Koetter: “He Is A Man”

August 2nd, 2016
Dirk Koetter was pointing fingers at his offensive line yesterday

Dirk Koetter was pointing fingers at his offensive line yesterday

It’s easy to love the candor of Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter.

He was a breath of fresh air as offensive coordinator last year. But as head coach, Joe feels like the perfect cool wind is blowing and all the windows are open.

Koetter is so damn refreshing.

Of course, yesterday, Koetter popped the growing media-speculation balloon for the No. 3 wide receiver battle. Five days into training camp, he emphatically cut through all the BS and named Adam Humphries his No. 3 wideout. Likely without knowing it, Koetter awakened millions of fantasy football fans nationwide.

Koetter also was talking about one of his offensive linemen yesterday. During a chat with WDAE-AM 620, Koetter said right tackle Demar Dotson has been a standout among a talented and deep group.

“No doubt, Demar Dotson had a really strong day yesterday. If you saw him out there on that one screen [pass], when he was in front of Chuck [Sims], and in the run game, he is a man in the run game,” Koetter said. “Really, really pleased with how Demar has come into training camp. And, you know, right now he is playing as good as anybody on the O-line.”

As Joe noted in his comprehensive practice notes yesterday, Dotson has been a manbeast in camp, often looking like he’s finally figured out how to maximize his unique 6-9 frame. Exciting stuff, though it’s awfully early. Joe’s not burying right tackle Gosder Cherilus on the bench just yet.

36 Responses to “Koetter: “He Is A Man””

  1. The Buc Realist Says:

    What is that in the air lately!!!! Can you smell it Buc Fans!!!! Its so refreshing!!! Look how a real NFL Head Coach has changed this team already in such a short time!!!!! Pay attention sheep!! This is why the few were screaming for the incompetent one sent back to the basement!!! It was bad enough we wasted 2 years of watching coach my scheme and some wanted another year????

    Relish the change!!! Watch steel sharping steel!!! and finally we can all enjoy football again!!!!!!!!

    GO Bucs!!!!!!

  2. Kobe Faker Says:

    Thank God we dont play favorites like Lovie did last year

    One of the FIRST statement that came from Koetter was Dotson was the starter

    Your the starter if you are the best player “on the field” not because the coach likes someone better “off the field”

    “Lets Make Tampa Great again” Kobe Faker

  3. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    It is nice that we have both Gosder Cherilus and Dotson, because depth is so important in today’s NFL.

  4. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:

    I’m burying Goz on the bench. I told myself and everyone else that big Dot had that side locked down. Ppl forget that he was our best lineman a few years ago. Then he got injured, now that he’s healthy he’s ready to show everyone what he’s still capable of. The guy is HUGE! how many 7ft lineman do u know of?? It’s nice to have a guy like Goz on the bench if anything happens. U never know. When I went to practice Sun. Our rookie tackle Benenoch rolled his ankle and will be out for a while so u always need depth on the line.

  5. Bob in Valrico Says:

    when Dotson recovered from injury last year,there was a game that Lovie was going to start Dotson.Warhop informed Dotson ,who as you might imagine was excited.Then Lovie changed his mind , and would not admit it was his decision.
    Just another player’s career stalled by Lovie.Koetter is doing his best to right this ship.

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Humm!!!…….Isn’t this a contract year for Dotson?…….perhaps its simply a coincidence he’s playing so well now.

  7. meh Says:

    Dotson’s better than Cherilus. I don’t think it’s close.

  8. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Given that Lovie also wasn’t happy with doug martin and Koetter helped resurrect doug’s career,Iam looking for him to do the same for Dotson.
    Koetter has an eye for talent and the ability to utilize it to the team’s advantage.

  9. Tom Edrington Says:

    Dot did the math and figured out that starting offensive linemen, good linemen, make a LOT of money….!!!

    Good on ‘ya Dot!

  10. Bucsfanman Says:

    I like Dot and I’m happy he’s playing well.
    Just out of sheer morbid curiosity, how do you come up with conclusions like this?:
    “Given that Lovie also wasn’t happy with doug martin and Koetter helped resurrect doug’s career”

  11. tmaxcon Says:

    I am glad Dotson is having a good camp hope it translates to regular season. Let’s not get too crazy though Dotson is average RT please don’t rewrite history to suggest otherwise. RT is still a need.

    TBBF Dotson never got what he wanted contract wise and i believe this is jis last year. So yes…

    Being the best olinemen on sone of horrendous previous buc lines is not a feather in Dotson cap thats more for the fan boys to justify there man crush.

    Joe – be careful using the term Man or Masculine in front of the BSPN types you might becime a story. Remember we livie in a gender neutral society where it’s a crime to be masculine. Would not want you to offend those with an agenda at BSPN / ABC…

  12. Defense Rules Says:

    Really hoping that Dots has a great season. Not only would that help the Bucs, but he’s deserved a better contract than he’s had for several years. Getting hurt last year didn’t help his negotiating position for sure.

    And for those still riding the Lovie train, forget him. That circus train left the Tampa Bay station over 6 months ago and it’s probably up in Canada by now. There’s a new show in town (you can borrow Ringling’s ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ nickname if you want). Embrace it, hop out of the past and look forward to a great football future here in Tampa.

  13. tmaxcon Says:


    It was published more than once by multiple outlets lovie smith was not a doug martin fan abd wanted him traded. It was kietter who talked livie into keeping. Lovie was incompetent in so many ways i am surprised the FBI is not investigating him and his clown possee for fraud for stealing glazer cash..

  14. tmaxcon Says:

    Defense Rules

    Everyone heals at a different rate. Its not for you or anyone else to tell people to get over the Lovie Smith disease. You would not get upset with a cancer patient because he did not heal as fast as another patient. Make no mistake about the lovie smith experience, it was a disease….

  15. Pickgrin Says:

    Good for Dot. I hope he plays himself into a 2 year contract extension. Dotson got screwed really bad by the terrible judgement and “negotiating skills” of his former agent and deserves a decent payday.

    Joe, I was thinking the same thing yesterday watching Koetter’s post practice interview. How refreshing that coach tells it like it is.

  16. Buccfan37 Says:

    Yeah, but it still would be nice for Illinois to beat those top teams in that conference despite being so far behind the top. Who am I kidding, that team will never catch up in this lifetime.

  17. tmaxcon Says:


    But the illini players wont curse so all will be right in the cornfields

  18. 813bucboi Says:

    @realist….the only thing different is dot being in a contract year….we just watched this movie last year starring doug martin…..get a clue….GO BUCS!!!!

  19. Defense Rules Says:

    tmaxcon … I understand where you’re coming from, but look at the other side for a second. Lots of fans (including me) really do enjoy JBF’s articles and insights, especially those that you don’t find on other sites (Ira’s a good example of that). Also enjoy various Bucs fans comments … can gain a lot of perspective and yes, insight there. Have been a Bucs fan for over 30 years, and have seen a number of different HCs and a LOT of losing over those years. But have also been there when we had some very good teams and really look forward to getting back to that. Constantly dredging up the past dilutes the future, and as soon as something bad happens, Chicken Little comes a-runnin’. I think most fans are really starting to appreciate what a special Bucs team this has the potential to become.

  20. Bucsfanman Says:

    tmax- No kidding?! Honestly, other than the injuries and lack of production, I had no idea that Lovie was not a Martin fan. I just thought they were looking for insurance. I guess it does make sense considering he did not see Doug in his rookie year. Well, I’m glad he’s still with us, Dougie that is!
    Come on O-line, lets get that rushing title away from AP!

  21. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    As is frequently the case…Defense Rules for the win!

  22. SOEbuc Says:

    Uggggghhhh…people are we ever going to stop talking about Lovie? Frankly, I dont want to remember him or his sh!ty coaching here the past two years it just makes me depressed. In the words of Denzel Washington and Jameis, “you want to falling forward, not falling back.” I doubt my words will make a difference but one can always dream

  23. JGhoti86 Says:

    @Bob in Valrico

    I think it was a semantics issue from Lovie”s mouth. I think I remember him saying when asked about this that he told Dot he would play/suit up for the game instead of being inactive. Not “start”. I could be wrong about this though. I do remember it all unfolding towards latter part of last year tho.

  24. tmaxcon Says:

    Defense Rules

    you are a better man than I am. I mean that sincerely… I have tried everything to cleanse my brain of the failed lovie experiment. maybe it was year and a half of hearing how wrong i was about lovie but actually I was so very right it was scary… LOL.. just kidding, i am just a prick i sincerely respect your position just don’t share it. YET… someday maybe

  25. Buc1987 Says:

    Defense Rules…some of us are cautiously optimistic right now.

    I have my sights set on next season more than this season.

  26. The Buc Realist Says:


    It hurts us more, because we saw the whole disaster coming!!! And even in our worst fears as we told everyone, the incompetent was even worse Fiasco!!!! It sticks with us more when you see the disaster and are trying to rescue everyone from it!!! We live with the guilt of all those sheep that we could not save!!!!!

  27. Cobraboy Says:

    He’s always been a manbeast on a bad O-Line. One of the few bright spots.

  28. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    Now it’s time to pay Dot his well-deserved money. Pay the man, get his extension before the season begins..7 foot tall freak athlete..and not afraid to play..

    Love Dot!!! He just needs a damn Twitter account like Ali! Damn it Gumby!

  29. Stpetebucsfan Says:


    Don’t worry my friend…a 2-3 start is going to tantalize you with possibility…and then your hero…#3..is going to put the pedal to the metal. He has a line…he has two running backs…one of them very versatile…

    It’s all good….collect all the “I told you so’s” you wish. You were over the top for #3…and even though I was questioning the decision for awhile…I can clearly see that you were 100% right in your assessment bro! Kudos to you.

    Others liked him…Joe certainly pimped for him a long time…but NOBODY was as over the freaking top as you!!!! Now I see why.

  30. tmaxcon Says:

    Ill am going to use that explanation during my lovie smith disease support group which meets Thursday… we can have a moment of silence for the fallen sheep and those sheep we left behind

  31. Buc1987 Says:

    SPBF…it’s going to be a fun season though!

  32. BigHogHaynes Says:

    Ha ha ha ha ha amazing, dum and stupid!

  33. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Dotson was our best olineman in 2014 as well…

  34. Bob in valrico Says:

    Hello again my friend. I also edited the part of story of Warhol telling
    Dot he was gonna start and then Lovie changing his mind.warhop
    Was very upset.i believe story was in pewter report.
    Disclaimer:IAm getting older and sometimes can’t remember why
    I went in garage.

  35. Bob in valrico Says:

    Probably ,pewter report.

  36. GhostofTedford Says:

    The O-line was one of the high points of last year, hope to see it continue.