The Bucs opened their season on Sunday against the San Francisco where they fell by a final score of 31-17. In a game where the defense truly appeared to have turned a corner, the offense largely fell flat and perhaps no one led that theme more than quarterback Jameis Winston.

QB Jameis Winston
Winston failed to find a rhythm and look comfortable at any point in the game. He finished the game with three interceptions, two of them being returned for touchdowns, but also threw a duck into the hands of Kwon Alexander early that was dropped, and threw another pass right at a defender when going for it on 4th-and-goal from the two-yard line. Just north of the two minute warning, trailing by six, the Bucs took over at their own 20-yard line with a chance to drive down the field and win the game. Winston was pressured on the first play of the drive and lobbed a ball into the hands of Ahkello Witherspoon who returned the ball for a touchdown and effectively sealed the game for the 49ers.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

OT Demar Dotson
It was a rough season-opener for Dotson. On one drive Dotson was flagged for holding twice on two separate touchdown passes to tight end Cam Brate that were touchdowns that were negated. After being pushed back twice, O.J. Howard fumbled the ball on a third down reception and the 49ers took the ball back as the Bucs left – at minimum – three points on the field in a one score game. Dotson also was blown up on Winston’s last interception, forcing Winston into a poor decision and throw that resulted in his second pick-6 of the game.

TE O.J. Howard
O.J. Howard made multiple mistakes at crucial points in the first half. After two touchdown passes were called back for holding penalties, Howard brought in a third down reception and fumbled the ball, leaving three points on the field. With just under three minutes remaining in the half the Bucs took over with a 7-6 lead and a chance to drive down the field and add to their lead, but on the first play of the drive Winston’s pass went off the hands of Howard before being intercepted by Mark Nzeocha.

The officiating staff
It was a perplexing day from the NFL’s officiating staff tasked with calling the Bucs and 49ers game on Sunday. In the first half alone there were five touchdowns called back due to penalties, including two touchdown passes to Cam Brate on the same drive. In the third quarter a first down run on third-and-1 for the Bucs was ruled no play due to the officials not being in position, but the call was then immediately reversed and Tampa Bay was given a first down.

CB M.J. Stewart
Stewart struggled in coverage and just seemed to be a step slow on numerous plays throughout the game on Sunday. It all came to a rock bottom moment when he allowed wide receiver Richie James to beat him down the sideline for a 39-yard touchdown reception.

 

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76 COMMENTS

  1. Stop blaming the officiating!! we should have been beat by more than we were. You could and should have devoted the entire column to our inept QB!!

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  2. How is Donovan Smith not mentioned here? The guy is horrible!

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    • I honestly did not see Donovan Smith as being bad this game.
      He is a left tackle on the field every play like the quarterback.
      What was that 62 plays?

      That is a lot of plays where a left tackle can look bad. Can we remember 5 where he was bad?

      He handled Bosa when Bosa rushed from that side. Did Bosa even get a pressure against Smith today?

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  3. I kept seeing Kappa being driven into the backfield.

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  4. Mike Evans was given handed a double team all day that simply took him out of the game, without a deep threat receiver they are going to blanket him every game and Jameis is up the creek without a paddle.
    without Evans and Humphries to bail him out

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    • We have no deep threat because our qb cant throw an accurate deep ball.

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  5. Winston looks the same as he did 4years ago I don’t understand all the sticking up for him? 15 more games for him to prove me wrong…

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  6. Of course this list could be nearly endless but how about:

    Donovan Smith for letting a rookie DE walk around him on multiple occasions.

    Devin White – did he honestly play the whole game – if not for Whitehead saving his backside repeatedly on missed tackle after missed tackle (what a pathetic effort on the last stiff arm by Mostert), the 9ers would have run for another 100 yards.

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    • Right on East End, White looked lost out there and overran tackle after missed tackle I personally saw our guys pushing him over to the right spot, when the ball was snapped he was still out of position. Cappa isnt dropping his center of gravity to get leverage on his man causing him to be pushed back into the pocket. He is standing tall like a tackle which he played throughout college. when he learns to sink his hips he will become much more effective.

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  7. 195 yards 1 TD 3 INT 2 pick 6 his confidence is gone, Jameis knows in heart he is bust bring out the fat lady and sing now bench him before season lost.

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    • Don’t forget, he also fumbled twice!

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    • Bob go fuck yourself and get a life! Go troll someone else’s page you lame fuck!

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      • Boca James the Jameis fan, Boca you spell BUST B! U! S! T!
        “Jameis Bust Winston” LOL LOL LOL

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        • How do you spell get some hobbies and a life???

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      • Boca ..Your remarks show your lack of intelligence

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      • Sorry Boca, Bob is correct Jaboo is not a NFL starting QB. Baseball may be his calling, you dont have to think quickly and process info rapidly in that game.

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        • I cant really disagree after that performance. I hope he bounces back for the game in the Queen City. In his past he normally steps up after a bad performance. However, that could of been his worse performance to date earning a paycheck.

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  8. Donovan Smith is the subject of a fat joke in the 49er locker room right now!

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    • I will never understand why we decided to resign him.

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  9. I’ve been saying for a long time, Donovan Smith needs to be moved to RT.

    Licht hasn’t’ done much to fix this O line the last few seasons.

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  10. Where is Devin White?

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  11. So it all starts with the Glazers who have a yes man in their GM who just got a new contract. He picked JW and did nothing to keep Desean Jackson who lit it up today for almost 200 yrds with 2 TDs with the Eagles. Why can Fitzmagic and Carson Wentz hit DJax deep but Winston overthrew him and had several overthrows today.

    Now on to the Interceptions. Ok, so #1 was not his fault but the 2 Pick sixes were.

    Garrafolo started out bad with his Pick 6 but he recovered. Thats what good QBs do. I know I will probably get some thumbs down by the Winston homers on here but how many bad games, bad years even with a QB Whisperer before we all realize he needs to go play Baseball where he probably would do well?

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    • Really…you are blaming the Gazer’s right now?
      Get a brain or a life you need one of two with your stupid post.

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  12. They all suck! Winston, Dotson, Cappa all the DB’s we keep drafting. The man who put it all together G.M. Licht just got a new contract! Why? As long as the clueless Glazers own this team, stop expecting a winning season. You can dig up Vince Lombardi, Chuck Noll, and Tom Landry, and they couldn’t win more then 5 games with this roster! If B.A. can win 6 games this year, he should be coach of the year! More likely he retires again at the bye week with a mysterious health issue.

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  13. Unless someone really plays really well in tomorrows game Desean Jackson will be player of the week,

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    • Due move on we all did from MeSean Jackson

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    • Maybe but you will still be douche of the week……..again!

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  14. Jameis just proved he’s not a franchise QB. Still has not learned from his dumbass mistakes. It’s unfathomable that in his 5th year he still makes stupid throws to lose the game. Def looks improved but not impressed with Devin White at all. On a positive note I likes the way RoJo ran the ball. He looks like a completely new RB.

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  15. All this game left me thinking is, who will our QB be next year? Fromm, Herbert or Tagovailoa? Whatever qb it is, I have faith our one of a kind GM will get it wrong. I hope I’m wrong.

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  16. BA and Leftwich left points on the board too. Going for it on 4th and 2 cost us three points. I don’t mind the philosophy. But, why have Jameis pass with an empty backfield, especially when RoJo was rolling the entire drive? Special Teams letting our first punt get blocked? I’ve been worried about Special Teams since game one in Pittsburgh.

    Sigh.

    Carolina must be shaking in the paws.

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    • Wouldn’t have mattered either way. We should have beaten the 49rs handily. Our defense played well, and we found out we actually have a run game ( R.J. should be the obvious #1), but you cannot beat anybody throwing 3 interceptions.

      I hope Arians read the riot act to Winston and Dotson

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  17. I don’t mind losing a football game. What I really mind is having to start all over again with a new QB! Can’t defend the indefensible.

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    • If so many people had not been defending him for so long we’d already have a new QB. We’ve let plenty of good ones pass us by in the draft.

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      • Oh f..ck off! You don’t run off a 1st round, no. 1 draft pick QB after a year or two, especially considering he’s had nearly no run game or a defense that could hold water!

        He had company today playing horribly. Dotson showed his age and D Smith wasn’t exactly playing that great either!

        This game was eerily similar to the Chicago game last year, except we have a genuinely decent defense for the first time in several years.

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        • I plan to be around a lot this season so get used to it. Teams move on from 1st round QB’s all the time. See the Browns over the past 10 years. Arizona just did it this year. Broncos did it a few years ago. Happens all the time.

          Winston has a run game and defense today and still stunk. What’s your excuse now? He has company playing horribly today? So what? Everyone can see Winston stunk aside from other players stinking. Those last turnovers were self-inflicting, game losing mistakes that he has been making since college.

          Fans like you are why this team is still losing Eric. Prioritizing your ego over the Bucs winning a Super Bowl.

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      • I don’t think it was so many people, it’s just Jadon Licht

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  18. We should just release him, go with the back-up and find another QB in the draft!! This was a pathetic game for the offense. Defense actually looked better and kept us in the game.

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  19. The good news is we are still tied with Miami for the “tank for Tua” sweepstakes.

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  20. MJ’s a safety. Darian was awful today

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  21. That wasn’t even fun to watch

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  22. This team could be far worse than anticipated…perhaps winless? 1 or 2 wins at most?

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  23. I have been a huge Winston supporter since he came into the league, even after the Uber incident. I can no longer do it. BA if he wants to make a difference has to put in Griffin and try to salvage this offense before it gets worse. I think I saw a few promising developments. ROJO looks pretty good. Godwin looks pretty good. But if BA and Licht want to be here in two years, they better make a move fast. Evans had 28 yards?

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    • See comment above to Macabee

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  24. My worst 5 in order were:
    Dotson
    Dare – allowed block punt, did not get to his spot on the screen pass at the end of the game that lead to the 2nd pick 6 (more Jameis fault). He is not on the field much but has to make good plays when he is on the field.
    Winston – besides the fumbles and interceptions he did have, there were 2 other possible interceptions
    Howard – 1 fumble lost and I actually blame OJ Howard on the one interception. 1st down at the Buc’s 25 near the end of the 2nd quarter and Winston throws to Howard a ball he should have caught and it bounces off his hands for the interception. Just a few touches for Howard and two turnovers. That is b – aaad.
    Cappa – He looks fine for some of the game. But when it is obvious passing downs he does not yet look like he can handle it. This is a passing league so you better figure it out.

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  25. And to top it all off..Grappallo ordered sandwiches a few times with all of that time he had. No pass rush by the Bucs. I told all of you teams got ways of beating blitzes. So much for the messsiah..Arians and his huge coaching staff. If this team starts 0-2, They might run arians out of town. The 9ers was suppose to be one of our..easy games.

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  26. Anyone see Burrow last night Q.B. for LSU? I’d take him right now over Jameis. Speaking of O.J. Howard being on this list, I’ve said in the past we should trade Brate, because who really needs two high paid T.E.’s? I take that back, trade O.J..

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  27. Pretty bad when your Uber rating is higher then your passer rating

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  28. Should’ve added Donovan Smith to the list

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  29. No excuses for Jameis and his performance today! It’s always a fire drill! Even when he runs the ball, it’s never smooth and athletic. It’s herky- jerky and erratic! He is STILL holding on to the ball way too long. Now, a couple of times his receivers didn’t exactly help Jameis out at times. Still, Jameis is not the franchise QB for this Buc’s team! 5th year bro… he shouldn’t be making the same mistakes! That was sad! I’m a Buc’s fan till death… but today’s game was extremely aggravating and disappointing! Was expecting a better product today. I know it’s one game… yes… I get that… but damn! We will keep hope alive… but damn!

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    • I agree I saw the backup for the Jags come in and play lights out. Also I ave never even heard of the guy. His interceptions today were beyond bad. This is his 5th year? Maybe Kwon rattled him with that hit. Otherwise it was a total regression for a 5th year 1st overall pick at that.

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  30. Maybe it’s time to call it quits with Winston. Tank the season and try to get a franchise QB in the next draft.

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  31. Yo seriously where the hell was Devin White? Lavonte looked like he was playing by himself out there. This dude needs to make a presence out there. Don’t even think he had a stat line…

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  32. Oh and don’t forget that guy Lite, his success or failure is tied to the QB as well as his other picks. Now at least we know that the coaching wasn’t all to blame. Fire Lite. dc

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  33. BA offense. Liked Koetter’s better.

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  34. I think this list got it perfect. Everyone that I thought should be on the list is on it:

    Winston – So much for his lack of success being due to his defense, running game and kicker. They all played well enough to win. Winston will never stop turning the ball over too much because he is overconfident in his abilities and his overconfidence is hardwired into his brain. Because he self-identifies with his confidence (overconfidence) he will never improve no matter the external circumstances which is what I warned everyone about before we drafted him.

    Dotson – He should have been replaced via this past draft. The draft was deep at OT, especially RT. They were available all the way through the 2nd round.

    Howard – I will give him 3 years like I give everyone so that will mean a final opinion on him at the end of this season, but at this point I’m not a fan of Howard. He just doesn’t play winning football. He fumbles, doesn’t run great routes and is injury prone. The reason he never gave me a warm fuzzy feeling when we drafted him was I couldn’t get it out of my mind why Alabama didn’t utilize him more as a receiver. It’s not like they have dumb coaches up there.

    Officiating – Yeah they sucked, plain and simple.

    Stewart – Stewart is simply not a good cover corner. In fact, the only person in this secondary I trust is Hargreaves and that’s only if he is playing nickel CB. So of course we have him playing outside. He broke on the ball and got a pick 6 today but he has always been good at playing routes 12 yards deep or less. If he were playing inside at nickel he would do that a lot more. When we play a team that actually has WR’s he is going to get exposed on the outside.

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  35. Dotson needs to retire. He sucks. That was one shitty game in every regard.

    Hey suck-ass-Bob you know who won’t get player of the week? Your butt buddy Fitzpatrick and Mayfield that you said we’re both so awesome.

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    • Djax will get player of the week as he was the man ..but not Winston who was a flop

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  36. Give them 4 weeks. It’s always rough the first four weeks of the season and especially so with a new coach.
    Remember last year we were 2-0 after the first two weeks and both team we beat went to the playoffs.
    Not saying we will go to the playoffs. I hope we can be respectable.

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  37. We’ve wasted enough time and energy on Jameis. He will never win a meaningful game. Garbage man. Licht is terrible. Fire fire fire dumpster fire.

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  38. Mr. Mark Cook… Pls no excuses for your guy …he was bad !!

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  39. 1st game of the year, new coaching staff, new offense, new players, I’m not worried. Yes Jamies had a bad game along with others but they’ll go in fix them and play better on Thursday Night. We didn’t win the game but I see a lot of improvement out there. We’ll be fine!

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    • The problem I see is that Winston played so bad that there is no comparison with any NFL QB this weekend. After five years, what do you say? I watched the whole game. As I remember the major problem with Leftwich was that he held on to the ball too long and had a long wind up. I think Winston already knows how to do that.As I have said, I think Evans played even though he was still ill. I think that made a difference.

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  40. Lol. I told you. No one wanted to see it for what it is. Winston is NOT a franchise QB. Cappa was as inept as any lineman I’ve ever seen the Bucs suit up. He’s garbage. Smith is garbage. Maybe they can superglue a couple of those d backs together the genius drafted this year, and make a blocker. Bucs will be lucky to win 5. Jones played better than I thought he would. The defense looked WAY better than that joke we watched the last couple of seasons. Still… Bucs aren’t very good. And Licht got an extension. That is unbelievable to me.

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  41. Devin was so bad it was scary

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  42. I think Mike Evans was still ill and played any way. He didn’t look well.

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  43. The entire OL failed on the attempted screen Pick 6. Dotson AND Smith allowed huge pressure. Ali Marpet was dominated by the DL who ended up covering our RB. Jensen was completely unable to get his 2nd level block and would have been better off helping Marpet and the RB should have made a shallower cut to avoid the DL who ended up killing the play.

    All these years I have been wanting to see the Bucs run some screens and when they do attempt a screen pass it is a complete failure all the way around. Cappa is the only player that didn’t completely fail. Winston should have thrown it away or just taken the sack.

    It all starts up front and we suck up front.

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  44. I’ve been a Bucs fan since day one, so I’ve seen a lot of bad QB play. But it just don’t get a whole lot badder than I saw today.

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  45. Anyone who thinks we should tank the season for a new Q.B. remember the guy who picked Jameis with the #1 over all pick is still the G.M. with a new contract. You really think Licht could make the right choice if he had a second chance? He’s had five years to build a winner with plenty of high draft choices, and money to spend. 27-54, he is what he is, like Jameis is what he is. Neither of them have the mental make up to be in the NFL.

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  46. U know the problem at hand is at what point does Jameis start to lose the team? I mean sure they all like Jameis but some like Lavonte, Cam, Suh, how many more games do they have? WR Desean Jackson couldn’t wait to get out of here… he pretty much sucked as a teammate but maybe there just wasn’t enough balls for him here… Jameis just couldn’t get him the ball with any consistency. Maybe he dogged it to get released or traded. He did have like 150 yards today. I’m not a Desean fan but it does make you wonder a little? Maybe Jameis just isn’t who we want/wish him to be? It’s time Buc Fans to ask yourself this…do you see Jameis as your starting QB for the next 5 years at $100 mil? I, for one, do not! I’m just saying…

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  47. As I’ve said in games past this is easy, it’s BL x 5.

    With that out of the way, Winston sucks Grey Balls.

    He played like a rookie (again) today. 3 INTs, one not his fault, two others off the hands of 49er defenders, plus a fumble or two? Really?

    Teams play so little during the preseason these days we should wait until game 4 or 5 to call it, but we’re talking about year 5, so if/when we do IT IS OVER.

    The only thing left to watch after that will be SR reinventing history to disassociate himself from the truth of his prior statements/actions, just like his hero.

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  48. So goes Winston so goes the team. There were enough stupid penalties, stupid fumbles and stupid mistakes for most everyone on the Bucs to have a little skin in the game today. However, Jameis is the “leader” and his play has ALWAYS been subpar at best. He just doesn’t possess the mental ability to operate at the speed of the NFL. There has been no growth in his playing, thinking or leadership in his years with the Bucs. The same poor decisions and bonehead mistakes he was making 4 years ago are the same poor decisions and bonehead mistakes he is still making today. It’s like he has progressed as far as his abilities will take him and there is no getting over this wall. You hate to call someone a bust, but – barring a HUGE turnaround in the next few weeks – Jameis is a bust. I said it in preseason and I will say it again – Ryan Griffin will be the starting QB for the Bucs sometime this season.

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  49. Hey PR, can u do us all a favor and post video of the post-game ass chewing BA gave the team? It might at least make us all feel a little better after such an ugly game.

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  50. I must say, I was not expecting our passing offense to be so ineffective. I suspect it may have been partially due to Mike Evans still being sick. He just didn’t look right and got no separation from Richard Sherman. While I applaud Mike for suiting up, he was disappointing.

    Needless to say, Jameis Winston turned in one of his worst performances……..and there have been many on which to compare. He didn’t look right from the start. Then when he was able to seemingly make a play, O.J. fumbles, O.J. has one bounce off his hands or Big Dot holds.

    As usual, I was disappointed with the east side, lower bowl season pass members who pimped their tickets to 49er fans who no doubt live right here. Sad.

    Whoever missed his assignment on the blocked punt should be on this list. That set the tone for the attitudes of both teams.

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  51. 1. Winston deep fried, well done, just like those crab legs! BUCS done, until move on, anyone… GRIFFIN PLEASE, at least see what u got in him, certainly cant be worst than Winston. TRADE, maybe ELI, at least let BA coach someone with talent.
    2. Howard, MIA?! Terrible play all day. Show up and go earn your check!
    3. White, #5 Overall, REALLY, he was with Howard, and went North of the border, Devin White looked completely baffled, NOWHERE to be found all day.
    4. Stewart, got Heart, but SLOW, cant cover SHIT. Move on!
    5. OL actually played well enough to WIN. Doty played hard, couldve gotten some help, Howard didnt do anything receiving should of stayed in and Blocked on DOTS side. But OL was NOT problem, Winston had that handled.
    6. D much better. Look like we are putting resources on that side, just concerned missed on White? NO natural linebacker play, looked like an old RB switched to LB. Never works…

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  52. The thing that frustrates me the most is how Jameis hangs on the ball for too long. Our O-Line isn’t the greatest, but Jameis doesn’t help them out. I also didn’t see too many times where there was a receiver or back out in the flats for a dump-off pass if needed. Maybe I was too busy watching James flop around in or near the pocket, or maybe they just couldn’t be seen from the camera angle. But I would think that there should be someone near by for Jameis more often to drop off to in the flats. I’m not saying I didn’t see it all, because I did, but not as much as I would have liked to.

    Well, it’s only the first game of the season and really the first time this offense was going against a genuine scripted defense firing real bullets. Combine that with a new offense, a new OC calling plays for the first time, and your WR 1 having been down with an illness and not feeling like himself, it doesn’t get much worse than this. It does, but this was not a good situation for any of them. I’m not sticking up for Jameis, he should be ahead of where he’s at. He still makes dumb rookie mistakes, hangs on to the ball to long, and ignores the open receiver while trying to make a tougher pass to a guy whose not that open for a bigger play. Or he confuses a defender with an open receiver? This is the college QB mentality. They need to sit Jameis down and tell him to either get with it, or hit the door. Most of his issues are mental mistakes. If he’s as bright as a QB as many say he is, then he should play with a better head on his shoulders, and he should be able to fix these brain fart mistakes.

    But there’s another problem I see with Jameis, and that’s he has no accuracy at all. This can be fixed, but I don’t think Jameis believes he’s as inaccurate as he is, or he is not willing to put in the work to get there. I say that because if he was willing to put in the work, he would have done it. So it leaves me to believe that he doesn’t think his throwing is that off. This is another head issue and one that is much harder to fix.

    If BA is a genuine QB whisperer, then he better start whispering something different into Jameis’ ear now while it’s still early. Maybe even lick his ear if needed to get his attention. It’s early, and only one game. But it’s a tough road ahead this season and it’s time for Jameis to either step up or step aside.

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  53. This was vintage Jameis. Expect little and he will meet expectations.

    White was MIA and should not be calling the defensive plays.

    Good news is I no longer have any hope for this year…so no need to stress on sundays

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