Touches A “Delicate” Topic For Koetter

September 15th, 2016


It was pretty easy to label the most electric Buccaneer on the field against the Falcons.

That dynamite catch-and-run by Charles Sims was an amazing play. Sims was 1-on-6 versus the Falcons’ defense and he won. Touchdown!

Throughout the offseason, head coach/playcaller Dirk Koetter referenced getting more touches for Sims was a priority in 2016.

However, Sims had just four rushes Sunday, and he was thrown the ball three times (three receptions for 32 yards).

Today, Joe asked Koetter if Sims got the desired number of touches against the Falcons and if getting him the ball more remained a priority.

Koetter’s answer could be summed up as follows: the Bucs are loaded with talent. But here’s what he said in full.

“The whole touches thing, that’s a very delicate balance all the time because [wide receivers] Mike [Evans] needs touches, Vincent [Jackson] needs touches, [running back] Doug [Martin] and Charles both need touches,” Koetter said. “Kind of the odd men out in the touches game are [wide receiver] Adam [Humphries] and the tight ends; they get leftovers all the time.

“I did say the other day at halftime, it was just obvious, to me at least, that Mike didn’t get enough opportunities. The way we look at it is we game plan to attack a defense. Now the running backs are the easiest to get touches because you can turn around and hand it to them. Chuck gets his touches in different ways. It depends on how much we’re running the football, how much they’re letting us run the football, how productive we’re being in the run game. But we’ll take points over touches all the time and it worked out good that way. The lack of touches thing, you know when that usually shows up? Is when you lose. When you win, nobody says too much about touches.”

When was the last time a Bucs offense had so much firepower that touches became a real concern? Exciting times for Bucs fans and America’s Quarterback.

23 Responses to “Touches A “Delicate” Topic For Koetter”

  1. Pickgrin Says:

    The last time I can remember “touches” being anyone’s concern was when Meshawn was in town.

    Of course Gruden deprived Mark Alstott of a HOF career’s worth of touches – but that’s a different topic altogether.

  2. Old Bill Says:

    Ah yes, the notorious Mark Alstott

  3. Buc50 Says:

    Alstott is not and was not HOF material. He was exciting for sure but him making the Pro Bowl every year was a joke.

  4. Buccfan37 Says:

    The touches seem to be spread around about right.

  5. Pickgrin Says:

    Buc 50 – I guess the 3 straight 1st team all pro designations before Gruden got to town was a joke as well?

    Alstott was absolutely on track for a HOF career his 1st 6 years in the league – then after Gruden showed up, his # of touches were reduced drastically – effectively ending his HOF chances.

  6. Chitownbucsfan Says:

    Just win baby!

  7. Simpleasthat Says:

    JC what kinda slugs work @ 620wdae gentelmen. It’s 7:00 pm and I still can’t listen to the podcast W/ big dog. Don’t they know people have to work for a living and can’t listen @ 4:00? It’s the only decent show on whole f@&$!?& channel!!!

  8. James Walker Says:

    Alstott will never get in because he does not compare to Czonka. Alstott never had a 1000 yard season, Czonka had 3. Czonka ran for 2000+ more yards from scrimmage, Czonka had more TDs. Czonka average a .5 yards per carry. In fact, it’s hard to find any stat that Alstott had over Czonka except receiving yards. Until a Fullback can compare there won’t be another HOF Fullback.

  9. Buc1987 Says:

    James….he would have gotten in is the point…but no he won’t. No one is saying he belongs in the HOF.

    Anywho I could care less whether or not he gets in the hall.

    He’s our HOF!

  10. BigStinky Says:

    Can’t wait until Sunday to see what the offense can do against Arizona. VJax will get more touches this week I think. It’s nice to have the problem of who is going to get the touches for a change. Hope we rush for 200 yards this week and burn up the clock, and keep our defense fresh. Go BUCS!

  11. buccfan305 Says:

    Alstott was an absolute BEAST and is deserving of any award he shall receive in the future. 1 of the best to ever do it. I love to see him play and he had to share a backfied with Warrick Dunn Mike Pittman and others. But when his number was called, he always delivered.


  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Speaking for Pablo

    “Touches are a delicate topic for Pablo too…..everyone wanting to touch Pablo’s elongated arc while Pablo table dances……”NO TOCAR” Pablo says…..87 looks but doesn’t touch….87 is a big tipper…..the Realist….very stingy”

  13. SB with Jameis Says:

    Jim Kelley has some fine daughters

  14. Atlbuc28 Says:

    Buc1987 You sir said it best. Mike Alstott is OUR HOF r…
    The Cleavland game, supebowl year..Epic… I was there,Super Bowl dvd can prove it! lol!

  15. Atlbuc28 Says:

    Cleveland…my bad.

  16. BucGator Says:

    Old Bill made me LOL

  17. Buc1987 Says:

    Atlbuc28 …yes sir. Like always I try to say it best. Except this time in my tequila-stupor I forgot to put the “r” in HOF’r for MIKE ALSTOTT.

    Those Glory Years were special to anyone that lived through the suck. People have no idea the ridicule some of us Buc’s fans took for actually BEING Bucs fans.

    No matter the running joke about the name “Mark”. Stop it anyways whoever does it. Not a demand just a request. I know why it’s done, but really? Mike Alstott? One of my heroes? Stop it. For my sanity.

    It’s late and I haven’t been on too much. In the middle of moving.

    Had a Buc-thought and went straight to JBF like a good boy. lol

    I would like to personally THANK the Glazers brothers for drafting Jameis Winston. I strongly believe it came RIGHT down to them. They pulled the trigger and no one else. Now, now that could be the tequila talking, but I don’t think so Tim. So THANK YOU BRYAN and JOEL for doing the right thing.

  18. Buc1987 Says:

    I say this cuz some of you peeps bash those boys….

    Okay….goodnight and grease for peace!

  19. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    No doubt. That play was ridiculous. Sims left a Falcon sandwich on the field after that first cut had them guys looking like they needed a hotel room! He’s not the greatest looking runner but very effective. I wonder where all the guys are who cried when we drafted him? Ohh yeah, they’re drinking the kool aid just like the rest of the league is starting to drink the kool-aid on Fameis! By the way there’s a really nice piece on Fameis Jameis on . I know you dont like that Joe but for the biggest most humongous supporter of all things Americas QB I’m sure you read it already.

  20. SCBucsFan Says:

    You might say it’s a “touchy” subject.

  21. Duke Says:

    Sorry, but Alstott wasnt derailed from Canton when Gruden came aboard.
    Because he wasn’t on track with Dungy.

    6years with Dungy and he was not the most productive back once.
    Rushed for more yards than his teammate only 2 times. Never 1000+
    rushing yards season. Second behind Dunn in carrys for 3 seasons out of 5. Apparently, Dungy stole his touches too, for some reason.

    A bone crushing R.B. is lucky to have 6 years in the league. Gruden inherited
    a player going into his 7th year. A RB any RB with that style isn’t getting better
    at that stage of his career. Alstott was his best under Dungy point blank period.
    But his best wasn’t going to canton.

    That said, I think Alstott would have been a stone cold lock for Canton if he’d
    played on a team that featured him at RB and built a line to suit his style. Imagine If Alstott would have been drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers, he be 1st ballot.

  22. ARGH_M8E Says:

    Alstott is a Hall of Famer to me. Period. I’ve ever enjoyed football more then watching him. Damnit I miss those days. Also looking forward to the future tho!!! Go BUCS!!!!!!

  23. rhenry Says:

    Alstott used to train by pushing his old jeep around the parking lot of the original One Buc Place.