Koetter: Bucs Have Met Penalties Goal

September 22nd, 2016

LovieRefereeIn case you haven’t noticed, the Bucs have cleaned up their act through the first two games of 2016.

Joe asked Dirk Koetter about this yesterday.

Eleven penalties through two games? That’s a pace for just 88 on the season. Last year, Tampa Bay had 143 penalties and flirted with the single-season NFL record.

“Our goal is to be six or less a game and we’ve made it,” Koetter said. The Bucs had six penalties on opening day and five on Sunday in Arizona.

“Obviously the No. 1 goal every week is to win. We have several other tiered goals along the way, but the penalties thing is one. We have done a pretty good job in that area and we need to continue that.”

Frankly, Joe is impressed and believes the cleanup is a great sign. Seal-clubbing in Arizona aside, it’s been a great feeling to watch Bucs games without out the team repeatedly shooting itself in the foot.

15 Responses to “Koetter: Bucs Have Met Penalties Goal”

  1. The Buc Realist Says:

    It is refreshing and impressive that the good coaching is just starting!!! It also makes you think, our are lines focusing on good technique while avoiding penalties causing them to play a hair slower???


    This also brings up the point, And if you can Ask the person that JW3 worked with to fix his mechanics this past offseason, Is he a little more off than normal because His head is telling him to do the new mechanics and his muscle memory is telling him to throw the old way!!! Surely there is a transition period when cleaning up one’s throw motion!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We’ve got to save some for the facemask/personal fouls, taunting, slapping & spitting on Cam Newton (in both games)

  3. Kobe Faker Says:

    I think getting smacked around at the end of a bowout game isnt good for the mechanics lol

    But koetter is worried about jameis getting hurt not sliding??

    Im starting to think being Hc is too much for koetter

    I like the guy and he needs better players but the tampa media vultures is ready for the kill

  4. Tom Edrington Says:

    Anyone missing Lovie yet??? Wonder what Illinois penalty yardage looks like?

  5. Stpetebucsfan Says:


    Are you kidding or serious. His game against UNC was full of Illini penalties…Lovie said they would have to clean that up. DUH

    Of all the metrics one can use to judge a coach I think penalties are right up there. Injuries…bad bounces…lack of talent…those are variables but penalties IMO are a clear result of bad coaching.

  6. Clodhopper Says:

    Well here we go!! I’ve been asking all morning, what’s the difference between this year and the recent past. This is a huge example of an enormous improvement!!! This article was just what I needed!!!

  7. D-Rome Says:

    Last year, Tampa Bay had 143 penalties and flirted with the single-season NFL record.

    That’s 143 penalties on the *offense* which was tied for 1st last season.

    The Bucs had 104 defensive penalties. Their rank for defensive penalties was 23rd. Our defensive unit last season was a fairly disciplined team. I’m going to guess the haters around here won’t credit Lovie for that.

    So far this year on the offensive side they are ranked 21st in penalties and 27th for defensive penalties.

  8. Mike Johnson Says:

    The Only goal is..WINNING…Period!

  9. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    “Mike Johnson Says:
    September 22nd, 2016 at 11:46 am

    The Only goal is..WINNING…Period!”

    Came here specifically for this, from you. Thanks for not disappointing.

  10. Stpetebucsfan Says:


    Nice catch of a stat. Of course another stat would be which side of the ball started more rookies? #3 and Kwon cancel each other out since each was relaying the call for their side of the ball. But after that?

  11. 813bucboi Says:

    @realist…if the coaching is JUST getting started we are already behind….smitty and dirk made zero adjust to create pressure on carson or get jameis or the run game into a groove….that coaching you speak of just got us blown out….

    regarding jameis, I have yet to see his mechanics fixed….his footwork is still sloppy….I noticed a few things with jameis during the game that hopefully his coaches have noticed as well….1. he often times drops his elbow during his wind up to deliver a pass….this causes his balls to sail high….2. the kid need contacts…while looking to the sideline or jumbotran he squints his eyes….I think that effects his depth perception on deep balls….

    this coaching staff needs to get in gear and put our players in position to succeed….GO BUCS!!!!

  12. Trubucfan22 Says:

    What is that guy talking about? The bucs as an entire team had 143 accepted penalties. That includes offense, defense, and special teams. I don’t know where this guy is pulling his info from but it is not even close to be anything factual.

  13. Trubucfan22 Says:

    D Rome can’t read apparently. The bucs as a team had 143 penalties, and opposing teams had 104 penalties against us. not offense and defense penalties. Lol

  14. SOEbuc Says:

    813bucboi Give the coaches a break. They lost there starting RB and DE and a TE in the first half. WR later

  15. D-Rome Says:

    Whoops, I stand corrected. (D-Rome slides into the background with egg all over his face)