Ryan Fitzpatrick: They Obviously Have A Tough Decision To Make

January 31st, 2020

Fun fact!

The Buccaneers threw for more yards and more touchdowns last season with Ryan Fitzpatrick starting seven games and playing a major relief role in another.

How could that be?

Fitzpatrick spent two years working alongside America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, so he’s a great person to ask about Decision Jameis.

That’s what happened on WDAE radio today when Fitzpatrick was queried about Jameis.

“I’ll just say that I was so impressed with his work ethic and drive and how much he puts into it every single day. He’s like nobody I’ve been around in that regard,” Fitzpatrick said of Jameis. “He really loves the game and cares about his teammates. I don’t know what’s going to happen, and I think they have everything they need to know about him. They know who he is as a person and as a player. You know, there’s obviously a lot of film on him, especially now in Bruce’s offense. There’s not a whole lot of guys who have thrown for 5,000 yards in this league. But they obviously have a tough decision to make. I’m glad I’m not Jason Licht sitting there having to make that decision.”

Considering Fitzpatrick is the kind of guy who shares a lot of love for his teammates and former teammates, Joe was surprised Fitzpatrick would say the Bucs have “a tough decision” on Jameis. And c’mon, Fitz, we all know the decision belongs to Bruce Arians not Jason Licht.

But alas, it is a tough decision, one made difficult by Jameis’ throwing six interceptions in his final two games of 2019.

39 Responses to “Ryan Fitzpatrick: They Obviously Have A Tough Decision To Make”

  1. buc15 Says:


  2. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says: Says:

    I think we know what he is saying as well as ALL the other football talking heads are saying , between the lines. Jameis is as Jameis does and has not showed any progress turning the ball over….He has the INT’s of a gunslinger…but not the heroic bringing a team back for WINS that up and down “gunslingers” do…MoveOn.Bucs….tough as it is ! Fabrez the RayJay

  3. D-Rome Says:

    I listened to the interview as well, Joe. I was stunned by FitzMagic’s comments. That wasn’t exactly a ringing endorsement for Jay-Miss.

  4. ATrain Says:

    So Last Year with a back up we threw more yards and TDs


    But we should keep Jamies ???????

    Ummm Yea I guess that question. Is closed


  5. Buczilla Says:

    I think Fitz is just being honest. There is a lot to like and a lot to hate about Jameis’s game. Hopefully we keep him this year and he finally turns the corner.

  6. stravenite Says:

    “But alas, it is a tough decision, one made difficult by Jameis’ throwing six interceptions in his final two games of 2019.”

    It is not a tough decision, this is his MO, it has never changed and should be the expectation the decision is made, hopefully he is gone and does not darken the franchise again. Sign a vet and draft rookie, it’s should be what’s best for the Bucs and not about what’s best for jaymiss or FSU ties.

  7. Morgus the Magnificent Says:

    “The Bucs have a tough decision”…..”they know who is is as a player AND A PERSON”………Wow….not exactly a ringing endorsement!!!

  8. Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:

    Fitz has gotta be laughing on the inside about this mess

    Dude outplayed a #1 overall pick and had to leave so the #1 overall pick didn’t feel any pressure to play like a #1 overall pick

  9. Tom in Madcity Says:

    So with essentially the same supporting cast, 2019 saw fewer yards, fewer TDs, and more interceptions? If that is the case, why is Joe still banging the drum for JW to return? Sign a competent veteran for now. Sign a reliable backup as insurance. Draft someone in the mid round for the future.

    That potentially frees up more money to re-sign Shaq, JPP, and possibly Suh, while also working on Godwin extension and free agent running back.

  10. Isaac haggins Says:

    Lynch is in the Super Bowl with a big Qb contract in a very short time !!! Licht is still trying to figure out how to dress .

  11. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Scanning the www news I saw a headline something like “ Mahomes Gunslinger Super Bowl”.,. got me thinking of those around here calling Jameis a “Gunslinger “…. Mahomes is in the SB and Jameis pushing up daisies in Boothill

  12. SteveK Says:

    Imagine paying Fitz $7 million vs Jameis’ reported asking price of $30 million?

  13. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:
    “Fitz outplayed a #1 overall pick”


    I love Fitz, but no he definitely did not.

    Fitz had a 4.9% Interception rate, last year.
    Jameis was only 3.7%.

  14. Tnew Says:

    Never seen so much adulation given to a QB for a season, who was 2-5 during his starts. Oh yeh. Those 5 losses were all because Winston stepped into the locker room, so they don’t count towards Fitz. Those are all Winston’s fault too.

  15. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:


    I love Fitz, but no he definitely did not.

    Fitz had a 4.9% Interception rate, last year.
    Jameis was only 3.7%.
    Fitz was magic
    Jameis was tragic
    What was the winning percentage in your stat comparison?

  16. whats the bucs plan 2020 Says:

    Winston’s league-leading and career-high 30 interceptions and NFL-record seven pick-sixes were just as much at fault for the team’s losing record…. Jaymiss is worth 10-12 million period ….mkt value in NFL…. but he wont take you to the super bowl …. not even close …. he wets the bed too much…. bad decisions…….

  17. SteveK Says:


    Jameis was 4.8% int rate last year.

  18. stpetebucsfan Says:

    LMAO…Is that not the quintessential example of a “passive aggressive” answer?

    As far as the “tough decision”.

    JW has talent, work ethic, etc. His inconsistency is well documented.

    IMO it’s not just the raw numbers but WHEN these “mind boggling” turnovers occur. If he didn’t have them whenever something is on the line we’d feel better. 3 points in the second half of the final two games of the year…games which could have propelled us to a winning record…games played at our own crib with a “supposed” home field advantage…just tore it for me. I’ve seen enough but if BA brings him back I’ll cheer him…with my fingers crossed, a lucky horseshoe, my Irish four leaf clover..holding my breath every time JW drops back to pass.

    JW has significantly better stats on the road than at home. 24 of his ints at home versus only 6 on the road…a 3% better completion rate on the road..his QBR is 32 points higher on the road. IE JW has played his worst football inside of RayJay’s “friendly” confines.

    Charitably this could be called “trying too hard”. Perhaps more realistically it’s just old fashioned “choking”.

  19. Craig Says:

    It will take one hell of a crowbar to get Fitz out of Miami this year. He is going to be player coach and backup to Tua.

    If Jameis concedes to bargain prices and comes back, his psyche will be so low that another QB with an NFL track record in camp might make him melt like the Wicked Witch of the West

  20. Sport Says:

    Go back and watch the Hard Knocks. It was clear Fitz wasn’t on board with JW act. And the scene of JW falling backwards and throwing the ball 30yds up and 15 yds forward in the end zone, then Dirks reaction ‘you can’t fu@$!n do that!’

    That’s how a QB gets a coach fired. BA will not be getting fired over stupidity.

    In BA I Trust!

  21. Tampa Bay Demon Says:


    To answer your question, Fitz was 2-5 and Jameis was 3-6.

  22. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    SteveK Says:
    “Jameis was 4.8% int rate last year.”


    In 2019, yes sir. — Altered was talking about the 2018 season, in which JW’s Int rate was 3.7%

    What is FASCINATING is that for all the love being thrown towards Fitz (hey, I liked him too)…. his INT rate was HIGHER that year (4.9%) than JW’s was this year in the 30 pick season.

    People sometimes conveniently choose when to use certain stats, lol.

  23. Nick2 Says:

    That was hardly a ringing endorsement of “hey you have to bring back Jameis its a no brainer!” Fitzpatrick is a smart Harvard grad and he understands when a QB slings the ball around as careless as Jameis the pick 6’s and fumbles and frequent interceptions can kill morale enough to have the losing season we did. 5000 yards and a losing record thats all I see and being 5 years in its clear to me that Jameis didnt understand the urgency of being more careful with the football even in a contract year where millions of dollars for him depended on it. I will support Jameis if they bring him back but they better damn well have a fall back plan if he goes into turnover mode early in the year of 2021. This team is too talented to “throw it all away” no pun intended.

  24. gotbbucs Says:


    Pretty much summed it all up. Nice.

    How many more times do these stats need to be posted by knowledgeable fans before the dreamers soak them in?
    If you’re still wanting Winston you must be doing so with blinders on.

  25. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    Nick2 Says:
    “Fitzpatrick is a smart Harvard grad and he understands when a QB slings the ball around as careless as Jameis…… frequent interceptions can kill morale enough to have the losing season we did.”


    Again, Fitz interception rate that year was 4.9%
    Jameis was 3.7%

    Harvard grad or not…. those are the stats.

  26. Says:

    -Fitz already has his jersey in Canton
    -Fitz won 5 games as a part time starter on a Dolphins team that was actively trying to lose every game; the Bucs won 7 games with a 2x talented team trying desperately to make the playoffs
    -Fitz won his team’s MVP award
    -Fitz won his team’s leadership award
    -Fitz has in 15 seasons (starting and winning at least a game in every single season) made over $64 million – not exactly chump change. There is a reason he is still in the league and has been repeatedly paid.
    -Fitz is the best QB per $ in the NFL and we gave him away “for no good reason.” SAD!

  27. Tampa Bay Demon Says: Says:
    “There is a reason (Fitz) is still in the league.”


    No doubt about it. I am really glad to still see him slinging it in Miami and he actually gave me a reason to watch the Dolphins some this year.

    But once JW’s 2019 salary kicked in, the BUCS could no longer afford to keep them both.

  28. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Are we really having this debate again about Fitz versus JW?

    I’m not a JW supporter but even I believe he’s a better QB…but by how much?

    I love Fitz but is he the barometer against which we measure our “franchise” QB?
    Pretty sad if that’s true.

  29. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    ^^ Yea, that’s definitely fair, lol.

  30. Bucsdelight Says:

    Jay Cutler, Jameis Winston, FitzMagic, they are the same player.

  31. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    Jay Cutler is a garbage player who never gave a cr@p whether his team won or lost. No, they are not the same players.

  32. Mike Johnson Says:

    The way our Bucs magic works is..We let Jameis go. He sits as a backup somewhere. Only to come in during the season and take his team to the Superbowl. It can only happen to our Hapless Bucs.

  33. Stanglassman Says:

    Jameis 3k yards 19 TDs 14 Ints.

    Fitzpatrick 2.3k yards 17 TDs 12 Ints.

    I’m not sure how the ‘Fun Fact’ is true.

    I have Nothing against Fitz he was a great backup and teammate. What I think he is saying is true about the tough decision. Wouldn’t be as tough if Jameis was willing to play for 25m or less but he wants to get top tier money. Also a tough decision in general do you walk away from a young Qb with such a high ceiling? Do you take a chance and lock him down now at a discount? Or do you run the risk of alienating Jameis’s camp or losing him by using the franchise or transition tags.

  34. mark2001 Says:

    Why compare Fitz and Jameis? Fitz is a career backup. Jameis has far more talent, though in the whole may not be a franchise quality QB. And we won’t sign Fitz as our potential starting QB. Brady? Rivers? Stafford? Possibly. I get it.

    I’m just curious how much discussion is taking place between Licht/Arians and Jameis’s representative. Are we close to a deal with him? Are Licht and Arians waiting till the FA period to see who is really out there and the level of interest from the high level FA’s? If we could answer these things, we would probably have a much better idea where this all stands.

  35. WestChap Says:

    There are no guarantees in the NFL… except that every GM/HC will be second guessed with 20/20 hindsight. So, yes a tough decision… Blameless could easily catch fire and be a top 5 QB and could just as easily get too excited by a “local” Super Bowl in Miami and forget where to keep his dang hands… thus missing an entire season. BTW, I hope somebody from his team has a tracker on that Darby clown who is always nearby when Blameless does something blame worthy.

  36. T REX Says:

    Give Fitz a running game and defense and he’ll win games! Oops…and a kicker!

    See how stupid that sounds?

  37. unbelievable Says:

    Lynch > Licht

    And it’s not even close

  38. “That guy” Says:

    That picture of Fitzpatrick will never get old.

  39. 813bucboi Says:

    Morgus the Magnificent Says:
    January 31st, 2020 at 11:24 am
    “The Bucs have a tough decision”…..”they know who is is as a player AND A PERSON”………Wow….not exactly a ringing endorsement!!!


    I AGREE!!!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!!