Jason Licht Talks Dirk Koetter The Personnel Man

March 27th, 2017

Heavy hand in offseason personnel

It’s a different world around One Buc Palace this offseason, general manager Jason Licht explained to Joe this evening at the swanky Arizona Biltmore resort in Phoenix.

Last year, Dirk Koetter was swamped learning how to be an NFL head coach and adjusting to new staff and processes.

This year, Koetter has experience and he made no significant changes to his coaching team.

The result, Licht said, is a Dirk Koetter deeply involved in personnel.

Joe asked Licht what that’s been like, and Licht’s face lit up and explained that Koetter enjoys the scouting process on both sides of the ball. The two of them are enjoying going deep prospects and having more of a personnel relationship.

Yes, Koetter is even fired up about defensive players. Joe had to ask.

Hearing Licht talk about Koetter’s in-depth study reminded Joe of a Licht quote from 2014, one that implied that Lovie Smith slumped in his chair every time they watched film on offensive linemen.

Licht said Koetter has gone so deep into personnel that he’s studied nearly 100 percent of the players on the Bucs’ draft board already.

Exciting times, for sure.

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40 Responses to “Jason Licht Talks Dirk Koetter The Personnel Man”

  1. TvD head ball coach Says:

    It sure is a breath of fresh air to have a competent coaching staff out there deeply cares about winning on the football field!

  2. SB Says:

    I just did a five round mock on fanspeak. I have always wanted derek barnett, however Mike Williams was on the board at the same time. That was a no-brainer. So my mock went,
    Mike Williams
    Ryan Ramcyzk
    Samaje Perine
    Chris Godwin
    Josh Jones
    If This Were Somehow to happen there’s no way I could be upset

  3. SB Says:

    However I must add that they had Dalvin cook going at number 43 overall. So can’t take a whole lot of stock in that

  4. SB Says:

    And yes Now I took Mike Williams with Dalvin cook still on the board. Much love but would rather see Mike and Mike

  5. DB55 Says:

    The result, Licht said, is a Dirk Koetter deeply involved in personnel.
    One thing I know about Koetter’s recruiting practices is that he’s not afraid of bad boys. Which leads me to believe he carries a big stick. No more choirboys. AMEN 🙏🏽

  6. DB55 Says:


    That roster would work. Especially the first 3.

  7. DayOnePaul Says:

    I’ll pass on Dalvin and his posse mentality at #19. While I agree that a running back needs to be brought in, I’d cast my fortunes more towards Samaje Perine​​ out of Oklahoma probably in the third, or D’Onta Foreman out of Texas in the second round. Spare me all of Dalvin’s insecurities that necessitate bringin all of your runnin partners along for the ride.

  8. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Dirk Koetter


  9. SB Says:

    DB I know right. Especially getting Ramcyzk in the second.

  10. SB Says:

    And that wasn’t supposed to read,…..”Now”…. It was supposed to read”Nole”…. He might be mad that I took Mike Williams over Dalvin cook but I think at least 80% of Bucks fans would do that

  11. Pickgrin Says:

    Koetter’s influence in the drafting process can’t be a bad thing. Especially involving offensive picks.

    Who I ask – is more qualified to properly envision how an offensive prospect’s skillset will fit into a a particular offensive alignment better than the man who is designing and calling those plays?

  12. Lord Corn Says:


  13. SB Says:

    It may have been a rhetorical question Pick but I would say nobody

  14. Pickgrin Says:

    Cook is too good to pass on SB. But he will NOT be available at 19. Cook is one of the best all purpose RB prospects to come out in quite a few years. Fournette is right there too. McCaffrey not far behind. Great crop of RBs coming out this year – top to bottom.

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

    Never mad at my Big Homie why say such a thing☺.

  16. SB Says:

    Good, now that you are both here, did you really take cook over the number one wide receiver in the draft?

  17. SB Says:

    *would you*

  18. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    Lol i just did that mock simulator, I got O.J. Howard, Adoree Jackson, and Curtis Samuel in the 1st 3 rounds. If only there was some real life cheat code I had to make that come true.

  19. SB Says:

    I think mine was better Blake

  20. SB Says:

    Just not sold on a first-round tight end

  21. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    Im sold on a first round weapon. Honestly think that O.J. will be a better pro than Mike Williams. Bigger, stronger, faster, tougher, more durable.

  22. DB55 Says:


    Tough one but I’d take Cook cuz he’ll touch the ball 15-25 times a game but more importantly he’s already in sync with the Messiah.

  23. Pepsi Says:

    Cool looking mock SB but none of that is even close to being a realistic possibility except for Perine in the third.

  24. SB Says:

    I love Pepsi. I was pretty sure that it was bogus when I saw cook going 43rd overall. Not to mention there’s no way that Mike Williams makes it past 10

  25. SB Says:

    *I know Pepsi*
    Autocorrect should be called Auto mangle

  26. Pickgrin Says:

    SB Says:
    Just not sold on a first-round tight end.

    Dude – OJ Howard is as special as TE prospects come. He will be off the board long before we pick just like Cook and Fournette will though.

    Njoku is a hell of a prospect as well and perhaps a better receiving prospect long term than Howard – but he’s still got some work to do on his blocking. Howard can start day 1 for any NFL team – play all 3 downs and excel.

    And regarding Williams – He’s a very good prospect – 1st rd talent for sure – but I’d take Corey Davis over Williams and I’d take Cook or Howard over either 1 of them. Not that ANY of those 4 will be available for us to pick from at 19 – LOL

  27. SB Says:

    Pick… I have researched both Howard and Njoku. I was even tooting the horn for Njoku, but Titan is biggest need at best so no too tight end at 19. Obviously the brass thinks the same as they’ve already had at least four mid round tight ends in For workouts

  28. SB Says:

    I can’t wait until my laptop is fixed. Auto correct on this tablet is almost unable to deal with.
    I was trying to say that tight and is at best the 4th biggest need on this team

  29. Destinjohnny Says:

    That’s cool and all but we should have such a scouting dept that the coach never has to look at any prospects. It’s antiquated, I want my coach to coach
    It’s like having the waiter make the meal

  30. SB Says:

    Johnny, I would rather have the chef make the meal

  31. SB Says:

    The food at Boshamps wasn’t bad

  32. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    SB they’ve interviewed the 3 top TE’s as well mate.

  33. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    Just don’t understand the stigma on this site that a weapon in the form of a Tight end is not as good as a weapon in the form of Reciever.

  34. 98bucsfan Says:

    The draft can’t come any sooner. Very excited to see who will be bucs! A RB in the 1st and WR in the second and maybe an Olineman in the 3rd that would be a fantastic first 2 days

  35. SB Says:

    Blake if you are in any way referring to me I have no problem with adding a tight end. That being said as we already have the NFL’s leader in touchdowns at tight end, I would say it is not as high a priority as having wide receivers better than Freddie Martino

  36. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    What I’m saying is this. If you have Howard, Njoku, or Engram, then it won’t matter who we have behind Humphries. They’ll never see the field.
    I would also say this, all 3 of those guys are better “recivers” or pass-catcher than freddy martino.

  37. SB Says:

    I would much rather see a starting 10-year wide receiver here be drafted in the first round. Or a 10-year lineman. There are several tight ends in the middle rounds that suit our needs more appropriately. That’s just my opinion though and my profession is building houses not football teams

  38. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    But legit tho, what is the difference between a 10 year tight end that fills the role of a weapon, and a 10 year receiver that fills the role of a weapon?

  39. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Expecially Blake when that tight end runs like a receiver

  40. NFLNut Says:

    I like Koetter a lot … I think he blew the Rams game last year and that W would have given the Bucs the #6 seed but I think he’s a quality coach who will get better and better and become an elite coach within 3 years time.

    He also seems like the kind of guy that would be a blast to just hang out with which is always cool!