A Koetter Love Call For Johnthan Banks

August 28th, 2016

Catches the eye — and mouth — of Dirk Koetter

Will the Bucs carry six cornerbacks?

That would be unexpected. That’s a lot of corners, especially for a team with legitimate injury concerns at linebacker, offensive line and elsewhere.

Joe already has typed that Brent Grimes, Vernon Hargreaves, Jude Adjei-Barimah, Josh Robinson will be Bucs cornerbacks.

So what about the battle between overpaid Alterraun Verner and sinking-but-now-surging Johnthan Banks?

Dirk Koetter liked what he saw from his cornerbacks against the Browns. And he even threw some love at Banks yesterday.

“I think we’ve got good depth at corner and I think a bunch of those corners showed up last night and made plays at different times,” Koetter said. “Johnthan Banks made a couple nice plays poking balls out. The thing, we didn’t get our hands on balls but we affected the quarterback, and affecting the quarterback in this league is pretty important.”

Yeah, Joe is confident Koetter will take eight sacks over one interception any day of the week. So Joe had no concerns about forcing turnovers on Friday.

Banks’ rise in the coaches’ eyes is interesting.

Asked about roster decisions yesterday, Koetter said it’s all new to him and again said general manager Jason Licht is the boss when it comes to those calls.

22 Responses to “A Koetter Love Call For Johnthan Banks”

  1. BUC4EVER Says:

    Its a long season in a pass happy league, they are obviously stockpiling 2 positions on D, corner and DE -maybe 6 of each on the final roster, seems like a solid plan

  2. dmatt Says:

    Does anyone have an update on Mike James? Is he on the bubble, potential practice squad, etc. Please let me know.

  3. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    I just saw a few more get cut. McFadden is gone..ugh..I hate this time of the year..

  4. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    Koetter really gets it doesn’t he! He pays the utmost public respect to his GM Licht with the media and behind closed doors I’m sure Licht returns that favor to Koetter.

    He may not have contractual say over who ends up on the final 53 but does anybody doubt that Koetter has serious veto power. It’s Licht’s style anyway…to trust his subordinates and to work to develop consensus in the organization.

    Sounds like Koetter and Licht simply respect each other…what a concept.

  5. Trubucfan22 Says:

    The dreaded “vote of confidence” from a coach. It was nice knowing ya Banks. good luck where ever the bucs trade you.

    This was clearly Koetter trying to talk up his trade bait.

  6. orlbucfan Says:

    I already have a LOT of respect for Dirk Koetter as an offense-minded coach. I will have MORE respect for him if he tells Licht to keep Banks. Johnthan Banks reminds me of Michael Bennet–a talented player who was let go (for no good reason). A very talented team aka Seattle Seahawks snapped him right up, and look where he’s at now: a superstud. Hey Joe: don’t they do the majority of cuts this week? After next week’s game, they’ve got to cut down to the final 53, right? Go Bucs!!

  7. SB with Jameis Says:

    Put me in the camp of ‘ when we cut Peyton Barber he will get picked up somewhere else and become a star’
    We possibly have the best stable of RBs in the league. Sux to have to let a good one go but that’s the way it is.

  8. K2 Says:

    Do you think that the Bucs might try to trade one of our CB for a good wide receiver?

  9. SB with Jameis Says:

    Oh snap…….the Falcons just signed Dashon Goldson so he will be doing some head hunting and looking for payback week one. Stay healthy guys!

  10. illwill83 Says:

    you can never have to many corners in todays NFL keep them all

  11. Cover Deuce Says:

    Joe, is it possible Banks is just a guy who doesn’t look great in practice? He just seems to have a knack for making plays when the ammo is live, ya know?

  12. gotbbucs Says:

    Considering that we barely have four WRs worth keeping, we might as well carry six CBs that are worth it.

  13. DB55 Says:


    I don’t like that at all bc you know he’s going to go after vjax knees again. He’s a dirty player.

  14. THETRUTH Says:

    When giving chance banks has played the best past years. Maybe with lovie not much but who did.

  15. Irishmist Says:

    Major Wright has been cut, so it looks like we’re only keeping 4 safeties. Might as well keep 6 corners if they are our best players. One of them could play safety in the unlikely event that 3 other safeties go down.

  16. JonBuc Says:

    I hope Banks sticks…he’s flashed enough to make this year a “make or break” type of season. At least we don’t have to worry about the Lovie Lawfirm of Jenkins, Jennings, Dickum and Howe showing up this season. 🙂

  17. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Mike James is #3. That is why Barber and Storm got so many carries Fri nite. I like Hansbourgh (sp) burst. BUt if they cut Storm today…

  18. PRBucFan Says:

    lol josh robinson

  19. Strider ....Sec 147 Says:

    Dashon had cool radio show dude could ball back in the day but I’m sorry advantage Jameis. He is going to pick apart the Falcons defense and many this season at the end of the day it’s on number 3

  20. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:

    Really hope Banks sticks, I’m pretty confident he will after that showing Fri night but u never know anymore. Am I the only one who could see him going to the Seahawks and becoming a force across from Sherman?? He fits there bill perfect. Long lanky corner. Then him and Bennet can laugh together at us.

  21. BoJim Says:

    Hope Banks stays.

  22. Kelvin Says:

    Both Seahawks and Cardinals have needs at corner. Banks would make them better and it could cost them maybe a 4th or 5th rounder. I would like to keep him, but being a free agent next year and not having a real chance of having a big role this year with us I would simply make him available.