If you think the debate between Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston isn't a hot debate already, I've got some news for you. Every analyst will have their opinion as to whom they believe the Bucs should select. Now some rogue Bucs fan feels he/she can dictate what he/she feels the Bucs should do with the 1st overall pick.
There is a website called change.org where any half-witted human being can create some bogus petition for anything their miserable lives want to complain about. You can find petitions for banning Gary Danielson and Verne Lundquist, make pole dancing an Olympic Sport, and to ban blood sports in Ireland, but now change.org might have hit rock bottom.
Fans always seem to think they know more than NFL front offices who watch thousands of hours of film, have former FBI agents doing background checks on draft prospects, and get face-to-face meetings with those prospects as well.
One Bucs fan has started a petition for the Bucs to not draft Jameis Winston with the first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Here's what the petition states:
"The Buccaneers currently have the #1 overall pick in the draft. This could be a great opportunity to build towards the future of a successful franchise. This petition is to urge Jason Licht (Buccaneers General Manager) not to draft quarterback Jameis Winston of Florida State University. Although Winston is a talented prospect, the negative, in this situation, clearly outweighs the positive. During his brief time at FSU, Winston has had numerous instances where has been in trouble with the law and/or with the school (Jameis Winston incident timeline: http://www.foxsports.com/college-football/story/jameis-winston-incidents-timeline-091714). The public perception of him is not a positive one. Most people agree that Winston has escaped consequences for his actions repeatedly while attending FSU. Additionally, it appears he has no real remorse for his actions and seems uninterested in receiving advice and/or guidance from proven professionals and well respected people within the community. Furthermore, Winston’s numbers have consistently declined in most every category since his Heisman season a year ago. Completion percentage, yards per attempt, and touchdowns (40 in 2013 and only 24 this year) have all declined this year, whereas his interceptions (10 in 2013 and 17 so far this year) have increased. Because of these facts, it is clear that the team many of us have grown up cheering for since childhood needs to pass on Jameis Winston and look elsewhere to build a winning team. Winning is one thing, doing it with class is quite another. Please sign this petition and keep Winston out of a Tampa Bay Buccaneer jersey and out of our community."
I am on record as saying I would easily take either Winston or Mariota with the first overall pick, and I'd be happy about it. To me, Winston is clearly the more prepared quarterback for the NFL, but Mariota has a cleaner record off-the-field. If the Bucs do their due diligence and feal Jameis Winston's character is not as big a concern as the media has made it out to be, I'd have no problem with the Bucs taking the better pocket passer in this draft.
As for a fan trying to dictate what an NFL franchise will do in the draft, it's an absolute joke. It should be embarrassing to all Buccaneers' fans whether you agree with the petition or not. For one Bucs fan thinking they might have the power to make a decision for Lovie Smith or Jason Licht or the Glazer family is simply laughable.
While we're at it with petitions, where is the petition to get my old radio show "Fan Interference" back on the air in Tampa? Don't bother, much like this "Bucs passing on Jameis Winston petition," it won't work either.
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