Phil Simms Shares Private Chat With Dirk Koetter

August 27th, 2016
Phil Simms weighs in

Phil Simms weighs in

After 14 seasons as an NFL quarterback, and decades as a broadcaster, Phil Simms thought he had seen it all in the NFL.

That was before he met with Dirk Koetter in a CBS-TV production meeting for last night’s game.

The 60-year-old Simms said during Friday’s Bucs-Browns broadcast that Koetter was the first coach he ever met with who didn’t say once, ‘We cannot turn the ball over.’

Simms loved the quarterback mindset of a head coach who understands that turnovers happen, a natural byproduct of an aggressive mindset.

“You can’t be Charlie Checkdown” and play winning football, Simms reminded the listening audience.

Joe finds it pretty damn telling that Koetter stood out like that to a veteran like Simms. That’s not a coincidence.

Safe to say, Koetter will never say, “I didn’t want to put more points on the board.”

29 Responses to “Phil Simms Shares Private Chat With Dirk Koetter”

  1. pete Says:

    Thank you, Coach Koetter, for bringing hope and excitement back to this fan!

  2. gilhealy Says:

    He’s right. Let the dog hunt. With the defense we may have, it’s “get the kid the ball back”. I love the fact the offense looked so good against a 34 look. With Arizona running one also it bodes well for us in the desert. I’m thinking we get the kind of pressure on Palmer likes we’ve shown so far, we got a great chance of out scoring ’em.

  3. mike10 Says:

    History is going to write this story 1 of 2 different ways:
    Jameis isn’t afraid of turnovers, becomes his college-self and is winning games late in the season although throwing 30 INTs.

    Jameis is throwing 30 INTs and costing his team games.

    Tough to say, time will tell.

  4. tmaxcon Says:


    30 interceptions as an example really… obviously you are one of the butt hurt mariotta guys leftover. you are acting like interceptions are the only stat that determines a win or loss. you can’t coach or play scared or you end up like lovie in the cornfields. Conservative football is boring and rarely works. Let it rip Winston the days of boring buc football is over.

  5. Jerry G Says:

    The way the carolina bobcats got manhandled last night and the way both sides off the ball was played gives me hipe we can win our division this year.i tyink we will be 11-5.

  6. SB with Jameis Says:

    Side Note: NosBos just texted me that no team in the league has more sacks than the Bucs through 3 pre season games. I know it is just pre season but that is one thing that we dont have to gripe about.

  7. Scurvy Dogs Says:

    Koetter was calling timeouts at the end of the game last night, trying to put more points on the board lol. I love it!

  8. LovieBall Says:

    If the defense is worth anything the interceptions won’t matter.

  9. Bucamania Says:

    Turn the dogs loose Dirk! On offense and D. This team has the talent.

  10. Buccfan37 Says:

    SB with Jameis… NosBos got sacked, don’t know why. I know you know and I know he wants to comment here again. Some have been sacked and came back.

  11. Cobraboy Says:

    I am becoming very pleased that Koetter is the Bucs coach. How fun it is to actually play real offensive football, than the “D-First then chew up the clock” philosophy of the past, that when the team HAD to score they just couldn’t.

    But the MOST fun will be a hugely improved D of guys just playing fast and having fun.

  12. Scorps1 Says:


    As I am sure you understand, there is a big difference between being so conservative as to try and eliminate all turnovers and allowing sloppy, undisciplined play that breeds turnovers. In handling the kicker situation, I think Kotter has demonstrated that while not overreacting to missed kicks he also said that those kicks need to be made. What he is saying is an aggressive offense that wins games in today’s NFL will by nature have the occasional turnover. You can’t eliminate all turnovers just like you can’t eliminate all penalties but the Bucs played with more discipline last night than they have in years.

  13. Defense Rules Says:

    Cobraboy, sounds like both of us really love outstanding defense. And this Bucs defense seems to have improved dramatically since Smitty took over, plus adding a number of outstanding assistant coaches and of course bringing onboard players like Robert Ayers, Darryl Smith, Brent Grimes, and drafting Vernon Hargreaves & Noah Spence. Really looking forward to a year where the defense gets off the field quickly so our offense can strike early and often. No more of this letting the other team march up and down the field, chew up the clock, and keep our offense sitting on the bench.

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

    I’m still around 37.

  15. unbelievable Says:

    Safe to say, Koetter will never say, “I didn’t want to put more points on the board.”


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

    I also wanna piggyback Jerry G, I’ve been texting SB all afternoon telling him him carolina looks like hot s@$!. They look nothing like team that appeared in the superbowl last season.

  17. Scorps1 Says:

    Beating Carolina, Arizona and finishing 11-5 are certainly possible and while I hope it happens, I would be thrilled with solid continued improvement and competing for a wild card berth. While I am as excited about yesterday’s game as anyone, it is still the preseason and the Browns are like the teams you play for homecoming in high school. This year’s schedule is more challenging than last year’s and we have some of the best quarterbacks in the league in our division (including ours). There are also lots of new pieces this year and new systems on both sides of the ball and that will still take time.

    That being said this team is overflowing with positives right now. I think Kotter is coaching like a seasoned head coach, not a first year rookie so much so that he should have won the job even without the Jameis connection. The coaching staff contains no nepotism this year and may be one of the most solid in the league. It looks like we have taken a step forward on both sides of the ball. I feel we have developed a nucleus of young players that will do nothing but get better for years to come. If last night was any indication discipline in limiting penalties has finally happened after what, two other head coaches failed. I feel we will see a sharp reduction in inconsistent play and which led to the blowouts we had last year.

    I even understand the Aguayo pick. Paid a high price for a kicker. Great kickers can be had for much less or even picked up undrafted. But here is the thing.. second round picks should make an impact and compete to start on a team but there are no guarantees and many first and second rounders have had short painful careers. While hopefully Aguayo isn’t one of them, kickers can have very long careers and if he wins us one extra game a season an that happens to put us in the playoffs it was an awesome investment. If memory serves our kicker cost us 3 games last year. Win those games and Lovie may still be here. As such that kicker (and his name escapes me) should be added to the ring of honor as the only positive Lovie brought besides his Buc Fever commercials was getting Jameis.

  18. SB with Jameis Says:

    Yes 37. It is True. Some here have been sacked and come back.

  19. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    SB,so true!

  20. Cobraboy Says:

    Defense Rules Says:

    Cobraboy, sounds like both of us really love outstanding defense.


    I see no reason why a team can’t be strong on both sides of the ball.

    Funny how offensive-oriented Bucs coaches believed that based on results (McKay, Wyche, Gruden and now Koetter), but defensive oriented coachjes didn’t (Dungy, Smith.)

    I don’t know what the heck Schiano believed, except in strict discipline.

  21. Dewey Selmon Says:

    LovieBall is right. if the defense can hold opp for the most part, winston will put enough points on the board that we can even miss a xp once in a while. there will be days when nothing works and we lose, but we are on our way, you can tell by the way players are buying into the system. we have a perfect storm on a great off mined coach with a qb eho can make any throw and has the heart of a lion.

  22. Defense Rules Says:

    Don’t get me wrong Cobraboy, I love outstanding offense too, and I’m thrilled with what I saw last night. Teams need to be strong on both sides of the ball to win consistently and become elite. Very possibly I’m wrong and oversimplifying, but I tend to think that head coaches stress what they know best … in Tony Dungy’s case: defense. The best coaches find someone to partner with who has elite skills and experience on the other side of the ball. In my opinion, Gruden wouldn’t have won the SB without Monte guiding the defense that year. Dungy wouldn’t have won without Tom Moore & Peyton Manning guiding the Colts’ offense. And in Dirk Koetter’s case, Mike Smith is the perfect complement on defense. Rah, Schiano, Lovie … none of them had offensive coordinators that they could just hand the keys to and stand back (until Dirk came onboard last year).

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

    Erik where you at??? This article could use some simplifying. We loaded on both side and are about to whip a lot @$$ this season. Save the whole “cleve really not good” thing not our problem,good teams suppose to make duck teams look just like that.. Ducks. Where are all WR dept concern people at today??? ME snatch a few deep balls out the air and all of sudden peole quiet.

  24. CocoaBchBuc Says:

    ^^^^^ That’s become nobody has ever found anything that makes eating crow taste any better.

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

    That’s real talk Cocoabeach. How you been my friend???

  26. Buc1987 Says:

    Mike can’t be helped.

  27. CocoaBchBuc Says:

    Hadve’nt been working recently NosBos, on the road to getting right. We will get together soon bro.

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

    Looking forward to it Cocoa..

  29. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    The difference between Glennon and Jameis, on 3rd down one throws 2 yards in front of the 1st down marker the other 5 yards beyond it. Last year Koetter had to be suffering being forced to worry about turnovers more than scoring. I like an aggressive and smart coach not afraid or to uptight to take chances.