Koetter: “Sluggish” Practice For Bucs

August 11th, 2018

Who’s pumping up this team behind the walls of One Buc Palace?


Dirk Koetter wants a “badass” football team. Joe wants one, too. That starts now. Just ask the Jaguars, where the whip is being cracked harder on players in training camp this summer, per reports from local newspapers there.

After practice today, one that was spent half indoors in air conditioning with thousands of fans driving the energy, Koetter said the Bucs were “sluggish” but finished a little stronger.

“I’m not going to lie; I don’t think those guys were crazy about practicing today,” Koetter said. “But it’s training camp and we got to work. We need the work. I thought coming in here today with the fans and the A/C, that juiced them up a little bit. The finish was better than the start. You know, we’ll go in and correct it, and the players are off tomorrow, and I’m sure they’ll be happy about that.”

Yes, August is a grind. But the Bucs are supposed to be a disrespected bunch of angry dogs salivating to right the terrible wrongs of 2017. Right?

Joe wants to see that mentality and that hasn’t been the case with any kind of consistency.

Today’s sluggishness is even more disappointing considering a national SiriusXM NFL Radio crew was in town watching practice for a Bucs-focused special, and their time in camp often shapes national perception of the team for months to come.

24 Responses to “Koetter: “Sluggish” Practice For Bucs”

  1. Season Is Over Says:

    Koetter is a great motivator.

  2. Buc believer Says:

    What do expect when this wussy arse coach let’s his guys stay indoors! Oh my goodness it’s too hot and humid to practice outside. That’s one of the reasons we will continue to be soft in the regular season.

  3. Dooshlarue Says:

    Not a good sign.

  4. AlteredEgo Says:

    Boys were out on the town a bit late last night …it seems

  5. tnew Says:

    When you constantly play not to lose football, it is harder to maintain energy and desire.

  6. jmarkbuc Says:

    America’s convenient coach, placeholder Dirk Koetter and his trusted sidekick Pressbox Smitty.

    This team is bad because this staff is bad.

  7. Joel Says:

    Fat and happy off a win. Sound familiar?

  8. Broy34 Says:

    Jesus. Some of you know nothing about football. They have one sluggish practice and it’s because of a lack of winning mentality?? Teams have sluggish practices. It’s amazing you think three days after a game still getting into playing shape these guys should go all out every practice

  9. AlteredEgo Says:

    BTW….Doug Martin has 3yds on one carry in Oaklands game

  10. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Buc Believer, I guess that’s why we sucked last season. Too many indoor practices!

  11. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Altered Ego, what would make you think the team was out late? Winston bias maybe? You would hate if the Bucs made the playoffs with Winston. Maybe you wouldn’t? You could blame a playoff loss on Winston. You would love that!

  12. Buc believer Says:

    Eric 75….. I guess you didn’t read the “that’s ONE of the reasons.

  13. Reach87 Says:

    What Broy said^^

  14. DB55 Says:

    Team doesn’t fear the coach unlike the boys in Jax.

    I remember having to run laps, sprints and gassers whenever practice wasn’t up to par. That’s not to say that Koetter’s way of doing things are bad, when the Bucs practice everyone gets ice cream. DQ blizzards to be exact, let that soak in.

    #IceCream #WeakHavoc

  15. JohnLynchBrokeMyBody47 Says:

    A “sluggish” start to a Saturday practice in August is not a predictor of anything, good or bad. I’ll sleep ok.

  16. Doctor Stroud Says:

    Our head coach is such a breath of fresh air like a cool ocean breeze with all of the doors and windows wide open.

  17. Nick2 Says:

    So “want to” is a motivational issue which is controlled or not controlled by the head coach, coaches and leaders on the team. If I were Koetter I would feel very uneasy saying the players weren’t motivated at practice, time and time again. Is this once again a pattern or am I getting paranoid about another slow start and lackluster season? Damn we have the talent somebody chew some damn ass.

  18. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Should have got the day off after game IMO ,some degree of sluggishness is to be expected.

  19. Destinjohnny Says:

    Dirk is sooooooooffffffftttttt

  20. feelthepewterpower Says:

    the mentality better be there game one, and every second of every game.

  21. D-Rome Says:

    Sounds like Irk didn’t do anything out there to hold the players accountable. He complained to the media about it.

    I’m sure Super Bowl winning head coaches handle it differently.

  22. SOEbuc Says:

    @Buc believer

    “What do expect when this wussy arse coach let’s his guys stay indoors! Oh my goodness it’s too hot and humid to practice outside. That’s one of the reasons we will continue to be soft in the regular season.”

    Already had poured once and clouds were literally almost black when I went to work at 11 a.m. in South Tampa. That’s why we built the indoor. Not looking for a bunch of twists and turns and tears and snaps on a wet field.

  23. Jeffbuc Says:

    Altered ego yeah I saw Doug’s one run. And it looked just like every run last years of his did. He ran right up the middle was stuffed. My brother is a lions fan so I was watching that game with him. And we got to talking. Maybe he played better when he was on whatever he was addicted to. Maybe it took the edge off and made him play loose. I know some mlb pitchers and they say some of there best games they barely remember because they were so hung over. And a couple guys I golf with smoke pot when they play. If they don’t they suck. As for me doesn’t work that way. My nephew and his buddies challenged us to basketball after a bucs game and 8-12 cold ones. I sprained my ankle and about had a heat stroke. Don’t even think we scored a basket.

  24. Jeffbuc Says:

    Why don’t the bucs do the big fan scrimmage at the stadium anymore. Was watching hard knocks with the browns and they had there big full pad scrimmage. Was wondering why we don’t do a scrimmage anymore. Is that a koetter being soft thing again