“We’ll Be Sharing The Responsibilities”

November 25th, 2017

Ryan Smith, meet your new friend, Mr. Julio Jones.

That was the word from .500 head coach Dirk Koetter yesterday.

Sort of.

Koetter was talking on the Buccaneers Radio Network and said it won’t be all Brent Grimes on often-lethal Jones tomorrow.

“We’ll be sharing the responsibilities,” Koetter said. “We typically don’t match. We typically play sides with our corners.”

Koetter added that teams often stay away from throwing at Grimes (wise move) and Koetter reiterated that Ryan tried to stay away from Grimes in practice when both were Falcons teammates and Koetter was Atlanta offensive coordinator.

Playing sides, Koetter said, is really a matter of philosophy, but something that can change as a game progresses. Koetter noted Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant stays on one side of the field primarily but surprised the Bucs last year by matching up with Mike Evans around the field.

Of course, Joe is assuming Ryan Smith will be the starting cornerback opposite Grimes. It could be Robert McClain, though.

Regardless, the Bucs have a massive headache coming their way with the Falcons receivers, especially if the pass rush continues to struggle.

The corners not named Grimes really have to step up in a hurry. The Bucs play five stout quarterbacks in their last six games.

10 Responses to ““We’ll Be Sharing The Responsibilities””

  1. Sweep the leg Says:

    Lol why he*l yea I’m starting Julio in my fantasy league.

  2. Capt.Tim Says:

    Ryan Smith is already better than Hargreaves.
    Hes a rooklie- he may get beat a few times tomorrow.
    But he wont be getting beat for long.
    Hes looking good

  3. bucs_365 Says:

    Joe’s punching bag Ryan Smith may turn out to be a quality corner for us.

  4. cmurda Says:

    @Sweep the leg. It’s safe to say you would have started Julio anyway sort of like every no-brainer week.

  5. America's Groper Says:

    And who’s going to cover Sanu? Julio isn’t the only great receiver in the ATL

  6. feelthepewterpower Says:

    McClain likely stays in the slot.

  7. TampaTown Says:

    These are the things that non-football fans don’t understand. Brent Grimes is an awesome corner with the vertical leap of Spider-Man. Please, please resign this guy. Who cares about his age? He takes great care of himself and even his wife is an ageless wonder. He doesn’t get the credit he deserves.

  8. THETRUTH Says:

    WHATever Falcons are struggling with , it will be cured today playing the bucs. IF jones having bad year expect 150+ from him today

    If cancer doctors played bucs on sunday they would find a cure.

  9. BucEmUp Says:

    What happened to the hargraeves that covered julio his rookie year

  10. Conte Piscateli Says:

    I think we will learn a lot about Ryan Smith this week. Yes, Julio is going to beat him, likely a few times today, he beats everyone a few times a game. The question is how does Smith respond? Does he keep being and trying to win those matchups, or does he go soft and just try not to get embarrassed.