Dirk Koetter Talks “Huge Load Off My Plate”

May 22nd, 2018

Man, Dirk Koetter has it good this year.

Among other things, he’s in his fourth consecutive year as the playcaller for his starting quarterback. No NFC playcaller has a longer streak.

(Sorry, trivia freaks, Mike McCarthy and Sean Payton each took time off from playcalling during the last four years.)

Koetter also has a fancy practice facility available to him at spring practice and at training camp for the first time.

And he’s flat out loaded with pass catchers. What team can compare on paper with Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, Cameron Brate, O.J. Howard, Chris Godwin and Adam Humphries?

Throw in one of his dearest and most trusted friends coaching the Bucs defense and a front office spending nearly to the salary cap limit, and Koetter couldn’t as for more.

There’s also a major change to the coaching staff, with Koetter releasing Todd Monken from his primary duty as receivers coach so he can be a full-time offensive coordinator. It’s already making a big difference, Koetter said today.

“Todd’s an experienced coach and he’s a head coach, he’s been an offensive coordinator before, so now he has responsibility to all positions on offense instead of just to the wide receivers. So, if you notice, he travels with the quarterbacks early in practice and he was making some good points to the tight ends about route running today,” Koetter said. “Before, he would have just been down on the end of the field with the receivers. Also, he does all of the scripting now. That’s something that I used to do or we used to break it up. S

“Scripting is a big job, it’s a time consuming job. It’s important because you have to keep track of what we’re doing against what looks as the install goes. So, that’s a huge load off of my plate to either let me go sit in on other meetings or be working on something else.”

The table certainly is set for a bounce-back/breakthrough season by the head coach.

It sure seems like he has everything he wants.

34 Responses to “Dirk Koetter Talks “Huge Load Off My Plate””

  1. doctor_berto Says:

    Koetter needs to give up play calling duties

  2. Telly Smaint Says:

    So how is he entering his fourth year as play caller for the bucs yet written above..

    “Koetter releasing Todd Monken from his primary duty as receivers coach so he can be a full-time offensive coordinator”

    ..means he is no longer the play caller. Unless Im mistaking the duty of the offensive coordinator
    Yes, you are mistaken. Koetter will still call plays.–Joe

  3. Lamarcus Says:

    I like for Koetter to do things that works….. Feed ME13 until the other defense is in submission and then hit djx over the top.

  4. German Buc Says:

    Don’t forget our tight ends. Cam and OJ are WEAPONS!

  5. casual Observer Says:

    Indeed, don’t forget the TEs. I agree (including the TEs) with Joe that probably no other team has so many good receivers.

  6. AlteredEgo Says:

    Deliver the ball on time and to the spot…..and the Buc will be in the playoff….

  7. Clodhopper Says:

    With the title of this article, I thought you were bringing up old ASJ news

  8. Kobe Faker Says:

    “I dont care what Kobe Faker posts. Im going to throw deep nonstop to Desean Jackson no matter what happens!”

    Klueless Koetter

  9. John B Says:

    It is plainly make or break for the FO this season, from the top down – gotta give the much maligned owners a nod for at least giving the staff everything they could ask for to be successful – no short cutting the cap, no short cutting the coaching staff, the facility, the scouting department all the way down to the player cafeteria is top notch…

    Show up or shove off boys, can’t wait for the season to start!!!!!

  10. Issic Haggins Says:

    Hey what a life , get paid millions to get on the job training ,completely fail, admit it and get paid millions to try again.

    I Like Koetter but he and Mike Smith have both assentually admitted they they were clueless and the game was beyond them at times last year . I Give the Glazers credit of they stepped in and said boys you have some problems or was it Licht ??

    I Wish Koetter a full Season of success , I like the guy !!! Second and Third chances when you are making loot and basically admit you were wrong are rare !!

  11. donuts Says:

    Yeah!! Bucs are paper champions 2017-18 again.

    I do not believe anything Koetter or any coach on this team says until I see this team actually do it on the field. I am done with listening to the “talk”. The only coach on this team with any credibility is Buck at the moment; see development of C. Campbell for reference. We have heard all this same talk from Koetter before. Its old!

    The other thing I would have followed up if my press pass wasn’t persona non Grata…why did it take you 3 years to recognize the need to make this change?

    Prove it!! or Move it!!

  12. I Bleed Pewter and Red Says:

    Hopefully the Glazer Boys are pleading for Jameis Winston’s case be dropped. If anyone should be pressing Goodell it should be them. They need to show they have some clout. Jurry Jones would.

  13. donuts Says:

    IMHO Bajankian should have been fired after Winston didnt make the step up that most great QBs make in year 2-3. I blame him as much as Winston for #3 failures with ball security and the mental aspects of the game.

  14. Rod Munch Says:

    Did you see Gruden traded for yet another QB in Oakland? They have Carr, Josh Johnson, EJ Manuel, Connor Cook, Trent Edwards and now added Christian Hackenberg. LOL!

    Gruden loves trading for QBs, but I really do wonder if he has the guts to bench Carr? Carr has the rep of being a soft and able handle criticism, which is why the Gruden hire for them made no sense, it’s difficult to see how Carr and Gruden get along if that gossip about Carr is in fact true.

    Anyways the trade for Hackenberg really gave me a good laugh.

  15. Mike Johnson Says:

    Great news. Now this Buc coaching staff have no excuses. Nothing but..Clear Blue skies and WINS. Wake up Koetter and put some Wins on that plate!!

  16. Rod Munch Says:

    LOL, the dopes in here.

    OK, you tell Winston, no matter what, you can’t throw INTs, yet we’re going to run a deep ball offense that requires you to hold on to the ball until the last possible second AND you you don’t get a running game and have an terrible offensive line.

    So Winston doesn’t throw up the same jump balls as before, his INTs are way down, but from sitting in the pocket, by design of the OC, behind a terrible line he’s getting stripped sacked.

    Now the same dopes you were complaining about INTs are complaining about why Winston doesn’t get rid of the ball.

    So let’s look at those fumbles btw, he had 7 lost fumbles, and at least 2 of those are BS. The one at the end of the Carolina game was not a fumble, period. Then go to the GB game where Winston is charged with a fumble after he handed off the ball, clean, to Barber, and Barber bobbled it, yet Winston is charged with a fumble because he’s the last one to have the ball.

    Anywho you people really should stick to commenting on My Little Pony episodes.

  17. Waterboy Says:

    Great move by Koetter! Head coaches need to spend equal time with the whole team not just 1 side of the ball.

  18. Reality-is-a-Beotch Says:

    It does not matter what Jameis, koetter or the reat of the offense does as long ad McCoy and company keep blowing leads and laying down in 4th.

  19. Not there yet Says:

    With the role monken plates now it should be easier to be the play caller and hey Sean Payton has no issues calling plays so I expect koetter to be able to do the same

    No input with defensive game planning now monken taking about burden off his shoulders you have to admit there are no more excuses but they used the injured quarterback excuse for last year even though we only lost one game out of the whole he was away. Continuity is good when you have a good squad. If they can’t win this year it’s time to move on from this Dirk and Mike Smith but there are a lot of position coaches worth it to keep

  20. SB Says:

    I have a really good feeling about our team this yr. I am usually “cautiously optimistic” but I think we are gonna be better on Both sides of the ball!
    GO BUCS!

  21. Stanglassman Says:

    Rod Munch- Totally agree with you. After reading all this criticism of JW3 it made me go back and watch every turnover. There were only a handfuls that that cost any points. The Vast majority of them were either like the hand off you mentioned, a defender coming unblocked that he had no chance or JW3 trying to get points downfield at the end of the half or desperation drive at the end of a lost game.

  22. proofs in the pudding Says:

    this team is loaded with weapons, it can and should be competitive, and or make the playoff’s, but that is on paper, i will not fault jason licht, imho he has done an excellent job since he’s been here, thru his drafting, his only blip was agyonono the lame kicker, his FA aquisitions, well let’s just say this is more of a crap shoot then the draft is with alot of folks just wanting to get paid before they take a dump. so here we have it, loaded on paper 4th year QB and signal caller, an overhauled Dline with the biggest trade of the year signing JPP, monken relieving some of the stress, if everyone lay’s a big ol’e dump this season, i expect what i have watched over and over since 76 a complete house cleaning, including some high profile players, and yet another 5-6 year rebuild, go bucs

  23. Lamarcus Says:

    If Koetter gets fired. Both him and Msmith are done in the NFL. Those 2 been fired everywhere they went together (jags and atl). By judging from there recent press conferences tthese coaches always had the juice. It was the players fault so we will see

  24. unbelievable Says:

    I’d like to see Monken take over play calling too, to be honest.

    Hopefully at the least, he has a huge positive impact on the execution of the offense. As much as there were play calling issues last year, there were a lot of issues with execution too. Plenty of blame between the o-line, RBs, WRs, and Jameis.

  25. Rod Munch Says:

    Stanglassman – Yeah I did the same thing last season, I went back and looked at all his INTs, noted each one, and really very few were obvious bad reads or bad throws. When you look at film instead of the stat sheet you can see when something is a problem and when it’s not.

  26. Rod Munch Says:

    unbelievable – I don’t know if I’d want Monken calling plays or not, but I’d hope he’s yelling in the ear of Dirk pointing out that, hey, on every single first down in the first half when you’ve come out in a running formation on first down you’ve ran it up the gut, how about a playaction pass out of the run set… Last year Dirk did that all year, he’d run, run, run on 1st, seemingly setting up a playaction pass, but nope, the dope would when he wanted to throw the ball come out on 1st in a shotgun and give away that it’s a pass, it made zero sense to me since he was so insanely predictable, in particular in the first half of games. Late in the year he finally seemed to remember that he could use the playaction pass, and once he did it had huge success, which is probably because he had been setting it up for 13 weeks.

  27. BucEmUp Says:

    Try improving the defense to say…..16th ranked, AVERAGE!!!! AVERAGE will get this team to the playoffs with the offense.

    The defense is the only issue with this team. Has been all along

  28. donuts Says:

    Yeah I did the same thing last season, I went back and looked at all his INTs, noted each one, and really very few were obvious bad reads or bad throws.- munch

    How would you know if its a bad read if you don’t know the play call?

  29. Lamarcus Says:


    There u go!! 5-11 is what happened

  30. Issic Haggins Says:

    Munch I concur

  31. Defense Rules Says:

    Bucs up … “The defense is the only issue with this team. Has been all along.”

    Really? Bucs acquisitions last 4 years have dramatically favored the offense, leaving the defense woefully short on talent. Yet the defense (inspite of Joe’s insistence that it’s the #32 defense in the league) has done almost as well as our offense IMO. Bucs offense had underperformed in the most important category (and the only one that really counts): POINTS SCORED. Until we fix the OLine we’ll continue to underperform.

  32. unbelievable Says:

    lol Rod yea I remember the same thing. Dirk seemed like a better play caller when he was OC, which just boggles my mind.

    I do wonder how much Jameis’ injury last year not only affected his play, but also the play calling of Dirk. I agree if Monken isn’t calling plays i do hope he’s screaming it Koetter’s ear. Is he on the sideline or up in the box, I don’t remember? Hopefully on the sideline.

    @Defense Rules, agreed 100% on the o-line. Defense was pretty bad last year too, but they were mostly neglected like you said, plus lots of injuries. The acquisitions this offseason make me think the Bucs defense should be middle of the road at the least in 2018.

  33. toopanca Says:

    Yes. OL is still a worry.

  34. Big Daddy 58 Says:

    NO EXCUSES NOW !!!The offense looks to be pretty set.Right tackle is a little iffy !
    Defensive line looks better personnel wise then it has in years !
    The back end is a little scary Hargraves looked slow last year,Brent Grimes was awesome in his spot,the safeties are a question mark.
    Kicker is better than avg! Let’s get it on!!!