“Knowing His Matchups”

December 4th, 2019

(Photo courtesy of Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Bucco Bruce Arians went deep on breaking down Jameis Winston’s performance against the Jaguars during a 1-on-1 sitdown this week.

And it appears that America’s Quarterback got a strong report card for his 268 yards passing on completing 21-of-33 throws.

Arians explained to WFLA-TV sports director Dan Lucas that Jameis spreading the ball around shows his growth in the offense.

Breshad Perriman and O.J. Howard caught the most balls Sunday, not the big-gun receivers, Chris Godwin and Mike Evans.

“Knowing his matchups,” Arians said of Jameis. “You know, he had O.J. on a linebacker a couple of times and found him. You know, we had the big play-action pass, he maybe could have thrown a deep ball to Breshad [but] saw O.J. come back out on a corner route wide open. Good decisions. Really good decisions. You know, we’ve tried to get Breshad going. You know, it was a 3rd-and-1 situation, safety was cheating to Mike [Evans] and Jameis drops a dime in and [Perriman] makes the catch. [And] the big catch on the sideline we had to get overturned was a big first down. So yeah, it was a great game for him, both [Jameis and Breshad]. It was more Jameis taking what was there and the best matchups.”

Hmm, “really good decisions” and “knowing his matchups” sure sounds like a head coach who wants his quarterback for another season.

27 Responses to ““Knowing His Matchups””

  1. Mort Says:

    He should. He is the best QB this team has EVER had.

  2. I Bleed Pewter Says:


    When he’s not giving it away.

  3. Lamarcus Says:

    He could be the first qb drafted by the Bucs to get deal in franchise history.

  4. BigHog Says:

    Mort: Say it like you mean it! FAMOUS IS THE BEST IN THE WORLD TODAY!!

  5. Cgmaster27 Says:

    Bucs anthem and bucs bandit will be on this article tomorrow morning claiming bruce is senile and that they know jameis is trash.

  6. pryda...sec 147 Says:

    He is getting better and better he is still learning this offense should be much more lethal and less turnovers next season.

  7. runnerdoc Says:

    Jameis has talent and he works hard, very hard, as ambitious people do. They are building a team around him and he has good coaching. I’m not at all surprised to see him progressing.

  8. July Joe Says:

    If JAMEIS is healthy when the season ends, he will get PAID … the only people who don’t understand that are people who are either entirely ignorant, or people who simply hate Jameis … either way … those people don’t matter.

  9. Defense Rules Says:

    July Joe … Contrary to your ‘You either believe what I believe or you don’t matter’ statement, I’m of the opinion that there are LOTS of Bucs’ fans who really love quality football & want to see the Bucs grow into a TEAM that can win consistently. To many if not most of those fans, it’s more about allegiance to TEAM than it is about blind allegiance an individual player. Player PERFORMANCE counts, but so does a player’s POTENTIAL for future performance. I happen to be one of those.

    Building that TEAM year-to-year involves CHOICES, as much because of boundaries placed on EVERY team by the NFL’s salary Cap as anything else. IMO it requires very adept MANAGEMENT (GM, coaching & scouting staffs in concert with Ownership) to make those CHOICES. Teams like New England excel year-after-year in part because they’ve learned how to do that quite well. Teams like the Bucs & Browns struggle year-after-year in part because we haven’t.

    THE JAMEIS DECISION is a critical one for the Bucs, and one that Management won’t make lightly to be sure. Surely though it’ll be made in light of his individual PERFORMANCE and POTENTIAL (to lead this TEAM to the promised land). But it’s also a CHOICE that has to be made IMO in the context of ALL of our OTHER team-building choices. And that leads right back to the salary Cap.

    If New Orleans ‘reloading’ 3 years ago says anything, it indicates that even elite QBs like Drew Brees NEED a strong defense, a strong OLine, a quality running game & at least a couple of VERY good receivers to CONSISTENTLY WIN. Surrounding even elite QBs with all that other ‘stuff’ to create the POTENTIAL of having a winning TEAM is a bear as we’ve seen here for the past 15 years plus, and one that we haven’t exactly excelled at.

    HOPEFULLY Bucs’ MANAGEMENT itself has turned the corner & can git ‘er done. I personally think we’re on the verge of creating something special. But I’ve thought that before, and been disappointed. Investing too much of the salary Cap in the top 5-10 players on the team is the kiss of death IMO. Let’s see how it plays out in terms of THE JAMEIS DECISION, in concert with THE BARRETT DECISION, THE JPP DECISION, THE SUH DECISION, THE NASSIB DECISION, THE GODWIN DECISION … and so it goes.

  10. 1sparkybuc Says:

    Better decisions and better OL means fewer turnovers. Another decent RB wouldn’t hurt.

  11. Bucsfanman Says:

    This is what should be expected of a franchise QB, improvement year to year.
    I will simply say that, if we were witnessing the same progress every year, through every game, we wouldn’t be having these conversations about keeping him or not.
    We have TWO games where we say, “Maybe he is the guy” but 4 1/2 seasons of “holy sh!t, did he really throw that there??!”
    Lets see him finish out the season and with this same consistency.

  12. down in the dirt doug Says:

    He has to stay healthy and continue to show progress to get the green light for next year.You have been saying it all along- Joe-a better defense equals a better Jameis.

  13. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    i am quite convinced that, barring a total meltdown, Jameis will be signed….I’m hopeful he signs a team friendly deal because we need the cap space.
    With all these young players, we should be on the right track.

    I have supported Jameis but earlier in this season I developed some doubts about him because he simply hasn’t improved…..he must cut down on his turnovers….if he can do that we can certainly win with him.

    Defense Rules

    You nailed it when you explained that loyalty to the team vs loyalty to individual players is paramount for a fan…..players come and go…..the team remains.

  14. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Iam not sure any of the remaining opponent wll present a challenge defensively to Jameis. That is still the best way to evaluate Jameis. IMO ,these are the matchups where Jameis struggles and is the most inconsistent. Jameis is improving in some key areas. He is completing more deep passes but I want to see better play against the better teams in the league.

  15. Morgus the Magnificent Says:

    He’s still a dumbass.

  16. Hodad Says:

    We shouldn’t have to pay a QB who’s been a slow learner, who’s still learning top QB money. Maybe some day Jameis will be worth 35 million a year, but it ain’t next year, and it might never be. This organization has stuck by Jameis in hard times. He needs to still prove himself, so if he wants back, he needs to give back. Sign a team friendly 3yr deal, that can pave the way to a lot more if he can become elite.

  17. Sharthappens Says:

    Sure, why not keep him. He leads the league in turnovers and has cost us 3-4 wins this year with those turnovers. Keep them just as long as we keep those loser Free Snowcrab University degenerates in the Stadium. I never knew FSU graduated so many Criminal Justice and Physical Education grads. After all, this is the core of their graduating class. JW only went their because he found out in his recruitment visit that the white chicks were fast and easy at FSU.

  18. View from 132 Says:

    Very few fans that understand the game think Jameis is a bad overall QB. But many of us don’t want to see a team with many needs and good young core get into a cap mess because their “veteran” QB is paid a crazy amount. I haven’t seen Jameis make more than 5 plays this season that we couldn’t live without, and at least 5 that hurt the team.

  19. diggler Says:

    Not bad, nice and boring Winston is the best Winston. Now lets go get some females!

  20. OneBuc55 Says:


    ***Hater Alert***

  21. 813bucboi Says:

    we’ll see what happens….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  22. Sleepy903 Says:

    At the end of the day, yes Jameis has had 2 horrible games this season. San Fran and Carolina in London. However QB’s have bad games. If this team had this defense all season and had Gay not missed that game winner the team would be 10-2 or 9-3 and nobody would care how many INT’s he had. It wouldnt be a big deal in the media.

    Fill the holes in the draft, OT, DT, RB then additional depth. Grab a complimentary defensive player in free agency and watch this team take off. Next year will be a little tougher since we will likely finish second in our division and I think we get the NFC north and AFC west. So winning our division will be a major priority.

  23. Barack's Crack Pipe Says:

    >Arians explained to WFLA-TV sports director Dan Lucas that Jameis spreading the ball around shows his growth in the offense.

    If there is one area where I’ve always been happy with Jameis, it is his penchant for getting everyone involved. He has always seemed to me to get 6-8 or 9 teammates on the receiver stats. This is not a new phenomena. Arians is just giving some coach speak for the camera.

    JW3 biggest improvement this year has been a willingness to throw the ball away (still a work in progress). What I really want to see next is his eyes scanning the field, and looking off defenders. He still stares down receivers habitually, which is part of why we don’t see a lot of separation from receivers. A good QB helps his receivers get separation instead of waiting for it to happen. I don’t really think this is something that can be practiced into him at this point. Maybe I’m wrong.

  24. LordCornelius Says:

    18 TD / 0 INT will get him to the 2:1 ratio lol

    Having 9 INT’s in 2 games in a season is kind of hard to overcome statistically

  25. LordCornelius Says:

    4TD : 12 INT in 3 games
    16 TD : 8 INT in other 9 games

    Skitzo indeed lol.

    I’ve said it before but he completely trashes his annual stats every year with 2-3 melt downs. If he avoided those performances we’d be looking at a 2:1 or 3:1 TD to INT ratio.

    To me that’s the problem more so than an every week thing – it’s the metldown games. A turnover or 2 per game is normal. But when he is having a bad day he REALLY love sto turn it over a ton lol

  26. bucsfan561 Says:

    I Love Bruce Arians! he believes in his QB and doesn’t let the media waver what he thinks about his players.. We can talk about turnovers all day but if jaboo was really that much of an turnover machine he wouldn’t be the second leading passer in the league nor would he still be starting for a bruce arians led football team. Jaboo is getting better every game and when he has blocking you don’t have to worry about him turning the ball over too much

  27. Adrnagy Says:

    Young. Dumb. Whatever you say. But you like watching him lol.
    But he Jameis has brought hope. Keep him. He’s what 21