Griffin Pushing Koetter

August 10th, 2017

Making a move.

Through 11 training camp practices, let’s just say Joe isn’t willing to lay cash that Ryan Fitzpatrick is locked in as the No. 2 quarterback.

Yes, Fitzpatrick was signed as Jameis’ backup. But a combination of Fitzpatrick looking like a whole lot of meh in practices and fellow backup quarterback Ryan Griffin looking sharp seems to be pushing winning Bucs coach Dirk Koetter to reassess the quarterback depth chart and, perhaps, keep three quarterbacks.

Koetter was asked yesterday about Griffin.

“Way better [than last year],” Koetter said. “He’s getting a lot more reps, number one. He knows he’s not the No. 3. He knows he’s fighting for a job. He’s doing a good job.”

Koetter, as he said again yesterday on SiriusXM NFL Radio, likes Fitzpatrick’s experience brings as someone Jameis can bounce ideas off. Fitzpatrick nearly has seen it all in his NFL career, and we tend to forget Jameis is still somewhat of an NFL baby at 23 years old.

The way Griffin has practiced suggests the Bucs have a battle on their hands for the No. 2 quarterback position.

Maybe Griffin pushis Koetter’s hand and forces him to keep three quarterbacks. The lone downside on Griffin is that he has taken a total of zero snaps in an NFL regular season game.

20 Responses to “Griffin Pushing Koetter”

  1. Defense Rules Says:

    @Joe … “The way Griffin has practiced suggests the Bucs have a battle on their hands for the No. 2 quarterback position.” Music to my ears. Backup QB, LB & Tackle were the 3 positions I thought had question marks over them when preseason began. Sounds now like we’ll be in good shape on the 1st two (still not sure about our tackle depth).

  2. Phil Says:

    I rather have Griffin than Fitzpatrick. We already know what Fitz can do and it isn’t good.

  3. Buc 4ever Says:

    Keep Griffin and drop Fitzpatrick. I like the experience of him seeing everything and can mentor or talk to Jameis, but he is hot garabage. Save the $3 million and use that roster spot on an extra receiver or defensive back.

  4. ARGH_M8E Says:

    Why don’t we just wait and see what they do in the preseason games… Only one more day!!! Yesssssssssssshahahahaha that’s frigggn awesome to say

  5. meh Says:

    There is no need to carry 3 QBs. May the best backup QB win. Good luck (elsewhere) to the loser.

  6. Brion Says:

    Hmmmmm…..yeah, it’s a difficult call. Should we keep a promising using quarterback who has been in our system or an old man who lead the league in interceptions.

  7. The Buc Realist Says:

    ARGH_M8E hit it on the head!!!! It all will depend on preseason play!!!!! What RF did with the Jets last year has no bearing for the position!!! The 133 TDs he has thrown in this league will not be the reason, if he will be the back up!!!!!!

    What can these guys do NOW!!!!!!!! Who will best help this team win if JW3 is injured!!!!!!!! and it starts tomorrow night!!!!!!!!

    May the best man win!!!!!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Kobe Faker Says:

    For the buc sheep

    Everywhere Fitz has been highly productive as an emergency QB

    Giffin would be out of the league if it wasnt because of tampa

    experience is everything when the #1 goes down…

    peeps here wants a scrub to throw his first attempt pass. lol

    “Kobe thinks all 3 qbs will on the 53 team. yup, stupid”

    Kobe Faker

  9. tmaxcon Says:

    Go young! Keep Griffin Jameis has enough veteran leadership and mentors already maybe too many. Also remember Glennon will be available by week 6 or sooner therefore they have options to drop fitz and pickup glennon who knows the system but has no potential that is if something were to happen to grif.

  10. J 2.0 Says:

    Keep Griffin. LOLOLOLOL

    Kobe Faker said it best.

  11. rayjay1122 Says:

    As I see it, I f we keep 3 QB,s the possible upside is if another team loses a QB to injury which is pretty common in a season, we would have a QB to dangle as trade bait. At least until the Oct 31 trade deadline.

  12. Bucsfanman Says:

    They haven’t played a single meaningful down yet and we’re ready to make decisions on a back-up?!
    I hate saying it, but I agree with Kobe Faker. EXPERIENCE!
    We’ll see in preseason. This is a great “problem” to have.

  13. JimmyJack Says:

    Not a bad idea to keep 3 QBs. If they do keep 2 I’d rather have Fitz. Wouldn’t want to find out the hard way that Griffin doesn’t have the intestinal fortitude to handle the lead role. We know Fitz can handle it and that is pure gold in this league for backup QB.

  14. 813bucboi Says:

    keep griffin group fitz….

    doesn’t jameis have dirk and the qb coach to “bounce ideas off of”….GO BUCS!!!!

  15. First Down Tampa Bay Says:

    Everybody trashing Fitz but remember just a couple of years ago the Jets were a very respectable team with FitzMagic under center

  16. JimmyJack Says:

    Ever since we got Winston Tampa fans just love to trash their backup QBs for some odd ball reason. I think many have unrealstic expectations about backups.

  17. Mike Says:

    Fitz is terrible, rooting for the kid

  18. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Fitz can only teach him how to fail as a starter. Really, does Jameis seem like the kind of guy who need the advice of a career loser????

    He is Josh McCown 2.0.

    I care more about what happens if Jameis goes down. Let the best QB win.

  19. Pawel Says:

    I can already see Fitz losing our preseason game in the 4th qrt throwing INT.

  20. DicStillwagin Says:

    Even with the lack of experience, I’d still rather have Griffin be our back up. I like what I’ve seen from Griffin in last years pre season games more than what I’ve seen in Fitzy’s entire career. All the experience hasn’t really helped Fitz.