Would Dirk Koetter Follow Steve Kerr?

February 13th, 2018

One of the most intriguing coaching moves of this decade in professional sports happened last night and Joe would love to see Dirk Koetter learn from it and apply it where appropriate.

Joe’s talking about Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr stepping aside early in an NBA regular-season game and assigning players to take over coaching duties.

Kerr was trying to send a message to his great but slightly struggling club, per the ESPN story. He felt his team had been tuning out the message from him and his staff and they needed a different voice — their own.

“I told them the other night after the last game [on Saturday] that we were going to do it,” Kerr said. “It’s their team. I think that’s one of the first things you have to consider as a coach. It’s not your team, it’s not [general manager] Bob Myers’ team, it’s not [owner] Joe Lacob’s team — although I’m not going to tell Joe that.

“It’s the players’ team, and they have to take ownership of it. And as coaches, our job is to nudge them in the right direction, guide them, but we don’t control them. They determine their own fate and I don’t feel like we focused well at all the last month, and it just seemed like the right thing to do. I thought they communicated really well together and drew up some nice plays, and it was a good night for the guys.”

The Warriors won by 41 points. (There are more quotes via the link above.)

Joe is not suggesting Koetter hand over a regular-season NFL game to players, but it might be very effective to do something like this in practice or in preseason. You want a team that’s more accountable to each other, well, what a great tactic to drive that home.

Joe would love to see Kwon Alexander and Lavonte David take charge of the defense for one day, for example. Or maybe let Jameis and his offensive brothers craft their own opening drive to a real game, or the first preseason game?

Last year, Joe asked Koetter if he was considering tweaking practices in an effort to get the Bucs to halt their streak of slow starts on offense. Koetter said that wasn’t happening because he was following a “tried and true philosophy” of approaching practice.

Koetter used to coach high school basketball and certainly is a student of coaching, growing up the son of an accomplished coach and greatly respecting the profession. Maybe, just maybe, Kerr will inspire Koetter to step out of his comfort zone more often.

40 Responses to “Would Dirk Koetter Follow Steve Kerr?”

  1. Guzzie Says:

    Koetter is a stubborn idiot, why change something that isn’t working, doesn’t matter, he’s going to be fired anyways, too bad we missed out on Frank Reich he’s going make the Colts champs, while Koetter tried and trues the Bucs chumps

  2. tmaxcon Says:

    There is ZERO hope for this Mickey mouse franchise led by clowns with no desire to field a respectable product

  3. Pickgrin Says:


    Such awesome “fans” this team has. why don’t you just slit your wrists and be done with this miserable existence…

  4. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Unfortunately Cleveland is going to be on the rise and we will be stuck with this mickey mouse outfit going 5-11 next year, so teams will now be known as Tampa North

  5. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Maybe when we’re the world champs and play an 83 games schedule. Until then players play, coaches coach. This generation already thinks they are smarter than people 10, 20 30+ years older than them. i don’t think Dirk busted his a$$ all his life for this.

  6. Lamarcus Says:

    Lol tmaxcon. True. One too many divas in Tampa. We would lose by 41 if they decided to coach themselves.

  7. tmaxcon Says:


    Maybe try living in reality…. 16 YEARS not weeks without a meaningful win….

    Please enlighten us to why this is the year that glazer clowns figure it out… every year its the same nutpunched by week 4 and all in draft talk by week 8

    You do know the definition of insanity dont you

  8. Not there yet Says:

    There are 82 games in the regular and the playoffs are series not one and done, you don’t have that kind of time in the NFL. I think it would have been smarter to listen to what ex players of the bucs were saying that follow the team to have an eternal voice giving criticism. Only 5 guys on the court in the NBA but 11 guys have to be in sync so they have to do exactly what the coach teaches in order for it to work. Gmc love coach Smith so must be the players fault the defense sucks

  9. 813bucboi Says:

    I doubt he’ll change anything…..this staff has shown NOT to be creative or innovative…..they’ll do the same thing and expect different results….

    grass aint so greener on the other side!!!!!

    good teams find a way to win….bad teams find excuses….

    #NOEXCUSESIN2018!!!!!….GO BUCS!!!!

  10. ManzielMadness Says:

    Makes it a little easier for Kerr when he has 4 all stars on his team.

  11. SCBucsFan Says:

    Tmax I know the definition of insanity. Posting the same thing over and over although no one cares what you think.

  12. Not there yet Says:

    Dusthty Rhothdes

    Losing to Cleveland next season would be an all time low. We could no longer be called Cleveland sour if they are better than us we’d be lower than Cleveland. Especially if the new gm turns it around in one season. Jon Robinson already built a better team than licht, who’s next

  13. D-Rome Says:

    Steve Kerr is the modern day Phil Jackson. Sure, the Warriors are the best team in the NBA now but when he took them over his coaching put them over the top and helped put Curry’s game to the next level.

    Koetter isn’t that guy. Besides, football is arguably the most micro-managed sport in existence today.

  14. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Steve Kerr is a great coach…perhaps the best in the NBA but right now I still give that award to Greg Popovich who like Kerr is a free thinker and not bound by convention.

    Those are basketball coaches. Football coaches are just different animals. I remember in broadcasting attending the various pre season coaches get togethers. I covered the SEC and SC primarily and one thing the broadcast media and print media all agreed on….basketball “jamborees” were fun…basketball coaches actually have personalities and open minds. Football “jamborees” were a total waste with boring clones. Football coaches with rare exception could all use personality transplants and they are the opposite of flexible free thinkers with open minds.

    Koetter’s “tried and true” practice adherence just totally mimics the football state of mind.

    What bugs me most about tried and true is that it’s only half accurate. They certainly been tried…over and over and over again. But how true are they when you go 5-11? And this is coming from a Koetter fan.

  15. Dooshlarue Says:

    The NBA sucks.
    Really, those grossly overpaid players need extra motivation?

  16. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    BTW Are there any more boring individuals than Nick Saban and Bill Belichek?
    And they are the most successful in their professions.

    This is why I’m becoming a Clemson fan. Dabo Sweeney is actually a personable dude…a rarity in big time college football.

  17. Sunshine Says:

    Tmax …I am a season tkt holder and I CARE what u think…keep up the good fight!

  18. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Raheem Morris tried that and it got him fired.

  19. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    ALL professional sports athletes are overpaid not just the NBA. MLB might be the grossest example of all.

    So a Ray’s pitcher was figuring on a 62 million dollar payday in FA…but this year the owners have regained some financial awareness and he was only offered 42 million and he’s very unhappy.

    He can (fill in whatever nasty verb you wish here) my (fill in your choice of body part)…Whining over JUST getting 42 million is as clear an example of greed and the search for obscene wealth possible.

    42 million…oh the humanity and suffering.

  20. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    tmaxcon Says
    “Maybe try living in reality…. 16 YEARS not weeks without a meaningful win…. ”

    I guess winning the division does not count…

  21. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Bucs traded Talib, Barron, released Clayborn, traded no 1 for 1 year of Revis, RIP Adams, past failures of no 1 picks by management has created current situation- stop trading away picks, build through draft- in 2-3 years could be elite team

  22. tmaxcon Says:


    Winning a division and losing in 1st round of playoffs is failure…. that is pretending not contending but I would no expect a low standard fan like yourself to comprehend that….

  23. D-Rome Says:

    Raheem Morris tried that and it got him fired.

    Tried what? Being a free thinker? I liked Raheem’s youthful energy and I think it *helped* the team earn a 10-6 record. Unfortunately with youth often comes inexperience and if half the partying stories are true I think that’s what ultimately led to him losing control of the team and getting fired.

  24. Gambelero Says:

    Steve Kerr was a key cog on some of the best teams ever and still has the best career 3 point percentage of anyone who ever played. He averaged over 50% from 3 during his years with the Bulls. Do you have any idea what that means to advanced metric types?

    Nevertheless, He was victimized by poor coaching early in his career as coaches and coaching strategy were slow to adjust to 3 point concepts. It was only through perseverance that he made to the Bulls and Spurs.

    I suggested last year that they should let Jameis and his guys and Kwon and his key guys coach the fourth preseason game. Obviously, they can’t show too much, but why not let them sit in the booth and call the plays and schemes. I also thought they should put Jameis and Kwon in the box when they were injured. I still believe and Rhonde said during a broadcast that sitting out and observing from the sideline helped Jameis. If any of you guys play poker or chess, you know it’s amazing how much easier it is to read the hands (call or fold decisions) or see the best move when you’re watching from the side than it is when you’re in the thick of battle.

  25. Bucsfan951 Says:

    Cancermaxcon: the ultimate boner killer. You’re not telling anyone anythng new when you say the Bucs have sucked for the last 16 years. Make sure you make that phone call to the kids today!

  26. ndog Says:

    Well one positive about this upcoming year is if anyone from the Bucs reads this website even one time they certainly wont go into next season over confident.

  27. NFLNut Says:

    Jameis needs to go LeBron and RUN THIS TEAM … start demanding players get traded, etc … this is his franchise for the next 17 years or so, so it’s time to put on your pope ring, make people kiss it and start calling the shot as much as possible!

  28. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Bucs hopefully will get in 2019 a head coach that is a defensive wizard like the guy in Philly and he hires some innovative OC that will work toward the strengths of jameis

  29. Howard Cosell Says:

    Howard thinks Swaggy should be the D-line coach.

  30. DB55 Says:

    This just goes to show how much I know, I thought players were already coaching themselves. I know for sure godwin, Brate and Winston are/were coaching themselves.

  31. DB55 Says:

    NFLNut Says:
    February 13th, 2018 at 1:40 pm
    Jameis needs to go LeBron and RUN THIS TEAM … start demanding players get traded, etc … this is his franchise for the next 17 years or so, so it’s time to put on your pope ring, make people kiss it and start calling the shot as much as possible!
    One big hurdle, GMC the prodigal son. These TAMPA boosters would loss their mind if McSmilesAlot was tossed off the team. You know they already hate jameis. They pray everyday that Jameis gets suspended for the non-issue Uber ride. Just another moment for them to gloat about their pseudo moral supremacy.

  32. oar Says:

    I’d piss on a spark plug if I’d thought it would do any good.

  33. Bucssuccs Says:

    “Non-issue Uber ride” actually it kinda is. If you think groping a girl is no big issue. Of course no one has any proof Jameis did it to sweep it under the rug and call it an non-issue is moronic

  34. unbelievable Says:

    lol so according to tmax, there is only 1 meaningful win each season in the NFL.

    That’s right, only 1 single team plays and gets 1 meaningful win the entire season. That’s it.

  35. Mike Johnson Says:

    Please..Koetter does not have what it takes to be a consistent winner in this league. Sure he can coach an offense. But thats one small part of the entire game. His A.. is on the line with his buddy Smitty. If they go 7-9 or less..He’s at the fishing hole with Schiano and Lovie. Its do or die Koetter. Good luck. You and Smitty are gonna need every ounce of it!

  36. DB55 Says:


    Exhibit A:

    Bucssuccs Says:
    February 13th, 2018 at 2:57 pm
    “Non-issue Uber ride” actually it kinda is. If you think groping a girl is no big issue. Of course no one has any proof Jameis did it to sweep it under the rug and call it an non-issue is moronic

  37. Howard Cosell Says:

    Lol…the Uber thing sounds like about a 99.9% chance of being nothing more than a money grab, yet they moral supremacists latch onto it like a pitbull on a steak bone…

  38. Gofortheface30 Says:

    The Bucs aren’t the Warriors. The Warriors have earned the right to some concessions and have displayed greatness for years now, as a team with chemistry, accountability, with playoff experience – you know, things the Bucs lack. The Bucs will get nothing except for a kick in the nuts, and they’re going to like it.

  39. teacherman777 Says:


    One of the smartest posts of all time on JoeBucsfan!

    Long live free thinking coaches!!!

  40. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    tmaxcon Says

    Winning a division and losing in 1st round of playoffs is failure…”

    You said ‘meaningful games’.

    You failed miserably at your point, crybaby.