Winston dodging the draft is a bad idea for all

by Gary Shelton on March 25, 2015 · 9 comments

in Florida State University, general, NFL, Tampa Bay Bucs, University of Florida

  • Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.

If staying home is the quarterback’s idea, it’s a bad one.

This is the winter of reconstructing an image, remember. This is the off-season of reputation rehabilitation. These are the months of starting over.

For Jameis Winston, this is a time for building a bridge with the fans of the Tampa Bay Bucs.

For the Bucs, there should be no greater goal for this off-season. Fans seem to be in love with Winston’s talent, and a great many of them watched his play at

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Cecil DeBald March 27, 2015 at 7:04 am

I agree that in the end it won’t matter much if Winston is in Chicago or not. But here is my question…Why isn’t he in Chicago? If virtually 99% of the projected top draft choices over the years are at the draft, why isn’t Winston? Assuming Goodell didn’t ban him, what is it in Winson’s makeup or attitude or behavior that resulted in his decision not to attend? And what does that say about his makeup or attitude or behavior going forward?


scott myers March 25, 2015 at 2:12 pm

Gary, you ask:
“So who speaks for this team? And when? Why is there such silence about the transactions of a football team?”

Leadership, or lack of it, starts at the top with ownership. The Glazers do not live here and do not care enough to expend the monumental efforts and talent, which they are clearly lacking, to make the Bucs a successful franchise on the field. That causes them little concern, because the Bucs are an ‘off the chart’ financial success for the Glazers. With $200 million in TV revenue and $50 million plus in gate receipts, they are way in the black. Maybe the Glazers take a moment to reflect on the 2014 season where the team was 2-14 and 0-8 at home. Even so, average paid attendance for the 8 home games was 60,000 with 50,000 actually showing up to pay for parking and concessions. Why should the Glazers work so much harder to get just a measly 6,000 more tickets per game sold, 2,000 of which they would have to share with the league?

Face it – the only reason the Glazer sons own the team is because they inherited it. They did nothing to acquire the team on their own and they have no talent for being NFL owners.

BTW, shouldn’t you be able to ask your questions above directly to Joel, Bryan, and Edward?


scott myers March 25, 2015 at 1:36 pm

Gary, you state:
“Hey, it’s easier to believe the star quarterback than a faceless student accuser, which is always a great deal of the problem in these sorts of things.”

So are you saying that Erica Kinsman is a faceless student accuser?


Gary Shelton March 25, 2015 at 5:25 pm

Scott, Erica is more visible than most, but yes, his celebrity makes more people tend to believe him.


Gary Shelton March 25, 2015 at 5:34 pm

Of course, but there are few owners who speak for their team in transactions. But league matters, blackouts, direction, ticket prices…all would be welcome.


John Garvey March 25, 2015 at 1:28 pm

Come on. IF Jameis is drafted by the Buccaneers he’ll be on a plane to Tampa the next day. NOBODY will remember or give a damn about whether or not he was at the podium in Chicago. The ONLY thing that will matter is getting him signed, coached up and ready to start in September.
Sure a few fans who can afford to fly to Chicago to see him drafted, assuming he is, will be disappointed. Too bad. Disappointing is season ticket holders paying top dollar to see 0-8 football in Tampa on Sundays.


Gary Shelton March 25, 2015 at 5:36 pm

Most of the fans who would see Winston that day would not be in Chicago. The draft gets huge TV ratings. Mant want to hear what he says. IMO.


John Garvey March 26, 2015 at 4:44 pm

We will. When he gets to Tampa. Yes, the draft gets huge ratings but we’ll hear plenty of commentary, see plenty of film, after he’s picked and more. I just don’t think his photo with Goodell matters that much. It’s forgotten as soon as the next guy is picked anyway. And he CAN talk on the phone, right?


Gary Shelton March 26, 2015 at 7:32 pm

better, to me, if you can watch him talk. but in the long run, it won’t matter much. You’re right.


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