“Lackluster” Theme Returns

September 1st, 2016


For some reason, the Bucs aren’t consistently responding to Dirk Koetter.

The sample size is small and the games have been meaningless, but the head coach has been asking for X and getting Y too much. And that’s what really matters when studying the reality of the Bucs’ collective weak play earning in preseason games.

And in their first practice at Jacksonville, when they were aching to face a different color jersey.

And in practice against the Browns.

Following the Redskins’ win in the slop at the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway last night, Koetter was asked about the woes that led to the Bucs falling behind early and deeply.

“Very disappointed in how we tackled, number one, on that long run. We didn’t fit the run nearly as well, and we didn’t tackle as well,” Koetter said. “We just had too many missed tackles and hats off to [Zach] Brown. I think they had two backs – maybe they had two over 100 yards. I mean they ran it too much and then our offense did nothing to help. We should have been running the ball better and controlling the clock and trying to keep our defense off the field. But just overall lackluster in the first half, not what we’re looking for.”

Joe’s only focus is that “overall lackluster” line. Why does that happen more than it doesn’t?

Koetter’s got to get that straightened out. It’s fine to play hard and smart and get beat, it’s not acceptable to deliver a weak-minded and weak-bodied effort.

25 Responses to ““Lackluster” Theme Returns”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We had our “run-stuffers” Akeem Spence & Will Gholston along with Noah Spence & Jack Smith on the d-line……not a good showing.

  2. LakeLandBuc Says:

    I would be impress if this team get 6 wins this season, I’m no hater just being real.

  3. AB4L Says:

    I was disappointed in the coaches comments before the game stating that they would have difficulty playing in the weather. What happened to “no Excuses”? As a coach, you have to lead and believe there are no obstacles or hindrances. Secondly, the players need to play like they want a job. It was embarrassing, seeing that display. National pundits were laughing at us last night. Not a great way to end the preseason.

  4. The bucfan 88 Says:

    Let me tell I still think we can get 9 wins now I’m not going to lie I was very disappointed in the back ups last night I was after reading about Glennon wants starter money after what I saw last night I was more pissed at Glennon he played like doo doo last night yes the run defense was absent last night but one thing I can say is when Washington got in the redzone the only scored one TD so yes it the run d was horrible but I came away more pissed off at an one person more than the team

  5. ToesOnTheLine!!! Says:

    The beauty is all will be forgiven and forgotten in another week if the Bucs come out and beat the Falcons soundly. Try not to get too up or down over the preseason. I have faith the coaches and players alike will use it as a learning tool and actually be ready opening day (not “Tennessee ready” like last year)

  6. Buccfan37 Says:

    I looked at the game for what it was, a bunch of players who mostly will be cut shortly.

  7. jerseybuc Says:

    There may be a few surprises among the cuts. We have carried too many guys who seem to be going thru the motions year after year. First year coach may be sending a team wide message if a few vets are sent packing…If we come back home 1-1 I think we will be fine.

  8. Supersam Says:

    Eh… It was the fourth preseason game with future beer truck drivers playing, not to mention it was a monsoon outside. Not that worried.

  9. R.O Says:

    The run D has been bad all Pre season. Better clean up the run fits by 9/11….

  10. Buc1987 Says:

    I thought Gholston was the only one that looked good on the DL. Noah Spence is still too young and raw, quick off the line though. I still think he’s going to be a baaaaad man. D-linemen shouldn’t have to repeatedly chase running backs 10 yards down the field once they get passed the the line of scrimmage. Yet Gholston and Noah did. Granted I would have liked them to not be 10 yards passed the line of scrimmage, but where we’re the LB’s on a lot of those tackles?

    Oh well, anyhow.

    Noah Spence is faster than his 40 time, that much I do know.

  11. Tony Says:

    If you even watched the 4th pre-season game, you have masochistic tendencies. In that weather, 4th pre-season game, no one who was a lock to make the squad was going to risk themselves. Who cares what the offense did behind the most over-rated backup QB in the league and (I’m sorry) a guy who just isn’t good in Ryan G. The Bucs are not a deep team. They still have problems on the backend of their roster. The really great teams always have guys on their 40-53 that can flat out start on other teams. The Bucs do not have the luxury which is why they continue to disappoint for almost a decade… we can’t handle injuries because then you see guys like last night playing. It felt like watching a high school game with that WR group dropping touchdown catches and cringing as soon as they caught the ball – even if a defender wasn’t within 3 yards (I’m staring at you Kenny Bell). The Bucs have 10 or so really good players and then are fairly below average EVERYWHERE else. The only chance they have is for those 10 to all stay healthy throughout the entire season. Until Licht starts bringing in guys like Anquan Boldin and like veterans across the board (like Grimes) the Bucs are going to have issues making the leap.

  12. Buc1987 Says:

    Tony…lol I watched most of the 1st half.

  13. Fsuking Says:

    Stop it! It’s the 4th preseason game in the slop. Judging a teams future performance on that is like judging them based on their cheerleaders.

  14. Tomcin Says:

    One thing for sure with last night’s performance, the Bucs shouldn’t have any trouble getting down to 53 players.

  15. Phil Says:

    Glennon showed no interest in being out there. Griffin looked a lot better.

  16. Ben the Ga Buc Says:

    Supersam Says:
    September 1st, 2016 at 10:52 am
    Eh… It was the fourth preseason game with future beer truck drivers playing, not to mention it was a monsoon outside. Not that worried.

    This. This.

  17. Joe Says:

    One thing for sure with last night’s performance, the Bucs shouldn’t have any trouble getting down to 53 players.

    LOL Bigger problem who to keep? 🙂

  18. BigHogHaynes Says:

    It’s all LOVIE’S fault! 9 wins, don’t care how or how bad the loses look 9 wins or walk the plank!!

  19. SB with Jameis Says:

    MACK BROWN JOE c’mon man.

  20. Bucsfanman Says:

    Yeah it’s preseason, but this is a chance for some to put something on film, an audition of sorts. The ‘Skins showed up. The Bucs?
    All last night really showed me is that we have a bunch of milk cartons at certain positions!!! Depth?! We talkin’ depth?! Please!

  21. DB55 Says:

    1. Very disappointed in how we tackled, number one, on that long run.
    So as you watch the tape you’ll see Jude whiff on this tackle. He was squared to the runner but just missed.

    2. The WR group dropping TD passes
    I assume you’re talking about Martino who caught everything thrown his way except for the pass in the end zone. In his defense that pass, like most from this qb group, was behind him and in the most difficult spot to catch a wet ball.

    3. The other day I ask who coach B is and why? My reasoning is all the QBs are throwing behind the receivers. Either the receivers need to slow it down 1 step or theses QBs need to throw the ball where the WR will be not where he was. To me that’s a coaching issue but what do I know?

  22. BucFan20 Says:

    The only time Griffin looked good was when the rain stopped. The ball was dry and a few of the next tax collectors, and code enforcement officers could block and catch the ball. That was at the end of the 4th quarter.

  23. BucFan20 Says:

    Glennon and Griffin looked bad. But I would have loved to see our starters play under the same conditions in a real game. Some how I think we would see the same results.

  24. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Wish we would stop wasting our time with late round receivers.Agee with DB55 keep Martino and end the silly Kenny bell experiment.

  25. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Yeah it will be easy to cut down to about 40. Our depth at a lot of positions is horrendous. Koetter was right to say that injuries are a big factor in the bucs turn around. If any of our stars go down, we are screwed. We have depth at CB and O line. That’s it. If any LB goes down, we are screwed. If GMC goes down, we are screwed, if Evans goes down, we are screwed. Good teams can overcome injuries to stars because they have good depth. The bucs have some of the worst depth in the league.

    It’s early on in Licht’s regime, but he needs to get us more talent. By year 4 he should have a very decent roster shaping up. As it sits now, he is nowhere close to having a roster where it should be. Sure he has a good portion of starters filled, but where is the depth, it shouldn’t be that hard to find a not terrible NFL player. The people that took the field last night do not deserve to be in the NFL. A select few deserve roster spots, but 90% of them should deservedly get the ax.