“They Are The Glue Guys”

March 30th, 2018

If Bucs coach Dirk Koetter has a famous phrase, it is the term he uses for core, backbone players of a team.

Koetter calls these players “glue guys.” And in Koetter’s mind, while the free agents the team signed this month may never have an NFL Network documentary produced about them, it is these types of players that help produce winning teams.

This week while appearing on “Late Hits” with co-hosts Alex Marvez and Mark Dominik, heard exclusively on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Koetter raved about how the NFL is so popular, in part because how well the league is covered by outlets like SiriusXM NFL Radio. But even with as much coverage at the league gets, Koetter noted quality players like the guys the Bucs signed sometimes go unnoticed by many fans.

“The fans are always looking for a guy that they know their names, household names,” Koetter said. “But there is a lot of really good football players in the NFL that people don’t necessarily know their names except in their home market. And those guys sort of fly under the radar. They are the glue guys that make great teams great.”

Koetter was specifically talking about the glue guys Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht signed. Guys like Vinny Curry, Ryan Jensen, Beau Allen and Mitch Unrein.

From his past words and those just this week, it seems in Koetter’s vernacular, a non-star player can get no higher Koetter praise than if he refers to him as “glue.”

16 Responses to ““They Are The Glue Guys””

  1. Ed Kerber Says:

    Just to also be accurate, if your horse no longer runs fast it also became “glue.”

  2. Architek Says:

    Well if he already know or knew that why sign so many busts in FA and draft weed heads?

    Some times it’s better to just shut up and say nothing; the fans have actually been spot on with most of these signings. The Bucs organization are the ones just catching up.

    Let’s see they can’t evaulate RBs, they can’t develop young CBs, and can’t get the best of the players they have. I actually think the Bucs have the issues. That’s what the record over the past decade says – IJS Mr Koetter.

  3. BrianBucs Says:

    I thought that glue was for Winston’s hands. But I guess that would have to be Super Glue

  4. HFXBUC Says:

    Also call ‘reliables’ by Bill bilichick.

  5. The Buc Realist Says:

    It all depends on how they approach free-agency and the roster that they go to!!!!!!!!! The Bucs main failure in FA is looking for stars and for them to become team leaders!!!!!! but in reality they were exposed in a depleted roster from talk show dominik and loser lovie’s tinkering!!!!!!!! Now that NFL GM Jason Licht has a “real” core of players, all that is left is to rip the C off GMC’s jersey and tell him the “C” does not stand for Captain Media!!!!!!!!!

    GO Bucs!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Glue guys?……Mark Dominick never found them in his drafts…..I always thought glue guys were ones who stuck to the team…..most of his never stuck.

  7. Bucnjim Says:

    Blue collar guys lots of guts no glory. We need more of these! Too much talk on this team with little success to back it up.

  8. LostinPa Says:

    This draft has more than a few of those lunch pail kind of guys. Nelson is a great example of someone without flash that would make our team better over the long term. This draft is deep with RBs SSs and CBs both early and late. We could fill out needs and go best player most of the draft without reaching. Part me hopes the big three (Barkley, Chubb, Nelson) because that would mean one of the top 4 QBs are still on deck and we could trade back. This years elites dry up quick but after 12 I is loaded with “glue guys” that would just show up and ball out Sunday after Sunday.

  9. Radman Says:

    They are the core you build your team around.

  10. Bucsfanman Says:

    Am I correct that it is now year #4 or 5 in the Jason Licht era? And, we’re still rolling out Dominick’s name? I guess all those colossal misses in the draft and FA over the last 4-5 years are Lovie’s fault too?! Stop with the excuses.

    Lets hope this year’s “glue guys” help this team to a winning season.

  11. AlteredEgo Says:

    Let’s not forget Joe Dirt !…maybe he can get a side gig writing here… 😉

  12. Mike Johnson Says:

    Glue Guys My A..! You and Smitty need to coach better Koetter!

  13. SOEbuc Says:

    This is true. Good glue guys equals good rotation which equals healthier, fresher players and depth. My philosophy for the Bucs d-line this year is good rotation. Trading to the Cardinals at 15 I would like to get Vea and Arden Key in the second if he can fall to us. But trading back with anyone is going to land us more higher round picks and Jason Licht, who I consider to be a great scout, can build rotation and depth on the d-line.

  14. SOEbuc Says:


    “Glue guys?……Mark Dominick never found them in his drafts…..I always thought glue guys were ones who stuck to the team…..most of his never stuck.”

    Jason Licht is a good scout and has knocked a few drafts out of the park since he’s been here. Dominik was just a BS GM in general.

  15. Rod Munch Says:

    Michael Johnson, Chris Baker, Robert Ayers, George Johnson, Henry Melton. All those guys fit the same profile of what Licht wants on the defensive line.

  16. Defense Rules Says:

    Mark Dominick – 5 yrs – record: 28-52.
    Jason Licht – 4 yrs – record: 22-42

    So if the Bucs do BETTER than 6-10 this year, Jason will have a better 5 yr record than Mark. Whoopee!

    Dave Gettleman’s 5-yr record with the Panthers: 51-28-1 . He got fired … AFTER the Panthers went 11-5 but lost the Wild Card playoff game to the Saints 31-28. Guess that 3-point loss wasn’t close enough for Panthers’ ownership.