Koetter: “Need To Do Better With Our Deep Balls”

February 24th, 2016

More blame on Jameis

Dirk Koetter has clear priorities this offseason, so he explained to Joe and assembled media today in frigid Indianapolis.

One priority is fixing the synchronicity between America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, and Mike Evans.

“We need to do better with our deep balls,” Koetter said. “You know, that’s one thing that will be a big push for us in the offseason, to get Jameis and Mike Evans on the same page on their deep balls, because Mike Evans is such a huge down the field threat. And we didn’t do a good enough job in that area.

“Mike had a better year in that respect his rookie year than he did in Year 2, and part of that is Jameis has to learn where to put the ball and to give Mike a chance, with his size down the field. That is one area where I think Jameis not only can improve, but I’m pretty sure he will.”

Koetter said “it’s in the works” that Jameis and Evans will work out on their own before the Bucs report back to work on April 4.

Jameis often has said he’s drilled by coaches to give Evans a chance with throws in his wide catch radius. Yes, Jameis can get better, and Joe’s glad Koetter noted that Evans was better downfield with Josh McCown and Mike Glennon throwing him the rock.

And, of course, Evans has to fix his K-Y hands, or the whole thing goes in the toilet.

18 Responses to “Koetter: “Need To Do Better With Our Deep Balls””

  1. The Buc Realist Says:

    Better setup of his base, He needs to strength grip strength for a tighter spiral for a more accurate deep ball!! Simple mechanics that I hope JW3 finds and works with a guru to get better in those area’s this offseason!!!

  2. Buc1987 Says:

    The prophet says : Jameis will be VERY fine this season.

  3. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    Exactly Buc1987…

  4. theodore Says:

    This. This is how you talk about the passing game. When Schiano took over, he described the passing game as “taking shots down field”, as if throwing the ball was a hope and a prayer. Lovie wasn’t much better.

    I have felt better about the Bucs ever since Lovie was fired. I feel like we finally have a modern-day HC (same goes for our new DC).

  5. DB55 Says:


    works with a guru to get better in those area’s this offseason!!!
    He posted a pic on ig yesterday working out with Tim Grover at attack athletics. No clue who he is but comments say he’s the best in the game.

  6. Mike Johnson Says:

    If I were Koetter I’d be worried about more than deep balls. He’d better be worried about how to stop somebody!! HE is a HC now. And the TEAM is his responsibility. No more hiding..behind the offense. You can score 50 pts a game. But you’d better be able to stop the opposition from scoring 51.
    Just ask the Denver Broncos.

  7. DB55 Says:

    Koetter mentioned that we’ll have a hybrid defense. Something about confusing QBs. Sounds like a 3-4/4-3 blend.

  8. biff barker Says:

    He also went on to say that multiple looks gives an offense the most difficulty so the Bucs may as well use it.


  9. nate_tweetz Says:

    Deep balls weren’t good enough to Dirk’s standards, but they weren’t terrible either. I’m pretty sure the Bucs were either #1 or pretty close to #1 in 20+ yard pass plays.

  10. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    Hey..I am really good and very accurate at throwing!! I use to chase my sons around the house and backyard and throw my slipper right at them, square in the behind!!

    I can help Jameis hit his target!!

    And I will train free, just buy me lunch at La Teresita..:)

  11. gotbbucs Says:


    I mentioned that the day they fired Lovie. Everywhere Lichtenstein has been previous to Tampa they ran hybrid defenses. Most Bucs fans are terrified of anything other than the insanely outdated “Tampa 2”.
    Hybrid players are much easier to find deeper in the draft and we have a staff now that seems willing to let talent trump scheme fit in a prospect. There will be early season bumps along the way, but the finished product will be much more effective.
    Don’t rule out free agents coming from 3-4 backgrounds this year. A Sam LB that can play in a base 4-3 and move to end in a sub-package nickel will be a must. Possibly Bruce Carter, I’m sure that’s what Lichtenstein had in mind when he signed him.

  12. gotbbucs Says:

    *Licht* freaking auto correct

  13. Howard Cosell Says:

    No. No. Howard Loves Lichtenstein. It fits.
    It’s like a monstrous GM who scares other teams.

  14. DB55 Says:


    You lost me at Trump. Kidding.

    Did Koetter just say he wanted mariota? When keeping it real goes wrong.

  15. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    NoSBoS likes Lichtenstein also.

  16. Bob in valrico Says:

    He is talking about deep throws where Evans has got past his man
    Heading toward endzone.if receiver turns toward or away from sideline
    in pattern Jameis is very good for the most part.

  17. Pete Mitchell Says:

    Lichtenstein it is.

  18. bucs4life86 Says:

    That was my most glaring concern with Jameis, His down field accuracy. That was suppose to be one of his strengths coming out of college. He’s gotta work with Mike this offseason and get in sync together. What made Mike so dangerous his rookie season was his down field threat, it seemed he caught everything they threw up to him. He had 12 TD grabs with McClown and Glennon so imagine what Jameis and Mike can do together if they get on the same page. They only had ONE TD catch n throw over 20 yrds. ONE!!! They’ve got to correct that because that’s unacceptable coming from those guys. I think they will work hard on building chemistry together this offseason because the Bucs have to produce a long ball threat this year not having one at all last season. The bucs have stated that K.Bell will be their deep threat this year so it will be interesting to see if they can produce one.