Something Special Brewing?

October 25th, 2016
Bucs WR Mike Evans and QB Jameis Winston celebrate a touchdown Sunday. (Photo courtesy of

Dirk Koetter dives deep into the chemistry growth of Mike Evans and Jameis. (Photo courtesy of

The way America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, and wide receiver Mike Evans were hooking up Sunday, it sprang to mind classic quarterback-wide receiver duos in the NFL.

Is the recent success between the two a fluke, or is all the hard work by the two in the offseason beginning to pay off?

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter spoke with dangerous Dan Lucas of WFLA-TV Channel 8 about that yesterday in an exclusive interview.

Let’s just say Koetter had a hard time wiping the smile off of his face.

“Let’s not get too carried away, but you are looking at two very, very, very talented guys who were picked high in the draft,” Koetter said. ”We talked some at the end of last year that maybe the chemistry between those two guys – what is chemistry? It is that mysterious thing – but I think we are starting to see a little chemistry between those two guys. Especially yesterday on some scramble plays where Jameis was able to find Mike for a touchdown in the middle of the end zone and some crucial, a couple of crucial third downs when he scrambled and found Mike.

“I think you are seeing Mike being more aggressive to the football and demand the football more by getting open. And I think you are starting to see Jameis looking more for Mike, maybe sometimes even too much.

“But, hey that combination could be a great combination here for a long time.”

On the backyard play where Jameis saw Evans pointing to the sky in the end zone as if to say, “Throw it up and I will pull a Dwight Clark,” Koetter smiled and said, “We say all the time, players play and coaches coach. … We are crazy if we don’t take advantage of Mike’s ability to go up high and get a ball. … Not every play, believe it or not, is going to work exactly like we draw it up. The ability to innovate and create is something you’ve got to have.”

Of course, it is cool to see the Bucs do this against the circling-the-drain Stinking Panthers and the pathetic 49ers. Now it would be cool to see Jameis and Evans pull this off against a strong team like the Raiders.

To see the full interview with Koetter, click below. Video courtesy of WFLA-TV Channel 8.

39 Responses to “Something Special Brewing?”

  1. mike n Says:

    Evans is a star, best player we have had in 10 years. He continues to grow and work hard. He needs a little help though. He’ll draw tons of double coverage ect..

  2. iamkingsu Says:

    I’ve been saying this since the kid was drafted just throw the got d@mn ball up in the air to him in the redzone. He’s the best high pointing a football since megaton.

  3. dreambig Says:

    This team is in a pretty good place at the moment. We have a first time NFL head coach and a brand new defensive coaching staff with a new defensive system. We took some lumps in the first qtr of the season which was no surprise to almost anyone. Now after surviving a rash of injuries, Jameis has been brought down to earth and has realizeed his off season hype doesn’t win games. We have been blessed to play some bad teams to get some wins to help build back some lost confidence, we get some players back and the team has had a little time to grow with the current coaching staff. If we are going to turn it around and become a good team, this is a pretty good place to be at going forward for the rest of the year.

  4. The Buc Realist Says:

    Still need a WR with speed on the other side And one other quick hit option to make this offense run smooth!!!! All the hits JW3 has to take is because he has to buy time for a route to develop!!!

    But this year I really wanted to see this offense compete into games into the 4th quarter instead of gaining garbage yards in blowouts like last year. I am very happy with the progress even with all the injuries!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!

  5. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    We’ve got speed…the ones with it just are not reliable ball catchers. I would love a combination of both, but there is no way we get that before free agency or the draft.

  6. Tom Edrington Says:

    Both are doing what they are supposed to do…..two very high first round picks…..

  7. Bucsfanman Says:

    Evans is easily top 10 maybe top 5 WR in the NFL. If he continues to grow along with Jameis, this duo will be dynamic for years to come. Love it!

  8. BucFan20 Says:

    Just a shame the receiver has to tell him to throw it and don’t stand there and hold it.

  9. ElioT Says:

    Really impressed with Evans. He looks like a completely different player in terms of body language and maturity. Sky is the limit for him, stay focused and humble.

  10. Nole4JabooANDdBucs Says:


    Sooo what position did you play?

  11. McBuc Says:

    Bucfan, you missed the point. Geese, some of you guys are depressing with making up a negative on a great story.

  12. Buc since '74 Says:

    Is that not a choreographed celebration? Why isn’t that a personal foul? There are 2 players doing a rehearsed move. I’m not complaining and I’d be pissed if they threw a flag – but what’s the story NFL?

  13. Buc1987 Says:

    BucFan20…just a shame you can’t let Glennon go.

  14. R.O. Says:

    Strong team? They are a 1/2 a team. Either last or next to last in Defense and a top 10 offense…. I think what you mean to say is a Good record. The 2 teams with winning records they have played (Falcons, Chiefs) they’ve lost. Those with losing records they’ve won. I don’t think they are the Better team. It comes down to what almost every NFL game comes down to. Limiting mistakes, penalties and turnovers.

  15. Nole4JabooANDdBucs Says:

    Glennon is no Jameis,” just sayin” he lacks the swagger:)

  16. SOEbuc Says:

    R.O. it also comes down to us being able to win at home. Jeez louise guys we gotta win this pirate brawl on Sunday for the city of Jose Gaspar.

  17. tmaxcon Says:


    How do you come up with Dead Last for defense I just look up the stats and bucs are 16th in Scoring defense dead in the middle of the pack. There are only 2 stat categories that matters for defenses that is Scoring and Win / Losses everything else is BS…. Offensive and Defensive rankings have never decided a superbowl nor is it an accurate way to jusdege a team. Did they win and how many points did they give up is all the matters at the end of the day…

  18. tmaxcon Says:


    just let it go man. Glennon will never play again and is completely irrelevant just let it go.

  19. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Evans shook off a “down year” and is proving he’s one of the best in the game. TDs, baby!

  20. BucFan20 Says:

    who said anything about Glennon? Anyone who watches the games can see Jameis holds the ball to long, won,t get rid of it or take the sack. Koetter just told you he is even watching for Even’s to much at times. So far all he can beat is garbage teams. and he barely did that in Carolina. 1 TD. Now Evan’s has to tell him to put it up. But he will target him when he is double covered and get it picked? People like you and 87 have done nothing but make excuses for him all season. It has been the …. No run game, bad coaches, no receivers and bad game plan. Everything thing except his fault. That has nothing to do with Glennon.

  21. tmaxcon Says:


    I agree jameis holds the ball too long at times. In my opinion he has to since he only has 1 nfl caliber receiver to throw to. Also he is running for his life a lot more than he gets credit for since Dotson can’t block his shadow and D Smith struggles with speed guys. Jameis is the best QB bucs have ever had and at 22 the sky’s the limit… If you give him a reliable 2 and 3 which are not currently on the roster Jameis will be just fine.

  22. BucFan20 Says:

    I did not tell the Bucs to draft a 22 year old with limited experience. We were told he was the most “Pro Ready” and had it shoved down our throats. And there you go with the receivers again. In racing it called “you run what you brung”. Other teams do it. Injuries happen. Shep has been here. They know it. There is no excuse.

  23. R.O. Says:

    Tmax… go back to school and work on your reading comprehension skills. Thanks…

  24. tickrdr Says:


    Try re-reading R.O.’s post, then you can apologize to him.


  25. tickrdr Says:

    @R.O. :

    As usual for me, a day late and a dollar short.


  26. Joshua Schall Says:

    Joe, defense is our primary need this next draft, but would you be totally opposed to getting a player of Clemson’s Mike Williams?

  27. pabucfan55 Says:

    @ BucFan20 Says

    As opposed to drafting a 29 year old QB with years of NFL experience? When you draft QBs they are young and dont have NFL experience. Thats how it works

  28. kysteve9 Says:

    Mike Evans is a totally different receiver this year than last. I watched him in Indy and St. Louis last year throw fits, pout, whine to officials etc. His sideline demeanor was not that of a great receiver. This year he has perhaps matured some. Now he might get upset if he doesn’t get a call but he GETS over it and moves on. And it is paying dividends in his production.

    Now we need someone on the other side that gets open and complements Evans, that happened Sunday with Shepard. Not saying he is the answer but once JW3 started throwing to Shep they had to respect that and ME13 had a much easier time getting separation. Of course playing against the 49’s D did help.

    Evans has the potential to be a great receiver I just hope he continues to keep his head about him and focus. So far this year he has really done that.

    GO BUCS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. MegaDaveUK Says:

    Nice video, although wtf at the audio. Interviewer on the left, Dirk on the right, yet left audio channel is dirk and right audio is interviewer.

    confused xD

  30. unbelievable Says:

    Ummmm, looks to be like R.O. and tickdr are wrong, actually.

    R.O. Says:
    October 25th, 2016 at 9:52 am
    Strong team? They are a 1/2 a team. Either last or next to last in Defense and a top 10 offense The 2 teams with winning records they have played (Falcons, Chiefs) they’ve lost.

    Clearly you’re both wrong.

    1. They are not anywhere near last or next to last in Defense, as tmax already pointed out yo you.

    2. They have not even played the Chiefs

    3. They DID beat the falcons, or did you black out R.O. cuz you were too busy complaining about McCoy the whole game, despite him making multiple splash plays including the last play of the game?

  31. DB55 Says:

    Mike and Jameis are by far the best at their position in buc history. An argument can be made that Doug Williams is better than Jameis.

    Rejoice for the messiah and his disciples are here to cleanse us all.

  32. LongSeason Says:

    Sunday may have proved me wrong. Jameis may be getting better. Forty Niners game started out ugly as usual. Then Jameis turned on and looked great. I would rather be wrong and the Bucs win rather than be right and the Bucs lose.

  33. BucFan20 Says:

    Teams as a general do not draft a QB with 2 years of college experience then think that will transfer well to the NFL. Your student must be clueless if he is 29 by the time he graduates then get drafted.

  34. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    Oh puhleeze. We already know what many posters will point out here.

    If #3 goes off and throws 4TD and Quizz rushes for 200 yards it will be the same old glass half empty crowd here. But…but…The Raiders suck on Defense.
    Oh there 5-2 record will become diminished and called luck by some here if the Bucs win.

    The Raiders are currently the last ranked team defensively in the entire NFL.

    There is absolutely NOTHING the Bucs can do Sunday to get a compliment from some of our posters…

  35. Buccaneers Says:

    I’ll give the Bucs a compliment. They have the prettiest cheerleaders. Its the best thing to watch at Ray Jay because the team has no homefield pride and craps on themselves deflating the crowd and giving us nothing to get loud about. They suck at home…fact

  36. Mojiska Says:


    R.O. was talking about the Raiders, not the buccaneers. Both you and tmax misunderstood that point. No biggie, just a simple error, I was thinking the same thing until the Chiefs part.

  37. unbelievable Says:

    Ahh, now I see. Well color me wrong then! LOL.

    Thanks Mojiska

  38. Phillybuc Says:

    Easy….we just beat the Niners and they suck
    Bigger test with Oakland

  39. Buc1987 Says:

    DB55 Says:
    October 25th, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    “Mike and Jameis are by far the best at their position in buc history. An argument can be made that Doug Williams is better than Jameis.

    Rejoice for the messiah and his disciples are here to cleanse us all.”

    Strange that we have a few stragglers that “just don’t see it yet”. Actually nope it’s not so strange as we know why they really don’t see it yet and it has nothing to do with Winston’s apparent gifts. I actually relish Winston’s foolish detractors, as I’m sure JW does too. He thrives off of adversity. Well welcome to Tampa Jameis. You’ll win everyone over and in short order kid.