“If Big Mo’s On Your Side, You’ve Got A Heck Of A Chance”

November 24th, 2017

Talks Mo

It’s not often that .500 head coach Dirk Koetter quotes a renowned Idaho football coaching icon, his dad, Jim Koetter.

But that happened this week, Koetter was doing his pregame video Q & A with Buccaneers.com and answered a question about momentum.

He’s a big believer in it.

“I’m not sure if it makes you realize that’s what you’re best at, or if it just makes you feel lucky, or just makes you feel more confident, a little bit more pep in your step,” Koetter said. “If you’ve every played blackjack in Vegas, if you’ve ever watched any kind of sports, I mean, my dad used to say, “If Big Mo’s on your side, you’ve got a heck of a chance.”

Of course, the question came because the Bucs have won two games in a row and closed out Miami on Sunday with a strong and aggressive drive.

Yes, the Bucs have momentum. And their defense, despite allowing the Dolphins back in the game, is feeling all jacked about its recent wave of forced turnovers.

So right now, on Friday, the Bucs do have Big Mo on their side.

Joe’s got an inkling of hope for Sunday’s game at Atlanta, but that Mo is going to have to carry over quickly. The Bucs simply cannot fall behind by 10 points early in this game.

17 Responses to ““If Big Mo’s On Your Side, You’ve Got A Heck Of A Chance””

  1. Tom Edrington Says:

    Crap, I thought “Big Mo” was a 6-6, 340 pound stud who suddenly appeared to replace Sweezy at right tackle!

  2. Rob Says:

    The Bucs actually have a chance to turn this abortion of a season around Sunday against the Falcons. We win this game against a legitimate Super Bowl contender, and the Bucs may actually be able to salvage an awful season and continue their win streak. Go Bucs!

  3. Roy T. Buford Says:

    I don’t know how this team feels from what I see, and I see them often, other than frankly, they mabye feel they have a leader among them in recent weeks. A scholar of the game, who, though not as gifted as Winston perhaps, knows how to use what he has. Fitz is a guy you can trust off the field to be who he says, but still makes plenty of mistakes on the field, which is why he’s not been a consistent winner and starter.

    No, not saying Fitz should start ahead of Winston, but like Case Freakin’ Keenum, this may be his window of time. Let’s use it. But make no bones, this season is still a loss, due largely to poor leadership by Jameis Winston, Mike Evans, and Dirk Koetter and Mike Smith who didn’t lead guys like Winston, Evans, and practice good football basics, didn’t adjust when needed.

    Leadership is perhaps a void filled somewhat by Fitz stepping up. This game in ATL is there for the taking. The Bucs had one horrendous game in ARI; now it’s time for one on the opposite end of the scale…an unusually good game, to balance it out. You maybe get one of these per year (the Bucs got more than that in 2010 against CLE, CIN, STL). Let’s do it. Live to play one more week.

  4. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Yes Joe “an inkling of hope” for a game after Thanksgiving that still has meaning.

    Our Defense has been cut up this year by injuries…the entire team has been horribly inconsistent…it’s a Buc’s life…but hey at least we get to play at least one more meaningful game and it’s after Thanksgiving. Now if we could reach Christmas…that would be a miraculous season.

  5. Destinjohnny Says:

    there is no way this team can beat atl

  6. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    Have you bet the farm on the Falcons?

  7. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    That’s what I thought too….that the bucs signed a road grading beefcake LT or a DT to clear the way.

    Oh well….so much for hoping

  8. not there yet Says:

    As unbelievable as it is the bucs could prove is all wrong, this is the perfect time to go on a winning streak because every opponent left on the schedule is in the NFC. The last two garbage games don’t count just because they had a better record than is when we played them it just shows how much dirk sucks as a coach. The opponents he faces the rest of the year he’ll prove his worth to the Glazer’s. I don’t expect them to best anyone else on the schedule except Green Bay, if they lose that game he might as well start packing his office

  9. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Tom Edrington Says
    “Crap, I thought “Big Mo” was a 6-6, 340 pound stud who suddenly appeared to replace Sweezy at right tackle!”

    Too bad he doesn’t actually play right tackle!

  10. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I just hope we win, and I will be rooting for my team.

  11. Lamarcus Says:

    The only hope we have is that Koetter is 1-0 as bucs head coach in Atlanta

  12. NFLNut Says:


    In other news, has anyone watched the Cowboys last 3 games … Dak still has a heck of a lot more offensive talent around him than Jameis had in each of his first two years, even without Zeke … and the kid has thrown for a total of 500 yards, ZERO TDs and FIVE INT’s … extrapolated over a full seaon, that’s 2,667 yards, 0 TD’s and 27 INT’s … Dak has been utterly exposed as nothing more than a “game-manager” that can only be effective when throwing out of play-action to wide open dudes, ala Mariota

    Now, compare healthy Dak’s recent 3 game stretch … 500 yards passing, 0 passing TDs and 5 INT’s with an 0-3 record to the two worst 3 game stretches of Jameis’ career … in weeks 2-4 in his rookie season he threw for 755 yards with 4 TD’s and 5 INT’s and went 1-2 … then in weeks 16-18 last year he threw for 726 yards, 5 TD’s and 7 INT’s and went 1-2.

    Jameis is a wild young gun-slinger but the kid was, is and always will be someone a coach hands the ball to and says, “carry this offense to a victory” rather than an Alex Smith, Mariota or Prescott that a coach tells, “trust your running game and defense and just don’t lose us this game” … and anyone with a brain would ALWAYS want the more talented QB capable of winning a game!

    Brett Favre wasn’t as safe and efficient as his old backup Mark Brunell … but he was still the superior QB …. Peyton Manning was nowhere near as efficient or accurate as Chad Pennington in 2002 … but he was still the superior QB … John Elway was not as efficient as his 1984 draft class-mate Ken Obrien (Obrien had a higher career completion percentage, lower career interception percentage and a higher career passer rating than Elway!) … but he was still the superior QB … the list goes on and on and on.

    The Bucs hav Favre/Elway/Roethlisberger talent at QB in Jameis … while the Cowboys and Titans have an O’Brien/Pennington/Alex Smith talent at QB … as I’ve always said, Bucs fans need to relax and take a long-term view on this team.

    It wouldn’t shock me if the Saints make it to the SuperBowl tis year and they looked like a dead franchise for the past 5+ years … but they had a QB and kept chipping away and trying to fill holes on their team … Jameis may not win a ring until his 7th year like Michael Jordan, or until his 15th year like John Elway, or maybe even never like Tarkenton, Fouts, Marino, Kelly and Moon … but following his career should be fun and provide a whole lot of good moments …. relax Bucs fans!

    As for the game this Sunday …. Falcons 34 – Bucs 16


  13. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    Lol @ Tom..me too!

  14. Mike Johnson Says:

    Again its simple..Defense plays lights out and we beat ATl. If not..General Custers name will be invoked!

  15. bucs_365 Says:

    They’re gonna need more than Big Mo to beat Atlanta. This could be a 500 yard passing day for Ryan.

  16. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Blitzes can be a double edge sword but if Smith blitzes intelligently and the edge rush can force him left or right then we stand a chance at some pics and keeping big mo off their sideline. If Ryan can move up in the pocket he’ll have a big day. He can have a 500 yard day as long as it’s between the 20s it will suck but be more palatable. Their showing against Matt Moore doesn’t give a lot of hope in that though. Our defense can be called big play againstTampa Bay!
    To say the Bucs have no way of beating Atl is short sighted. Jameis has beat them 3 out of 4 imes and they always have a better offense than us. Fitz was efficient last week and defense was opportunistic. Murray’s gonna be in high demand. There’s a chance if the ol can run block.

  17. gilhealy Says:

    I like our chances