Return Path To Glory Shaped By Physical Strength, Jameis

September 8th, 2021

A man part of six Super Bowl teams has weighed in on what it will take for the Bucs to cruise back to February’s biggest of big games.

Hall of Fame general manager Bill Polian was talking all things Bucs yesterday and fired off some takes only a guy of his stature might have.

First, Polian lecutred that the media defining a “Super Bowl hangover” as a team not being pyschologically ready to defend its title is pure fiction. It’s “never the case,” per Polian, that champion club is always prepared mentally,

But Polian said that hangover, if it happens, is physical. He said a Super Bowl team typically will play a schedule with 10 “high leverage” games defined as prime time contests or ones with huge meaning in the standings.

Those take a lasting toll, Polian said. “You never know when you’re going to hit that physical wall the following year.”

Bucco Bruce Arians knows all that, Polian said, and the retired GM says he’s confident Arians gave players the proper rest this summer. And that brings Polian to the NFC South.

You want to repeat and not be battered physically after a Super Bowl grind? Look at your division, says Polian. He sees smooth sailing for the Bucs during their six NFC South games.

“The division looks pretty favorable unless Jameis Winston does a 180 and becomes Drew Brees and takes care of the football. New Orleans won’t be as strong,” Polian said, before he threw cold water on the Falcons and Panthers.

“So the division path looks easier than it otherwise might have been, than it certainly was last year,” he said.

A soft NFC South sets up as something very familiar to Tom Brady and his success in New England, per Polian. Years of a weak AFC East let Brady and the Patriots avoid getting overloaded with high leverage games.

By contrast, Polian things the strong NFC West could “cannibalize” itself this season.

47 Responses to “Return Path To Glory Shaped By Physical Strength, Jameis”

  1. Medicated Pete Says:

    New Orleans won’t be weaker due to JW. It’s b/c their defense is weaker & less weapons on offense. Polian LOVES to bash the Sports Media every chance he gets but yet is desperately trying to stay relevant by doing radio shows since tv finally kicked him to the curb

  2. James Allen Lofton Says:

    Polian is well respected. I would put more credence in his assessment of the Bucs than the non-stop chatter of the sports media.

  3. Youngbucs Says:

    Sorry Pete but winston has a top 3 coach top 3 rb top 3 offensive line top 3 defense. And learned the offense for 2 years put up or shut up no more excuses. He has everything yโ€™all said he so called needed. He had more than enough support in 2019 but I digress.

  4. Wal Says:

    Jameis is more likely to become Drew Barrymore than Drew Brees.

  5. SOEbuc Says:

    Iโ€™m really waiting to see what Jameis looks like. I guess starting him is one way to tank.

  6. Oneilbuc Says:

    Youngbucs. Jamies had so much talent in 2019 that Brady had to bring in 2 other hall of famers and a pro bowl running back lol ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜‚ and with a new playbook ok lol ๐Ÿ˜† lol ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿคฃ!!

  7. JimBuc2 Says:

    Wal that is so good I’m gonna use it myself!
    Drew Barrymore, freakin’ hilarious! Best comment to date in eleven words, no less. Razor sharp!
    If we ever meet your money is no good with me!
    LFG Bucs!

  8. SlyPirate Says:

    Youngbucs … You nailed it. Winston has 0 excuses with this Saints’ team. He’ll put up gaudy stats. 5000 and 30. He’ll also keep throwing INTs. It’s just a matter of if Payton puts up with it.

  9. SOEbuc Says:


    Top 3??? Actually incorrect in all those areas except maybe the coach. Theyโ€™re ranked high in these departments, but none top three.

  10. PSL Bob Says:

    Wal, that indeed had me LMAO! Very good! On the division – no way we don’t take the NFC South this year.

  11. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฉ Yes Wal wins comment of the day!!!!! Oh so funny! We can’t say Jameis Never Been Kissed but sure enough has been sacked many times and you best believe he will serve us up 2 TOs a game. He has Nervous Feet Syndrome and all we have to do is make him feel pressure into a lot of TOs. I hope nothing but the worse for him football wise because he’s attached to the Aints. Hope he’s Mr. 20/30 this year!

  12. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    Oneill kill that noise man. ATM had plenty of talent to make the playoffs in 2019. They should’ve went 9-7 w/o the two games blown by kickers. He had 35 turnovers in that year alone so please learn from ndog, realist and teeemax and just fade off into the sunset. Your unabated attachment/klingon to another man is disturbing! Has he ever taken out a restraining order against youโ€ฝโ€ฝโ€ฝ Do you have him plastered all over your bedroom walls, bed covers and pillows and with a full size blow up doll??? Do you light candles to him? Do you have a little sanctuary of all the things he’s thrown to you after games set up in the corner??? I’m sorry to be so harsh but I’m absolutely fed up your womanly ways when it comes to him!!!!

  13. D-Rome Says:

    We don’t have anything to worry about with Jay-Miss. If Bruce Arians, Clyde Christensen, Tom Moore, and Byron Leftwich couldn’t fix him then Sean Payton isn’t going to. He was a turnover machine at Florida State and a turnover machine in Tampa. There will not be a 180 degree turn in play. He’s far closer to Ryan Fitzpatrick than Brett Favre.

  14. Oneilbuc Says:

    David what happened in Seattle we were up 21 to 3 ?? Lol ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿคฃ I thought the defense was great that year lol ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ. Gaints game the defense gave up a touchdown on the first play of the second half ๐Ÿ˜‚ I guess that was Jamies fault to lol ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜‚ man yall a joke ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ!! After Brady let’s see if they developed Trask are they going to go look for another teams legendary player ?? The team is stack with talent so we will win another superbowl this year.

  15. Oneilbuc Says:

    David . That’s what you have up in your room for Brady!! Lol ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿคฃ

  16. Youngbucs Says:

    Oneilbuc Says:
    September 8th, 2021 at 9:29 am
    Youngbucs. Jamies had so much talent in 2019 that Brady had to bring in 2 other hall of famers and a pro bowl running back lol ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜‚ and with a new playbook ok lol ๐Ÿ˜† lol ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿคฃ!!

    Just yesterday oneilbucs said this roster is loaded from top to bottom. Three players did that? You canโ€™t have it both ways!!!! We all know what kept us out the playoffs in 2019 it was the QB!

  17. Youngbucs Says:

    This guy loves to cherry pick gms๐Ÿ˜‚. Oneilbucs what happened week 1 2019 to start the season??? He had a run gm and the defense balled out what happened? What happened against the panthers???? What happened against the Texans???? We can list more gms from 2019 than you can where winston was absolutely the reason for the loss. But you know what itโ€™s called Body of work by the time the season was over them team was ascending. The QB was not so the Bucs made the best decision for the team. I mean be serious dude was asking for 30mill a year๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  18. Youngbucs Says:

    I honestly didnโ€™t care who the Bucs got at QB. All I know is it was time for winston to go thatโ€™s life in the nfl. Go write your next chapter somewhere else.

  19. Youngbucs Says:

    And shutup about trask heโ€™s not a measure stick for the organization. The Bucs could get another QB they like nothing is set in stone. You just need your next rally cry because youโ€™re always wrong ๐Ÿ˜‚

  20. BA4President Says:

    2021 New Orleans starting Jameis reminds me of 2014 Tampa starting Josh McCown, or 2010 Carolina starting Matt Moore… every right minded person realizes that great things won’t happen.

  21. Youngbucs Says:

    Biggest change to the roster from 30for30 to 40 and 12 thatโ€™s all the debate there is!!!!!! Super bowl just like that!!!!!

  22. Youngbucs Says:

    You know whatโ€™s crazy when we got Brady everyone under the sun was talking about the Bucs talent. Before gronk and AB and Lenny ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”

  23. Youngbucs Says:

    1 player made us legit contenders come back to reality fool.

  24. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Come on. Polian knows football. It doesnโ€™t matter if Winston does well. The Bucs will win anyway. They know him and will be in his head. I honestly would be more concerned if gadget man was starting.

  25. DoooshLaRue Says:

    I think JayMiss โ€œDrew Barrymoreโ€ Winsnone will win the Academy Award for his magnificent role in 50 First Interceptions.

    The way he wakes up every morning and canโ€™t remember sh!t will be totally believable.


  26. Jmarkbuc Says:


    Where do you rank Kamara?

    Dude is pretty productive.

  27. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Ohhneilbucs rally cry is ” I AM WOMAN HEAR ME ROAR !!!! DON’T YOU BE RUNNING AWAY FROM ME MR JAMEIS WINSTON! I DON’T CARE ABOUT YOUR RESTRAINING ORDER! WE COULD BE MAKING BEAUTIFUL MUSIC TOGETHER!!!” He wrote a book titled “Jameis is from Mars and I Am Too!!!” Dude you are what right wingers call a Bleeding Heart Libtard. If it was possible, you would make real men look bad with you Jameis love!

  28. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Dooosh, ha ha ha ha! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  29. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Ohhneilbucs rally cry is ” I AM WOMAN HEAR ME ROAR !!!! DON’T YOU BE RUNNING AWAY FROM ME MR JAMEIS WINSTON! I DON’T CARE ABOUT YOUR RESTRAINING ORDER! WE COULD BE MAKING BEAUTIFUL MUSIC TOGETHER!!!” He wrote a book titled “Jameis is from Mars and I Am Too!!!” If it was possible, you would make real men look bad with your Jameis love!

  30. Oneilbuc Says:

    Youngbucs. They drafted Trask in the second round so they ain’t drafting another quarterback. Brady brought all these players in because he knew he needed them to be successful. Again until the bucs develop their own quarterback all yall need to shut up bashing Jamies or any other quarterback that this team drafted!!

  31. Oneilbuc Says:

    David . The only thing yall do is worry about Jamies and I get kick out of making all yall mad because I know yall hate that brother lol ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿคฃ !! I know a lot of yall mad because he’s a rich young black man !!! Lol ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚

  32. Oneilbuc Says:

    I’m having fun ๐Ÿคช watching all you people with your emotional hate for Jamies lol ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ !!

  33. mark2001 Says:

    Polian said it right…it would take a 180 on the part of Jameis.

    And rarely do these guys actually do a 180… more like varying a few degrees until adversity arrives.

  34. Oneilbuc Says:

    David . Lol ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚ the only thing Joe has to do is say one thing about Jamies and yall get emotional lol ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜‚ especially if anyone say something positive about him any kind of way then the hate comes out lol ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ !!!

  35. Crickett Baker Says:

    Welp, throughout the Jaymiss Winsnone era, I kept saying they should get him a great,retired qb to coach him, but the Bucs never did. Then the Saints got him Drew Brees and he MIGHT have fixed him. I didn’t notice too much of this in the little I have seen him play this year, but I still feel we should watch out for him when we play. He has one helluvan arm. If Drew got thru to him with anything he could be a very tough opponent. On the other hand, he may make a record number of interceptions in one game when we do.

  36. BelleGladeBuc Says:


    In 2019 the Bucs defense had White, David, JPP, Vea, Suh and Shaq when Jameis Winston was the QB of the Bucs.

    On offense he was throwing to Godwin, Brate, OJ and Evans with the OLine who won the Super Bowl, minus Wirfs.

    Those guys are a direct reason for the Bucs winning the Super Bowl.

    You sound like you donโ€™t know football when you attribute it to just Fournette and Gronk being brought in by Brady.

    The above pieces were already here before Fournette and Gronk.

    Now letโ€™s talk football truths. Lose the turnover battle and you lose the game.

    In 2019 Jameis Winston threw 30 Interceptions.

    In 2019 Jameis Winston fumbled the ball 12 times.

    Anybody with any type of football acumen understands that losing the turnover battle causes your team to lose.

    That is 42 extra possessions that Jameis Winston provided to Bucs opponents.

    42 extra times Winston gave the other team an extra opportunity to score and cost himself a chance to score.

    42 extra times Winston let the other teamโ€™s offense out onto the field to tire his defense out.

    Winston failed to protect the football. Because of that failure his team lost. Because of that, Winston was a failure.

  37. Youngbucs Says:

    Oneilbucs teams switch QBs like underwear itโ€™s the nature of the gm. The Bucs could trade a boat load of picks or any scenario to invest in QB. Stop trying to use trask to justify jameis youโ€™re weak bro. The Bucs afforded winston his whole contract gave him the chances. A lot of QBs never get that the list is infinite. The excuses are over time for winston to ball good luck to him. But you my your emotions make you say dumb things in support itโ€™s ridiculous. Bonus question you said this defense was trash how many players Brady bring on defense?????? None your boy was keeping them from reaching their potential because he couldnโ€™t reach his. Hopefully he get reach it with the saints not gonna keep hiding behind potential. The nfl moves on!

  38. Youngbucs Says:

    The Bucs 2019 defense was ready! The fact the 2019 bucs where in striking distance in most gms is amazing. Itโ€™s not a testament to Winston itโ€™s a testament to them. Record pick 6s worst starting field position in the nfl. But despite that they scored more defensive tds than anyone. Where near the top in sacks and turnovers. But team was in the bottom in turnover differential. Over 100+ points off turnovers. Teams were basically starting in field goal range smh.

  39. Richard Says:

    Bucs with Brady are definitely contenders.Bucco Bruce has worked with many notable Qbs.Look at Peyton Mannings stats and how many picks he threw,same with Big Ben,Career highs in interceptions he’s a risk it or biscuit type coach. Tom B.wasnt gonna have that happen so he did change a few of Bruce’s tendencies.Sean Payton will not use J.Win the same way.He will take some shots with J.Wins arm but he will more so have that internal clock set and ball out quick.Im not sure yet He’s the long term answer but he will be different to some degree in this offense.Its gonna be a stressful season no doubt,But at least its you guys and not that Falcons or Panthers.GL Bucs

  40. Youngbucs Says:

    Richard respect your opinions bro. But the funny thing is there was a turnover problem before BA.

  41. BradyBucs Says:


    Why do you keep repeating this major lie that they “changed the Playbook” for Brady but didn’t for Jameis, and that’s one of your excuses why Jameis threw so many interceptions?

    That’s a MYTH that they magically did a complete overall of the Playbook and stopped playing Arian’s aggressive style. In fact, it’s the opposite, they worked in more aggressive routes at times – hence the two deep bomb left side TDs to Scotty Miller (Raiders & Packers).

    Brady had just as many attempted air yards and often threw deep passes up the sidelines on go routes (to Evans and Brown) or deep crossing routes to Godwin.

    You act like they changed the playbook and stopped taking risks. That Brady just threw dink n’ dunk passes instead. That didn’t happen at all.

    It took Brady a few games to get used to the new plays and new system, and he shined in the 2nd half of the season – but that had nothing to do with them changing the Playbook or Risk Taking. He threw bombs all the times in that 2nd half of the season and in the playoffs.

    Brady is just a much smarter QB than Winston. He was able to quickly adapt as well as learn when to audible out of certain plays based on the Defense. Winston was able to audible too but rarely did and/or rarely made the right decision on when he needed to do so.

    So enough of this “changed the Playbook for Brady” nonsense as some sort of excuse as to why Jameis sucked under Arians’ Offense.

  42. BradyBucs Says:

    P.S. Oneil, no one hates Winston because he’s a young rich black man. Most Bucs fans certainly don’t hate White, David, Godwin, Evans, Barrett, etc. who are all also young rich black men.

    People hate Winston because he LET US DOWN as a team and organization. The Uber incident was really a slap in the face after what he went through at FSU.

    Then his lack of progress with not taking care of the ball season after season, yet him still dancing, eating Ws, saying stupid crap like “check yo sheets” and his ARROGANCE is what turned so many Bucs fan off of him.

    It’s like Winston’s ridiculous “dance party” in the locker room after the Saints beats us during the regular season. The guy acted like he just won the Super Bowl. And walking up behind Brees during a post-game TV interview and eating a “W” with his hand.

    He’s a classless, immature, punk at times that never seemed to be able to take FULL RESPONSIBILITY for his own actions. Always excuses – just like you make for him.

  43. Oneilbuc Says:

    Bradybuc. Who cares about that Brady has disrespected players and he walked away from Foles after they lost the superbowl and I didn’t care about that either. I’m glad to see Jamies get a chance to do what he always wanted to do since he was a kid . Yall just a bunch of haters. All those gestures that Fitzpatrick do win he throws a touchdown it’s ok with you . But for Jamies it’s not lol ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜‚ man please. Again I wish that brother nothing but the best except when he plays the bucs. Yall hope he gets kick out of the league . I just don’t wish that on no body that’s still playing in the NFL or any other sport .

  44. Ne+ bucs fan Says:

    Who the f#@k is this jameis guy everyone keeps talking about

  45. BradyBucs Says:


    There’s a difference with any player celebrating when there’s a legit reason to celebrate. That wasn’t my point. My point was about Winston’s excessive antics, like how he acted after the Saints beat us during the regular season last year.

    When you let your team down off the field as well as on the field, maybe just maybe, it might be time to TONE IT DOWN and focus on getting better. But he never really did that. He’s never come anywhere close to living up to the hype.

  46. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Oneill when the only thing you see is color then of course you look past all of the things he did on and off the field. The numbers don’t lie the eye test don’t lie. Jameis did what he wanted to do off and on the field. He refused to be mature into a franchise qb. From what I saw he had the makings of being another DeSean Watson with his troubles now because he doesn’t think there are consequences for his actions.

  47. unbelievable Says:

    Actually I think Winston will have his best year as a pro this year.

    But the Bucs will still be the NFCS champions!