First it was Chris Mortensen who claimed the Bucs were targeting Oregon quarterback earlier this week, and now ESPN’s Adam Schefter says “there’s a real sense that Tampa Bay has its sights set on Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.”
Schefter doesn’t name any sources, instead claiming “a sense” possibly based on the assumptions of Mortensen earlier this week, who cited the hirings of offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and quarterback coach Mike Bajakian as a reason Tampa Bay may be going in the direction of Mariota.
While many national pundits and scouts claim Winston is the better quarterback, the off-field issues will be taken into account. The Buccaneers have already begun the background process and will continue to look into Winston’s history before making a decision on which QB they select No. 1 in this April’s NFL Draft.
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He’s got a “sense”? This is why I no longer watch ESPN.
LA, are you the same from the TBT blog? e
Actually, it is Ia, as in Iowa (no big deal). No, I do not do a blog. Iabucfan
Ha! My Bad… I-A… Gotcha. How does one become a Buc fan in Iowa, if you don’t mind me asking?
I used to live in Tampa. My wife is from Iowa. She is a only child so we are here to take care of her mother.
Hey iabucfan I’m in Iowa too! You happen to be in Iowa city???
buclover1988, Cedar Falls.
I’d really like if they drafted Mariota to put him in a Chip Kelly type of offense, otherwise it would make zero sense to take him over Winston, unless Winston is failing all the Bucs background checks. I’d be excited with either QB, but only if they have the correct offensive gameplan for each and don’t try to fit a square peg in a round hole.
cbrady2k- I agree, you have to put Mariota in a read option offense like in Seattle or I will worry, let him be the kind of qb he is an athletic qb who can make plays on the run, like a R. Wilson or a Kaepernick
Of course, this could all be smoke screen stuff to try to make Chip Kelly ante up. If Winston doesn’t do anything nutty before the draft and he aces his interviews, I hope he’s our QB. e
What sense is that? Some people use crystal balls with just as much accuracy. These talking heads have nothing to talk about that is factual so they move on to their sense of things to come.
Yeah, these guys were dead on with their predictions of Mike Evans to TB…
This time of year, everybody has got an opinion. macabee has too much spare time. lol!
Analysts that have endorsed Jameis Winston:
Bucky Brooks – NFL.com
Daniel Jeremiah – NFL.com
Dane Brugler – CBSSPORTS.com
Rob Rang – CBSSPORTS.com
Charlie Campbell – Walter Football
Pete Schrager – FoxSports
Matt Miller – Team Stream
Chris Simms – Team Stream
Mel Kiper – ESPN Insider
Todd McShay – ESPN Insider
Joes – JoeBucsFan.com
Dan Kadar – BucsNation
Scott Reynolds – PewterReport
Gil Brandt – NFL.com
Website mocks with Winston as 1st pick:
Former NFL QBs that have stated preference for Winston:
Impressed with your research, Macabee! e
Mac- It doesn’t matter what those guys say it matters what the Bucs say and Shefter has a lot of connections with the organization
Like they would actually hint to anyone outside of the organization who they are thinking about drafting. e
And none of those guys on macabee’s list do? Many even played with the team. No one knows!
Jongruden…maybe it’s me maturing and growing up, but I agree with a lot of what you say. I remember I used to dispise you, now I couldn’t imagine you not commenting here…happy your a buck fan jonny g.
Buclover1988- Thats hilarious, I’m glad I have at least one friend in here
Me too jonnyG
I sense we are gonna draft a QB…
good one, cremdonado!
Since our HC isnt offensively minded,is there ANY chance we wait til draft day and deal our pick or choose Williams from USC and then select Hundley at the top of the second?Perhaps we trade with Philly,let them at Mariota and then move back up to land Winston or stay at 20 and grab Hundley and the eagles picks for the next few years? All depends on the combine,where Hundley can increase his value…
I can’t imagine why in the world anyone would still believe that Tampa will be selecting Winston. That may be your hope or even your prayer, but it simply is not going to happen. What in Lovie Smith’s background would justify such a pick? It is not going to happen. I heard Joe Montana say on the Jim Rhome show that the most important quality of a quarterback is the respect he has from his teammates who have to consider him completely dependable. From a coaching standpoint, he said, you have to have confidence that the player will prepare himself off the field as well on. He has to be respected. And he has to have more than football intelligence, he has to have life intelligence, that is, to conduct himself as a model citizen.
Buddah- I too want Mariota but only cause I don;t trust the “knucklehead” Winston to stay out of trouble. Winston has big time talent and the best arm in the draft and is the best ON field leader among the qb’s. If I knew Winston could stay out of trouble I would be on the Winston bandwagon too, but after a list of stupid stuff it only tells me he is a “knucklehead” and I don’t trust “knuckleheads”
So, I’m assuming that you didn’t like knuckhead Warren Sapp on the team that won the Superbowl? e
Remind me of what Sapp did again? Unless your talking about the “alleged” pot smoking in college, was there something else?
Or the “alleged” date rape? e
Heres whats not “alleged” -Shoplifting crab under his shirt at a local Tallahassee Grocery Store, stealing soda from a soda fountain at a Burger King, shooting out dorm windows around FSU Campus with a bb gun, standing on a table shouting obsceneties at the fellow student union and when asked by Coach Fisher he Lied about it was originally suspended by Fischer for a half but when caught in a lie was suspended rest of game. So yes, tell me about Sapps rap sheet again?, lol
Now let’s be clear here because words matter. This is all of what Adam Schefter said “Many NFL executives and scouts believe Florida State’s Jameis Winston is the best pro quarterback prospect in this draft. Of course, teams still have three months to dig into Winston’s past and see what they can uncover. Plus, there’s a real sense that Tampa Bay has its sights set on Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. So for now, Mariota shapes up as the most likely No. 1 pick. But there are still three months of combine work, pro days, interviews and investigations to go”.
Never in one word did he say that he had spoken with Buc sources or even that this was a “sense” at the Bucs. In fact he didn’t say who or where this “sense” was coming from. It is most likely implied that he is referring to Bucs coaching hires and their backgrounds that one could reasonably “sense” that Mariota was the likely target – the same conclusion his pal Chris Mortensen came to when he said “The stars are aligned for Mariota”..
Schefter is reputable, but he is also smart. He was clever enough to leave a door open to exit these words as it is early in the process and opinions could change. He was also careful to acknowledge what a lot of us have been saying – that many NFL executives and scouts believe Florida State’s Jameis Winston is the best pro quarterback prospect in this draft.
The takeaway here is that the Bucs are indeed targeting a QB with the first pick and that’s good news. I expect the Bucs to target Mariota as well as target Winston as they are the only 2 QBs deserving of a first pick in round one! That process has only just begun.
Then remember that while Schefter is credible, so are lots of other prognosticators who have earned the right to have a believable voice, such as “The Godfather” Gil brandt, among others that I listed in my first post.
Sleep well Buc fans, this ain’t over yet!
Again, I prefer Mariota but would be fine with Winston there is no option C
Gil Brandyt is 90 yrs old and I fall asleep listeining to him on Sirius, don’t know if he remembers anything anymore to be a “credible” source
Go out and buy a 6 pack and relax. Maybe the Bucs will start winning by then!
But at 90 he’s very mature JonnyG. This debate is going to go on and on with no one saying anything new while focusing only on facts to prove their points and ignoring other facts that also matter. You’re correct that Winston has done “knucklehead” things and Mariota is a model citizen. What we don’t know is if Winston will, like most of us do, realize he has a lot at stake and lose the BMOC facade. I believe he will because of his desire to play football. Likewise we don’t know if Mariota will overcome his shortcomings. Either will be better than what we have now.
Does anyone remember Mark Sanchez got arrested in 2006 while in College on rape charges? As the investigation went along it came out as NOT enough evidence. Sounds very familiar! Most of us I believe have forgotten about that just as everyone will forget about Winstons off field issues if he keeps his rap sheet clean and wins football games. Americans have a forgiving nature and a short memory.
I think the QB from Oregon would be a great selection for the bucs. But what ever the bucs do Its the best for tampa.GO BUCS
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