Calm Down!

May 29th, 2017

Columnist has words for Dirk Koetter.

Winning Bucs coach Dirk Koetter needs to take a chill pill.

That’s what Robert Klemko is typing.

The columnist/reporter for was taken aback by Koetter tearing apart the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ social media squad last week for trolling the Dixie Chicks. Klemko believes Koetter has bigger fish to fry.

I think there ought to be a separation of church and state when it comes to coaches and social media. There was no need for Dirk Koetter to apologize on behalf of the Bucs for this tweet. I could see the football side of the organization getting out of sorts if the 28-3 joke came out of nowhere, but the Falcons social media side started the playful back-and-forth ribbing. It’s just Twitter, y’all.

Look, the Bucs are damn near a decade removed from the playoffs. Nine years now, nine years! No one with the Bucs needs to be trolling a team in last year’s Super Bowl — a team that’s been to the playoffs four times (including two trips to the NFC title game) since the Bucs last had a postseason game. That’s sort of like a priest mocking a dude who got shot down by a hot chick.

The big picture here is Koetter fully annoyed by all the playoff chatter… in the middle of underwear football season.

Trust Joe, no one wants the Bucs in the playoffs more than Koetter. But Koetter reads and listens to a lot of what is written and said about his team. He knows all the outlets saying the Bucs should be in a playoff game in January. The Bucs are a young group and Koetter doesn’t want his young players’ ears filled with playoff talk in May.

Joe gets that. It’s why Koetter scoffed at playoff talk last week and why he unloaded on the Bucs’ social media team giving the Dixie Chicks ammunition to take their Super Bowl anger out on the Bucs.

29 Responses to “Calm Down!”

  1. tmaxcon Says:

    it would easier on Koetter if the team had more veteran leaders versus Young leaders outside of Ayers there is ZERO veteran leadership on the team just career losers that DO NOT have the drive or understanding of how to win.

  2. DrummerJim Says:

    @tmaxcon What?!?! On second thought, yeah you are right. Lavonte, Gerald, and ME13 are all career losers, which is why we had a winning record last year. Go root for the Jags.

  3. tmaxcon Says:

    gmc and lvd are NOT leaders and anyone who suggests otherwise is completely out of their minds. ME13 is best player on the team but still making young mental mistakes. Lvd and gmc are both good players who are not leaders nor are either of them mentally tough enough to dominate when things are not going their way that has been proven during blow out after blow out given up by defenses those two have been top players and so called leaders on. good players NOTHING MORE… new bucs give us hope the… the hold overs will slow the growth of Jameis and his driven comrades.

  4. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:


    Wow. How wrong you are. Ayers. Baker. Grimes. Jackson.

    These are guys that came to the team with the right attitudes and as veteran leaders.

    You are just looking for yet another opportunity to put down McCoy, because you seem to hate the man for no good reason.

  5. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    “ME13 is best player on the team”

    OMG…you are way off today!

    Jameis Winston is the best player on this team, dude.

    Evans? 2nd best…tied with Marpet.

  6. Maze Says:

    Yep it was an embarrassing moment for Dirk

  7. Garv Says:

    I have no problem with what Dirk said in response to the Twitter words. Teams that have not tasted the playoffs in a decade and have not won a playoff game in 20 years don’t need to mock a team in the Super Bowl last season, win or lose.

    That’s for the FANS to do! And damn it we’re STILL enjoying 28-3! Or I am anyway!

  8. Maze Says:

    Exactly Dirk needs to worry about making the playoffs not a damn innocent tweet

  9. tmaxcon Says:

    Buccaneer Bonzai

    vjax is no leader. he is good in the community and with veterans but not a vocal driven leader. no one will every confuse vjax with a driven winner like jameis. he was more ALOOF and disinterested the last few years so stop making crap up. ME13 is the best player and yes jameis in short order will easily be the best player in franchise history. baker is no leader he is a practical joker which every team needs. baker has never been on consistently winners. I don’t have to look for opportunities to put mccoy down the win loss record for mccoy led defenses and the embarrassing blowouts he has led speak for themselves. grimes leads by example.

  10. Reach87 Says:

    Leaders come in many forms. Anyone who constantly spews moronic hate has no chance of recognizing a leader and no chance of being one him/herself.

  11. First Down Tampa Bay Says:

    Don’t really know why Coach K sucked up to the Falcons like that. First of all, it’s Twitter, it’s not like we made an official statement. Second, they came out and approached us first. It’s not like we deliberately came out and said it. Geez calm down. To me this looks weak. It looks lile Coach K was just sucking up and apologizing to his former team. To me, this is unacceptable to do to a divisonal and franchise rival. If it was a team in the AFC North, so be it and apologize. But no, these people are our RIVALS. This is what is SUPPOSED to happen.

  12. LakeLandBuc Says:

    Dirk Koetter is afraid of the Falcons. His apology is that of a sacred little boy apologizing to a bully for something his brother did.

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  14. LC Says:

    Tmaxcon, I don’t think he was referring to VJAX but DJAX. since VJAX is no longer on the roster. There’s too much going after each other as fans. Let’s support the team and stopped all this hate.

  15. JameisDungy Says:

    Sometimes you can tell Dirk is still adjusting to the HC role.

    Good thing Mike Smith and the defense saved the Bucs the last month or so of the season while Dirk was struggling with the the play calling.

    I think he should be more comfortable this year though.

  16. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    The apology was a non issue IMO.

    Think this was just Koetter using his trademarked Jedi Mind trick.

    It was apparent to me that he his main intentions were to remind the players of this team that they haven’t done a damn thing as of yet.

    After all, I’m sure none of us want to re-experience this young team getting “too high on the press clippings.” Like we did after week 1 of last season.

  17. bucs_365 Says:

    All the hype is beyond reason. They’ve proven nothing. Don’t need smack talk, even from the Bucs social media department. Show some class and humility, people. I agree with Koetter. Trolling your division rival who made the SB is foeking stupid.

  18. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    On a side note though, that tweet was equal parts savage and hilarious.

  19. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    Not picking on Dirk here….just stating an opinion on the entire way most of the league looks at this stuff.

    It seems to me two issues here….taunting through social media….and all he positive talk and vibes in camp getting into players heads and ruining them before the season.

    As for the first…I’m too freaking old to referee any social media fights…for the second I say BS. I WANT the Bucs to believe they are the best in the league.

    These guys are now experienced professionals. They know how much more than talent is required….EVERY team is loaded with talent. I think our guys have shown themselves to be hard workers in the off season. The stars like #3 and ME13 seem to come back each year in better shape than the year before….

    This team KNOWS it’s good and that’s a good thing. They’re not going to get complacent until they win that first SB.

  20. BucFamous Says:

    All the Falcons fans I talked to thought it was hilarious.

  21. First Down Tampa Bay Says:

    Completely agree Stpete

  22. JimmyJack Says:

    Maybe Dirk doesn’t care much for his players diddling on facebook and twitter. I agree with him if thats the case. Do your talking between the white lines and if somebody says something on twitter you dont like hold it in, let it fester and turn into hatred then have you vengence on gameday. It’s an oldschool mentality.

    I know most no you probably get a hard on for Twitter quotes and disagree but, personally, when i hear about these guys hashtagging and using smiley faces they remind me more about preteen boys and housewives rather then sharp edged hard nosed football players.

  23. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    tmaxcon Says
    “vjax is no leader.”

    I was actually talking about the Jackson who is on the team still. But Vincent WAS a leader when it came to preparation. You just dedicated 4 1/2 lines of ranting to the WRONG PLAYER. I was talking about Desean.

    Here’s something I know you’ll love:

    “Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has always been an on-the-field leader, and that continued again on Thursday. From the opening air horn to the final one that ended practice, McCoy was always first in every rep and hustled from drill to drill. McCoy also doesn’t wave off reps, and will hold the blocking pads for the younger guys. We’ve seen it for years, but if any fans who think McCoy doesn’t put in the work just haven’t had the opportunity to witness it firsthand.” – PR

    I don’t know why you hate the man so much. His production has suffered from a lack of defensive line talent, but outside of that, he’s been pretty darn good. Not that I expect you to agree.

    Your win/loss comment applies to the entire team, so cut the crap. You place EVERYTHING on the one player who has actually produced the best stats on the defense, and expected him to do the other players jobs too? Grow up, man (probably not going to happen).

    If you think you are making yourself look good by hating on him, you are not. No one cares that you don’t like McCoy. We’re all just sick of hearing your snide remarks about him.

    It;s a shame, because outside of the McCoy topic, you can be a pretty interesting commentor…until your obsession takes over.

  24. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Even Joe expressed that it was getting out of hand, dude.

  25. DB55 Says:

    LVD leads by example. When the ice cream melts he’s the last line of defense. Sometimes it’s just not enough but he always goes down swinging. in my eyes the second best wlb in the league next to Thomas Davis.

  26. Pick6 Says:

    I don’t think he is worried about riling up the falcons. I think he realizes that a team that hasn’t sniffed the playoffs in a decade is kind of idiotic for running a team that has seen 2 conference championships, has a way better winning percentage, and was minutes away from a world championship

  27. Pick6 Says:

    *ribbing, not running

  28. Eric Says:

    I gotta admit with tmax on a few things this time. lvd and McCoy are not quality leaders. lvd is quiet and McCoy is awkward. We all saw the pre game pep talk against the cowboys. It was very strange.

    also right now evans is the best player on this team. hands down. jameis will surpass him this year though.

    never thought id agree with tmax

  29. Mo_Downs Says:

    My concerns, and I supect the HC’s concerns, are twofold.

    1) This off-field DISTRACTION is not smart or mature and may incite on-field DISTRACTIONS that come with “talkin’ smack” and having to live up to individual exploits rather than team goals.

    2) There is a thin line between clean and dirty play. And, the refs don’t see everything and a fine and suspension for a late hit won’t help you make the playoffs.

    I’m also calling BS on the NFL for lowering the bar for (taunting?) excessive celebrations…on every play. Agents are encouraging players to “stand out” after minor tackles to raise their visibility via instant/slow-mo replay.

    Many years ago a much feared super hard hitting safety for the Bears, Todd Bell, was standing next to a pile after a play was long over and a member of the opposition dove at his knee.

    If memory serve me, the Bears were playing the Redskins..on MNF. Yeah, the biggest splash on the biggest night certainly made the “dirty play” rounds of ESPN and the subtext of ratings akin to watching a so-mo train wreck.

    Again the play was waaaay over and the whistle had clearly blown, players were getting up when a Redskin G/T (?) dove at Bell’s knee and tore his ACL. Bell returned the next season but was never the same.

    Late hits, cheap shots and H2H hits were a big part of Bell’s arsenal. And, Bell bragging about doing so (i.e. talkin’ smack) pre and post game, while entertaining to fans and the press were clearly designed to “DISTRACT” the opposition.

    Koetter, after years of coaching experience, knows that there is a thin line between fair play and dirty play and that “intentional” injuries can result from “talkin’ smack”.

    It might not be you that gets injured but what if a frustrated 500lb 4.4/40 DT decides he did’t hear the whistle and decides to end our QB’s career?

    Keep it in your pants and let your play lead the way……