Dirk Koetter = Tom Coughlin

September 14th, 2016

The next Tom Coughlin?

So what’s it like to play for Dirk Koetter?

Defensive end Robert Ayers has an answer for you. The Bucs newcomer, an eight-year veteran, has been around his share of head coaches.

And for the past two years he’s played for taskmaster Tom Coughlin, the legendary Giants and Jaguars head coach who had two Super Bowl rings.

Speaking on CBS Sports Radio recently, Ayers was asked to describe Koetter, who isn’t well known nationally. Ayers didn’t hesitate.

“He reminds me a lot of Coach Coughlin,” Ayers said.

“He’s not going to sugarcoat anything in front of you. He’s going to tell you what he believes. He’s going to tell you what he thinks. And it’s up to you to dissect his message. A lot of times it’s a good message and he’s really clear on what he’s trying to get across. He’s a competitor. He wants to win. You know, he holds the offense to a high standard. He holds Coach [Mike] Smith, the defensive coordinator, to a high standard.

“That’s how he really is. He doesn’t necessarily do a lot of talking, a lot of rah-rah. He’s just, ‘Look, this is what it’s going to be and we’re going to get it done. If you’re not on board, then get off the boat.’ And that’s how he is and that’s why I love him. He’s a real hard-nosed, straight-forward, straight-shooting guy.”

Joe loves hearing this kind of stuff. And this is why Joe loves Koetter like Ayers does, because the head coach’s no-BS style crosses over to his dealings with media.

Coaches who jerk around media, ultimately, are jerking around the fans who rely on media for insight into their beloved team. It is that simple.

Coughlin, of course, grew a hearty disdain for the New York media. And Joe could see Koetter one day going in that direction here in Tampa.

As for Coughlin, his last interview might have been with Joe last month in Jacksonville. It was a bit of a bumpy ride, but interesting. You can read that here.

16 Responses to “Dirk Koetter = Tom Coughlin”

  1. tbucs Says:

    good stuff Joe! I love it

  2. ptwalk Says:

    Arizona better be ready, because they’re about to face a better offense than the one they just faced. If they aren’t careful it could get ugly for them. They didn’t impress me.

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

    Str8 up & down like 6-o-clock. Just the way I like it..

  4. Buc1987 Says:

    Just wait on it.

  5. Al121976 Says:

    Down like 6:30 would be more accurate 😉

  6. Kobe Faker Says:

    It was, it is and it will always will be about the QB

    “I kiss my jaboo bobble head doll every night” dirk

  7. Jbeachbuc Says:

    Having been stationed and then residing in Mayport/Jax at the time , I was able to watch Coach Coughlins expansion Jags become SB contenders VERY VERY fast. He is high on my all time best coach list ..
    Also lived in Jax during Coach K’s ( and coach Smith) time with the Jags

    That is a darn good comparison , I didn’t realize it until reading this.

  8. Pete Mitchell Says:

    “It is that simple.”

    Given the context of the preceding paragraph, and the article as a whole, this would have been a great place for a “Simple as that.”


  9. Swaggy64 Says:

    What Coughlin and Koetter have in common, at least on the surface, is a common sense approach to the big “A” word, and I don’t mean the one that rhymes with brasspole, I mean ACCOUNTABILITY. Next to availability, that is the most important one.

  10. Danr Says:

    Like does not mean equals. Should we have a discussion about the difference between congruent and simmilar?

  11. SB with Jameis Says:

    Big Hog and …………….nevermind on the Mike Johnson tip. Thorazine is cheap…………So Big Hog……….what says you on Lovie being fired too soon.? Did Lovie win an Opener? Did he win his Second opener?………………No?………..I am starting to sense a pattern here…….

  12. SB with Jameis Says:

    Ohhh and lets not forget how good Lovie’s “Ill” inois team did.
    Same BS he told us Bucs fans

  13. SB with Jameis Says:

    DAM you Couch for getting 13 w’s on Opening weekend. Use the lead wisely?

  14. Gilhealy Says:

    He’s great. You guys notice the faces he and Jameis make whenever Jenna Laine asks a question? Her TMZ questions are really getting under their skin. I’m waiting for Coach to unload on her. Jameis kinda laughs at her before answering, and Koetter keeps it short and sweet. These pressers could be cut in half if they kept questions to actual football. She’s horrible.

  15. teacherman777 Says:

    “Straight up and down like 6-o-clock” sounds like a sexual reference!

    On such a note…

    I love me some brown skinned ladies “going straight up and down”

    especially if they have nice thighs and strong butts for squatting hard on a gringo!

    rompe mi pene mi amor! rompelo! jajaja

    no me gusta las rubias aka las gringas-blancas….

    no saben como bailar con mi perro caliente…

    Que onda pablo?

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

    Uhhh well teachernan I’ve been saying that since I was like 13,sex never quite came to my mind before now but I get the gist of where you’re coming from my friend.