Licht Says Koetter Will “Re-Energize” Bucs

January 15th, 2016

LichtmugInteresting choice of words by Jason Licht today.

The Bucs’ general manager was quoted this morning in the team’s official news release on hiring Dirk Koetter as the franchise’s 11th head coach.

“When I started this search for a new head coach, the focus was on finding someone that could be a strong leader as well as a consummate teacher, and Dirk is both,” said General Manager Jason Licht. “He brings the passion and drive that will re-energize our organization and help us establish the winning culture that will help us become the championship-caliber team that our fans deserve.”

Joe finds that “re-energize” word to be telling.

Was Lovie too mellow for Licht’s taste? Did Licht believe the team wasn’t responding to Lovie’s calm before during and after the storm?

It’s common for teams to look for a significant change in personality and approach when the fire/hire a head coach. It seems Licht sought that, too.

22 Responses to “Licht Says Koetter Will “Re-Energize” Bucs”

  1. Bucs fan #7423 Says:

    SUPER BOWL!!!!!

  2. Erik with Clean Athletics Says:


    I couldn’t even listen to Lovie speak any more bcuz it had a negative impact on my drive and passion for life. Such an improvement for us it’s going to be so invigorating for everyone involved.

    Kudos to us for clearing the air and making this change.

  3. The Buc Realist Says:

    I am already energized!!! Energized with hope again!!! Energized with the knowledge that we will not see another lovie smith lead team finishing bottom of the division anymore!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. mike Says:

    Not too impressed with hiring Norv Kotter.

  5. tdtb2015 Says:

    Mario Williams and a solid DC and we are in the playoffs, Baby!

  6. DallasBuc Says:

    I’m vaaaarrrrry disappointed. Discouraged?

    -Incompetent Lovie Smith

  7. Turbo Kevin Says:

    Love this hire. Lovie and Schiano both sucked the fun out of this team and the fanbase. Our team simply has not been enjoyable to watch for years. Despite our feelings as fans this is a game and needs to be played with enjoyment. I have no doubt Koetter will bring a new found passion to this team. Watch the enjoyment, passion, fun, whatever you choose to label it amongst the remaining teams in the playoffs this weekend. Granted its easier to enjoy something when your successful but energy is a great start for us. Cant wait to see how this unfolds

  8. DallasBuc Says:

    It’s not about the future. It’s always about the future.

    -Incompetent Lovie Smith

  9. Dave Says:

    Dirk does not seem to be the rah rah type. He will energize through good solid coaching, attention to detail, entrusting his staff, and being direct and blunt.
    The real energy and attitude will come from JW on offense and Kwon on defense

  10. Bob in Valrico Says:

    I am optimistic. this should end the parade of bad lovie 2 players.Now lets get a new defensive scheme and coach and improve the defense.

  11. Dave Says:

    He knows how to call a game with run and pass. He was limited last year with s rookie QB. They did not open everything up. Plus there were no WR half the season. ATL had a great balanced offense with him.
    The only downfall was punching it in when in red zone. Most of that was the youth on offense and a rookie QB

  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Re-energize?…….when were we energized?… about Koetter will “energize” the team?

  13. BucFan20 Says:

    Now energize them and put them in REAL BUCCANEER UNIFORMS! Enough of the Burger King uniforms.

  14. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I am exited that we will have an off-season without the “fire Lovie” drumbeat…..and the understandable pessimism that comes with it. I am hopeful that our DC hire and other moves are greeted with the same enthusiasm.

  15. Eric Says:

    Now lets use that energy to stop beating ourselves in games.

    That’s where I hope we see an immediate improvement. No more boneheaded penalties and turnovers at the worst time.

    That’s how the good teams operate.

  16. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    I love this hire! For one our press conferences are not going to be embarrassing!

    It’s bad enough to get humiliated on the field only to have the HC come off and say things that just make you go…HUH? No life, no emotion…Dungy II.

    And 4 of our last 5 HC’s have been defensive minds. Several of them seemed so clueless as the value of offense that it cost them games.

    I’m freaking tired of pounding the rock and then holding the opposition to 12 or less. BORING!!! And it’s not today’s NFL.

    Now we have a guy who has a rep as an offensive guru. AT LAST!!!!

  17. Stanglassman Says:

    The team was energized before the 2nd saints game in the lockeroom during Shepard’s pregame speech until Lovie yelled at him in front of the team for a cuss word. Lovie told the whole team to be quite until the game started. Team came out flat and went down 14-0 ten minutes into the game. This was the beginning of the 4 game skid and what sealed Lovie fate.

  18. martinii Says:

    I agree with TBBF, it will be nice to not hear” Fire the coach,” rhetoric day on a day in and day out basis. That wears on a fan and has become far to often the moniker of the Bucs over the past several seasons. Once again we have an opportunity to move forward on a clean slate. The offense needs some tweaks and the defense needs overhauled, but there are valuable young talents embedded throughout and if Licht can give us a few good free agents and a decent draft the fun should return in Tampa. Go Buc

  19. Cody Says:

    Lovie was just too passive imho…Passive works with a veteran football team; that said, when you have a young football team you need a coach that’s not gonna bite their tongue and say what needs to be said (sorta like Jon Gruden)…Players need brutal honesty and sometimes buttons need to be pushed to get the most out of them; I’m not sure that was happening under Lovie…

  20. Mike Johnson Says:

    Licht says Koetter will re-energized the Bucs aye? Didn’t they say that about Raheem..Schiano and Lovie? In 2 years The Buc nation will be calling for the head of Koetter as the vicious cycle of trying to create an instant winner continues. The man has no HC experience at all. And he so in college. So I’m cautiously neutral at this point. Like I’ve repeated a million times, What good is scoring 38 points when the other team easily scores 39? I hope he gets a very good DC for his sake. If not, Koetters name will be included in that great Tampa Bay fishing trio along with Schiano and Lovie!

  21. Buccfan37 Says:

    Energize indeed, Lovie’s coaching battery never got the full charge and was quick to drain. This upgrade is inspiring looking forward.

  22. ToesOnTheLine! Says:

    Count me amongst the re-energized Bucs fans. Football has become just as much or more about providing entertainment as it is a sport. Another year of Lovie and having to hear how 7-9 was improvement over 6-10 would have been as exciting as dry toast. At least with Koetter hope is renewed, and I for one actually think he’ll do a good job even in year one. Lovie set the bar pretty low as far as wins, so I’m expecting improvement.