How To Build Chemistry

April 12th, 2016


There’s been a lot of chatter this offseason about building chemistry between America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, and wide receiver Mike Evans.

This subject began when Bucs coach Dirk Koetter himself said the on-field chemistry between the two needs improvement, especially on deep passes.

Jameis and Evans have done their part off the field, it seems, tossing footballs around when they can away from One Buc Palace. Time has been tight for Evans. He was planning his wedding and had his big day, not to mention flying to Tahiti for his honeymoon.

Yesterday when speaking to the Tampa Bay pen and mic club, Jameis mentioned how he was at Evans’ crib breaking down tape before they settled in to watch a Golden State Warriors game (though Jameis admitted he’s not a huge basketball guy and Evans “whoops me all the time” when the two play basketball video games).

Koetter is happy to hear Jameis and Evans are bonding, but when Joe asked Koetter what is the proper way to build football chemistry, Koetter dismissed getting together away from the football field as a major cog.

“I do not think that the hanging out off the field part is all that important,” Koetter said. “I think that’s an added benefit, [but] I don’t think it’s something that’s imperative that those guys are best buddies off the field. I think it’s just the work that they put in together on the field.

“Unfortunately, the way the dead period is in the NFL, they can’t put in work on this field, so they have been putting in some work off campus, so to speak. It’s our job as coaches – and with Todd Monken coming in as the offensive coordinator and receivers coach, and Mike Bajakian [as quarterbacks coach] – we have to put them in position as they work together.

“That’s a great thing that we can accomplish in this 10-week period, along with training camp, where there’s not the pressure of a weekly game plan. We just have to get those guys quality reps on the different throws. Now that we have a good idea, they have a good idea, too, of what type of routes and what type of throws we’re going to be faced with in the season, we just need to work on them.”

Like Evans said yesterday, getting separation is the key to improving deep passes. So hopefully, new offensive coordinator/receivers coach Todd Monken has tricks up his sleeve to help Evans get loose more often.

10 Responses to “How To Build Chemistry”

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

    So shall it be..

  2. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    “How To Build Chemistry”

    When you look as good as me…it comes natural…

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

    Beautiful outside this morning Bucc nation. Nice crisp salt water oceanic smell in the air. Gotta love it.

  4. Bucs SB with Jameis Says:

    You are correct Nole sir. It is a crisp 26 degrees outside with a high of 60 today. Gonna be a Great day for this Bucs fan.

  5. ChanEpic Says:

    Bucs SB – 26 Degrees. Yikes, the upper 70’s(w/rain) here in Tallahassee seems downright desert like compared to your forecast.

  6. ChanEpic Says:

    How’s this for instant chemistry: Catch the rock! I agree with Coach here, chemistry is built on the field and the off-field stuff is welcomed but a fraction of the whole. The problem I saw last year had little to do with chemistry and everything to do with catching balls that are in your catch radius and if Evans gets that part down solid, INSTANT Chemistry.

  7. Bucs SB with Jameis Says:

    Actually Chan, 26 and sunny here if you have no wind feels NOTHING like 26 down in the panhandle. We have suck dry air that 60 degrees feels like 80 or more. No it is not as warm as T-town but it is also not suffocating when you walk outside. lol
    I just got back from vacationing down there and I am glad to be back

  8. ChanEpic Says:

    Bucs SB – Cheers buddy. Enjoy!

  9. William Walls Says:

    It really disturbs me how the off-season is so regimented these days. Isn’t this the brainchild of the NFLPA? How does not being able to practice when you want to benefit a player? *smh*

  10. mike10 Says:

    Jameis better be working on that deep ball this offseason!!