Secret To Koetter’s Success

May 16th, 2016


Yes, it is a fresh new day in Tampa Bay with a new coaching staff. What once seemed like suffocation for an NFL team now appears inclusive and open to all things.

That shouldn’t come as a surprise if one digs into the Dirk Koetter’s past. Recently, Jason Cole of Bleacher Report had a sitdown with the head coach. A simple yet highly important trait of Koetter’s jumped off the page as if Joe noticed a photo of former Bucs cheerleader Tricia Cusmano.

The secret to Koetter’s success? Listen to your players.

“It’s really not a big secret. You take what guys are good at and you build it around that and try to avoid what they’re not so good at. You listen to them. You get to know them. They know what they’re good at and what they’re not good at,” Koetter said.

“So as you build your stuff through the week—your game plan—they’ll tell you they don’t like that. You might say, “I think this would be really good this week,” and they might say, “I don’t like it.” Maybe we try it in practice; maybe we don’t.”

What a concept. You don’t try to force feed players; you analyze what they can do and what they cannot do, and you put their talents and skills to work where they can succeed.

It’s almost as if Joe can hear Bill Belicheat talk about his philosophy of scouting players: Don’t tell me what they can’t do; tell me what they can do.

27 Responses to “Secret To Koetter’s Success”

  1. tmaxcon Says:

    A coaches number one responsibility besides controlling foul language is to put the players in the best position to succeed. It’s refreshing that we finally have a staff offensively and defensively who are intelligent enough to actually take the time to find out their players strengths and weaknesses and build game plans accordingly.

  2. DB55 Says:

    If he can do here what he did at Boise St I’d be Ecstatic. Imagine playing on a red field and putting up 42 points a game. That would be so dope.

  3. Dewey Selmon Says:


  4. BUC55 Says:


    Red field made me laugh!! Wouldn’t that be fun!

  5. DB55 Says:


    Ty sir I aim to please.

  6. Joe Says:

    If he can do here what he did at Boise St I’d be Ecstatic. Imagine playing on a red field and putting up 42 points a game. That would be so dope.

    Think you are confusing Eastern Washington and Boise State, or you have the wrong color.

  7. Mike Johnson Says:

    The secret to Koetters success? How about winning a game, some games, accrue a winning record as a head coach first. Then we can say he is a success.
    Right now, he’s just a potential winner/failure..waiting to happen. Hype is one thing. Delivering is an altogether different animal people. The man has yet to win one regular NFL regular season game. Yet, you are crowing him, The Godfather. Simply..Amazing.

  8. DallasBuc Says:

    My concern is that Koetter will not be drilling the fundamentals of players abstaining from the use of foul language. With them cursing up and down the field at will there is a strong chance that we won’t score any points or win any games. Just don’t think Koetter understands what coaching professional football is all about.

  9. BucP Says:

    Joe, I think he was referencing Boise but using our Bucs color

  10. DB55 Says:

    BucP Says:
    May 16th, 2016 at 1:21 pm
    Joe, I think he was referencing Boise but using our Bucs color
    That is correct Sir.

  11. DallasBuc Says:

    Look, if Koetter would run practice more like bible study the team would be better off. Actually they should just study the bible at practice. That’s the real winning playbook! Not that rag that Koetter has them studying now.

  12. The Other Side of the Coin Says:

    So much for the hard line concept of ‘buying in’.

  13. Kevin Says:

    Mike Johnson….how much you wanna bet Dirk Koetter has as many wins in his first season as Lovie did in Two????

    How much????

  14. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Koetter hasn’t succeeded as a head coach yet. I’m glad we have him, but let’s not give him credit before he earns it.

    The Bucs have disappointed the fans too many times in more than a decade. The fire has been sucked out of us.

    It’s time the Bucs win us back…and not just talk about winning us back. I’m a lifer, but lately, I have not been enjoying football at all.

  15. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Kevin Says
    “…how much you wanna bet Dirk Koetter has as many wins in his first season as Lovie did in Two????

    How much????”

    And, of course…Lovie will be given NO credit for preparing the way. That would just be dumb, right?

  16. The Buc Realist Says:


    Fine, Lovie gets credit for burning down the building, and out of the ashes we got very high draft picks!!!! And the only other thing, thank you for demanding that the popstar to be fired and hiring NFL GM Licht!!!!!!!!!!

    But really, should we give credit to someone for incompetence????

  17. Buc1987 Says:

    lol Rhealist.

  18. Buccaneers Says:

    I’m with Bonzai and Mike Johnson on this. Koetter has a lot of problems to fix fix. He’s a long way away from being a successful HC. I believe in him, but he hasn’t proven anything yet.

    The one good thing about Koetter over our last three hires is that he is not here to build anything. They didn’t hire him off the streets to fix a broken franchise. The rebuilding is done now, time to put it all together and return to relevance!!!

  19. Mike Johnson Says:

    I do think Koetter will do OK. I just don’t believe in heaping the praise gravy
    before the turkey has been cooked. I’m optimistic. But cautiously so. I’ve been a Buc fan since inception. Seen and been thru the hype more seasons than a few of you..have been living! Lets make no mistake, Koetters got a lot of work to do. And I hope he delivers..for his/our sake.

  20. Buc1987 Says:

    Many heaped the praise gravy when Lovie was hired even before we saw any results on the field. That should be a lesson for you all.

    Wait and see.

  21. The Buc Realist Says:

    Some just can’t escape the excitement of free-agency and the draft!!! after a little money is spent and players drafted they watch too many 3 minute college highlights and start seeing double digit wins and playoffs!!!!

    That is why The Realist sticks to the truth!!!! Bashing lovie is the truth!!! We don’t even know what Coach Smitty defense will be like other than a few vague references, But lovie’s incompetence that is tangible!!!!!!

  22. Mike Johnson Says:

    BucRealist..You stick to…nothing. which is what your cranium holds. Don’t forget to..bundle up between the sheets tonight son. The Ghost of Lovie Smith
    will always be after you. Watch out..Here he comes!

  23. The Buc Realist Says:

    @mike johnson

    That is why I flipped the last number on my house from a 6 to a 9, since the Incompetent one does not make adjustments he will never figure it out!!!!! He just walks up and down the street, staring cluelessly like it is a Jumbo-tron and the other team just scored another touchdown on his scheme!!!!!!!!!!

  24. McClorasMaddenDaddy210 Says:

    CLASSIC lol love it!

  25. Dreambig Says:

    Realist – That was pretty funny. I can still see Lovie walking up and down the street, stareing at his clipboard, shaking his head and wondering whats going on!

  26. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Lovie may have done some good things for bucs,but unfortunately for Bucs fans it was rarely on Sunday. Props given when props are earned.

  27. feelthepewterpower Says:

    How about attacking an opponents weakness (ala New England) for a change????