Koetter Prideful For Game-Manager Jameis

October 11th, 2016

Interesting takes by Dirk Koetter

America’s game manager?

Clearly, the offensive plan last night was not about having America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, carve up the Panthers’ struggling secondary.

It was all about playing old school Bucs football with Jacquizz Rodgers performing the roles of Mike Alstott and Warrick Dunn — and Roberto Aguayo impersonating Martin Gramática.

Dirk Koetter spoke on the Buccaneers Radio Network after the game and shared how he was fearful of a 3-and-out on the Bucs’ final drive, which started on Tampa Bay’s 14 yard line with 1:49 remaining and the Panthers possessing three timeouts.

Koetter said he wanted to burn those Panthers timeouts by running the ball. The mindset was not about being aggressive in a game tied at 14. That led to a 3rd-and-7 from the Bucs’ 17. Mike Evans was the lone receiver on the field as Tampa Bay set up in max-protection.

Completion Jameis — 11 yards to Evans for a first down. Here’s the video: Chucky, on the Monday Night Football broadcast, couldn’t believe the Panthers didn’t blanket Evans.

That set up the Bucs to get in their traditional two-minute offense, Koetter said. An amazing catch, juke and run on third down by Jacquizz Rodgers kept the drive alive (frankly, that was the biggest play of the drive) and then Jameis had two key throws to Vincent Jackson before more Rodgers success and a Panthers personal foul put the Bucs in full Aguayo mode.

“Jameis really, really played well in that last drive,” Koetter said.  “I mean, since the Atlanta game, that’s the best Jameis has played all year. Really proud of the way he managed the game.”

Yes, it was game-manager Jameis, complete with handing off in the closing seconds and sprinting himself to the right hash to set up a 38-yard field goal.

Joe likes the controlled new look for young Jameis, as long as it means Ws.

27 Responses to “Koetter Prideful For Game-Manager Jameis”

  1. Waterboy Says:

    Perfect formula to take the pressure off of the 2nd year QB.


    Is Jameis the youngest starting QB in the league? Gruden mentioned last night that Prescott and Wentz are both older. I can’t think of another starter that would be younger.

  2. Buccoon Says:


  3. mike n Says:

    a “game manager” needs to hit the guys that are wide open. He is very inaccurate, I hope that gets better. A couple of time he just needs to run and get the 1st down went is there, but then get down so you don’t get killed.

  4. LargoBuc Says:

    Was anyone else shocked about the whole “10 second runoff”. I was just kinda shocked that Koetter didn’t know it only applies when the clock is running. I know he’s a rookie HC and I hope we vcan build but man, you gotta know those things. And of course its on national tv for all to see when it comes up.

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    You’ve got to give Koetter credit when we win…..he usually gets the blame when we lose.
    I didn’t personally like our gameplan but it worked…..what if Jameis attacked their secondary an incurred an early pick?

    Yes, Jameis is hot and cold and is generally inacurate….always seems to be high which I guess is good….Remember Freeman….throwing at feet from 10 yds away.

    I think he will solve this problem.

    Did anyone see that interception from Smith?…..I think VH3 got a hand on it and caused it.

  6. Bucx01 Says:

    You do not need to give him credit. He did everything he could not to win the game. Ron’s two bad time outs are the only reason this game didn’t go to OT. Where the bucs DEF would have given up a TD and lose.

  7. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    We’e all talked about #3’s inaccuracy at times. I see it and get the gripes.

    But how about the TD bomb to ME. That was an excellent pass.
    And there was another great pass to ME that he dropped.

    When we get good…and we WILL…this is how games are supposed to be played.
    Against a Denver or NE you can’t count on blowing them out…just got to keep it close and THEN let #3 win a game.

    No matter how much we wish to criticize either of them…in the 5th game of the year…#3 and Aguayo did exactly what he expect them to do. They won a football game for us.

  8. Richey D Bucs Says:

    @Waterboy. Paxton Lynch is a month younger. Is just a temporary starter probably, but still.

  9. Kobe Faker Says:

    Would liked to see more targets to brate

    We need sims back healthy asap more than fat dougie

    Quizz is the 2016 feature back and need sims catching the ball from the backfield making explosive plays

    Our playmakers are evans outside and quizx running and catching screens. We need that 3rd part of the trinity to make defenses vulnerable

    ***hump, brate, vjax are not explosive difference makers

    ***hey koetter the clown, if we had quizz as feature back and sims catching we would no doubt be 3-2 and possibly 4-1

    ***finally read a rule book

  10. Waterboy Says:

    Thanks Richey D! I looked up Trevor Siemian and saw that he’s 24 going on 25 but forgot about Paxton Lynch.

  11. Erik w/ Clean Athletics & United Games - a new 'Interactive' Fantasy Sports app by the makers of Madden Football Says:

    In my opinion, we need a hybrid of last night’s offense and the version where we’re 100% confident in Jameis.

    I think this gameplan was an over- compensation to give us perspective and help us find a healthy balance between the aggressiveness/conservatism.

  12. Doctor Stroud Says:

    America’s (2nd Most Hated) Game Manager did just enough to win last night. I’ll take the win!

  13. Eric Says:

    Jameis was not inaccurate on the touchdown pass to Evans, or the two point conversion thereafter.

    Or the super key third down conversions on the winning drive.

    And no INTs.

    Is he a finished product? No. Does he flash greatness? Big time.

  14. Wes Says:

    America’s Quarterback, Game-Managing, Probowler Jameis Winston

  15. Tampa Tony Says:

    Game manager doesn’t equal a franchise QB. I’m glad to win but the Bucs can’t expect to win like this consistently

  16. Tampa Tony Says:

    Eric way to pick out his 2 or 3 great throws. Being a franchise qb is about consistency and Jameis is far from that

  17. 813bucboi Says:

    @tampabaybucfan…I disagree….I loved the game plan….we actually found our identity, which is a simple formula….last night dirk and mike smith put the offensive and defensive players in position to be successful and they executed…

    run the ball which is our oline’s strength and minimizes jameis’ urge to make a big play….running the ball also chewed up the clock which allowed our defense to stay fresh since we lack depth…..running the ball also created big play opportunities in with the play action with throws to brate, evans and vjax….

    on defense we finally saw some creative pressure…I saw conte blitz….saw LVD blitz….finally saw an attacking defense….everyone looked like they knew what they were doing and very comfortable in they role…conte still looked lost at times but this just his game….besides Roberto special teams played well by forcing and recovering a turnover….Roberto did nail one when it mattered most so I wont get on him too bad….

    if we can continue to run the ball, play solid defense and stay turnover free we have a chance to be in every game….GO BUCS!!!!

  18. mike n Says:

    @kobe… sims is done for the year and no way quizz was going to be the feature back vs rams when we signed him 4 days before the game, he didnt know the plays

  19. Buccfan37 Says:

    The Bucs ejected that Carolina monkey off their backs in nice fashion. What a relief! Two weeks off after a win of this importance the team and fans alike breathe easier and inject new life in all things Bucs. The parade is off the flat tires.

  20. Waterboy Says:

    @Tampa Tony
    Are you confusing the title of franchise QB with elite QB? Whether you like it or not Jameis is the guy that the franchise will build around for the next couple of years which makes him a franchise QB. Now after a few years of building around him and providing him with key pieces if we’re still having these conversations they might start to look elsewhere but there’s no question he is the franchise QB.

  21. Eric Says:

    Great throws that were keys to our victory TampaTony.

    Thus I pointed them out.

  22. Kobe Faker Says:

    I like to think outside the box so let me phrase it this way/break it down

    Jameis 22 year old 2nd year qb is for example is 65% away from his prime (100% approx 8 years from now at age 30)

    People want him to play at 85-90% level

    Where did the 66-84% go?

    It cant disappear, he has to go thru it

    Every great qb has to go thru this and every situation is different

    Enjoy the ride

  23. Mike Seven Says:

    Maybe I do not understand- maybe some one can enlighten me . last night #3 played alright not great- not bad it seems like coach running team as if he knows he does not have great QB , Run the ball run the ball short pass.
    I was told #3 is franchise , were now in 2nd year and I do not see great QB
    to justify first pick and salary cap limitations he brings, Bucs are paying him to learn how to play in NFL with only 4 year contract.
    He is rated low # 26 league.

  24. Eric Says:

    Oh yeah a coach trying to get a running game going always lacks confidence in the QB.

    Especially on the road.

  25. Eric Says:

    Always amazes me when folks whose greatest athletic achievement is finishing two consecutive bags of cheese puffs decide to critique Jameis Winston.

  26. Matthew Says:

    Koetter coached scared and got away with it. I honestly hope he isn’t going to try and turn Jameis into a game manager. Cutting down on the turnovers is one thing, forcing him to play smarter & utilize his check downs is fine. However, trying to become a run first, alex smith type offense with a #1 overall pick WHO CAN throw the ball down the field is moronic as it is cowardly. I do not like to see coaches flinch at easy decisions, its not a good sign for if he’s ever faced with a difficult one. Koetter’s clock management (Rams, Punting down 20 vs Denver, and even last night time out usage/final drive tempo) has been awful.

    Now he’s a first year coach so I’m hoping he’ll improve as he gets more comfortable. However, 5 games in and he really appears to coach from a scared/conservative position. Something that got Lovie rightfully run out of town. Yes, we all want W’s and they got one last night. But process matters, so far this season Koetter’s process or reasoning has been sketchy at best. Let Jameis be Jameis, and figure out a way to scheme & surround him with players that limit his mistakes while still maximizing his skill as a passer.

  27. R.O. Says:

    Still missed WIDE open receivers!! Needs to get that $hit cleaned up or will always be a middle of the pack QB.