“I Won’t Repeat The Same Mistakes I Made Last Time”

January 13th, 2015

New Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter

New Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter was introduced to media today via a conference call. Heck, it’s 3:20 p.m. and he’s still talking.

Joe was able to ask Koetter about his last go-round with a rookie quarterback coming out of a spread offense.

That, of course, would be Kotter welcoming Blaine Gabbert to the Jaguars in 2011, when Gabbert was their first round pick and Koetter was a fifth-year offensive coordinator.

It didn’t go well.

It was a brutal situation for Gabbert, coming out of a spread offense at 21 year old. Gabbert started 14 games — after a lockout-shortened offseason.

Joe will update this post later with more detail, but Koetter said Gabbert wasn’t supposed to start and Koetter learned plenty from the experience. He said it’s important to know what nuanced experience that college spread quarterback has when it comes to dropping back, and other pro-style offensive skills.

“I won’t repeat the same mistakes I made last time,” Koetter said of his time with Gabbert.

19 Responses to ““I Won’t Repeat The Same Mistakes I Made Last Time””

  1. mark2001 Says:

    I like the cut of this mans jib, as they used to say in the old days.

  2. theodore Says:

    Koetter won’t make the same mistakes because Lovie only wants to run the ball.

  3. Bannor Says:

    don’t draft a spread QB and you won’t have that problem. though this reinforces Mariotta will need to sit for his first season in the pros. Does Lovie feel he can survive another season like this last one?

  4. Ray Rice Says:


    “Gabbert said of his time with Gabbert.” How many tall cans have you had already? Lmfao

  5. bucs4lyfe Says:

    hahaha gabbert is quoting himself

  6. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Geez guys you’re making me nervous. If we’re going to make fun of Joe for typos done on the fly while he’s trying to listen to Koettler imagine what it’s like for us. I certainly know my posts have typos and grammatical mistakes out the wazoo. Haste makes waste but sometimes you just gotta move fast and accept the consequences.

    Back OT I really like Koetter. You cannot EVER fix a mistake without first admitting to that mistake. I like people who are smart enough to learn from their mistakes.

    In addition it comforts me that Koetter has so much experience. Experience is the best teacher.

    I’d love to see a stat of all the years Koetter has been an OC in the league as opposed to the years of his predecessors.

  7. JoeJoes Fungi Nails Says:

    “You cannot EVER fix a mistake without first admitting to that mistake. I like people who are smart enough to learn from their mistakes.”…..are you suggesting the Glazers fire Lovie ?

  8. Buc-O's 82 Says:

    We want Napoleon Dynamite for starting QB….

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Sounds like Koetter is preparing to have Mariota….so he won’t make the same mistake with him….or perhaps he’s just referring to a rookie QB….

  10. Pickgrin Says:

    StPeteBucsFan Says:
    January 13th, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    I’d love to see a stat of all the years Koetter has been an OC in the league as opposed to the years of his predecessors.

    Um – there’s these things called – the internet and Google. You could spend 10 minutes finding the answers to your question and report back to us…. Or would researching something for yourself be too much work…??

  11. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    Lots of guys are stat freaks. I enjoy them to a degree but not enough to spend the next 15 minutes researching the Buc OC’s since Gruden left.

    There are lots of guys here who enjoy that stuff and probably a couple who already now the answer. But since you don’t take it easy. Nobody is asking YOU to do something you do not wish to do.


    Well clearly as you’ve posted, you believe Lovie’s hire was a mistake. I’m not sure the Glazers are with you yet. And if you’re right, and you may be, until the Glazers come to your conclusion there’s no fixing the problem.

  12. Pickgrin Says:

    “I won’t repeat the same mistakes I made last time,” Koetter said of his time with Gabbert.

    Translation – We’re drafting the QB prospect who does NOT need to spend the next 2 years sitting and learning to read defenses and how to play a fast game in the pocket from pro formations.

    Winston has excelled at both those things for years. He is also big, strong, athletic with incredible arm strength and solid mobility. Most importantly – he is a born leader and a WINNER. He refuses to accept losing. He leads and WINS by example. He is an alpha male who knows how to lead and has all the skills and physical tools in the world to succeed at the NFL level. He is also a hard worker and serious student of the game. All these so called “character” issues are BS. Everyone makes mistakes and some bad choices when they are young. A BB gun war, video taping a 1 night stand, refilling your soda without paying, taking home a few crab legs (which was a standard “perk” for FSU players and no different than Brooks getting free shoes), and his last and most horrific offense of shouting out an obscenity in pubic – these things mean that Winston will continue to get in “trouble”? I don’t think so.

    The choice is crystal clear. Koetter knows we are picking Winston – and he can’t wait to get him to OBP to start working with him. Its practically a dream come true for a new OC with the weapons we already have in place. There are going to be some serious and extended discussions about how to drastically improve the OL though…

    Will be interesting to see how the Offensive coaching staff shapes up over the next few weeks. Its pretty hard to believe we would stand pat with Warhop and Arroyo….

  13. Bogiedr Says:

    Everyone, the Glazers fired Tony on the cusp of the team winning a SuperBowl, think they will make the same mistake twice? Lovie is here for the duration of the contract. This is old school. Get used to it. Instant gratification gets you further behind the eight ball. And yes, Lovie will let the OC run his offense, he knows better!

  14. IdahoBucsfan Says:

    I expect it to be Mike Glennon,.. sorry to have to listen to the build up of the 2 QBs who will be drafted first, and know the whole time that there will be tears shed and threats made when we DON’T draft either of them, because we have Mat Ryan 2.0 on the team now! 🙂 GO BUCS!

  15. Pete Says:

    Heaven help the OC and the QB who have to prepare and play with this offensive offensive line!

  16. Brandon Says:

    Glennon couldn’t carry Ryan’s jockstrap is his brother, Sean, was spotting him. Ryan is accurate and has moxie. Glennon is inaccurate and has ZERO desire to push the ball down the field. The only Ryan Glennon can compare to is Leaf, Lindley, and Pat.

  17. Zam Says:

    I don’t get this hysterical paranoia about MM not being able to be a dropback QB. It’s not rocket science.

    If it takes a whole year even (it won’t), then so what. I’d rather have Steve Young than Vinny Testaverde any day.

  18. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    IMO he is saying he won’t make the same mistake by playing him too early. We need to fix our O Line, let Glennon start, and if it doesn’t go well. Then you throw him out there. Mariotta or Jameis would do great by sitting for a year. Any rookie QB would.

    And I talk mad ish to Joe when I disagree with something he has said. But to make a correction on a simple typo is not necessary. The majority of us, myself included, make mistakes all the time. You understand the gist of what was meant to be said. No need to be a *ick.

  19. Jary Says:

    I hope we don’t make the mistake of drafting either of those qbs, we need to take the best o or d lineman. The trenches is where you win and Petty will be the better pro.We could get him with our 2nd pick.