“Highly Unusual” Schedule For Dirk Koetter

September 14th, 2016

KoetterBreakfast1The head coach has a plan for a rare NFL occurrence imposed upon the Buccaneers.

That would traveling to the Pacific time zone three times in one season, as the Buccaneers do this year.

This is new NFL territory for Koetter, he told the Buccaneers Radio Network, “highly unusual” was his exact phrase.

As a result, the Bucs will travel west a day earlier, on Fridays, before Sunday games at San Francisco, San Diego and Arizona, which is this Sunday’s opponent.

“You’re trying to get the players more acclimated to the time,” Koetter explained.

It’s a tactic Koetter said he learned from a coach on his staff. Joe presumes that’s Mike Smith.

“The coach that I learned this from had a very good record doing it. It’s something I’m going to copy,” Koetter said.

Joe finds the concept of players needing to adjust to Pacific time a little strange for a game that kicks off at 4 o’clock Sunday, the same time as the Bucs’ home opener on Sept. 25. But hey, if Team Glazer is willing to pay for another round of hotel rooms on Friday night, then why not?

16 Responses to ““Highly Unusual” Schedule For Dirk Koetter”

  1. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    I’m trying to wrap my head around the fact there won’t be another 1pm game until week 8. Is this unprecedented?

  2. Tampa Tony Says:

    Traveling out West is no joke. Takes a toll on your body. Similiar to how the travel will affect LA, Denver, Seattle and Oakland when they come to Tampa.

  3. Dave Says:

    I don’t blame them. Traveling anywhere usually makes feel groggy. It definitely can’t hurt because teams going across the country in either direction have horrible records over the years

  4. Mike Johnson Says:

    Our Bucs will need all the help they can get. A 3 hr time adjustment may not seem like much, But it is for the body. Nice move by the Bucs organization. Now whip Arizona!

  5. Clintro Says:

    I find travel to the West coast from here is fine… it is when I come back that I get hit.

  6. Poor Glennon Says:

    Love the afternoon games. More of a chance they’ll be on 📺. Beat the Cards would help too.

  7. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    Won’t hurt. Our record out west is none too special. As long as I get to see it here in Orlando….

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

    Didn’t seem to affect the Patriots.

  9. tmaxcon Says:

    Keep in mind you can NOT compare traveling across country via commercial airlines with traveling via Air Charter. Having to deal with incompetent airline employees and incompetent TSA employees takes more out of you than the trip itself does. I gave up commercial years ago. plan your trips right and take charter flights. Mental stress of traveling is virtually eliminated by the first class charter planes, hotels and perks this guys receive. first class is the only way… flying coach sucks. So the only negative factor is getting used to the time change the extra day should fix that nicely. Go Jaboo Steal one in AZ!!!!

  10. D-Rome Says:

    I’m trying to wrap my head around the fact there won’t be another 1pm game until week 8. Is this unprecedented?

    I don’t recall the last time this has happened.

  11. Buccfan37 Says:

    I haven’t flown anywhere in 44 years, don’t plan to either. Ever! Yeah, put me in a jet propelled aluminum can, what could go wrong? Forget it.

  12. Bucsfan951 Says:

    I’m flying to the Az and San Fran games and driving to the SD game… Can’t wait!!!!!!!!!

  13. stpetebucsfan Says:


    I haven’t checked in a long time so my information is probably dated.

    But if I had the money I would buy a share in NetJets or similar organization.

    They used to start at just $50,000 a year. I figured four trips up here to the UP and back. Don’t have to worry can take the cats…don’t have to fight through TIA or Clearwater…just go to the private part of Clearwater and walk on your own private business jet.

    Surely you got a loose 50 grand laying around somewhere. Sadly I do not!LOL
    I still have to fly with the masses. There are ways though. I’m pre registered with TSA and so I get to take the shortcut and leave my shoes on and laptop in the bag. Can’t afford first class but I do pay the extra for the leg room at the front of coach.

  14. peter Says:

    Of course the Glazers can splurge for another night of hotel rooms.
    They are using 30% of the videoboards for advertisement.
    All this hoopla over awesome new videoboards and they are claiming 30% for ad revenue. Shame on you glazers.

  15. BigMacAttack Says:

    I got jet lag reading this.

  16. America's Commenter Says:

    Clintro Says:
    September 14th, 2016 at 10:37 am
    I find travel to the West coast from here is fine… it is when I come back that I get hit.

    Science agrees with this statement. http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/07/why-jet-lag-is-worse-traveling-from-west-to-east.html