I have been a Bucs fan since birth in 1986. I have spent thousands of dollars traveling to Ray Jay, witnessed Jameis being drafted #1, have Bucs tattoos, spent countless hours researching this team, and have not missed a game since I can remember. In light of Jameis Winston’s suspension and behavior, I can no longer support the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Jameis would personally have to end my life for me to pry myself away from the Bucs on Sunday. As most fans, I am disappointed in what occurred, however I am here until death. I cannot believe some of the negative reaction in relation to an Uber ride two and half years ago. I am in no way condoning the behavior as it is fairly immature if true, but I still have Jameis’s back. The fact is we do not know if it is true. We may never know and that is not enough reason to draw such negative conclusions off of him to the point we are writing him off as a player and the Bucs as a team. Just imagine if all of our skeletons were exposed. There would be more hypocrites than you can imagine.
Everything we have seen since acquiring Jaboo (with the exception of the petty Saints drama) has been admirable. He is continually involved in the community, he ALWAYS takes accountability for team failures, and he is also the first one in and last one out of the building. People fail to realize how difficult it is in this day and age to hide from social media so we would have seen something by now rather than heard. No matter what anyone says, Jameis is a true leader and that is evidenced by the overflowing support expressed by Ali Marpet, Chris Godwin, Mike Evans, Cameron Brate, Kwon Alexander, etc. in the last several days. It is also rare to see the amount of passion he possesses and it truly is genuine for his teammates, the city of Tampa, and this fan base.
It’s ironic as a Bucs fan to see the number of people willing to crucify this man when we have dealt with adversity from Doug Martin, Legarette Blount, Aqib Talib, Michael Bennett, etc. Most fans of which were quick to agree with cutting them but even quicker to say let’s bring them back when the opportunity arose. Some of the aforementioned players were in trouble double the amount Jameis was in. They were given an opportunity to mature by championship quality teams and they succeeded. Let’s not make the same mistake twice… I mean 10 times? Jameis Winston absolutely deserves a second chance considering there were no charges filed and absolutely no evidence of guilt. He deserves the benefit of a doubt and don’t get it twisted, it would be his SECOND chance. There will be those that disagree, but you’re not convincing us otherwise.
It’s been 42 years since we have had a franchise Quarterback. If you’re keeping score, that means we have not officially had one! Also if you have been paying attention at home, Jameis had played remarkably well in the latter part of the 2017 season. Completion percentage has increased. Interceptions have decreased. Yards per attempt have increased. All arrows are pointing up! Plus, do we really anticipate his fumbles to continue? I sure don’t. With a chance to win every game since coming back from injury, Jameis had the second best QBR in the league to…Tom Brady. All of this with one of the worst defenses and run games in the league. Now guess what? Our defense and run game should be improved!
This was always a make or break year for the Bucs. Nothing has changed. Koetter, Jameis, Smitty, and Licht all have their jobs on the line. Every single media outlet I turn to has us penciled in as last in the division and these guys looking for work in 2019. I STRONGLY disagree. As an Offensive Coordinator, Dirk Koetter led us to our most yards from scrimmage in our history. He had a winning season in his first year coaching. Mike Smith has won Coach of the Year. Don’t even get me started on how well Jason Licht has drafted. It’s simply asinine to suggest these guys are not capable of success.
The pieces are there now. The Bucs have a top five Wide Reciever corps. They have potentially the best Tight End duo in the league. Our linebackers are absolute studs. The Defensive Line is the second highest paid in the NFC. Ronald Jones was the fastest rookie in the draft if you actually are aware of his skillset. Catanzaro is an above average kicker who should rectify our kicking woes. The Offensive Line added one of the best Centers in the league in Ryan Jensen. Demar Dotson was graded out as one of the best Tackles in the NFL last year. Ali Marpet is in his natural position where he has elite potential. There is more to a team than one player in football. This isn’t basketball.
Our first three opponents are not as intimidating as they may seem either. I always enjoy season predictions as there is normally no parity and people essentially utilize last year’s records to determine future success. We just beat the Saints with rough QB play in which Jameis had three interceptions forcing the ball to Mike Evans. Plus they don’t have Mark Ingram. The Eagles will have a dose of the Superbowl Hangover in which winners normally regress. Not to mention we stole a chunk of their Defensive Line which led them to the Lombardi Trophy. Oh and the Steelers normally lose games they should win. We beat them with Mike Glennon IN Pittsburgh the last time we faced-off for crying out loud. We play 2/3 of those games at home. The fact is, we weren’t winning these games without improvement in many areas and we have undoubtedly improved.
It’s pretty simple, really. Fitzpatrick has flashed brilliance at the Quarterback position. He just needs to win one of those first three games. Don’t forget how well he played for the Jets before the entire locker room imploded. Jameis will then step in and I’m betting a lot that he becomes the Quarterback we all anticipated him to be. I would love to witness the look on each and every one of his hater’s faces. If you truly are a die-hard Bucs fan, then you know how good this guy can be. You know how good of a teammate he is. You know how much he wants to win. I would not bet against him.
A newborn baby, financial motivation, a fiancé, the threat of losing everything he has worked for and is passionate about, and the opportunity to shut up a ton of doubters. All reasons why this could be Jameis Winston’s career year. You think you’ve seen an inspired Winston before? Well, just wait…
Take a mental note of all the people jumping off the bandwagon. Remember who said they are done with the Bucs because of one STUPID mistake from one player in three seasons. The Bucs are bound for greatness and it will be under the guiding light of Famous Jameis. Remember those “fans” so we can all block the entryway to the ship when they inevitably return.
IT’S TIME TO FIRE THE CANNONS!!!
Jameis will be lighting the fuse soon enough, whether you like it or not.