Koetter: O-Line Must Block Better

September 23rd, 2015
Jameis is getting drilled too much.

Jameis is getting drilled too much.

A lot of accolades and roses were tossed towards the offensive line of the Bucs this past week for protecting America’s Quarterback, Bucs signal-caller Jameis Winston, keeping his jersey clean and giving him time to throw.

The difference from the first game, where Jameis had no time to throw, and last Sunday, was marked.

But one of the folks who you won’t see dancing in the streets over the offensive line is Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, who is fearful for Jameis’ health.

In his weekly press conference, Koetter discussed Jameis getting beat up.

“Jameis is still taking too many hits,” Koetter said. “Sometimes — sometimes! — that’s a pass protection thing. Sometimes that’s a quarterback-receiver thing.

“We can’t get Jameis hit as many times as he is getting hit. That’s too many hits. Those will add up over the course of 16-games.”

So what is Koetter to do? He wouldn’t elaborate other than to say that this week, the puzzle is trying to solve the riddle of Houston defensive tackle J.J. Watt, which every team is trying to figure out, not just the Bucs.

28 Responses to “Koetter: O-Line Must Block Better”

  1. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:

    Double team Watt, simple as that.

  2. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Watt, Clowney, Wilfork!! What’s a Line to do???! Lol

  3. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:


    The same thing the other two teams that already beat them lol

  4. BucsFan85 Says:

    If he lines up at normal position(if), double teaming would be great. Marpet and Gos can handle him, but this will also leave holes in our line. Although I must say, I have already seen Marpet take on 2 defenders at once. Looked pretty good too. Honestly I think it is Wilfork and Clowney that we will have to worry about.

  5. unbelievable Says:

    You can double Watt but you still have to worry about Wilfork and Clowney, plus 2 linebackers like Cushing shooting through the a-gaps.

    Gonna be lots of blocking work for stocker, probably formations with 6 lineman too.

  6. BUC IT Says:

    I am definitely concerned for Jameis’s health this weekend. And JJ especially likes to break in rookie qb’s. Jameis needs to avoid all conversation about their Dline. No need to add any fuel to the fire.

  7. OneLove Says:

    This weekend is a great test for our football team! If we get that win, I WILL STREAK AT RJS the following week!!

    “It’s as simple as that” – Lovie Smith aka “Mr. COMPETENT”

  8. Buc1987 Says:

    OneLove…I’d pay money to see that…

  9. Meh Says:

    I’d pay money not to see that.

  10. Buccfan37 Says:

    Streak can mean many different things. The best is winning streak.

  11. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    I love his honesty

    I wish Koetter was the BUCS HC

  12. BucsFan85 Says:

    Lovie’s press conference implies that there is a possibility that ASJ could play Sunday. Thought I heard 4-6 weeks?

  13. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    If the Bucs don’t win…..you can streak at the Ray Jay and noone will see you.

  14. pete Says:

    Run the ball!

  15. "that guy" Says:

    “So what is Koetter to do? He wouldn’t elaborate other than to say that this week, the puzzle is trying to solve the riddle of Houston defensive tackle J.J. Watt, which every team is trying to figure out, not just the Bucs.”

    joes just trying to prep us for a loss coming from another crap team. that way the bucs dont look sorry when they lose.

  16. Pickgrin Says:

    I said prior to the 1st game that we would have a lot better idea of how good this team is and what we can expect for this season after the Houston game.

    So far we’ve had 1 total sh!t show and one decent to good performance (against 2 bad defensive teams). Houston doesn’t have a difference maker QB like we do now – but they are pretty talented overall. Especially on Defense.

    If the Bucs offense is able to execute and score some points against Watt and co. – then I think we can expect to see a lot of good things from our offense moving forward this year.

    The young players who all have natural talent (Winston, D. Smith, Marpet, Evans, Sims, ASJ) will learn better each week they are out there how to be good in the NFL at their position – and the game will start slowing down for all of them. That happened quickly for Evans last year and his way above average talent was then able to shine through in a big way.

    If the Bucs play well against the Texans – and especially if they win – then I think the expectations (or at least realistic hope) for being “in the hunt” come November and December will be valid. The 2015 team is likely to improve throughout the year even though ups and downs are inevitable.

    So much of the onus for the fortunes of the 2015 Buccaneers falls on the Offensive and Defensive line play. If both can be average or better consistently this year – then I believe the Bucs will win quite a few games. Probably more than they lose. If either OLine or Dline struggles for the majority of the season – then double digit losses are a near certainty.

    That puts a lot of pressure on Cullen and Warhop to “coach up” and get their units playing at a high level. I have confidence that one of those guys will at least “get the job done” with the talent currently on their unit. The other I’m not so sure about. In fact, I’m downright sceptical about Warhop’s coaching skills and how well the OLine will be able to perform week in and week out this year. Fingers crossed though…

    There’s more OLine and DLine talent coming next year as its highly likely IMO that Licht will use at least 3 of the 1st 4 draft picks up front on both sides of the ball in 2016.

  17. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    @ Pickgrin

    I agree entirely with your post….we can add Kwon to the young list.

  18. Buc Em.....Section 318 Says:

    Put Stocker over there with Donovan Smith and shut him down!

  19. Buc Em.....Section 318 Says:

    Stick Myers on the other side with Chris & shut down Clowney.

  20. owlykat Says:

    If Koetter wants better OL play he has to coach them himself because Warhop is incompetent!

  21. DB55 Says:

    What I would do is keep Winston in the shotgun and move the pocket around each play. Yes, roll out left and right. If we keep him under center with a stationary pocket we’ll make the game to difficult. Play smart not hard.

  22. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:


    If Winston can’t stay stationary in the pocket we have bigger problems than “complexity”

  23. BrianBucs Says:

    Jameis is just like most other QB’s in that if you give him a lot of time to throw he will look really good, and if you don’t give him much time to throw he will look really bad. We saw that difference in games 1 & 2. It’s the OC’s job to find ways to protect him

  24. Mo_Downs Says:

    Max protect for the entire game and throw under the coverage w/ a lot of RB passes and TE/WR curls. I wouldn’t want to test the hit power of the Texans SS/FS/MLB with too many slants.

    Man, I sure wish Hall or Bell were available to take the top off of the Texans D.

    This might be a breakout game for RB-Sims to be the X-Factor in the passing (RB screens) game. We’re going to need something extra special to beat these guys. Otherwise they’ll win in a slug-fest. Especially with McCoy playing at 65%.

    I’m looking for lot of 3-step drops and shotgun/hurry-up to short curls and screens. It just isn’t worth it to look deep for our slow WR’s and “mystery-meat” TE’s.

    The Texans are a desperate team with very little offense and a very angry defense eager to prove themselves very capable of handling a “rookie” QB.


    Hide the women and children. This game is going to be x-rated.

  25. Danati74 Says:

    Not only the D-line of The Texans, but I also worry about the 3-4 defense. I mean look what happened when we played The Browns in the preseason and The Titans in the regular season. I hope we finally have a plan for 3-4 defenses. The Texans suck so far, but this is going to be a good challenge for this team. Its the difference of being 2-1 or 1-2. Im sure Koetter has a plan and I hope we don’t play as conservative as we played the last game. I don’t think it will cut it, but its a game to game plan. I want to see Doug establish the run. So far he is doing what he needs to do, but I truly haven’t seen the 2012 form. He looks good, but not that good yet….and we need that good right about now.

  26. DB55 Says:


    Hope everything is okay with the fam. Thanks for all you do. ✌

  27. bucsbedabest Says:

    Watt rushed on the defenses left side last week most of the time. Watt was double teamed and even triple teamed. The Bucs OL will need to step up and meet the challenge. If Watt stays on the left he will face Gosder Cherilus who has faced him seven times in the past. Cherilus and Marpet make a pair of road blocks to keep JJ from making Jameis renew his life insurance policy. Stocker can back-up Donovan in case he trips over our QB. Run the ball and control the clock. If our defense plays the way they played last week, The Bucs will win. I look for George Johnson to have a big game facing the left side of there OL.

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  28. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Pete for the win!

    Run the ball!!!