Looking back, Williamson wasn’t enough for Bucs

September 24, 2015 general

6 a.m., Thursday The eyes. I still remember the eyes. His voice could raise and turn salty, the way the voices of most coaches can. The veins in his neck could jut out in frustration. The forehead would furrow in failure. But the eyes. The eyes gave you a glimpse of the pain Richard Williamson […]

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Can Winston learn from Freeman’s failure?

July 27, 2015 general

Monday, 6 a.m. To Jameis Winston, he is just another quarterback who didn’t measure up. No one to think twice about. No one to consider. Yes, he used to work here. Yes, he was once the hope for the future, too. Yes, he was loaded with potential and laced with promise. But Josh Freeman failed, […]

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Does the Heisman still live in the state of Florida?

July 22, 2015 College Sports in Florida

Wednesday 6 a.m. Once, this was his state. Once, we were his people. He liked it here. He knew the faces, and they knew his. He was a friendly enough guy, a little overrated perhaps, but this was where he had his morning coffee. This was where he bought his groceries. His name is Heisman, […]

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What’s fair to expect out of Winston in Year One?

July 14, 2015 general

At the risk of spoiling the party, I will say this. At some point this season, on some rainy afternoon when the winds are gusting, in some game where the ball slips out of his hand, Jameis Winston may throw an interception. Just warning you: It could happen. Around here, of course, there is never […]

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Could McCown be the latest Tampa Bay regret?

May 27, 2015 general

Wednesday, 11:35 p.m. It could not happen. Not again. Not here. You close your eyes, and you remember Josh McCown, running for his life, heaving the ball in whatever direction. You remember him losing. You remember cobwebs on the offense. No way that he will succeed. Not in this career. Not with the Browns. And […]

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Can the Bucs really develop Winston?

May 4, 2015 general

Now that the Bucs have him, do you trust the franchise to do the right thing with him? Jameis Winston is young, even for a rookie. He is immature. He will be surrounded by a lot of ordinary. He is coming off a season when he didn’t take enough care of the ball. He has […]

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Random Thoughts: Old Buc Qbs Advising Winston?

May 3, 2015 general

Hi. I’m Floyd Mayweather, and in Laila Ali, I finally seem to have found a woman who can fight back. — Advice to Chip Kelly: In the NFL draft, you don’t trade up using Monopoly money.  I know you read the reports, but no one likes magic beans these days. — I wonder two things: […]

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Asking again: Is Winston the right man for the Bucs?

April 14, 2015 general

Tuesday, 8:16 p.m. Now  that you have braced for them to zig, might they zag? Now that you are ready for them to razzle, might they dazzle? Not that you are ready for them to anoint this quarterback as the future, might they anoint that one? With the Bucs, the mysterious smarter-than-the-world Bucs, anything is […]

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Smith isn’t the first Bucs’ coach to love a QB

April 1, 2015 general

Wednesday, 6:30 a.m. At this rate, the Bucs might not just draft Jameis Winston. At this rate, they might adopt him. The Bucs appear to be completely into Winston, lock, stock and cannons. They might put his face on stadium bucks. They might put it on the Content beyond this point is for members only.

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40 lessons for the Bucs and the NFL draft

March 27, 2015 Florida State University

Friday, 6 a.m. How can a team learn its lesson so many times and never get any smarter? How can a team act so smart and have the results make it look foolish so many times? Such is the NFL draft, the humbling factor of a team that has rarely gotten it right. How can […]

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