Koetter Won Over Licht

January 17th, 2016
Comfort with Dirk Koetter.

Comfort with Dirk Koetter.

Joe was getting bombed on Twitter towards the middle of last week. No, Joe was not offering free beer and raffling an evening with Rachel Watson.

Tampa Bay fans were antsy because the Bucs didn’t name a new head coach, specifically Dirk Koetter. As Joe stated, Team Glazer works on its schedule, not fans’ schedule.

In the end, the Bucs went in-house (whenever this has happened in Bucs history, it has been met with disaster). Tampa Tribune humorist Martin Fennelly noted Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht didn’t pick someone he’s known for years, but a guy who he has known for barely a year.

There’s comfort, too, for Bucs general manager Jason Licht, what with his newfound power and say on the 53-man roster. Licht has worked with Koetter for a year. As for their relationship, it says something that Licht didn’t push for someone from his NFL tree of life, someone he worked with on the way up in the NFL, such as defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, who interviewed for the Bucs job.

Of course, this assumes the Glazers didn’t tell Licht that Koetter was his man because he was their man.

Koetter must have really bowled over Licht. Often, a general manager gets two swings to make a head coaching hire, and we must remember it was Lovie Smith who hired Licht, not the other way around.

Still, with possibly two chances (at most) to pick the right coach, Joe believes Licht wouldn’t burn perhaps his only shot without being extremely comfortable.

16 Responses to “Koetter Won Over Licht”

  1. McClorasMaddenDaddy210 Says:

    Now sign any top flight FA who WANTS to come play here! Offense, Defense, i don’t care. IMHO there will be plenty of guys who want to play with #3, #58
    Talent goes a long way…
    A desire to win can take it farther
    YO JOE!
    GO BUCS!!!

  2. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Thanks, captain obvious. oh i mean, joe.

  3. orlbucfan Says:

    So, Lovie hired Licht. Did he hire Koetter, or was that one, Licht? Legit question, Joe, no snark.

    Two Beefs:
    #1–Get the scouts off their lazy butts and make them find players who have good character as well as talent. Plenty of kids out there who fit the bill.
    #2–D. Koetter/M. Smith better make sure they coach the players to understand that they have to outplay the refs as well as the opposing team. Dungy sure understood it. His team went to the SB and won. Plus, he won it w/the Colts.

    Last, but not least: Go Bucs!! Rootin’ for the Seahawks today.

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Of course, this assumes the Glazers didn’t tell Licht that Koetter was his man because he was their man.

    I am quite convinced that this decision was made by the Glazers before they “gave Licht the authority to make the decision”….that doen’t mean Licht wasn’t on board….I’m sure he was in favor of Koetter all the way.

  5. Buckin-around Says:

    Remember the Glazers hired Lovie ..I hope they learned from that

  6. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Two Beefs:
    #1–Get the scouts off their lazy butts and make them find players who have good character as well as talent. Plenty of kids out there who fit the bill.


    Boy and I with you in the desire to hire character players and not bad apples.

    I’m not sure though you have a beef with the current management. I don’t know who in Licht’s drafts would be considered “bad apples”.

    Yeah Mike Evans and ASJ have some growing up to do as do other young playrs like Spence and Gholston…but none of them have off field problems and most if not all have been really good citizens…Mike Evans reading about a bad situation and paying for a poor family’s funeral for their child.

    I actually like this teams character right now. I see their lack of discipline as a multi headed dragon to slay…first there’s our culture…this didn’t just start under Lovie or Schiano…then perhaps there’s been a lack of proper coaching…and last but not least…this team has a young corps…some are still maturing.

  7. J-Maguire Says:

    I was new to this site starting with the drafting of Jameis Winston… since then, I’ve come to realize this site is rather deplorable. JOE is a football novice and usually writes crap straight out of his you know where. He got his wish for the ill-timed firing of the HC, a move that will come back to haunt the Bucs for many years to come… but the final straw for me was the constant bashing of GMC, to the point of pitting him against Winston.

    Now that the FACTS have revealed themselves to me, I am 100% confident that Joe is a Joke and everything he says or writes about is probably the antithesis of the truth.

  8. orlbucfan Says:

    @SPBF: thanks for the thumbs-up regarding my sqawking about character. I was just beefing in general about the NFL. I actually like the young guys on the Bucs squad. I wasn’t sure about Famous Jameis, but have changed my mind. He’s a great talent and a good kid. Could someone let me know who hired Koetter?

  9. McBuc Says:

    J. You may want to work on your reading comprehension. Joe defends GMC on a regular basis.

  10. Elle Says:

    How about we sign FAs that make sense, instead? Spending money at random won’t work, we already tried that and it got us nowhere. First of all, you make sure that a FA really wants to come here and give his all for this team. I’m sick of FAs who come to Tampa as a vacation destination in Florida.

  11. Buclife Says:

    Free agents are a crap shot at best never know what you are going to get. They are free agents for a reason otherwise their team would not of let them go in the first place. Build through the draft!

  12. orlbucfan Says:

    Elle: who hired Koetter? This is legit; no spam.

  13. orlbucfan Says:

    Hey Joe: what do I have to do to get an answer about Koetter? You for-real or what?!

  14. Elle Says:

    Lovie hired Koetter? One of the few good things he has done for this franchise. In a year, Koetter has done more than Lovie, building a good offense, while the defense, under Lovie’s direct control, remained putrid for the most part. And that’s why Lovie was fired, I do believe. Surely, that has to be one of the many reasons.

  15. Stanglassman Says:

    It’s always been reported that Lovie hired Koetter why would it change now?

  16. DavidBigBucFan Says:

    That’s the only thing Lovie learned in his basement; get a franchise qb, hire a quality OC and stay out of the offenses way. Unfortunately for him his defense stayed out the way of opposing offenses as well.