“That’s His Vision For How We Should Play”

October 14th, 2015
Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter

Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter talks about Lovie Smith’s offensive impact

Whose offense is this?

Is it Dirk Koetter’s? Or is Lovie Smith calling the shots?

Joe asked Koetter today about whether the offense would keep going smash mouth through the rest of the season after running 40 times in Sunday’s win against Jacksonville.

Koetter said crafting his game plans would change, and not falling behind quickly helps keeps things in line. But Koetter acknowledged the head coach’s dream and personnel could keep the Bucs pounding the rock.

“It’s not always going to be like that, but you know there’s no secret that’s the way Coach Smith would like to see, that’s his vision for how we should play. And that might be how we’re best built right now,” Koetter said.

Yes, the OC serves the head coach. And maybe Lovie is more involved on offense than he usually is after last year’s debacle, and after the two turnover-happy games turned in by Jameis Winston, America’s Quarterback.

Joe sure hopes Koetter isn’t being shackled in any way. Long term, that’s not going to be a good idea.

16 Responses to ““That’s His Vision For How We Should Play””

  1. Tampa Tony Says:

    Lovie learned nothing from being fired.

  2. Pasco Jim Says:

    Lovie is overjoyed that the defense scored a TD last week.
    It’s as simple as that….oh wait that defense gave up 31 pts to
    Bortles and Jags…THE JASGS!

  3. bucrightoff Says:

    Maybe we should see Dirk’s vision for a defense then. Couldn’t be much worse.

  4. WyomingBucsFan Says:

    Nate Soldier is out for the year with a torn biceps. Should we trade Dotson to the Patriots? What would they give up for him?

  5. The Buc Realist Says:


    This is not the first time he has said this. Go back to training camp and listen to the interview that he did with you buddy (the afternoon radio host). The first thing he said his job was to carry out the head coaches message!!!!

  6. D-Rome Says:

    But Koetter acknowledged the head coach’s dream and personnel could keep the Bucs pounding the rock.

    Hey, why not. Doug Martin and Charles Sims has been a very good 1-2 punch. If Winston continues to manage games the way he did this past Sunday only positive things can happen. America’s Quarterback has to learn how to be a game manager before he can be a game changer. Jameis will have his opportunities to throw down field but I have no issue with the Bucs being a run-first team.

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    All strategies thzt work are good….

  8. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    It’s entirely possible that the team is built to be run first right now. But, I would rather that were coming from the guy who has had successful offenses. This is the same exact issue I had with Schiano and Dungy.

    It would be like Gruden sticking his head in Kiffin’s defensive meetings.

    Stay. Out. Of. It.

  9. unbelievable Says:

    I believe Koetter is smart enough to adjust and game plan towards the opponents weaknesses.

    The fact is that the game plan on offense worked last week.

    A strong running game is a rookie QBs best friend.

    If we continue to successfully pound the rock, chew up clock, and score points, then there is no reason to shy away from that.

    All it does it set up play action and make life that much easier for JW. We will start to see more shots downfield as he grows, but there’s no reason to make him air it out 40 times a game.

  10. Capt.Tim Says:

    The more Lovie gets involved, the better we seem to get!
    Looking foward to the next few years, With Lovie in complete control of the offense and defense!!

    Gonna be some great years

  11. Mo_Downs Says:

    Bringing back smash-mouth football to Tampa makes the offense complement the defense. This is no secret,

    Nor is it a secret that Lovie prefers a Run-Heavy, low-turnover, clock killing offense that is on the field enough score and, most importantly, to tire out the opposition and rest our defensive starters.

    The recently instituted “heavy rotation” of our DL is a tactical response to a lot of 3-&-outs from our offense and has a direct bearing on how well our secondary plays.

    Gee, no kidding.

  12. Dreambig Says:

    I am all for pounding the rock as long as its working. As soon as the other team stacks the line, and stops your running game dead in its tracks then you better have an answer. It has to be a balance, with multiple ways to hurt the defense. If they comit to stopping the run than you need a potent passing attack and a creative offensive coordinator who can find the weakness created by over committing to stop the run. Burn an over agressive run defense with a few 20+ yard completions and guess what? They back off and all the sudden you can run again. Commit to the run but dont be so stubborn with it that you keep running on 1st and 2nd downs with a combined gain of 2-3 yards and then expect the QB to bail you out over and over again. We have seen that too many times!

  13. BUCutalkinbout Says:

    I predicted 10-6… glass half full. We still get there. Don’t care who’s left! This offense will be dangerous… it’s coming. BTW, Jennings n Jenkins suck, sorry but it’s true. So yea next season draft DE n CB. BPA @ those positions please.
    YO JOE!
    GO BUCS!!!

  14. stopthemadness Says:

    Personally I’m pleased with the progress. The absence of noted Winston haters lately is also pretty nice.

  15. what? Says:

    The 2008 Falcons started rookie Matt Ryan at QB.

    He attempted 434 passes in 16 games (27 a game).

    That team went 11-5, on the heels of 4-12. Ryan was rookie of the year and their coach was coach of the year.

    Matt Ryan now routinely attempts 600 passes a year.

    This is how you build a rookie QB. 25 passes and 40 handoffs.

    Check rookie Roethlisburgers run:pass ratio in 06 under Cowher for further insight toward winning big in the NFL with a rook QB.

    Slow and steady is the right way.

    If you want to throw 600 times with a rookie QB, you’re an idiot. The 1998 Colts drafted Peyton Manning and did exactly that. The result was 28 INTs and a 3-13 record, coming off 3-13.

  16. bucsbedabest Says:

    Has anyone else noticed how bad Winston’s footwork and throwing motion are? I am no expert but it does not take one to see that his mechanics need work. He looks like he is throwing a baseball. He has trouble with his footwork when he begins to set his feet before passing. You can tell he wants to lift his right foot and sometimes does. I went back to his college days and noticed his footwork, throwing motion and mechanics are different. In college he would plant his left foot then swing his right foot before setting them, at times not even setting his feet. Then his right arm throws in a slight swinging motion similar to pitching a baseball. I have to tell you, he looked a hell of a lot more comfortable and was a lot more accurate in college. Have the Bucs messed up his mechanics and throwing motion? I would let Winston be Winston and be the gunslinger he was meant to be.