Keep It Simple

November 29th, 2016

Dirk Koetter’s wife indirectly influenced change with Bucs defense.

The Bucs defense has been on an absolute roll.

In the past three games, per Joe’s friends in the Bucs media relations office, the Bucs have held opponents to 10.7 points a game, best in the NFL the last three weeks.

In many respects, this has come about via Bucs coaches tinkering with the defense after the Thursday night curb-stomping at the hands of the Dixie Chicks. In his weekly sitdown with dangerous Dan Lucas of WFLA-TV Channel 8, Koetter talked about how the Bucs changed things up and are seeing the benefits of the adjustments.

“When we had that rough five- or six-day stretch there where we had the two days there, the Thursday night and the Sunday night, neither game went the way we wanted it to,” Koetter said.

We “had a couple of extra days [off]. On both sides of the ball, we just said, ‘If we keep doing the same stuff you are going to get the same result.’ So, how can we make a few changes? That’s where the whole communication on defense – we were not communicating enough. So if you are not communicating well enough, the logical thing is, scale it back a little. Have less things to talk about. Me and my wife do it all the time. Keep it simple.”

Since, it’s like a whole new defense. So much so Hall of Famer and former Bucs great Warren Sapp wondered aloud if the new Bucs defense was better than the monster he anchored in Tampa Bay.

Imagine that, making adjustments instead of whining for more time or that you don’t have your players, even though Lovie the guy whining hand-picked the players.

What Koetter and his staff did three weeks ago, that’s called coaching.

You can enjoy Koetter’s full sitdown with Lucas by clicking the white arrow below, video courtesy of WFLA-TV Channel 8.

7 Responses to “Keep It Simple”

  1. thunderchunkyPA Says:

    I am so tired of hearing the national idiots STILL bitching about how Lovie was kicked out the door. All I have to say is, How ya’ like me now

  2. The Buc Realist Says:

    With the roster still short in talent in some positions, it is just amazing how well the coaching is hiding the short comings and just dictating to teams!!!!

    Well done Coaches!!!!!! I have been a full support even before coach my scheme was told on the phone!!!!!!! It is now paying dividends!!!!!!

    It took lovie 25 weeks to get 6 wins!!!! Improvement Indeed!!!!!!!!!

  3. JonBuc Says:

    Good piece….liking this Koetter fella more and more every win. 🙂 I’m also glad the Glazer Boys didn’t treat 2016 as a throwaway season. Thr change at head coach appears to have worked.

  4. Patrick in VA Says:

    I think this guy is the best hire since Tony Dungy. Gruden brought a title to town, and I’m not going to say that he did it with Dungy’s players, but he did it riding the wave of the culture that Dungy created. Further, Gruden came at the expense of a lot of very high draft picks. We promoted Koetter internally and he is changing the culture once again. Not only that, but he’s getting the whole team involved. Whereas Dungy built a monstrosity of a defense but allowed the offense to lag, Koetter is putting together the best offense we’ve ever seen in town, the defense is taking their game up 5 notches and dominating teams, and don’t forget that our special teams is playing lights out, save for our kicker that needs to get it together this off season. Our punter is phenomenal and our gunners are making key tackles and pinning the opposing offense within the ten on the regular.

    I think this is only the start of a lot of awesome times ahead for us. Lord knows we deserve it after the years we’ve logged trudging through the ineptitude.

  5. America's Commenter Says:

    Warren, this defense may end up being very good, but the defense you anchored in the glory days was legendary week in and week out for many seasons. You guys held The Greatest Show on Turf to 9 offensive points on the road in the NFC Championship game!

    It’s way too early to even think about comparing this group with your krewe of at least three Hall of Fame players led by at least one Hall of Fame coach.

  6. Buc since '74 Says:


    DT – HOF
    DE – one of the best
    OLB – HOF
    S – HOF Finalist
    CB – HOF?

    That’s just sick!

  7. grafikdetail Says:

    “If we keep doing the same stuff you are going to get the same result.” too bad lovie never figured this out LOL