SAS: Bucs Should Draft A QB

March 22nd, 2019

Weighs in on No. 5 pick.

Screamin’ Stephen A. Smith has it figured out.

When discussing next month’s NFL draft, the notorious talking head of BSPN said the Giants are out of luck if they are looking for a quarterback at No. 6. Why? SAS reasoned that the quarterback the Giants likely want, Dwayne Haskins, won’t be available.

Why is that? Because SAS is of the mind Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht, when he’s on the clock at No. 5, will select the Ohio State product, Haskins.

You can see (and hear) it all for yourself in the BSPN video below.

As running-for-a-safety ex-quarterback Dan Orlovsky pointed out, that simply isn’t going to happen. Not only has Bucco Bruce Arians and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich said repeatedly that America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, is their guy, he’s the only quarterback on the roster who has ever taken a snap in an NFL game.

Only the devout Jameis haters would ignore all of this evidence and want Haskins as the No. 5 pick.

SAS has been on a roll of late. A few weeks ago, he touted the scrambling and running ability of Haskins who, for anyone who ever watched one series of him playing at Ohio State would know, he runs about as well as a block of concrete. He is strictly a pocket passer.

And last week SAS asked if Mike Trout’s new contract with the California/Anaheim/Los Angeles/Studio City Angels would put any pressure on Angels manager Mike Scioscia, who retired last October.

If this Bucs-drafting-Haskins nonsense isn’t enough, one of the selling points by SAS for the Bucs to make this pick would be the receivers Haskins would get to throw if drafted by the Bucs, which SAS pointed out included Adam Humphries.

(Hat tip: @TSmitty3000.)

67 Responses to “SAS: Bucs Should Draft A QB”

  1. Onetrickpony Says:

    no thank you

  2. William Walls Says:

    “Head back to camp. I’ve got nothin’ for ya.”

  3. OneBuc55 Says:

    No Thanks…

    Steven A. Smith is an idiot…how he’s still employed by ESPN is beyond me…for the first time in his NFL career Jameis will be paired with a coaching staff that will use him properly…

  4. Pete I Says:

    Well he clearly isn’t in the “let’s hope Winston gets it after 4 years and almost record turnovers and is suddenly going to ball out THIS year” camp! Haskins will be good for the right team. The Bucs are never the right team for anyone’s success. I guess we will see how much is coaching vs talent. We have had a lack of both basically since JBF arrived on the scene.

  5. Joeypoppems Says:

    SAS is out of touch with every sport that isnt basketball.

    In a Chargers v Chiefs game last season, he said the key matchup was Hunter Henry vs Derrick Johnson because Henry was having a great season… Hunter Henry missed the entire year with a torn ACL and Johnson is retired.

    Its embarrasing that ESPN lets him talk nonsense on national tv.

  6. Gaston Spires Says:

    Leave it to him I can make this comment.

  7. Not there yet Says:

    They didn’t bring BA here to draft a rookie a dump Winston, you don’t hire a quarterback whisperer for that. If your going to draft a rookie why pay BA that kind of money with no salary cap dollars. If we pick in the top of the draft again next year it’ll mean licht is finished and a new gm will be looking for his guy because Winston didn’t have a 20 mil a year season

  8. BucEmUp 7 Says:

    This guy is a dumbarse. Cant listen to him for a minute. He gets the channel.changed quickly every time

  9. Bird Says:

    Stephen A Smith is clueless.

    He makes so many mistakes with football when he gives his opinion. Ain’t happening in Tampa. Not with so many holes for Bucs.
    He should stick to basketball

    What’s funny is – when he gives his opinion on who wins in a basketball game( his specialty ?) ,he is always wrong. I dont get it.- the fascination with him. Really surprised people and espn put up with him. I don’t watch much espn except on Sunday’s , if he comes on , I turn the channel

  10. TJ Says:

    Smith is the same guy that said Haskins from Ohio State is more of a running QB than a Throwing QB. Just because you use big words and yell does not mean you make any sense. He knows nothing about football just basketball.

  11. A’train4047 Says:

    Funny that espn has a boxing analyst (kellerman) and a basketball analyst (smith) talking about football. Just that segment alone shows how clueless they are. Now I see why they brought dan orlovsky on as a guest

  12. Bird Says:


    That’s right . He did say that 😂
    He was saying In one of the chargers playoff game , to watch out for certain players to break out. They were guys not even on the team or were on IR for the year. Teddy bruschy about lost it.

  13. ATrain Says:

    So if Jamies doesn’t get it done this year then what???

    Will it be because he has had too many coaching changes
    He lost his recievers

    Or will we just say he didn’t get it done

    I don’t think we should draft a QB

    But I do believe this is the Year Of Truly No Excuses

  14. ShutTheBucUp Says:

    SAS is a clown but he is on to something. Bucs should drsft a QB. Not this year tho, but next year the qb crop will be ripe.

  15. NPRSageBoy Says:

    Anyone BUT JayMiss…..

  16. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    SAS is simply trying to draw attention to himself…….especially the NY market.

    Why pay Winston $20 mil if you aren’t at least considering keeping him…..and the draft date is too late to cut him……you could have simply resigned Fitz.

    I will say this……he is right that Haskins may not be available at #6……someone may want him @ 5…..but not the Bucs.

    Can you imagine the credibility problem BA would have if the did a turnaround on Jameis like that.

  17. JA Says:

    More tomfoolery from the “LeBron James Show.”
    SAS overcomes his ignorance with supreme arrogance. It’s the new American way from clueless, self-proclaimed “pundits.”
    They think that the louder one screams the more fiction becomes truth.
    And it stinks!

  18. Jeff Says:

    Screaming Steven is a first class idiot. He knows nothing about the NFL.

  19. Jim Says:

    Ira wants a QB in the 3rd Round. How many agree?

  20. Easy Says:

    If Kyler Murray was still on the board when we pick at 5 I’d be all for it but that’s the only way. Haskins is a mediocre QB.

  21. AlteredEgo Says:


  22. Tackleblockwin Says:

    So what would the Bucs do at QB if Jameis is gone next year?

    I would guess we bring in a veteran QB with experience rather than draft a QB in first rd hoping they figure it all out right away. Maybe draft a QB to learn behind the veteran in later rounds. That is all just thinking aloud. I hope Jameis steps it up and finally gets this ship headed to the playoffs. Hope hope wish hope, a Bucs life.

  23. AlteredEgo Says:

    At the very least ,Trade down strategy, the Bucs should show interest in QB’s…

  24. Dan Says:

    Anyone who thinks we shouldn’t draft a qb enjoys loosing. Winston is terrible and who wants another season of this guy fumbling throwing picks and loosing games. No clutch bad down the field and no one takes him seriously as a leader. I hope the Bucs care enough about the fans to draft a qb.

  25. RustyRhinos Says:

    I say yes, draft a QB in this draft in round 3 like Rypien of Bosie State. Let the QB we draft learn and if the “franchise” gets injured or just doesn’t work out we have a backup plan in place. Who knows the system and the players. Yes we did sign Griffin and I am okay with him as the #2 but I still think we should invest in a other QB. If that causes Winston to be looking over his shoulder then that is what it is.
    Move forward or get out of the way.
    Go Bucs!

  26. Kalind Says:

    Before I read it I said to myself: this oughta be rich.

    And it didn’t let me down!

    Thanks for the morning cup of humor Joes.

  27. bucsdelight Says:

    I didn’t know anyone still listened to him. He has gone off the path years ago. All he does is scream and say off the wall stuff so people will comment. Almost like click bait.

  28. Pickgrin Says:

    “The operative word is ‘should’…”

    I agree – Stephen A Smith SHOULD STFU!

  29. Greg Says:

    I would love the move but highly doubt it will happen. Since Jameis has been here its been very hard to root for the Bucs because of his off field gross behavior, lying to the organization, and hanging out with a guy now in prison for rape doesnt help. Light has ruined this team and begging Arians to shine this terd enough to save Lights Job and justify giving Jameis a 5 year 100 million dollar contract that will kill us for another 5 years. The only way to help the team is to fire Light and dump Winston. Haskins is very accurate and a good coachable kid. But again I know its not happening.

  30. Jonzey Says:

    No way we take a QB is Smith crazy, we need White at ILB, CB, DE, RB

  31. Loyaltotheend Says:

    Can’t draft a QB as Jameis will crumble with legit qb competition

  32. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Stephen A is an NBA analyst that’s it.

  33. Bucnjim Says:

    If the top 5 picks aren’t defense we have major issues. The reason we are in this situation is because of too much emphasis on the offense. Top 5 in offensive cap spending and losing players to free agency are a dead giveaway we went too far getting weapons for Winston.

  34. Iron Wombat Says:

    “Only the devout Jameis haters would ignore all of this evidence and want Haskins as the No. 5 pick.”

    I got news for you Joe the devout Jameis haters they don’t want Haskins either, i’ll let you puzzle out why.

  35. tickrdr Says:

    What is the record for the most posts in a single day @ JBF?

    “Imagine, if you will” (in my best Rod Serling voice)(you youngsters will have to google it):

    All of the brass at One Buc Place tell Jameis that “he is the man”, and pay him all that money, and then host a big draft party at the stadium to watch the first round pick and then out of the blue……………………………………………..

    Winston gets “Glennon’d” ………………………………………………, and

    they draft his replacement in the first round.

    This place would go berserk!!!!!


  36. B-Rad Says:

    Should be Will Grier in the 2nd Round or trade up to the end of the 1st to get the 5th year option. This would help get the Bucs out of cap hell providing a future.

  37. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I believe it’s possible the Bucs WILL draft a quarterback…in the late rounds.

    They can’t believe Ryan Griffin could win games if Winston goes down.

  38. Morgus the Magnificent Says:

    Call me devout.

  39. Bucsminsterfuller Says:

    Have we not learned any lessons from the history of this team?
    The Buccaneers should NEVER EVER draft a quarterback.
    They never work out, NEVER!
    Tampa has no way of cultivating a young quarterback. They just throw them into the grinder and hope it all works out.
    Don’t waste the draft pick. That’s what it amounts to, a waste.
    Name one quarterback that the Bucs have drafted in the past 20 years that was still a starter a year after leaving this town?
    Look at this list: Shaun King, Chris Simms, Bruce Gradkowski, Josh Johnson, Josh Freeman, Mike Glennon, and now Jameis.
    So far the most successful out of this list is Gradkowski who actually lasted 8 seasons.
    If you were a QB about to be drafted you would be crapping your pants if the Buccaneers were looking at you.
    Bucs fans repeat after me “No Rookie Quarterbacks in Tampa, EVER!”

  40. ben Says:

    Winston is a below average qb per the nfl after being a #1 pick. How many years to you give him ???

  41. BrianBucs Says:

    Nope, not going to happen this year.
    Next year however is another story. Winston could be with another team as their backup so Bucs will need a true franchise QB. This will be his make it or break it year. If he keeps continually turning the ball over then he’s out of here

  42. BetterBucFan Says:

    Remember when SAS said the Panthers should pursue Le’Veon Bell because Smith forgot about Christian McCaffrey?

  43. 813bucboi Says:

    bucs might draft a QB but it wont be haskins….it’ll be tyree jackson in the 5th or 6th round….

    if SAS aint talking about basketball, he’s wasting his time…..


  44. SCBucsFan Says:

    While I think a lot of posters in here are clueless Stephen a Smith is the poster boy for clueless. But like so many he thinks if he says it loud it makes it more important.

  45. Anonymous Says:

    If the Bucs were to do as SAS says, he would be the first one to make it a racial issue, even if they drafted another black QB. He would be all over the Bucs for marginalizing Winston because he is a black QB. He is a race baiter of the highest degree.

  46. tickrdr Says:

    @ Bucsminsterfuller:

    Great screen name!!
    Are you a chemistry major or just a fan of geodesic domes?


  47. Dapostman Says:

    Jameis Winston last 6 games. The BEST 6 game stretch of his career.

    278 yds passing per game

    26 rush yds per game

    64% completion %

    13/2 REAL TD/INT ratio. Two other picks were last play hail marys. Obviously Winston doesn’t care about stats because he simply could have chucked the ball out of bounds.

    Please tell me what’s not to like?

  48. Bucsfanman Says:

    This HAS to be the year for Jameis.
    I do not agree with drafting Haskins THIS year. However, if Jameis does not perform, we will need to find a new QB. We are plum out of excuses.
    Light it up Jameis!

  49. DB55 Says:

    Only the devout Jameis haters would ignore all of this evidence and want Haskins as the No. 5 pick.
    There’s always one exception ✋🏽

    I’ve explained my train of thought in yesterday’s article.

  50. Morgus the Magnificent Says:

    Ok, I’ll agree, picking Haskins fifth overall is ridiculous, and ain’t gonna happen…..HOWEVER….the goal…and the ONLY goal is to WIN a Super Bowl. Nothing else matters. And only the devout Winston lovers truly believe he’ll ever show his face in a Super Bowl game. Ain’t gonna happen.

  51. SenileSenior Says:

    Before Arians was hired I was of the opinion that we should draft a QB in the second round. I have enough faith in Arians that I now think it would be a totally wasted pick.

    SAS is waayyy behind even little ol’ me in his knowledge of the Buccaneers’ situation.
    Go Bucs!!!!

    P.S. I am a bit cranked up on java this morning so I’m posting like a madman today. 😝

  52. theodore Says:

    SAS is being fed bullsh*t by the Bucs in hopes of a trade down with the Giants.

    Joe, please write an article citing anonymous sources (me) stating Jameis will be cut if the Bucs land the QB of their dreams in the draft. I’ll get a you a draft of your own if you do.

  53. Anonymous Says:

    I wonder how Haskins will do with pressure/unclean pockets/etc. That’s what I’ve read as a concern which is huge for the NFL.

    EJ Manuel had horrible pocket presence during pressure situations. Had no feel for climbing the pocket and evading rushers. That was one of the biggest obvious differences between him and WInston when Winston got to FSU.

    I believe in Jaboo still. The skill set / work ethic has all been there. Hell our freaking passing #’s with WInston have been top 5-10 most years. He just needs a semi-average defense. The one year we had that we had a winning record with him despite a lack of offensive weapons that we have now.

  54. Loyaltotheend Says:


    During that 6 game stretch the offense averaged
    21 points a game

    Jameis led them to 2 wins against the lowly 49ers and the Panthers when the D got 4 INT’s

    Remember the Saints game where the offense got shut out in the 2nd half?

    Jameis might’ve put up good stats but he didn’t play like a franchise qb and didn’t give his team a chance to win

  55. Brandon Says:

    I strongly dislike Stephen A but he never said that Winston would be throwing to Humphries, he said that the Bucs started last season in the first two games with Fitzpatrick looking like Dan Marino throwing to Evans, Howard, Humphries, Godwin… and DeSean Jackson.

  56. D-Rome Says:

    If the Bucs think they can significantly improve the QB position with the #5 pick they should do that. If the Bucs think they can get a significant draft day deal by picking him, they should do it.

    Jay-Miss is not a franchise QB. Just because he has above average numbers in the video-game era of NFL football is not saying a lot. Being the best QB this franchise has ever had is irrelevant as he’s still not in the upper half of the NFL when it comes to QBs.

  57. ToesOnTheLine!!! Says:

    I tuned SAS out years ago after his nonsensical take on the Lovie Smith firing. That said I partially agree that the Bucs (should) draft a QB in this year’s draft, just not with the #5 pick. DL/LB are too great a need. I would however be fine with a hypothetically favorable trade down situation IF the compensation is good enough to still address team defense needs mid-1st round and maybe get a guy like Cook or Locke a little later in either the late 1st or early 2nd round with the pick received for the #5 pick. All really depends on how the draft plays out, but I’m not as comfortable as BA and staff are (publicly anyways) with Jameis as a slam dunk franchise QB. The potential is most definitely there, we’ve seen some flashes, but the fact the team has him on a 5th year option deal vs. a long term contract tells me the team is still uncertain too.

  58. Joel Says:

    People still watch ESPN for news and analysis?


  59. Jean Lafitte Says:

    C’mon ..Did Arians, and Leftwich really say America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler?

  60. Big Marlon B Says:

    This guy has proven time after time after time that he doesn’t have a damn clue what he’s talking about. If people stop listening to him, maybe he will eventually go away. Haskins, Scioscia, the whole Chiefs/Chargers debacle, and that’s just the last few months.

    I actually haven’t watched ESPN in years because every time I would put it on, this jackass is SCREAMING over everyone else, and not even making any sense. Infuriating.

  61. Onetrickpony Says:

    ATrain , I agree.
    Im tired of the excuses, no more for Winston

  62. Wausa Says:

    Quoting SAS as a reliable news source is like quoting Jim Acosta as one.

  63. DONUTS Says:

    Is it likely? No. Is it possible? Yes, it is. Arians is blowing hot gas when he talks about Winston and him being the QB long term. The NFL is year to year.

  64. Jeagan1999 Says:

    Yesterday on “Movin the Chains” on Sirius/XM radio, Pat Kirwan also said he believed the Bucs need draft a QB in case Jameis keeps throwing pics and making bad decisions. Not necessarily in round 1, but he specifically mentioned Grier from WV as a guy who might be a late 2 or early 3rd rounder.

    Can’t say that I disagree with him.

  65. DaPostman Says:


    When has the Bucs OL, running game and defense given them a chance to win? It’s a 53 man team sport and Winston over the last 6 games did his part. When are you haters going to start calling out the other guys who don’t?

  66. D1 Says:

    It seems that many people missed what SAS actually said, He stated the bucs should not will .

  67. Ed Says:

    Bucs in a win win situation with Winston:

    Win: If he plays well and gets team in or near a playoff berth, he has turned the corner and is here for next contract

    Win: IF he plays like years 1-4 (turnovers, overthrows, poor red zone numbers) then the team will have a losing record and Bucs can dump him and draft a better QB next year