Ways To Protect Jameis

September 10th, 2015
Bucs OC Dirk Koetter said there are ways to help protect Jameis if the front line breaks down.

Bucs OC Dirk Koetter said there are ways to help protect Jameis if the front line breaks down.

Having a lousy edge pass rush for yet another friggin’ year, or a lost running game if Doug Martin gets hurt, are not the absolute worst fears of Bucs fans this fall

No, the absolute greatest nightmare is seeing America’s Quarterback, Bucs signal-caller Jameis Winston, carted off the field after getting blasted by a defender in the pocket who had a clear, unblocked shot at the franchise quarterback.

Right now, there is nothing comforting about the offensive line. Joe has no problem starting the two heralded rookies, Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet, because they were not drafted high to do crossword puzzles on the sidelines, wear baseball caps, and periodically scope for hot tanned, cleavage-flaunting babes in the seats.

If those two don’t start now (if healthy), then when?

It is the rest of the line that gives Bucs fans and Joe the shivers.

Fear not, said Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. He explained yesterday that if the offensive line does allow a defensive cattle stampede to Jameis, there are ways of protecting the prized rookie.

“If you are having a hard time protecting in general, regardless of how old your offensive line is … you either have to get the ball out of your hand quicker, so you go to quick drops or you bring more guys in to protect, or you max protect on one side and free release on the other,” Koetter said. “Maybe half-field reads instead of full-field reads.”

Koetter has experience with such a malady. As offensive coordinator with the Dixie Chicks last year, despite having a complete sieve of a front line, his offense was 12th in the NFL in scoring. Quite good for no offensive line.

Why does Joe get the feeling Koetter’s experience last year will be all too important this year?

To hear more from Koetter, click the arrow below. Audio courtesy of Joe’s friends at WDAE-AM 620.

16 Responses to “Ways To Protect Jameis”

  1. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Exactly what I pointed out in the earlier article’s comments. The quick release combined with no huddle helps ease things a little.

    Turn weakness into advantage. No huddle will cause penalties on the offense if we hike the ball fast enough and they have too many men on the field.

    We already know that defenses bring immense pressure on rookie quarterbacks until they learn to handle it. IF they learn to handle it.

    The no huddle can turn that to an advantage. It will draw them off sides.

    Every play won’t be like that, but enough to move the ball down the field on some positions will…especially in close games when the defenses are anxious.

  2. mike Says:

    the falcons are a team that has as bad an o line as us and Dirk protected Ryan pretty good.

  3. Joe Cool Says:

    Specials teams will win or lose this game for us. Field position is priority with a rookie QB.

  4. tdtb2015 Says:

    Brindza will be key.

    Thanks Licht! You Rock!!!

  5. tdtb2015 Says:

    If Glennon handle Dick LeBeau’s defense last year, Winston with Koetter should be fun to watch.

  6. Joe Cool Says:

    That’s why I drafted him in my fantasy league :):):)^^^^^^^^^^

  7. LargoSamIM Says:

    Ways to Protect Jesus–

    #1: like the Joe(s), recognize that He is our Lord and Savior
    #2: like the Joe(s), blame everything that He does wrong on something else–
    (OL, Bucs defense puts Him in bad positions, blah, blah, blah). I am just
    waiting for them to turn on Koetter next ! Now, of course He DESERVES
    more than 7 seconds to get rid of the ball and why call all these plays
    that even allow Him to make decisions
    #3: People just don’t realize that He is the Anointed One and the answer to
    all of our prayers
    #4: If it wasn’t for Jameis, JoeBucsFan would only have half the articles it
    has now

  8. Tampa Tony Says:

    The Bucs fortunes will rely on how Koetter does with the o line and calling plays for Jameis. Max protection should be the way to go along with a few play action roll outs so the Titans can’t key on Jameis’s spot

  9. Big Irish Says:

    DK will take the heat off Jamis by having a kick ass running game. MJD led the league in rushing when DK was the OC in JAX. Get ready for Double Duece to have a monster year carrying the mail.

  10. ruggyup Says:

    Coack K knows how to work players. Now, maybe LS would look the captains trio and trade-off an O lineman.

  11. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    With two rookies who will need time to learn the intricasies of pass blocking there is legitimate cause for worry.

    But yes Koetter can help, JW can help as he himself pointed out yesterday if he stays in rhythm and recognized when the play is over and it’s time to throw it away.

    But get ready for some Dungy/Gruden/Lovieball. This team simply screams pound the rock. And I HATE pounding the rock.

    But while I’m the blog optimist and delusional in many of your minds I haven’t gone totally nuckin futs. Marpet does have strength…he’s mean…he’s ready to be a classic road grader in the run game…and as he has pointed out he and Smith and Goz will work on wearing down Dlines for the 4th Q.

    We will be a running team for at least the first half of this year. And it’s not all bad. If we have some road graders and Martin continues his PS efforts we will have a very good chance of actually holding on to 4th Q leads or making that final drive to win a game or get close enough for Brindza.

    10-6 baby!!!

  12. Buccfan37 Says:

    No need to worry, I’m sure that Bucs coaching has taught Jameis the finer points of how to duck and cover.

  13. Tom Edrington Says:

    Dirk Koetter on the sideline with his heart in his throat:

    “Run Forrest, Run!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

  14. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    OK Tom…now that was FUNNY!!! Who can forget the scene from the movie where “Bear Bryant” is yelling that and Forrest never stops running through the band and into the tunnel.

  15. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    How good Winston does will be squarely on the shoulders of…

    …Jameis Winston.

    Even with a bad oline, he can keep from making mistakes. If he does that, he can count his rookie year a success.

    Unfortunately, Jameis is a gunslinger who takes chances. Recklessly. So…

  16. ak427er Says:

    We should have picked up a better blocking tight end and a back that can catch the ball and pass protect well even if it was a fullback. It really would help our young left tackle out.