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September 18, 2013

The Tao of Jaboo (BC Week Edition)


Every Wednesday Jameis Winston speaks and every Wednesday we'll provide you the highlights of his interview in a weekly feature called, "The Tao of Jaboo."

Jameis Winston stopped bu on Wednesday to discuss BC, his performance last Saturday and his relationship with head coach Jimbo Fisher. 

Fisher - as has never been a secret - can be a bit hard on his QB's. As a former quarterback himself, Fisher demands more of his signal-callers than many have been asked to give up to this point in their lives. Fisher demands a near-professional approach (which is a big part of why his past three QB's were taking in the top 20 picks of the NFL draft) and settles for nothing less.

That could be a lot to endure if not for the trust Fisher engenders from his players, Winston in particular:

“It comes from me and his trust. I trust him 100 percent, and the better I trust him, the more comfortable I am with him," said Winston. "He teaches me what to do out there, him and [quarterbacks coach Randy Sanders], they tell me what I need to do, and it comes from me preparing and watching film to know the right decisions, but he basically teaches me out there, so he’s putting me out there on the field in his image so I have to do what he wants to do. That’s why we have to trust each other.”

But Winston was also asked if the pressure of Fisher's expectations could be burdensome. For some QB's it has been. 

“That’s what I would do if I were a coach. He’s competitive. He wants everything to go perfect. He’s a perfectionist, and that’s one thing you want in a coach," said Winston. "You don’t want a coach to allow you to do bad things and let little things go by.”

But is it ever too much? To many fans the only part of the relationship that is visible is the interaction between Fisher and his passers on the sideline. Often time Fisher can be fiery. Sometimes yelling is involved.

“I think when Coach Fisher tries to yell at me and intimidate me, he knows that I’m going to look at him like, ‘Coach, I know you’re trying to get under my skin.’ So it’s not necessarily going to work," joked Winston.

"But when I know he’s serious, I get a different type of attitude. I’ve got to lock in, because I know when he gets mad at a practice, it probably isn’t going to stop if I keep messing up. I can quiet him, but I can’t stop him from yelling the rest of the practice.”

More from Jameis:

##- On his excitement over traveling to Boston:

“I just love away games period.  I think they’re just fun games, and we get to travel, so that’s always fun.  I’ve never been to Boston before, but I’ve heard it’s pretty nice. We’re only there for one day, it’s not like a baseball trip.”

##- On what BC's defense has put on film:

“A lot of different things. They are very complicated, so it’s going to be a real fun game with a lot of different schemes and packages that they bring to the table, so it’s going to be fun.”

##- On his growing comfort with the offense:

“I still feel like I have a long way to go in the offense, but for the rest of the year, I’m going to be comfortable with the players that we have around us, and they actually help me more than I can help them. Like this weekend, I busted a play, but I was able to get out of that and my team backed me up. K.B. [redshirt sophomore Kelvin Benjamin] made a great catch and it was a touchdown. That was my negative, but it was the team’s positive.”


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The Tao of Jaboo (Bethune Week Edition)


Every Wednesday Jameis Winston speaks and every Wednesday we'll provide you the highlights of his interview in a weekly feature called, "The Tao of Jaboo."

Jameis Winston stopped by on Wednesday afternoon to talk Bethune Cookman, last week's game and a whole host of other topics, among them: EJ Manuel. Winston credits EJ with giving him a great example:

“It was great to have EJ there just for me to be available to observe him," said Winston. "He led the nation in efficiency, he was up there, he always made good decisions. I don’t know how many interceptions he had but I know he did a great job for me.

"Just being able to watch him and how he’s able to process things, I can kind of put that to my game because we have similar games, it’s just that the first two games have been real good, EJ had two tremendous first games. Just looking up to him, wow, I’m just sitting, but now I’m actually on the field. I can be able to use some of EJ’s ideas or be able to do something that he did last year.”

Winston also makes sure to watch Manuel every Sunday, as he did again last weekend:

"I was proud of him. I didn’t say much, I just said he deserved it. I was kind of mad because of the interception at what people were saying. But I was like, he got blitzed. It was pass interference and he went down there and scored a touchdown on his dad’s birthday. That’s love. To do that for your dad and being that it’s your first pro football win, that’s amazing.”

Here are some other highlights:

##- On his relationship with his wide receivers:

“That’s one thing about playing quarterback at Florida State. You have great guys that are going to get the ball; you have great people that are going to protect you. Those guys are amazing, Kenny (Shaw), Rashad (Greene), KB (Kelvin Benjamin), even Christian Green, everyone has been playing their role with this team.”

##- Despite my repeated assertions that Kenny Shaw is becoming Winston's go-to receiver (10 catches, 188 yards and a touchdown through two games), Jameis says he has a good rapport with all of his receivers.

“I got great chemistry with all of my wide receivers. It was a run and this was my read. Coach tells me to throw that, if it’s open, just throw it. We just got in a groove that way; they weren’t covering it so we just kept on.”

 ##- On recovering well from his first career INT:

“That’s how I’m coached. That’s what I’m coached to do. A touchdown, I’m going to celebrate on the field, but when I get to the sideline that play is over with. An interception, I can put my head down or something, but when I get to the sideline, it’s over with because that’s the game of football. You’ve got to keep going, you never know what play is going to be the difference maker in a win or a loss.”

##- And finally, Winston was asked about his relationship with Jacob Coker - the guy he beat out for the Seminole starting QB job:

“You should just see us, just coming to practice and watch us. Nothing is different. It’s still like fall camp to us. We’re still out there having fun. We know that we can do the same thing, every quarterback that Coach Fisher has prepared, every one of those quarterbacks can go out there and do the same thing. And by us having the same guys around us, I said that earlier, any quarterback, young quarterback, it’s a young quarterback’s dream. And for both of us, me and Jacob, even Sean (Maguire), it’s fun to have guys like that around.


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