It’s About Practice

August 24th, 2018


We’re talking about practice.

Last training camp, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter grumbled about poor practices. It was a sign of things to come.

This year Koetter’s demeanor has been quite different about practices. Not sure if there is a connection, but so far in two preseason games the Bucs offense behind America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, has been pretty sharp.

Well Wednesday, Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken went unplugged. And while many of the questions he fielded were about his calling plays, Monken did his best to downplay his preseason responsibility.

Instead, Monken credited a much better work ethic of the offense in training camp.

“The things we have been working on have shown up [in games],” Monken said. “To me, that’s the biggest thing. It is a byproduct of what we have done [in practices]. …

“It is a rarity that it shows up in a game that we haven’t done it [in practices]. That touchdown [From Ryan Griffin to Sergio Bailey for 21-yards], that was a byproduct of what we have done [in practices].”

If that is the elixir to what ailed the Bucs offense last year, then Joe hopes the Bucs don’t have a rotten practice again.

This playcalling by Monken, Joe isn’t here to type it is a difference or not. But in the final two preseason games, if the offense is humming and Bucs coach Dirk Koetter resumes his playcalling duties again in the regular season, and the offense sputters for whatever reason, well, Joe can just hear Bucs fans hollering now.

12 Responses to “It’s About Practice”

  1. 813bucboi Says:

    pump the brakes a bit….the offense is suppose to be productive because the defenses aren’t game planning to stop them…..

    with that said, it “seemed” slightly better under monken….


  2. El Buco Realisto Says:

    Practicing, and working hard is paying off you say!!!!! Instead of playing up to the cameras and coming up with skits does not help clean play on gameday!!!!!!!!!! Just another explanation of how Hard Knocks was a huge distraction like all have said!!!!!!!!!!! Still have not seen reported how NFL SiriusXM laid out how bad hardknocks was for this team!!!!!! They did a whole segment on what a distraction is was!!!!!!!!!! It is so plain to see!!!!! Why can’t the sheep!!!!!!!!!!!

    #trust the coaches!!!!!! Fix the “real” problem, the roster!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!

  3. Dapostman Says:

    Bucs averaged 10 pts a game in 2017 preseason. In 2018 they are averaging 28 pts a game. Yeh that seems better Captain Obvious.

  4. Miguel Grande Says:

    “.the offense is suppose to be productive because the defenses aren’t game planning to stop them…..”

    I can’t wait to see how teams are going to game plan against 3 potential pro bowl receivers, 2 potential pro bowl tight ends and Peyton Barber grinding out 5 yards per carry.

    Imagine DJ taking Lattimore 40 yards downfield. next play Watson takes him deep, next play DJ, next play Watson deep. Even without a throw he’s sucking in oxygen on the sidelines and Fitz starts to pick them apart.

    I love Monken’s play calling and red zone efficiency.

    I can’t wait.

  5. Dirks Great Granpappy Says:

    Speaking of practice. Did you see palm tree baker got cut by the bungles

  6. Phil Says:

    Damn right we’ll holler.

  7. Waterboy Says:

    When I looked at the title of this article I thought you were writing about Swaggy Baker getting cut today.

  8. americasenabler Says:


    Slightly?! Combined Bucs QBs are 102 passer rating first 2 preseason games. Slightly?! You high?

  9. Bucamania Says:

    Sure beats sucking and telling everyone it’s because the offense doesn’t want to reveal it’s hand. Then the season starts and we find out the hand sucks.

  10. unbelievable Says:

    If Monken has been calling play all preseason, why not continue into preseason? The offense has definitely been starting faster.

    Koetter has seemed overwhelmed with head coaching and play calling duties, leading to clock management issues and a tendency to be too conservative.

    Let Monken keep doing it. He is the “offensive coordinator” after all.

  11. 813bucboi Says:


    yes slightly… defenses game plan in PS?…..hard to judge when defense aren’t scheming against you….

    is this your first year watching football?


  12. Mike Says:

    Koeter McPlaybook