Countdown: Dirk Koetter’s 10 Biggest Decisions For 2017 – No. 3

July 27th, 2017

Diva management

The Countdown is sizzling, offering a different look at some of the key calls from winning head coach Dirk Koetter. This is a bit of a tradition at Last year, it was the Top 10 X-Factors of 2016. In 2015, it was the 20 worst Buccaneers personnel moves of the past 10 years. Now it’s Dirk Koetter’s 10 Biggest Decisions for 2017.

(Of course, this list is about decisions forseeable now, not wacky crystal ball stuff.)

No. 3 — Satisyfing Egos

Joe absolutely hopes this a huge problem for Koetter and the challenge taps his management skills big time.

That would mean the Bucs’ weapons are the real deal, and healthy, and Koetter’s head is spinning with options.

Money drives the bus for many NFL players, even if fans don’t want to admit it. And egos are rampant among receivers and offensive weapons. Joe’s not knocking it. Ego is a big reason a lot of these guys are successful.

But there’s only one ball and the playcaller, Koetter, will have to manage spreading it around while staying razor focused on winning.

It’s not so easy.

Lose a game and only throw the ball to the Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard four times total, and fans (and Joe) are going to throw arrows. There are many examples.

Winning is the tonic, as Koetter said on the Ira Kaufman Podcast recently, but the coach admitted losing can bring out the diva in skill position players.

“I’ve just found over the years that if you’re winning, everything takes care of itself. The only time touches and targets become an issue is when your team is struggling. Then it becomes an issue. ” Koetter said. “Everyone’s going to play along fine when you’re winning. And we plan on winning. So as a coach, I don’t think you can worry about that. What coach would get up there and say, ‘We have too many good players.’ I mean, that’s the plan. Get more good players. Now how do you keep them all happy? Put together a team and a system that has a chance to win every week. If you don’t win, I’m not going to be happy, they’re not going to be happy, and you guys aren’t going to be happy.”

Again, Joe’s cheering for issues, healthy studs all over the field, including Charles Sims and Chris Godwin, aching for more balls thrown their way.

No. 4 — Sweezy/Marpet Ropes

No. 5 — Changing The Offense

No. 6 — The Kicker Pick

No. 7 — Developing Noah Spence

No. 8 — Managing Locker Room Change

No. 9 — Engaging Brent Grimes

No. 10 — Playing The Best Players

7 Responses to “Countdown: Dirk Koetter’s 10 Biggest Decisions For 2017 – No. 3”

  1. tmaxcon Says:

    he did a nice job handling the mentally weak diva cancer93 last year. I am confident the less selfish players on offense will not require as much management as the pouting leader of the losing culture.

  2. DB55 Says:

    One thing Koetter did well in atl was to get the ball to his play makers. He had White Jones and Gonzalez in the pro bowl virtually every year.

  3. Bucsfanman Says:

    ^^^Imagine Evans, DJax, Howard/Brate in that same vane!

  4. Pickgrin Says:

    “we plan on winning”

    Good plan coach

  5. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Who are you foolin Tmaxcon? I have seen you at the stadium, prancing around in your #93 Jersey and your I Love GMC ball cap. Don’t deny that you are MCcoys number 1 fan. It is okay, embrace it, cherish it, it is okay to love GMC.

  6. stpetebucsfan Says:


    Now that was funny!

  7. BradentonBuc Says:

    A couple of make or break years for Sims and Martin. It looks like the offense will be explosive.