Bucs Can Catch

December 22nd, 2017

Interesting data.

Some interesting data by way of the good folks of NFL Films.

The Philadelphia-area based outfit that also digs up data on NFL teams finds the Bucs are one of the best at catching the football, as reported on BSPN’s NFL Matchup.

That’s right. In this dismal season, the Bucs are the No. 10 team when it comes to lowest percentage of passes dropped.

It helps that DeSean Jackson is a known as a good-hands guy, and that Adam Humphries is also known to have a solid pair of hands. But Joe has to give a nod to offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Todd Monken.

When Koetter hired him, Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans had developed a reputation for the dropsies. Koetter gave Monken a direct order upon Monken’s arrival in Tampa Bay: Fix Evans.

And Monken did.

(For those wondering, Doug Martin, per Fox Sports, is among the league leaders in drops with four.)

13 Responses to “Bucs Can Catch”

  1. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    Monken is one that needs to stay…and I love his attitude..the no bullspit attitude…

  2. Fire the glazers Says:

    They all need to stay… you guys are the same AHoles who say, “Schiano needed more than two years… Lovie needed two years…” what about Koetter??? How about we do something abnormal, and KEEP the head coach, and we may see a positive result…?

  3. Season Is Over Says:

    The offense is good and the defense is evil. We get it. The daily dose of keeping Dirk “We were done by Halloween” Koetter and firing Mike Smith train keeps chugging. Chucky probably remembers which media slighted him at the end of his tenure. I’m beginning to think this explains why this site is so against his return and for prolonging the agony of the fan base.

    Where is the article explaining how it is wise or even beneficial to the overall team to pay McCoy over three million per sack? I don’t care if he has the most sacks of any DT in the league since he was drafted. Aaron Donald would surpass him in one year and he is three years younger. How much is he making? Smart teams don’t rely on their DT to lead in sacks. It is simply a bonus when it happens. Remember the Ram’s drafted Quinn. They are smart. McCoy’s sacks have never made a difference in the outcomes of games for his whole career anyway. This team needs a real edge rusher that gets sacks and forced fumbles. Smart teams don’t have to pay their DT more than most teams pay the QB. Baker has a few less tackles and is quite a bit cheaper. Yet, this team will dump him and struggle to put players around the prized, overpaid McCoy for a few more years. These are the underlying causes of “The Lost Decade”. It is a backwards mentality similar to Schiano trying to change the NFL by storming the kneel down. Keep telling us how wrong we are as the Bucs fade into a footnote season after season.

  4. Amar Says:


    You forgot to mention “…dats crunchers and stst geeks”.

  5. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Baker has no sacks and he may of had one tackle for a loss that I recall. He in no
    way disruptive. McCoy has 5 sacks and 12 tackles for a loss.

  6. Defense Rules Says:

    @Joe … “For those wondering, Doug Martin, per Fox Sports, is among the league leaders in drops with four.” No, wasn’t REALLY wondering about Doug Martin’s drops Joe, but kudos for keeping us informed as to what our benched RB is doing.

    Since you brought up Martin, who was it that failed to draft a stud RB this year when there were so many top picks available? I vote that we blame Smitty.

  7. JWBUCS Says:

    I believe there is a strong possibility our Offensive game plan may just be TO PREDICTABLE. I like Monken for some good reasons and as sure as Todd knows football and was able to FIX Evans, I believe strongly he may just be the answer at Running the Bucs offense and taking over play calling responsibilities for Koetter.

    Personally, I do not want big coaching changes, however, if Mike Smith has the Head Coaching opportunity to exit, that would likely relieve the Glazers of their 2 year contract. Know one gets fired, but a major change takes place with our defense and offensive game plan. Meanwhile, Head Coach Koetter gains more time to exert a deeper focus on other team needs.

  8. darin Says:

    How about we keep the coach and we MAY see a positive result? No thanks. How about we find a coach who will give us a chance to win every week? Sign me up for that. Theres parity in this league. Most games are one score games. Most except the bucs, browns and a few others. There are multiple coaching and league executives saying how the bucs offense And defense are the most predictable in the league. Thats terrible coaching. Dirk should have been canned long ago, if not for glazers not doing it in season. Worst coached team ive ever seen and ive been a bucs fan since day 1. Theres not many professions in this country you can keep your job this long when u suck at it. Dirk should feel lucky he still has a job. Guy is clueless on way too many things. I was done with him when he quit on his team in arizona. Lets not keep the bitch girlfriend around 2 years because she does one thing well. You cant marry one until you find the right one.

  9. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    “DeSean Jackson is a known as a good-hands guy”

    That’s not what I heard at all. And its not what I have seen.

    DJax drops a lot of his passes. He just keeps getting thrown to because when he catches them there is always a chance he could break for a large gain.

    Heck, throwing to him is why Winston’s numbers are down this year. If Jameis had focused on Evans more, both their numbers would be huge. But there was all that pressure to connect to Jackson. As a result, we won fewer games.

    Evans proved this week that he’s still just as good as ever. He should never have been neglected.

  10. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Also, DJax does not fight for the ball. He’s afraid of getting hit.

  11. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Here’s what I think:

    Replace Mike Smith.
    Cut DJax if the move is cap friendly.
    Promote Godwin.
    Sign a great RB if available in Free Agency.
    Sign a really great DE if available in Free Agency.

    Draft a DE.
    Draft a CB.
    Draft a DT.

    And get a quality fullback/halfback in here.

  12. Mike Johnson Says:

    Koetter will get one more..Do Or Die Year. But he has to produce. Something tells me he will not. But you never know. He won’t if he sticks with his Faithful Road dog DC Smitty. Koettter nedds to..Drop Smitty like a bad habit come seasons end. But he won’t. He will have to be told to do so..or else. Our Defense just needs a boost. Not only in talent. But coaching as well. IF Koetter does not do at least 9-7 next year..He’s off to the University of Siberia!!!

  13. Rod Munch Says:

    Humphries has good hands… you know unless he’s fumbling the ball in Buffalo and single handedly losing the game.