Basement Philosophy?

May 5th, 2015
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Insight into Dirk Koetter’s offense is revealed

Last year, Lovie Smith talked repeatedly about offseason study sessions in his Chicago basement with eventual Bucs assistant coaches.

Lovie emerged from that basement with Jeff Tedford at his side, a man with CFL roots who was considered a playcalling artist that liked to pound the rock and play with tempo.

Fast-forward to this afternoon, and it seems Lovie’s basement philosophy has carried over.

Demar Dotson explained that new Bucs offensive coordinator is all about up-tempo play.

“A guy that just, you know, he loves, loves fast tempo, loves to get the ball up field,” Dotson said of Koetter. “He loves to go a lot of no-huddle. That’s going to be something that’s more different than what we’re used to. So it’s going to be a lot of up-tempo stuff. You know, so that’s something he loves doing. It’s got its ups and downs, but I’m looking forward to being a part of it.”

That was exciting to hear, but it really got Joe thinking about whether playing up-tempo is something Lovie insists on doing. Perhaps this is a cornerstone of Lovie’s new offensive vision?

It’s easy to forget offensive coordinator’s work for the head coach — and are picked by the head coach.

Sadly, last year, the Bucs’ offense stalled mightily with Marcus Arroyo calling plays for sickly Tedford, and Lovie didn’t have the ability and/or the desire to take the reins of the offense.

So Koetter loves fast tempo? Hmm, Joe is smelling lots of work for Charles Sims.

18 Responses to “Basement Philosophy?”

  1. Bill Says:

    We heard this last year too, but I believe it. The best offense is one that has the ability to score quickly when needed and run clock when needed. Why wouldn’t you want to be able to do both? Obviously the players on our roster need more work on the fast tempo side of the equation, so it makes perfect sense that Koetter would be emphasizing it early on. Hopefully everybody stays healthy this year and we get to see it….

  2. WS99 Says:

    Really Joe your a fan of Simms? You just lost 2 cool points in my book.

    The up tempo is something Glennon handled really well plus it should take some heat off the oline. If we can get the ball out of the qbs hands in less than 2 secs like arod does we should be cruising to the top of the offensive ranking and to the top of the division.

  3. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Uptempo, limited huddle offenses will also give us a chance to cover up any residual OL problems. The ball should be moving out of the QB’s hands a lot more quickly, I’m really anxious to see what Koetter can do with all these offensive weapons and a QB who can trigger it for him.

  4. BucBoy Says:

    I agree…..the Muscle Hamster is history with Lovie in charge! Koetter might be careful because Lovie loses them like he gets them….i.e. for you Jamarcus Winston suckups that means he has NO loyalty…just ask Arroyo! Mike Evans stating he wanted Porky slow feet just means he is simply trying to befriend the Buc’s QB pick hoping he will get more targets from Jamarcus than the defensive backfield of the Titans in Game 1!

    Exciting to see all the new draft picks (although don’t understand much of the logic) and hope to see some great football….then reality hits and I remember sitting in RayJay with my son while Lovie intentionally throws the final game of the season. He cannot evaluate/improve football talent and he has zero game plan/clock management skills.

    Wake me in in 2016 when Team Glazer comes to their senses and hires a real HC for the Bucs! Until then, it is simply rolling film for the Jamarcu bloopers greatest hits!

  5. brandonbucsfan Says:

    We’ll see. Hard for me to believe that we can run an up tempo effectively with probably 4 rookie starters…JW DS AM & KB. Much less Sims had very limited experience last year.

  6. Garett Says:

    “Sickly Tedford”? You mean the guy who was 100% healthy by the middle of the season, but still wouldn’t come back? That guy?

  7. salish_seamonster Says:

    The lack of clue by some posters continues to amaze.

  8. Espo Says:


    Simms is our former qb who almost died on the field 10 years ago.

    Sims is our new (2nd yr) running back. I think it’s safe to say most of us are fans of his.

  9. Espo Says:

    Don’t forget Iosefa. He has a very good chance at taking the job from Lane. I’d personally prefer to keep them both but that’s such a rarity these days.

  10. WS99 Says:

    At least I didn’t call him Chris. Lol.

  11. The Other Side of the Coin Says:

    The downside of uptempo is that if you don’t move the ball it puts stress on the defense coming back on the field too quick. It cuts both ways. Move the ball or wear out your own defense.

  12. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    “That was exciting to hear, but it really got Joe thinking about whether playing up-tempo is something Lovie insists on doing.” – Joe

    Well, Dirk ran that sort of offense in Atlanta, so it’s certainly not ALL Lovie. I think it’s more likely that Lovie and Licht went after him because he fit what they wanted, but he’s the expert.

  13. Seminole Bill Says:

    Up-tempo will be pleasant change. I sat in my seat at RayJay last year and watched as, play after play, the offense barely made the snap before the play clock ran out.

  14. Buccfan37 Says:

    I also look forward to and predict some big time improved results from Charles Sims this coming season.

  15. Yeah It's me! Says:

    Lovie already said he lets his OC’s run there system. he doesnt tell them how to do there job. Lovie said he just wants balance.

  16. Mo_Downs Says:

    Without last year the Bucs still had (2) 1000/yd WR’s despite poor QB play.
    This year they will have a healthy ASJ at TE and a few speed guys to help from the WR3 spot. If they plan to install an uptempo and/or no huddle offense, lets not forget that the Bucs OL needs to be in GREAT shape to deal with the conditioning demands of using that type of scheme. Should be fun to watch this team develop into winners in 2015.

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  18. VCE Says:

    If you need a backup quarterback to help Jameis Winston develop….
    Kick the tires on Vince Young.. See if he would be willing to help… He wouldn’t cost a lot…. His career won/loss record is 31-19… He’s a 2 time Pro-Bowler with playoff experience and was voted 2006 NFL Rookie of the Year….. The NFL is all about “WINS and LOSSES”…. and this guy WINS…. There is a big difference between Perception and Reality.
    Bring in Vince Young and judge his talents for yourself….