“I Think He’s Gone”

February 28th, 2020

Former Bucs QB Bruce Gradkowski nowadays breaks down quarterback film during football season for Pro Football Focus, and he works for SiriusXM NFL Radio as a host.

Last night Gradkowski told his national audience that he thinks Jameis Winston will very soon be a goner from the Buccaneers.

And then came the agony in his voice, the same kind former coach and quarterback guru Steve Mariucci shared with Joe at the NFL Scouting Combine. Gradkowski watches the game film regularly and, therefore, he knows what Jameis can deliver weekly.

“I think he’s gone,” Gradkowski said. “I just think it’s been long enough, right? You know, he’s been in Tampa long enough. The thing that’s tough about it, if I’m Tampa I’m thinking, ‘Who are you going to sign that’s better? I mean, his upside, man, he does some amazing things. But can we cut down those interceptions in half?”

Gradkowski went on to say Jameis is the Bucs’ quarterback of last resort and he could see Jameis return for a sixth Tampa Bay season if they can’t land Philip Rivers or another veteran.

50 Responses to ““I Think He’s Gone””

  1. DoooshLaRue Says:

    You didn’t need this article Joe.

  2. El Buco Realisto Says:

    Well then,,,, thank goodness that Team Glazer kept the amateur gm turned puppet that only looked for a coach to fix jay-miss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By the way, how is this “reload” coming along!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Seems to be more “replacing” then the “coaching up” that was supposed to happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    go bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Robert Says:

    nah, cut him. sign a rookie if you cant get a vet. rookies been lighting it up!!!!

    and have his eyes checked!!!

  4. tmaxcon Says:

    If he’s gone he’s the lucky one. Pretty pathetic franchise void of leadership from top to bottom

  5. Formerly Tampa 2 Says:

    Time for Winston to leave for other pastures. Arians knows what he is doing and there are lot of QB’s out there that would be better.

  6. I'm a Tandyman used to be Bucs Fan Says:

    COME ON MAN!!!!! Let someone else go 7 & 9!! I’m tired of watching Jay Miss throw all those interceptions. 5 years is enough for me. Maybe we can find another way to lose or who knows with all the talent the Bucs have maybe with new blood and some excitement in Tampa we can right the ship and make it 9 & 7!!!!

  7. Buc1987 Says:

    Robert…..once again…this isn’t Madden.

  8. Robert Says:

    from CNN:

    When asked in a recent question-and-answer session with users on Instagram where Bundchen, who has been married to Brady for 11 years, would be living this year, she responded with a laugh.
    “I would love to know where I’m going to be living this year,” she said on an Instagram story. “But I don’t know that yet. Hopefully somewhere nice and wherever my husband is happy playing, so we will see.”

    B-R-A-D-Y. (hopefully somewhere nice…a.k.a…..warm and sunny)

  9. LJsDaddy Says:

    I am just scared this will bite us in the a#@. Another player that leaves Tampa and becomes a pro-bowler, SB champ, HOFer. He is the best we have ever had. He can be better. IF he throws ten less picks, he is amazing.

  10. MTM Says:

    If I’m Tampa I’m thinking just about anyone could do better than the turnover machine. My god we have an excellent group of receivers, a defense that is starting to come in to its own and this clown just keeps tossing picks.

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Will be glad when this is over……

  12. Mr 5000 Says:

    Mr 5000 does not approve of this move

  13. LJsDaddy Says:


  14. PSL Bob Says:

    It’s Brady or Winston. Regardless draft a developmental QB. Please, no Rivers.

  15. NPRSageBoy. Says:

    Bye, bye JayMiss.

    When BA says on national radio that Palmer, Luck and Roethlisberger all “got the system” by November and JayMiss didn’t get it at all says something NOT good about JayMiss.

    Note to JayMiss: Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.

    Peace, out

  16. Robert Says:

    @87….you’ve been wrong every since you’ve been on this board. I may state opinions others don’t like and that do not happen…….(and I am ussually right that they should have done it)…..at least I am not a jersey slurper of any big name bucs player.

    it’s just business, it aint personal.

  17. Tye Says:

    JW is likely their last resort meaning:
    we have a list of who we wanted to work with and our current QB we have is last on that list so if he is here in 2020, it is because we got stuck with him!

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

    Sad in a way…

  19. Cobraboy Says:

    This all gets cleared up March 10 through 18.

  20. Cobraboy Says:

    This will all get cleared up March 10 through 18.

    In three weeks. A very interesting three weeks.

    I cannot recall the last high-level Liars Poker Season intrigue as this one.

  21. Cobraboy Says:

    I wish JBF had a 5-minute post edit window.

  22. Marine Buc Says:

    Brady, Rivers and Bridgewater. Those are the three names to watch. Tom Brady is the hinge pin. If he leaves NE he will probably go to the L.A. Chargers.

    Rivers will probably end up in Indy and Bridgewater will probably chose New England over Tampa.

    That’s why we will probably use the transition tag on Winston and bring him back for one more year. We will probably also draft a QB in the 2nd or 3rd round.

  23. Mister Negative Nancy Says:

    I’m tired of the revisionist history that somehow the Bucs always let great quarterbacks get away. Who did they let go that was so good?

    Doug Williams? He had a 79 quarterback rating with the Redskins. Yes he won a Super Bowl, but the Redskins hardly won based on their QB.

    Vinny Testaverde? The guy was quite lackluster, his best QB ratings were only in the low 80’s. He had a good playoff run one year with the Jets, but they had Parcells, and Keyshawn Johnson in his prime.

    Trent Dilfer? Yeah put me in as QB with arguably the best defense in history… I can win a Super Bowl too.

    Steve Young is the only one you can argue. He played great with the 49ers, but also remember he had Bill Walsh, the San Francisco 49ers dirty chop-blocking and Jerry Rice among others. Great player, but unquestionably part of a very successful system.

  24. thisisouryear!! Says:

    The more I think about it, I wouldn’t mind signing Winston as someone to compete for a starting job with a free agent that you expect to win the starting position. I don’t think Winston is going to get more than that on the open market.

  25. tmaxcon Says:

    Robert Says:
    February 28th, 2020 at 11:07 am

    nah, cut him. sign a rookie if you cant get a vet. rookies been lighting it up!!!!

    and have his eyes checked!!!

    If it is so easy why does this minor league franchise only have 6 playoff wins in 43 years with 3 during the fluke championship???????

  26. Pewter power Says:

    tmaxcon Says: If he’s gone he’s the lucky one.

    Yea poor winston we blamed all those interceptions on him. I mean it had to be someone else’s fault even though they left his hand right? Oh I know what it is the below average targets he throws to so when he’s gone they wont even top 500 yards right? Shame on BA for blaming 20 interceptions on Winston

    I’m sure winston will be happy now that he can go somewhere his interceptions will be appreciated 😂😂😂😂

  27. tmaxcon Says:

    brady is not coming to tampa. you people say you don’t like insults then stop posting pure stupidity. if brady leaves pats he’s going to raiders to make headlines with gruden. he is not going through a rebuilding process with the worst franchise in sports. you people really need to think more. this franchise is NOT close to a championship perioD. there is no way brady risks going to a franchise with zero hope of winning the lombardi. not TO mention Gisele is not moving her family to the small market retirement community where the list of top 5 restaurants include golden coral and wendy’s

  28. Craig Says:

    I hope the list is long enough that they can find someone else.

    Of course, if Jameis does well somewhere this year, we can all bitch about much he ripped us off by refusing to wear contacts before getting Lasik.

  29. CalBucsFan Says:

    Anyone who thinks Brady-boy would sign with the Bucs is either delusional, smoking too much pot or drinking too many shots of Tequila.

    Why would he want to go to the BEST QB conference in the NFL and face Brees, Ryan and Newton twice per year, when he has skated through the WORST QB conference for the last 20 years?

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

    The New England Patriots are showing interest in pending free agent quarterback Marcus Mariota, according to Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline.
    from 1 hour ago

  31. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Craig, if it’s possible he could do it somewhere else then why in the hell couldnt he do it here in 2020. Don’t want one of these old age one year rentals as QB, and no rookie or game manager is going to do better than Jameis can do this year. I want Jameis back for one more year because he gives us the best chance to win. The team appeared to finally turn the corner in the last 8 games of the season. Let’s give it 16 more to see what they all can do. If he fails start the rebuild in 2021 with some rookie QB.

  32. adam from ny Says:

    brady demanded new unis and brady got new unis…


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

    adam from ny Says:
    February 28th, 2020 at 12:47 pm
    brady demanded new unis and brady got new unis…

    If anything he would demand OL help both specific FA name and then something in the draft

  34. Defense Rules Says:

    Will be so glad when we can put this fake drama behind us. It’s just business. Nothing more, nothing less.

    No, Tom Brady’s not coming to the Bucs. He’d cost too much money for one thing, and for another we’re not THAT good. Besides, he’ll end up back with the Pats & Belicheck IF they want him back. They have their own drama playing out.

    We’re not getting Rivers or Tannehill either. Several other better positioned teams standing in line in front of us (Titans & Colts for starters). Not getting Bridgewater either (he doesn’t fit BA’s offense & he’s too risky in this offense with his injury history).

    It comes down to Jameis Winston or Derek Carr IMO … IF he’s even available and IF BA feels that he’s a fit for this offense. I personally expect to see Jameis be transition-tagged before March 10th … UNLESS he’s re-signed before that to a relatively short-term contract. They’ll let him shop around, but I have my doubts anyone would be willing to pay more than $24 mil for his services (that’s what it’d take for another team to wrestle him away … and we could match it anyway).

    And unless BA has REALLY fallen in love with a particular draft QB who he’s willing to spend a 1st Rnd pick on, we won’t be drafting any. Bucs have too many other NEEDS (such as a STARTING Tackle or a STARTING RB) to be wasting high picks on someone who MIGHT get to play in 2021. IF we make the right moves in FA AND in the draft, Bucs have a nice window in 2020 & 2021 to make the playoffs. I don’t see a Patrick Mahomes on the horizon to take us there. Our best chance is with Jameis (OK, a ‘fixed’ Jameis) or a QB like Derek Carr.

  35. The Man Says:

    Sign Jameis…. if we can’t get Tom Brady

  36. NOLES Says:

    You think Brady is going for the Wayne Newton route & after retirement him & Giselle will have a Vegas Show 😉😂

  37. Stevebobucsfan Says:

    Ok to those Bucs fans that want Jameis gone. Just give me some ideas on who we fill that spot with without taking a step back. If we land Brady, he’s 40 something and has played in the same offense for all his career. So do you think this will work without any set backs and remember Brady doesn’t scramble very well so we need to fix the OL a bit. Rivers, teams don’t just cut lose good QBs. Something else is going on with Rivers I did see that Rivers didn’t play well this past season and he too threw a lot of interceptions. So do we swap the devil for the witch

  38. Taylor Says:

    Brady or Jameis, draft a QB regardless

  39. SteveK Says:


    A QB who turns it over half as often (still greater than league average) with 2/3 of the production would put this team in the playoffs.

    We can’t overcome the dumb ass mistakes, freebies, and breakdown in decision making.

  40. FB (Team Steve I) Moderated!! Says:

    just listened to Jeff Darlington talking about Brady to the bucs, (this is not a Brady thread), one of the commentators talked about scheme fit, and said Brady would have a cocktail with Arians and work out the offense.

    Maybe Jameis having to stop drinking doesn’t let Arians get in his head right by having a cocktail together. I am all for sobriety, although it alludes me as much as Ira and the Joes, but Maybe Arians just isn’t enjoying dealing with Jameis, since he has to be babied and cant relax in the system.

    And I am not promoting Jameis drinks. We all know the moronic stuff he’s done, and that would lead to a full year suspension.

  41. BrianBucs Says:

    Bucs, Move On

  42. OneBuc55 Says:

    Bruce Gradkowski has an opinion on Jameis?? Wow!

    We can sit here and rip Jameis for the turnovers, but not many QBs past or present were more productive in their first 5 years…

    Gradkowski on the other hand, was a nobody in this league… and one of the worst QBs in Bucs history and that’s saying alot because we’ve had some pretty terrible QB play over the years…smh

  43. tmaxcon Says:

    Pewter power

    You act like playing for bucs is an honor its a disgrace…. bucs own every meaningful worst of record in nfl history…. people in glass houses should not throw rocks…. bucs franchise is far more embarrassing over 43 years than jameis picks are….. remember jameis was 7 last Buccaneer meaningful win.

  44. tmaxcon Says:

    Pewter power

    Its funny how you conveniently forget that cancer93 and the mentally weak lvd blew far more leads and were queens of blowouts lin3g before jameis arrived

  45. REDZONE BA Fan Says:

    JW is backup plan. Possible transition tag – again – total backup plan for Bucs at QB.

    Curious to see JW options unfold, outside of BUCs. Based on Bucco Bruce commentary about JW, and IF potential offers are presented to JW, I would not be surprised to see JW take a lower $ option to go elsewhere. Due to being so dissed by his team.

    2019 JW played with:
    Brand new offense, No running game, poor D for 8 games, suspect
    kicking game, broken hand, torn meniscus in knee (it hurts by the way) , and w/o
    his two top receivers at end of year.

    First 5 years – ZERO defense, no running game, kicking team that LOST games, and
    haphazard O-Line

    Yep – he developed horrible pattern of trying to do too much. And was in “risk it” new offense this year.

    Bucs – yeh – throw JW to curb. okeedokee.

    YET – UDFA receivers playing w JW, earned big contracts. (Hump/Brate) Perriman about to cash in. ME13 and Godwin — big money.

    ALL these receiver stats, ABSENT of any play-action attack or running game.

    To all BUCS receivers —- GOOD LUCK, with your stats/$ – w/o JW. And the wins will be no different, absent of JW – cause he kept Bucs in games. Yep, he hurt them, too, but that dynamic can be corrected.

    Welcome back to games with scores of 13-10….YAWN…. and bucs losing those games.

  46. TexBuc Says:


    Excellent points. Some are too young to realize our history of “improving” the QB position just means 3-5 years of mistake after mistakes. Or the days of run, run, and pass on 3rd and long then punt.

  47. tmaxcon Says:

    Welcome back to games with scores of 13-10….YAWN…. and bucs losing those games.

    Those are glory years for low standard bucfan living in a failed past. You will hurt a lot of feelings attacking the laughable glory years and washed up 1 year wonder has beens making statements like that. Bucs place is in the basement history proves this beyond a shadow of a doubt. Free Jameis he has earned his parole.

  48. tmaxcon Says:

    No other team in history of any sport claims glory years for a team that was 500 and no chance at all in the postseason. So sad the bar has to be lowered so bucfan can use cliches that real franchises who’ve actually earned them use.

  49. Go Bucs 72 Says:

    So Bruce lives in an Irish dorm room?

  50. Natron Says: