August 27th, 2017
Dirk Koetter

No excuses.

Winning Bucs coach Dirk Koetter had the perfect word to describe his first team’s offense last night in an ugly loss to the Browns.


That one word from Koetter in his postgame press conference said it all. And even when Joe threw out a mattress for Koetter to land on, pointing out the offense was down four starters (Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, Demar Dotson and Kevin Pamphile), Koetter quickly dismissed it.

“We were down eight starters,” Koetter said. “That’s preseason football.”

Koetter even tried to put a smiley face on the loss, first joking that the press conference was short so everyone could bolt to catch a fight between a boxer and some human cockfighter.

But when pressed, Koetter offered August is not the time to lay awake at night sweating bullets for a lack of touchdowns.

“It’s going to concern me if this happens on Sept. 10,” Koetter said.

That’s when the Bucs kick off the regular season in Miami.

Yes, Joe tries to factor in how the offense was down four starters. However, offensively, the Bucs simply did not look Miami-ready.

20 Responses to ““Blah””

  1. Cobraboy Says:

    That, or maybe Cleveland is getting better and wanted it more.

    Is it me, or did Kizer look very similar to Dak Prescott?

    “Blah” describes it well. I’ll add “meh.”

  2. unbelievable Says:

    Well at least the fight was a halfway decent showing…

  3. Doctor Stroud Says:

    That one word (and a few other that we cannot mention) also describes the officiating.

  4. Batman Wood Says:

    Cleveland obviously wanted it more. They were throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Fitzgerald, dialing up exotic blitzes with cb’s and safeties. Reminds me of a team that goes all out in preseason with a 4-0 record and then does just the opposite in the regular season, but in this case the Browns have collected a lot of talent and could surprise a lot of people this year.

  5. stpetebucsfan Says:

    What Batman just said!

  6. SB Says:

    I’m suprised McGreggor lasted that long.
    However if it were an MMA fight it wouldn’t have lasted two rounds. If those two were to step outside a bar to settle a dispute, only McGreggor would have walked back in to finish his drink.

  7. Cobraboy Says:

    @Batman: when a team has been down for as long as the Browns, and coming off a 1-15 season, and has a gaggle of young, new talent coaches may emphasize winning in the PS to help begin installing the “winning attitude.”

    The Bucs have been there before.

  8. DWBucs Says:

    All we should care about is that we got out of the preseason pretty much injury free. Bring on the real games. Enough of this.

  9. Pvine Says:

    Fitzpatrick has got to be the very worst addition to this team this year. Need another backup QB. God help us if Jameis goes down.

  10. Cash Says:

    McGregor got exposed just like Fitzpatrick… they both sucked before and after

  11. Pickgrin Says:

    This offense only goes as far as the Oline allows. Tackle is the weak link

    If Wester is our answer at RT (he played the whole time w/ starters that I could see) – then the depth on this team at Tackle is worse than I thought. Donovan Smith (our best tackle) is still looking pretty shaky at times this preseason.

    Joe’s headline is the perfect description of how well our OTs played – Blah!

  12. Johnnie Says:

    Lacking the two explosive wr, 2 starting off linemen and the 1st running back I never ur 1st off what do u expect…Jesus no need to stress

  13. Joel Says:

    Teams don’t gameplan for preseason games. Don’t take them so serious.

  14. Dano74 Says:

    Red zone struggles & No pass rush all preseason. I hope Sep 10th they don’t have these problems.

  15. John Ensch Says:

    I know it’s just preseason, but for the first team offense to not score one touchdown in three games, to me this is a warning sign. I see a team walking around with big heads from being on hardknocks and not a team wanting to get to the playoffs. I’m tired of everyone making excuses for this team. I think it’s high time someone started really looking at this team. The way this team has been playing doesn’t scream playoffs, it screams 6 and 10 if that good. It’s disheartening to watch the first team DL and see there is truly one good player, Gerald McCoy. Last night showed without him there is no pass rush. I’m not basing my observation on only one game but the first three. I don’t see where Jameis has improved at all. I still think his decision making is not good enough to help this team get anywhere near the playoffs. I hate hearing people say well last night he played with a patch work OL. These are professionals if the substitute lineman aren’t ready to play(which they did’t look like they were.) then get ride of them, their paid to play at their best no matter what. Koetter says this is a deep team. Deep in BS is what I’m seeing not so much in quality players.

  16. tmaxcon Says:


    mcgregor hardly sucks. two world titles. Actually anyone with half a brain realized that McGregor came out great even losing. He lasted far longer than any so called expert expected and actually fared very well early. Considering he has never boxed and that his first boxing match was against the so called greatest of all time it’s an obvious win for UFC that an inexperienced fighter can go that long with a undefeated champion. just proves how far boxing has dropped and is mostly irrelevant compared to UFC.

  17. The Anomaly Says:

    The over/under on a knock out by Floyd was Round 9.5. That sounds right on target.

  18. DEFF JEFF Says:

    thats exactly how my wife describes our sex afterwards

  19. Rod Munch Says:

    Joe needs to chill… if Jameis loses Evans and DJax and two offensive linemen then the season is over. Goodwin is good depth, but he’s not Evans, and without DJax and Evans we’re right back to last year, just without Evans… The team can not overcome that and the season is finished.

  20. Capt.Tim Says:

    Doctor Stroud
    Good call on that officiating! It was terrible. Not only robbed us of a TD, but two horrible calls on Justin Evans in a row.
    Evans had a good game last night- for a rookie.
    The refs had a bad game- they looked like rookies