Dirk Koetter Talks Adrian Peterson

March 29th, 2017


Parked at the NFC Coaches Breakfast in Phoenix, winning Bucs coach Dirk Koetter flashed his biggest grin of the morning.

It came just after Joe asked Koetter what he thought of America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, training with Adrian Peterson this week.

(For those who missed it this morning, it’s all linked here, Jameis and Peterson — Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson, too — spent extended time working with Peterson and everyone looks like a happy family.)

First, Koetter laughed and smiled.

Joe followed up to ask Koetter whether he’d be intrigued enough to bring Peterson in for a workout just to see, especially since now he’s got a relationship with his quarterback.

“(laughs) Well I’ve seen Adrian Peterson many times (laughs). The guy’s one of the best running backs to ever play,” Koetter said. “So, (Koetter then paused searching for the right words) I’m anxious to talk to Jameis and ask him about how his workouts went.

“That caught me off guard. I didn’t know that [Jameis and Peterson] were together. I’ll be honest with you. The first thing I thought when I saw that, Jameis is such an amazing guy. I mean, the guy is everywhere. He’s working with Tim Grover, who is Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant’s trainer. He goes to Houston to get the [Bucs] receivers together to throw with them. When Jameis is [Tampa,] he’s calling up local college guys to go over and throw with him at Skyway Park.

“I’m just thankful every day that we got Jameis Winston on our time. The one guy that will be ready to roll on April 17 is Jameis Winston.”

So what kind of report on Peterson will Jameis deliver to Koetter and Jason Licht.

Joe’s not lobbying for Peterson, who just turned 32. But Joe is not underestimating Jameis’ influence. Joe does believe Jameis has enough juice to get the Bucs’ brass to take a second look at anyone.

51 Responses to “Dirk Koetter Talks Adrian Peterson”

  1. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    “I’m anxious to talk to Jameis and ask him about how his workouts went.”

    Jameis…Tampa’s best scout.

  2. DPewter Says:

    Pardon the nerdom but I feel AP is the Luke Skywalker of the NFL. He might be old and forgotten, but tell me having Luke Skywalker on your team is ever a bad idea.

  3. Tampa Tony Says:

    I have a feeling some team is gonna get AP cheap and he’s gonna dominate

  4. Miko Says:

    1 year deal with AP wouldn’t hurt anything…

  5. 941BUC Says:

    Joe what did I say in your previous post….Jameis is the one working AP to report back to Dirk and Licht. Who better to work out a player than your franchise QB? Ima go on record and say it now.AP to Tampa on a 2yr deal worth 16mil with 10 guaranteed.

  6. USFBUC Says:

    Tampa Tony – as more time goes on I think you might be right

  7. NFLNut Says:

    2 year 16 mil? NEVER going to happen imho … one year and 6-7 mil is far more likely I believe … but … it does seem Tampa is the odds on fave to sign him now as no other team seems all that interested and there’s only one team with a legit “inside track” and that’s the Bucs now

  8. NFLNut Says:

    Also, I think if the Bucs draft a RB that is more of a receiver or finesse back, such as Christian Mac, Hunt, Mack, etc., they may take the one year flier on AP as even if he’s only a goalline and short-yardage back he will add value … but if the team drafts Dalvin Cook, Perine or Foreman I think they pass on AP altogether …

  9. Pawel Says:

    Lol Bonzai, Jamesis our best scout.

  10. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I don’t think a lot of people realize how AD plays when he has people doubting him. That guy is a freak. I don’t care how many RB’s have struggled at his age. He’s not a regular RB.

  11. Buc1987 Says:

    I’m max faded at my grandma’s house
    And leave your clothes over there, that’s grandma couch
    I be filmin’ her friends too, yeah I’m back on that
    Double D chicks huggin’, I got racks on racks
    Like, I don’t want the luxuries of a superstar
    I’m just tryin’ to chill with Miley at the hookah bar
    You like cartoons? I’ll make your heart melt
    With the seat back, playin in the back, like

    I like it like that!
    Hey windows down, chillin’ with the radio on
    I like it like that!
    Damn, sun’s so hot, make the girls take it all off
    I like it like that!

  12. BigMacAttack Says:

    I’d take a gamble on AP in a heartbeat. He’s a game changer.


    All the people that want AP, please look at the history of 32 year old RB in the NFL. THE HISTORY!!!!!!!!

    Then look at production of 33 year old RB in the NFL


  14. BigMacAttack Says:

    Doug Martin is a serious if. Sims sucks and drops passes in clutch times that cost them games. The other guy, well does anyone even know his name. Yeah we need a good RB. I like McCaffery over Cook.

  15. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    @Reginald Gray,

    Didn’t seem to bother Frank Gore last year. I’d venture to say AD is better than Gore.

  16. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    BigMacAttack, Sims will have to take a huge leap forward this year if he hopes to prove himself, so I agree on him.

    I also agree about Martin. But signs are leaning toward the Bucs keeping him. They can cut him any year they want now, so giving him a year only costs a years salary in a year when we are having trouble meeting the cap minimum.

    Quiz is an up and comer who has not found a ceiling yet. This is his prove-it year too.

  17. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Hawaiian Buc Says
    “I’d venture to say AD is better than Gore.”

    Who is this AD you speak of?


  18. DallasBuc Says:

    Make AP a Buc
    Make Mixon a Buc

  19. NFLNut Says:

    AD is Peters0n’s nickname …

  20. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    AP on the Bucs and have him with our new RB (MacC or Mack)? Heavenly! A mentor and playing..WOW!

    I want him!! Like NOW!

  21. Wausa Says:

    I don’t want AP and I don’t want Mixon

    I want us to either draft Dalvin Cook or Christian McCaffrey in the 1st

  22. Rob W Says:

    I say we give AP Doug’s money plus a bit and roll with him. We could be very pleasantly surprised with the results.

  23. bucs_365 Says:

    The continued fascination with AP makes no sense to me. If the Joes were running this team, we’d have a bunch of over the hill guys, the cap would be busted, and they’d go 5-11 every year.


    FRANK GORE barely got a 1,000 yards in 2016 and he wont crack 1,000 yards in 2017


  25. big serious Says:

    i would like to get AP then draft Mixon. AP take him under your wing for a year

  26. Ysosyria Says:

    A 32 year old Fank Gore is better than any of our RBs on our team

  27. Mike Says:

    I say get Peterson and also restructure martin’s contract, draft some
    huge dominating o-line monster to beef up and dominate run blocking with that first pick. Who’s gonna stop that? Rotate the number 1 and 2 rushers from two years ago. How quickly people forget people’s potential. The league and the fans are so stupid and fickle it has always baffled me. These guys both play extremely well with something to prove. They’re gonna be motivated to play with deshaun, and Evans. Jamie’s is a positive influence. Keep it like family. Help Martin and AP to be their best. Coach never uses split back sets, which would be great with sims. He’s very good but not used properly as a weapon. Everyone knows when his third and long screens are coming. Put Barber on the practice squad for when needed. Wish I was GM

  28. Bill Gootee Says:

    Sign AP. Draft Christian McCaffery and use him as a kick returner as well as an occasional wide receiver and running back. Then, when AP retires or is cut in a year or two, McCaffery can take over at RB.

  29. Getaclue Says:

    I don’t think you can look at last year and say that’s who he is. 2014 He ran under 30 times for like 75 yards. Then he came back the next year and went off. Ever time he has had a seasons worth of carries as a sample size he has had over 1000 yards and 12 plus or more touchdowns. Really don’t think we have anything to lose by bringing him in and it doesn’t change our draft really given his age

  30. Rod Munch Says:

    Why not sign Peterson? If Martin isn’t coming back his salary will more than offset what AD gets – and pair AD with a high draft pick that can learn from AD and you’re in great shape since even if AD is a shell of himself you have someone ready – and if AD is great, then you’re not putting mileage on your prized rookie. I don’t see any downside of signing AD unless he wants crazy money AND multiple years guaranteed.

  31. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    First of all, nobody calls him AP. It’s “AD”, as in “all day”. Second, saying Gore only had 1000 yards is kind of funny, since we didn’t have anyone in the vicinity of 1000 yards last year. If AD “barely” gets 1000 yards, that would be a successful signing. Nobody is saying he will be the AD of 10 years ago, but he doesn’t have to be. This is Jameis’s team, but it sure would be nice to have an explosive, proven player out of the backfield. When he is healthy, AD ALWAYS produces. He didn’t have a great year last year, but he didn’t play much and Minnesota had all kind of issues on the OL and at QB. He’s known as a very hard worker and great teammate, so there’s no reason to not consider him for a one or two year deal.

  32. BC89 Says:

    People seem to be missing the real story here: Time to head to skyway park during lunch breaks for a sneak peak of next year’s offense

  33. broy34 Says:

    Yeah 87 u can stop with the lyrics anytime 🙂 u got props once for a song. But I prefer English as opposed to terrible rap lyrics that have no sense of the topic

  34. Bucballbaby84 Says:

    Now there is a pic of Peterson hanging out with Jameis and desean Jackson and mike Evans with the Houston rockets players. Am I still crazy everybody??? Lol. Like I said a while ago bucs will sign Peterson after the draft and he will be playing for the bucs in 2017. Go me and go Bucs!

  35. Capt.Tim Says:

    The Bucs did look awful cuddly with Peterson in that Photo

    Doesnt matter what we think. If Jameis thinks hes still got game, and talks AP
    Into signing
    Then thats whats gonna happen

    Pretty obvious that Jameis is done with the undependable muscle hampster
    Looks like hes campaigning for Cook and Peterson.

  36. Buccfan37 Says:

    AD would be cheaper than the Revis rehab event. Both riding on the past looking to sucker more millions one last time. I hope the Bucs pass on him.

  37. TonyinLA Says:

    Why not a one-two punch of AP and a highly drafted rookie? Think Titans and Murray/Henry. We apparently run a very similar offense to Titans.

  38. Joeypoppems Says:

    I’ve been against signing Adrian Peterson ever since the First Take appearance. I just don’t think he will bounce back the way people expect him to. Father Time is undefeated.

    With that said. I will naturally get hyped up if they do sign him lol.

  39. Buc1987 Says:

    Broy…Hot Chelle Rae’s not rap. lol

    I call it Lyric Graffiti. There’s actually a lot of thought that goes into it. lol

  40. cmurda Says:

    I would certainly not shed a tear if we signed a surefire 1st ballot Hall of Famer. AD is a stud and I would not even question his ability to come back and tear this league up. He’s done in before when the “experts” doubted it was possible. My preference remains with Dalvin Cook in the first round or maybe even McCaffrey if Dalvin is gone but if neither materializes AD would be a fantastic signing and it’s looking like he could be talked down from his asking price.

  41. SB Says:

    One year six or seven million dollar prove it deal. Or nothing

  42. bucs_365 Says:

    Rather use the roster spot on a young player with upside than an old player on the way down.

  43. Bucamania Says:

    Peterson on his way down is better than most young players – and definitely better than Dougie on Molly.

  44. Ghostofschiano Says:

    AP will be playing with a chip on his shoulder after being cast away…..a very big chip.

  45. Gerald McRuud Says:

    Patriots got 3200 yards, 37 TDs, and a ring with Corey Dillion from age 30-32.

    Corey Dillion, even at 32, was still better than 4 yards per carry and scored 13 TDs.

    After Dillion was done, Bilichick brought in Fred Taylor for 2 years, at age 33-34.

    Peterson > Dillion

    You think you’re smarter than Bill Belichick? Rockstar Dominick thought he was. Blount for Jeff Demps, the 2nd worst trade in recent NFL memory!

    (right behind trading a 1 and a 3 for a CB with a bum knee and a $16 mil contract)

  46. Kevinthepainterimagine Says:

    Sign A.P, restructure doug martin and we also have Smith…..zero need to dradt a rb thi s year with those three guys. Draft a guard as insurance for sweezy and maybe take a rb in the fifth after wr, cb, saftey.

  47. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    Sounds like AP will be a Buc if Jameis gives his approval. At least we would finally get rid of the Molly poopin’ Martin.

  48. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    Too many talented RBs in this draft to not get one of them. We are building for the future and you can’t do that with guys around 30. We have enough vets now we need so more young studs to build with.

    AP would replace Martin and would be the perfect mentor to our new RB and Peyton as well.

  49. Owlykat Says:

    I’d be OK with AD at a reasonable prove it contract with incentives just as long as they also get Cook in the first round. We are moving our RG to Center in training camp–which will give us a lot more push up the middle and Sweezy will play RG and will be a road grader too there. We need our LG to play his best position–RT, and backup Smith has played well there at LG before and should take over there until we can get a true LT next year and move our present LT (Smith) to LG which is his ideal position. If we do the above we will be good enough to beat anybody.

  50. Buccaneer scotty Says:

    It doesn’t matter if any of you are OK with AP! It matters if light and the rest of the bucs organization is okay with a AP,AD period . Go Bucs (Winston)

  51. iamabuc Says: