You Have One Job

January 30th, 2019

Talkin’ Bruce Arians.

A man who started in a Super Bowl only to lose a duel to the great Joe Montana, and who now makes a living as a talking head, believes the task at hand for new Bucs coach Bruce Arians is simple.

Joe spoke with CBS yakker Boomer Esiason Tuesday at a CBS media availability at the Super Bowl Media Center in downtown Atlanta and asked Esiason why so many people were raving about the Bucs hiring Arians.

Esiason, in so many words, said it’s because Arians is a guy that can solve one riddle and in the big picture, it is all Arians needs to do to turn around the Bucs.

“First thing he has to do is to get Jameis Winston to stop turning the ball over, that’s what!” Esiason said forcefully, as if he was barking at America’s Quarterback himself. “[Arians] will hold him accountable. He will tell him where to throw it and where not to throw it.

“If Jameis can figure that part out, he will be a top-level quarterback.”

The audio of the brief interview was muddy because it was conducted in a small room with about 70 or so reporters hounding a dozen CBS types. Esiason said his remarks in a manner that he would scold a child who just slammed his new BMW into the garage door.

It seems Esiason thinks a lot of Jameis’ skills, but is as frustrated as many Bucs fans are with so his sometimes careless display of taking care of the ball, or not taking care of the ball.

25 Responses to “You Have One Job”

  1. Buc1987 Says:

    Did Boomer have a few in him?

  2. BigHogHaynes Says:

    Famous Jameious

  3. Defense Rules Says:

    Sorry Boomer, your ‘one job for Jameis – don’t turn the ball over’ is far too simplistic. We’ve all seen Jameis play ultra-conservatively so as not to throw INTs. Didn’t work then & won’t work now. Jameis ‘is who he is’ … to be effective, he has to take chances. Coach Arians has to get him to take smarter chances & to recognize ‘opportunities’ quicker. And yes, to protect the ball better in the process.

    Patrick Mahomes is a good example of that IMO. Watching him in the playoffs he made a lot of things happen, just like he did during the season. In the 2 playoff games, Mahomes didn’t throw any INTs although he did get sacked 8 times (fumbled twice, but Chiefs recovered both). Chiefs did a nice job of game-planning & play-calling to give him multiple ‘opportunities’ to make plays throughout the game. Although Mahomes was only 35-for-67 (52%) in those 2 games, he did throw for 4 TDs & didn’t turn the ball over. Against Indy, the Chiefs controlled the clock (40 mins TOP) mostly with the run (33 rushes for 180 yds) … and won. But the Pats did exactly the same thing to the Chiefs & controlled the clock (44 mins) mostly with the run (48 rushes for 176 yds) … and they won. Pretty simple formulas for success.

  4. isrBuc Says:

    Jamies didn’t turn the ball over much in the last few games. Didn’t help the bucs at all. He isn’t a fast and accurate passer who can play safe and still be productive. Instead of focusing on ints he should be focusing on OL, running game and giving JW better options quicker.

  5. Pryda..sec147 Says:

    Pat mahomes overrated …

  6. Bob in Valrico Says:

    We have not won enough with either “the go for broke” or the ultra conservative
    Jameis. There is some improvement on the deep ball to Evans and Godwin. But I still think he needs to throw with more anticipation and throw his receivers open
    more consistantly.
    That said some of his errors in protecting the ball can be corrected. He needs to focus on his execution more. A couple of examples in conservative period in Dallas. I watched the handoff to BoBo in Dallas several times,Jameis was looking past BoBo and did not place the ball in his breadbasket properly. Just because you have done something a thousand times doesn’t mean you don’t have to focus on the execution every time. The other example was his fumble in that game. Holding the ball up in the air with one hand while looking downfield is a mistake he should not make.
    I look for Arians to find the sweetspot between the careless Jameis and the ultra conservative Jameis.

  7. Bird Says:

    Gosh esiason is a hater !

    Not allowed to crticize / critique him here.

  8. Bob in Valrico Says:

    We just aren’t a good enough to team to overcome our own mistakes,so every player will have to improve their focus and execute properly. Senseless penalties often stalled drives. We don’t seem to have the salary cap space to make all the necessary changes to roster so all the players we do retain have to play better.

  9. passthebuc Says:

    Before you build a structure, you build the foundation. Trenches, Trenches. Linebackers, Running game. DB’s, receivers. QB.
    To sell tickets we have always built the penthouse first, And, these guys are billionaires. LOL

  10. OneBuc55 Says:

    Yes, Jameis was suspended for the first 3 games…but Dirk Koetter robbing him of reps didn’t help the matter either…

    Relagating Jameis to 3rd string duty wasn’t the right way to handle the situation…He lost reps the entire training camp, preseason, and the first 3 games…then everybody’s wondering why he comes of the suspension rusty…If Jameis truly was your guy…I’m you get him as many reps as possible before you lose him for 3 weeks…Klueless Koetter…

    I believe Jameis will fix the turnover issue and Bruce will get the best out of him…

  11. Jean Lafitte Says:

    so does that make Boomer a hater?

  12. NPRSageBoy Says:

    Arians may be able to heal the sick, but raising the dead is well beyond his pay grade.

  13. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    isrBuc Says
    “Jamies didn’t turn the ball over much in the last few games. Didn’t help the bucs at all. ”

    That’s because football is a team sport. Had the Bucs had a kicker who could make field goals and a defense worth spit, we would have a winning record the past 2 years.

  14. Robert Says:

    ““If Jameis can figure that part out, he will be a top-level quarterback.”

    wow, this guys a genius.

    he’s had 4 years to figure it out. He’ll be a backup like leftwich for years though

  15. Destinjohnny Says:

    I don’t think jameis has the skill set to be a top 20 nfl qb
    But I sure hope he proves me wrong

  16. ben Says:

    Winston is rated as BELOW average by the nfl … with so many excuses coming:>)

  17. 813bucboi Says:

    winston has to play better no doubt….and imo he will because the coaching and support he has in place now is a huge upgrade from the previous staff…..simple as that…..


  18. BrianBucs Says:

    You can’t squeeze honey out of a lemon

  19. tickrdr Says:

    Repost, so please ignore.

    ” the sacred turnover”
    New and updated!
    After 14 games, both of the Bucs QBs have started and played approximately 7 games apiece. So, the updated totals are:
    Fitz: 164 of 246 = 66.7% JW3: 188 of 295 = 63.7%
    Fitz: 2366 yards JW3: 2311 yards
    Fitz: QB rating = 100.4 (10th in league) JW3: QB rating = 85.3
    Fitz: 17 TDs (6.9% of passes) JW3: 14 TDs (4.72% of passes)
    Fitz: 12 INTs (4.9% of passes) JW3: 13 INTs (4.4% of passes)
    Note that NEITHER ONE has a TD/INT ratio of at least 2:1.
    Note: I am pretty sure they have played with the same offense, the same running backs, the same receivers, the same defense and the same coaches.
    It seems at BEST: Jameis Winston = Ryan Fitzpatrick
    The Bucs QBs have combined for 4677 yards passing (MOST in NFL), and 31 TD passes (tied for 3rd in NFL). BUT………………………..
    JW3 has 13 INTs (tied for 4th in the NFL)
    Fitz has 12 INTs (tied for 7th in the NFL)
    So, together they have 25 INTs, which is TEN more than anyone else in the NFL.
    The Bucs’ turnover percentage is 19.8%! That means that 1 of every 5 drives ends in a turnover. That is also the worst in the NFL. The bottom five also includes Jax, SF, Ariz, and Buff. All five teams with 5 or fewer wins.


    BTW: That 2 TDs for every one INT seems a MINIMUM standard for acceptable QB play, and has LITTLE to do with the other members of the team. Nevertheless, I prefer to use the TD percentage minus the INT percentage as a better measure of “playoff-caliber” QB play, as the vast majority of QBs in the playoffs have that number greater than 3.0!

  20. TOM Says:

    Mahomes is overrated. Remember when RG III was a so called super QB after his rookie year. Where is he now?

  21. The Buc Realist Says:

    Good work tickrdr!!!! I am glad to see someone else champion how leading the league in turnovers equals bad teams!!!! I have said the same thing for over two years of how all bad turnovers equates to bad teams and how it effects all aspects of the team!!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe since you said it, that some will realize the truth!!!!!!!!!!

    2019 Season will reveal answers to the sheep, that the “real” fans already know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

  22. Buc4evr Says:

    Until we get a decent o-line and a running game, there is no way to judge Jameis accurately.

  23. 813bucboi Says:


    whats the common denominator?……DIRK and his outdated offense…..

    if both a #1 overall pick heisman trophy winner and veteran UDFA journey man have just about the same numbers, wouldnt it tell you that whoevers coaching them isnt doing a good job of developing the young QB since he came in with more talent or the system/scheme they’re both in is flawed….

    with all you said, there’s only 2 conclusions…..both JW and fitz both suck and dirk was a great HC…..or both QB’s were in a flawed system and dirk isnt HC material……

    judging by whos here and whos not, id say the latter…..


  24. tickrdr Says:

    Both QBs played in the same system, and if it was “flawed” and “outdated”, that same offensive system LED the NFL in passing yards after 14 games, and had the third most passing TDs. Both QBs posted high TD percentages (6.9% for Fitz, and 4.9% for Jameis), but both threw far too many INTs. That leads me to the conclusion that neither one sucks, but both QBs are seriously flawed, and that
    Jameis Winston = Ryan Fitzpatrick.


  25. Old School Athlete Says:

    @813bucboi. Yes, it also tells me they were running for their lives because the pocket was non-existent and they were playing from behind most of the time and desperately trying to make something happen. I’m guessing a lot of the posters did not watch those games; just checked the stat lines afterward.