Jameis Winston Weekly Interview

Football Analyst
Posted Oct 2, 2013


Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston talked on Wednesday about the Boston College game and the upcoming tilt against Maryland. See what he had to say here.

On specific things that have led to Florida State offense’s slow starts:

“Just the pre-game intensity. Just us kind of coming in nonchalant. And, like I said, it’s on me. Sometimes I tend to be little bit more focused before the game starts, and I don’t bring the energy like I usually do as the game gets on.”

On how FSU has produced great numbers when trailing:

“It’s very easy to pick up your intensity when you’re behind. When you’re a great team you always need to have that intensity. You want to play like that – like you are always behind. That’s why we’re always, ‘Hey, don’t look at the scoreboard. Play like the score is 0-0.’ You always have to play like that chip is always on your shoulder.”

On how you felt you reacted to Boston College’s constant pressure:

“I feel like we did a good job with that. They came out playing a totally different new scheme than we expected them to play. But a lot of teams can get pressure, but for us to bounce back and show that the pressure doesn’t affect us and we can still move the football down the field, I think that was good.”

On if it was good to have a game with constant pressure:

“Most of the pressure was on first and second downs, and those are actually downs that we really don’t see a lot of pressure. So they did a good job of mixing that up.”

On using pressure as a chance to make a play down the field:

“When they blitz a ton, we really harp on that. I mean, when I’m getting pressured, somebody is going to be one-on-one. And with the guys that we have around, a big play is about to happen.”

On what he has seen from Maryland and their defense:

“They have a lot of blitzes. More blitzes than we have seen, just from the variety. Some teams might be secondary blitz teams, some might be like edge pressures, but they have a lot of blitzing pressures they can get to. And then they mix up their fronts so sometimes we don’t know if it’s three-down or sometimes we don’t know if it’s four-down. They do a good job with that.”

On if it will be different playing at noon:

“Man, I just like playing. It doesn’t matter what time it is, don’t matter where we play. We could be in the Wal-Mart parking lot. When it is time to play football, it’s time to play.”

On being able to make some plays with his legs at Boston College:

“It’s always fun to be out there running around. But that’s what Jimbo tells me: make plays with your brain, make plays with your arm, and let your legs…you were blessed with some speed and when you gotta pull it down, just pull it down.”

On waiting in the pocket and looking to throw first:

“It’s always pass first. That’s your job as a quarterback. Your job is to get the ball to the other guys. But like I said, it’s a blessing. If you got speed and talent like that, when you gotta get out of there, you got to.”

On having three quality receivers with different attributes:

“It makes my job easy. If any quarterback in the country had wide receivers like that, they’d be happy. I mean, because those guys are top notch guys. Any one of them can go first round. They are amazing.”

On how exciting it was to see senior fullback Chad Abram score a touchdown:

“It was fun. Before the game, Chad’s mom actually asked me, ‘When are you going to give my baby the ball?’ And I said that I’ll throw him a touchdown today.”

On Abram’s personality and how he is as a teammate:

“Chad is actually my roommate. He’s a great guy. He’s athletic. He probably has a pair of the best hands on the team. He can catch the ball, obviously he juggled that one, but Chad don’t miss nothing that comes his way. He’s so unselfish. I mean he can run, he came here as a safety so he’s very athletic and has a great skill set. But that’s one thing that Coach Fisher talks about: knowing your role and knowing what you have and what your part is to this team. And he’s playing a very important part.”

On how has Abram embraced moving from safety to fullback:

“He’s very happy. He can get down the field, he’s playing and he’s doing a great job. When some things don’t work out your way, I mean, some things can work out for the better. I don’t think that he really cares. I think he just loves football and he loves being out there competing and playing.”

On being perfect with the two-minute drill going into the half:

“That’s the way we practice. That’s the way Coach Fisher teaches us to practice. When we are tired and when we have to make something happen, our team usually rises to the occasion and we make something happen. We almost were short going into the half [at Boston College], but (senior wide receiver) Kenny Shaw made a great play. We practice our two-minute (drill) before the half and two-minute at the end of the game all the time. It’s just a practice habit that we have. And if we execute it at practice we’re going to do it on the field.”

On if that last-minute pressure makes him more competitive:

“It really does. Not only am I pumped up, I think everyone else on the team is pumped up. That’s just one thing about our guys, we thrive under pressure. And I think if we can now have a play like we’re always under pressure, I think we’re going to be a great team.”

On scoring late in the first half to kick start second-half scoring:

“It is just that shift in momentum that we have to have. We’ve got to learn to start playing with momentum; the momentum always has to be on our side because everyone is out to get us. That’s how we have to feel. And with scoring before the half, usually we get the ball back and that’s 14 points before they even touch the ball. So that’s obviously good. This time we got seven points before they touched the ball and they came back. They had a big kick return but our defense held them and that was good. I mean it was a 14-3 swing I think.”

On why he thinks he is hard to tackle:

“It’s hard for a defensive lineman to tackle a quarterback when they always have a hand on them. I’ve never seen anyone just come free, unless it was a sight on me. So I think my linemen do a good job of putting me in a situation where I can elude them or where I can break a tackle or that he can only get one hand on me.”

On if he takes a sack personally:

“I always tell the linemen like, ‘Man, I should have checked the ball down. I held it too long.’ And that’s one thing I have to learn as being a quarterback. I mean I shouldn’t get sacked with the type of line that I have. And most of my sacks come from … basically they are coverage sacks where I have to check the ball down. Because I know that I get more than four seconds every time in the pocket.”

On if he was going to throw left handed on a sack in the Boston College game:

“Oh, yeah, I was. I was about to try to throw it left handed. I was trying to check it down to my back, but I decided that like, ‘Man I don’t need to throw an interception before this half.’”

On confidence in the offense:

“One thing that people realize about o-linemen and receivers is that when they have a young quarterback, they tend to feel more important. Because they are like, ‘We’re helping him out, so he’s going to thrive off us.’ And it’s true in our offense. I mean I thrive off those guys. So we have a great relationship. They can voice their opinions and have something to say because I am young and I have to take in what they say. I can’t be like, ‘No, you’re wrong.’ We actually can talk things out. Where as with (former quarterback E.J. Manuel), he was the leader. So when EJ said something, he was right all the time. But now they’re like, “No, Jameis. I mean we’ve been here a little bit longer than you so this is what I see.’ And then I’m like ‘Ok, I see what you’re saying, but Jimbo told me to do this, so y’all chill.’ Jimbo is always the highest, he’s never wrong.”


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