“Change Is Going To Happen”

January 3rd, 2017

dirk-koetter-0103bBrace yourselves, Bucs fans. Changes are a comin’.

While the Bucs had a nice, 9-7 season. It was good but not good enough. In his final exclusive sitdown of the 2016 season with dangerous Dan Lucas of WFLA-TV Channel 8, Koetter cautioned fans that the team will add players, say goodbye to players and possibly coaches.

It’s not that Koetter wants to break up a winner, but Koetter noted you cannot stop change.

“I think we set the bar higher moving forward,” Koetter said. “Change is going to happen. You are going to have changeover in the players. You are going to have possibly some changeover in the coaching staff.”

On the prospect of maybe the defense needing to learn a fifth new system in five years (Greg Schiano, Leslie Frazier, Lovie Smith and Mike Smith previously), Koetter noted it’s not the ideal situation but that’s life in professional football.

“That’s the NFL,” Koetter said. “Change is inevitable. That’s going to happen. That’s the league. That’s the NFL. We have to embrace it.”

Koetter noted he doesn’t fear installing a new defense with a new coordinator — if Mike Smith leaves for a head coaching gig — saying the players are “resilient.”

To see the full interview, click the white button below. Video courtesy of WFLA.com.

26 Responses to ““Change Is Going To Happen””

  1. Patrick in VA Says:

    Can we, as a fan base, set some ground rules before we go in to this off season so we can save ourselves from having a ton of useless arguments. We should all focus way less than we have in the past on salary numbers and a lot more on percentage of the salary cap that’s allocated to these different guys that are going to be coming in. If we get wrapped up in whether this guy or that is making 12 million dollars, without considering that it’s really only like 4% of the cap, then we’re going to be going back and forth about things that aren’t worth arguing. If you want to say that we should give 8% of our cap to a high quality receiver or 5% to a super star center, that’s great. But getting hung up on whether someone should get 6 million dollars is not a real representation of what it means to the team.

  2. LakeLandBuc Says:

    I sincerely hope some changes are coming. The biggest change is Koetter giving up the responsibility of calling plays and focus on being the Head Coach.

  3. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    That question you asked on The Morning Cup about Brandon Marshall Joe bro I’d take him in a New York city minute.

  4. LargoBuc Says:

    Being able to adapt and adjust is mandatory. Being able to replace players and coaches on a moments notice is key to survival. I wonder who on the defensive staff will be first inline to replace Mike Smith. Koetter had to know Smith was looking to return to being a head coach, which I believe he did.

  5. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    Pat make since what you’re saying bro. But that back and fourth in MY opinion is what makes jbf jbf bro.

  6. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    Man, I really like Koetter. I believe the team really took on his “just get it done” attitude this season, fighting through all of the injuries and adjusting week in and week out. I’m confident that Koetter has changed the culture at One Buc so much to the point that good players and coaches around the league will be able to see what we’re building and want to contribute. DK has a very Tom Coughlin way about him that brings discipline and accountability to the forefront, and only the best can thrive in that kind of system. Team Glazer finally made a great hire and they need to get behind this dude 110%. And to think, this was his first year as a HC… He will only get better along with the great young nucleus of talent he has.

  7. Patrick in VA Says:

    @NoSBoS – I’d just like to think that we’re advancing to a higher level of discourse and debate as a fan base.

  8. Lou. Says:


    Let’s not.

    I propose we as fans stop worrying at all about salaries and numbers. The Bucs are way under the cap and have been for years. Who cares who the Glazers waste their money on?

    I want two things: Outstanding starters and quality depth. You can’t have everything, so some positions are make-do. Let’s upgrade those. Mediocrity would be an improvement in some areas. And better starters go hand-in-hand with better depth. Good teams have good players on the bench.

    A final point: Some outstanding players can lift up those around them. Brady, for instance, spent years with a so-so receiving corps. Peterson made his o-line better. And the Fearsome Foursome covered the weakness of the back end.

    Time for Jameis to step up.

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    You won’t be successful establishing any ground rules with JBF posters….but nice try……you can’t fix stupid. Also, the stupid arguments are more interesting than logical ones.
    I make logical arguments all the time and get little response.

    As far as player salaries…..I think they are only relevant if we have cap problems……if no cap problems, then it’s Glazer money,,,,nobody cares how many millions the Glazers have spent on fired coaches….why….not against the cap.

    As far as player changes….that’s obvious….there will be players like Conte, Smith(who stated he would likely retire) Brandon Myers, Cherilus……Maybe others that won’t be resigned….like Gholston…others will be replaced by better FA & Draft picks…..I presume that Freddie Martino will be replaced.
    So, it was easy for Koetter to make this statement…I wouldn’t read anything into it.

  10. Eric Says:

    I argued for Brandon Marshall years ago when we could have gotten him for a song from Chicago. In his prime.

    But nooooooooooooooooooo Rock star insisted on building through the draft.

  11. Tomcin Says:

    If Mike Smith leaves I think Gus Bradley would be a good DC.

  12. unbelievable Says:

    LOL @ the idea that the rockstar was building anything through the draft.

    I agree tbbf – making sane, logical arguments around here usually falls on deaf ears. But that’s kind of America in general these days, not just JBF.

  13. Bucsfanman Says:

    Logic?! We’re talkin’ logic?!

  14. orlbucfan Says:

    Hiring DK was one of the very few SMART choices Lovie made! I like and respect this man, and think he’s very smart. NoSBoS, isn’t Brandon Marshall getting a bit long in the tooth? We need a YOUNG speedy wideout opposite ME13. Let’s see what DK and the AC/DC guy come up with. Glazer brothers have plenty of coin. Going to be fun to see how smart they are with it. 🙂

  15. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    You right Orl should be fun indeed.

  16. Stranger Says:

    Koetter needs to change more than anything or anyone else on the Bucs. His team management has been poor, his playcalling subpar, and decision making/clock management terrible.

    If he can change two of those things, the rest of the team will meet his standards.

  17. Pickgrin Says:

    Tbbf says:
    “I make logical arguments all the time and get little response.”

    And yet idiots like Kobe Welcher, GMC haters like tmax & DB55, and Jameis haters like Bucnut and Tampa Tony get dozens of responses in some threads.

    This site is a magnet for trolls posing as Buccaneer “fans”. They get off on eliciting negative and emotional responses to the ridiculous things they write.

    If we collectively want a higher level of discourse about the Buccaneers in the comments section here – we all need to stop “feeding the trolls”. Ignoring them is hard to do but is certainly the best way to keep them from taking over threads.

  18. DB55 Says:

    Dirk just getting ya ready for when he trades Rainbow Dash. Tampa might flood that day due to the tears of the lamebrains

  19. DB55 Says:

    Luv you too pick. Luv you too. 😘

  20. Pickgrin Says:

    And regarding Coach K – what a breath of fresh air this guy is around OBP.

    Honest. No BS ever from this man. He tells it like it is and the level of straightforwardness is almost unheard of from an NFL HC. Especially with the media.

    He’s a great mix of disciplinarian and “players coach”. The players love him but they also respect him a lot. This is a good position to lead from and results from players knowing without a doubt that their direct head boss is not going to lie about, misrepresent or sugar coat anything to them.

    Jon Gruden was a great coach – but it was in this area he was most lacking IMO – and that ultimately led to a # of players losing faith, trust and respect in him to one degree or another.

  21. Curse of Gruden Says:

    Keep publishing the list of “trolls.”

  22. MadMax Says:

    @ Pick, cant agree more about Coach K. He has a knack for making smart decisions. He just needs to work on that clock management and timeout calling. Some of the play calling gets redundant to but you work with what you’ve got.

    Go after Desean Jackson, Dontari Poe or Kawaan Short, maybe Eric Berry if its not going to be outrageous, and I know Glennon is gone so we’ll need a bu. Then hit that pressure edge on D in the first, especially if Barnett falls out of the top 10 (which I doubt). That guy is special I tell you! Trade up and get him! Work on the rest afterwards.

  23. DB55 Says:

    Just remember ya called me a troll when I said lovie was garbage and Revis sucked.

    I like to consider myself a savant. I see things others don’t.

  24. Another J Says:

    I think Jay Hayes will make a fine replacement for Mike Smith, or next D-Coordinator is on the staff already.

  25. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Pat. It doesnt matter if you use a percentage or a dollar amount. The same argument will occur.

    “He deserves 6%”
    “No! I’d only gove him 3%”

    Is the exact same thing as:

    “He deserves 12mill per year”
    “No! He only deserves 5 mil per”

    See, no difference, you didnt prevent anything. And made us do math…. i was told there would be no math.

  26. Brian Says:

    Enough talk on who is coaching. We have to to add at least two solid O linemen and a couple of WRs. The Def showed its improvement. Sure we can always add some Dline and Dback help…but the offense is not there and needs the help! We can pickup a RB up off the street but Oline and WR are not freebies.