Often compared by the media and fans alike, with both being called gunslingers, former Packers great Brett Favre talked about Jameis Winston and his penchant for turnovers on Favre’s show on Sirius XM NFL Radio.
Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Favre knows a thing or two about interceptions himself, as he holds the NFL record for the most career picks, with 336.
Favre said he related to Winston, who at times thinks his arm can make every throw.
“I think, with Jameis, there’s such a huge upside,” Favre said. “We don’t get to see him much but I think that there’s just a tremendous upside and you’re willing to try and work through that and I think that Bruce will do a wonderful job. He’s super productive, aside from the interceptions, and maybe it’s one of those things, I’m sure Bruce is scratching his head. He knows Jameis doesn’t mean to do it, he’s not doing it on purpose so he’s trying to find that happy medium.”
“Bruce may say, ‘Ok, play-calling. Maybe call plays that are less likely to expose him to an interception,’ and that may sound crazy to the average fan. Like Mike Holmgren, if it was third-and 12, for example, and I’m in year two and he calls a play that has a three-layered route so you have a deep over, say 15-to-18 yards, and then you have a medium seven-yard [route] and then you have a little drag route underneath, I’m throwing the deep one. That was my mentality. My arm strength was a huge asset but it also hurt me. So Mike at some point… And that was a play that we ran, we called it X Deep Over and I was throwing it. You call it, I’m throwing it because I can do it and it would get me in trouble, sometimes it would work, so you don’t call that play. Call a play that restricts what gets him into trouble. I think Bruce is probably trying to find that but also be productive. You don’t want to take the ball out of his hands that much but you want to teach him patience and that sometimes it’s OK to not get a first down and that took me a long time to digest. So I think there’s ways to get around it to a certain extent without handcuffing your guy too much.”
Favre was asked by co-host Bruce Murray if Winston’s talent is enough to overcome his turnover problems.
“It comes down to the most important element of it all, are you winning?” Favre said. “Throwing five touchdowns and three picks or four picks and losing the game, that happening more and more frequent, at some point you have to cut your losses but if you’re winning and occasionally having a loss where you go, ‘had he not thrown that one we would have won,’ then you can deal with it.
“The ultimate goal is to get to the Super Bowl and if he can lead them there and still make some of these bad mistakes then you live with it. It really is pretty simple when you break it down.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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