“I Am Very Confident Jameis Will Bounce Back”

October 4th, 2016


Sometimes it is good for an NFL coach to decompress for a day after watching his team get seal-clubbed.

That seems to be the case for Bucs coach Dirk Koetter. After throwing in the towel Sunday night and basically giving up midway through the fourth quarter, in part because he lost faith in his franchise quarterback, Koetter seems to be back on the Jameis bandwagon.

In his weekly sitdown with raconteur Dan Lucas of WFLA-TV Channel 8, Koetter threw his support behind Jameis. While again admonishing Jameis for turnovers he said is killing the team, Koetter admitted Jameis was “definitely” frustrated by Sunday’s game and will rebound.

“I am very confident Jameis will bounce back,” Koetter said. “I think at times Jameis wants to win so badly and is such a competitor, that he can sometimes try to do too much.

“There are times in the NFL where you have to give up on a play and cut your losses. Jameis went through this and learned his lesson and played well. I think he will do it again.”

That’s quite a difference from Sunday night when Koetter said he was “very concerned” with Jameis and his penchant for picks.

Koetter had more to say about both Jameis and Gerald McCoy in the interview. You watch below in its entirety. One thing interesting is Koetter was rather tight-lipped GMC. Usually, when Koetter is evasive or won’t discuss an issue, specifically about a player’s status, that often means bad news is about to surface.

18 Responses to ““I Am Very Confident Jameis Will Bounce Back””

  1. lightningbuc Says:

    Hard to figure out at this point who was more overestimated going into this season – Jaboo or Koetter.

  2. The Buc Realist Says:

    Neither, They are were we thought they were!!! Some under estimated the schedule, saying that it did not matter and talent is soooo close in the NFL!!!!! they see now!!!

    The plan all along was to make it thru the gauntlet of a schedule, then see what it looked like after the bye week!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!

  3. Dreambig Says:

    Lightningbuc – I have to agree with you about Koetter. He might be just as overwhelmed as Jameis. Sunday’s play calling was not exactly stellar. How many times can you call a run up the middle on 2nd and 10 when Denver’s whole defense is gathered up in the middle knowing thats exactly what we are going to do. Maybe it was because the team was getting man handled but I didn’t see any creative plays being attempted to counteract an over agressive defense. Sky isn’t falling though, we all suspected that was going to be a butt whuppin. Hopefully the team can remain mentally strong, recover a bit during the buy and be competitive from here on out. With our current list of casulties, its hard to imaging beating the Panthers this week, but with the way the panthers are playing, you never know.

  4. Conte Piscateli Says:

    I’m not concerned about Jameis. He needs to get his accuracy in track, but the turnovers happen. The worst one I’ve seen was the 2 and Talib pick. It wasn’t a bad throw or a bad read, but it was late. If that ball was thrown with anticipation it’s a completion but you can see the window close and he knew it and tried to power the ball through. What he needs is a defense that had his back and can keep him in games, and a rushing attack to keep the offense in favorable down and distance so Koetter can use the whole playbook. Unless we get those improvements Jameis will continue to have to press with the passing game.

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I am thoroughly convinced that our WR corps needs an overhaul……we desperately need to replace Vjax with a speed receiver and we need to add one more.
    Our receivers are not getting open forcing Jameis to be tempted to throw when he shouldn’t.
    I agree that Jameis is such a competitor and he trusts his arm too much at this stage…..I hate to say this but this reminds me of another #1 overall pick of the Bucs….Vinnie Testeverde. Hopefully, Jameis will work it out.

  6. D-Rome Says:

    Hard to figure out at this point who was more overestimated going into this season – Jaboo or Koetter.

    Koetter for sure. We all know Jameis is going to have his ups and downs but no one around here had any idea what kind of coach Dirk Koetter would be. So far he’s shown that he’s a coward (not going for it on 4th and 6) and makes poor clock management decisions. We expect players to learn on the job, not coaches. His play calling is not doing Jameis any favors either. Dirk Koetter has shown that for all this talk on culture he is a part of the problem especially by not showing trust in his players.

    The ignorant mouth breathers around here thought Dirk Koetter would be the next great coach that would do all the things Lovie Smith allegedly couldn’t or wouldn’t do. This Bucs team is worse than last year. Simple as that.

  7. lightningbuc Says:

    D-Rome (or Joe),

    Totally off topic, but how do you quote someone like you did me and get that gray vertical line?

  8. SOEbuc Says:

    I hear you Realist. This was the first 5 games everyone was hoping we could at least get two wins out of at the beginning, and now everyone wants to kick Koetter and Licht to the curb. I know its been ugly and I understand Bucs fans want to win now, but just give it a little more time to see if Koetter can adjust to being an HC. We can still get this second win on Monday, be 2-3, and rest up in week 6 and go with a less harsh schedule after that.

  9. OnlyGodnoles Says:

    @lightningbuc I think D-Rome is an administrator

  10. Mike Johnson Says:

    Buc Realist..Shut up! You were one of the main ones shouting how good Koetter and smith were going to be all throughout the summer and preseason. Telling us what great saviors these guys were. Now you say its the schedule. You are full of..horse dung sir.

  11. D-Rome Says:


    I use the blockquote html tag which is explained here.

  12. D-Rome Says:

    @lightningbuc I think D-Rome is an administrator

    No, definitely not. The comment section allows the use of a few HTML tags. Block quoting, bolding, and linking all seem to work. You cannot embed images. I’ve tried once before.

  13. lightningbuc Says:


    Thanks, I think. LOL! I was hoping it was a button.

  14. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Winston will be fine. He is a QB in a complex system in just his second year. He was player of the week in week 1. He threw for over 400 yards against the Rams. He will cut down on the picks now and remind everyone why we love him. As for Koetter, as frustrated as I am I can’t put all of this on him. The team is being decimated by injuries. When you have undrafted free agents at DE and back up running backs that can’t get through holes there isn’t much a coach can do about it. He is using the injury excuse but it would be legitimate if he did. We have four of our top 5 drfensive lineman out, we are down 3 tight ends, and our star running back that is a key to our offensive engine is out as well. Koetter would have to be a miracle worker to come up with a game plan to counteract all of those set backs. Maybe by mid season we can get many of those guys back and become competitive again.

  15. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    I meant to say he isn’t using the injury excuse.

  16. tickrdr Says:

    On the first 3rd down and first pass of the day, Winston throws an INT to former Buc Aqib Talib, https://t.co/em44MfCE71 (link from Trevor Sikkema)

    Who is that guy wearing #83 who never gets open?


  17. tickrdr Says:

    Sorry the link above has been removed. If you get NFL GamePass, the replay shows VJax83 crossing right in front of Jameis wide open before he throws inaccurately in front of Adam Humphries for the pick.


  18. BigStinky Says:

    Jameis is having a hard time finding the open receiver this year. And, even if he does find them he misses them quite often. He needs to learn how to protect the football and STOP with ALL the turnovers.