Jason Licht Has Been “Koettered”

January 15th, 2016

dirk koetter 1203New Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter calls it as he sees it.

That just Koetter, and it’s going to make for some very entertaining and intriguing decisions on personnel this offseason.

After Koetter was introduced as Bucs head coach today, general manager Jason Licht was talking about his relationship with Koetter and what he’s learned since the interview process.

In short, Licht made it clear that Koetter is not a yes man — not for a minute.

Licht even coined a new verb, saying he’s been “Koettered” already many times, referring to Koetter smacking Licht in the face with a strong opinion.

“He’s got a very matter-of-fact way about him, which I like. He doesn’t mix words,” Licht said of Koetter. “In fact, when he comes in and you say, ‘What do you think about this?’ and he says, ‘That’s the dumbest thing I ever heard.” I walk out and I’ve been Koettered. So that’s a little saying that I have going on.”

Licht said he loves Koetter’s style and appreciates it greatly. Genuine, clear feedback is what the GM is seeking.

“To be quite frank, he’s very good for me,” Licht said.

Again, this should be an interesting relationship when it comes to signing free agents and drafting players.

20 Responses to “Jason Licht Has Been “Koettered””

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Other than his record, one of Lovie Smith’s downfalls was his inability to inspire fans (likely his team also) and his coy way of answering legitimate questions…..his handling of injury information like it was top secret information or as if it was going to give opponents actionable information was ridiculous.
    I expect that we will receive straight answers from Koetter…..like them or not.

  2. The Dom Must Go Says:

    Fan base has been Koettered! Thiese clowns got fired as a pair in Atlanta but are the answer here? Glazers boys 0 for 4 in head coaching hires? We can only hope not!

  3. OneLove Says:

    Hopefully this will be the beginning of a LONG relationship between our HC and GM for YEARS to come!! WOOOOOO!! LET’S GO TAMPA!!

  4. Max Says:

    Best personality since Gruden. No one can top Chucky though, that’s why he’s on monday night making the big bucks.

  5. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    @The Dom must go

    Why did you stop at Dom…are you that recent a “fan”? I suspect if you had been following the Bucs during the SB years it would have been..Chuckymustgo

    How about if you just go. Nobody really enjoys dumping on people their first day on the job…except for a small group of tortured JBF posters.

  6. flmike Says:

    If you are comparing this situation to the Falcons you need to go back and see what their GM did or didn’t do, the downfall of the Falcons rests completely with Thomas Dimitrov and his inability to evaluate FAs or draft effectively (sound familiar)…
    Koetter had that offense in the top 5 and Smith for the first few seasons had a pretty good defense, he was also a pretty good DC in Jax where he had that defense in the top 5.

  7. Buc Fan South Tampa Says:

    Should be interesting on Draft Day when he is standing on the table in the war room demanding Licht draft a certain player like Monty used to do.

  8. Trubucfan22 Says:

    It was a good press conference. I think koetter has a lot more passion for the job, evident by the emotion he showed on the podium. And he isn’t a politician. He knows what he knows and he isn’t going to beat around the bush.

    Take for example the way Lovie handled Dotson coming off IR. Dotson was confused why he wasn’t named the starter,because from his conversation with lovie, he made it seem he would be. Do you think that would happen with Koetter? No, he is going to be compassionate, but tell him the truth. No reason to beat around the bush. Just tell the players and fans the honest truth and be done with it. Take ownership for your actions.

    I think Koetter will be great for the locker room of this team.

  9. Pick6 Says:

    yep TBBF, and it was just further sign of his obstinance….i mean, it had to be clear to him that all the secrets in the world aren’t keeping the team from getting blown out. save the slyness for gameday, not the press conferences

  10. AceofAerospace Says:

    I was so disgusted with Lovie’s inability to coach, I wouldn’t cared if we replaced him with Dirk Diggler. The fact we got Dirk Koetter is as near to winning the lottery that I’ll ever get. Go Bucs! I’m looking forward to everything again, free agency, draft, mini camp, everything. Bring it on Joes. I want to read it all, even if you’re just filling pages. Bucs news is Buc news.

  11. Buccfan37 Says:

    Dang, Koetter me Koettered too.

  12. John McKillop Says:

    @StPeteBucsFan, thank you for saving me the trouble of wasting my breath responding to the Dom. What a bozo. The Bucs hired two quality coaches today and hope they will turn this ship around.

    @Flmike, spot on with your assessment of Dimitroff and Atlanta, horrible talent evaluator and constantly trading picks away, how the hell can you build a roster when you trade so many picks. I hope Arthur Blank keeps Dimitroff there for a while that should keep them floundering around. GO BUCS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. The Dom Must Go Says:

    Hope I’m wrong…. Yall were all just as excited about Lovie! And no I was one of the few that liked Gruden, bad drafting and ownership was his down fall.

  14. The Dom Must Go Says:

    Oh and Phil Krueger must go would be kind of stupid since its been 30 years since he was GM!

  15. grafikdetail Says:

    @dom you forgot to add that gruden thought he could get by with any old QB and never drafted an early round QB…

    oan: we just went from the Cleveland Browns South to Tampa Bay Falcons…from what the falcons accomplished under these two… i’ll take it!!

  16. The Dom Must Go Says:

    Name the QB ( Aaron Rogers ) aside the whole league passed on him that Gruden didn’t draft. JP losman? First QB taken after we drafted Clayton in the first round…. Not defending his an Allens drafts they sucked BUT look back at the QBs drafted in that timeframe they all suck

  17. NashvilleBuc Says:

    Best news here is that Koetter now has a trusted partner in team leadership who has head coaching experience.

  18. NashvilleBuc Says:

    Oops. Wrong post. Friends don’t let friends comment at happy hour.

  19. ToesOnTheLine! Says:

    The no BS approach is refreshing. The only downside I see to it is the media may do a hatchet job on Koetter if things start out rocky next season (much like they did to the last no BS Bucs coach that got smeared and ran out by the the media leading us to 2 years of Lovie ball)? I’m liking the moves the Bucs have been making in 2016 thus far, but we’ll see how it plays out.

  20. 1sparkybuc Says:

    Welcome back Koetter seems to be the common theme among the players, fans, and the media. It’s all good to me. I’m excited again.