ESPN: Blame Koetter

September 26th, 2016
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Called out by four-letter.

Hacked off at Charles Sims for not running out of bounds? Steamed at America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, for gagging in the final drive? Well, ESPN believes your anger should be directed elsewhere.

ESPN correspondent Jenna Laine is of the mind Bucs coach Dirk Koetter did more to lose the game than Sims or Jameis.

Laine explains below.

66 Responses to “ESPN: Blame Koetter”

  1. Silent_Partner Says:

    And she’s 100% correct. But maybe Dirk can use that timeout next week since they rollover like the old AT&T minutes in his mind, lol. Hope Jameis lucks up and gets a real coach after Koetter gets fired, which is always a dicey proposition with the clueless Buc owners.

  2. meh Says:

    The clock management at the end probably cost us this game. It was just awful.

  3. pete Says:

    Terrible job by the coach!

  4. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    The late 90’s, early 00’s Bucs would’ve given their left nuts to have as many points to work with as this offense has provided so far this year in two out of the three games. Koetter is doing his job of bringing the offense. It’s the defense that’s been hanging this team out to dry. Worst in the NFL, by far, giving up an average of 33.7 points per game and giving the team no pass rush whatsoever. Absolutely friggin’ ridiculous. At this rate Mike Smith won’t be given another head coaching gig…he’ll be joining Lovie in Illinois if he’s lucky.

  5. DallasBuc Says:

    Plenty of blame to go around. Koetter called a hell of a game. His offense can move the ball very effectively which as Bucs fans we are not too used to seeing.

  6. iamkingsu Says:

    Duh! When in h(e)ll were you planning to use the timeouts?? Lmao. When we got to the last play??


  7. Mikeck Says:

    I don’t understand how anyone could put this on Jameis to begin with. What more could you want from your offense then putting up 26 points. Winston froze for 405 yards three touchdowns and 62% completion percentage.

    I agree about time management but frankly our defense lost this game. Blame them in the coordinator.They gave up 31 points to the worst offense in football…at home…with a West Coast team traveling east.

    You can’t expect your quarterback and your head coach and your offense to be perfect 100% of the time. How about the defense not allow Keenum two launch too deep strikes for 14 points?

  8. mike n Says:

    Sims did the right thing trying to get more yards… thats what you do when you still have time outs. The next play jameis misses a wide open vjax… that was the game winner. Clock management, can not be that hard. Blows my mind how we screwed that up

  9. iamkingsu Says:


  10. Destinjohnny Says:

    There is also blame on the general manager of the team

  11. iamkingsu Says:


  12. ARGH_M8E Says:

    Mike smith sucks… never liked him. Atlanta always coughed up a butt load of points w him at wheel. Plenty of BS lead to this debacle tho! SHAME, SHAME, SHAME!!!!

  13. Buc1987 Says:

    Dallas…I concur and I’m still excited about Koetter.

    In fact I voted “confident” in all of of Joe’s confidence polls so far.

    The next one I’m voting “very confident”.

  14. iamkingsu Says:


  15. Mikeck Says:

    Just watched video. Please explain to me the part about “the loss is not only on the quarterback but ….” It’s not on the QB at all… Or the head coach. People are complaining about a “should have run” or a “should have call time out”? How about a defense that gives up that many points to that offense wiyh case Keenum

  16. 911bucs Says:

    They can move the ball except against a good defense like the Cardinals.

  17. iamkingsu Says:



  18. The Buc Realist Says:

    Hmmm, I thought this was the team that MANHANDLED the Bucs just 4 games ago!!!!! 4 games ago Casey 14 of 17 passes, 234 yards with, 2Tds, 0 ints!!!!!

    Now 4 games later we are in the game! Clean up any 2 of those 8-10 mistakes and they come out on top!!! last night!!!
    Casey K 14 of 26 passes, 190yards with 2Tds, 1 int!!!!

    our defense had played a total of 8 quarters with the new D-Coordinator!!!!
    Maybe we want to give it just a little bit more time!!!!

    While I don’t like the outcome. I would rather have the Bucs in the game in the 4th then Blown-out by the 3rd quarter!!!!!

  19. Buc1987 Says:

    Mikeck….yep as it should have never come down to that final drive.

    They need to either 1. Find a new DC or 2. Load up on D players in the next draft.

    They need a solid #2 WR, but I’m not nearly as concerned with that as I am with that mighty mouse secondary. Been concerned. Concerned all summer long, yet I was told by a few posters Revis is only 5-10 or some garbage along those lines.

    We’ve needed a pass rush for over what seems like 10 years now. Where’s the answer? Ayers, Spence, Howard Jones????

  20. Buc1987 Says:

    Obviously Realist would agree with #2 which I’m leaning towards anyways.

  21. mike n Says:

    @buc 1987… yep, need a pass rush and ths coaching staff thinks its a good idea to put our sack leader out to cover kick offs. The gm is an idiot. He waste 2 premium picks on a kicker. Waste a roster spot on a 3rd string qb so more starters have to play special teams.

  22. Silent_Partner Says:

    Now according to Buc fans, Koetter is still the OC. No, he’s the HC. That means he’s responsible for all aspects of the team now, and his offense not managing the clock correctly, something you are supposed to practice everyday is part of the problem too. One thing Jameis showed very well at FSU is that he is very astute at managing the clock and game plan if he gets instruction from his HC and offensive coordinator. To bad his current one doesn’t have a clue. Oh, and maybe just maybe the defensive personnel stinks and the scheme wasn’t the problem under Lovie Smith. His defensive “scheme” works fine in Dallas where his preferred DC, Rod Marinelli, has been running it for 4 years now with not exactly world beater personnel, not to mention that teams all over the league, namely Seattle and Carolina, run close variations of it with great success. Hey, but I know I would have run a guy who had successful defenses every year he was in Chicago when he had the players to succeed with out of town for an OC whose offense has been to the playoffs a total of 2 times in his many years coordinating in the NFL to go along with his mediocre Pac-10 coaching record, not exactly the SEC.

  23. The Buc Realist Says:

    Buc1987 has it right!!!!! I guess some people see the big picture around here!!!!!

  24. Richard Dickson Says:

    I really feel like someone has drilled it in to Jameis’ head not to run the ball. FSU Jameis would have taken that thing in at the end there. It really looked like he was fighting between his instinct and his training.

    But yeah, I’m not going to blame Winston for this. On the Rams’ scoop and score, he was the only Buc who chased the ball all the way to the end zone. He gave it everything he had.

    And sure, Aguayo leaving four points on the board hurt, but so did going for 2 twice. We take the extra point there and we’re kicking a field goal to win at the end. Granted, none of those feel guaranteed anymore…

  25. Chris Says:

    The next question is, if things spiral out of hand and we go, 4-12, 3-13, or 2-14 , do we pull a Marinelli and fire them all?

  26. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    I’m ok with not calling the T.O… It’s a no huddle, hurry up situation. As long as you’re ahead of the chains you have the defense in a vulnerable position. Calling the timeout only gives the defense time to regroup, rest and change. It’s all hindsight anyhow. That last play with 0:04 left was only possible because a penalty on the previous third down.
    We had plenty of time. Plenty O chances, they just didn’t execute. This is one of those games where everyone is looking for who to blame when the yeam as a whole, from coaches to players, didn’t do well enough to win

  27. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Some to keep in eye on if this keeps up.

    Head Coach – Jim Schwartz
    Mike Mularkey – Offensive Coordinator

    For 2017?

    The Schwartz defense is playing in Philly – makes him a lot for a head coach job.
    Parlay that with Mularkey trending down in Tennessee. Solid Combination

    Note: Remember the offensive we’re currently using – Is based off Mike Mularkey’s Atlanta Falcons playbook. Concepts Mularkey picked up from his time in Pittsburgh with Ron Erhardt & Chan Gailey.

  28. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    *Something to keep in eye on if this keeps up.

    Head Coach – Jim Schwartz
    Mike Mularkey – Offensive Coordinator

    For 2017?

  29. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    My bad

    Head Coach – Jim Schwartz
    Mike Mularkey – Offensive Coordinator

    For 2017?

    The way Schwartz defense is playing in Philly – makes him a lock for a head coaching job. Parlay that with Mularkey trending down in Tennessee. Solid Combination

    Note: Remember the offensive we’re currently using – Is based off Mike Mularkey’s Atlanta Falcons playbook. Concepts Mularkey picked up from his time in Pittsburgh with Ron Erhardt & Chan Gailey.

  30. Mike Johnson Says:

    Welcome to the world of head coaching Coach Koetter. I no longer see the big wide grin you displayed at training camp or during offseason interviews. Ruck up sir, you got lot more losses coming your way this season. You are the captain of this sinking pirate ship. You are the blame. We did it to ole Lovie. Now its your turn sir. SOB’s (same ole Bucs) And I’ll add to more letters..SOBBW(same ole Bucs but worse!)

  31. University of Seffner Says:

    Our team is probably like Jim Mora’s Indianapolis Colts. Our Offense is good, but our defense is a problem.

  32. FortMyersDave Says:

    The clock management was something I would expect from Lovie! God almighty, no one on the Bucs sideline saw the seconds ticking off? Riduculous! I had a bad feeling about this game, and I was right. With denver and a roadie at carolina up next it looks like the Bucs will be 1-4, actually worse than the Lovie team of a year ago. Early line on the Broncos game is denver by 3, I expect that line to balloon as everyone loads upo against this pathetic defense!

  33. Chris Says:

    Cause this teams different than the Falcons game. The 49ers might kick our ass in San Fran and Oakland, if we can’t stop the mighty Case Keenum to Brian Quick combo, who’s going to stop Carr to Cooper or Crabtree?

  34. Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    Not Koetter. Not Sims. Not Aguyao. How the hell do the Rams get 37 points when they have not scored a TD yet this season?!?!?!?!

  35. Chris Says:

    I’m not sold on the coaching regime. Admits to a loser mentality in post game, talked about uninspired during camp, mismanagement of clock, the defense, where’s the exotic looks? Looks like the same Tamp 2 run free in the secondary of past regime.Hell at least Schiano had them play to the last whistle

  36. Destro44 Says:

    Or defense is a problem, and the problem starts with Chris Conte! We are getting killed with big plays. Every time there is a big play look for Conte because it’s usually his fault. The deep throw TD, look at Verner in perfect position in the Cover 3 look, and notice his confusion when her doesn’t have inside help. Now find Conte, biting up again like there big play in AZ before there end of the half. The Rams looked for ways to match up Conte on Austin, and it killed us. It’s time to let the Ryan Smith experiment start. He was a corner so he can likely play some man. He can’t make any worse reads or be more out of position than Conte.

  37. stevek Says:

    Joe posted an article about a month ago on the topic that 20%+ of this roster is Dominik’s. I don’t think another coaching change is the answer. We have not seen a coach make it to their 3rd year since firing Gruden.

    We need to cut some players if this keeps up. They are the one constant in this abysmal era of Buc Ball aka Ball-less ball.

  38. Ed Says:

    This is what happens when you let the fans and the media pick your head coach. This team need a coach with a super bowl ring,and know how to win. This defense has a bunch of nice guys that always finish last. I was watching a NFL game,when a coach pulled all of his starting defense line and put the second team in,that is call coaching and demanding perfecting. This defense knows that they have no one to replace them and they do not care. You have a defense coach who is worried about getting a head coaching job,then during his job. the head coach is the only person that can call time outs on the side line per the head coach. Beat up on this coach like, they did Lovie, who is laughing his ass off.

  39. Max Says:

    Dirk does not like that Jenna girl and you can tell she does not like him. Seems personal to me, not a good look.

  40. Bucamania Says:

    Yes, Koetter missed the obvious timeout call. No excuse. He blew it.

    I’m more angry with the kicker and defensive playcalling. A safety can’t cpver Tavon Austin – or Jon Brown. Stop calling that stupid sh1t.

  41. Brooks Says:

    I blame the GM. He’s the one that wasted the draft pick on this garbage kicker. And the defense for once again making an average at best quarterback look like Brady

  42. Bucsfanman Says:

    Folks, we need some perspective here:
    You don’t go from these records to playoff contender. We simply are not a talented football team. I don’t care what people say about scheme. If you don’t have talent, it does not matter.
    We can move the football but we STILL cannot stop anyone.
    We outplayed the Rams and lost.

  43. Kobe Faker Says:

    Really amazed at the defensive planning and scheme with this game

    All coaching said all week was that they dont want all the explosive plays

    **You cant cover travon Austin with a safety

    2 players that will hurt the team

    gurly and Austin- But only Austin is the 1 who can create the explosive plays to beat you

    Thats what bellicheck does. take away the strength/player and let the other guys beat you. if the others do , they do

    but the real problem and the only answer


  44. Bucamania Says:

    Licht made a stupid lick on the kicker, no doubt, but he’s the best talent evaluator this team has seen in many years. He just needs one more draft to get all the horses this team needs.

  45. D-Rome Says:

    Obviously you can’t miss an extra point, and the field goal is more difficult, but that was just one of many things that we didn’t do good enough tonight.

    Throw yourself under the bus before you put the players there, coach.

    The bloom is off the rose for Jason Licht, Dirk Koetter, and Mike Smith. It was all sunshine and rainbows over the past nine months. Anyone else remember all this talk throughout the year about crafting a defense around the personnel we have? What ever happened to all of this supposed switching from 4-3 to 3-4 to confuse opposing QB’s?

    The Bucs are worse defensively. I stated as much after the Atlanta game when Matt Ryan completed 70% of his passes. So far this year the Bucs have allowed 816 passing yards. Last season under Lovie the team allowed 631 passing yards. The Bucs have given up more total yards as well (1045 vs. 1110). Last year they gave up 80 points through three games. This year: 101 points.


  46. LargoBuc Says:

    This team isn’t there yet. Many, myself included, thought otherwise. But we all lnow that Koetter is expected to get immediate results. So if this team can’t do better than. 6-10, we honestleyay be looking for a new HC in January. But I don’t think that’s fair. We have to be patient and understand that this team is still a work in progress. We are not ready to challenge for a playoff spot. But that’s okay. We have some piece and our offense is a couple playmakers away from being one of the best. And Jameis has only played 19 games and we knew when we drafted him that we would need to be patient with his ibaccuracy and his poor mechanics, both of which lead to turnovers. But it’s okay. I know everyone is disappointed that we are not who we thought we were. The best thing we can do is sit back and let Koetter and Jameis figure this thing out. ANOTHER NEW HC WILL SET US BACK…AGAIN.

  47. LargoBuc Says:

    D Rome, you aren’t wrong. But I think the best we can do is sit back and give Koetter time. Yet another change in regime will only hurt everyone.

  48. Que589 Says:

    The team isn’t strong mentally. The coaching staff isn’t aggressive. The front office doesn’t make a real investment in team speed. The team will continue to fail if this continues

  49. Destro44 Says:

    I really hoped to see this D play press man with a single high safety and some creative blitzes. That obviously didn’t happen.

  50. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    We HAVE allowed more passing yards this season through three games, but the Titans could have had another 200 more against us last season if they weren’t up so big at halftime and took their foot off of the gas pedal. It’s about the same IMO.

  51. BUC IT Says:

    All the blame should go to Dirk’s clock management and the terrible decision to draft a 2nd round kicker which also goes on Licht!

  52. Shadow man Says:

    Mike Johnson how dare you say but worse. How did your racial love boy lovie do against the rams last year? Oh, the game was over with 4 minutes gone in the first quarter. Sooo yeah. But worse.

    Get over it. Dirk will have some hiccups. The progress he has shown to the point is good enough for me. It’s still pathetic but hey, were the bucs. Promise you dirk won’t make that mistake again w the time outs. Not gonn hang him for it.

  53. orlbucfan Says:

    Where do I start? I got so disgusted by the 3rd quarter, I turned off the radio. Listen, I don’t do that very often. I’ve listened to PLENTY of Bucs’ disasters for 37 years. That wasn’t why I turned it off. It went off when I saw DK not correct his game plan. He’s a rookie HC. Granted. But where were the sweeps, screens, SHORT passes, QB bootlegs which Famous has no problem running, etc.? I see one more fruitless run-up-the-middle called, and I will scream! Then Famous is forced into long bombs, and Fisher was waiting for them. Kwon, LVD and GMC (!!!) played LIGHTS OUT defense! Kwon is following in Derrick Brooks’ (HOF) shoes. He is incredible; the other 2 are just as good, plus they are more experienced!!!!! My only D b*t** was listening for Banks. Guess Conte will have to get bit by Buc Luck before Banks gets a chance. Conte is NOT as good as Banks. Hope Smith sees the light. Soon.

    We have GOT to stop the HC/GM Musical Chairs that has been going down since Chucky got canned!! That rests with Ownership. We keep the trio DK, Smith, and Licht together for 3 (count ’em) seasons!! Give these players some ######### stability. How would anyone not go nutts if their big bosses leave every 2 years??! I don’t care how much coin they’re paid! GRRR…we had Fisher on the ropes, too. 🙁

    Denver comes in next Sunday. 4PM kickoff. If DK and MS call the right plays with their players, they will beat the Broncos. These 2 coaches are getting close. This ole wrinkled Bucs fan hopes they close the deal next weekend. Go Tampa Bay!!

  54. D-Rome Says:

    D Rome, you aren’t wrong. But I think the best we can do is sit back and give Koetter time. Yet another change in regime will only hurt everyone.

    To be absolutely clear, I am not calling for anyone to be fired nor will I. However, this should show the local media, the fan base, and the owners that you will reap what you sow. When you look at the actions of the ownership over the past ten years it’s *CLEAR* they actually listen to the media and fans. They react to them too. When the media and fans have no patience and call for the coach to be fired this is the end result. Coaches and GMs need more than two years. It was stupid for fire Gruden after 9-7. Most of you were impatient with Raheem, Schiano, and Lovie. To put this in perspective again, the Bucs have given up more points this season through three games than they did in 2009 with a head coach who was younger than a lot of players in the NFL.

  55. D-Rome Says:

    How did your racial love boy lovie do against the rams last year? Oh, the game was over with 4 minutes gone in the first quarter. Sooo yeah. But worse.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The hatred that some of you have for Lovie Smith goes beyond football.

  56. 813bucboi Says:

    @REALIST….THATS BS!!!… know if that was lovie you would be killing him for mismanaging the clock and how poorly his defense played….if you haven’t noticed smitty’s defense has given up a average of 33 points in three games….dirk f’ed up and smitty has been f’ing up all season long….how much time does he need to get it going? week 8 week 9?….you and licht are looking smarter by the day…..the incompetent ones are still in the building….GO BUCS!!!!

  57. 813bucboi Says:

    @joe….time for another confidence poll!!!!!….this time include smitty….GO BUCS!!!!

  58. The Buc Realist Says:


    Coach my scheme’s defense was giving up an average of 32 points in his last 3 games of his second year!!!! In games 30,31, and 32 just about the same amount, and the other teams were calling off the dogs in the third quarter!!!!!

    The rookie head coach has made mistakes, but he will get more leeway as this is his first year, A veteran head coach will not get that same pass!!!!!!

    There is a reason why the incompetent one was getting almost twice the salary that Dirk Koetter is receiving!!!!!

    you put in a rookie coach and we will give him time to adjust and learn!!!!!!

  59. SOEbuc Says:


  60. BucsFan90 Says:

    Don’t give up on this defense yet guys. Mike Smith will have Gerald McCoy playing strong safety soon

  61. LargoBuc Says:

    Realist we get your point about Koetter being a rookie HC. But it’s also a null point. Koetter is expected to win and get results, just like Lovie was. We all know Koetter was not hired to lead a rebuilding effort, this team is expecting to compete now. We heard it all offseason. It dosen’t matter whose side your on, that’s just the way it is at the moment. And out of curiosity, if we go, say, 4-12 (god forbid) does Koetter survive?

  62. lurker Says:

    can a qb not call timeouts anymore?

  63. grafikdetail Says:

    14 points came off turnovers… that’s what cost them the came… the bucs just are not mentally there yet as a team… this should’ve been a 35-23 win

  64. 813bucboi Says:

    @realist….how about comparing lovie’s first games…lovie did not have the talent the smitty and dirk has now….rookie hc or not everyone knew dirk should’ve managed the clock a lot better….dirk should not be a hc if he needs time to adjust and learn how to manage the clock…..GO BUCS!!!

  65. BigHogHaynes Says:

    Tap dancing like Fred Astaire!! I been telling you people that the BACK/STABBER would not prevail!! Can you hear me know!?

  66. The Buc Realist Says:

    strangely enough, coach my scheme gave up the exact number of point in his first 3 games as his last 3????? Even I am shocked at that!!!! 32 point average in games 1,2,3!!!!!

    I am not one that will kill the coach over the time out!! they have reached the 15 and still ran 5 plays, I am sure he did not think at that time that it would take more than 5 plays to go 15 yards!!!!

    But hindsight is easy, and some have agenda’s!!!!!!!

    They will have 3 years to make this right!!!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!

    They will have 3 years to make this right!!!!!!!