“Wound A Little Tight”

September 8th, 2016
Custodian of Canton breaks down Dirk Koetter.

“Custodian of Canton” breaks down Dirk Koetter.

Yesterday, the Custodian of Canton, eye-RAH! Kaufman, prized columnist for Joe, resumed his football-season ritual of weekly appearances with the one and only Chris “Mad Dog” Russo on SiriusXM Radio.

Of course, Russo always has eye-RAH! provide a Bucs report before launching into other questions. Russo was curious as to the makeup of Koetter and probed eye-RAH! about what kind of a guy Koetter is.

In so many words, eye-RAH! believes Koetter needs to relax a bit.

Chris “Mad Dog” Russo: Koetter as a head coach, working with the media. Obviously, he coached in college. Well-respected offensive and quarterback coach. What are your impressions on his first training camp?

eye-RAH! Kaufman: Oh, I knew it was coming Russo, I knew it. Wound a little tight, a little tight at this point. Look, he has waited a long, long time for his shot in the NFL to call the shots. I think he felt a little hamstrung last year under Lovie Smith in terms of the offense and in terms of what he wanted to do. Take shots downfield. He will never say that, but I think that was the case. Now, it is his show. He has a tendency to be a little thin-skinned at times but I think he will get over that. But right now, he is going in with a fresh start and Bucs fans are excited. He knows the No. 1 reason he has that job is because of his relationship with Jameis Winston. He will not allow anything to mess with that relationship.

Joe doesn’t know where eye-RAH! is coming from about Koetter being wound too tight. Does he get testy at times and seem to snap a little bit at questions? Sure, but Joe loves that. Koetter can be feisty. Beats the hell out of boring, predictable, if not condescending and misleading Lovie Smith, who would throw players under the bus.

Sure, Koetter got a little bent once because reporters kept asking about fights in practice. C’mon. If you are walking down the street and see a couple of guys throwing down on each on the opposite sidewalk, it would get your attention and you’d watch, too. Football practices are no different. The skirmishes are more fun than watching some dude hit a blocking sled.

Just watch the video of Koetter from yesterday joking and laughing with the pen and mic club. Does that look like a guy wound too tight? Not to Joe.

5 Responses to ““Wound A Little Tight””

  1. Bird Says:

    First time head football coach in the NFL. Has to get more wins than lovie with a much more difficult schedule; And he is wound up a little to much? Shocker? I want a coach like koetter. He knows that he has to kill it this year. Nothing is free in the NFL. Look at how quick coaches are pulled in Tampa. Give me a break “wound to tight guy”

  2. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Now that was a fun and imformative press conference.His Aguayo bit was funny but pointed out how he felt the media was overly critical of Aguayo and he gave them the business,but made it funny at the same time.Players want
    a coach who has their back.

  3. K2 Says:

    Eye-RAH is wound a little tight and gets upset when Koetter is truthful. So, lying is ok if it make you seem more relax? I’m with you Joe…Koetter is great. Additionally, it’s great when he gets ticked off and upset about dumb questions. Keotter is fun to watch…apparently eye-RAH is more comfortable with the Lovie approach. One last thought if eye-RAH thinks Koetter is wound a little to tight maybe he should spend a few days with Belichick.

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I thought all NFL coaches were wound a little tight…I just think it’s the nature of the high-pressure job. You show me a NFL coach that isn’t wound a little tight and I’ll show you an ex-NFL coach.

  5. BUC55 Says:

    I strongly disagree with Ira that, “He knows the No. 1 reason he has that job is because of his relationship with Jameis Winston.”

    Koetter has his job because he gained the overall respect from management and the team as a whole for demonstrating his ability to coordinate an offense and successfully lead a group of men…..not just because he did well with Jameis. Lots of offensive coordinators (and QB coaches) have great relationships with their QBs. That doesn’t mean they ever sniff a head coaching job.

    And the part about “being wound too tight”. Seriously???? I would say he’s wound “less tight” than the average NFL head coach.

    I think Koetter has a leadership style that players and fans will come to respect for a good long while. GO BUCS!!!!!