Koetter: Speed Need Extends To ReturnerJanuary 6th, 2017
Winning coach Dirk Koetter has not been shy about expressing his team’s needs since the final bell rang on the 2016 season.
Fans paying attention know Koetter has talked about adding speed for his offense to get more explosive plays. The Bucs had a ton of those in 2015, per their in-house definition, but far less in 2016.
But Koetter verbally broadened the speed-need chatter during a visit to the Buccaneers Radio Network.
The head coach said more speed at “returner” is a goal, too. Joe assumes Koetter mean punt and kick returner.
Adam Humphries is a superior punt catcher and was good there this season. Among guys with 10 or more punt returns, Humphries ranked 10th in the NFL with an average of 9.9 yards per return.
But Humphries was not dangerous. And with the Bucs having the very best third-down defense in the NFL, it was a shame they couldn’t muster more dangerous returns.
Humphries only had two returns of 20+ yards in 24 tries. He called for 22 fair catches, among the most in the NFL.
Remember, general manager Jason Licht went out and drafted a returner, Kaelin Clay, in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Clay was waived after training camp and picked up by Detroit before landing in Baltimore. He spent this season on injured reserve.
At kick returner, well, the Bucs were flat out bad there this season. Ryan Smith had no juice, and Josh Huff was a weapon — for opponents.
It’ll be interesting to see if the Bucs can find a speed threat at returner as they hopefully load up on receiver talent.