Whether it’s their style of play, similar size, or initiation into the NFL as a quarterback selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jameis Winston and Doug Williams have drawn their share of comparisons. One day the Buccaneers hope their young signal caller will follow the footsteps of their newest Bucs Ring of Honor inductee, and join him as the third African-American quarterback to win a Super Bowl after Williams did it with the Washington Redskins during the 1987 season and Seattle’s Russell Wilson accomplished that feat during the 2013 season.
On Wednesday after his press conference at One Buccaneer Place, Williams spoke about Winston, Tampa Bay’s No. 1 overall pick. And while he said that they’re both their own player, he believes Winston has every opportunity to succeed in Tampa Bay.
“I’m not going to say that Jameis is Doug Williams,” Williams said. “Doug Williams is Doug Williams, Jameis is Jameis. (But) if Jameis wants to, he can play this game. I think you just have to give him an opportunity to do what he does and not put a lot of pressure on the kid. From being smart and recall, no one does it better than him.
“I think this is a great organization for him. You have a great coach [in Lovie Smith] to do it with him, and the guy, confidence-wise … (is great).”
Williams even defended Winston’s oft-criticized 18 interceptions last year at Florida State, claiming that it shows the type of confidence he has in his ability to make plays.
“Everybody is down on the number of interceptions that he threw this past year,” Williams said. “But hey, he had confidence in what he could do because he did it before, so he took chances.”
Winston has called Williams one of his favorite players of all time and one of his biggest influences in life. When the latter arrived in Tampa late Tuesday night, Winston was the first to call. The two shared chicken wings at Lee Roy Selmon’s for an hour and a half. Through the ups and downs of his career, Winston has looked towards Williams as a mentor, constantly seeking his advice.
“Jameis and my relationship didn’t start this year,” Williams said. “As a matter of fact, when he won the Heisman, I got the chance to do about four banquets where I spent a lot of time with him. We’ve been communicating and texting (ever since). We’ve been close, even through the process that he had gone through. I can remember one text he sent to me asking how I handled certain things. I called and talked to him about how I handled it.”
At the end of the day, even while working for another organization in the NFL – the Washington Redskins – Williams is impressed with the Buccaneers’ No. 1 pick. Not just with Winston’s on-field ability, but how he conducts himself in the public eye – even comparing him to arguably America’s best athlete.
“I believe in him as an individual and as a young man,” Williams said. “I think everybody makes mistakes, whatever the mistakes are.
“I’ve made this statement before to a writer – there are only two young guys that I’ve seen handle the public and the media (as well as they do), and that’s Lebron James and Jameis Winston. (Winston) has charisma coming out of his ears.”
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I like it. I need to hear this. How fantastic will it be if we finally have our Franchise QB ? We may still be a couple of yrs away, but this is a good place to start.
I know it is hard to believe but Winston has better offensive players around him on this team then Doug Williams ever had in Tampa.
Doug has it right!
Congratulations on the honor Doug Williams and thank you for being so supportive and encouraging the the Bucs new leader. I hope he goes on to break down barriers and win a Super Bowl just like you
Side note: I am growing concerned with Jameis diet. Reading this article seeing he was eating chicken wings, and then watching draft academy where he was eating pork grinds w/ hot sauce and then later ordering filet with prawns (which he had never heard of before?) is a little troubling. I have never seen the kid eating an apple etc. He eats worse than I do, and that’s bad.
He needs to get his food in check.
I’m an executive chef at multiple restaraunts and your idea of a diet makes no sense. A filet and prawns are lean beef and seafood high in protein, lean and full of iron and other vitamins. Nothing wrong with any of it as long as it’s in moderation. These young men probably eat five to seven meals a day based on the heat and how many calories they burn a day. They have dieticians and coaches to monitor these things. I would eat those meals everyday and I’m 36 years old
All I am saying is that I have seen him eat multiple times on various clips and it’s never anything healthy. I am not going to go tit for tat with you here for things that are rich in protein.
The guy looks pudgy, and I am directly correlating it with what I have seen him eat. In one of the Draft Academy episodes, he says he starts the day shirtless in the mirror saying “one day, I’ll have abs… but it never happens”.
I’m sorry, I find it troubling and think it relates to will power.
Think about this. Brady Quinn has abs, Ben Roethlisberger does not. This is Big Ben’s idea of fitness. Then compare Winston. Sound familiar?
You do realize some people are just built that way right?
this is starting to get maddening.
the guy eats junk food on the reg, that’s not something you want to see out of someone that is supposed to “our guy” for the next decade. period. stop defending it.
He’s a QB, not a WR. His diet doesn’t matter nearly as much as other players who need to be athletic to be competitive. You ever watch Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Ben Rothlisberger, etc. run a 40 yard dash? Not pretty. He isn’t Marcus Mariota, RGIII, Russell Wilson or Cam Newton. Scrambling isn’t gonna be his calling card. Tear up those chicken wings Jaboo!
who said anything about the 40 yard dash?? what are you even talking about?
OK, I look forward to the 2nd coming of Donald Penn behind center. We will agree to disagree until then.
no what’s maddening is that you think you’re his dietitionist. Are you watching every meal he eats? The Bucs pay people to train him and watch what he eats. If that’s your biggest concern about him then I guess that’s pretty sad. I care how he throws footballs, not if he’s got a six pack. So please find something relevant to harp on, not what he eats.
Uh, no I am not watching every meal he eats, but the meals I DO see/hear about him eat are all garbage.
And it’s not my biggest concern. I am merely stating facts, and it’s concerning. That’s it.
Well buc Fans DOUG WILLIAMS DESERVES THE AWARD. hE WAS A QB THAT WENT TO THE SUPER BOWL WITH ANOTHER TEAM WHEN THE LATE OWNER REFUSE TO GIVE dOUG THE MONEY. a LOT OF YOU THE FANS DIDNOT EVEN KNOW THAT THEY HAD TO WIRE HIS JAW SHUT IN ORDER TO PLAY. i LOVE THIS SELECTION. mAY BE THE tRAIN aLSTOTT WILL GET INTO THE RING. iT IS GREAT RECONIGUED SOME OF THE OLD BUCS that made a name for themselves. Way To Go Doug.George l Hicks HB Plant 1964.
I Didnt know that. Thank you george!
georgehicks, Clearwater High 1964. I was at the game Doug broke his jaw and actually was in the locker room after the game. That’s what they do when you break your jaw; wire it up back then. Doug was screwed big time by the owner at the time and treated as a second class citizen. Many of us old Buccaneer fans were embarrassed by the owners southern old views about race. I was very disappointed at that time frame when Coach McKay didn’t stand up and resign when Doug wasn’t signed. Doug wasn’t even asking for top 10 QB money during that time frame when his contract was up. When Doug left I started to follow the USFL Arizona Wranglers and especially the Tampa Bay Bandits. The Bucs lost some of their loyal fans during that time frame over Doug William’s miss treatment; just my opinion. The best ting to happen with the Buccaneers was the Glazer family. Go Bucs!
You are exactly right Horse, I was disgusted with Mr. C. over the way he treated Doug. I was as happy over Doug’s upper bowl win as I was over the Bucs. I made a dvd of his America’s Game win and watch it every now and then. I can still see him trotting of the field after a turnover, clapping his hands and rallying the guys saying that’s alright, we got this. Well done Doug!
Well said Horse. I was around then and was appalled by Culverhouse’s antics. He was despicable and not retaining Williams set our franchise back at least a decade. Williams might have been a consistent pro-bowler and more….
Winston looks great. you can see tge confidence and competitiveness in his eyes. I cant wait. Hes gonna make some mistakes but the great ones do. Hes resiliant, hes passionate, he just freakin cares. Scott Rynolds, you were right. I am already seeing a difference in the whole team and it starts with licht. Thank ypu for putting up with me and some of the other posters. You and cook work your butts off. your awesome!
To th ediet conversation I’d like to add Lovie’s own words into the conversation… “That’s one part, you say, ‘What can improve?’ Us getting him on proper nutrition. Lifting. Getting him in the weight room,” Smith said. “When I say he’s an immature athlete, he hasn’t had a chance to really develop his body.
Jdobb went to a major university, not some B rated school. He had every chance to have proper fitness and nutrition and chose not to. His pathetic 40 time was a warning shot. The parts of his diet he talks about are another.
So, Lovie thinks now that Jdubb has an 8 digit bank account now he’ll work hard and eat right… I hope so, but if I win the lottery I don’t know that I’d improve in those 2 areas lol.
As for the confidence and swagger of Jdubb, that’s good. Teammates love that when you win. It’s easy to have when you win.
This isn’t the ACC anymore and Jdubb’s teammates aren’t significantly better then his opponents. In the NFL when your QB throws 2-3 picks in the first half, you lose.
I want to feel good about Winston, but when GM’s were asked Manning or Leaf, every bad thing GM’s said about Ryan Leaf all apply to Jameis. All.
I hope Jdubb plays in Tampa for 18 years, and we get to collect lots of playoff wins under him. And I hope for Jdubb and us that he is half the citizen that Derrick Brooks is. That would be a great thing…
Maybe it’s the 70 loses in our last 100 games talking or the possibility that Winston isn’t just a bad NFL player, but a bad human being that makes me seriously question the decision to take him.
ok. Roland, ive tried to respect your point of view, but now your point of view is making zero sense. Comparing a player that liked to party and could give two craps about football to jameis winston who shits and breathes football is now reaching. Ryan leaf was picked purley on measurables. Thats it. when ryan leaf showed up in san diego the next day for his press conference after the draft, he was hung over and perhaps still drunk. Winston had his contract signed the day after the draft and was the first one at the facility to greet his rookie teammates. He stays up til 1am studying his playbook..the word “obsessed” has even been used when talking about winston and mastering the playbook. there not even close to being comparable. Winston hasnt been convicted of anything. period. He obviously has put himself in un nessesary situations, but hes young. Hes 21, hes done stupid things, but so has marino, favre, roethlisberger…those guys messed up at some point but still had or are having long careers. Please stop with outlandish camparisons just bc you dont believe or like winston. To queation winston as a human being is not your place. at all…
“He stays up til 1am studying his playbook..the word “obsessed”” …
That’s why he often had trouble implementing the game plan at FSU right…
“To queation winston as a human being is not your place. at all…”
How about Bobby Bowden’s place then. Just say’n. But I agree with Bobby, “The good news is that he’s young enough to get over that, ya know it? And he’s gotta do that. But he just can’t make those junior high school decisions that he made while he was in college.”
Let’s hope draft night was the last high school level decision this bright young man makes.
Well Roland, you’re just going to have to deal with it, he’s our QB now, there is no trading him. As for the Leaf comparisons, the guy was an alcoholic and a pill head, neither of which Jameis is so your comparison couldn’t be further off. let’s see what he does for a couple of years before we condemn him in the court of internet public opinion. As for his 40 time listed above, that was actually very good for him, but we all know 40 times make or break a QB.
Those are not the bad things they said about Leaf before the draft.
The only concern I have about his 40 time is the laziness factor it clearly shows. And the lacking leadership factor in his life it shows. Why did the advisers he has chosen let him run… Dumb.
How many 2 sport athletes put up a near 5 second 40. Very, very few I’m sure.
And a poor 40 time doesn’t scare me as much as a poor 40 AND a release time that is to slow. Is Jdubb a very slow twitch athlete and there is zero chance he will ever get his intermediate and long throw release time in an acceptable range?
I hope the 40 time lies and the coaches can find a way to fix it.
“when your QB throws 2-3 picks in the first half, you lose.”
Unless you are Andy Dalton against the Bucs last year.
But hopefully that loss against the Bengals got us a QB that will collect playoff wins.
Comparing Winston to Leaf or Russell is a real stretch. His work ethic and personality are nothing like those two. And he’s never been caught with his pants down like Manning.
I completely disagree about the work ethic. Just read Lovie’s quote to see why.
We’ll find out soon enough Jdubb now takes fitness seriously.
I’m not impressed as others that he can walk to the line and make a good presnap read. That helps, but I know lots of people who are book smart…
If you have a family member who is really sick do you want a book smart staff taking care of them or do you want someone who is calm and makes a quick read of the situation and acts decisively. I want both.
And from the tape I saw of Jdubb (with Gruden as well) he reminds me of a Doc that always goes of the initial diagnosis and rarely acts on clear changes in the patients condition.
And in the NFL the DC’s are always trying to lie to you about the initial diagnosis in the first place.
I hope that made some sense. 🙂
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