“It Doesn’t Mean Sh!t”

September 16th, 2021

Off Bruce Arians’ radar?

Mr. Entertainment, America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, is one of the few starting quarterbacks Bucs Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians had in his career that didn’t stick around for a second season.

Of course, after the 2019 season, Jameis shattered Bucs passing records becoming only the eighth human ever to walk the face of the earth to throw for 5,000 yards. Jameis finished that season with 5,109 passing yards, eighth-most in NFL history).

Sunday in Jameis’ first start with the slimy Saints, played just a few hours away in Jacksonville, Jameis lit up the Packers for five touchdowns and no picks.

Despite the Bucs having Sunday off, it didn’t appear that Arians was watching the Packers-Saints game. Asked yesterday about how much he follows the NFC South, Arians all but said he doesn’t.

“Not very much,” Arians said. “It doesn’t mean sh!t. It’s just who we’re playing next week. That’s all that matters.”

So if Arians did watch Jameis and the Saints, Arians sure wasn’t letting on.

It is pretty clear Arians has higher priorities than killing a day watching football on the tube.

Tom Brady, however, told SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio on Monday that he spent all day Sunday watching NFL games. He said he watched mostly as a fan but spent a share of time taking notes on future opponents.

51 Responses to ““It Doesn’t Mean Sh!t””

  1. SOEbuc Says:


  2. Steven007 Says:

    I can’t imagine that our head coach didn’t watch our division opponents at least a little on Sunday. That includes Atlanta of course, the team we play this Sunday. I call bullsh!t.

  3. WalkdaPlank Says:

    Why would he care? He plays the Saints twice a year and spends each week prior studying their tape anyway. Last Sunday was a treat because I hate both the Packers and the Saints so it was a win-win. Jameis played a good game but he was reduced to a game manager. It’ll be interesting to see if he can keep up the good play, something he was never able to do consistently through his 6 year NFL career so far.

    Go Bucs

  4. SlyPirate Says:

    He’s watching Atlanta and probably LAR.

  5. Colonel Angus Says:

    He ain’t watching sh!t like he said. I guarantee 1 of the 5000 coaches he has was watching. Saints ran the ball 37 times and passed 21 times. That shouldn’t be a winning formula vs our vaunted run defense. Curious to see if they let Jaboo pass it 50 times when we meet up.

  6. Defense Rules Says:

    Colonel Angus … interesting take. I also doubt Sean Payton will allow Jameis to throw it 50 times, simply because that’s not what Payton’s game plans call for. He’s a MUCH better coach than that; maximizes his team’s talents and does what it takes to win.

    Bucs had the #1 run defense in 2019 & 2020, and yet Payton ran very consistently (and effectively) against the Bucs. In the first game against us in 2020, Saints ran the ball 34 times (82 yds) and passed only 31 times (198 yds). Won the TOP, won the TO Battle (3-0), and beat us 34-23 (it wasn’t really THAT close).

    In their second game against us in 2020, Saints ran the ball 37 times (138 yds) and passed 35 times (282 yds). Won the TOP handily (40 mins to 20 mins), won the TO Battle (3-2), and embarrassed us 38-3 (31-0 at halftime so they were merciful).

    In their first game against us in 2019, Saints ran the ball 31 times (112 yds) and passed 36 times (345 yds). Won the TOP handily, lost the TO Battle (1-0), and squeaked out a 31-24 (it wasn’t really THAT close either).

    In their second game against us in 2019, Saints ran the ball 28 times (109 yds) and passed 35 times (228 yds). Won the TOP handily (37 mins to 23 mins), won the TO Battle (4-0), and whopped us 34-17 (20-7 at halftime).

    Sean Payton was amazingly consistent in his approach to beating the Bucs FOUR times in these last 2 regular seasons. Ran the ball 130 times (441 yds … 3.4 YPR) and passed it 137 times (1,053 yds … with LOTS of short passing). That’s a run-pass ratio of over 48% … against the #1 run defense. And that, combined with a Turnover Differential advantage of PLUS 7 (3 giveaways vs 10 takeaways) led to a huge TOP advantage. And oh ya, scoring advantage: 137-67 (2-1 ratio). BTW, Payton used 4 different QBs to score those points: Brees, Hill, Bridgewater, and Winston. They’ve got a very BALANCED team on offense AND defense, and we’ll have our hands full trying to take the NFC South crown away from them IMO.

  7. Mark Says:

    Except Defense Rules, when it matters in the play-offs, he couldn’t get it done. They had 25 rushing attempts for just 104 yards. They passed for just 190 yards, and a big chunk of that was off a trick play that just made us look stupid.

    We won the turnover battle 4:0, including 3 interceptions, and we won the time of possession 31 to 28.

    As for the two games in 2020, the first match of the season was a new team who didn’t have a proper pre-season trying to get used to each other, so it was always going to be tough. We didn’t really kick in until after the bye week that season. The second game Kamara and Murray were both kept reasonably quiet, their yards per run wasn’t great. What killed us in that game was Taysom Hill with his feet, and the fact we kept giving them short field. Their touchdowns in the first half were 65 yards, 35 yards, 50 yards and 27 yards. The second and third touchdowns came from bad special teams plays and the fourth from an interception.

    I’m not saying it will be easy to beat them, but the play-offs showed that we can do it with the right game plan.

  8. Youngbucs Says:

    Blah blah his decision making was heavily limited in that gm. All gms are different. Dude had 98 yds before that deep shot. He had 85 deep into the 3rd they ran ran ran. The gm played out perfect all gms are not created equal show me a body of work. Consistency is the key always has been always will be.

  9. Youngbucs Says:

    Defense Rules nothing is set in stone. If the gm dictates you pass more you pass more saints are no different. You’re not running for 200yds every gm.

  10. Roy T. Buford Says:

    If Winston has a decent cast around him, Winston has superb games 1/3 of the time. His team usually wins these. He has medicore games 1/3 of the time. They win about half of these. He has terrible games (multipe turnovers) 1/3 of the time. That’s how it’s been.

    His best teams will never win more than half or slightly better of their games with him at QB. He did well as game manager last Sunday, and made good plays when he needed to. No question. Had they not had Kamura, and had the Packers not had their own dumpster going on with Rodgers and their relationship, the outcome would have been different–closer or even a loss. Make no mistake, Winston can have all the tools and still blow it. No question there either. He will never be better than 10-7 in his best season. That won’t buy you much these days. A deep run from there can happen, but’s very rare.

  11. Mike Says:

    I strongly believe that BA has no time to watch. How can you watch 14 games per week while you have to prepare your next game. That is the duty of the scouting and his coaching staff. Then BA just digests a summarized report of novel plays and focus only the next opponent.

  12. Bucsfanman Says:

    Good analysis Defense Rules! How I view the Saints is from an overall TEAM perspective and you are 100%, they are pretty balanced.
    Unlike Brees, however, Jameis is much more prone to TOs. It will be up to our defense, when we play, to rattle him early and often.
    As much as it pains me to say, Payton is a better coach than BA. So, I wouldn’t write off the Saints.

    As to BA watching games, it’s a mistake to look beyond the team you play that week. I would tend to believe him if he says he didn’t watch the game.

  13. Medicated Pete Says:


    Excellent point. I totally agree

  14. James Allen Lofton Says:

    The first game of the season doesn’t define how Jameis will do for an entire season. When he’s behind in a game his performances haven’t been good.

    As the season progresses we will know if he has matured and learn how to manage not just the game but himself.

  15. Beeej Says:

    They’re doing JW same way Minnesota does Cousins–tries desperately to do mostly run, mebbe short pass on third down

  16. JA Says:


    Why do you feel compelled to always write a book?
    Those six paragraphs above almost made my brain explode. You see, us younger Bucs fans live in a world of sound bites and slogans. We believe things we want to believe. Researching their origins are for losers. Who cares where information comes from as long as you agree, right?
    Some might call me a politician’s wet dream. I don’t know what that means, so the hell with them.
    Whew, I’m exhausted!

    And sometimes parodies are fun. If some construe this one as a little on the cruel side, would the inclusion of an “LOL” make it more palatable? If so … LOL!

    In conclusion, Mr. Defense (or is it Mr. Rules?), keep up the good work!
    And remember, stats aren’t for losers. Stats are for those who seek to evaluate information before making a decision. If you keep posting em’ I’ll keep reading …
    One MILD criticism: I’d rethink the redundant use of the IMO acronym. Most of us are fully aware your takes are your opinion and not a quantum cosmic dogma being sent your way from some unknown origin.
    Just a little food for thought …

  17. Oneilbuc Says:

    All yall keep saying Jamies was game manager but I remember last year when Brady didn’t even have 200 yards passing against the Packers the first time they played . And yet yall was saying how great he played . I hope Jamies ball this year except when he plays us . I really want to him do well this season because of the hate he that comes from yall. And all this talk about Jamies don’t play good from being behind in games is not true. But I remember our defense couldn’t play good when we were leading games or playing from behind. And one more thing I remember when Jamies threw the same picks Brady threw last week wich those kind of picks I never put on a quarterback but yall would always blame Jamies . But for Brady all yall blame Lenny. Lol

  18. Listnfrmafar Says:

    I say Payton does the opposite and goes right at the secondary just like Dallas. Harris can fly like Tyree Hill, we do not have a DB that can cover him. I say Payton attacks Bucs like KC did in first game last season. Once Bucs adjust Kamara gets the ball. Do NOT sleep on the Saints.

  19. Pewter Power Says:

    Their head coach was undefeated with taysom hill and made him look like a competent quarterback even in a game where he threw for 78 yards last year so expected the same from Winston who is much better. 150 yards passing? Yea the head coach protected him just as much as he protected the ball. If he gets into a shootout type game we’ll see how he plays

  20. Hodad Says:

    No he wasn’t sitting around the house eating cheetos watching the Saints game. When it’s time to play the Saints, he’ll be watching plenty of film. This week it’s about the Falcons.

  21. Youngbucs Says:

    Pewter Power is that the gm where they were playing a practice squad wr masquerading as a QB?

  22. Defense Rules Says:

    JA … “Some might call me a politician’s wet dream.” Your words, not mine JA.

    Mark … I agree with you; “when it mattered in the playoffs, he couldn’t get it done”. Of course, Brees was just a shell of his former self, so that probably limited Payton’s gameplanning. More importantly, did you notice how the Bucs beat them at their own game? We ran the ball 35 times (for 127 yds) and passed it only 33 times (for 189 net yds). OVER a 50% run-pass ratio … hmmm. And oh ya, we won the TO Battle 4-0 AND the TOP 31:31 mins to 28:29 mins.

    Although we won that game 30-20, I wouldn’t call it a drubbing since the game was tied at the 10 min to go point, but we prevailed largely thanks to the INT by Devin White (giving our offense the ball at Saints 20 yd line) AND the IN by Mike Edwards (giving us the ball at mid-field). And oh ya, Fournette & RoJo running the ball on those 2 drives (Brady only threw 2 times total on those). Apparently when the Bucs really WANT to run the ball, even against good defenses, they can. Whodathunkit huh?

    Youngbucs … I agree; ‘Nothing is set in stone’. But I have a gut feeling that GM Mickey Loomis doesn’t tell HC Sean Payton how to game plan football games, any more than GM Jason Licht tells HC Bruce Arians how to game plan.

  23. Cobraboy Says:

    DL is one non-casual fan that I pay very close attention to what he has to say.

    Payton will NOT put the game on Winston’s decision-making shoulders to win.

    Rather than “Mr. Entertainment”, Payton will try to mold Winston into “Mr. Game Manager,” a rather interesting transmogrification…

    But, really, I don’t care. Tom Terrific is a mesmerizing player to watch, the perfection and precision. Buc fans are truly blessed and should savor every moment.

  24. Youngbucs Says:

    DR the point I’m trying to make is gm plans evolve during gms anything can happen that affects coaches decisions.

  25. Youngbucs Says:

    By the way DR I can have conversations with you. Some others aren’t as bright as you they’re just emotional. Not saying I’m smart just that the back and forth is better.

  26. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Huge difference in JW in Sean Payton system

    1- the ball is out faster. Payton looks first short than long vs the vertical scheme. More emphasis on the screen and short pass routes

    2- Wont let JW rollout outside when pocket breaks down trying to improvise. JW was sliding few steps left and right and climbing the pocket up and down when pressured. JW ALWAYS in tampa naturally rolledout outside the tackles parallel to the LOS to try to create windows where there wasnt any to squeese into. Now he is in the pocket and goes straight downfield to run for the first down. no more running horizonal and throwing across his body

    3- Payton wont call plays to double coverage. Calloway their top reciever was targeted twice the whole game. Of couse they would roll the double coverage after post snap so Payton uses the reciever as decoy all game and not allow JW to throw that way

    4- JW new offense under Payton is EXACTLY the same offense Tom Brady is running now and after the 12th game last year. Both Tom Bady and Jameis WInston knew BA/BL twins Offense systm suks

    4- 5 tds to the ABSOLUTE worst wr/TE group in all NFL”

    Kobe Faker

  27. tampabuscsbro Says:

    Oneil with another terrible comment when Jameis comes up.

    It’s too be expected at this point Oneil no one blamed Jaymiss for those times OJ Howard forgot he was playing football and not beach volleyball. If they were they are idiots. So yes we are blaming Lenny for that turnover.

  28. Oneilbuc Says:

    Tampabus. You probably didn’t but I remember most of the people on here did . The thing that I hate about yall is yall believe that if a former player leaves than you suppose to hate them if they go to another team even if it’s what’s best for their career . Jamies going to the Saints was the best choice for him. His family and his wife family lives in Alabama wich is not far from Louisiana. He was able to get better coaching and a better all round team. Even though none of his starting receivers was playing do to injury but when you have a coach like Payton he will find ways to win . Remember in 2019 the last 3 or 4 games he played without his starting wr and BA was still telling him to keep throwing down feild without running the ball. That’s the difference between Payton and BA . That’s why Payton is a better coach !!

  29. Defense Rules Says:

    Kobe … Great points right down the line. I also saw a huge difference in JW playing in Sean Payton’s system. I was impressed; he looks like he’s matured as a QB quite a bit.

    Not sure what you’re meaning though in saying that JW’s offense with the Saints is EXACTLY the same as Bucs are running with Tom Brady. I still can’t see that. Payton always uses a reasonably balanced run-pass plan. He uses a lot of short stuff also, especially to Kamara (the Saints workhorse who’s great when he gets in space). Bucs are still in the 35% or so run-pass ratio area, far lower than the Saints (which I believe causes us problems in TOP & thus too much time for our defense on the field). We also throw more deep stuff than just about anyone (Brady was on fire deep last game BTW).

  30. DingleBerry Says:

    I just have one question for a couple of the commenters in this thread…

    Is it really necessary to abbreviate game to gm? Like are the extra two characters you would have to type to spell out game really saving you that much time?

    Food for thought.

  31. Defense Rules Says:

    Youngbucs … It’s all good, believe me. It’s got nothing to do with ‘being smart’ but much more to do with just loving the game of football & enjoying trying to understand what I’m seeing (kinda like a good game of chess, even when you lose?). I try hard to be more analytical & respectful than emotional or political, but hey, everyone falters once in awhile.

    JBF is a free site (to us, not to Joe), and everyone is free to comment as they wish. Some I read, many I just scan a little then move on. Admittedly some I don’t even bother because of their negativity. I particularly like comments that make me think & teach me something (not all that hard to do in actuality). And yes, the ‘back & forth is better’.

  32. Oneilbuc Says:

    Youngbucs. You the main one that gets all emotional about this stuff lol 😆! A lot stuff I say I know it makes yall mad so that’s why I say it. Yall gets mad if a person don’t hate Jamies like yall do. If anyone say I wish him well and hope he does well except when he plays us yall go crazy on this site. The fact of the matter is BA, and especially Kotter was not a good fit for Jamies. Then yall like to ignore all the other problems that this team had back then . The defense was hot garbage and they gave up more games than the offense and that’s a fact. How your offense is to 5 but your defense is ranked 32 , 31, 29, and the best defense was ranked 26 and we won 9 games that year. But yall just ignored that and made Jamies the scapegoat.

  33. TJ Says:

    So…SOEBucs’s “s” comment gets the nod, but if someone writes “betta check yo sheets” they get censored?

  34. Kobe Faker Says:


    After we were 7-5 last year and after the bye week and present, we are running TB12/Patriots offensive system and scheme

    there is no one that throws to runningbacks more than TB12. Sean Payton is second

    TB12/Patriots and Sean Payton runs/designs the cleanest runningback screens. away from traffic and interceptions

    Sean Payton is throwing deep now with JW and running the plays exactly like the 2010 superbowl Brees years when he had an arm”

    Kobe Faker

  35. D-Rome Says:

    Jay-Miss was benched the entire year last year and he *still* leads the NFL in interceptions since 2015. Thankfully where I live I had a better game on than the Saints game. The Saints next game is against the Panthers and historically Jay-Miss has been terrible against them. Since 2015 he’s thrown 9 TDs and 16 INTs against the Panthers. In 2019 against the Panthers he threw for 400 yards but had 1 TD and 5 INTs.

    In 21 years Tom Brady has *never* thrown 5 INTs in a game. He’s also never had a losing record as a starter but Unreasonable Joe still has a fetish for the previous QB.

  36. TJ Says:

    That’s more like it Joe! Looking forward to the wonderful entertainment that comes with Brady worshipers …I mean er, uh…Buc fans struggling to make their opinions and narratives fit to justify their deranged, fever-pitched obsession with the downfall of their former QB…as he builds his future Hall of Fame career right in front of all of your Jameis-hating faces! Keep losing your money betting on Mr. Entertainment’s demise. Thanks Joe for keeping Jameis a topic…it’s great for sheet checking practice!

  37. PassingThru Says:

    Kobe Faker is correct, Jameis was running a system similar to the one you see in Tampa Bay, or more accurately, same as the system that Brees ran up until his arm turned to overcooked pasta. Brees had trouble delivering a ball 15 yards beyond LOS which made him somewhat easier to game. But then Brees is the superior technician at finding and exploiting vulnerabilities within those 15 yards. To be fair, very few QBs ever get to Brees’ level of accuracy and decision-making.

  38. PassingThru Says:

    Hell, I’ll go one more step to put Jameis’ development in perspective:

    Had Mahomes been better developed at the short-to-intermediate horizontal passing game, the Bucs would have had a much harder time during the Super Bowl. Mahomes is that perfect fit for “no risk it, no biscuit” due to his great gun slinging and long ball. But those long routes take time to develop, don’t they? Once you contained Kelce, there was no horizontal game, despite having Sammy Watkins or even Hardman. That’s something all the Mahomes excuse-makers overlook.

  39. adam from ny Says:

    of course BA has seen the game…

    the problem is that jameis is bad for his blood pressure, and watching him will raise his numbers all over again…

    bruce was turning a dark beet red while trying to fix jameis and if he didn’t get him out of tampa it was bad for his health…

    bruce is a healthier, more relaxed looking, day at the beach sunburned red now – smiling, less stressed, and probably receiving boxed deliveries of tb12 health items to his home – courtesy of tom gravy, to keep him healthier, well and relaxed…


  40. Youngbucs Says:

    DR see what I mean oneilbucs is definitely who I’m referring to. I’m no longer entertaining that guy. He’s to extreme constantly accusing people here of say things but never provides the proof the archives are here. Nobody here ever said winston was the only problem. It’s nonsense to say so but if say something about Winston everyone is filled with hate or a racist or mad because he has money. In politics oneilbucs would be to far to the left or right lol. I’m done with him oneilbucs don’t talk to me you’ll be wasting your time. I will not respond to you after this.

  41. adam from ny Says:

    watching jameis last week…

    it is abundantly clear that peyton is keeping heavy clamps on jameis…

    there ain’t gonna be no gun slinging, free reign, do whatever you want on the field type sh!t from jaboo in nawleans…

    at least not for a while

  42. adam from ny Says:

    i heard peyton told jameis:

    “you’re gonna do exactly as i say, and if you don’t do as i say, and decide to improvise, you will still do exactly as i fuggin’ say……
    got it……good……now gtfo of my office!”

  43. Defense Rules Says:

    Kobe … It’ll be interesting to see in this next Saints-Bucs game how the two teams game plan each other. Personally I think the Bucs will run the ball more than we usually do, say 45% run-pass ratio. Also probably use more short stuff, and yes, to the RBs. All fo that will probably be used to set up the deep pass, which BA simply can’t resist (but he’ll be more patient about setting it up like he was in the Super Bowl).

    So perhaps the two teams will have similar game plans in this next meeting. Tend to think that the defensive matchups & performance, as well as turnovers, will be the difference in the game.

  44. Oneilbuc Says:

    Youngbucs . That’s cool I’ve never said Jamies was perfect either. But at the same time yall bash Jamies more than any player on that was on this team back then!! And yall get mad if anyone else don’t feel the same way like you. You disrespect every one who disagree with you. So please don’t respond to my statements no more I will really like that !!!

  45. Snook Says:

    Hilarious how many people take his words literally. All that matters for these press conferences is the injury reports. All the rest is filler and long questions from Jenna Laine.

  46. Tye Says:

    Saints defense is the only respectable thing about them..
    I doubt they will be challenging the Bucs for the title this season…

    Yes, they will get some wins relying heavily on running the ball and defense BUT once they get behind early (and they will) they will be forced into a passing game that will inevitably be their down fall…. Nothing Special!

  47. WestChap Says:

    Well, Unlike BA who was busy I did watch JW and the Saints before checking out JBF site… had to with 5 TDs to 0 INTs reported for our ex. I wanted him gone but agree with others that landing in NO was good for him (and us). What I saw:

    Very nice scrambling… 4 runs resulting in 4 first downs and they were nimble, purposeful runs to move the chains not the OMG running for your life or heroic bouncing off hits stuff we used to see in TB. Great job and not something Tom is likely to do anytime soon (please).

    And a little stat sheet inflation… One of those TDs was a shovel pass inside the 5… looked more like a handoff at first and he did throw a red zone INT but the ref saw an imaginary roughing the passer to take it off the stat sheet and allow JW to convert into another short yardage TD. One of those TDs was an incredible catch of a wide left pitch to a wide open TE in broken coverage… you have to be ready to lunge in any direction when Bad Jameis drops back.

    but, but, but, the last TD was vintage Good Jameis and he was under control for the whole game… no frantic heaves like we saw both Brady (somehow a catch, thank you Lenny) and Rodgers (a total surrender INT before getting benched) do in week 1.

    Bottom line: JW is still finding his better self with some signs of real progress and some familiar signs of his pre-LASIK inaccuracy and favorable stats on the sheet. Most importantly, a big win and now 16 more games to go…

    BTW, when Bowles and BA see this film they will likely gloss over the refreshingly steady QB play and focus on an elite RB and OL with a much more talented than advertised WR/TE group. JW and NO are no joke. Lets go Bucs!

  48. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Young Bucs as irritating as Oneillbucs is, like that ex that just won’t leave you alone he’s not lying. When I was a Jameis fan I went to war with a lot of people some who made it personal in their attacks on him. No matter how good he did to some it wasn’t good enough. These people only harped on the negatives never speaking about his positive. I honestly believe BA hung him out to dry once he gave up on him, however Jameis proved no matter how many weapons he had around him we would never go anywhere with him. So it was time for him to pack.

  49. Wesley Says:

    J.C. can we stop talking about J.W. he isn’t on this team!!

  50. Oneilbuc Says:

    DavidBigbuc. I don’t think that’s what it is bro it’s not that important to me . At the end of day every player in the NFL is trying to make as much money as they can in the league. So that’s why I wish Jamies nothing but the best until he plays us. I will always be a bucs fan regardless who playing quarterback. I just don’t look at 1 position and determine that’s why we lost a game. Yall should be tired of drafting quarterbacks every 5 years. Look at Travor Lawrence he went to Jacksonville and so far he’s looking nothing like he did in college. But I’m not going to say he’s been trash so far . It’s all about what team they get drafted by and the coach . That’s what matters most because they don’t forget how to play football when they come to the NFL.

  51. SteveM Says:

    BA is right. He has to be focused on who his teams next opponent will be. If he has time he will watch. But there will be plenty of time to watch Saints film, when the match-up gets closer.