“They Believe In Some Parts Of The Coaching Staff”

December 29th, 2017

Very curious words from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

In a piece he did on the NFL’s house organ, Rapoport chose very interesting words about what to expect from the Bucs in the coming days now that it is known Dirk Koetter will be retained for the 2018 season.

On the reasons Team Glazer decided to keep Koetter, Rapoport offered the following.

“They believe in some parts of the coaching staff,” Rapoport said.

That tells Joe changes are a-comin,’ not that it should be a shock to anyone.

You can see Rapoport’s full report below.

38 Responses to ““They Believe In Some Parts Of The Coaching Staff””

  1. AlteredEgo Says:

    Not that guy Ian again….CB

  2. DB55 Says:

    Faking 3 ring circus I swear. Go back to building strip malls and sell the damn team. Please!

  3. Bucssuccs Says:

    Joe, weren’t you tearing Ian a new one for falsely accusing Jameis and Koetter for a failed relationship? I don’t believe it one bit. Glazers will keep subpar Mike Smith for yet another season

  4. Joe Says:


    Could be nothing, could be something but when he had the opportunity to say who he’s bringing back, Koetter punted.

    Maybe that’s because he doesn’t want distractions for final game?

  5. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Rappaport should change his name to Capt Obvious! Not sure why you find that interesting Joe. They are getting the number 5 overall pick because the defense sucks big donkey D#$%@s! If changes are made to the defensive staff at the very least the Glazers should have their heads examined. Of course there will be changes.

  6. Mike Johnson Says:

    PLEASE..get us another Defensive Coordinator. Just like the confederacy shouted, Fredricksburg. I’m shouting, See Smittys tapes from his tenure in Atlanta!

  7. MadMax Says:

    Yeah, time to work on that D (new DC and a great draft starting with Chubb) and get a RB. Im liking that kid Matt Colburn from Wake. He’s got some speed and agility, and he’s thick. Might be able to land him late 2nd or 3rd with some creative trade maneuvering.

    But most of all I want Chubb and Vita Vea!! Instant Dline upgrades!!

  8. Brett Says:

    Do you blame the RB Coach or the OL Coach or Jason Licht for Doug Martin? Or maybe Doug Martin? Who is to blame for Charles Sims?

    Is the DL Coach to blame for the pass rush or is it bad luck on Noah Spence injuries and other things?

    True, coaching can amp up the motivation but Chris baker just got paid and a while back Albert Haynesworth did, too. hard to jettison the coaching staff every two years.

  9. Matt Says:

    Aaaaaand we suck again! They will have to just blow me away with who they pick to be the DC and one hell of a draft before I will buy tickets. Sorry to be a negative which I usually am not but this news is so disappointing.

  10. BuccLuck Says:

    I wonder where Gruden will wind up or if he’s going to wait a little longer. I hope for this franchises sake he doesn’t get hired somewhere else and have instant success. Things will turn quickly on not only koetter but on the Glazers just like they did this year when we were the laughing stock of the league. I’m not sure the Glazers could hire enough PR people to smooth over a mistake with this much potential devastation. Until then go Bucs! and speak softly I guess????

  11. BrianBucs Says:

    I knew that Koetter was coming back when Licht was given only a one year extension. That was the Glazers saying “You guys have one more year to turn this thing around”

  12. Robertg Says:

    Mike Smith wasn’t the DC at Atlanta, he was the HC. If you want to judge his previous tenure when he was a DC try looking at Jacksonville

  13. ManzielMadness Says:

    Agree on Chubb, any thoughts on HB Rashaad Penny?

  14. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    no chance on a good DC, with koetter only msybe getting another year, jim mora is out there now but dont need more falcons

  15. mark2001 Says:

    Don’t worry Mad…they will win on Sunday…just to break your heart and burst your draft dream bubble.

    And I hear Les Steckel is available and doesn’t mind an “interim” Coaching position…he will come in and replace Smith…though he is more of an “offensive specialist”…so no problems.

  16. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Ian Rapoport has lost all credibility. Didn’t he convince everyone that Gruden would be hired by the Bucs?

    Why would anyone believe a word he says?

  17. Nate Says:

    marc2001 your being fecitious HAHAHHAHHAHA

    if less steckel comes back first place he needs to replace is the offensive OFFENSIVE 3YR SCORING AVERAGE

    that cost us the game sunday not swaggys 1 yard closer penalty….oh wait

    no it didn’t lets blame murrays missed kicks


  18. Nate Says:

    facetious* misspell

  19. mark2001 Says:

    Nate….I’ll bet we could get the best kicker in college with a top ten draft pick this year.

  20. Howard Cosell Says:

    Upgrade the sh*tty defense.
    Please, please ,please find some way to generate a pass rush.

  21. ruggyup Says:

    Congratulations Joe! You have an uncanny ability to bring out the very worst in crude and rude comments from your beloved followers.

  22. mark2001 Says:

    ruggyup….the worst isn’t what Joe brings out. That is reserved for the Glazer boys and their slap dash way of running this organization. Typical example of the adage that Daddy was the brains that made the money and organization, and now the DA kids will blow it.

  23. MadMax Says:

    @Madness, hel! yes, I like him too, he’s on my list….he’ll probably be available late 2nd early 3rd too.

  24. darin Says:

    I cant believe the glazers believe in dirk. All the terrible head coaching mistakes this past year. Wow. They must think he will correct them. I dont feel that way. He still is making elementary clock management mistakes. Cost his team a probable 4 points and the win at the end of the 1st half in carolina. Im curious to see whats in store but as lovie would say I’m verrrrrry dissssapointed in the decision to bring back dirk. Have they said bring him back as a head coach or just that hes coming back? Just got outa work bit ago and this site is first Im hearing of it. Turn him back into the offensive coordinator again n get a real head coach!

  25. Lakeland Says:

    The Glazers family reminds me of the Buss family in L.A. Jim Buss and his brothers took a “Elite” franchise and ran it into the ground. And the Glazers is trying to out do them with Man U and Tampa Bay.

  26. ScottyinFatAntonio Says:

    I think Smitty stays ONLY if Dirk wants him. If Dirk keeps him, EVERYONE will be gone in 2019 if the same crap show happens again. Personally, new QB, DC, and DL coaches are needed.

    Does anyone think Glazer Boys talked to Gruden and he told them no? That is why they are giving Koetter another year?

  27. R.O. Says:

    We are all more stupid for reading the ignorant comments.

  28. Tattoodonny Says:

    To Manzielmadness,
    YES on RB Penny. He’s big fast, strong, catches ball well, returns kicks he’d be a nice fit for this run 1st offense. Also LOVE Bradley Chubb too. If Chubb gone maybe trade down if anyone wants a QB at 5 (as long as we don’t screw up and beat those Aints. In FA either D. Lawerance or Ziggy at DE. Get some OL too. Minn was able to go from worst OL to one of the better in one year by adding a few guys.

  29. Nate Says:

    we will all see in time….and I hope for the best”’

    But let this be the WRONG decision …..they might as well sell the team cause the fan base will be forever fractured

  30. Nate Says:

    I think he might have wanted Allen or he wanted to wait a year

    he did say it wasn’t koetters fault on Monday night football…..if hes not in this year
    like joe agrees too….it will be chucky watch ALL NEXT YEAR


  31. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Mike Smith has done a solid job given the talent he has to work with. Keep him. The Bucs defense actually plays well every other game just not consistently. It’s more so the players than it is Mike Smith.

  32. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Dirk Koetters play calling on the other hand has been the biggest issue and the primary reason we are 4-11

  33. ManzielMadness Says:


    I agree with you, if Chubb isn’t there trade down and stock up on picks. I’m also surprised Penny isn’t rated higher, haven’t heard any knocks on him.

  34. mickman Says:

    Rappaport is fake news always havs been. made a damn career out of throwing stuf up with a 50/50 chance of happening. bottom line he was wrong about DIRK AND Gruden for this year. some reliable source . the tampa weatherman is better at predicting than Rappaport.

  35. BucEmUp Says:

    I really hope Mike Smith is right behind Baker on the way out. Bad thing is Brent Grimes won’t be here and that REALLY sucks.

    All you fools who think Koetter is gonna fail next season who forgot the man had a winning season his first year with the league worst secondary I can’t wait until he shoves it in your face and proves the glazers made the right call.

    Problem is that won’t happen if Mike Smith is still here. Koetter should go hire the real reason Mike Smith had a good defense is Jacksonville….Jack Del Rio.

    Smith NEVER even sniffed a good defense is Atlanta, because he can’t coach.

    FIRE MIKE SMITH!!!!! At the very least Promote Jay Hayes to DC or even go get Marvin Jones as DC he and Koetter are tight.

  36. mark2001 Says:

    As if Bucs fans hadn’t wished the same thing for one less than the total number of years in Bucs existence. But the odds are you are probably wrong.

  37. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:


    Smith did not coach defense in Atlanta. He was the head coach. He DID coach it in Jacksonville…and did a good job there.

    A little research goes a long way.

  38. mark2001 Says:

    Kind of academic…with the HC and GM on “one year thin ice”, no young talented up and coming guy will consider this job. The best you will get is an old guy collecting one last pay check or some unknown crap shoot. How many of you would set your career back years, and toss yourself out in the wind in a year if you didn’t have to?

    BB…he didn’t say Smith coached D in Atlanta….he said he never sniffed a good D in Atlanta. So it might be misconstrued in the way you read it. How good he is as a coach is obviously debatable.