Rondé Barber: “So If You’re Looking At The One Piece Where You Can Make Leaps And Bounds, It’s Quarterback.”

March 2nd, 2020

Rondé Barber believes the Bucs will have desirable and plentiful options at quarterback — guys not named Jameis Winston.

Buccaneers icon Rondé Barber, a man personally close to Bucco Bruce Arians and general manager Jason Licht, in addition to Team Glazer, is down on Jameis Winston and explained that the Bucs legitimately are looking for better quarterbacks right now.

This is the most powerful insider Decision Jameis commentary unveiled to date.

Barber’s takes arrived last week on The JP Show hosted by longtime local multimedia czar JP Peterson on 820 AM.

The Buccaneers Ring of Honor cornerback explained that quarterback is a position where the Bucs not only need major improvement, but where they have many options to improve.

Barber essentially said Jameis’ only downfall is his interceptions and the decisions that lead to them, but that’s significant enough for the Bucs to move on because it’s been an ongoing issue. Arians, per Barber, is not blowing a puff of smoke with his down-on-Jameis comments.

“From an organizational perspective, you know, they’re looking at a way to get better [at quarterback],” Barber said. “That’s what teams do in the offseason. They look for a way to get better, however that is. And the first way that they’re going to do that is they’re going to franchise Shaq Barrett. I mean the guy had a phenomenal year. … [The franchise tag] really gives you time to sign a long term contract. I think with the way that this defense played last year, he’s the priority.

“There’s a lot of options [at quarterback]. There’s a ton of options. And there’s no reason to believe that Tampa isn’t an attractive destination for some of these free agent quarterbacks because of the way the defense has the ability to play. They’re young in some places; they probably need a safety. They have good young corners. They have two great linebackers. Their D-line, if they get’em all back, which they’re trying to do, statedly trying to do, they’re going to be damn good.

“So if you’re looking at the one piece where you can make leaps and bounds, it’s quarterback. So to me, Jameis, as much as I love him, he’s going into the pool with all those other free agents. I think that’s the best way to kind of feel what they’re going to do at the position.

“Look, I’ve known Bruce [Arians] for a long time. He’s known me my entire life. What he says, he’s not mincing words. That’s the way I can say it.”

Barber emphasized that Arians has not been posturing in his public comments about Jameis since the end of the season.

It still could be Jameis in Tampa, Barber said, but he used a gambling analogy to illustrate that Jameis is a risky play for the short and long term.

“Jameis is the guy that goes to a table and puts half his money on red and half his money on black,” Barber said. “What are you gettin’ from him, you know? (laughs) It’s hard to win that way. It’s definitely exciting. He is a talented quarterback, though, but you got to look at the long term health of your franchise. And there’s no more important position than quarterback.”

69 Responses to “Rondé Barber: “So If You’re Looking At The One Piece Where You Can Make Leaps And Bounds, It’s Quarterback.””

  1. CPN Says:

    “Look, I’ve known Bruce [Arians] for a long time. He’s known me my entire life. What he says, he’s not mincing words. That’s the way I can say it.”

    Barber knows, Bruce knows.

    The writing is on the wall for Winston.

  2. Tye Says:

    ‘make leaps and bounds, it’s quarterback.’

    It’s where the Bucs need it the most.. all other positions become irrelevant if the one that handles the ball the most of your team keeps throwing the game winning pass to the opponent..

  3. BrianBucs Says:

    Well said, Mr. Barber

  4. #1 Pick QB 2 Cent Brain Says:

    Proof is on the film 70 starts, league leader in turnovers, poor decision making and stretches of inaccurate passes then he chokes when the game is on the line

    Fantasy football nerd numbers are cool, but in real football you need a qb who plays consistently well to give yourself a chance to win each week and Jameis doesn’t do that

  5. DB55 Says:

    If I’m not mistaken the Bucs offense was tops in the league and the defense was bottom 3 so to say the QB position is where you can improve by leaps and bounds is moronic and basic gaslighting. And he’s chosen the best group of people for it to work on.

  6. SteelStudBuc Says:

    Heres to hoping they can keep Shaq on the boys together on D… Winston is replaceable.

  7. westernbuc Says:

    All of this is true, but if Bruce and Byron didn’t call for every play to go 30 years a downfield this wouldn’t be a problem.

    Then again, Bruce has no need for OJ or Cam

  8. Adrnagy Says:

    Garbage talk like everyone. Acouple more days we would know. And months to see shaq being a bust after singing a long term contract.
    Man it would suck if Winston signs elsewhere and the Bucs end up with case Keenum because of “mind games”

  9. RagingBrisket Says:

    Leaps and bounds of improvement? See run blocking in the City of Tampa…

  10. Couch Fan Says:

    What does Barber know anyways? Hes only a future hall a famer and the best CB we’ve ever had. The Winston fan boys certainly know more than him. LMAO. Bunch of retards.

  11. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Well one thing is obvious………..

    Ronde is racist.

  12. Tampabuscsbro Says:

    man I can’t wait to see the Winston defense force wake up tomorrow and start slandering Ronde.


  13. AtlBUCS Says:

    He might be right but there is no free agent QB out there as good as Jameis. And that includes Brady

  14. DoooshLaRue Says:

    AKA- the Nuthugger Brigade!

  15. AtlBUCS Says:

    Joe! This is plain cruel of you to keep posting these comments saying that Jameis isn’t coming back. You know these guys are grasping at straws. They get giddy and celebrate everytime you post one of these commentaries. You are clearly taking advantage of their disease. They have antijameiswinstonitis!

  16. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    It always comes down to one thing… Can he win the game.. and unfortunately we all know that’s the moment he throws the pick 6 is when the game is on the line… It’s deflating for the whole team it’s not about Winston!! It’s about the team!!!

  17. Pete I Says:

    5000 yards is hard to replace (and it got you 7-9)

    The rest…is quite easy to replace

    The goal is to find someone who doesn’t:

    throw 30 interceptions in a single season.

    help to create 111 turnovers in 5 years.

    have the most lost fumbles in 5 years.

    sport a 28-42 record (hey 13 straight wins and Winston is a .500 QB)

    Doesn’t touch women inappropriately. (or never has) (what endorsements does Winston have?) (so you aren’t ashamed of putting his likeness on the side of the stadium)

    Sorry even 33 TD passes could easily be replicated with our receivers.

  18. BigHog Says:

    You can look until HELL freezes over, if you don’t bring back Mr. 5,000…..we start the season 0 wins and 4 loses and a game manager at QB and no running game and no plausible way to make the 2020 playoffs!!!!!!!!That will be the moment the “real fans” will know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Tony1775 Says:

    Who cares. How many articles you going to write about this. Horse is dead stop beating it. If you want him so bad start a go fund me to offset his contract. FSU alums have the cash paid off there now ex coach.

  20. onetrickpony Says:

    ( All 30 of Jameis’ picks)

  21. MirrorMirrowOnTheWall Says:

    If what Barber says is true, the Buccaneers should release Jameis. If the Buccaneers keep Jameis and he does well, the Buccaneers will never be able to keep him. Let Jameis go find another team. I will root for Jameis even if he plays Dallas, New England, or San Francisco. All teams I hate.

  22. Big O Says:

    What’s Love got to do with it at the end of the day business is business. This team is failing whether itd be due to the turnstile of coaches within the last 5 years possibly resulting in the lack of stability for jameis or for the simple fact that jameis is uncoachable and has not professionally matured you might as well call this one a wrap and part ways. This would be the best decision for both sides

  23. Bucs4821 Says:

    Thanks for the link. So many picks on very basic short to medium range passes. You can see how teams kept dropping LBs into coverage because he never seems to see them. It would be different if each pick was 40+ yards downfield, then it’s like a punt.

  24. Ndog Says:

    “He is a talented quarterback, though, but you got to look at the long term health of your franchise.”

    Yes Ronde nothing screams looking out for the long term health of your franchise like moving from a 26 year old QB that has done some amazing things with crap coaching, no running game a spotty oline and a god awful defense and going to a old QB who is declining in ability.

    You see folks this us why we have been and will continue to be a joke. Decisions just like this. I mean even the comments they put out are just backwards.

  25. Ndog Says:

    Yes Pete I the number 4 scoring offense in the NFL is very easy to replace. Yep very simple folks happens all the time around these parts. Oh wait…

  26. SteveK Says:


    Jameis is not good at QB. He’s doesn’t win. He just throws it up for grabs and it’s not a recipe for playoffs. Please, please, please try and keep an objective mindset when looking at the results of our team. You get all twisted and start hurling insults.

    Can you agree that Jameis turns it over too much to get a contract from the Bucs?

  27. SteveK Says:


    It’s not a number four scoring offense when you subtract the 121 points off turnovers. So, please subtract 7.5ppg from your average, bc those are the net points when you quantify Winston’s horrible turnovers keeping the other team in the game.

    We can do this all day, and I am willing to bet you give up or start calling names first. Because when the QBs get evaluated, you seem to have a blind spot: the TURNOVERS!

  28. Richbucsfan Says:

    Still looking for mauling, road graders on the Oline. Won’t matter much who you have at QB or RB without that line

  29. Bucsfanman Says:

    EVERYONE can be replaced. It’s not like we can’t lose with Jameis. We can, and we HAVE.
    Yes, it’s a TEAM game. And yes, our defense has been awful, and kicking, and running. Unless you have your head in the sand, so too has the QB.
    And you can go ahead and run out every statistical “feather in the cap” and every “league-leading” whatever. At the end of the day, it’s about WINS and losses. 50 years of NFL statistical data says that when teams win the turnover battle, they win 70% of the time. Since 2015, no single player has more turnovers than Jameis Winston, and it’s not even remotely close.
    So, back to my opening statement, EVERYONE can be replaced!

  30. Nimrod1of1 Says:

    The Jameis Stans cry and whine about the rest of the fan base pointing to just one stat – turnovers – as the reason he’s not a franchise QB, as if that one reason can’t possibly outweigh the other things he does (“ya better check yo sheet”). But I’ve never heard people say “you know, that Ted Bundy was really a great guy. Very intelligent and charismatic. That he also happened to be a serial killer, well, that’s unfair to just judge him on one thing, right?”

  31. Morgus the Magnificent Says:

    Celebration Day coming SOON!!!

  32. Defense Rules Says:

    onetrickpony … That’s an awesome compilation of every pick Jameis threw last year. Thanks for sharing; really good stuff. When you see his INTs one right after another, certain things seem obvious, to me at least: (1) Jameis had no business throwing MOST of those balls (his receiver was blanketed); (2) his accuracy on MANY was awful (he had little ‘touch’ on the ball on many of them); and (3) his footwork was terrible on MANY (dancing bear came to mind). Bottom line: His ‘decision-making’ and ‘execution’ really sucked.

    Can he be FIXED to where his INTs come down to an ‘acceptable’ level (in BA’s offense I’d suspect that 1 INT average per game would be acceptable to BA)? IMO ONLY BA can answer that. Ronde Barber made some great points IMO, BUT … he’s not the coach. He doesn’t have that first-hand knowledge that comes when BA asks Jameis ‘What the he11 were you thinking on that one?’

    In any event, ‘shopping around’ is the right thing to do. Jameis ISN’T our ONLY option, although he may very well be our BEST option for 2019. Like BA said though a week or so ago, we won’t know UNTIL we know who’s REALLY available in the QB market. As always, time will tell.

  33. Pewter power Says:

    Number 4 offense means nothing with winston because it means 7-9 is the ceiling. Cant understand why people can easily blame the kicker for losing games but cant seem to wrap their head around the fact that Winston interceptions lead to just as many losses. Like BA said he thought this was a 10-11win team so translation winston is the weak link

  34. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I agree with NDog, and the other keep Jameis people.
    Last year was Jameis first year in this system, and he did what he did with no running game.
    I can’t believe the anti Jameis stuff I have been reading lately.

  35. Formerly Tampa 2 Says:

    All these yards and stats for and against every JBF post are meaningless. The only stat that matters are wins and losses, and Jameis has failed to win for 5 straight years. While Jameis is a nice enough guy, but he just doesn’t win. I sincerely hope the Arians gets a trade with Chucky done soon.

  36. D-Rome Says:

    Yet, according to the Jay-Miss fluffers this is all part of an organizational ploy to drive the price down on his next ontract, just so they can bring him back.

  37. Bird Says:

    Lets get a few things straight :

    1- ndog thinks rhonde is a hack now. Yet ndog still claims he is a buc fan And not just a jameis fan 😂

    2- ndog is a bigger die hard buc fan then you are . He literally said it the other day 😂

    3- he played jr high football and plays QB jameis on Madden so he knows more about football them you 😂

    4- he has no bias toward FSU players 😂

  38. Eric Says:

    Lol be careful what you wish for this move will set the franchise back or forward for the next 5 years!

  39. Pewter power Says:

    Must have really been a horrible franchise because so many bucs fans dont know anything about football.

    Final game of the season Ronald Jones
    11 touches 106 yard at 9.6 yards per carry

    A 100 yard rusher and game ended on a pick 6 and he threw 2 picks that game. Bucs didnt allow a 100 yard rusher all year long but lost 9 games because the quarterback manages the game and takes up the slack.

    Titans game Derrick Henry didnt have 100 yards and neither did a receiver the difference was Tannehill and winston 2 picks AGAIN.

    We need a run game because the quarterback sucks at making decisions your basically saying we need to rush for 1600 yards a year for winston to be successful

  40. The Coroner Says:

    Get the Bucs a Brad Johnson-like QB. Who is he?
    By the way they have to get a decent RB like Michael Pittman. Who is he?
    They need get a killer FS likes John Lynch. Who is he?
    Let the fun begin. Free agency. Trades. The draft.

  41. Morgus the Magnificent Says:

    I’m starting to think that any “Winston supporters” on here are really fans of other teams, and they WANT the Bucs to keep the loser.

  42. Pewter power Says:


    Well since you are clearly a Winston fan not a buc fan you can move on with him. I think you and the other nuthuggers are afraid of life without winston because you could be wrong and we’ll be better.

    The most energized this fanbase has ever been since Gruden is last year when Winston was on the bench to begin the season. It didnt last long but winston came back and reality set in because we knew as a fanbase we weren’t going anywhere which is why he got benched again. Fast forward to this year we could have even won the 49ers game if not for his poor decisions. Dude is a below average quarterback with an above average arm. His issue is upstairs and we dont have time for him to figure his mental issues

  43. Bucsfan951 Says:


    1. Niners game. Lost 31-17. Points off Winston t/o: 15
    2. Panthers game. Lost 37-26. points off of Winston t/o: 16
    3. Titans game. Lost 27-23. Points off of Winston t/o: 14
    4. Saints game. Lost 34-17. Points off of Winston t/o: 14. Also had an int at the saints 1 yard line. Should’ve scored td. That’s actually 21 points lost.
    5. Colts game. Won 38-35. Points off of Winston turnovers: 14
    6. Texans game. Lost 23-20. Points off of Winston turnovers: 10 points. Also int on a game winning drive with 1:31 to go.
    7. Falcons game. Lost 28-22. Points off of Winston turnovers: 13 points. Pick 6 to end that game and perhaps his Buccaneers career.
    10 games with multiple ints. Yes, I’ll be the first to admit the defense isn’t perfect or fixed but if you think the above isn’t a problem, then I feel bad for ya.

    I’m not math guy but 6 games lost due to Winston turnovers which lead to points for the other team. I tossed in the colts game which was a win since a certain poster ALWAYS brings up that game.

    Again, I’m not math guy but 3 losses due to the kicker/defense and 6 games lost by our kicker… does that make us 7-9?… what was the record in 2019 again???

    Again, funny how some ppl forget.

  44. Bucsfan951 Says:

    Why blame the kicker? He was top 5 in scoring points (as a kicker) last yr. If we can not blame Winston for his ints since he had a top 3 offense, we surely can’t blame the kicker for missing kicks when he was top 5 in points last yr.

    Don’t blame me… I’m just using the same logic as ppl do for Winston.

  45. Matthew Fifer Says:

    To all the Jameis defense squad on this site. Arians said the other day in one of his interviews (featured on this site in an article) when talking about turnovers that we turned it over 20 times within our own 30 yard line.

    So to anyone blaming poor defensive play for our record, try to think about that. There have been maybe 5 defenses in the history of the game that could go out there time and time again and stop the opponent from scoring after being repeatedly gifted such great field position.

    It also frustrates me beyond belief when any of you use the “it was his first year in the system” BS, yet you don’t allow the Defense the same excuse? It was their first year in the system, and had far more new faces playing big roles than the offense did. Of course it would take them time to gel but no…that’s just not allowed, yet it’s totally acceptable for JW to turn it over like he’s flipping pancakes?

    The defense showed improvement by the end of the year, JW did not. The defense playing better gives reason to believe they will be better in year 2, nothing about Jameis gives me reason to believe he can do the same thing, despite the historical data from different QB’s under BA.

  46. Craig Says:

    Jameis is capable of digging holes for the team at any time. That will always cause him to give away too many games per year.

  47. JayMissEyes Says:

    I love how all the jay miss supporters blame the defense based on stats. What they ALWAYS FAIL TO MENTION is why our defense was ranked so poorly. With 30 plus turnovers our defense have nearly always been put in poor positions because of jay miss’s boneheaded interceptions or fumbles. I don’t care if we had the best defense in the league having to constantly defend from your own red zone because of Winston is not conducive for any defense. JOE IF YOU CAN DO ME A FAVOR AND FIND THE STATS OF HOW MANY TIMES OUR DEFENSE HAD TO PLAY FROM BEHIND OUR OWN REDZONE. Then I would love to see how people blame the defense.

  48. Smashsquatch Says:

    I simply can’t imagine JW holding up under the pressure of playoff football. His next greatest feat as a Buc, should he stay, would be to lead the team to a divisional title and end the playoff drought. But we all know the letdown would be coming, and it always happens about the time you start to gain confidence in him. No thanks, hard pass from the Squatch. I’ve seen this movie play out all too often over the last five years. He’s simply too inconsistent to be relied upon.

  49. Matthew Fifer Says:

    JayMissEyes Says:
    March 2nd, 2020 at 10:36 am


    Don’t need to wait for Joe, I mentioned it above and BA himself mentioned it this weekend. We turned the ball over 20 times inside our 30 yard line. That is a staggering amount of times that we gave the opposition amazing field position.

  50. AtlBUCS Says:

    The people with antijameiswinstonitis are blaming the 7-9 on him. True, he threw away at least 2 and probably 3 games. But do you remember the games he got us a lead, Like the Giants game for one, and the defense gifted it back to them. If you recall, with under a minut he drove us into kicking range and BA, for some reason elected to let the play clock run out “to give the kicker a better angle” and the kicker missed it.
    So, yes, Jameis lost us some games but so did the coach (at least 2), so did the kicker and so did the defense. And thats not even mentioning the lack of a good OL and decent running game.
    So, if you are really football people like you profess to be, you have to pass the blame around.

  51. AtlBUCS Says:

    The defense was horrible even when we kicked the ball off. There are approximately 1200 offensive plays per season. 30 interceptions is about 4% of their plays.
    Joe, nevermind. Lets say they had to start in the red zone 30 times. its still only about 4%. There were more that 30 holding penalities that caused us to not get first downs. Thats a turnover. There were probably 30 defensive penalties that gave the other team a first down when we would have otherwise got the ball. Thats like a turnover. So, like I said, spread the blame around

  52. AtlBUCS Says:

    BA said WE turned the ball over 20 times inside our 20. Don’t mistake that for Jameis turning the ball over 20 times inside our own 20

  53. nano107 Says:

    Ronde if you would have Jameis you would have a ring

  54. Stevebobucsfan Says:

    Question for Joe. Joe, if the Bucs land Brady is it possible that Jameis could be the back up in Tampa if the price is right? No. –Joe from my understanding many many people in the NFL world are just fed up with Jameis bad decisions leading to many of his interceptions so maybe no one wants to pay him starter money. Also would it be a good deal for Jameis to sit behind someone like Brady and learn for a year or 2. Don’t think Brady is gonna play beyond 2 to 3 years

  55. SteveK Says:

    Ronde has a ring. Jameis does not.

  56. SteveK Says:

    I blame Jameis for Turnovers, which is a major contributor to losing games. Apologists refuse real statistical data.

  57. Formerly Tampa 2 Says:

    Nano, you must be real young because it was Ronde’s interception in Philly that won that game and put us in the Superbowl, where he won his ring.

  58. AtlBUCS Says:


    Some of Jameis’ picks have caused us to lose games, but not9 games. BA’s bad decisions and the kicker has cost us just as many, if not more games than jameis. Also, fumbles, dropped passes have also caused turnovers and lost us games. In just saying, ir aint just Jameis.

  59. pryda...sec 147 Says:

    Extend Jameis Go Bigbor Go Home we know with another QB we could go to the playoffs but who is going to beat Pat Mahomes Jameis has a high ceiling he needs a complete team that just does there job

  60. Isaac haggins Says:

    I would argue being less scoutable / predictable on offense and the kicking game are both equal or more as at least 10 INTs were from the D knowing , not guessing , knowing the Bucs tendencies!!! Bruce and Licht need to come clean on this , it’s what they are paid to do !!! All to often in the protect the Jock meathead league the GM and Coach are covering for there staff !! Part two this doesn’t fly with sharp owners , This football wise appears to not be the case in Tampa !!! Joe dig around you may get someone to tell you they def found tendencies with lefty but keep in mind the whole league is a fraternity of Jocks protecting Jocks collecting nice coaching checks and many of them couldn’t run a cash register nor coach high school ball . Hey I think Lefty has a future but clearly some defenses knew what was coming more than the Astro’s in their last game against the Rays !!!

  61. AtlBUCS Says:


  62. CalBucsFan Says:


    Sorry man, but there wouldn’t be any statistics for how many times the defense had to play from “behind their own red zone” because that would mean the defense was lined up in the end zone and the line of scrimmage would be the goal line…thus the opponent has already scored and there’s no reason to line up!

    Next question?

  63. SteveK Says:


    49 interceptable balls- 30 picks- 7 pick sixe

    4.5% INT rate

    12 fumbles, five lost and some other grounding/delay of game penalties.

    The results don’t warrant another contract.

  64. Rod Munch Says:

    Ronde has a real hardon for Winston – he thinks the Bucs still have that 2002 all-time great defense. Sure, with an all-time great defense you just want a boring game manger… maybe. Because as Warren Sapp has said, if those Bucs teams had Winston at QB they would have won a lot more than one SB.

    Meanwhile the same idiots here that hate Winston were all the same yankee trash saying Favre was the greatest of all-time when he was throwing 25 INTs a year and won a SB with the NFL’s top defense.

  65. unbelievable Says:

    Bye Jameis.

    And no I won’t be surprised if he’s yet another ex-Bucs QB that wins a SB somewhere else.

    But the writing was on the wall. Like so many others, it didn’t work in Tampa. We are a cesspool of under achievement, that’s for sure.

  66. SteveK Says:

    Rod munch,

    Check your sheet. Favre was balling out by his 5th season. And to be fair he turned it over more than anyone.

    But, since 2015 when Jameis proclaimed to Favre, Bortles, or insert turnover machine’s name here, “hold my beer.”

    It’s raining turnovers.

  67. Rod Munch Says:

    SteveK – Favre literally is the NFL’s all-time INT leader.

    Also comparing Winston to Bortles just show you’re way dumber than I gave you credit for. Congrats on that.

  68. SteveK Says:

    I’ve seen your low level of communication before. I want to debate Winston, not hurl insults.

    Did Favre win any MVPs or Super Bowls? He sure did have the most InTs ever.

    Jameis has the most ever since 2015, but only a pro bowl alternate 4 years ago to show for it.

    What’s the comparison again?

  69. WestChap Says:

    I understand when I’m called an idiot who knows nothing about football as I type from my couch… but now Ronde is a know-nothing turncoat spitting nonsense to stay relevant? Sheez, the Jameis crowd needs to check more than his stat sheet… maybe check themselves?