“He’s One Of The Best Teachers”

January 22nd, 2016
Bucs DC Mike Smith raves about Dirk Koetter.

Bucs DC Mike Smith raves about Dirk Koetter.

Joe is like a lot of Bucs fans: Listening to new defensive coordinator Mike Smith sure put Joe at ease.

Smith seemed to say just the right things in the right way. He seemed energized yet comfortable. Excited yet confident. This guy turned down a lot of jobs to be with the Bucs. That speaks volumes.

And we all know why Smith is here: Dirk Koetter (and America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, too).

But there was also something that Joe heard from Smith on Buccaneers.com. In a one-on-one interview with multimedia maven Scott Smith, Mike Smith had heady things to say about the Bucs’ new coach.

“He has a great understanding of what it takes to be a good teacher,” Smith said. “He’s probably one of the best teachers I have been around. He has been successful with everyone he has touched.”

Joe is intrigued to hear so much about “teaching” and “teachers” the past week at One Buc Palace. Joe hasn’t heard this much in years. And Joe has always believed at the core level, coaches are teachers.

15 Responses to ““He’s One Of The Best Teachers””

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    for 87

    We don’t need no education
    We don’t need no thought control
    No dark sarcasm in the classroom
    Teacher leave them kids alone
    Hey! Teacher! Leave them kids alone!

  2. CalBucsFan Says:

    People try to put us d-down (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
    Just because we get around (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
    Things they do look awful c-c-cold (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
    I hope I die before I get old (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)

    This is my generation
    This is my generation, baby

    Go Bucs!

  3. DB55 Says:

    That’s probably bc it the first time in years that we seem to have a real, professional and competent coaching staff.

  4. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    A little early for Pink Floyd isn’t TBBF?

    Clearly Koetter has a great reputation for developing QB’s…this goes back to his Boise State days and his reputation grew at ASU and of course was enhanced even more in the NFL.

    It’s clear the franchise has made a 180 and as someone who is bored by hold the other team to 13 and win 14-13 I’m truly excited.

    The Glazers basically committed the entire franchise to a new direction when they went all in and drafted #3. We’re no longer going to be concentrating on the D and in fact we’ll be loading up on the offense.

    The coaching change is just the latest result of the new direction. You have perhaps the top QB prospect in the league…#3 IS the franchise now…why would you want the HC to be a defensive guru? Koetter is a QB whisperer it’s only logical that he should lead us into this new age.

    Pound the rock? Hell no…4 deep Dirk and let #3 win some games for us.

  5. Elle Says:

    Teaching, developing young players. That’s of paramount importance and something we often lacked around here. So far, we’ve heard that he’s a good teacher, that he will adapt the scheme to the players at his disposal, that he’ll focus on stopping the opposing offense because a third down is just like a turnover in the end, and that he’ll make sure the team won’t play over the edge and commit a lot of dumb penalties. On paper, this is all I want to see from our defense. Now, we shall see what the reality of a the field will tell us once the NFL is back. Well… at least for us anyway.

  6. theodore Says:

    “Teacher has them, in the classroom” — Teacher has what?, 10 year old me wanted to know.

  7. Johnny "America's Commenter" Dejay Says:

    “He has a great understanding of what it takes to be a good teacher,” Smith said. “He’s probably one of the best teachers I have been around. He has been successful with everyone [emphasis added] he has touched.”

    Cough, cough, Blaine Gabbert, cough, cough. Jim Tomsula got more out of Gabbert than our esteemed QB guru did.

    While it’s pretty clear that Koetter is the right guy to continue Winston’s development, let’s not allow that kind of hyperbole lovefest to go unchecked. Everybody’s poop stinks.

  8. The Buc Realist Says:

    What an upgrade the Bucs did at the Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator positions!!! I cannot wait to see how the players will grow and develop into a good team!!!

    GO Bucs!!!!!!!!!

  9. Manny Says:

    “Joe is intrigued to hear so much about “teaching” and “teachers” the past week at One Buc Palace. Joe hasn’t heard this much in years.”

    Not a lovie smith fan by any means, but he literally used the phrase “stern teacher” every week when discussing his ideal coach.

  10. Mike Johnson Says:

    Say Joe..they are all good teachers..until the losing starts! I just want to see him back up his talk. WIN..period. Then I will be a believer. Until then? He’s just another replacement with a question mark.

  11. bucsfan70 Says:

    Mike Smith looks like the Grinch in this picture!

  12. tdtb2015 Says:

    Some students won’t go over a C+…

    Licht must continue his success in the draft. Keep bringing smart players Licht.
    We don’t want them missing their gaps…

  13. Couch Fan Says:

    Not sure I’ve seen Realist this excited about Buc Football. Good times ahead!!

  14. Lord Cornelius Says:

    “Cough, cough, Blaine Gabbert, cough, cough. Jim Tomsula got more out of Gabbert than our esteemed QB guru did.”

    Lmao at you comparing Blaine Gabbert’s rookie year to him as a 5 year veteran on a different team with more talent. What a joke man.

    Did you know Gabbert sucked in 3 other years without Koetter? Did you really think Gabbert played that well even this last year? Guy was still a game manager at best.

    Are you a fan of this team? Why do people look for random bullsh1t like this just to spin some dumb negative argument that doesn’t even hold any weight? Like the ultimate possible nit picking

  15. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Like the ultimate possible nit picking

    Amen Lord C.

    I tried to defend Lovie best I could until that four game swoon at the end.

    It wasn’t easy because he gave people like Realist and Dallas plenty of ammunition. But now we have a new coaching staff! Could we let them lose a few games before piling on.

    Because the truth is if you do the research…Koetter, Smith, and Jay Hayes…perhaps more but these are the three I’ve read about…have excellent examples of success on their resumes. Did they win every game? Of course not. But all of them have been on far, far more winning teams than losing teams.

    If the best predictor of future success is past success we are headed in the right direction.