How Much Does Dirk Koetter Value “Swagger?”

July 12th, 2017


Lavonte David and a handful of current Bucs defensive players aren’t the only ones who have battled severe mental problems on the football field.

It seems the entire Arizona Cardinals team is infected.

Consider what Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians (a guy to whom Dirk Koetter is often compared) told the PFT Live podcast recently. Much like how David explained that the 2015 Bucs defense was mentally crushed by the first snap of that season, Arians says losing to Jimmy Garoppolo and New England in Week 1 last year ruined their season.

“I think the biggest reason was losing the opener on Sunday Night Football to the Patriots on that missed field goal,” Arians said. “That took a lot of swagger out of our football team, then we came back and lost to the Rams in another close game. We didn’t win the close games we had won in the past but it all goes back to that first one.”

What Arians conveniently omitted was his Cardinals’ Week 2 humiliation of Tampa Bay last season, a 40-7 drilling in Arizona.

For Arians’ sake, Joe hopes the guy is just spewing a bunch of spin here. But if Arians was being truthful about an opening day loss hurting his team mentally all year, then Joe advises you fly to Las Vegas now and bet the under on whatever the Cardinals’ win total is supposed to be this season.

Regardless, Arians’ talk about “swagger” being so important is interesting. Does Koetter believe that deeply in swagger? Mike Evans certainly does, and so does America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston.

Koetter did order his team to “speak softly and carry a big motherf%#^’n stick” in December. But Joe can’t imagine Koetter ever saying — or believing — that bruised swagger on opening day caused a 7-8-1 record like Arizona had last year.

Joe will say this, though, the Bucs had a massive swagger-focused offseason. New free agent signings DeSean Jackson, Chris Baker and Nick Folk might make an All-Pro swagger team, if there was such a thing. And O.J. Howard might be the definition (at least in college) of a guy who speaks softly and carries a very big stick.

8 Responses to “How Much Does Dirk Koetter Value “Swagger?””

  1. DB55 Says:

    Koetter’s college teams certainly had a lot of swagger, some might say too much.

    You forgot Djax, Grimes, Kwon and Ayers! Didn’t forget them at all. Mentioned D-Jax, but the others weren’t added this offseason.–Joe Those guys are always making plays and smacking people with their big sticks.

    Speak of, you didn’t really ban 87 did you? That would be uncouth dear sir.

  2. unbelievable Says:

    87 got banned?

    I guess I should consider myself lucky…

  3. Buccfan37 Says:

    I didn’t see where 87 was banned, just a light reprimand.

  4. Buc50 Says:

    No he was most certainly banned. He even asked for it and Joe granted his wish like a genie.

  5. unbelievable Says:

    Ah, I just went back and saw.

    I’m sure he’s still creeping around here though, even if he can no longer comment. What else is he gonna do with all that free time? Ramble on about conservative principles… lol

  6. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    What happened to 87? which article?

  7. tnew Says:

    On to the swagger, much like when David said in week one of 2015 the team let down after the penalty. I think the combination of Robert Ayers and Doug Martin going out in the first quarter vs Arizona killed the teams mental state. This is weak and I hope Koetter can fix it. The game was 0-0 in the first quarter. The team imploded after the injuries.

  8. mike10 Says:

    Anyone notice how much Koetter looks like Rand Paul