Dirk Koetter Drops A Walk-Off

November 16th, 2017


The leader of the Buccaneers exercised some A-plus time management skills this afternoon.

After practice ended earlier than planned at One Buc Palace, formerly winning head coach Dirk Koetter headed to his scheduled news conference ahead of schedule, though media knows that start times for news conferences are purely an estimate and they must prepare accordingly.

Well, Koetter marched to the media podium and the media throng attending was thin because he was early.

Koetter, Joe was told, took his spot, looked around, and when nobody lobbed a question at him after 10 or so awkward seconds, Koetter walked off and headed back to work.


Joe loves the attitude from the head coach. The Bucs are trying to fix a 3-6 mess and Joe doesn’t want the head coach wasting his time before a bunch of unprepared or disinterested media.

Joe hopes Koetter went right back to the film room and spent his saved time on figuring out how to give Peyton Barber the rock more often.

55 Responses to “Dirk Koetter Drops A Walk-Off”

  1. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Hells ya!!!!!…….that’s our coach!
    Dirk…………..you one bad mof*!!!!!!!

  2. Matt Says:

    Almost imagine how hard your job is when u see these same reporters asking him questions are the same ones screaming for his head and to hire Gruden. Just sayin
    Who in Tampa is screaming for his head?–Joe

  3. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:


    You can bet there are some fans and media who will take offense at it though.

  4. The Buc Realist Says:

    Some wish that Joe had that “get back to work” attitude when the reality tv show that was announce to be filmed at 1 Buc this past off-season!!!!!!!!! Lesson learned for some!!!!!!!
    GO Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Joe has no clue what you’re talking about. –Joe

  5. Chico Says:

    [email protected] Peyton Barber…..ok Yea….Its all Dougs Fault….SMH
    Hurry up Gruden!!!
    Amazing how Doug is now on 20 consecutive games without a 100-yarder, has lost his 2015 burst, has had a dreadful yards-per-carry average over two seasons and 240 carries, is not a significant threat in the passing games, and people don’t want to give the ball to a young kid to see if he can do better. –Joe

  6. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Is this more of the same as last year? Getting everyone on the same page, all buying in to the system, executing the plays as coached?

    Why does it take half a season to get the team to do what you want? A good head coach and coaching staff has their players ready to play week one.

    Sure there are injuries etc. and maybe a learning curve for free agents and rookies, but two years in a row???? Or is it an extremely slow start?
    Either way I blame the coaches.

  7. DB55 Says:

    I hope he’s working on some crossing routes for OJ and Brate or Djax and Sims or maybe even idk just crazy talk here but maybe some designed qb runs or option plays? Wtfdik.

    Koetter would do himself a huge favor by throwing away the page where he keeps all of Djax long passes and all of humps pass plays. Just throw it out. Dink and dunk before you find yourself out a job sir.

    Restore the short passing game, use both TEs, help your oline because they aren’t good enough for the deep bombs you want to throw. That is unless you want Fitz to end up with a bum shoulder too? That would make all 3 qbs with bum shoulders. But wtf dik?

  8. Defense Rules Says:

    Sounds like Dirk’s figured out that the media aren’t the ones who’ll be making the decision whether he stays or goes. Win out the rest of the way and the media can write what they want. What they write won’t matter a lick to the Glazers. They’ll have their winning coach, and so will we.

  9. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    Agree with your take about the crossing patterns and throwing some short passes to DJAX. It seems they have been tossing some short passes to DJAX recently and letting him use his speed for YAC.

    I also agree with running Fitz. He’s a stone cold competitor and fearless runner and in reality it may be his strongest suit. He’s not a franchise QB…at this point nothing matters but trying for wins if that means risking our backup QB by letting him run I’m all for it.

  10. ClodHopper Says:

    Joe was told? You weren’t there? So then were you the unprepared one or the disinterested one? 😁

  11. Not there yet Says:

    Amazing how Doug is now on 20 consecutive games without a 100-yarder, has lost his 2015 burst, has had a dreadful yards-per-carry average over two seasons and 240 carries, is not a significant threat in the passing games, and people don’t want to give the ball to a young kid to see if he can do better. –Joe

    You always say it but there are too many excuses for why isn’t doing the right thing. Biased but Dirk deserves as much

  12. Not there yet Says:

    Dirk should be criticised more than Doug after all he’s the one playing him

  13. Lamarcus Says:

    Dm is garabe

  14. Lamarcus Says:

    I’m mean garbage lol

  15. DB55 Says:


    I really need to improve my writing skills. English is my second language if I can use that excuse, lol. Que Pablo.

    I was referring to Winston but Fitz can scramble too. Point being Koetter needs to evolve from this pocket passer mentality of his and give opposing defenses a moving target bc the qbs and rbs are getting killed.

  16. Mike in LOL Says:

    Agree with Joe, let’s make Peyton Barber our #1 back the rest of the year!!! Doug Martin isn’t helping us win anything and hasn’t for a long time, why not let you the young Buc get an ample amount of experience in real game time situations, that way we know if he is worth holding onto next year (hopefully as a backup as I hope we draft a RB)

  17. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    Thanks for that clarification. I think #3 has talent as runner but he IS the franchise and he scares me because of his lack of judgement. He’s not always sure when to go for it and when to run OB or slide.

    BTW I would say the same thing about Fitz…when he runs it’s like #3 with reckless abandon but as much as I like Fitz he’s simply not the franchise so I don’t feel any need to protect him. If Griffen is not the backup next year I predict we’re going to find another young dude to groom.

  18. Tackleblockwin Says:

    I would go nuts too if I was answering the same questions over and over again every week.

  19. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Why didn’t you ask a question?…..that would have kept him there…..

  20. AlteredEgo Says:

    Bwhahahahaha….love it…but the press has the last word

  21. DoNUTS Says:

    I think JBF and the fans need to be a bit more honest with themselves about the running game. Barber has had some chances and to be frank has not done anything special to earn more time. Has the sampling been large? No but I also think he doesnt know the whole playbook and hence cant be in on certain packages as a result. He almost got Winston killed by missing a chip block on the LB blitz early in the season; pretty sure Koetter wont forget that.

    At what point, do we look at the OL? The changes to the OL? Everything in the NFL starts up front. I love Marpet but I think he is out of position regardless of the “coaches grades”. Sweezy is here for a retirement paycheck; he wont be playing next year IMO especially if regime change occurs.

    In RE Fitz running QB, you all have lost your minds. When Fitz runs its because all the other options have been removed and the LBs have dropped deep. Designed plays to run? He is no Mike Vick. Lets be real; he is 35 not 25.

  22. 941bucsfan Says:

    Doug Martin is trash….sucks these fans cant see it

  23. buddy Says:

    Dirk is dealing with much bigger issues right now. Trust me he didn’t want to get questioned with whats happening. No wonder he bugged out scared to have or deal with whats coming verrrrryyy soon……

  24. Not there yet Says:

    Something is going on with this franchise. Not that I’m comparing the two but I can remember Josh Freeman Forest couple years when he looked decent and in part because he was a threat to take off with the ball and run. Same thing in Winston’s first couple years and now it seems he looks worse because he’s refusing to take off and run. Why is used Winston used to do it bit won’t now? It’s really odd considering that Fitz looks to run the ball more than Winston has this year

  25. Doctor Stroud Says:

    Wow! What a breath of fresh air! Coach Koetter is a breath of fresh air, like driving up and down I-275 on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge getting ready to pass grandpa in an RV with Wisconsin plates on a sunny yet cool, crisp November day with all of the doors, windows, and sunroof wide open.

  26. JonBuc Says:

    Dead Man Walk-Off!

  27. Sweep the leg Says:

    Peyton Barber?

    Yeaaaa ok NO

  28. MooseSOG Says:

    Yea real cool coach kooter back on his high horse and dogging media after breaking his loosing streak!! The only good thing about this joe piece was I think your dead on about Peyton barber! Other then that I want to hear koetter talk and answer questions from media! That way we can try and get a glimpse into something I guess!!


  29. Hodad Says:

    Why is a 3-6 team ending practice 40 minutes early? I would think they’d practice a bit longer considering they suck! Loser coach, instilling a loser practice doesn’t matter mentality. When they come out flat for games, and seem unprepared now you know why.

  30. Buccaneer scotty Says:

    It’s bad as this team is practice should never be short it should be double time! Are you kidding me! Soft training camp south practices soft coach!

  31. cmurda Says:

    Let’s not jump to conclusions. Practice could have ended early for many reasons. The 40 minutes of practice time won’t be the reason the Bucs start playing like they are capable. Heart, accountability, and perseverance will be. Now, let’s see if they got some.

  32. BucEmUp Says:

    I really want Koetter to stay and succeed and I believe he can.

    Now can and will are two different things. As of this past Sunday, it looks like the defense has changed they’re overall approach with scheme and aggresiveness but they did that back against New England and switched right back to the same soft zone bullcrap.

    Koetters offense has sputtered and that blame can be passed around the entire table, but the defense struggles all fall on Smith. The players were playing without a purpose and you saw first hand how they respond when they are playing for something they believe in.

    I hope for Koetters sake and the Bucs future that he sticks around…but thats only going to happen if Mike Smith does his job. The offense will find it’s rhythm we saw it last year….it’s there it’s just not firing on all cylinders lately.

    Run the table Dirk and make the playoffs!!!!!!!! RUN THE TABLE BABY!!!!!!!!!

  33. Warrenfb12 Says:

    Eh. I know you guys are getting Koetter’s back here, but seems like he’s losing his poise. Gotta tune the grumors out

  34. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Possible that Saints were in less run fits with the decent sized lead they had when Barber starting toting it….Saints were mainly playing the pass at that point.

  35. GoBucYourself Says:

    I’m glad you appreciate the attitude Dirk took, Joe. He took the same attitude here in Phoenix when he coached ASU. If the press guys weren’t ready to go on his schedule he’d walk out. And if the questions just got too idiotic, he’d walk out on that too. There’s no shortage of media guys out here who still despise Dirk because he didn’t give them the ‘respect’ they thought they deserved. And from what I understand, the feeling is mutual.

  36. HowToSpellRhonde Says:

    Bravo!, Clod.

    Yeah, Joe’s cool with the loser coach being an asswhipe because it wasn’t his time being wasted. Good thing Joe was unprepared and disinterested himself.

    This guy hasn’t earned the right with his coaching record to act pompous, good thing Joe’s got his back calling him a winner…when he isn’t.

  37. Not there yet Says:

    Done!!!! Offensive coach that can’t score points and people are saying it’s because we’re playing a back up he’s done. To put it on perspective Adrian Peterson has disappeared, they lost quarterback and running back but better record, the Colt’s and Texans have that excuse but we’re tied in wins with them and chargers. If his team didn’t make the playoffs the hard core fans could accept that if their team is competitive.

    Classic Dirk more weapons than anyone in the league but we have the most boring games imaginable. Classic Dirk is keep playing Doug Martin the guy who could be cut with no salary cap hit, forget the young guys, Mr kicking a field goal with a 2-6 record because I can’t dial up a play to get 3 years

  38. ClodHopper Says:

    Lol Rhonde

    I was just joking around and you go mean. Maybe you’re in the midst of smegma withdrawals? Haha. Jk

  39. SirFrancisBakon Says:

    Heard you weren’t even there Joseph

  40. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    “Heard you weren’t even there Joseph”


    Read the article again. It’s pretty clear.

  41. Supersam Says:

    Dead man walking.

  42. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    It’s funny to me how quickly fans twist things to better fit their narrative. If he did this after the Chicago game, every single one of you would have thought it was great and said “that’s my coach”. Now that we aren’t winning, you criticize him. It’s just dumb. It’s fine if you don’t think he’s doing a good job, but it’s hard to take you serious when you criticize him for things you would have loved 2 months ago. It’s like fans are either all in or all out. There’s no in between. It is entirely possible to dislike a coach or the job he’s doing but like something he did or said. The same can be applied to players, politicians, etc. I just don’t understand how closed minded people can be to feed their narrative.

  43. DB55 Says:

    I know ya watching this right? Lmao.

  44. Season Is Over Says:

    Moose is right. Koetter always gets cocky after a win but looks like he just saw a ghost after losses. The reason he walked off is because the local media is scared to ask him the tough questions.

  45. westernbuc Says:

    Pewter Report seems to be pushing for Jon Gruden. Or at least strongly suggesting that Koetter might get fired and Gruden is next in line. Honestly I’d rather he spend that time in the film room than giving out coach speak quotes.

  46. Jeffbuc Says:

    Peyton barber 3.2 ypc average this year
    Doug Martin 3.3 ypc average this year
    Person barber 3.8 ypc career
    Doug Martin 4.1 ypc career.

  47. DavidBigBucsfan99 Says:

    Oh yeah that breath of fresh air Koetter. He’s so real that guy. So many treat him like he’s better than Gruden but for the rest of the year won’t be able to properly utilize the talent on the offense. An empty stage probably how it’s gonna look when/if he gets fired with no one around.

  48. canadabucsfan Says:

    Where are all those Mariota losers now? 0 tds 3 int tonight…. everybody has games like this. duh.

  49. ElioT Says:

    What the hell is Dirk going to say any way?

    The only question is why this team puked all over their c**ks for the first half of the party and blew their chance at getting laid in the playoffs?


    With more talent and experience?

    What’s Koetter’s answer?

    “This f**king team is full of losers, mental midgets, and some suspect coaches too.” – Dirk’s inner thoughts

  50. canadabucsfan Says:

    8 ads 10 int for mar iota this season … Winston 10-6. all of you Mariota lovers can switch teams . bye bye

  51. canadabucsfan Says:

    8 TDs Mariota*

  52. Mr. Ed Says:

    Good for Dirk. Some people got bent out of shape because they didn’t get to ask the same question they’ve asked the last six weeks. Too bad.

  53. Cgmaster Says:

    Canada he had 4 interceptions tonight. The mariota fans will crawl back under their bridges for a week or so. mariota has been average at best this year. And he actually has a running game.

  54. Reach87 Says:

    Cmurda, i agree. Reasoned, rational post.

  55. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I’ve said it before and I will say it again:

    The offensive line will improve as it develops and gels, which will help the running game.

    Doug Martin was worth keeping this year to see if he would be inspired to do better. He hasn’t, so he should go at the end of the year. BUT…don’t try to lay it all on him. Outside of 1-3 good runs all year, no RB has done well. Start Peyton Barber and that won’t change…although I AM in favor of starting him. I just don’t expect much difference because the Oline isn’t good enough yet (getting there) and we don’t have an effective lead blocker.

    We still need a good fullback. Koetter wants one too. He’s had Licht bring them in every year, but hasn’t found one he likes yet.

    Now, people try to claim the time of the fullback is past. Wrong. Aside from the NFL working in cycles, consider that the ‘proven’ methods have not worked at all. Time to admit defeat and go back to the proven method of a hard hitting, fear inciting fullback like an Alstott, combined with a great lead blocker like Lorenzo Neal.

    Find a guy like that, and the running game will explode. Especially when combined with a finesse runner.