Dirk Koetter No. 17

March 4th, 2017

If Rotoworld is accurate in its grades, then winning Bucs coach Dirk Koetter is a middling NFL head coach.

But to read the list, Koetter also is walking among high cotton. He’s right there with coaches who have led teams to Super Bowls, including Sean Payton, Ron Rivera, Dan Quinn and John Fox.

Koetter was ranked 17th in the NFL.

After a rocky start, Koetter continued to develop Jameis Winston, and coaxed a “bounce-back” campaign from third-year pro Mike Evans. Koetter wasn’t afraid to lead, benching an ineffective Doug Martin down the stretch even though he was in the first season of a five-year, $35.75 million contract. Most impressive of all was the way Koetter’s team finished, closing out the year 6-2 while allowing just 17 points per game. The hot streak included wins over Kansas City and Seattle. It all added up to Tampa’s first winning campaign since 2010, and genuine reason to be optimistic about one of the oldest rookies you will ever come across.

That’s really fair, if you ask Joe. Koetter got the Bucs on the cusp of the playoffs. In the NFL, 12 teams make the playoffs. So for a first-year head coach who was one win from a playoff berth, No. 17 isn’t awful. In fact, it’s about accurate.

Joe is willing to bet Koetter’s ranking will rise a year from now.

17 Responses to “Dirk Koetter No. 17”

  1. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Its a sure thing..

  2. DallasBuc Says:

    Don’t be Eagles fan and start talking playoffs before qualifying!
    This man who I do like has still much to prove with his success-starved-yet-weirdly-egotistical GM putting talent in place and a 4th ranked division stud QB with literally no talent around him other than a potential star in Evans who has only one good year under his belt.
    Cue the drama troll hater not my best friend anymore worst fan ever go away nonsense…

  3. Defense Rules Says:

    After yrs of floundering on the high seas, Bucs finally have a coaching staff in-place, led by Dirk Koetter, that can develop some of our young players & win some ballgames. Exciting times ahead.

  4. Midnightstroker1 Says:

    As a true Bucs fan I’m very hesitant in getting my hopes up. But I am happy how we finished this year. It was a very exciting time. I hope to see more in the future. But I am not fully convinced yet.

  5. Joeypoppems Says:

    I would say Evans had 2 good seasons, 2014 & 2016, I get the point you are trying to make tho Dallas.

  6. Bird Says:

    Phallas buc. Phallas buc. Phallas buc. Those cheers are for you. And yes you are a negative troll who is not a bucs fan. Gotta be a saints fan I’m guessing who lives in Tampa. The Dallas part is to throw people off . Licht sucks. Coach sucks. Team sucks. Please go away. Please?

  7. ndog Says:

    You can share your opinion Dallas but Cam is not better than Jameis espically when you take away his running like the Panthers themselves are doing.

  8. DB55 Says:

    Imagine what Koetter could do if 95% his offensive weapons weren’t udfas. Scary.

  9. DallasBuc Says:

    Birdsht- here to stay so get used to your tired “true Bucs fan” and uninspired “troll hater” nonsense. Been around since the late 70s and likely seen and lived through more Bucs football than you could possibly lay claim to. So go back to tickling StPete’s prostate and I’ll still be here when you are done and ready to reflexively spout your whiny anal discharge through StPete’s mouth.

  10. Bird Says:

    Phallus Buc. Phallus Buc. Aka clown fodder. I’m guessing you live alone and have 0 friends.

  11. Curse of Gruden Says:

    Coach Lovie ranked #826…

  12. RustyRhinos Says:

    I’ve been here on JoeBucsfan for a long time, I do not understand the long term “Same Name fans” here. For several years most everyone got along, we could all discuss issues within the realm of Buccaneer Football. Now people who I have enjoyed having engaging debates with in the past are totally indifferent to any other opinions than their own. It is almost like the better our win total is, the worse some “fans” want it to return to.
    I have been a Buccaneer fans since 1975 when we moved to St. Pete. I have seen some Very good football and endured many, many seasons of Very bad football. Yet here I am still a Buccaneer Fan. Excited and Encouraged with how our team is moving in the right direction in the W column.
    Go Bucs!

  13. Buc1987 Says:

    RustyRhinos…ahhhh who cares what YOU think!

    lol j/k

    I think Koetter might’ve done better if he had an ALL WORLD STAFF.

  14. NFLNut Says:

    I LOVE Dirk Koetter and believe he will be regarded as one of the best coaches in the NFL within 3 years …. however … right now I do think he’s a middle of the pack guy.

    I believe his absolute ineptitude in the Rams game cost the Bucs that game … and a playoff birth, but hey, it was only his first year as head coach and almost no one is great right from the start … even Bellichick had a horrible record in Cleveland.

  15. Bob in valrico Says:

    I blame lack of execution for not being in the playoffs.No one player or coach
    is responsible for that.

  16. StPeteBucsfan Says:

    There are two decisions that are critical for any NFL team. Find the right HC and find the right QB.

    #3 is the right QB and there are a half dozen guys who want the credit for that…including our own 87! LMAO At minimum Lovie had to sign off on it…so did Licht…and Koetter certainly had input as the OC at the time.

    How about our current HC? Who gets the credit (blame in the eyes of some) for unloading Lovie and hiring Koetter? Was it totally the Glazers?

    Or did success-starved-yet-weirdly-egotistical GM have anything to do with it? Why of course not! Some posters only wish to see a mistake and NEVER credit a success.

  17. feelthepewterpower Says:

    yet, drafting at no.19…enough said