Former NFL personnel executive and current NFL consultant Chris Landry has been going on Tampa radio to talk about Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston in recent weeks. And yesterday, he revealed a long, long list of names of personnel executives and coaches who prefer one or the other quarterback, in a conversation with 620 WDAE's Steve Duemig. JoeBucsFan has the audio and the list:
Mike Shula, Joe Philbin, Marty Mornhinweg, Hue Jackson, Jedd Fisch, Frank Reich, Doug Whaley, Ryan Grigson, Dave Caldwell, Scot McCloughan.
Sean Payton, Darrell Bevell, Gary Kubiak, Bill O'Brien, Pep Hamilton, Doug Pederson, Andy Reid, Bill Lazor, Tom Clements, Mike McCarthy, Norv Turner, Josh McDaniels, Bruce Arians, Jeff Fisher, Les Snead, John Schneider, Trent Baalke, Steve Keim, Ted Thompson, Jerry Reese, Ozzie Newsome, Kevin Colbert, Tom Telesco.
That's a weirdly exhaustive list. Who has access to all of those guys and can get their actual opinions, and won't be shunned for exposing those opinions? It's weird, is what. I don't know if I'm buying that. But it sure is striking that the list is heavily weighted toward Marcus Mariota.
Landry did make it clear that he asked only executives and coaches who had watched the film, and he was asking based only on the on-field evaluation, not the off-field stuff.
Notably not on that list: anyone with the Bucs. So this really doesn't say much about where Jason Licht and Lovie Smith will go with their decision. And only a few of these coaches and executives will have been involved in exhaustively scouting and interviewing either player -- most have no need for a quarterback, nor are they likely to be in position to draft either one, after all.
Odd thing is, everything still points to Winston for the Buccaneers, regardless of the overall weight of this list. Nothing's decided yet, though.