Koetter Tiring Of ASJ Questions

June 14th, 2016
Koetter seems to have reached his fill on ASJ talk.

Dirk Koetter seems to have reached his fill of ASJ talk.

Yes, we all know tweety Austin Seferian-Jenkins got run off of an underwear practice last week and then went mental on Bucs fans. Not cool.

ASJ has apologized and states he has learned his lesson and will fly right — on the field and on Twitter.

For Bucs coach Dirk Koetter, it is time to move on.

“He doesn’t need to explain it,” Koetter said of booting ASJ last week. “As I told you guys on Thursday, you are making too big of a deal [of] it. What happened, happened. What he said — we’re practicing again. That’s that.

“I think 90 guys that are ready to do big things and working hard.”

It would be nice if it was that simple, but it is not. For example, former Bucs tight end Anthony Becht is troubled by ASJ’s actions and believes there is something brewing under the surface that cannot be a positive for him or the team. Joe did a short, unscientific poll with prominent NFL writers and none could remember any player being run from an underwear football practice, much less a second-round pick and a one-time No. 1 tight end on the depth chart.

Then there is this thought Joe threw out on Twitter: Once in a while, you read or hear about a player getting tossed from a real football practice. It doesn’t happen often. And of those guys who get ejected from a real football practice, those guys don’t normally seem to hang with the team for too long.

A Twitter follower mentioned Martellus Bennett who was kicked out of a practice once. Joe isn’t sure when this happened (he seems to vaguely recall it), but Bennett lasted a whole three seasons in Chicago.

If ASJ was going to be cut by the Bucs over his stunts last week, then it would have happened already. At worst, the Bucs are keeping ASJ on the roster as CYA insurance in case Luke Stocker or Cameron Brate are injured.

Yes, ASJ is a talent. But talent does no good if a player can’t get on the field or is otherwise confronting fans on social media. As Koetter himself said today talking about another player, the best ability is availability. Time will only tell if ASJ has turned the corner or not. Let’s hope ASJ has finally learned his lesson.

Then, and only then, should last week’s incidents be shoved under the rug.

18 Responses to “Koetter Tiring Of ASJ Questions”

  1. The Buc Realist Says:

    I like what he said Joe!! He Is basically saying I will not babysit anyone!! Keep up or the train will leave without you and no one on this roster will look back!!!

    And while he does not want to talk about it anymore, do not think he did not keep score!!!! He has 53 men and practice squad to get ready to play football. ASJ87 either falls in line or by the way side!!! Either way, The Bucs are going places!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Bucs and Go Beer!!!!!

  2. Jacko101 Says:

    Stop looking for something that’s not there. This isn’t Lovie Koetter is a direct shooter.

  3. K2 Says:

    I think Becht is making way too much of a new coach establishing discipline and a standard of conduct for the team. If ASJ would have avoided twitter…it would not be an issue.

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    ASJ cut?………you must be delusional……The team with the 1st waiver priority would snap him up……what a joke! He is certainly trade material. Sure, the guy has been injured….sure he made a couple of bonehead acts that resulted in penalties….sure he has some immaturity issues…..but, what team wouldn’t take a flyer on a young/talented/cheap TE with two years left on his rookie contract?

  5. CreamsicleBananaHammock Says:

    I’m still really irked at ASJ high stepping into the end zone at the end of the Tennessee game last year when we were down 42-7. That showed a me first attitude that can be a real cancer in the locker room. I hope he changes but I’m not holding my breath

  6. salish_seamonster Says:

    Well, Koetter shouldn’t have to answer any more questions about it after today. Honestly, if another reporter asks him about ASJ’s behavior after today, I would approve of Koetter showing him the Heisman pose and moving on to the next question. Talkers are gonna talk about this, but Dirk has better things to do with his time.

  7. LordCornelius Says:

    Bennet was great in Chicago. He was moved because they have a young stud behind him along with some other WR weapons that are young in Jeffery and White and he’s getting older / expendable. Huge stretch to somehow relate that to a single practice issue from August 2014.

  8. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    The Social Media Situation – Is What Is.
    Being kicked out of practice …
    For missing an assignment / forgetting a formation – Is What It Is.

    OUR COACH – Seems like a No BS type guy. (Straight No Chaser)

    OUR COACH – Said everyone is making a BIG DEAL out of NOTHING!

    So I’m going with OUR COACH on this one – So I’m Moving On.

    The Kid Apologized – I respect the apology. There’s nothing more to it.

    Here’s to the Kid having a great year!

    GO BUCS!!

  9. Cobraboy Says:

    Maybe the press IS making way to big a deal about this…

  10. unbelievable Says:

    Let it go already Joe. I get you need to write content but the situation is simple. ASJ will either get his sh!t together or he won’t.

    Simple as that.

    You keep rehashing it everyday and it starts to become a media problem, which becomes a problem for his teammates and in turn himself. Let it go, either he’ll figure it out or he’ll be gone.

  11. BucMania Says:

    Move on till it’s a story..

  12. The Other Side of the Coin Says:

    What would you expect Koetter to say? It’s either over or it’s not. Giving a bunch of reporters, frothing for something provocative to write, detailed information only throws fuel on the fire. Koetter is smarter than that. Now, if only ASJ is smarter as well, it will die out and we can go back to football.

  13. Stanglassman Says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing how 6′ 5″ 255 Lbs Tevin Westbrook develops this year.

    Westbrook was undrafted in 2014 and spent all of 2015 on the practice squad. Westbrook former DT at Florida and didn’t switch to tight end until his junior year. Had to change his body for an entirely different position – likely stunted his growth at tight end, and therefore caused him to go largely unrecognized out of college. Jordan Reed was Westbrook’s mentor in Gainesville.

    Kivon Cartwright 6′ 4″ 245 LBs, Co St. could be better than expected too. He looked to be one of the best TE in college early on but had some injuries. I know the Broncos and Pats wanted him after the draft as a UFA.

    Alan Cross-TE/RB 6′ 1″ 235 Memphis has looked good in OTAs and is someone to check out as well. His versatility ans ST play could help him make the PC if not the 53 roster.

  14. DB55 Says:

    It won’t die out soon enough bc “its provocative, it gets the people going” – Chazz Michael Michaels

  15. gotbbucs Says:

    Let’s talk about our 2nd round kicker some more, we haven’t beaten that one all the way to death yet.
    What happened happened…..NEXT.

  16. Rrsrq Says:

    I love JoeBucsGM, i.e., fan since they have all made a decision on what Koetter should do or say, sounds like he has moved on

  17. Buccfan37 Says:

    Still it was kind of fun for Buc fans to release their softcore unhappiness at ASJ’s shenanigans, seeing as how we all want him to be an offensive threat on the field.

  18. BigMacAttack Says:

    I like and respect Coach Koetter. We’re lucky to have him and I see no reason to beat a dead horse. I’m focused on football, waiting patiently, but ready to go. Just win baby