Charlie Weis Talks About Jameis Winston’s Biggest Challenge

May 27th, 2019

The film on America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, led iconic NFL offensive guru Charlie Weis to discuss a priority fix.

And it’s not about just saying, ‘Cut the damn turnovers.’

Weis knows what he’s looking at.

Calling plays for Bill Parcells and the Jets back in 1997, Weis squeezed a winning and solid season out of 31-year-old quarterback Neil O’Donnell, who had gone winless the previous year.

A year later, Weis was ordered to turn 35-year-old Vinny Testaverde into a star. No problem. Testaverde was dominant (29 TDs, 7 picks) and the Jets led the AFC Championship game 10-0 in the third quarter but choked it away.

Weis later moved on to counseling and calling the shots for a newbie QB named Tom Brady.

Friday on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Weis was talking all things Jameis. He started by saying Jameis has had good coaching in the NFL — hmm, that sounds familiar — and Weis reminded the national audience that he believed Jameis was worthy of the No. 1 overall pick back in 2015.

Also, Weis said Jameis hit the jackpot with a Bruce Arians staff that is “very quarterback-friendly.”

Weis still sees all the potential in Jameis but believes 2019 is absolutely the end of the line for him, in part because of the talent around him and the coaching.

The biggest fix for Jameis? “You can’t get enamored on who the receiver is. You gotta get enamored on where the ball is supposed to go,” Weis said.

Weis believes Ryan Fitzpatrick did such a better job comfortably spreading the ball around and that magnified Jameis’ shortcoming in that area.

Still, Weis is upbeat that Jameis can be the franchise quarterback Bucs fans desire.

“No one has more to gain or more to lose than Jameis Winston. That’s where he is. He’s on a one-year contract,” Weis said.

“You got tight ends. I mean, you got Howard and Brate. You got wide receivers: Evans is a stud, ok, and Godwin. You got Payton Barber and Ronald Jones, who I think you’ll see a resurgence of. Your offensive line played pretty solid.”

Overall, Weis sees the loss of Jason Pierre-Paul as too big for the Bucs to overcome for 2019.

He’s also concerned about all the pressure on Devin White, a pick he absolutely loved, because the Bucs didn’t improve enough around him.

39 Responses to “Charlie Weis Talks About Jameis Winston’s Biggest Challenge”

  1. Buc believer Says:

    Joe this is WAY off topic but I would LOVE to see an article about the federal appeals court 2nd district throwing out the Bucs lawsuit from the oil spill. It just made news this morning and I would love to get Joes take.

    [No opinion. It’s not football-related in any way. — Joe]

  2. Buc believer Says:

    Yeah I didn’t think you would post it

  3. Dapostman Says:

    “Your offensive line played pretty solid.” lol.

    You lost credibility right there Charlie Weis.

  4. buc53 Says:

    “iconic NFL guru?”

    Please, Weiss’s post-Pats career proved exactly who he was—nothing special. He is possibly the worst sportscaster on Sirius, and he can’t go 2 minutes without bringing up the Pats. I would turn it into a drinking game except I am driving when I listen to Sirius.

    He makes a decent point on the contract, but the rest of his argument doesn’t hold water. To get an honest glimpse of what Jameis can be he’s gonna need protection and a running game. Until then, we’re never gonna know what Winston can actually do in this offense.

  5. Jim Says:

    There are several problems with Jameis, one of which is named above. But isn’t it also true that Jameis in both his college and professional career, has been a slow starter, and doesn’t catch-up football lead to turnovers? (Some of you stat guys may correct me on this.) I have faith in Arians, and some problems can be fixed, but some will not. Meanwhile, the team as currently configured has holes…

  6. WhatTheBuc Says:

    Weis has 4 super bowl rings and 2 of the best head coaches of all time saw fit to make him their OC. So I’d say Wise has “scoreboard” on you Buc53.

  7. Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:

    Been saying this for years locking onto one receiver is a HUGE flaw of Jameis. It allows the defense to know where you are going and it hurts your offense by ignoring your other options.

    If Jameis can get off his favorite targets and hit the open man he will take a huge step to become a better qb.

    This will help keep drives alive and keep an awful d off the field

  8. FowlBall Says:

    Here’s how much of an “icon” Weis is:
    2009 fired as HC from Notre Dame- received $ 19 million buyout.
    Then worked briefly as an assistant at KC Chiefs and Univ Fl.until:
    2011: hired as HC at U of Kansas.
    2014: fired by U Kans with a $5million buyout.
    Please do your homework before writing something like this.
    Joe’s not talking college football here and that was clear at the top of the story. Weis’ NFL resume is outstanding. –Joe

  9. Darin Says:

    And what led him to getting those massive contracts? Part of it was written in the article. Weis has forgotten more football than youll ever know. Hell me too I’m sure. Judge people by the body of work not recent happenings. Talk to football people, he is an icon. To the keyboard bandits I guess not

  10. Marine Buc Says:

    Weiss was trying to be nice. Winston has bigger issues that need attention. Like accuracy down field, stop making horrible decisions and high risk throws, improving his release time and stop dropping the ball down to his knees before he throws.

  11. Jmarkbuc Says:


    “stop dropping the ball down to his knees before he throws”

    Good Luck with that…His coach Leftwich had the longest wind up in NFL History

  12. rrsrq Says:

    Weiss was a better assistant than a HC, we as Bucs fans should know this all too well.

  13. TOM Says:

    A big problem with Winston is, one play he looks like an all-pro & the next an all-dud. Needs to be a lot more consistant.

  14. Marine Buc Says:

    @ Jmark

    True dat.

  15. SenileSenior Says:

    I hope Jameis Winston has matured enough as an individual to realize he cannot try to accommodate every Tom, Dick and Harry who comes along with possibly good advice. He needs to minimize the damage too many voices can do. He should focus on what his head coach Bruce Arians wants and listen only to those who Arians has designated for him.

    Then he should be able to sustain a decent touchdown to interception ratio as he demonstrated he was capable of during the last six games of the 2018 season.
    Go Bucs!!!

  16. Oneilbucs Says:

    Every body keep saying Oj Howard how many games have he played ? He can’t stay healthy. He haven’t even played 10 games in a season yet. When Jamies leave this trash fan base and this trash franchise then he will win a lot of games . Then we will draft another young quarterback and this trash fan base and franchise will run him off after a bad game or 2 . Cause this fan base and franchise don’t understand that if you can’t run the ball and play good defense you are not going to win nothing in this league.

  17. BringBucsBack Says:

    So we “haters” are not the only ones who admired the job of a journeyman back-up QB and wondered why he was equal to or better in some areas than the #1 overall pick?!

    Dapostman, our O-line has been one of the tops in pass protection/ time to throw; even sited by the Joes here a few times. Their putridity (word ?) is at run-blocking.

  18. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I agree with locking onto the receiver but I believe JW has improved there.

    The first couple of years were tough because JW only had confidence in ME13…understandable given the weakness of our receiving corps…but once he got confidence in the UDFA’s Hump and Brate JW spread the ball more effectively. He did a good job with Godwin and OJ and so IMHO he has plenty of GREAT targets now plus BA will looking over his shoulder and playing tape of EVERYBODY’S bozo plays. I hope that means EVERYBODY.

    I’ve said this before but JW was just a pup when we got him.
    He was barely legal and I’m not talking about his off field activities. I mean as in only 21 years old. That was a valid explanation (excuse for some) for a few years but he’s older now, had a kid and significant other and appears to have matured especially over the final six games last year.

    I think JW’s physical skills are fine. He had two major flaws when he came to us….immaturity ON and off the field…and arrogance. Most great athletes are a little bit arrogant but pride goes before the fall.

    So I believe JW will be the turnaround player of the entire league. I believe this based on several things.

    I think he’s finally grown up and adult responsibilities have helped there. Secondly I think he got the arrogant snot knocked out him last year. For an athlete of JW’s ability 2018 was the ultimate humiliation. Caught in a lie…suspended three games to start the season…watching a journeyman come in and light it up in his absence and his own struggles culminating with the ULTIMATE HUMILIATION in Cincinnati and getting benched.

    He’s grown up at last and his arrogance has been slapped down to simple confidence. He will be the comeback player of the year in 2019!!! GO BUCS!!!

  19. Jaydid Says:

    Jameis is not the problem with this team. Give him a running game and some defense and we will start winning. He is the best QB we have ever had. Most of you “Bucs fans” on here are so focused on end results you don’t enjoy or appreciate the process, the amazing players, and the awesome people. You are the most unhappy miserable people. You all think you are better than your team because of your “realism” but the truth is if you are a real Bucs fan, you embrace the losing and are trying to find a way to rise out of the ashes. And when we do, your better than your team arrogance, will keep you unhappy sad people. THAT is losing mentality.

    I celebrate Memorial Day for the soldiers that won AND lost. In fact some that lost everything are the greatest of us.

  20. Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:


    Hard to enjoy the “process” when your team waste the rookie contracts of Jameis, Evans Marpet and Smith by constantly being in rebuild mode

    Hard to enjoy the process when the QB you draft #1 overall has more multi interception games than games with 3 or more TD’s…16 games with multi INT’s against only 10 games with 3 or more TD’s and he’s never thrown for at least 3 TDs in back to back games.

    Hard to enjoy the process when your #1 overall pick who was hyped up as pro ready, a leader and throws open receivers is inaccurate, makes awful decisions on and off the field

    Hard to enjoy the process when your #1 overall pick is outplayed by a career journeyman

    Let’s stop with the excuses and start expecting our #1 overall pick to actually play like a #1 pick

  21. phattitudes Says:

    In an obscure way the Bucs are in an ideal situation at QB. Jamais is playing to showcase himself as an elite QB. If he pulls it off, good for him. You sign him and go on. If not, you cut ties; and save yourself a boatload of money that can be used to bring in free agent talent where necessary. Obviously there would be a hole to be filled at QB. However, there are generally QB’s available on “prove it” contracts that often can shine. Hit on a draft pick and you are on your way with 5 years to spend on the rest of the team. Unless you have a top 5 guy at QB to lock up, you probably have overspent at QB and suffer for cap space because of it. LA and Cleveland are exciting because they are in that magic window right now.

  22. Race to 10 Says:

    You cant have a top 5 passing offense with a bad line so yea the line played pretty solid. Scheme plays a big part

  23. Kobe Faker Says:

    “No one has stolen more money from football than Fatboy Weise…

    I swear 1 reporter writes an article and 50 “analysts” just regurgitates it back up”

    Kobe Faker

  24. Kobe Faker Says:

    “This is what will happen, not what Kobe thinks will happen…

    we are going headon toward total rebuild in 2 years

    BA (Band Aid) and JW3 will be out …

    Nascar Bucsfans will demand tanking for Trevor Lawerence”

    Kobe Faker

  25. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Don’t know if this is brand new news, but I just saw QB rankings for all 8 divisions by Adam Schein and………..ouchy JW fans:

    6) NFC SOUTH
    Atlanta Falcons: Matt Ryan
    Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton
    New Orleans Saints: Drew Brees
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston

    I know, I know. You’re probably wondering why a group with two former MVPs (Ryan and Newton) and an all-time great (Brees) isn’t higher on the list, but hear me out. Winston is one of the worst starting quarterbacks in the NFL, with a knack for throwing the ball to the other team.

  26. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Oh, I know……JW has the same stats as Brady thru first four seasons………

    blah, blah, blah….

  27. stpetebucsfan Says:


    May be the best post of the day! Of course I battle with NDOG and Todd for title of blog optimist.

    But what you say is true in all of life. Zen embraces this totally.
    It’s not the destination it’s the journey that is what really counts.

    I’m with you Jaydid. Let’s just enjoy the growth and possibilities instead of being stuck in the past. That part of the journey is over and the most exciting part of this journey is we can’t be certain what is next. That’s life as well as football.

  28. Ndog Says:

    Dooosh rankings are opinion are just like aholes everybody’s got one.

  29. DooshLaRue Says:


    Thanks for the clarification…… I was unaware of that.

  30. Reach87 Says:

    What Jaydid said. I see the “we have a right…” crowd spouted off immediately, proving the point. Speaking of excuses, there is ALWAYS an excuse for so much negativity, crying, blaming, etc. Some of you posers (not a typo) are missing (ignoring) the point you are trying to apply to the team. You continually present excuses for bad mouthing the team you say you are a fan of. You justify it because you bought a ticket, Jersey, or bought a high priced beer at the stadium. Sad. Go Bucs!

  31. Rod Munch Says:

    If Weis thinks Jameis didn’t spread the ball around, then he’s as stupid as he is fat.

  32. BigMacAttack Says:

    Jameis or not, I’d trade my draft for Trevor Lawrence. NASCAR is boring but great if you need a nap. Better than the theme from Law and Order. Asleep is less than 15 seconds.

  33. BigMacAttack Says:

    Awaiting moderation again wtf really?

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  38. Bucsneedhelp Says:

    Jameis will just play well enough to get a new contract. Jason “useless” Licht will keep his job. At the end of 2020 season Bruce Arians will retire again leaving Jason ” not to very ” Licht to pick a new coach. Its all downhill after this year read it and weep.

  39. Concerned Oneyed buc Says:

    What does the little tuna know. Remember Notre Dame!