No More Lazy Routes

May 26th, 2020

Advice for Bucs WRs.

There are a few things Joe’s mind clicks “OFF” just like a remote.

When Joe hears chatter about the NBA or golf, Joe’s mind clicks to the finer things in life like, say, Rachel Watson.

Another thing that gets Joe’s head shut down is when a guy who never played for one of the teams he is broadcasting sits/stands high atop the stadium and marvels at “such a good route” a receiver has run.

How would he know?

Shoot, in the NFL Network documentary of Bill Walsh, there is a scene recorded 40ish years ago of Walsh at practice barking about route precision not in its yards, not in feet, but inches!

Joe never understood how someone outside a huddle would know what kind of route a receiver is supposed to run, unless maybe he played for that team. So maybe 10 years ago Joe asked a Bucs receiver how these guys up in a booth know their routes.

The receiver, who was taking a drink of water, looked up at Joe with a smile on his face and said, “They don’t.”

But Nick Wright, of “First Take” fame, seen weekday mornings on FS1, brings up an interesting point about route-running. Remember last year when Bucco Bruce Arians blamed receivers sometimes for picks thrown by Mr. Entertainment, America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston? Arians would be downright peeved at his receivers.

Most Bucs fans waved this off as nonsense — supposedly Arians was publicly defending his quarterback. But Chris Godwin’s words earlier this spring seemed to backup Arians that not all picks were on Jameis.

Well, if the receivers were to blame for some of those picks, whatever mistakes they were making better stop now. Wright notes that park-violating, home-invading Bucs quarterback Tom Brady is obsessed with precision, so receiveres might want to get on the same page.

The workout Brady had with his teammates recently, which was discovered by the paparazzi, is a good sign Bucs receivers understand this, Wright added.

You can see Wright’s take in the FS1 video below.

18 Responses to “No More Lazy Routes”

  1. TheBucsAnthem Says:


    You mean to tell me there “Blamis” for Jameis??????

    Jaymiss isn’t responsible for his decision making??????

    …..yes…sure…let’s blame everyone else again

  2. gp Says:

    This just heard on the radio
    “The NFL planning on Packed stands in September”

    Any confirmation Joe?

  3. Joe Says:

    Any confirmation Joe?

    Zero. In fact Dolphins owner said this morning the NFL plans for the season are unchanged (full season as scheduled). Fans in the seats, he didn’t know about.

  4. D-Rome Says:

    It’s really easy these days to spot which Joe it is who writes an article. This time it was Unreasonable Joe. Only Unreasonable Joe, Michael Clayton, and that anonymous Twitter troll thinks that half (or more) of the interceptions thrown by Mr. Turnover Machine, New Orleans’s 3rd String Quarterback, Backup Jay-Miss Winston was not his fault.

    You are correct Joe that most people and fans (myself included) don’t know what routes are supposed to be run because they don’t know the plays. That’s why it’s silly that media people actually tried to break down Jay-Miss’ interceptions to see who was at fault. It’s crystal clear that any turnovers by the Bucs offense this year will not be the Quarterback’s fault most of the time. That clearly hasn’t been the case over the past five years.

  5. K2 Says:

    Your right they don’t know the route. But, they can see DBs falling down, separation out of breaks, and the DB looking for his jock as the receiver scores.

  6. K2 Says:

    Their plan calls for packed stands for the first 2 weeks and packed hospitals for the next 4 weeks.

  7. Tampabuscsbro Says:

    Ah I see a Joe Jameis fan article. Don’t most QBs have WRs who run wrong or bad routes. Yet most QBs have no where near as many talented receiving targets as Winston did?

    I’m not saying there were zero interceptions on any Target there were. But even if you take them away he still leads the NFL I’m turnovers.

  8. stpetebucsfan Says:

    “You are correct Joe that most people and fans (myself included) don’t know what routes are supposed to be run”

    The problem is that far too many of us wondered if Jameis knew what routes were supposed to be run, or what expected defense would be used against them.

  9. Craig Says:

    The relationship between an accurate QB and a WR include how that receiver adjusts a route when a defender gets in the way.

    Accurately run pass routes do not often survive a punch in the mouth. Receivers don’t just stop when it goes wrong, they should have a plan.

    Of course, an accurate QB is necessary to do this.

  10. Samuel Says:

    Don’t be surprised if everything doesn’t go the Bucs way. Brady has to learn a new offense and try to incorporate some things from the Patriots offense he’s familiar with. It will take time and his hollering at these young players might not bold well when things don’t go his way.. His competitive edge might rub some players the wrong way. Now that the Bucs will be in all these primetime games and coupled with the media hype there will be a mark on the Tampa Bay Bucs back.

  11. Bird Says:

    Switch rachel watson with jameis winston and the article is a little more honest

    So awesome that we continue to talk about a player that is gone and never coming back. That bridge is burned to the ground.


  12. stpetebucsfan Says:


    Excellent points!

  13. Doc Says:

    The offense line better hold up, with all of these routes changing and wide receivers trying to get open,hey Brady welcome to the NASCAR Division,where defense ends are the best in the league. Tell your line please do not miss a block I can not run and make a play.

  14. Chris Says:

    Joe- jameis is gone. Stop drinking the kool aid. Nick Wright is bias towards Brady.
    Jameis stares down receivers the same way one of the Joe’s do to Rachel Watson.

    Stop it. He’s gone. Not coming back. And no team had interest in him as a starter. He’s now the 3rd string QB to the saints.

  15. DoooshLaRue Says:


    Silly Joe ain’t drinking the Kool-Aid

    He’s making it.

  16. Joe Says:

    Jameis stares down receivers the same way one of the Joe’s do to Rachel Watson.

    That could be unhealthy. 🙂

  17. Bruce Blahak Says:

    Talk about digging a deeper hole. Be best for Jameis Joe to forget about the fraud. He’s rotten and I wish he really did get another chance to show how ROTTEN he is. 5000 yards of rotten, yes

  18. unbelievable Says:

    It’s amazing seeing how many fans simply can’t handle the idea that some of the picks were the fault of the QB, and some were the result of the WR/TE not being where they were supposed to.

    It’s a team sport folks, responsibility lies with everyone.