Koetter In Strange Waters

April 28th, 2016
Feeling weird.

Feeling weird.

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter is an offensive guy through and through. That doesn’t mean he has his head in the sands of Clearwater Beach.

Unlike Coach My Scheme, who considered offense to be slightly more interesting than watching someone trim shrubs, Koetter is learning not to ignore defense after being a pure offensive guy since becoming an NFL assistant in 2007. He even sat in on some of Mike Smith’s defensive meetings.

Today, after practice, Koetter admitted to sort of having an out-of-body experience — getting happy to see his offense screw up thanks to big plays made by his Bucs defense.

“Jude [Adjei-Barimah] coming off the edge and breaking up a bubble screen was a big play and [Keith] Tandy’s pick,” Koetter cited as highlights of practice that caught his eye. Tandy “was beat. It was going to be a touchdown for the offense and he turned it into a turnover.

“I have to get used to being happy when the defense makes a play. I have to admit I have to get used to that.”

Koetter chuckled when he admitted praising the defense making plays on his offense was, well, different.

Let’s hope Koetter is made to feel very weird this season when the defense is making plays on opponents. That would be a welcome habit.

31 Responses to “Koetter In Strange Waters”

  1. CreamsicleBananaHammock Says:

    How strange is it that for the last two years we had a defensive head coach who only drafted offense, and now we have an offensive head coach who will more than likely only draft defense

  2. Buc1987 Says:

    Lovie was very weird.

  3. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    “Unlike Coach My Scheme, who considered offense to be slightly more interesting than watching someone trim shrubs…”

    Um…I don’t know if you noticed, but Lovie focused on the Offense at the expense of his job. And he built a pretty darn good unit. But if you want to stick with revisionist history, go ahead.

  4. Buc1987 Says:


    At the expense of his job huh?

    That’s what did him in?

    C’mon man.

  5. The Buc Realist Says:


    Coach my scheme did not build sh!T!!!!!! The big dummy that is Coach my Scheme thought he had the pieces and that his old outdated, passive, fiasco of a defense ( as described by his own players) would work!!!!

  6. chauncey Says:

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  7. Espo Says:

    Bonzai is right. Drafting one defensive player in 2 years will set you back. Meanwhile offensive needs and luxuries (TE and HB we didn’t need) have been met. That clearly wasn’t why he was fired but it contributed.

  8. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Not being able to scheme a D that could cover a f&cking 5 yard slant pass was why Lovie was fired.

    Being blown out in the NFL countless times is why he was fired.

    Starting wash outs like Tim Jennings & Mike Jenkins over younger guys with way more upside is why he was fired.

    Seeing Lavonte struggle to be as effective under Lovie is why he was fired.

    Getting destroyed by a rookie that he spent all summer studying is why he was fired.

    Blowing huge leads and running clock with 1:30 left in the 1st half is why he was fired.

    Giving up 70% completion rate to guys like Case Keenum & Ryan Mallet & rookie QBs is why he was fired.

    Starting McCown over a better performing Glennon is why he was fired.

    Deciding you don’t need Darrel Revis and then hand picking a bunch of ex bears that didn’t do sh1t here is why he was fired.

    Going 8-24 after talking all sorts of sh1t about how the team he inherited was 4-12 before he got there is why he was fired.

    There is more but I think that’s enough. Simple as that

  9. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Licht and staff scouted and built this offense.Licht did the research on Winston
    and Lovie agreed and signed off on it.Now Lovie added the best asset to the coaching staff in Koetter.And the same with Jason Licht in the front office.

  10. Buc1987 Says:

    Espo…he got “his” players on D. I’m not even so sure that if they had focused on defense whether or not he capable means of coaching them up. Hence the constant need to bring guys in that were familiar with “the scheme” in order for it to work (or not work as we saw).

    Yah yah yah he has more knowledge about football in his pinky finger than I have, yet somehow it never showed up on gamedays. Hmmmi it’s either he really sucked that bad or he intentionally took the Glazers and us fans for a ride.

    It’s a toss up for me. Could be either one.

  11. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Looking back on it, I’m glad Lovie didn’t draft defensive players. They would all be his “scheme guys” and we’d be replacing them this draft anyway! Lol!

  12. Buc1987 Says:

    Sorry for the typos just got back from the hospital and I’m all morphined up. I can barely see straight.

    But it’s DRAFT DAY damn it. I’m fighting to stay awake right now. Watch me knock right out on like the 7th pick. That would be typical.

  13. CreamsicleBananaHammock Says:

    Get well, 87

  14. Buc1987 Says:

    Exactly Eric….I thought about that point a few weeks back. No lol needed.

  15. Mike Johnson Says:

    Bucs had better draft exclusively Defense if they know whats good for them. You fickle fans see what 2 straight yrs of drafting offensively got us. Answer..no defense. You think Koetters in strange waters now? Wait until he has to give the post conferences after the upcoming losses. No more smiles then huh?

  16. DB55 Says:

    Lord C

    You the real MVP!

  17. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:


    Hope you are ok, buddy!!

  18. tickrdr Says:

    @Lord Cornelius:

    I read all the posts here, and that one above is one of the best ever.
    Kudos to you sir!


  19. Buc1987 Says:

    Yeah I’m good. Just waiting on resection surgery May 27th. Lots of BS problems along the way to that date. That’s the way it goes for me.

    Nothing’s ever easy. Goes hand and hand with being a Bucs fan.

  20. Buc1987 Says:

    tickrdr…LC’s my favorite poster…

    No offense to the rest of you.

  21. The Buc Realist Says:

    It is a good post, Just wish he posted it a year ago!!!! Just kidding lord of corn!! Today is NFL X-mas!!! so all are merry!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!

  22. DB55 Says:


    I thought Mike Johnson was your fav poster!?!?

  23. Bob in Valrico Says:

    when you fire your d coordinator and make it worse,who are the glazers
    gonna call,you the defense buster.

  24. Bob in Valrico Says:

    way to hammer it home Lord C.

  25. Buc4lyfe79 Says:

    If Lovie really did think more of HIS team’s offense, where was the offensive coordinator that first season? and I mean when you find out week 3 of the preseason that your intended O coordinator will miss atleast half the season, and you have PROVEN O coordinators on the market, and yet you don’t even want to bring one of them in as an “advisor,”??? You know, it’s just like that “advisor” Lovie wanted to bring in for the D after this past season lmao…

  26. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Hope you feel better for tonight, 87. You gotta make it till the end in case we trade up from the second round!

  27. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Robert9 was 87’s favorite!

  28. NorthernBuc Says:

    I have been reading JBF for a long time (I rarely post) – but this article has generated the best series of fan posts I have ever seen on JBF.

  29. NCFlorIdiot Says:

    I have a feeling Joe(‘s), the waters you’re used to wading through are going to become very different… Success breeds success… Please stay true

  30. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Lovie’s team was not exclusively built from the draft. He signed plenty of free agents…including a “top” DE and other players that fit his scheme.

    It wasn’t like Lovie got no help talentwise in trying to build his D. He blew it big time on his FA acquisitions.

  31. Bob in Valrico Says:

    the good thing about Licht focusing on offense for two years, he and his staff can now get the best players for our team to improve on defense.Lovie may have wanted
    too much influence on the draft. that could have set us back years.i shudder to think of it.