Interception number one was on the third play of the game. The Bucs are lined up “trips right”, and Charles Sims has motioned out of the backfield, lined up on the outside to Winston’s right. Adam Humphries is in the first circle, slot right, closest to Jameis. Vincent Jackson is the third receiver in the bunch to the right.
At the snap, Jackson and Humphries run a double in cut. Jackson will actually cut to the inside in front of Humphries, and Adam will trail in behind him. But the throw is very strange. If you look closely as we move ahead, it is tough even to tell who he is throwing to. Take a look.
We stop it right here. In the book, he was credited with a pass intended for Humphries, but was it? Look at Winston’s stride, and where the hips are facing. It looks like he is looking to throw it to where Vincent Jackson is heading. Humphries and the interceptor, Aqib Talib, haven’t even entered the picture yet.
It seems he might be looking for V-Jax, and the ball sailed. We know it’s either that or a pass for Humphries that left his hand far too early. Let’s roll the tape:
See the ball in flight? It’s behind Jackson, and Humphries is not even close. What is Winston doing? He was able to step into the throw, it’s not like he had to rush.
Talib makes a play on the ball and it’s an early turnover for the Bucs.
It’s not just the fact that he turned the ball over, it’s the fact that the pass was bad. We love Jameis, and I agree with the sentiment. But this one, my friends, was not even close.
Let’s move ahead to the second interception.