“I Am Embarrassed”

November 5th, 2017


A dejected winning Bucs coach Dirk Koetter did not deny his job could be in jeopardy the way the Bucs have fallen off a cliff, now losing five straight games.

(For Bucs historical perspective, the season after Raheem Morris led his Bucs to a whisker of a playoff berth with 10 wins, Morris was fired for a 10-game losing streak.)

After yet another putrid loss, Koetter was asked directly if he thought his job may be on the line. While Koetter didn’t the question directly, he didn’t deny it either.

“When you play like we did today, I am concerned with every aspect as that is my responsibility,” Koetter said.

Koetter emphasize as he has in the recent past as he has after virtually each loss that “it starts with me” and later “it starts with the head coach” in today’s press conference.

“The type of football we are playing right now, we can’t have a punt blocked,” Koetter said. “We can’t have four sacks. We can’t have missed tackles and in the run game, not be able to run the football.

“We are just not good enough in any phase right now and that includes coaching.”

Koetter later said he was ashamed.

“I am totally embarrassed by [the play and losing streak] and I would hope the players are,” Koetter added.

54 Responses to ““I Am Embarrassed””

  1. Jr Says:

    what exactly has he won joe?

  2. JonBuc Says:

    He’s also embarrassing.

  3. tmaxcon Says:

    hang in there dirk the losing culture led by cancer93 is strong and has destroyed many of careers but hold your head up and keep fighting. maybe ownership will wake up and send the soft arse captain choirboy to dallas for 5th or 6th round pick and rid themselves of the losing culture once and for all.

  4. ClodHopper Says:

    He should embarrassed at how often he embarrassed

  5. Ray Perkins Jr Says:

    Joe – enough with your “winning” coach moniker.

  6. Ryan K Says:

    “winning bucs coach Dirk Koetter”
    “America’s Quarterback Jameis Winston”

    The failing bucs media ^^

  7. Mike Johnson Says:

    Look at the..Bright Side Fellow Buc fans..We still got a real good shot at movin up to no 3 in next yrs Draft!!

  8. Mikadeemas Says:

    Yeah, I’m starting to think the “winning coach” thing is just to piss us off!!!!!!! And I’m already pissed!!!!!!!!!( tribute to realist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

  9. Tom Edrington Says:

    Dirk is probably sealing his fate…….

  10. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Joe finally joined the ranks of “Fake News”….

    How could “Winning” coach Dirk Koetter fear for his job…..after all….he is a “winning” head coach…..

    But, Gruden was fired after going 9-7…….

  11. Ryan K Says:

    “winning bucs coach Dirk Koetter”
    “America’s Quarterback Jameis Winston”

    ^^ This is the bar of success set by Bucs media and then adopted by segments of the fanbase. This crap does not help the team at all. It paints a misleading picture. Shame.

  12. Cometowin2 Says:

    This is on Koetter. He did not even try to win this game. He’s a lame duck at the least. He deserves to be fired now. I moved from little confidence to no confidence.

    Gruden, Gruden, Gruden. Just don’t let him pick the players for God’s sake.

  13. Desanova Says:

    Pretty much nobody cares what a 2-6 coach says. He can’t win at the mic and it’s all throwaway talk at this point. It’s very predictable and not worth reporting on. This game was over, including the postgame, in the middle of the 3rd quarter.

  14. Buccaneer scotty Says:


  15. Joeypoppems Says:

    Damn you guys take the nicknames Joe uses so serious for no reason lmao.

  16. Eric Says:

    It’s too bad. Good guy.

    Doesn’t appear to have a clue as to how to head coach in NFL.

  17. Bucs14 Says:

    I wonder if somewhere Lovie is laughing his butt off at the situation Koetter is in

  18. Richbucsfan Says:

    The players “should be embarrassed “? Really? They disrespect the flag and there is no embarrassment so why should horrible play embarrass them? They’re independently wealthy and get paid regardless of outcome. Their character showed today. You figure out what type of character I refer to.

  19. Bucnut2 Says:

    Ryan K- how right you are. JBF has hurt the fan base with inflated expectations for Winston and the team. I think they were just selling advertising.

  20. Steven007 Says:

    Joey, because in the post about the coach being embarrassed it is embarrassing that the people writing the post use such ridiculous and inaccurate nicknames. It’s tiresome it old and it’s ludicrous That’s why.

  21. Season Is Over Says:

    We as fans are more embarrassed. Koetter, you will be more embarrassed when your team is crucified all week when they see how immature your team is on every NFL television show and radio station.

  22. Cometowin2 Says:

    The only chance to turn this around is to go no huddle from the start like Buffale did in the late 80s. The team plays better in no huddle. Unfortunately Dirk doesn’t appear to be smart enough to see it. The most frustrating thing is it’s the same stupid game plan every week. In his own way, he’s just as stubborn as Lovie. I had high hopes for Dirk.

    Sorry he’s got to go. Boot Mike Smith, Chris Baker and TJ Ward also. The fans and the Glazer’s deserve better. Hire someone as VP of football opearations. Keep Licht for one more year. Bring back Gruden but you cannot allow him to pick players.

  23. Aubpierce Says:

    Steve Spurrier and the 76 Bucs want to come out of retirement and play this version of the Bucs. Would not have had to wait till the 27th game for a victory.

  24. mike m Says:

    He should be embarrassed.
    The team he coaches is going backward fast & is once again the laughing stock of the NFL.
    Bring back Gruden, at least we would have leadership then.

  25. SOEbuc Says:

    He does literally say that “it starts with me” after all of these disgusting loses. How the hell do some people think the Glazer’s (if they don’t sell) are going to give him another chance next year?

  26. darin Says:

    No gruden. Dungy if any past coach. We need a defensive head coach. Id rather go back to winning the close ones than losing the blowouts. Dirk knows he messed up by not practicing tackle football during camp. He knows he is gona get canned. Whoever said he didnt try to win this game youre right, he did the same thing in arz, but much worse. In that game he tossed in the towel before halftime. Crazy thing is after he gives up the other coach always goes deep to rub it in. Grow a pair dirk. The team is following his passive lead, until its after the whistle. Then they love to fight. Inexcusable. Fire Dirk tonight! We dont need another game of patty cake.

  27. Defense Rules Says:

    Bucs fans & media are awesome … in victory. Lose however and they’ll turn on you in a heartbeat. Dirk Koetter got saddled with an impossible task, for him: be a first-time HC AND a OC. Could’ve been one or the other and done fairly decent IMO. But both? And with this team with its’ various flaws? Not a chance.

    If I were Koetter at this point, I’d kinda sorta regroup. Let Monken be a REAL OC, with Dirk focusing on his HC responsibilities. Jameis needs to get that shoulder thoroughly checked out & sit for awhile (not hard to see that he’s totally frustrated). Play Fitz for a few games, and if we’re struggling still then let Ryan Griffen have a go at it. I’m not at all for tanking the season to get a higher draft pick … THAT’s what losers do IMO. Being 2-6 right now, however, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if we end up someplace between 4-12 and 6-10. This team just doesn’t have the talent at this point to do much better.

  28. I'm tired and 87 is right Says:

    Games like this make me sad. Makes me sad because sometimes I think God is playing games with me. Prayer does not help this team. Nor does it me.

  29. Nprbuc Says:

    Man. I bought into all the hype that Joe put out this year! Koetter is a great offensive play caller, wow how can defensive coaches ever game plan for our passing game with Evans, Brate, OJ, Godwin, Hump and Jackson?, Martin is looking great, road grader Sweezy, etc, etc. All a bunch of crap Seriously think any of a number of college teams could give them a run for their money. How can such a talent rich team regress as much as this in one friggin year? Blow it up. Now.

  30. RustyRhinos Says:

    My reaction to this “I am totally embarrassed by [the play and losing streak] and I would hope the players are,”
    I would hope the players are???? This speaks volumes to me. I am hearing this loud and clear. is anyone else?

  31. Fire Goodell Says:

    Josh McCown and ASJ must be licking their chops for next week.

  32. bucster Says:

    “winning Bucs coach Dirk Koetter”

    If this is winning, I’d hate to see what losing looks like.

  33. I'm tired and 87 is right Says:

    Pomeroy delivered a sermon at the church, encouraging parishioners to “lean on the Lord,” even when circumstances don’t make sense.

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely, or lean, on your own understanding,” he said. “You see God’s understanding is far greater and there may be things that are taking place that you don’t understand but you still need to do what God’s calling you to do.”

  34. I'm tired and 87 is right Says:

    At the end of the day this is reality. Sorry I’m taking football to another level when our world needs so much help. I challenge us all and Bucs to just focus on I from a personal growth standpoint. See what comes of it.

  35. The Anomaly Says:

    We were 9-7 last and regressed this year.

    That is unacceptable for what was coming back and the signing Mesean Jackson.

    There’s a lockerroom problem. It might be Koetter. It might be some players.

    But it has to be eliminated at all costs. Zero reason to have only 2 wins.

    IMHO, the “leader” crap got real old within the OBP. Jameis doesn’t back up that leadership on the field. He plays awful for 2.5 quarters then gets hot. If that’s him then he isn’t a franchise QB.

  36. SOEbuc Says:

    @Defense Rules

    When the Bucs player’s are so down that they don’t want to fully participate, fans and media are allowed to also. And it happens a lot. It’s hard for a group of fans to continuasly be excited about a team’s potential when they’ve only had two very deep runs in the playoffs with the ’99 NFC championship game and the 2002 Super Bowl.

  37. NFLNut Says:

    I like Koetter but he’s 11-13 and NOT “winning coach Koetter” … and I like Arians and Jim Harbaugh, both of whom could be had this offseason MORE!

  38. I’m with Tmaxcon Says:

    I am starting to agree with @Tmaxcon, McCoy doesn’t bring out the best in his teammates and doesn’t hold anyone including himself to high standards. Time to get rid of him and bring in a defensive leader that wants and cares about winning, a leader who will get into his teammate’s faces when they’re playing like garbage!

    Hopefully we can get atleast a 3rd for him

  39. firethecannons Says:

    we need a better play caller–one who takes advantage of Jameis unique talents, we need a decent running back and many positions on the d-line need fillingwith quality elite players, have to say–may be time to trade gmc for draft pick

  40. Chris Schiefen Says:

    I’m sorry. The Trophy Case of Helmets Dirk brandishes in his office is essentially “look at all the places I failed at!”. Thought it was dumb then, and coming true again.

  41. 813bucboi Says:

    Can the staff….trade GMC…new regime will be delighted….GO BUCS!!!

  42. Warren Sapp Says:

    Finally people are starting to see 93 is soft.He’s not worth the money!

  43. Shane Says:

    I was cringing how he was calling this game. Such a bad game plan. And the defense. 🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️

  44. Hodad Says:

    What has winning coach Koetter won? A one way ticket out of Tampa that’s what.

  45. BUC MAN Says:


  46. unbelievable Says:

    Don’t worry coach, we’re all embarrassed.

    Actually, not sure how many of the players give a sh!t… But the fans? Yea, we are real f’kin embarrassed.

  47. Defense Rules Says:

    SOEbuc, I’ve been a Bucs fan since 1982. LOTS of losing seasons in there … I get it. Also remember ‘the glory years’ however leading up to 2002 & our SB victory. Fans came out of the woodwork & jumped on-board the ship. Tony Dungy (and Monte Kiffin) built a great defense (one of the best ever actually), but those same fans couldn’t get rid of Tony fast enough because he couldn’t get the Bucs ‘over the hump’ offensively. Gruden did however (with Kiffin running that same defense), but he also faltered soon after that. Remember many of those same fans calling for his head too. Matter of fact, ‘off with his head’ became kinda the Bucs’ fans rallying cry every 2 years after that. It’s nice to keep a scapegoat like GMC handy, but the reality of why the Bucs perennially suck goes far deeper than GMC.

  48. JB Says:

    Yes Lovie is laughing as he is 2-7 at Illinois. Team has quit on coach just as did with Raheem.

  49. DoNUTS Says:

    Rod Marinelli team (DC-DAL) has 7 turnovers in past 3 games but he wasnt good enough here…starts at the top!

    What makes any1 think the Glazers can fix this? Malcom has passed and the sons are clueless.

  50. MadMax Says:

    *boom*….mind blown

    ya think? pshh!

  51. MadMax Says:

    Can only command men who are willing to follow you though….but we have A BUNCH OF JOKES…FAKE NFL PLAYERS….BUNCH OF FAKERS TAKING THE MONEY AND RUNNING WITH IT!!!!!!

  52. Clint Says:

    Dirk is a dope. 90% of NFL fans outside of Tampa don’t even know who this guy is. He’s just a guy. Will be a decent coordinator somewhere else if that’s what he wants to do (who would know, doesn’t seem to really love what he does or captivate anyone with any type of personality).

    Probably should have stuck with Lovie.

  53. Mo_Downs Says:

    So, how much will Kap cost this team to sign..??

    We’re going nowhere with Fitz except to IR.

    At least we’ll get pity PR from the international press.

    Time to turn the page and put some fight back in this team.

  54. Onebucdude Says:

    It seems to me luke he wants to lose his job. Look at his demenor when talking at the press. Its all on me its all on me. I think he does not want to coach anymore. Remember when it comes out you heared it here first.