Mike Evans Talks Koetter-Jameis Relationship And Coach-QB Dynamic

April 1st, 2019

Thought-provoking nuggets from Pro Bowl receiver Mike Evans today as most players reported back to work at One Buc Palace.

Evans was asked about how Bucco Bruce Arians going public early with unwavering support and love for America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, would affect Jameis.

Evans waved off the implied notion that his good friend Jameis had any issues with his old head coach and quarterback guru.

“I guess it should help him; He was good with Dirk [Koetter], though. Dirk coached him a little different because he was the quarterback,” Evans said. “And that’s the most important position on the team, in my opinion, and I think in everybody else’s as well. You’re a little harder on the quarterbacks. But we’ll see. I haven’t seen how Bruce and Jameis interact or nothing. But I’m sure it’ll be fine. I’m looking forward to a great year from Jameis.”

Arians has done everything he can to tell the world that Jameis is his guy and has his complete confidence. That’s by design, but Arians also made it seem like Jameis is fragile and needs that kind of public love, including making sure there is no QB on the roster that might have fans secretly yearning for him to become the starter.

Evans, though, is sorting of saying Jameis was just fine with Koetter riding his ass and that’s how it should be in the NFL. Frankly, Joe is confident Jameis would say the same thing. That’s what he knew in college, and Jameis has said many times he likes to be coached hard.

Jameis will get that hard coaching from Arians. Whether offensive coordinator/playcaller Byron Leftwich has that style is very much unclear.

11 Responses to “Mike Evans Talks Koetter-Jameis Relationship And Coach-QB Dynamic”

  1. FlBoy84 Says:

    Thought that whole b/u QB mindset kinda rang as saying JW was a bit “fragile” as well. Tenn sure doesn’t seem to have that same mindset with Marriota, who’s proven far less than JW after 4 years in the league. Hoping it’s a great season regardless.

  2. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    Kind of weird that BA stating that winston is fragile emotionally and should be treated as such. Jameis brought on all the backlash himself due to the things he has done in his past. IMHO it seems that jameis likes to get “coached” with all that entails from Jimbo to Koetter with getting taught and maybe some tough love. I am guessing that BA is going to be all over jameis when he makes mistakes as he should be. Not sure on the QB coach as his first time here did not leave any impression that is positive and then a first year OC, in leftwich, guess by October we should know

  3. Z31 BUCS Says:

    ^ We get it, Adrnagy. It is your April Fool’s.
    No need to post it in every thread.

  4. neal Says:

    ???—Joe plagiarized word for word from a pewter plank article.

  5. tnew Says:

    For the record, Arians has never called Winston fragile, Joe has inferred this based on statements regarding the backup QB situation. Which is fine.

    My interpretation was there was a fractured locker room last season and a Fitzpatrick/Winston coupling had a more downside vs upside risk.

    This season will be much different.

  6. stpetebucsfan Says:

    BA=Bad cop Leftwich=Good cop. It’s a tried and true routine.

  7. stpetebucsfan Says:

    “This season will be much different.”

    Yes TNEW. I totally agree. No 3 game suspension changes everything for the better.

  8. pick6 Says:

    whatever byron’s style is, arians knows it and trusts it to get through to his QB. that’s the beauty of this coaching staff. given bruce’s different approaches to coaching peyton, big ben, and luck (according to his book), they also appear to be smart enough to know that who they’re coaching makes a difference

  9. 813bucboi Says:

    dirk was just in over his head…..


  10. pick6 Says:

    i think the whole “bruce said jameis is fragile mentally” is a misstatement.

    Personally, i think the problem is that THE BUCS (fans and players) are too fragile right now to endure a QB competition\controversy. The fans will be screaming at the team to push the panic button after the first bad half from its QB and you’ll start to see rifts in the fan base which will infect a team we already know is prone to finding excuses to crumble

    coaches hate distractions. an unsettled QB situation is one of the biggest distractions you can have. you only open that can of worms if you truly feel you don’t have a guy to get behind. arians is leaving no ambiguity about who will lead this team to success or failure, and the long term decision on jameis will be made on his play, not popularity contests in the locker room or on the practice field.

    I believe Jameis is tough enough to endure competition. He has endured plenty worse (largely his own fault) and still comes to play and lead every week he’s given the opportunity. Whether a competition at that position actually helps the team is a different conversation.

  11. Eric Says:

    Arians hasn’t said a word about Jameis. being fragile because of the back up qb.