Bruce Arians Credits “Driving Range” For Jameis Accuracy

October 4th, 2019

Don’t worry, Jameis Winston lovers, Joe is not revisiting when your franchise quarterback risked his career in May by allowing a trick shot golf artist to drive a ball off his head.

Could it be as simple as America’s Quarterback simply has better core fundamentals, hence he’s playing better?

Bucco Bruce Arians seems to think so.

Speaking on SiriusXM NFL Radio this week, Arians answered a question from co-host Zig Fracassi that started with “correct me if I’m wrong.” Fracassi went on to say Jameis’ footwork was too often all over the place and he had a challenge with a simple “step forward and throw” to be consistently accurate.

Arians didn’t correct Fracassi’s assertion and pointed to the basic skills work demanded of Jameis.

“I gotta give a lot credit to [quarterbacks coach] Clyde Christensen. I call it the driving range. Our quarterbacks go to the driving range every day on fundamentals for about 30 minutes,” Arians said. “And then Byron [Leftwich] handling the mental part and Clyde handling the physical part, he’s getting extremely well coached and it’s really showing.”

Jameis’ improved play and consistency through the past three games is obviously due to a combination things. It’s hard for Joe to boil it down to just better fundamentals. But it really doesn’t matter. This year is all about results for Jameis and Arians taking him to a higher level.

So far so good. Now Jameis has to keep stacking up quality games. Make five of the next six strong, Jameis, and that probably puts the Bucs in the playoff hunt and gets you a 2020 contract.

36 Responses to “Bruce Arians Credits “Driving Range” For Jameis Accuracy”

  1. WyldKat Says:

    It took the Bucs, as an organization, over 4 years to get someone to say “footwork”?

    This does not speak well of the previous coaching staffs, not that their W/L records did either.

  2. CharlieB Says:

    The bomb to Mike Evans was the first time I’ve ever seen the guy hit someone in stride on a deep route.

  3. 813bucboi Says:

    in other words: dirk didnt know how to develop JW mentally or physically….

    GO BUCS!!!!!!

  4. unbelievable Says:

    @charlieb well then you obviously don’t watch enough games cuz that’s definitely not the first time…

    @joe his footwork def looks improved compared to game 1. He was a mess in game 1, throwing all awkwardly and what not. Let’s keep it going Jameis!

    Beat dem Saints!

  5. DiekempersSon Says:

    Glad he’s improving but I won’t be totally convinced until it’s done for 5-6 games in a row

    Any qb can have a hot streak the true franchise qbs sustain it

  6. Pewter power Says:

    You really can see when he makes a bad throw he couldn’t step in to it or just flat out didnt set and throw. Mechanics is the main issue if you see the open man and cant get it there especially when tough have a strong arm. He had top be one of the main reasons we’re in playoff contention otherwise csnt make 25-30 million because we’d be in the same situation the Vikings are in.

  7. runnerdoc Says:

    If that’s the first bomb you’ve seen Jameis hit, you haven’t been watching. He’s had a better throw to Evans this year, in fact.

  8. ClodHopper Says:

    If he makes it the bye without any clunkers, I’ll let my guard down and start fully believing in him again.

    Until then I’m happy yet cautious

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  10. ben Says:

    Love is blind ! The number 1 pick in the draft has not proved not so much after 4 years with consistently good play. Let Winston become just a top ten qb and stay there for this year and then we can believe …

  11. Billy_45 Says:

    It helps to have the best we duo in the league get separation on routes.

    It’s been refreshing seeing actual YAC this year.

    Just the tip of the very complex route tree iceberg too.

  12. DB55 Says:

    Russell Wilson had an outstanding game last night yet neither of his TD throws (on the highlights) were hit in stride.

    The bomb he threw, the wr had to slow down and caught it with his hip.

    The second mind-blowing TD was probably the pass of the year yet his wr had to make a huge play to catch it.

    The game-winner was almost dropped, if that were the Bucs it would have been dropped.

    Ijs that the wr and the oline play huge roles in how great a qb looks or plays.

    I’m happy wINsToN plugged into Wilson bc wilson has figured out how to play football without an oline and that’s something Winston needs to master also.

    Finally I’d like to see the wr make some plays after the catch. I’d like to see mike running angry and embarrassing would be tacklers. I’d like to see a crossing route go 75 yards. I want to see ANYONE else make a play and help their quarterback out but wtfdik

  13. Says:

    Jameis MVP season! Watch out !

  14. Cgmaster27 Says:

    @diekemperson is that you pittstain? I love how all the jameis detractors are new names logged in. Trolls have zero lives i guess. I nEeD To SeE 100 StRaIgHt GaMeS wItH hIm PlAyInG wElL tO bElIVe!

  15. Defense Rules Says:

    Interesting criteria Joe. If Jameis makes 5 of the next 6 ‘strong games’ we’ll be good and he’ll probably get a 2020 contract. FIVE is such a great number. Heck I remember back to 2016 when we went 9-7 because our defense put together FIVE ‘strong games’ and everyone was afraid of losing Mike Smith to a HCing gig.

    Yup, FIVE is a great number. Oh wait … seems like something might’ve gone wrong after that. Nah, FIVE is a great number. We’ll stick with that.

  16. Defense Rules Says:

    @DB55 … “The game-winner was almost dropped, if that were the Bucs it would have been dropped.” I have a gut feeling that Russell Wilson would give anything to have TWO WRs like ME13 AND Christ Godwin as well as TWO TEs like OJ Howard AND Cam Brate. Just a gut feeling though.

    Now if he were throwing to Breshad Perriman, he of 3-for-12 fame, or Bobo Wilson, he of 1-for-6 fame, that might be a different story.

  17. unbelievable Says:

    lol ben shows up 5 days after a win… to s(p)it on Winston…

    Some things never change.

  18. DB55 Says:


    I was thinking of Barber specifically (dropping the pass) and not to be difficult but would Wilson trade Lockett for Evans? On second thought maybe he would. Lmao

  19. Bucsdelight Says:

    It was consistently said here that he needed to work on his footwork for a few years now. The JW lovers out there couldn’t stand to hear it. Glad they were proven wrong.

  20. Bucsdelight Says:

    @DB55, that throw to Dissly right over his shoulder was sick. There was only one place to put that ball and that was it. That TD grab by the WR was money, but again, the only place to put that ball, was there. He trusted his WR to make it.

  21. DB55 Says:


    I’m just saying the receiver still has to make a play

  22. diggler Says:

    JW can’t have a single off game, not in a contract year, not with his history. He has to show a complete and startling change.

  23. Jean Lafitte Says:

    Yep, still an audition. After 4 games the needle is starting to point up. A couple of stinkers and he’ll lose all he has gained.

  24. ocala Says:

    Jamies has been hindered for years with bad coaching, bad defense, bad running game and bad special teams.

    Now it looks like he has a solid coach behind him, a solid running game, average defense and still bad special teams(average special teams and the Bucs are 3-1).

    Things are looking up for Jamies at the right time.

  25. stpetebucsfan Says:


    “Glad they were proven wrong.”

    Just curious and not trying to be combative or snarky. Why?

    I’m happy when I’m correct but not because someone else was wrong. Why do we care?

    The poster who aggravates me the most if I ALLOW him is like for most here…TMAX. I really don’t care if he is right or wrong.

  26. DB55 Says:

    Nothing avg about a defense giving up 32 points per game

  27. stpetebucsfan Says:


    Too small of a sample base to make any definitive pronouncements.

    I certainly agree they need to improve but again IMHO they are doing just that. The O is clearly ahead of them but we’ve gone through #weaponsforJameis and given him targets and better late than never an OL.

    We need a new hashtag…#weaponsforLVD

  28. BigHog Says:

    We got receivers now and getting better at running the ball and the O/Line has been a pleasant surprise….the D/Line is capable of stopping the run and the DEFENCE is capable of bringing pressure to the opposing QB! So things are looking up as a team and for you clowns looking for THE FAMOUS ONE to fail …. it’s not going to happen because he’s getting coached up and he want to be great! KEEP GRINDING BUCS!!!

  29. D1 Says:

    Winston’s footwork was probably a combo of christenson which is an addition and not spending the off season working with his QB Guru.

  30. D1 Says:


    Rooting for him to fail is different than, afraid to believe he’s turned the corner after a couple games.

    I dont understand the mentality of Fans who root for the team to fail because they don’t want to be let down ….if the team fails.

  31. stpetebucsfan Says:


    Me neither bro. I’ve never figured that out here but I’m aware I’m a guy who literally works on remaining as optimistic as possible.

    I mean figure it out. You can be negative and then if the team fails you’re not disappointed…I guess…I’m disappointed period no matter my expectations.

    Or you can remain positive. If the team loses yeah you’re disappointed but if the team wins you get that joy all through the season why the negative nellies only get it at the end.

    I live in the moment…I’m present here right now…and right now IMHO things are looking up for the Bucs. They’ve turned the corner…not saying the race is done or that there are no more corners..just saying I’m feeling pretty good as a Bucs fan

  32. D1 Says:


    I believe every year this is the year! Who can beat us! It’s part of being a fan.

    As far as disappointed, years ago I started to bet against the bucs each game.
    If the Bucs won, Great Sunday and Monday start of a good pro bucs week.
    If they lost, the bet basically paid for me to watch the game and I didn’t have that wasted a perfectly beautiful Sunday afternoon on a nut busting loss.

    I always put money before the season on the team to win the division, NFC and superbowl. If it happens … win win….

  33. ElBajito43 Says:

    This site has more CANCER FANS than Gerald Cancer McCoy AND (Insert ñame here) your one of them. I won’t even give them the “CLOUT” and mention their names. Didn’t earn it, DON’T DESERVE IT!

    Being a Buccaneers fan does NOT mean you go on and on all day bashing the team calling us losers,

    THE WORST absolutely WORST……. Is the “HaHa laughter” which some people on here post.

    Like honestly Bros, if you laugh when “your” team fails and strut around with your chest out proud saying, “I told you so.” Then you should really just STOP following the team. Criticism of the team and it’s management, players, coaching staff, ownership??? YES WE CAN

    Disgusting boastful obsession with the teams losing? NAH BRO. Gotta Go

  34. #1bucsfan Says:

    5 or 6 more games till some are on board. NOT FOR ME. I’ve bin rooting for Jamie’s since we drafted him. I need to see a full season where he is playing at a high level not just half a season. If he plays 16 full games an only has 1 bad game then just maybe I’ll let my hairs down. But it seems like I let my guard down an then the team just comes out to get blown out seen it to many times we need CONSISTENCY GOOD AN DICSIPLINED FOOTBALL for 16 games let’s go Bucs #endthedrought

  35. Oneilbucs Says:

    Well I’m not going to believe that Jamies will not have a bad game or 2 . It’s just part of the game . I just believe that Jamies never had good coaching like he has now. He’s not asked to win the game all by himself. Dirk was the real and only problem with Jamies. And I’m just talking about the offensive side of the ball. Look how bad Matt Ryan is looking now . Look how bad Freeman is looking now that Dirk is back over at Atlanta???? We need to focus on defense this year in the draft. Remember BA play book it really takes 2 years to master it and Jamies has been doing well with it so far. Go Bucs!!!

  36. DalvinCookRules Says:

    Winston still has some bad habits and I’m not sure he will ever get rid of them. The pick-six against the Rams, in an otherwise fantastic game, was a perfect example–he stared the receiver down and then very lazily & casually tossed the ball out there.

    So, I like the BA version of JW, which is more of a game manager, using his eyes to move defenders around more, and just being smarter with the ball. They do need to figure out how to play more to JW’s strengths, though, which is to drive the ball down the field. We need a great #3 WR and a more consistent running game to really maximize JW’s potential.