Koetter: “Can’t Always Play Captain Checkdown”

August 2nd, 2016

jameis and koetterRemember when Alterraun Verner dared to say interceptions from America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, in training camp last year were by design?

It was a very bold take on a rookie QB.

Well, this weekend, head coach Dirk Koetter seemed to back up Verner during a chat on WDAE-AM 620.

Koetter says he’s on Jameis to push the envelope in training camp, even if it might be a bad decision in September.

“You know, there’s a fine line there with Jameis because we want him to be perfect,” Koetter said. “But at the same time, I talk to him all the time, in practice he’s still got to test his limits about what he can and can’t do. You can’t always play Captain Checkdown all day in practice and throw for 90 percent and never take any risk.”

Joe believes Koetter’s comments really speak to the intense trust Koetter has in Jamies. Man, a quarterback-unfriendly, ball-security freak like Greg Schiano would never allow such a tactic. Even Chucky was pro-checkdown and about avoiding anything that could lead to dangerous plays or habits.

22 Responses to “Koetter: “Can’t Always Play Captain Checkdown””

  1. BucGold Says:

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  2. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Captain Checkdown? Koetter was talking about Glennon lol….

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    All of the great QBs take risks….it’s the timing of those risks that make the difference.

    I often think of how Schiano practically ruined Glennon….sure, MG8 had a good QB rating…but it was at the cost of losing games.

    I’m quite sure Koetter is the right coach for Jameis.

  4. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Take all the risks you want in practice Jameis, but go with the checkdown in real games. Live to see another play.

  5. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Aggressive Head coach+ Aggressive QB= points on the board on Sunday.

  6. Gilhealy Says:

    He’s got no choice. A talent like J only comes around once or twice every 25 yrs. Look what Shula did when he saw what 13 had in him. You cash in the golden ticket and let the dawg hunt. But, we got a running game, too. Game on!

  7. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    That sounds like the Gators in the 90s. Spurrier used to say he rather have a touchdown and an interception than two field goals.

  8. tmaxcon Says:

    What i take from statement from Koetter not only the trust he has but maybe even koetter doesn’t not really know how great jameis will be and wants to push or get the best out of him. Jsmeis is going to be great the question is how great. I like koetter more every day. Can’t coach scared. Koetter wants to see how great jameis can be. the only difference from us and koetter is he gets a front row seat

  9. DB55 Says:

    The key word there is practice. Take risks in practice to test your limits. Truth be told he may have to take the same risks in a game as we need to score at least 30 per game to be competitive in this league and in the division.


  10. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Now that’s real talk Tmax..

  11. Gilhealy Says:


  12. BoJim Says:

    Man, a quarterback-unfriendly, ball-security freak like Greg Schiano would never allow such a tactic.

    But. But, I thought it was Glennons fault? Hmmmmm

  13. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    WOW!!! Playing to win instead of playing not to lose. Gotta love it!

  14. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Gotta love it.

  15. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    And Tmax maybe its the homer in me but I think he’s going to be all time great.

  16. SB with Jameis Says:

    Jeeeeeesh but Koetter is a refreshing change. Not banging on Lovie but the last three coaching hires pale in comparison so far to this cat’s attitude! I think we are on the way up again.

  17. cmurda Says:


    The other difference is Koetter’s butt is on the line if we don’t show improvement. Lovie set the bar super low so that’s basically impossible. The special thing about Koetter is he’s fearless and he has the abilities to coach in the modern NFL. Lovie wasn’t willing to go for a 4th and 2 so we ATTEMPTED (not necessarily made several FG’s) whereas Koetter has balls. He would have definitely gone for a TD on several of those chances. It’s fine when you have the Bucs defense of the late 90’s or 2002, but it’s asking for death when you have our defense of the last 10 years.

  18. Pete Mitchell Says:

    This along with the Brett Favre episode of Grudens QB camp makes me think that every ball at practice should be 6 or bust!

  19. Dewey Selmon Says:

    I still have a hard time believing we are set up with Dirk/Jameis for the next 7-10 years+ hopefully. This might be Payton/Brees but with more rings.

  20. Defense Rules Says:

    Jameis is learning ‘on the go’ obviously (heck it’s only his 2nd year), but so is Dirk Koetter. I love Coach’s attitude, and the fact that he’s not afraid to take risks. Using pre-season to experiment and press the envelope is awesome, and I think it’ll give both of them a better feel for what’s possible during the regular season. It gets old watching so many coaches play it safe when things get tight (prevent defenses for instance?) instead of going balls-to-the-wall and letting it all fly. Dirk doesn’t strike me as being a Riverboat Gambler, but taking risks after you’ve experimented with similar situation on the practice field is something I really look forward to this year.

  21. Eric Says:

    Hope like heck it works and quick cause we got the two super bowl teams and Arizona our first five games. Brutal freaking schedule.

  22. Poor Glennon Says:

    The great QBz set there feet. Something #3 must get better at or we have another Freeman.