Lovie Smith makes it clear Bucs are good with Jameis Winston

AP

Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith isn’t ready to say who he’s using the first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft on.

But the more he talks about Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, the more it sounds obvious they’ve found their guy.

Winston was the bulk of the conversation around Smith Wednesday morning at the NFC coaches breakfast, and rightfully so. Getting the decision right on a quarterback is key for the Buccaneers, on the field and in the community, given Winston’s track record. And Smith made it clear Winston was somebody he’s comfortable with.

“I believe in second chances, after I’ve done my research,” Smith said. “We feel very comfortable with who Jameis Winston is, what he’s done, and what he can become.

“Jameis Winston is definitely on our board.”

He laughed when asked why he didn’t go ahead and turn in the card, saying there was plenty of time to go through the “process,” calling it a “hard decision.”

But given the amount of time he spent talking about how players with potential character issues might fit into his locker room, there seems to be an obvious lean.

“The face of our franchise is Gerald McCoy,” Smith said of his Pro Bowl defensive tackle. “He sets the tone in there.”

That would certainly take the leadership burden off, say, a rookie quarterback. And that might be enough to make the Bucs feel better about what seems an apparent call.

47 responses to “Lovie Smith makes it clear Bucs are good with Jameis Winston

  1. I’d be good with a guy who could bring me crab legs to work everyday too…

  2. Love the McCoy comment—accomplishes a lot while only saying a little.

    takes pressure off the rookie while also reminding him that he has a ton to learn from the vets. Also solidified McCoy as leader of this team–as if there was any doubt.

  3. I was completely on the fence about Winston, until Lovie gave him his endorsement – otherwise known as the ‘kiss of death’. Now I know he’s going to be a bust, Lovie is possibly the only coach who’s a worse judge of QB talent than Whisenhunt.

  4. It’s fun to go back and google the pre-draft comments about RG3 or JaMarcus Russell from all the “draft experts”. It’s just goes to show you that it’s ok to have your own opinion, and your opinion is just as good (if not better) than some of the “experts”. I like Grayson from Colorado State too. Just remember, nobody was talking about Tom Brady before the draft, and if they were, they probably got laughed at.

  5. I think you learn a lot about a QB in situations where the offense isn’t beating a hapless opponent 63-0 and still passing. As such, I will put forth the Oregon game as ample proof that really, there is nothing ‘studly’ about this guy.

  6. DonRSD you are right, Winston does have “it”.

    “It” being defined as the potential to violate the NFL’s player conduct policy within the first 2 years in the league.

  7. It’s possible that Winston may turn into a solid citizen who isn’t a headache.

    My bigger concern would be the 18 INTs he threw last year. All those comeback victories look less rosey when Winston was the one digging them a hole early in many/most of the games.

  8. Mariota is going to be the bust. If you’rge not sold on Winston then go BPA and draft Petty rd 2

  9. Just good? Not ecstatic, overjoyed, overwhelmed? Doesn’t seem like much of an endorsement for the #1 pick in this years draft.

  10. billswillnevermove says:
    Mar 25, 2015 12:01 PM
    Will be a bust. Best QB in the draft is Grayson from Colorado State. Wait and see.

    ^ Clearly is now a UF fan, suggesting a spread QB is the best in the draft.. LOL to the max turn off your blinders kid can’t throw the ball far down field with power at all.. DEFINITION of a system QB.

  11. Picking Winston will fit in well with his emotionless, three-line press conferences. In case you’ve forgotten:

    1. We just didn’t make enough plays to win.
    2. There’s plenty of football to be played (note: he will say this in week 14).
    3. _________________ is our quarterback.

    Bears fans will never forget.

  12. …I think the BUCS are going to trade the pick with Philly…this is all PR by them. Philly gives them the 2015 & 2016 1st rd picks, their 2nd rd pick in 2015 and Bradford & Kiko.

  13. If I were a high school quarterback with designs of making it to the NFL, I never go to a school like Oregon. Mariota is an excellent example of why. Think about it, he has all the tools in the toolbox. strong arm, great character, exceptionally good speed for a quarterback. But there’s also a huge chance that he may bust because he’s not run anything close to being in a pro offense. Who knows if he can even read a defense? Or go through progressions?

    Mariota has a higher ceiling than Winston, but he’s a much bigger risk. Winston, character issues notwithstanding, is a much safer pick.

  14. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    Mar 25, 2015 1:22 PM

    …I think the BUCS are going to trade the pick with Philly…this is all PR by them. Philly gives them the 2015 & 2016 1st rd picks, their 2nd rd pick in 2015 and Bradford & Kiko.
    __________________

    A trade only Mike Ditka would want!

  15. This will quickly become another situation within 2 years where the HC lovie gets fired and the new HC will not want this QB and go after his own hand picked QB…. Lovie is HC his final season and Winston will be either a career backup if not out of the league in just a few short years…
    With this pick, the Bucs just got worse and not better…

  16. turtlehut says: Mar 25, 2015 9:27 AM

    To bad as I root for Tampa when not playing my Colts. Lovie should remember that Oakland was comfortable with JaMarcus Russell. At least for Tampa there is a rookie salary scale so their salary cap hit will not be as bad when Winston is let go.

    >>>
    That decision will be made by the state when he is finally in prison after he no longer can buy off FSU and its on campus review board (or whatever they call it)

    Rare that red flags are wrong.

  17. Winston is a decent QB who can execute on adjustments from a good coach at halftime. It’s a good trait. That’s basically what happened at FSU, great half time adjustments by a really good coaching staff. Lovie Smith took Rex Grossman to the SB, so it may work out on-field…off the field is another story.

    I don’t care for the guy, he’s a idiot at life! But he can play football.

  18. thetooloftools says:
    Mar 25, 2015 1:18 PM
    Just more pre draft smoke.
    ——————-
    There is literally no reason to even try to keep your hand hidden when you have the first pick. Nobody can take the guy you want before you since you’re first and saying you’re open to swap picks is the only way other teams know it wouldn’t be a waste of time to call if they really wanted the top pick. It’s actually kind of stupid to keep your plans secret if you’re picking first when you think about it.

    But if Lovie and friends really are sending mixed signals to keep everyone guessing, they’re either stupid or just screwing with everyone. Either way should tell Tampa fans everything they need to know about the teams current leadership.

  19. Im a Winston Hater, but I will admit he has the highest ceiling and lowest floor of the draft. Wouldn’t be shocked if he was the next McNab or the next Jamarcus Russel.

  20. Picking Winston will fit in well with his emotionless, three-line press conferences. In case you’ve forgotten:

    1. We just didn’t make enough plays to win.
    2. There’s plenty of football to be played (note: he will say this in week 14).
    3. _________________ is our quarterback.

    Bears fans will never forget.
    ————————–
    As well as, breaking the season into “quarters” (often to excuse the Bears’ notoriously slow starts each season), and “we’ll go from there.”

  21. Lovie Smith used to be smart. JW will make you wish for the laid back Marito….watch!

  22. I love the guys bringing up the interceptions without mentioning that 2 of his top receivers were true freshmen. The coach said 5 of them all year were directly on his reads, but I guess he’s lying too.

    Not to mention that Matt Ryan threw just as many picks his last year in college, and Dan Marino topped 20 both of his last 2. Keep hating, but he’s going to be a good one regardless of the steam coming out of your ears when he’s playing wel in that league.

  23. God gives you another chance, not a second chance.. because we mess that one up a long time ago….

    If you can use a backup quarterback… Give Vince Young a chance… He wouldn’t cost you hardly anything…. He can still play this game at a high level…. His NFL won/loss record is 31-19…. He has playoff experience … He’s a 2 time Pro-Bowler… He was voted 2006 NFL Rookie of the Year…..
    The NFL is all about “WINS and LOSSES”…. and Vince Young can WIN…..

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