Following Monday’s practice offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter spent time with the media, fielding a majority of questions about Jameis Winston and his progression to the next level.
Koetter raved about the No. 1 overall pick’s knowledge and ability to process information, emphasizing the fact that he’s only taken the field three times as an NFL quarterback.
“Well we’ve thrown a ton at him and we have to be realistic, Jameis has been here for three days,” Koetter said. “Today, for the veterans, it was install number five and it was the second time through it for them. (Jameis) has been here three days, he’s on five days of install and it’s his first time through it. He’s going to continue to get better, but he can process and that’s an important thing.”
Koetter noted that, unlike arm strength and athleticism, seeing how a quarterback absorbes information is not easily identifiable on tape. That being so, the Buccaneers conducted their own test early on in the draft stages, giving Winston a 15-play script before taking a long break and testing his recollection. Needless to say, the coaches came away impressed.
“He did great,” Koetter said. “Mike (Bajakian) did a little install with him, similar to what a Day 1 install would be at a rookie minicamp. We tested him and Mike was flying, he was going fast. We took a little break, had lunch and (Winston) met with some other people. We went back in the room and put the tape on, no pictures, and asked ‘Okay, what’s this? What’s this? And what’s this?’ He did very well, we we’re really impressed with him.”
In fact, from Koetter’s standpoint, that test proved to be the difference in selecting him over Marcus Mariota.
“That was pretty high for me, that point (the test),” Koetter said. “We had already looked at every snap for two years on both guys. So (it was) that point right there, because obviously both guys are very good football players. I’ve been around some good guys and (Winston’s recall) was impressive.”
Koetter also came away from the Florida State pro day impressed, referring back to when he looked through their playbook and realized the numerous concepts and installations the college program had.
“Well that’s one thing… even though I love watching spread football on TV, spread football doesn’t really prepare guys for the NFL,” Koetter said. “Aside from Jameis, when we we’re up there for the pro day I was in the O-line room and George (Warhop) was doing our install with the O-lineman from Florida State. There was a playbook sitting right there (in the O-line room), it was their spring ball playbook. I picked it up and started looking at it.
“Heck, Florida State was probably installing more stuff per day than we do. I’ve known about Jimbo Fisher and his style of offense for a long time, and they truly run an NFL system. They ask a lot of their guys, mentally. I think Jameis is as well prepared as most any guy could be right now.”
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