Koetter: “He Just Flat-Ass Dropped That Ball”

December 13th, 2016
Dirk Koetter knows luck when he sees it

Dirk Koetter knows luck when he sees it

Most great seasons require blessings from the football gods.

See the NFC South champion Bucs of 2005.

It seemed the ball bounced perfectly for that team throughout the regular season.

The Bucs of 2016 have had their good fortune, too.

Dirk Koetter acknowledged that in a big way on his Buccaneers Radio Network show last night.

Late in the third quarter yesterday, the Saints were driving deep in Bucs territory and had a Brandin Cooks touchdown catch overturned by replay.

“Those two plays, let’s face it. We were a little bit lucky on both those two plays,” Koetter said. “Because on the [Cooks play], he just flat-ass dropped that ball. I mean, he dropped it, plain and simple.

There were other blessed moments for the Bucs defense, Koetter acknowledged.

That’s football. Joe’s not knocking the Bucs. It just illustrates how razor thin the difference can be between winning and losing.

Just look what happened at the end of the first half, with Josh Huff heading a kickoff out of bounds pinning the ball on the one-foot line, and then Doug Martin failing to hit the hole leading to a safety.

The Saints had there share of freakish luck, too.


20 Responses to “Koetter: “He Just Flat-Ass Dropped That Ball””

  1. Mike Evans GOAT Says:

    Lol, rumor has it that the Rams will pursue PETE CAROL as their next head coach. ROFL

  2. Trubucfan22 Says:

    The difference between this season and perhaps the last decade, the breaks and ball seem to rolling our way more often. We are makin more plays we havent in the past. Doing the detail work to make sure we are doing the little things right. It’s refreshing.

  3. Bucsfanman Says:

    Yea Joe, those plays were nerve-wrecking! We deserve some luck too.

  4. pick6 Says:

    luck has more to do with good and bad seasons than any fan or player probably likes to admit. still, a team’s response to luck is equally important. most great teams show lots of resilience (not letting bad luck\bounces derail them) and opportunism (turning good luck\bounces into turnovers, stops, or points). bucs have been both during their recent run. long may it continue

  5. Patrick in VA Says:

    Honestly, we’ve been finding ways to lose and we’ve been on the bad end of flukey things for a lot of years. I’m not going to feel even a little bit bad about the tides turning in our favor this year. It’s really about time. Let’s be lucky this year and set ourselves up next year with more good drafting and FA work to be legitimately good next year.

  6. McBuc Says:

    Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.

  7. DB55 Says:

    Mike Evans GOAT Says:
    December 13th, 2016 at 12:08 pm
    Lol, rumor has it that the Rams will pursue PETE CAROL as their next head coach. ROFL
    I hear Gruden too

  8. Canabuc Says:

    I think something not mentioned anywhere is that penalties that prolong drives are not getting called on our defence like past years. More disciplined and suddenly refs are giving more calls our way than before.
    This can’t be understated

  9. safeflt1 Says:

    Well it is true that he dropped the ball, but if in fact we were playing behind, I think that Dirk is calling a different ball game and not all conservative like he did on Sunday. As Koetter mentioned earlier this week, alot of the low scoring was on him for his playcalling. I would like to see him open it up a little more and keep the gas pedal to the floor. The past two weeks, we have started really well and put up points early on only to see us scale back with the lead. Let Americas QB loose!! Go Bucs!

  10. pick6 Says:

    DB55 “I hear Gruden too”.

    Only if they promise to get Tony Romo or something. Gruden would reduce Jared Goff to a pile of tears. Jared Goff strikes me as Chris Simms, only right-handed and with less football smarts

  11. Defense Rules Says:

    Pick 6 and McBuc … Great comments. It’s not what happens to you but how you respond to it that matters.

  12. DB55 Says:


    True story.

  13. DB55 Says:

    Harbaughs name is floating around too.

  14. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    If you take away the Huff debacle this game would not have been close.

    That five point, momentum killing move was just the very worst thing at the very worst time. Luck doesn’t get any worse than that although I would question how even a high school kid doesn’t understand the protocols for receiving kickoffs and making sure that does not happen.

  15. 813bucboi Says:

    @db55…I heard harbaugh’s name a bunch….GO BUCS!!!!

  16. orlbucfan Says:

    LA Rams want Chucky Gruden, they can have him. He coached Oakland for several years so he’s lived in CA. He’ll want the big coin though.

  17. Chris Says:

    Lol Doug didn’t hit the hole. Barry Sanders couldn’t escape that wall of defenders. The announcers called it. They flat sold out for the run. Bad play call. One of you Joes flat out dislikes Doug Martin. Donovan Smith sucks Cherlous was a friggin turnstile all game.

  18. Dave Says:

    Low blow. Martin didn’t “fail to hit the hole”
    There was no hole. There was a wall of defenders in the backfield right when he got the ball.
    They sold out against the run all game.
    I wish they would have just tossed a high one up to ME at that point. It may have been the only time all day he wasn’t double teamed.

  19. Dave Says:

    I hope huff has his head on straight and they can utilize his speed some coming down the stretch.

  20. Issic Haggins Says:

    Uhhh Duhhhh !!!!!! Ball on the half yard line every single def player is leaning heavy on the run !!!! Problem is the RB clearly didn’t hit the hole #1, # 2 hesitated, # 3 had no drive or body lean and that is a classic recipe for a safety!!!