Koetter: Rain Did Not Impede Practice

August 1st, 2017

Rain did not dictate practice.

Joe has noticed in various comments on this here website that winning Bucs coach Dirk Koetter had the players go soft, and work mostly on short passes, because he was scared players were going to get hurt due to the rain yesterday.

Well, after practice yesterday, Koetter said that is nonsense.

“No, no, no,” Koetter said. “We did everything just how we had it scripted. You’ve got all this stuff going on, you add the wet field, the wet ball, those are great challenges for us. It’s great work. We can’t duplicate it. Everything’s not perfect – there were good plays, bad plays on both sides. We learn our lessons and keep moving.”

What is seemed the Bucs did was have the defense take it easy. There were a number of plays Joe witnessed where the defense held up in order not to splash a teammate. Koetter hinted at this when talking about putting on the pads for the first time since the Bucs beat the Stinking Panthers to end the 2016 season.

“Those guys, they want to lay the wood out there on somebody and even though we’re still trying to protect each other, this is a contact sport,” Koetter added.

That is the smart thing. Why blow up a teammate? The Bucs need guys healthy for the long haul of the season, not dudes on crutches watching practices and games on the sideline.

9 Responses to “Koetter: Rain Did Not Impede Practice”

  1. Defense Rules Says:

    @Joe … “Bucs need guys healthy for the long haul of the season, not dudes on crutches watching practices and games on the sideline.” Very true Joe, but at the same time we’ve all seen far too many missed tackles over the years because of poor technique. And there’s only one way to develop good technique.

  2. Bird Says:

    100% ok with that. Get guys blasting guys in preseason games and joint practices. We can’t have a bad injury this year. Look at ravens. They are in serious trouble

  3. Dreambig Says:

    @Joe – Good timing on this artical. I woke up thinking about this in the context of the new indoor facility. This has been a pretty soggy week but there has been very little lightning causing practice to be canceled so work continued and they got a break from the heat. Having said that, I am betting that by yesterday, if they had the indoor facility they probably would have used it. Not sure how valuable practicing in a tropical storm really is. The refs would probably not let them play in those conditions.

    By the way, your first sentence is kind of strange. “Joe has noticed in various comments on this here website”. JoeBucsFan ran several articals yesterday saying it looked liked the players laid off including the camp notes. Why point fingers at people posting comments, when this site is the one who stated that idea and got people talking about it? Thats just kind of strange. Different Joe’s writing maybe?

  4. LocalJoker Says:


    Dude you got to learn to spell articles (articals) or stop reading them. Capish?

  5. Buc50 Says:

    @LocalJoker just so you are aware…your spelling of Capish isn’t exactly correct either. Neither is your grammar or the fact you forgot the comma after Dude.

  6. LocalJoker Says:


    You fifty cent short of a whole two dollars. When you get your sidewalk all the way up to the house, you can talk. Capish?

  7. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I do not think the rain effected the hitting…in fact a soft mushy field…the inability to get enough traction to really blow somebody up…a dry fast field is actually more dangerous in terms of hitting.

    This was a reflection of DK’s desire to have a team healthy for opening day.

    As for “practicing” tackling I believe that is overrated. These guys have played football all their lives. They understand techique. Our distaste for our poor tackling goes back to Lovie because he preached a different technique. Lovie was all about stripping the ball instead of simply making a tackle.

    In 2015 we were second from the bottom as in 31st place as the worst tackling team in the NFL. When you always go for the football first instead of stopping the ball carrier of course there will be many missed tackles…I think Smitty made some big strides in cleaning that up last year.

  8. LocalJoker Says:


    Apologize for ill words. Should not bring personal issues to JBF. Will not happen again. My bad!

  9. Buc50 Says:

    Apology accepted…Go Bucs!!!