How Much Is A “Chip On His Shoulder” Worth?

April 25th, 2023

Kentucky QB Will Levis.

Joe is not into empty clichés and chatter.

Joe’s a production guy. Prove you belong on the field. Show it in practice.

Joe doesn’t want to hear about NFL mysticism like “leaders” or “chip on his shoulder” or has “passion” — or Joe’s favorite (ahem): “He has a motor!”

Just f’ing make plays, huh? Joe’s not into all this woofin’ and hollerin’ and carrying on. Just produce!

The reason Joe brings this up is that Matt Miller of BSPN believes if banana-peel-eating Kentucky quarterback Will Levis falls to No. 19, the Bucs almost have to draft him because Levis will be so peeved about sliding, he will set the world on notice.

Levis played in a pro-style system at Kentucky and has the toughness and arm strength needed to play as a rookie. Yes, he threw 23 interceptions the past two years, and there will be a learning curve, but slipping in the draft could be the chip on his shoulder that propels him to greatness at the next level.

So, should “chip on his shoulder” factor into draft worth? And what is that worth, in general?

Yes, we know former (?) Bucs quarterback Tom Brady was PO’ed because he was nearly undrafted and wanted to pay back every team that passed over him multiple times. Hey, he’s the farm animal.

Folks thought the same about Bucs quarterback Baker Mayfield — he was sick of all the folks claiming he was too small and as a result he too played with a “chip on his shoulder.”

Was that good? He’s now on his fourth team in a year.

Just go out and play! If a guy (for example, Levis) has to be humbled in order to motivate himself, maybe folks were right about the guy in the first place.

32 Responses to “How Much Is A “Chip On His Shoulder” Worth?”

  1. Bojim Says:

    Just no.

  2. Buc4evr Says:

    He was proving how strong his arm was the other day by throwing on his knees. Article was pretty funny as it pointed out that Kyle Boller and Jamarcus Russell did the same thing to show off how strong they were…. Didn’t seem to translate into being a good nfl Qb for them, I doubt it will work for Levis either. Hard pass, this guy will tank in the nfl. If the Bucs wanted interceptions , they could have kept Jameis.

  3. Beej Says:

    Bowels needs a winning record THIS year, and spending their first round pick on a developmental quarterback won’t help with that

  4. Dooley Says:

    Here’s the thing about playing in a pro system in college, it’s likely that whatever struggles you’ve had in that same system will carry over to an actual pro system. Staring WRs down results into tipping the secondary off which is compounded by the “confidence” to still throw into that window you’ve been gawking at since the ball snapped. Chip on your shoulder isn’t going to correct that tendency, nor isn’t going to make you cool under pressure, which Levis is not. Will Levis of all the other QBs in this class may have the most misleading 1st round projection of all the other QBs slated to go round 1.

  5. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    I’m with Jose. The vast majority of NFL football players are grown men. They are professionals who show up for work without having to use outside motivations and cliches and the like.

    On the other hand, you could say Ryan Jensen plays with a chip on his shoulder.

  6. HC Grover Says:

    Nope, draft Beef. Where’s the Beef?

  7. Iamabuc Says:

    Nope. He seems like a JWinston clone and “me” guy like DivaDevin.

  8. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Licht drafts this stiff then he can pack his stuff along with lumpy Bowles

  9. Larrd Says:

    That Wilson fellow in New York seems to have a chip on his shoulder. It fell out of his ear from his brain, I think. Levis seems like that, too.

  10. BuxfaninTX Says:

    Levis is a weak versionof Josh Allen

  11. ocala Says:

    He is not an accurate QB, but neither was Josh Allen. I’d say the chance of him being successful at the NFL level is very low despite all of his tools.

  12. Craig Says:

    A plugged nickel. We already have a QB with a chip on his shoulder. His name is Baker Mayfly and we can see how far it has gotten him so far.

    We might also see what happens when it gets knocked off, will he be better or worse.

    Levis is in the mold of Josh Allen, but Allen used up this generations magic potion to turn into a quality QB. Anything before the 4th round is a reach for Levis; better to wait until 5 and nab Stetson Bennett.

  13. catcard202 Says:

    Miller reaching for content & begging for attention with this take on Levis.

    Anyone that’s spent time with Levis would not come away with the “Chip on shoulder” take…(Like Will has some entitlement issue or something…Which he does not!)….What Levis does have in spades is drive to be the best version of himself, confidence in his work ethic to keep improving; while being open to coaching & having a deep commitment to his team/teammates.

    None of which are negatives…

  14. Lt. Dan Says:

    Pass on drafting Levis. If dude threw 23 interceptions against college defenses. WTH can we expect against more complex and infinitely faster NFL defenses?

  15. Bucnjim Says:

    How many of these strong-armed QB’s (that are inaccurate) have had success in the NFL. We don’t need any more projects

  16. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    It should not figure in…because in over 20 years, that has been the case with no other QB.

  17. Marine Buc Says:

    No thanks. Let’s get the foundation built before we put a roof on the house…

    Fixing the O-line, improving the defense and fixing the salary cap are the first steps necessary.

  18. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Lt. Dan Says
    “Pass on drafting Levis. If dude threw 23 interceptions against college defenses.”

    I don’t watch college football, so take this with a grain of thought…but those picks were over 2 years…that’s an average of 10.5 per year.

    That doesn’t sound too bad.

    Not that I want the guy. I want OL…but then again, if the kid ends up being the next Tom Brady, I would regret not taking him. So I’ll just trust Licht…that way I can blame him instead of myself 😉

  19. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Marine Buc Says
    “Let’s get the foundation built before we put a roof on the house…”

    Love that.

  20. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    Of all the textbook (that aren’t banned here) cliches I think “Chip is on his shoulder,” is the dumbest.

  21. SlyPirate Says:


    TB12 had a chip his whole career. Jerry Rice had a chip his whole career. A chip can be a great thing but you need greatness inside of you.

  22. Jeff’s grandpa Says:

    If you don’t have a qb you don’t have a chance in todays nfl

  23. Allbuccedup Says:

    Wil Levis 2 years 5000 passing yards 23 ints Bryce Young 2 years 8000 passing yards 12 ints Levis stats are probably worse than Trasks so whats the point hes a bust waiting to happen.

  24. SB~LV Says:

    Looks like Tazan
    Plays like Jameis
    HELL NO !

  25. Infomeplease Says:

    Can Levis scan the field and unload the ball in 2 seconds like TB12 did last year? If the Bucs don’t get the OL and run game fixed he would have too. Or suffer the consequences! And I literally mean suffer!
    Draft a LG with that pick!

  26. catcard202 Says:

    If College Stats = NFL success…David Klinger / Vince Young / Matt Leinart
    /Johnny Manziel would all be seen as great NFL QB’s…And Troy Aikman, Jim Harbaugh, Josh Allen would have been busts or never drafted.

  27. Mark Says:

    Don’t think it’s an issue. He’ll never drop that far. Somebody will take him much earlier

  28. gotbbucs Says:

    Joe Montana threw for 25 TDs and 25 Ints in college
    Dan Marino threw for 79 TDs and 69 Ints in college
    Tom Brady threw for 30 TDs and 17 Ints in college

    If college production, or lack there of, was the only determining factor for NFL success, then there wouldn’t be any teams looking for QBs in any given year. They’d all have franchise QBs. The fact that there are only 32 jobs and about 2/3 of those jobs are up for grabs almost every year should tell you something.

    Won’t matter, likely Levis won’t make it to anywhere close to pick 19 to force a decision. If he does somehow make it to 19, they pretty much have to take him.

    This team isn’t finishing next year in the #1 or #2 spot in next years draft, and we dont have the tradeable assets to get ammunition for a trade up. Waiting for Caleb Williams or Drake Maye is a pipe dream.

  29. BigMacAttack Says:

    If you boil your banana peels this makes excellent food for your staghorn ferns. Just sayin

  30. Brandon Says:

    Watch the LSU tape for Levis and get back to me. Nobody knows anything about the guy until you watch him in that game. Tough, talented, competitive.

  31. Ward Says:

    A good player with a chip on their shoulder can be great player. However, a mediocre player with a chip on the shoulder will always be a mediocre player.

  32. garro Says:

    Where is Johnny Manziel?
    Bet he’s got a chip on his shoulder!
    LOL Do these guys lay awake at night dreaming up this crap to spring on the less than up to speed fans?