The Difference A Coach Makes

June 18th, 2015

Logan Mankins said the addition of OC Dirk Koetter has made a world of difference.

It’s not too difficult to describe what a complete and utter trainwreck the offense of the Bucs was last year.

Just dreadful. Like a fish, it rotted from the head down.

Of course, we all know Jeff Tedford never really started as offensive coordinator after he got sick in preseason. The offense was then turned over to ill-suited acting Marcus Arroyo.

And it was some kind of dreadful.

For that reason alone, Bucs left guard and barbecue pitmaster Logan Mankins thinks the team’s fortunes will be different. This week after a minicamp practice, Mankins sang the praises of new offensive coordinator Dirk Kotter. Unlike Arroyo, Koetter has a wealth of experience as an OC, both at the NFL and college level.

And it shows, Mankins noted.

“Koetter has been great,” Mankins said. “I really like his system. It Is going good right now. We have everything, for the most part, installed and a good jump on the season. It has really improved our offense.

“Arroyo did a good job for us last year but it is hard to replace experience. Dirk has been around a long time. He has coached a lot of games in this league and knows how to read the defenses. He is bringing a lot of experience.”

Knows how to read defenses, eh?

Joe will never forget when former NFL quarterback and current FOX NFL analyst Brady Quinn all but told Joe that Arroyo’s offense was just a mess in that there was no cohesion, no flow, virtually no organization, one play never set up the next.

Sounds like a far cry from what Koetter has in store.

11 Responses to “The Difference A Coach Makes”

  1. Dick2111 Says:

    Seems like the Bucs have almost always had a top-half defense throughout our history, but the reverse seems to have been true offensively. We’ve had some great defensive coaches, but few really great coaches stand out on the offensive side of the ball.

    Dirk Koetter and his assistant coaches have an excellent chance this year to turn that around. Offensively the Bucs have talent, but it’s going to take time to get it all to mesh together.

    I agree with you Joe that 6-10 is probably a realistic record this year (maybe 8-8), but hopefully the team grows stronger with every game and finishes the year poised for a playoff run next season.

  2. The original "Kevin" Says:

    Broken record here….nothing more to say tired of waiting …

  3. Espo Says:

    The timing and angle of that pic makes it look like Glennon is going above and beyond to stay on this team.

  4. Tampa Tony Says:

    Now if the team could find a head coach who had a clue…

  5. bucs4lyfe Says:

    sometimes just sometimes no name defenses like dallas cowbowys play over their heads to have a good defense. with all their injuries they weren’t a top defense but they sure got the job done, the colts are another defense that comes to mind. I think if we have a really good offense the defense will be motivated if by nothing else not to be the blame for why the team loses

  6. Buccfan37 Says:

    Koetter is a definite upgrade on offense. The Bucs have appeared incapable of even a moderately powered scoring machine for most of their history. Like Mankins, I sense a better effort because of the OC hire, although being realistic Atlanta had a strong QB when Koetter was there and they fell short of winning the big one. I know, one step at a time, the Falcons did make the playoffs and Buc fans will take that or any winning season.

  7. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Good point buc4lyfe and don’t hesitate to keep getting on tmax

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The difference between chicken salad & chicken $hit!!!

  9. DamnImFameis Says:

    @Espo – Nice 🙂 hehehehehhehe

  10. Fsuking Says:

    I gotta say that the low expectations of 6 wins seems a bit conservative with all of the talent we have! 2 wins is really good in the NFL without an offensive coordinator and anyone of the McCown brothers playing QB. The fact that we weren’t dead last in total offense last year is promising. Now with Jameis, an easy schedule/division and a potentially solid defense, I’m calling playoffs!

  11. drdneast Says:

    Up your dosage of Zoloft, Touchdown Tony, you are getting even more boring if that’s possible.
    Imagine an NFL OC who doesn’t know how to read a defense.
    Quinn said the same thing on an NFL telecast of a Bucs game that I have referred to in the past when saying the O line wasn’t as bad as it looked.
    Arroyo was in way over his head and a pal of Tedfords.