Koetter Says He Would Set Up A Field Goal Tonight

August 11th, 2017

It has come down to this.

The discussions have been had internally at One Buc Palace. And there’s no doubt the Vegas oddsmakers are paying attention.

The Bucs need to see their field goal kickers in game situations, and they’ll make it happen in the preseason if they have to.

That was the word from Dirk Koetter on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday. Koetter was asked point blank by host Pat Kirwan, the former Bucs scout, Jets coach and Jets personnel chief, whether he would break from the traditional to force preseason kicking situations for Roberto Aguayo and Nick Folk.

Pat Kirwan: No place is like here [in training camp]. When the kickers go to kick field goals, the entire crowd starts watching. I mean, there’s a sense of urgency, if you want to call it that, about the kicking situation. I watched all those fans. A lot of times when the kickers come out and kick field goals in practice people get a soda or something.  … In a preseason game, in which you’re just trying to evaluate, could you use a situation where normally you might go for it or you might try a punt,  you might just say, ‘it’s time to see these kickers kick.’

Dirk Koetter: I think that could come up. I mean, it’s a little bit luck of the draw. But we’ve talked, [special teams coordinator] Nate Kaczor and I, about some things that we’d like to see come up. If the right situation comes up, I think we would do that.

Joe was calling this months ago on the Ira Kaufman Podcast. Just like you can’t simulate rainy conditions at training camp, you can’t simulate real field goal kicking. It’s impossible.

And since Aguayo and Folk each have been average at best through camp, the Bucs are desperate to see them each get plenty of preseason work at various distances.

Get ready, Bucs fans. In the second half tonight, you might see Koetter actually smile on 3rd-and-long from the Bengals’ 34 yard line.

13 Responses to “Koetter Says He Would Set Up A Field Goal Tonight”

  1. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    This kicking battle is so important. Kicking can literally be the difference in several games a year. It could be the difference between going to the playoffs or thinking draft in November. While I disagree with drafting Aguayo in the second round, it’s the very reason why he did it. If you can get a guy that can win you games, he’s worth a second round pick. I don’t care what position he plays. If Aguayo had been a great kicker last year, we would all be praising Licht for having the guts to go against the norm and draft a kicker so early. I’m really hoping this situation works itself out, because it would be really nice to not have to close my eyes with every extra point.

  2. RayJameisStadium Says:

    @stpete NFL game pass is offering a free 7 day trial online streaming. You can watch tonight’s game.

  3. Lord Cornelius Says:

    lol it really sucks how our kickers have become a story; only in the sense that whoever is our K will likely feel more pressure than typical the rest of this year just knowing the backstory drama.

    That was really why i hated the pick more than anything: the associated pressure. If he just took Aguayo in the 4th round or later this wouldn’t be that big a story or deal

  4. Dirks Great Granpappy Says:

    I had the weirdest dream last night that I was at the state fair and aguayo was there kicking fgs for the Bucs. It was rainy and he was kicking on a hill. He slipped and shanked it straight sideways. I then woke up.

    Not sure what it means. Maybe tmax can check his dream journal

  5. stpetebucsfan Says:


    Thanks for that info! I have the NFL ticket with Direct which will give me the regular games…doubt that I’m going to give the league anymore for a preseason game but thanks for that info.

    I saw this morning on GMFB that the NFL net which I get is showing the game at 100AM…so I guess I’ll just have wait a few hours.

    Now I have to decide if I stay away from JBF during the game and have any surprise spoiled. LMAO. I’ll probably check the thread anyway…not like the game has genuine significance other than individual performances.

  6. NFLNut Says:

    As I said when Folk was signed … it’s Aguayo’s job to lose and from all I’ve heard he is comfortably in the lead through training camp so far … but … he could choke it all away in the preseason so I am very excited to see both kickers in the pre-season!

    Also … any news on how much Jameis will play? I’m hoping he doesn’t play at all in the first game …

  7. Pippin Says:

    Does anyone know where I can stream the game tonight? I’m in Chicago and only get the Pitt-NY game on NFL Network? Thanks

  8. RayJameisStadium Says:


    It would be hard for me stay away from jbf too. I’ll be watching Sweezy and the McCoy and Baker combo. Both line should be better this year. Stevie T and Godwin will also be interesting to watch. Is going to be a good preseason to watch.

  9. JAB83 Says:

    Lord C, excellent point.

    To that degree I think the job goes to RobertOHHHH no…. He will have all the confidence in the world knowing he beat out all everything HOF Jets kicker as Joe would have us know and believe.

    Have said from the beginning… This was a good pick considering JL turned a late round pick and a pick we didnt have until he traded for it. Than traded it again to draft this guy.

    The only thing stopping anyone from seeing the skill that went into JL creating this pick just to get RobertOHHHHH no… Is Roberts struggles…. Wait for it… That story is coming soon to JBF BET ON IT!!!!

    Folk has to win this thing without a doubt…. The pressure is on him to “feed his family”. Than maintain “why he was worth dumping a young accomplished high draft pick kicker” for.

    So yeah, RobertOOOOH no is in the driver seat and should have near the pressure on him as Folk… In fact WHEN RobertooooH wins the job…. His confidence will have been fully restored

  10. JAB83 Says:

    And dont anyone kid themselves… Collage footballs current all time best kicker was getting draft sooner rather than later… The pick JL acquired with late round/Kenny talent/pick was not that big a deal. He would not of had that pick if he didn’t do it with the sole purpose of drafting a kicker

    So you folks saying he should of used that pick on someone else fail to realize the only reason he traded for that pick was to get the kicker that someone was about to get… MOST LIKELY RIGHT BEHIND THEM…. Say NE….. Yeah JL stole that pick and will be rewarded or simply move on….

    NO FREAKING BIG DEAL REALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. BUCnG8R Says:

    The game is on WFLA, right? If not, who has a direct flight to Cincy STAT!

  12. tmaxcon Says:

    Dirks Great Granpappy

    If you are dreaming of Kickers instead of porn stars and cheerleaders I am not sure anyone can help or interpret

  13. Dirks Great Granpappy Says:

    Tmax thats high school level. Now I make those dreams my reality. If you saw the woman I make my videos with then maybe you would understand.

    And let’s not kid ourselves, everyone here knows gmc consumes your dreams some nights