Pundits, draft forecasters and everyone in between have shared their thoughts on former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston since the NFL Scouting Combine. Now his former head coach, Jimbo Fisher, has weighed on, joining NFL AM on Wednesday morning to talk about his star pupil.
Fisher talked about Winston’s past issues, his interception totals and about the NFL teams who have contacted him regarding Winston, including if the Bucs have been in touch. Fisher was asked if he thought there was any way Tampa Bay would pass on Winston.
“I don’t think so,” Fisher said. “Here is how I look at players even when I recruit, there are certain guys that you don’t want to play against. It is not just can he do it, but there are certain guys you don’t want to play against.”
Fisher also addressed the interception issue in 2014.
“How do you make big plays if you don’t take chances?” Fisher said. “Every play is not wide open. This year some of it he forced the ball and some of it was not on him.”
Fisher went on to explain how the receivers were to blame at times with the interceptions.
“This year, some of it, he forced the ball,” Fisher said. “Some of it was not all him, some of it was young linemen in the middle making missed blocks, and making him get rid of the ball early. Or young receivers not knowing the backside of a route – or running the back side of a route saying, ‘Well I’m not going to get the ball,’ then all of a sudden he is throwing it to them because that is the matchup. He was playing chess, they were playing checkers.”
In the interview, Fisher was also very complimentary of Oregon Qb Marcus Mariota.
To watch and listen to the entire interview, click here.
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Winston is getting high praise and being compared to some legends in the game. At the combine, some analysts were comparing his football IQ to Peyton Manning and now Jimbo Fisher is comparing his end game to Joe Montana!
I watched NFL AM this morning and Fisher said this to Eric Davis CB for Montana and the 49ers “There are certain guys you just don’t want to play against,” Fisher said. “It’s not just ‘Can he do it?’ But there are certain guys you don’t want to play against. When you (Eric Davis) played with Joe (Montana), if Joe got the ball at the end of the game, what was gonna happen? Your team was gonna win. That’s what this guy does.”
Since he runs the 40 in about the same time as Tom Brady – listen out for the Brady comparison next!
As a fan who does not have deep football knowledge I can only rely on digesting all that I read and hear along with whatever Impressions I get from what I see. Two things stand out for me from what Fisher said. Winston is a “football junkie”, a student of the game. Second, he was a “chess player” in comparison to some of his “checkers” team mates. I love that! … Overall I have the impression that both Mariota and Winston have a tremendous long term potential. How it will work out though, is still anybody’s guess. Looks like the nod goes to Winston going to the Bucs because he is more “NFL ready” now.
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