Dirk Koetter’s Playoff Formula

October 1st, 2017

Demar Dotson explains.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. The Bucs are a shaky 2-1 after riding (and almost falling off) the right leg of newly embattled kicker Nick Folk.

The veteran boot nearly set himself up to get booted out of town or just plain booted in the rear end by puking seven points on the field today with two missed field goals and a missed extra point.

So when the game was nearing an end, Bucs right tackle Demar Dotson was scared.

Not that Dirk Koetter took the ball out the hands of America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston. Not because no one but Koetter, and perhaps Folk’s teammates, were the only ones at the Den of Depression that had any faith in him.

No, Dotson was scared because he didn’t want to lose.

At home.

For Dotson said if the Bucs lost at home, then he feared the team would miss the playoffs, per Koetter’s playoff formula.

Dotson explained that Koetter had told his team earlier this year that if the Bucs won all their home games and only split on the road, they would make the playoffs.

So there you have it folks, if the Bucs win their next six home games, not only will Joe retire the nickname “Den of Depression,” but Bucs fans will be celebrating the end of a 10-year playoff drought.

18 Responses to “Dirk Koetter’s Playoff Formula”

  1. Howard Cosell Says:

    So technically the Bucs need 3 more home wins this season and then we officially retire the old “Den of Depression” moniker, right?

  2. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Shakey, yes. Next two games potential killers? Yup. But the Panthers barely won both of theirs, and the Falcons barely won two of their three wins. Get Kwon back, get Martin back, and things can get a little better. That said, the Bills game goes from “W” to “Unknown” as they are looking pretty good.

  3. EA Says:

    Ahh Tom Brady, I will be there to cheer in person but hopefully Doug would make THAT big of a difference because from what we saw today I am not very optimistic.

  4. Erc2706 Says:

    I would say 6 in a row should be good enough to retire that. But at times it sounded like a DAMN giants home game in there. So i say stick with it till we stop seeing all these others colors fill half our stadium.

    Kudos to the stock carriers for keeping pace with the giants fans. It was so nice watching their faces as the kick went through the uprights

  5. Howard Cosell Says:

    Props to the Stick Carriers.
    # True Fans

  6. Buddy Says:

    Face it people the Bucs are a .500 team. I don’t want to hear anything about any BIG F-ing Sticks either. Bucs got lucky to come out with a win. Out great DL looked like a joke of a Giants OL. Facts are facts.

  7. Joe Says:

    So technically the Bucs need 3 more home wins this season and then we officially retire the old “Den of Depression” moniker, right?

    Yes, it will be retired then.

  8. Jim Says:

    Way too much blue in RayJay!

  9. SB Says:

    As if the “Den of Depression” Moniker means anything.

  10. Rrsrq Says:

    The Falcons are a shaky 3-1, the Panthers are a shaky 3-1…, the Saints, you just don’t know from week to week. The Bucs can still put it together, they have talent and hopefully get back to health soon.

  11. LakeLand Says:

    The Bucs haven’t been to the playoffs since 2007, and they will not make it this season.

  12. SB Says:

    You heard it here guys. Lakeland says we aren’t going to the playoffs. Let’s just all give up now. smh

  13. Cometowin2 Says:


    After 6 home games in a row as far as I’m concerned it’s the DEN OF OPPRESSION!!!

  14. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    So there you have it folks, if the Bucs win their next six home games, not only will Joe retire the nickname “Den of Depression,” – J0E

    Hold up. You said a couple weeks ago that if the Bucs won 6 home games in a season, the name would change.

    Now you are changing the rules?

  15. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Buddy Says
    “Face it people the Bucs are a .500 team.”

    You have horrible math skills.

    Bucs are a .667 team.

  16. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Anyone saying the Falcons are shaky is fooling themselves. They are scoring massive points.

    This team needs to be better to beat them.

    Right now, the Falcons and Panthers are better teams than the Bucs. That isn’t to say the Bucs won’t improve before we play them, but as it stands right now, they are better teams.

    I’m a firm believer in team evolution throughout a season though.

  17. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Bucs have won 6 home games in a row. Just retire it already.

  18. tnew Says:

    I’m not crazy about Koetter’s formula. So if we lose next week, then we are out of the playoff’s? Of course not.

    Winning games like yesterday is so important for this team. My formula, is for this team to scratch and claw, like so many of us said they would have to do, early until all of the new weapons, Koetter and Winston to all get on the same page. Martin returns, Rodgers is the complimentary back. They all need to find their rhythm. This was a good start.

    Defense needs to get healthy. Initial reports from LVD are extremely positive. J Smith had a few snaps. Kwon needs to get better and the Bucs have players in Beckwith and Glanton. Evans, played some meaningful snaps including subtly rerouting OBJ enough to get him out of the back of the end zone and not getting a PI.

    Grow as the year unfolds. Play your best football in the last two months of the season not the first.