“We’ve Just Chosen To Put The Ball In The Hands Of The Professional Runners”

September 22nd, 2017

Dirk Koetter speaks

A short-yardage thorn in the buttocks of many Buccaneers fans was addressed by winning head coach Dirk Koetter this evening.

No, Joe’s not speaking directly about handing the ball off on 3rd-and-1 to MC Hammer Charles Sims against the Bears.

Koetter was asked on the Buccaneers Radio Network about quarterback sneaks, something he doesn’t appear interested in using. Simply stated, Koetter said his years of experience have taught him that some quarterbacks are good at quarterback sneaks and some aren’t.

“We’ve just chosen to put the ball in the hands of the professional runners,” Koetter said of his short-yardage decision with his Bucs teams. Koetter added he’s confident team coaches “have sound reasoning behind it.”

Translation: QB sneaks aren’t a strength of America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston.

Koetter also shared a bit of his philosophy on a certain short-yardage situation: If you can’t convert on 3rd-and-1, Koetter said, then why should anyone believe your team would earn a first down on the very next play?

18 Responses to ““We’ve Just Chosen To Put The Ball In The Hands Of The Professional Runners””

  1. Bucfanbf Says:

    Just give it to Barber and not Twinkle Toes!

  2. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I do not want to see #3 EVER running the ball intentionally unless he has a clear lane to run it out of bounds…but not pounding it in the middle.

    If it’s the 4th Q of a playoff game near the goalline…maybe….but #3 is the franchise there is no single game worth risking the franchise.

  3. Pickgrin Says:

    If its 3rd or 4th down and 12>18″ to go – I would prefer to see Winston just take the snap and lean forward behind Marpet or Sweezy more often. Brady does it all the time and gets the 1/2 yard needed 95% of his attempts. You trying to tell me Winston isn’t bigger, stronger and a better “runner” than Brady???

  4. Issic Haggins Says:

    Ethics is the most absurd statement ever made by Koetter ,especially when no one is directly over center!! This sounds like something out of Lovies mouth !! Please someone remind Dirk and Jason what their third down conversion running the ball on 3 rd and 4 th and 1 . Well I will tell ya it’s close to the worst in the league , which makes this comment even more rediculous !!!

    AND if that’s your take on it you sure as hell don’t announce it , now that is definitely Lovie like !! why when people aren’t good at things do they just not work at it and figure or ask / get help. Big problems that may haunt this team, short yardage, red zone to conversion,Winstons inaccuracy and poor mechanics at times ……….. just some improvement isn’t good enough all these areas need major improvement , you have a two year window , maybe three so you had better find corner depth and improve those three offensive blunders to have a shot.

    As I said before Jared Golf just had a better game than Winston has ever had so trust me I like Winston but he has major work to do and I think coaching in his mechanics is probably a problem that the current staff isn’t quite on top of or is creating.

    Joe you wanna do something , grab Jeff Carlson, maybe Wienke, Coach Fisher and send them Winstons misses , overthrows, underthrows and see what they say. I think you may be surprised at what you here and I don’t see allot of improvment which coincides with the beyond rediculous professional runner statement , if you only needed a professional to be successful Lovie would have never been fired, Koetter wouldn’t be coach and USF wouldn’t have destroyed Illinois . I like Koetter but this is the same stubbornness that causes many many a coaching failure. Rediculous comment !!!

  5. Issic Haggins Says:

    That is the most absurd

  6. Issic Haggins Says:

    I mean hell you just moved Marpet to center and have sweet next to him, Koetter must need some rest

  7. Lamarcus Says:

    Be more creative using Sims in short yardage. Rb dives are not permitted with him

  8. darin Says:

    Ever seen Brady in person? Im telling u right now winstons not bigger. Had 1st row seats a few years, he was shooting the breeze with d brooks before a game once. He made brooks look like tarik cohen looks on tv. The guy is tall. Also the best Ive ever seen at the qb sneak. He seems to fall for 2 full yards every time. Anyway dirk doesnt wana do it, so we wont be seeing it….unless we do of course. Go Bucs

  9. Chucklehead Says:

    St Pete.

    Agreed. Look at the ups and downs of the careers of other QBs that run. Newton has probably cut his career down by 2 seasons already due to all the punishment he has taken.

  10. James Walker Says:

    I bet he runs a QB sneak on Sunday.

  11. unbelievable Says:

    James Walker FTW

  12. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Brady is probably the best ever at the QB sneak. So yes, I’d say he is a better runner than Winston in that situation.

  13. Buc2015 Says:

    It is a fact that Winston is not good at QB sneaks, the few that he ran at FSU and the one (or more?) he has run with TB have been bad. He looks uncoordinated, no sense of how to find the hole … and doesn’t have good ball security. I am one of JW’s biggest fans, but this is truth.

  14. Smokeymountainbucsfan Says:

    I’m just glad that Doug Martin will be back for the Thursday night game. I can’t recall any running back ever like Sims. I’d probably miss the tackle on him from laughing so hard from the goofy dancing he’s doing as soon as the ball is in his hands… I’m shocked at some of the players in this league that are actually getting paid. Fitzpatrick? You’ve got to be kidding me!

  15. Issic Haggins Says:

    Work on it
    Fix it
    Examine it
    Go over it
    No one over center, Really !!
    Brady. 27inch vert
    Winston 28 inch vert for comparison sakes
    Teach it !!!

  16. BucsFan90 Says:

    Tom Brady is the best at QB sneaks, because nobody expects it. Koetter could help by being less predictable and conservative with play calling. Start by not asking your back to run up the gut on every play smh

  17. tnew Says:

    I didn’t want him doing it behind Hawley. Marpet, that’s another story.

  18. Curly Says:

    A good QB sneak is about so much more than your size, vertical, strength etc. You need a eye for the D. Perfect timing. Correct blocking assigned. Skilled center. Perfect disguise.

    Of course it takes practice.