOETTER AND DOESNT THROW IT DOWNFIELD TO COVERED RECEIVERS. NOT ONE HEAD SCRATCHING THROW. So stop about he needs to get better with decision making. He’s tops against the blitz. Tops in tight windows. Tops out of the pocket. His accuracy is fine and he’s learned to not force it. You’re not watching the games if you don’t see it. The benching helped him. His coach wants to bench for turnovers but take shots downfield all game

  12. TexBuc Says:

    yeah what Broy34 said!

  13. ben Says:

    Fitz had better accuracy then Winston(see stats)..and Fits could hit Djax down the field …Winston is rated the 20th qb in the league after 4 years being the 1st pick … nothing special so far !!

  14. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Of course he’s a playmaker! I do not believe even JW’s critics except for the trolls do not accept that.

    The problem has always been what occurs between the time he wasn’t making plays…as in the Bengals game. If he continues the same good decision making as the final six games…and he doesn’t force playmaking…taking only the plays that actually have a chance for success…JW is going to be a very good QB.

  15. Not there yet Says:


    Fitz is good for 3 games a year the last two years and those three games drives his stats. Who was the last quarterback to get benched again? Fitz is garbage so not sure why you even mention his name. After missing theee games with a suspension he was erratic and rusty but he finished the season better than he started it and the bulk of the interception came before his last benching, don’t be such a hater. He who reads the stats doesn’t know as much as he thinks, anyone can read off stats. Your eyes watch games and you still can’t see because your blinded by hate.

  16. tmaxcon Says:


    fitz is a bum good for 2 games a year who has played for every team in the league twice. if you are going to pick a QB to ride at least pick a success not a journeyman that plays good twice a year. i am guessing your are mccoy fan because that’s all bucs get out of that bum about 2 good games a year.

  17. The Buc Realist Says:

    I feel like the so-called fans are not looking at the positives!!!!!!! For example!! If Drew Brees wins the superbowl and retires, and Cam Newton has to sit out the year for surgery, and Matt Ryan get into a freak water sking accident before training camp, Them Maybe, MAYBE the Bucs could have the best QB in the division!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

  18. Bucs fan #7423 Says:

    #7423 would like to see Jamies surgically destroy a defense with his brain and accuracy

  19. JimmyJack Says:

    I think Bruce & his staff are trying to instill a feeling of ownership in Winston. Didn’t ever really seem like Dirk set the tone that this was Winston’s team.

    It felt like with Dirk that we had a bunch of parts but they all played separately and not as a team. Bruce is trying to change that dynamic and it starts with the leader. We’ve seen the great Winston the boneheaded Winston and the timid Winston over the years……If he can become our unhearlded leader next year I think we see the best version of Jamies yet!!

    GO BUCS!!!

  20. JimmyJack Says:

    At the end of the day Winston has never really been the leader he was touted to be. This is probably a big part of the reason he’s been a losing QB.

  21. JimmyJack Says:

    #7423….Winston has done that many a times. Unfortunately it usually only happens for just 1 half and not a whole game

  22. DBS Says:

    And we have been seen all these stories with how many coaches over how many years? When I see it happen I will believe it. Right now the only thing I believe is more players will come and go and. another coach will bite the dust.

  23. DBS Says:

    Through not seen. Damn phone

  24. cgmaster Says:

    dont mind Ben, hes still upset his boy mariota cant make it through three game sin a row without getting hurt.

  25. Mikey Says:

    This staff that everyone is excited to have is excited for Jameis.

    Maybe some fans here need to get with the program.

  26. The Buc Realist Says:

    The only thing worst then looking for a franchise QB is thinking they have one when they don’t!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

  27. Schlomiebarmitzvahcircumscissorstein Says:

    Change the uniforms to grey, white and orange.

  28. Widerightandleft Says:

    Winston has trouble throwing the deep ball over head down field.Just not his best suit.He can throw it a mile on a line .Hes good with crossing routes deep where he has an open receiver.Or high to Evans on the sideline.
    As coach Arians said ,fit the game plan to his strengths and what he does best.And for gods sake ,straighten out the o-line and get a running game going so play action will mean something.

  29. Defense Rules Says:

    @Byron Leftwich … ““We’re excited about the personnel that we do have here. It’s hard to find better, ESPECIALLY ON THE OFFENSIVE SIDE OF THE BALL, anywhere, so we’re excited to get working with Jameis.” Oh wow, was I the only one who heard the ‘Thump thump’ as our new OC threw the Bucs’ defense under the bus?

    Makes me wonder though why Ira says we just need to tweak the defense a little (by adding a FA or two & yet another rookie corner) IF the Bucs’ offense has such awesome personnel according to Byron. Yup, thump thump. I’m starting to worry now.

    And Joe, with the interesting QB potential coming out in the 2020 draft, do you REALLY think the Glazers et al will sign Jameis to a long-term contract if Jameis sh_ts the bed & this year turns out to be a disaster? I’m convinced he’s on a 1-year ‘try before buy’ contract starting now.

  30. Topcoach1978 Says:

    @Broy34 watch your mouth p$#%y with all the insults dont get Twitter fingers! My opinion is simply my opinion!

  31. Jean Lafitte Says:

    What did you expect him to say when he knows he has no choice but to work with JW? geesh

  32. Arian Nation Says:

    I like the idea of Pewter (gray) home jerseys, maybe lose the alarm clock numbers.

    I would buy one of those with the #1 picks name on the back, Williams.

    See what I did there.

    Williams, Greedy, Jonah or Quinnen. Playing the odds.

  33. Bucs fan #7423 Says:

    Lol Steve Smith said Jamies sucks and that Desean Jackson turmoil is Winston’s fault!!!!!!!!

    Suck on that joe!!!!!

  34. Billy Says:

    They should be excited about the personnel in Tampa.
    Look no further than Noah Spence for an example.

    If you want a possible comparison look at Vic Beasley’s #s.
    1st year at OLB 4 sacks
    2nd year at OLB 15.5 sacks
    3rd year at DE 5 sacks
    4th year at DE 5 sacks
    Now he doesn’t work in their “System” and they wanna trade him. REALLY?

    How about use him where he is good.
    Todd Bowles will get production out of Noah Smith by simply lining him up differently.

  35. Not there yet Says:

    They don’t have to work with Winston they are just smarter than most the fans talking like there are other options. There are no better options and he has been a playmaker since entering the league just just been inconsistent except when when he came back and finished up the season after Fitz shat the bed

  36. cgmaster Says:

    Bucs fan, shocker a receiver, sticking up for a receiver. You’ll have to do better than that for your hot takes.

  37. Joseph Mamma Says:

    I agree with Leftwich. He has been a playmaker from the very first pass he threw. He made that pick six happen. That was all Jameis.

  38. WalkdaPlank Says:

    He is a playmaker for sure

    One play he’s scrambling and completing 50 yard passes

    The next he’s throwing ten miles above his 6’5” receiver for a kick or scrambling and fumbling the ball at the slightest touch

    Playmaker good and bad

  39. Asdf Says:

    They are just trying to boost his confidence which he clearly lost when Fitz lit it up the first 3 weeks.

    You can’t take coach speak literally. They are going to be all in on Jameis…unless he doesn’t improve and then they’ll be on the the next.

    May as well try and get him as confident as possible going into this new season. Let’s jot kid ourselves this is an absolute make or break for Jameis. This regime is not gonna just hang with him if he sucks and continues the turnover insanity. They need to WIN

  40. FireMikeSmith_orDie Says:

    The Bucs can ill afford to “rebuild”. They need a coach who can find the best system to suit the talent he has on hand. Make the system fit the players, not the other way around. If he can be precise and detail oriented in game-day preparation, that is the other aspect of coaching that has been missing in Tampa.

    That said, I am not sold that Arians is the guy. The Bucs should’ve been interviewing candidates since 2017, because it was clear since then that Koetter was severely limited in his HC abilities.

  41. Wesley Says:

    With the right coaching he has the potential to be great.

  42. Fire Light Says:

    Jameis Winston. Best QBs in the game

  43. Fire Light Says:

    Jameis Winston. Best QB in the game

  44. Chacho Bucco Says:

    Jameis is not a QB that warrants 20 mil a season! More like 15 mil tops a season. You then focus more on an offensive line, run game and defense. Top priority this offseason needs to be an offensive tackle… maybe even 2 tackles. Then Linebackers and after defensive backs

  45. Tim C. Says:

    I am very happy to see Jamie’s get the credit he has earned being a season ticket holder since he been here he is a joy to see play if we get the blocking we need for him and the run game and a The Tampa Defense going we will win it all cause Jamie’s has the fire and will and heart Championships 3 to 13 Go Bucs! Bring it Home

  46. MHBuc1 Says:

    Jameis Winston is the LUCKIEST QB in Tampa Bay history. They’ve given this guy the best weapons (you couldn’t draw better weapons if you took players from 1980-2006 on offense and make a better weaponry), have off the field problems in college and pros, and still be on a roster while losing after 4 years.

    The best gamblers in Vegas are envious to no end, not a single man on Earth is that lucky. The Ghosts of TB QB Past are wondering how this is possible.

  47. MHBuc1 Says:

    Thankfully for QB Crab Legs the Buccaneers ownership has the aptitude of a tadpole stage one. Any other team in the league would be looking for their next Mahomes or Goff. I remember when losing games was the barometer for Bucs QB’s, we’ve sent plenty packing with less weapons and losing than QB Crawdad.