How Lucky Was Dirk Koetter?

January 12th, 2018


Joe hopes Bucs coach Dirk Koetter got America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, a sweet gift this past holiday season.

While Jameis may add to Koetter’s gray hair collection at times, Joe is more convinced than ever Jameis (not Chucky) saved Koetter’s job.

Joe was doing some research and stumbled across this little nugget: The five worst teams in the NFL at applying pressure to quarterbacks ran their head coaches, if they were not in the playoffs.

Except for one team. And that would be the Bucs.

Those five worst teams included Bucs at the bottom of the septic tank, followed by Bills, Colts, Lions and Chiefs. Of course, the Bills and Chiefs made the playoffs and lost. The Colts and Lions did not and are looking for a new coach.

Once Jameis got healthy, he had a damn good December throwing the ball. And that, Joe is more convinced than ever, is why Koetter was retained by Team Glazer.

22 Responses to “How Lucky Was Dirk Koetter?”

  1. Snookman Says:

    The strength of our schedule showed where we are. We are not a terrible team that was embarrassed like the 2014 bucs. We are a team with lots of talent but big gapping holes. Had we played Jacksonville or Buffalo’s schedule we might have been a playoff team. The Bucs are not far off. There is hope. We have a good core but need to fix the trenches. 2018 will be a much better year 2017 was a reality check.

  2. LakeLand Says:

    Next season will be tough for Dirk Koetter and his staff. It’s bad when you start the season on the hot seat.

  3. SB Says:

    I will re-post this………….

    Patriots…….loss by 5 (3 missed FGs , missed PAT)
    Bills…………loss by 3
    Packers…….loss in OT
    Lions……….loss by 3
    Falcons…….loss by 3
    Panthers…..loss by 3

    Yeah I know that they are all losses but it demonstrates that we are a lot closer than most people think. We were in All of those games. For the most part D plays pretty well we could Easily be 11 and 5 instead of the other way around if we didn’t have to settle for FGs in the Red Zone 75% of the time. A Pass Rush and a better OL next yr and we will be looking good.

    C’mon guys! Don’t act like we weren’t close. There are nuances that weren’t addressed but we really weren’t that far off.

  4. SB Says:

    Whoah Snook!………Are you back? You were banned 4 or 5 Yrs ago

  5. SB Says:

    Guess I should have said “Snookman”

  6. SB Says:

    Maybe I shouldn’t talk about fish that live in Fla.

  7. SteelStudBuc Says:

    ***Former Pro Bowler

  8. Sydney Says:



  9. Guzzie Says:

    Get Jamies a freaking RB and watch what happens sorry GM we have same crap we were talking bout last year

  10. Guzzie Says:

    Give our DC some talent on the Dline same crap we were talking about last year stupid GM

  11. Guzzie Says:

    Same thing with our OL

  12. Guzzie Says:

    Why are we still talking about the same crap again and again get it together already if it’s so hard why do all of us dumb fans know the answers

  13. Westernbuc Says:

    So now I have an offseason of crapping on the Bucs to look forward too.


    Here’s a fact, our GM has inadequately addressedboth lines.

    Here’s another fact, our starting QB was hurt and our head coach went 2-1 with Ryan Fitzpatrick.

    And our final fact, the other 3 teams in The division went to the playoffs. Both wildcard spots were taken by the NFC south. The NFC is stacked this year. If Brady had to play in our division, he might miss the playoffs.

    If this is gonna be 9 months of how horrible Koetter is, I’m out.

  14. What in the buc Says:

    Jameis needs to protect the ball, Koetter needs to stop being so predictable. We get some DE and a player here and there and we are in the dance next season.

  15. Bucsfanman Says:

    SB- Here’s where the phrase “bad teams find ways to lose” comes in to play.
    A couple of those games should’ve been the Bucs cruising to victory, BUT….
    Overall, we are not a good enough football team to overcome any aspect of our game falling off. I’m hopeful, because what else is there, that the team will once again improve in these areas.

  16. Stu Says:

    The Lions were one of the 5 worst teams at applying pressure on the QB…yet Ziggy Ansah is a UFA, coincidence?

  17. Snookman Says:

    SB Says:
    January 12th, 2018 at 12:30 am
    Whoah Snook!………Are you back? You were banned 4 or 5 Yrs ago

    NO. I’m not that same poster? First time I ever posted on this site was like a month ago.

  18. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I agree with SB.

    Had we won those close games we would have been 11-5 and maybe won the division. Maybe.

    So there is no reason to think we won’t see a worst to first scenario play out.

  19. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    We should all be hoping the Saints go to the superbowl (and lose). If Breez gets there, he might decide to retire.

  20. Not there yet Says:

    Bad teams lose close games. This is a bad team and a horrible coach so not too pee in your Cheerios there’s plenty of reason to believe worst to first in this division is impossible. Again fans thinking we are the only ones who get to draft and update our roster. Panthers saints and falcons all made the playoffs with holes and will add to talent already good enough to make the playoffs. Can’t keep saying every year this is the year by overlooking the teams that are already there because regardless of who you draft you have to beat the best

    Dirk isn’t good enough nor is the roster and the only chance we have is if Winston turns an Aaron Rodgers type season. That dude never had a run game or great defense yet they are in the race every year.

    Dirk can’t even figure out to get his team to practice hard, him hinting at being fired is what made this team fight, that’s the wrong kind of motivation and means they aren’t going that extra mile

  21. Defense Rules Says:

    Dirk Koetter’s lucky because Jameis saved his job? Joe, you’re getting better & better at reinventing reality. Koetter is on the hot seat … another losing year & he’ll be toast. His ‘savior’ Jameis went 3-10 and that ‘saved’ Koetter’s job? Not hardly, particularly after Jameis committed NINE turnovers in the last 4 games & went 1-3.

    Sorry, not buying it. What bought Koetter 1 more year is that this T-E-A-M never gave up & played hard, DESPITE having some significant talent deficiencies in various position groups (OLine, DLine & Secondary come to mind). Like SB wrote, this T-E-A-M played a number of very close games. Had the talent level been better, we could’ve been in the running for one of those playoff spots. This coaching staff … as is …is good enough to get us over the hump. My guess is that Koetter learned a number of very valuable lessons this year, as did Jameis. Improve the talent at DE, DT, CB, SS, RB & T and we can get back in the hunt.

  22. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    My reasons for returning optimism…not based on players or talent…

    That which does not kill us makes us stronger. I think this team went through a lot this year and they will be stronger.

    I think continuity has value…Koetter was a dead man walking for a couple of months there. He has faced the firing monster…come to grips with it..and so I’m “HOPEFUL” that he’ll coach with abandon next year. If ya gotta go out Dirk…go out on YOUR shield not anybody else.

    IRA’s piece gives me hope that our locker room continues to grow and is perhaps ready to shed the loser culture.