Dirk Koetter and Jameis Winston – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Buccaneers players, coaches, fans and even media members who know Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston personally, most almost always come away impressed.
Now it is time for the rest of the nation to see it.
After a series of transgressions while in college at FSU, mostly minor by all accounts, Winston’s character divided the fan base and media prior to the draft. Winston, to his credit didn’t run from the controversy, instead saying during his very first day in Tampa Bay following being drafted No. 1 over, that actions speak louder than words.
PewterReport.com asked Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter during the Hard Knocks press conference on Wednesday if the Bucs appearance this season can help change the national perception that many still feel about his quarterback..
“There is no doubt, from where we sit, how we feel perceive Jameis Winston,” Koetter said. “And I think those around here that deal with Jameis Winston… I think it would a great opportunity for people who aren’t as familiar with the Bucs to see what Jameis is like on a day-to-day basis. I have said many times before in my press conferences, there is nothing that is not pure about Jameis Winston. And I think that will probably come across.”
We also spoke to general manager Jason Licht following the press conference and asked him the same question.
“It is one of the firs things that came to mind – he is such a genuine guy, anybody that ever mets him comes away, ‘Man, he is different that I thought, that guy is awesome,'” Licht said. “I think the whole nation is going to see that. It’s going to be great for him, but it is going to great for our whole team. Not just for him, but our entire team.
“Super excited, there is not a guy who works harder, and has more passion and energy and all the things we have talked about him since we drafted him. The sky is the limit.”
We later asked Licht how much better prepared Winston is heading into his third year to handle the spotlight, compared to had HBO picked the Bucs during Winston’s rookie season.
“You know, amazingly, he has been prepared for this type of thing since we drafted him, but he is more prepared now,” Licht said. “Everybody gets a little more seasoned. He has had cameras on him since college winning the Heisman Trophy so he is comfortable in front of the camera. I think he is coming to compartmentalize like he does on the field and just be himself. What you see with cameras is who he is without cameras.”
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, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. 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 [email protected]
I’m very excited! This will be a Good Thing for the Bucs Organization. The time is right and they can handle it. GO BUCS!!!
And will be fun to watch.
Mark, you might consider letting your wife dress you when the taping begins. Don’t get me wrong, I like the hats, and casual look, but you could get some national air time, and I’m betting the Mrs has better taste when it comes to clothing.
Agreed, this will be positive for Jameis, who is still laboring under the perceptions that hardened with the rape accusations years ago with the fans of other teams. Go to any media story on the internet that involves Jameis, and 90% of the reader comments will have to do with the old history. Diehard fans of other teams, of course, will use any excuse to diss a player from another team for any reason or no reason at all, and stick to canned perceptions, that will never change .. but those who are more fans of the game itself will get a chance to be introduced again to him.
They’ll be impressed!
I find it hard to believe anyone can watch this kid and not have him grow on them. That said, society only seems to believe what they see and read in the media and on facebook so, I’m sure there will be a large contingent who insists Jameis is “fake” for the cameras.
Either way, this exposure will be good for our young crop of stars. It’s our time to shine, hopefully the cameras won’t have a negative effect and I don’t believe they will. Our team’s leadership will make sure of that.
I hope it is not like SI curse.
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