So Few Questions

September 6th, 2017

Clean cut

Last night on Hard Knocks viewers saw lots of players called into Dirk Koetter’s office to get cut.

Guys were released during other episodes, as well. Koetter dished out a short speech and that was about it. Nice knowing you.

What struck Joe was how few players had questions.

For example, Joe thought there would be more, “Where did I miss the mark, Coach?” or “What do I have to do to make the league? or “How close was I?” or “Did you see enough to give me a shot next offseason?”

It was interesting that we saw none of that from the departed Bucs.

Joe realizes a lot of these young guys were in a bit of shock and they’re immature in the workforce. And of course, Hard Knocks might have edited out their questions, but it didn’t appear that way.

Is Koetter the kind of coach that young players don’t feel comfortable talking to? Maybe. Or maybe that’s just how it is in the NFL when you get cut.

15 Responses to “So Few Questions”

  1. JAB83 Says:

    No exist interview… Just pack you bags and kick rocks…. Thats how it is in the real workforce…

    If you get to ask your boss any questions on your way out these days it normally goes something like….

    “You know I’m not the kinda guy you wanna fire right?”

  2. westernbuc Says:

    When you’ve been the best in every locker room, there isn’t much need to think about your own failings. Some of them are probably so certain of themselves that they think they’ll get in somewhere else. But the new again, Koetter and the rest of the coaches probably told them what they needed to do better all summer.

  3. westernbuc Says:

    *but then again

  4. Gencoimports Says:

    I have not seen tonight’s Hard Knocks yet, but I am going to guess HBO edited that out. Koetter strikes me as a coach most players can talk to. Also, the last season of Hard Knocks I saw prior to this one was when the Falcons were featured and I don’t recall the cut players hitting Coach Smith with questions either.

  5. JabooBuc Says:

    Wow! How about McDipspit??? Just looked like a major puss for all the NFL to see. Team makes the effort to draft you and you can’t show your face to that GM to let him know you at least appreciate it? Good for Licht to say F him. Now you have to ask why that wasn’t picked up by scouting

  6. Lamarcus Says:

    Koetter is black and white.

  7. Todd Says:

    No tj ward Signing ? At least showing It?

  8. Joe Says:


    “Hard Knocks” was gone.

  9. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I really don’t like the cut scenes. I understand it’s a necessary part of the show, but I just don’t like seeing people get fired. The more they edit out of those exit interviews the better for me. Besides, it’s pretty much the same speech for every coach on every season.

  10. Pickgrin Says:

    Coach made it a point to tell a couple of the guys (paraphrased) – “If I’m still yelling at you – then we’re working hard together to make you a better player. If I’m not yelling at you, then I’ve given up on you.”

    Joe Dirt seemed to appreciate and understand that. Glad we got him back in the fold to develop. I bet if Bullough got called up at some point this season and had to play due to injury – he would play well for a UDFA rookie.

  11. teacherman777 Says:

    God bless and protect all these young men.

    I feel compassion for all of them.

    Have you cold-hearted fans out there ever suffered a day in your life?

    How can you be so callous and cold?

    Show some God- Da## respect for Buddhas sake!

    I hate how the show features so much suffering but hate the lack of compassion by American fans even more!!!

  12. Bculaw Says:

    It’s an out of body experience that leaves your head spinning until you have time to process. I got the dreaded “pink locker tag” as a minor league baseball player and remember telling myself to stay strong, stay classy, and get out as quickly as possible. MOst of these guys likely knew they didn’t make the cut before they got the call, but the finality is still a shock to the system. It’s hard to process the decision, much less th equations you might like to ask.

  13. Reach87 Says:

    Jab…very funny!

  14. Cobraboy Says:

    @Bculaw: exactly.

    This is often the first rejection of an athlete.

    Pride is a large component of excellence, a factor 100% of athletes at that level possess. Being told you aren’t good enough is a dagger into the heart of that pride.

    Some can recover, regroup, rededicate, and learn from the experience. Some cannot.

  15. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Out of all the scenes involving cuts and making the team…I loved the conversation between Auclair and Koetter. When Antony thanks DK for treating him like an “American” DK had to laugh…I did too. But when you consider it from Auclair’s perspective it makes perfect sense.

    He’s not just a Canadian…he’s a French Canadian from Quebec with the thick accent and somebody who does not seem like a normal NFL player.

    I remember in High school as a sophomore beating out a senior who had never pole vaulted but was such a great athlete that he figured he could walk out and certainly beat out a small soph like me. He WAS a great athlete but not a great pole vaulter and our coach simply went by who jumped the highest. When I made the team I was in such a state of shock that an asssistant coach felt the need to buck me up and almost yelled at me for feeling fortunate. You EARNED the spot!

    I felt Auclair was a bit overwhelmed by what he has achieved. DK took the time to tell him that he was indeed a good player and now he was a “professional”. What I admire as much as anything is that DK treats all players the same in terms of providing equal opportunity…but he also seems to have the gift of knowing what to say to different players with their disparate personalities.