Jimbo Fisher compares Jameis Winston to Joe Montana; Defends his interceptions

jameisJameis Winston has been getting all types of reviews over the past several days. He has been called the best quarterback since Andrew Luck (Todd McShay), he has been called a scary pick (Mike Mayock), and now he is being compared to Joe Montana. In an interview with Jimbo Fisher on NFL AM, the Florida State head coach who may be a little bias, compared his former gun slinger to a Hall of Famer.

“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 (“NFL AM” co-host 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.”

Winston guided FSU to seven wins by six or fewer points in 2014, when the Seminoles finished 13-1 and lost in a semifinal playoff game. He truly is a winner in college football as well.  He lost only one college game in his career and that happened to Oregon in his final game.  He has a pretty impressive record, but people are still concerned about his interceptions.  Jameis did  toss a few big time interceptions, but his coach defended his picks.

“You talk about mistakes, and you talk about interceptions — and I’ve heard that — well, let me ask you something: How do you make big plays if you don’t take chances?” Fisher said. “Every play is not wide open, and you make mistakes.

“This year, some of it, he forced the ball. Some of it was not all him. It was young linemen in the middle missing blocks, having to get rid of the ball early, or young receivers … they had to grow. He was playing chess, and they were playing checkers.”

I agree with Jimbo, and another good thing about Jameis people fail to realize is he is a pitcher in baseball.  He knows how to look past a bad pass/pitch.  That is a great thing for Jameis, think of Russell Wilson in the playoffs.  After he threw a pick, he didn’t give up, he went back out there and scored a touchdown.

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