Dirk Koetter Is Adamant Bucs Are “Not Going To Miss A Beat” With Fitzpatrick At QB (video)

July 27th, 2018

Sometimes it’s not just what you say, it’s how you say it.

And Dirk Koetter’s delivery today appeared to tell quite a story. The head coach talked about his quarterback situation after practice today, and Joe’s got the video all cued up below.

For the video challenged, Koetter appears genuinely perplexed why some media members would think the Bucs offense won’t be the same without suspended Jameis Winston.

After talking about the experience of Ryan Fitzpatrick and his success in Koetter’s system, Koetter dropped the following quote: “Guys, we’re not, we’re not going to miss a beat with Ryan at quarterback. I mean, I don’t know if everybody’s worried about that or not, but I’m certainly not.”

This all very interesting on the heels of Koetter’s comments yesterday about who will start at QB if Jameis is healthy and available in Week 4.

16 Responses to “Dirk Koetter Is Adamant Bucs Are “Not Going To Miss A Beat” With Fitzpatrick At QB (video)”

  1. Drake Says:

    Sure until you go 0-3 hahaha

  2. Chris in WA Says:

    There is a possibility that a former Heisman winning QB who was taken with the number 1 overall pick can be a healthy backup to a 7th round Journeyman QB from Harvard who is over 35 and has never played in the playoffs in his entire career.. All on the same team that drafted said number 1 Heisman QB.

    I thought I have seen it all… I was wrong.

  3. Marc Says:


    More like America’s Benchwarmer.

    -Fed up Bucs fan

  4. Dapostman Says:

    Geez, what’s he supposed to say. He better have confidence in Fitz. Fitz is a good short term solution. If you are counting on Fitz for the whole season well that’s a different story. Hopefully Koetter will pull a Dick Vermeil for the first 3 or 4 games and state they will rally around Kurt Warner….oops I mean Ryan Fitzpatrick.

    #Get After It!

  5. gp Says:

    The best available player will start
    My opinion doesn’t count
    Neither does yours, yours or yours
    Dirk will decide

  6. AmericasEnabler Says:

    I hope Fitz goes 3 and 0, then we’ll never see Jameis again. I think he’d do great in Canada.

  7. Tampaspicer Says:

    I hope he is right. GO BUCS!!!!!!!!!!

  8. JimmyT Says:

    Hey American Enabler, I hope they go 3-0 as well but Jameis Winston has done his job. In year one they were 6-6 until Quran was suspended and they lost the last 4 games. Year Two no running game, good D and they went 9-7. Last year ZERO Running game, HORRIBLE FG kicker who LOST the New England , NO DEFENSE & then Jameis got hurt. This is a team game & Jameis has done a great job on a team that has NEVER had the TEAM to win consistently. Did u want QUAN to go to Canada? I mean get real there is no way that this team should abandon Jameis. There is absolutely no reason to do that. 3 FREAKING YEARS AGO jameis was drunk and NONE of us know what happened. I mean i guess if Ben Rothlesberger was a Buc when he had his ISSUE u would want him cut? A GM U R NOT!! I think it’s a HATE w u lunatic Jameis Haters!

  9. Trench War Says:

    Fitz can save Koetters job, so what do you expect him to say?

  10. WestminsterCoBucsFan Says:

    I agree completely. Too bad it’s impossible to argue with this group using simple facts. I’m under the impression that the majority of this group hated him before he was ever drafted. Why do you think they like Marcus Mariota so much? Because he handed jameis his first and only loss of his collegiate career. They must’ve sat there watching the 2015 draft all butt-hurt just waiting for a reason to scream I told you so. This is their moment. You bringing up facts isn’t about to get in their way.

  11. D1 Says:

    Jimmy T,

    I don’t want Winston gone and I don’t care about the Uber ride. So I am not a hater. I will disagree with you that there is in fact a few reasons to move on from JW. It’s not hate or being a lunatic but rather it’s cold hard facts and cruel business decision-making that provides the basis for a decision. If the Glazers decide to move on from JW I will understand . I may not agree but it’s nothing short of a willing blindness to not see the reason for it.

    Last, the Big Ben comparison and subsequent triangulation is just an admission of a massive inability to see the difference between the two situations and adjust to the changing times. Basically, it appeals to no one other than the LCD. And it makes zero sense across a lot of modals.

  12. Defense Rules Says:

    Still don’t understand all the talk about Jameis right now. He’s not even on our TEAM for the first 3 games. But Fitz is, and so is Ryan Griffin. Dirk has LOTS of confidence in Fitz and I can see why. But the reality is: IF the Bucs are going to win ANY of those first 3 games, we don’t need a Superman QB … we need to play good solid football as a TEAM.

    New Orleans (11-5 NFC South champ) scored 28 pts/game last year (#4 offense in POINTS SCORED). IF we allow them to do that this year, odds are we’ll lose. Our DEFENSE has to hold them to considerably less than that. Saints had the #10 defense in terms of POINTS ALLOWED last year, giving up a tad over 20 pts/game. Our Bucs’ OFFENSE will probably need to score over that for us to have a chance to win, depending upon how well our defense does.

    Philadelphia (13-3 NFC East Champ & SB winner) scored 28.6 pts/game (#3 offense in POINTS SCORED). Same situation as in New Orleans: we’ve got to hold them to considerably less than that. Eagles had the #4 defense in terms of POINTS ALLOWED last year, giving up a tad over 18 pts/game. Again our Bucs’ OFFENSE will have a difficult road to hoe, and will probably need to score over that for us to have a chance to win, again depending upon how well our defense does.

    Pittsburgh (13-3 AFC North Champ) scored 25.4 pts/game (#8 offense in POINTS SCORED). Duh, same situation as in New Orleans & Philadelphia: we’ve got to hold them to considerably less than that if we expect to win. Steelers had the #7 defense in terms of POINTS ALLOWED last year, giving up a tad over 19 pts/game. Bucs’ OFFENSE will probably need to score over that for us to have a chance to win, again depending upon how well our defense does.

    Lots of consistency among all 3 opponents: ALL 3 were Top-10 last year in OFFENSE AND DEFENSE. Our common denominator to win any or all of those games? A DRAMATICALLY IMPROVED BUCS’ DEFENSE, as well as an OFFENSE that (1) scores more points than it did last year; (2) doesn’t turn the ball over; and (3) controls the clock & wins the TOP battle. Combine that with solid special teams play and we’ve got a chance. I still think that the Bucs can beat all three teams, IF we perform as a T-E-A-M this year instead of expecting 1 or 2 or 3 players to ‘save us’. COMPLIMENTARY FOOTBALL, where each part of our TEAM feeds off of the other.

  13. OneBuc55 Says:

    Koetter has to say the politically correct thing in this case…Although I stand behind Americas QB Jameis Winston 1000%, Im hoping Fitzpatrick can win at least 1 or 2 of his first 3 starts…

    I think Dirk is handling this the right way…Jameis is suspended 3 games so he drops him to 3rd string…Ultimately Winston put himself in this situation, so he just needs to embrace this brief demotion, support Fitzpatrick and continue being the best possible teammate he can be moving forward…

    To those who think Fitzpatrick is going to become the next Kurt Warner and hold on to the the starting job permanently, it’s not going to happen…Unlike Winston, at this point we’ve seen Fitzpatrick ceiling; he’s a career journeymen for a reason…All we can do as Bucs fans for the 1st 3 weeks is Expected the worst and hope for the best…

  14. OneBuc55 Says:

    Defense Rules, you’re spot on with your assessment…

    1 last point to everything you just said…We need our kicking game to be spot on as well…Not only just for those 1st 3 games but moving forward in general…Every time I see Matt Bryant nail a fieldgoal for the Falcons I get sick to my stomach; I never understood why we let him walk…

  15. Pickgrin Says:

    OK – DR and OneBuc – so all the Bucs have to do is:
    – score more points with a backup QB
    – No turnovers
    – Play great special teams
    – Kicker must be “spot on”

    accomplish all that in a real game and “we’ve got a chance” to win ONE out of the 1st 3 games….

    Sounds about right.

    LOL – I kid.

    The new DLine should make a huge difference vs what we saw last year. If the Oline can also play well – the Bucs will be capable of beating any team

  16. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    If Dirk Digler does not change up his game plan for ol Fitzy boy then we won’t skip a beat. . . . . skip being beat in the 1st three games that is! He doesnt have the arm Jameis Has so stop calling the 40-60 yard pass plays for him. Stick with the 10-15 yard slants to DJax and slots tho to OJ & Make America Brate and 15 yard outs to ME13. Though I do like Jameis I believe with an improved defense and run game Fitzy can help take the Saints and Steelers games. For all you hate Jameis for other than football reasons get over your love for Fitzpatrick because he too can be an interception throwing machine.