Arians Talks About What Jameis Needs To Do To Be The Bucs’ Franchise Quarterback

September 14th, 2019

Speaking on national radio yesterday, the boss of the Buccaneers was given golden opportunity to tell the nation that Jameis Winston will be the franchise quarterback for the Bucs for 2020 and beyond.

Bruce Arians passed.

No, Joe is not saying Arians is down on Jameis. Hardly. But Joe will continue to find it intriguing that Arians isn’t calling Jameis his quarterback of 2020 and beyond — until he actually does.

What do you have to see out of Jameis to know, as you move forward, he’s your franchise quarterback?” Dan Patrick asked him on The Dan Patrick Show.

Just like he played [Thursday] night,” Arians replied. “In the first game, guys around him didn’t play as well. This time, he had a good solid running game. He did a heck of a good job protecting the football and making some plays.”

Yes, Jameis played well. Hopefully, he gets to the point where he’s having three good games out of four, perhaps even four out of five.

Joe wonders how Arians would answer that same question on Halloween. Joe can only hope his reply goes something like, ‘I already know, Dan.’

Arians was rather subdued with Patrick. He sounded a bit tired. During the interview, Arians said the Bucs arrived in Tampa from Charlotte at 3:30 a.m. on Friday and he went to bed after throwing back his share of whiskey.

The head coach also shared the Bucs’ locker room seen after the win moved him. “I had tears in my eyes just watching the guys celebrate,'” he said.

You can watch the full interview below.

60 Responses to “Arians Talks About What Jameis Needs To Do To Be The Bucs’ Franchise Quarterback”

  1. DB55 Says:

    We were a half yard from losing and the town acts like we won the Super Bowl. Completely fell apart in the 4th qrt and Cam literally gave the game away.

    What does Tmax call you fans? low expectations or something. That!

  2. Jim Says:

    Gotta like the Coach…

  3. Bradentonbuc Says:

    I think there is enough history now to see that when Winston throws less then 30 a game the Bucs are usually gonna win. People want to talk about game manager like it’s disrespectful. The kid is still young and there’s still time to grow. But clearly he needs talent around him right now. Or more specifically a run game.

  4. Dan Says:

    Sadly anyone who has suffered through Winston’s ups and downs already knows what’s next. A game or two of success and then a famous Jameis interception fest. It’s just who he is. Why do people think he will change in year 5. It’s really perplexing to me how we want something so bad we loose the ability to see things rationally. He won’t change. Ever

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Niether game so far gets him a contract. In the first, he was awful. He won’t even make a roster in that. It was his home opener. Time to show who he is. He did. In the second, he was servicable, and did nothing but the minimum to let the defense win the game. His road record is a disgrace. He one ONE and people want to say he is the franchise guy? The game manager model they are setting up for him is not for Jameis; it is for the next QB they bring in. They have moved on already. You don’t pay a game manager franchise QB money to NOT LOSE a game. Jameis is no franchise QB. You don’t give away 1/4 or more of your cap money to a QB who is awful to game manager. Let’s not forget his totally wide open guys and threw to gold targets in low probability passes…and failed. I pity Bucs fans when the G men come to town and he embarasses them once again. They deserve it, putting up with jameis for so long.

  6. Jmarkbuc Says:

    I guess “good game” is relative.

    Is Brees good 3 out of 4? Seems to me he’s pretty damn good all the time.
    Brady? Wilson? Rodgers? Mahomes? ( albeit a small sample size)

    After 5 years I would want my #1 draft pick to be more like those guys, than hoping that one day, if we’re lucky, he’ll be 3 out of 4 good…

  7. BucEmUp Says:

    Once the sefense improved last season Jameis finished the last 6-7 games with a really nice td/int ration although the defense still sucked and was nowhere near as good as it has been through these first two weeks.

    Leftwhich is holding this entire team back.just like Smitty did..Gotta have balance..With a defense this good if Arians was calling thw plays it woukd transform this team into a contender over night..The entire offense looks out of sync.


  8. Tye Says:

    Fitzpatrick and JW will always have that in common… They will always inevitably return to tragic games.. it was a glimmer of success with Fitz 1ST 3 games last year.. excitement and belief to win was real among fans right up until he started playing like Jameis and then Jameis took over and losing once again became the norm…
    Hoping the next guy at QB plays like Fitz in those 3 games but every game and will be exciting to watch restoring that belief in them being competitive..

  9. Dreambig Says:

    Imagine if the running game keeps working, the defense keeps playing well game after game and Jameis doesn’t have to do anything, maybe the pressure on Jameis drops to a point that he can just relax and play. Who knows. Things could change for Jameis.

  10. Dreambig Says:

    I meant Jameis doesn’t have to do everything

  11. Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:

    It seemed on Thursday they were taking the ball out of Jameis’s hands and wanted another unit to win the game didn’t wanna risk Jameis losing it

    If you gotta coach and gameplan around your QB he’s not a franchise qb

  12. JimmyJack Says:

    I’m with jmark…..What’s with this 3 of 4 good games crap? That just sounds like the same inconsistent garbage QB play we been getting.

    Say what you want but you better produce a winning season if your gonna play like crap 25% of the time. Otherwise it just sounds like a QB who is holding us back from being a contender.

  13. Bobbo Says:

    When a good QB has an off day, they miss throws and don’t contribute. When Jameis has an off day he tends to outright lose the game for the team. I can deal with a bad day if they happen twice a season, not twice a month

  14. Son of Kobe Faker Says:

    “The running game BS

    You cant fool my Dad and I so easily like the naive Buc Sheep here

    How can the running game be competent and good?

    2 out of 12 on 3rd down?

    Competent and successful running games converts 3rd downs and move the chains and closeout games

    We can get some nice runs however our running offence cannot force our will and convert consistantly a important 3rd down

    Just stop the competent running game nonsense”

    Son of Kobe Faker

  15. Jmarkbuc Says:

    I only hope BA is playing the long game, in the words of the legendary Raheem Morris “ tolerating Jameis, until he can replace him”

    At BA’s age that’s tricky. Think where we would be if we had a real GM/ scouting Dept.

    One can dream…..

  16. Nole4JabooANDdBucs Says:

    Sometimes we listen and over analyze too much. He said what he said.. ..subdued how about relaxed. Didn’t Jameis say he told him the samething “be FEARLESS and let it FLY”

  17. Easy Says:

    Jameis with a solid run game and this top notch defense wil help him cut down on the turnovers….hopefully.

  18. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Be fearless and let it fly…

    In JW’s case that’s almost like offering an alcoholic a drink 🥃….Sad but true.

  19. DB55 Says:

    Jameis: I hold every Bucs QBs record and did it in less time than any other Bucs QBs.

    Buc fans: yea but you’re not good enough, the next guy will be better.

  20. DB55 Says:

    Jameis: you realize the Bucs have the worst winning record in all of sports since their inception

    Buc fans: Yes but YOU are holding us back

  21. Jmarkbuc Says:


    Unfortunately, pretty much.

    Besides that, Most all Buc QB’s have been mediocre to sucky, and never gotten a second contract, but you know that already.

    So, Jameis is better than them.

  22. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Maybe Jameis gets reincarnated into a franchise QB, that’s his best chance….

    Or maybe I do, definitely my best chance

  23. J Says: wouldn’t know what a p!gskin was even if it was your d!ck.

  24. mark2001 Says:

    Fell apart in the 4th quarter? Not at all…that is how the game was played all game, basically. Our D fought their guts out with some penalties and a few missed plays. And the rookies looked like rookies in coverage from time to time. The O is a work in progress.. Jameis had some nice passes, and some poor passes. but no big mistakes, Some of he receivers need to show up. And the RB’s were just good enough to keep the D honest and make some first downs. That was the game. If the offense can start clicking like it did at times last year, and the D can hold serve, we have a competitive team. Not title competitive…but one that would be interesting against most all teams on Sunday. And that is my best hope.

  25. Cobraboy Says:

    A solid D will ALWAYS make a team competitive.

    I look forward to some juice against the Giants. If they can corral Barkley, maybe they have something…

  26. Jmarkbuc Says:


    The Giants having no receiving Corp, will definitely work to our young secondary’s advantage….

  27. Dapostman Says:

    Franchise QB is just another marketing term to put people in the seats. Like Weapons for Winston. These teams want you to think if you have a ‘franchise QB’ you have a chance. Aaron Rodgers won 6 games last year. Matt Ryan won 7. Drew Brees won 7 three years in a row. Some franchise QB’s. Jeff Hostetler won a Super Bowl. Eli Manning won 2. The Patriots won 2 Super Bowls because the teams they were playing wouldn’t run the ball. Franchise QB? As Red from Shawshank Redemption would say, “I know what you think it means sonny. It’s just a made up word so guys like you can have a job.” The term is overrated.

  28. DB55 Says:


    Let me be clear. The franchise as a whole is too stupid to consistently win games in the nfl. Outside of Tampa no one think the Bucs are a real team. Not simply bc of Jameis but bc since 1976 sans a 4year stretch the Bucs have always sucked.

    So I just think it’s funny that many of you think you’re not winning bc of the 25 year QB who’s broken every qb record you have.

    But wtfdik

    Cam gave us that game bc he couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn on Thursday night.

  29. Losinghope Says:

    Joe is a joke and jaymiss is jaymiss . He didn’t play good he didntt play bad. He MANAGED the game. Hell revert back to’s in bunches sooner than later

  30. DB55 Says:

    Dapost gets it

    It’s smoke and fire to distract fools from the fact they payed the softest guy in the league 120 million dollars to lose games for 8 years straight.

  31. Mike Johnson Says:

    One game does not make a QB. Lets whip the Giants A**. Very doable. Knock’em down one at a time baby. By any means necessary.

  32. How bout dem bucs Says:

    Franchise tag Jamies & bring in another Qb to battle with him next year and May the best man win !

  33. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Well DB55

    A lot, not all, but a lot of the reason we have historically sucked is having historically mediocre to sucky QB’s.. How many QB’s in our exalted ROH?

    So add JW to the vicious circle of sucky-ness…

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend, man…

    The saga continues….

  34. D1 Says:


    Who cares about the game, did you see Cam’s outfit!

  35. Jmarkbuc Says:


    You can call the position “Flabberdoodle jaberwocky spider Y2 Banana, if it wins games. Makes no difference to me.

  36. FireJasonLicht Says:

    DB55 it was a road win against a division rival of course the fans are celebrating. The question is if you’re a fan as you claim why werent you celebrating? And TMaxipad really?!?!🤣 thank y OP u for that laugh.

  37. Adrnagy Says:

    Good confidence against panthers for Jameis. And if throws a good game he will get in a groove.

  38. Boogie Says:

    DB55 call it both ways.. yes we barely won but what if Godwin came down in bounds on that redzone catch and what if perrymen didn’t drop that YD? We would have won by 2 scores. Yall dudes are funny

  39. Pittsshore Says:

    He will be known as a career backup when it’s all said and done.

  40. Jaywill Says:

    The game wouldn’t of been as close if Evans and Perriman catch there td passes

  41. RustyRhinos Says:

    1-1 SHOW ME the totals after sixteen games, our record in our division,and conference. SHOW ME why you are worth all the potential investment, at year five in this same division, same conference. Were is the production from four seasons from that familiarity? Do we see any? Please less talk, more action. SHOW ME!!
    GO!! BUCS!!!

  42. BucsFan727 Says:

    Will see…..nobody knows. Winston could flop or he could get better as the season goes. I hope he balls out. Then he will want to much and we move on to a cheaper option. The Draft.

  43. onetrickpony Says:

    Im hearing if you take the ball out of his hands with more of a run game so he can relax,we win?
    That’s like saying don’t throw the ball Jameis, so we have a chance,because we don’t know today if your good Jameis or the bad one?
    I thought that win so sort of sloppy,but I will still take it,thank you

  44. Defense Rules Says:

    If I was BA, I’d be throwing back my share of whiskey after the game too before going to bed. It was a winning strategy only because the Bucs defense held Cam & the Panthers to 4 FGs. BA no doubt loves the win, but he can’t be very happy with the overall offensive results through 2 games. 100 yards rushing on 31 attempts (3.2 YPC)? 189 net passing yards on 25 attempts (7.6 YPA)? 2-of-12 on 3rd down conversions? Safeties allowed? 1. Penalties? 13 accepted for 75 yards.

    VERY conservative overall … but it paid off, in this case. Turnovers? 0. TOP? 33:53 mins. And that’s what BA was looking for this early in the season … play solid defense, win the turnover battle, win the TOP and we stand a very decent chance of winning the game. That strategy would be circumspect against teams like the Rams, Saints, Falcons, BUT … it worked here. Built the TEAM’s confidence (among other things). You gotta start someplace. Now we need to continue building that confidence with a win next Sunday against the Giants. Not a sure thing by any means, but doable.

  45. Noles Says:

    Should have had 2 more TD’s Perrimen & Evans dropped perfectly thrown passes in the endzone. Game looks a lot different with those catches

  46. Son of Kobe Faker Says:

    “My Dad and I believe in history

    And history will repeat once again

    Wherever BA has gone, the QB has been hit too much and injuryed

    Only in 2 games, we have not seen Jaboo get hit this hard while he is told to be in the pocket as it collapses repeatedly

    He will not make it thru 16 games

    The BA offensive system doesnt work in todays NFL

    Offensive lineman coming from college is the least ready to play among any position. College offensive lineman blocking is drastically different than the pro game and cant be evaluated to see if it translates to the NFL

    NFL is a copycat leauge. If anything is successful it is immediately copyied. No one not 31 other teams have similar offense what BA is using because it gets the QB injured, not enough competent Off lineman, and defenses can defeat it

    Need to get the ball out the Qbs hands out quickly

    This is the only system that works in the modern NFL

    The game is to kill the QB

    And BA s system allows that”

    Son of Kobe Faker

  47. 1sparkybuc Says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Jameis finish 2018 with 5 consecutive decent games? I recognize it’s a new coach and a new playbook that he has to adjust to, but 6 out of 7 is at least on the right track. Doug Williams had a one to one TD to interception ratio and didn’t even average 50% completions and he’s in the ROH. Jameis is far superior to that.

  48. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    “needs”….means he is NOT doing the things

  49. Bucsfaninafghanistan Says:

    You used to run some stats like this so I did some digging on my own

    The bucs are 7-24 with Winston at quarterback when he attempts 35 or more passes. A solid run game is critical for their success.

    At that point he’s pretty much a game manager, and I don’t know if that’s franchise quarterback material. “I’ll tolerate you until I can replace you

  50. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Um…should an older man with his health history be drinking whiskey?

  51. Ricky Says:

    DB 55 where were you last week after the game? You needed sometime to reply?

    James sucked on Sunday and didn’t do anything this past game that other 30 qb in the league didn’t do b

    So yeah he still sucks for now.

  52. Buccfan37 Says:

    Buc fans relish each win as they get them. Most comments here read like coming off a loss.

  53. unbelievable Says:

    But DB55, I thought everytime we lost or almost lost in the 4th quarter it was solely because of McCoy. I mean you’ve been telling us all that for years. So how could we be soft again if he’s no longer here?

    It’s almost like… it’s a team sport!

  54. July Joe Says:


    Bruce Arians has made it clear that he specifically came out of retirement to coach Jameis, that he is building everything around Jameis, that he believes Jameis can win a SuperBowl … and in this interview Bruce (unlike the clueless media) blamed the first loss on Jameis’ teammates … it’s 100% clear Bruce believes Jameis is the guy, he doesn’t have to reiterate that in every interview.

  55. orlbucfan Says:

    With all the hysterics and gnashing of teeth on here, one would be hard pressed to realize that Tampa Bay is gearing with (yet again) a new head coaching regime. Cripes!

  56. orlbucfan Says:

    That’s supposed to be ‘dealing with’ not ‘gearing.’

  57. Oneilbucs Says:

    Man this fan base sucks we lose it’s a problem we win it still a problem. Look I don’t care about a quarterback throwing for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns and we still lose. How many games have Jamies had when he throws for 300 yards and 3 TDs and we actually won the game how many times??? Jamies has had a lot of games like that and we will still lose. Yall are a bunch of fantasy football players !!! I love a good defense and a decent running game that’s what it takes to win a championship. Defense wins championships and a running game not a 300 yards quarterback!!!! Last year Brady suck in the playoffs. The Patriots running the ball and defense won last year. Go bucs!!!

  58. Buc68 Says:

    Missed FG, Two dropped Td passes or it’s a blowout. Game shouldn’t have been close. WRs and our tackles struggled. Jameis, interior OL, and defense won the game for us.

  59. eoschwartz Says:

    Who would have thought Lamar Jackson would be putting up the numbers and wins he has. Watch some of his throws from last year and now this year, he’s improved more in one season than Jamies has after 4. I still want to see Winston play calmer and relaxed if he can. As Aikman said when he has his first option open he makes the right throws. When he stays in pocket and pressure starts is when his inabilities such as not getting rid of the ball faster cause him to make late throws. We’ll see how things play out. Those receivers do need to play a lot better and Howard has to get his game together.

  60. neal Says:

    @DB55 people like you and tmax are garbage. You take a KIDS game way too seriously. Ya people are excited when their team wins. Even if it is by half a yard. Its a damn game dude. If you were to actually accomplish something real in your own life maybe you wouldn’t put all of your hopes and dreams into other grown men to do it for you. Pathetic.