Calling On Vinny Testaverde

January 30th, 2020

For years early in his career, Vinny Testaverde threw interceptions at a greater rate than Jameis Winston.

Testaverde found a way to improve and make his first Pro Bowl trip as a 10-year veteran. Now he is retired in Tampa and the Bucs aren’t calling on him to help fix Jameis.

Testaverde was at Super Bowl’s radio row this week and talked about how he enjoys a stress-free life in Tampa playing a lot of golf and watching a ton of football. Asked on WFAN radio if he’s involved at all with the Bucs, Testaverde said he’s not, but he sounded like a guy who would like to be.

He said he sees Bucs coaches on the golf course “but they don’t want to talk too much football.”

On Jameis throwing a lot of picks, Testaverde said, “You know, I went through that early in my career, too. But hopefully, Coach Arians can turn that around for him and the organization.”

The Bucs’ No. 1 overall pick in the 1987 NFL Draft, Testaverde represents a wealth of knowledge in so many areas. The guy played 21 seasons for 7 teams, and he had a couple of very special seasons as a starter.

One would think the Bucs would be wise to get Testaverde’s assessment of Jameis and maybe arrange a lunch for the two of them. No, Testaverde never fully got over his proclivity for picks, but he did shake it for a few seasons.

Joe just feels like Testaverde is an untapped resource in the Bucs’ quest to fix Jameis.

It reminds Joe of Ira Kaufman often saying Bucs Ring of Honor tight end Jimmie Giles tells him he’d like to sit down with O.J. Howard.

34 Responses to “Calling On Vinny Testaverde”

  1. SteveK Says:

    Great example, Joe! This solidified why we should cut freaking bait. Vinny had a few good years out of 21 and it took him a long time to figure it out. The Buccaneers and their fans don’t deserve to wait another iota for Jameis to fix it. And if there is truth that he expects $30 Million annually, then kiss him goodbye.

    His good doesn’t outweigh his bad. It’s clear as hell to see and the day the Glazers give him the boot will be a refreshing moment for the Bucs to end the insanity of America’s Turnover Machine. Entertainment doesn’t equate to victories. Give me boring ass, winning football, please!

  2. SteveK Says:

    Quarterbacks that need to be “fixed” after 5 full years- as the former number one overall pick can hit the road! Good luck anywhere but here. It’s not personal, you just don’t win and you haven’t improved your mistakes.

  3. Dewey Selmon Says:

    This is like when the police got Ted Bundy’s help to catch the BTK killer in Wichita.

  4. LaMarcus Says:

    So over the same subject….. 30 ints 30 ints 30 ints 30 ints or

    He cant see
    He cant hold the ball to long
    He cant be accurate
    He cant throw the ball deep
    He cant throw for 5000
    He cant this and he cant that

    He a turnover machine. Yada yada. This why it’s called “offseason ” relax

  5. SteveK Says:


    Turnover margin is a telling statistic in the NFL — Win the turnover battle in the NFL, and chances are your team will win the game. Over the past decade, the team that wins the turnover battle wins more than 75% of the time.

    Turnovers really do matter. We will win more by turning it over less.

  6. SteveK Says:


    So over the losing and the continued rhetoric “I’m ballin’, I got to be better” blah blah blah. No more talk. Just walk the walk or be gone. Time is up.

  7. Craig Says:

    Let’s bring in Vinny to teach Jameis the argument that the crown on the field is too high. That was, I think, his final argument before going away and stinking up the Jets.

  8. SteveK Says:


    You forgot one:

    “He can’t stop turning the damn football over more than anyone, ever in the history of football”

    Don’t want to leave that one out. The turnover rate is absurd, astronomical, and 100% intolerable.

    If the Glazers want to sell tickets: win some damn games. Want to win some games? Stop turning the football over! That by far is the biggest culprit for the losing. Every other position group can be better, but it means Jack sh!t of your QB continues to give the damn ball and games away.

  9. Adam Lakers Carolla Says:

    You couch potatoes make fun of a guy that stuck around for 21 years in the league? He still holds the record for the longest throw at the QB contest. 80 yards in the air! Guy was a freak…a physical specimen when he came out of Miami.
    Jaboo isn’t going anywhere

  10. BucsFIRE Says:

    Dewey Selmon Says:
    “This is like when the police got Ted Bundy’s help to catch the BTK killer in Wichita.”

    Did they?
    BTK was caught in 2005.
    Ted Bundy was executed in 1989.
    I don’t think so.

  11. Buc50 Says:

    Vinny couldn’t see either. At least Jameis can get surgery to correct his vision problems, but will he.

  12. pelbuc Says:

    ATM has to be the most coddled QB in NFL history. After 5 years, countless QB whisperers and the press is still asking how or who is going to change JW. Wow! Talk about living in denial. Bucs should not be so afraid of letting him go, no matter what the future holds for JW.

  13. Smashsquatch Says:

    Have a former pick artist meet with modern day’s most prolific gifter? I think not Joe!

  14. Admiral Redbeard Says:

    Did Testaverde improve, or was it rules changes that helped the passing game? I think it was a combination of both. Since Jameis has always played under the current rules, and his percentage of interceptions has only risen over the years (year 3 it dipped, but still wasn’t good), I don’t see him ever improving enough to truly be an elite qb. Elite QB’s, and good game manager QB’s win Super Bowls. Not turnover machines, unless they get lucky.

  15. Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    “Vinny couldn’t see either. At least Jameis can get surgery to correct his vision problems, but will he.”

    Vinny had a valid excuse, he was color blind, he couldn’t tell who was on his team. He set a modern day record for picks in one of those college post season all star games. He just passed the ball to who was open.

    They have glasses for color blindness now, if only he had them then, he might have been the greatest QB of all time.

    Jameis has no excuse, with optical surgery nowadays, they could fix his vision completely.

  16. SC Bucs Fan Says:

    How do you fix stupid? How do you fix someone who can’t make good decisions?

  17. Matthew Fifer Says:

    @Dewey Selmon Says:
    January 30th, 2020 at 10:32 am
    This is like when the police got Ted Bundy’s help to catch the BTK killer in Wichita.

    I don’t know if this is a joke (a bad one if it is), or mistake? Bundy has been linked to assisting in the capture of Gary Ridgeway (Green River Killer). Bundy was executed 16 years before BTK was caught.

  18. Adrnagy Says:

    Winston price will go up or he will get 30m. Jon gruden is interested in him. And being around with HOF without thinking he sees a young Brett favre.
    Las Vegas raiders will go to playoff next year.

    As far as Bucs will go. We will sign a dumpy QB and draft a QB “ because is the smart thing” no playoff, injuries and a bust next year. and this drafted QB will be a bust and we start all over again and again.

  19. Matthew Fifer Says:


    Oh tell me great profit, how shall I die? Clearly since you know exactly what is going to happen, you are clearly some sort of profit from the future. Please share your time traveler wisdom with us, please!!!

  20. AwShbucs Says:

    If we had kept Vinny Testaverde, this team would have been a dynasty in the late 90s early 2000’s. Dont make the same mistake with Jameis.

  21. SC Bucs Fan Says:

    Ardnagy sounds like a perfect time to jump ship and become a Raiders fan. Take all your cheery posts there. See ya.

  22. Big Stinky Says:

    Mathew Fifer

    What did He tell you to do in the FIRST place to say that. Why would you THINK he would be a person to KNOW for sure. God knows when you die and I KNOW for sure. Why? He kills your STUPID ass for that dumb crap you just said and God was LISTENING to you ALONE.

  23. Big Stinky Says:

    I want to go on that last TRIP again. Because I must STILL be tripping from before to have seen this happen to Jaboo. LSD is a funny thing my friends and can make you SEE things like what we’re seeing NOW! Do you see things DIFFERENTLY too or are you too BLIND to see now.

  24. Adrnagy Says:

    Wow …
    You see , for once I can tell you are a reflections of your posts. Second , my bucs always make bad decision either free agency or draft. Now , your Bucs or it seems your a Bucs fan for idk what team Or city live in fantasy world.

    SC Bucs Fan Says:
    January 30th, 2020 at 11:40 am
    Ardnagy sounds like a perfect time to jump ship and become a Raiders fan. Take all your cheery posts there. See ya.

  25. Adrnagy Says:

    No need to go back and forth with you. You need to stick to porn.

    Matthew Fifer Says:
    January 30th, 2020 at 11:34 am

    Oh tell me great profit, how shall I die? Clearly since you know exactly what is going to happen, you are clearly some sort of profit from the future. Please share your time traveler wisdom with us, please!!!

  26. knucknbuc Says:

    only 10 years and jimmy made the pro bowl and figured it out huh @joe. well hey guys do yall hear that only 5 more years of jameis so he can figure it out. we were moving to fast expecting too much from jameis his first 5 years to make the playoffs have some winning records! in 5 more years once jameis gets it….. weeellll jusstt wwaattcchh out. cant wait!!!

  27. Big Stinky Says:

    What year is it AGAIN anyway? The last REAL memory I have is Super Bowl 37 and boy was it great to Me as a Buccaneer fan. Never was a fan before the Championship in 1979. Before it all started I was in New York in 1973. Those are my GREATEST memories of my Grandfather.

  28. Big Stinky Says:

    Who wants to be RICH before they die LIKE Jaboo is NOW? What’s he WORTH anyway if you ask Me? Who knows? But I could be richer than I ever WANTED to be. What exactly do you think money is in the FIRST place? We don’t need money now I bet. Who will BECOME that richest man on Earth anyway? It should have been Me all along I bet because I now KNOW!!!!!

  29. Buczilla Says:

    Vinny may have done some damage with the weapons that Jameis has now and the soft a$$ rules of the current NFL. That being said, they are/were highly flawed quarterbacks. Vinny’s time is done, fingers crossed that Jameis can put it together.

  30. Nick2 Says:

    I will say this if we keep Jameis it is an awesome idea. Vinny was a turnover AND pick 6 waiting to happen. He did seem to control that later in his career so any wisdom he could impart to Jameis would be a huge plus.

  31. Jmarkbuc Says:

    The colorblind leading the blind… brilliant

  32. Mike Johnson Says:

    If I were Jameis, I’d be knockin on Testeverde’s door ASAP. Vinnie spent a lot of his time as a Buc, runnin for his life and getting walloped behind the line of scrimmage. He was not very mobile. But when he was on… He went on to become a successful career backup all over the league. Hell, at least he got his lifetime pension. Good for him.

  33. Brandon Says:

    FYI, Testaverde never threw 30 TDs and 30 INTs. He only threw 35 INTs.

  34. J Says:

    Jameis can throw for 5k for 5 more seasons. He will not play mistake free enough to win a Super Bowl.