Koetter: “Messes Bound To Occur”

October 14th, 2017

Enhanced challenge Sunday, explains Dirk Koetter.

It’s high-alert time for Doug Martin.

No, Joe’s not taking a shot at Martin, but winning head coach Dirk Koetter went to his backfield in a discussion on SiriusXM NFL Radio about the Cardinals-Bucs game tomorrow.

Arizona loves to blitz, as Joe detailed earlier this week. Koetter said they’re successful with it because they have stud cover guys behind the blitzers, like Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Matthieu, and because there’s an extreme commitment to stressing the pass protection.

“What makes those pressure packages work is the guys that are running them and how hard they bring it. And Arizona, they rush hard,” Koetter said. “They make you work. Their basic thing is to try to get five 1-on-1s, and maybe a sixth 1-on-1 if you keep your [running] back in. So, you know, they don’t make it easy for you to get a free hitter in the O-line to go help clean up messes that are bound to occur. That’s the thing that’s tough. The first thing, if you can run the football, that helps slow those blitzes down. And if you can mix your screen game, your quick game, your naked boot game in, not just be dropping back a five-step drop the whole game.”

Aside from a terrible blitz-pickup miss by Jacquizz Rodgers against the Patriots, the Bucs’ pass blocking from running backs has been excellent. But Doug Martin struggled during the second-half of last season with pass blocking. He’s supposed to get more playing time Sunday, and his blocking skills certainly will be tested.

During Martin’s one-month, suspension-related layoff, he couldn’t simulate game action, and that includes a ferocious blitz on the road in a noisy dome.

Joe sure hopes Martin has no learning curve for those “messes” Koetter speaks of.

23 Responses to “Koetter: “Messes Bound To Occur””

  1. holymoly13 Says:

    Throw in a couple of screen plays, that always slows a blitz.

  2. QUE 5 Says:

    The real issue is the Bucs offensive system. The offense is antiquated and basic. That’s the reason why offense struggles in redzone and to put up points. Offense needs innovation, but no one wants to tell Koetter or they just don’t see it.

  3. Pickgrin Says:

    Learning curve?? This is Doug’s 6th year in the league. He’s never been a GREAT pass blocker – but Doug improved his pass protection skills up to the adequate level years ago…

  4. Bayers Says:

    We have this bucs fans. Our time is now believe achieve and maximize

  5. Reach87 Says:

    IMO Martin’s pass pro will be good. We should be able to protect all day if we give Winston and Marpet a chance to read the blitz and set protections. That piece, I think is about game management and not getting behind in the playcalling to snap process. I expect good results on that end. We can win this game! Pressure the QB, cover the TE, and watch the play action bombs. Go Bucs!

  6. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Throw slants to Djax. Or anyone for that matter.

  7. Lev Says:

    izbits gonna eat his words

  8. orlbucfan Says:

    GET RID OF THOSE HIDEOUS UNIFORMS!! Bucs. win. tomorrow.

  9. unbelievable Says:

    “The first thing, if you can run the football, that helps slow those blitzes down. And if you can mix your screen game, your quick game, your naked boot game in, not just be dropping back a five-step drop the whole game”

    Wow it’s almost like some of us have been saying the same thing for 3 weeks now.

  10. Ndog Says:

    Orlandobucfan our uniforms are unique and awesome plus they aren’t going anywhere so get used to them.

  11. R.O. Says:

    2-3 TEs sets. Lots of chipping on the way out. Patience and expose the middle of the field and seams.

  12. R.O. Says:

    I wouldn’t call the uni’s hideuous nor would I describe them as awesome. Disappointing yes… I’m not enamoured with them either. Just blah.. with such great helmets need better uni’s.

  13. Buccaneer scotty Says:

    If you start out saying I’m not tacking a shot you probably are! Just saying!

  14. Buccaneer scotty Says:

    Imo your a douchebag not taking a shot at you or anything lmao

  15. Buc4life24 Says:

    Slants and bootlegs!! Get Jameis moving along with those chains!

  16. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Martin is probably our best RB in pass pro. He at least knows what he isn’t doing and can get in the way of a blitzed. Quizz can’t even figure out where the blitz is coming. Smh

  17. Issic Haggins Says:

    Koetter does a pretty good job but he does need to update !!! Especially inside the 25

  18. Roy T. Buford Says:

    I don’t think anything about Martin’s play last year can be attributed to skill or lack of it; we all know why he didn’t perform. His other two down years were injury-laden, so it’s not telling the whole story when talking about Martin’s three sub-par years vice two good ones. We do know Martin was not the BEST pass protector back there, but he’s not been the worst either by far. Criminy, look at the block of wood with legs, L. Blount. His four NFL teams just sit him on pass plays. Personally, I’m glad Doug Martin is still on our team, Quizz for that matter also. On that note, I’m not real happy Charles Sims is on the team. If we want to talk about not performing over the long haul, start there. I wonder who the first will be if Martin fumbles or misses a block that it will be attributed to why he was suspended, attitude, or some other crazy leap. It’s football; if you beat your opponent on more plays than he beats you, that’s the best we can hope for.

  19. Capt.Tim Says:

    Whoever thought of those ugly as color wash uniforms oughta get busted in the mouth, and a lifetime ban from Football.

    And meybe horsewhipped

  20. Roy T. Buford Says:

    It gets talked about quite a bit here, but we don’t hear a peep about the team addressing it, and since practices are mostly closed, we can’t tell if they are really working on it. But Red Zone offense has totally stunk in both years Dirk’s been at the helm, and the play calling is a big part of it. How Folk was given the opporunity to miss three FGs on yet another Thursday night Bucs clunker to me is a bigger problem than missing the kicks. The guy who actually got results on offense against the Patriots was Doug Martin. So the question is really why does a guy who is out of it for a month, out of football shape by everyone’s account, including Doug’s and Dirk’s, come in and rule the only decent first half drive and score? I’m hoping we get the rest of the offense to perform up to Martin’s level.

  21. Roy T. Buford Says:

    @Capt. Tim…gotta be a ploy to get people to buy the gear. It’s so ugly, it’s like Jeff Foxworthy’s bit where he says “Charlie, come here and smell this” and there are takers. I wish they would flush Thursday nights and color rush altogether.

  22. DoNUTS Says:

    The last time I checked, Martin’s pass blocking skills were better than ANY of the other RBs on this team so I am not sure what we are really talking about here except X and Os. Its not like this team has any alternative other than the Dougernaut. I think he will play well this year (over 1100); he is playing for his career not just a paycheck.

    What will the Joe’s have to say when its Martin and not Winston carrying this team in week 10?

  23. JMarkBuc Says:

    The current uni’s ARE ridiculous, and I agree color rush for all teams is a joke…we look like human ketchup bottles in ours.

    At the very least they could put regular numbers on these and maybe they would be bearable. It’s all a scam to sell gear, but I wouldn’t wear one if you gave it to me for free…