Dirk Koetter Makes Move To Monken As Playcaller, Cashes In Fast

September 9th, 2018

Let’s peddle in reality. It was a very gutsy move for Dirk Koetter to turn playcaller duties over to Todd Monken today — gutsy when it comes to his job security.

It would have been a brutal look for Koetter, a career playcaller and a head coach with a losing record, to turn it over to Monken only to have him fail. Then what?

But Koetter manned up and did what he felt was best for the team. And it worked.

The Bucs 0nly had one freakin’ punt! Read that again and let it sink in.

Monken’s first-quarter call for a Fitz three-yard keeper in the red zone was a thing of beauty. Lotta balls right there. Touchdown!

And the many deep shots were well-timed and, of course, well executed. The last one, Evans 1-on-1 against mighty Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore, had Joe so fired up. It’s about time the Bucs gave Evans more of a shot as a true deep threat. That one went 51 yards for a TD.

Every move is great when it works. And this one sure did. Imagine being the Eagles defensive coordinator tonight?

82 Responses to “Dirk Koetter Makes Move To Monken As Playcaller, Cashes In Fast”

  1. DB55 Says:

    Well damn! đź‘€

  2. Buddy Says:

    Let me guess this is when the Bucs are going the the super bowl talk commences?? And least one thing was proven #KluelessKoetter shouldn’t be a head coach or player caller but a ping pong official.

  3. BradentonBucFan Says:

    Most important decision for this team until Mike Smith gets fired

  4. Geno Says:

    NFL Player of the week America’s QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.

  5. Howard Cosell Says:

    Monken and Koetter are nothing without The Beard Lol

  6. Howard Cosell Says:

    Joe please do a Fitz article

  7. Lamarcus Says:

    Very impressive game from The Bucs. Monken seems like a talented play caller. Very impressive.

  8. FR Says:


  9. Geno Says:

    Great to see Saints burned on so much man coverage. They were pressing the bucs receivers up on the line all day. We saw how badly that coverage worked for them today.

  10. FR Says:

    U just cant beat a vet at QB

  11. Matts17 Says:

    Great win. Monken was super. Now find a D coordinator FAST.

  12. Dirty Bucs Says:

    Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The Eagles defense is MUCH better than that Saints defense we just saw. We won’t be putting up 48 on them. That said, the offense is for real and every team is now taking notice. Don’t sleep on the Bucs!

  13. Chris in WA Says:

    Cleveland is taking the Steelers to OT. Eagles looked very beatable.

    Who says 0-3 still?

  14. The Buc Realist Says:

    Hold them accountable!!!!!!

    What a game plan by the coaches!!!!! Huge game from Fitz and the rest of the offense!!!!! Coach Smitty gets kudos as well for pitching the shutout in the 3rd quarter with the duct tape defense!!!!!! That was the deference!!!!!!! Coach Smitty got the rook’s and new guys stand up for a quarter!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    how is that “status” woe now!!!!!!!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. PSLBob Says:

    Great win! Offense rules! But still big questions on defense. At some point, the offense is going to sputter, and we will not win unless this defense gets better coverage players. There were some good plays on defense (take aways), but regardless that Brees is a master, way too many completions.

  16. lurker Says:

    so would you rather have a new kicker or defensive coordinator?

  17. Brian Says:

    Just so many weapons on O. The oline was simply outstanding and also showed some serious nastiness. Fitzmagic!

  18. Jason Says:

    Man both Joe’s predictions were Koetter taking back the play calling. Don’t fix it if it isn’t broken.

  19. SchwiftyBuc Says:

    I told you. Monken gives a much better chance to win because he doesn’t have so many predictable, exploitable tendencies like Dirk does.

    But holy hell. Mike Smith, you are truly, truly awful at your job. We can not afford to give up 40 points a game. Realist, you still gonna deflect all the blame onto the players?

  20. OneBucPerson Says:

    Now if we can fire Smitty and bring in a competent DC we might be able to make some noise

  21. GoBux Says:

    No Super Bowl talk, but:

    In Todd We Trust.

  22. Doctor Stroud Says:

    Is this “reality” the new Buc Ball? I like it! It’s a different kind of heart attack, but I like it. #Fitzweapons

  23. Geno Says:

    Where is kobefaker? He should be happy as a bucs fan!

  24. EA Says:

    Good win for the bucs.
    Saints defense was lost, no pressure on Fits whatsoever, Watched that Eagles defense against the Falcons and they are for real. Go Bucs!!

  25. Kansas95Buc Says:

    Only complaint of the game is that we could’ve broke the record and we didn’t. Let’s finish strong guys # AllGasNoBreaks

  26. BucsFan90 Says:

    Defense wins championships. Time for to step it up Mike Smith!

  27. Another J Says:

    Todd needs to call the plays all season, That was one heck of a debut.
    The Saints defense looked lost all afternoon.

  28. Not there yet Says:

    Don’t treat monken like the Messiah, saints defense has been trash for a long time. Lattimore was good as a rookie but 1 good year doesn’t make a career, he looked like Ryan Smith all afternoon.

    That’s the strains I remember, great offense sorry defense. Let’s see what he can do when the offense faces a real pass rush. Happy about the win but it’s a fluke if they aren’t consistent

  29. unbelievable Says:

    Koetter’s playcalling simply wasn’t as good when he became HC.

    It was obvious to everyone. That’s why many of us were lobbying for Monken to be the real offensive coordinator and try calling the plays.

    Hopefully his success continues. Go Bucs!

  30. SchwiftyBuc Says:

    Guarantee you if Dirk was calling plays today we’d have lost by 18+

    He’s just too predictable. Much like his inept best bud Mike Smith.

  31. Doin. It Says:

    Quit the negativity about the D. We just faced Brees. What do you think they are saying about the saints D right now, which is supposed to be much improved. Bucs D will be just fine. Enjoy the victory

  32. Waterboy Says:

    Great win!! Now just fix that defense.

  33. FairMinded Says:

    Jesus Buddy give it an effing rest after a win!! A HUGE coming out party for KOETTER’s offense. Monken did awesome but as Joe said it took balls (and leadership) for Koetter to hand over those reins to his playbook

  34. Doctor Stroud Says:

    Yes, we are not there yet, “Not there yet”, but let’s enjoy this win!

  35. Dreambig Says:

    Fitz was so on target today, he made Monken look good.

  36. unbelievable Says:

    MVP to Fitz and the entire o-line for all the time they gave him.

  37. NewTampaChris Says:

    Fitz was spot-on accurate. Deep balls that bounced harmlessly to the turf last year (ahem) dropped right in the receivers hands. Loved how he didn’t wait for the pocket to collapse; running for 5 yards can be a win on first down.

  38. Dreambig Says:

    Weapons: Godwin, Howard, Evans, Jackson, Humphries, Brate, … the list goes on. Never seen a team with so much firepower at the hands positions.

  39. Dreambig Says:

    Good point about the oline. They were fantastic today.

  40. El_Buc941 Says:


  41. TampaBayAllDay Says:


  42. Deminion Says:


  43. Bobby M. Says:

    It’s about time?….They’ve been dialing those plays up, Winston cant hit anything beyond 20 yds. This offense is explosive when A) the QB can execute and B) dont kill momentum with TURNOVERS.

    ONE TURNOVER BY THE BUCS WOULD HAVE LIKELY COST US THAT GAME. Thats the NFL, there’s no room for error. I hope we continue to rally so Winston sees we dont need him trying to be superman, we just need him to execute and let the game unfold. Fitzpatrick keeps putting those numbers up and the Bucs have a problem….The fans have been starving for a good product on the field, especially one that can compete and win some big games. I still think they go back to Winston in Week 4 but i did not see Fitzpatrick throwing 400 yds/4TDs…Wow.

  44. SchwiftyBuc Says:

    Seems like everyone already forgot about the numerous deep balls Jameis hit in Preseason…

    Fitz played phenomenally today, but in the words of Cam Brate, Jameis is the starter for a reason.

  45. Trench War Says:

    Yeah I hope the Eagles defensive coordinator believes he knows Monkens tendencies but Koetter calls the game and we destroy them lol

  46. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Outclassed Payton!

  47. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Some of you need to rewatch quarters 1-3. The defense was good and will only get better from game to game. It wasn’t until VHIII got injured and Smith went to Prevent that things got ugly.

    VHIII, who I have been talking up all off season had a great game, even though 98% of you did not think he would.

    Traditionally, even dating back to the Dungy/Kiffin days, the defense starts the season slow. They used to take until Game 3 to really vet going. This is even more the case with the limited contact in camps these days. As Brooks said, tackling has to catch up now.

    Too soon to talk superbowl, but 11-5 a d playoff came within reach with this win.

  48. King C Says:

    Clap Clap Clap
    The sound of me clapping for Joe finally admitting the stupidity of his calling Koetter “winning head coach” for so long by acknowledging he has a losing record.
    Now what’s Joe gonna do when he has to stop calling Jameis “America’s QB”
    Gonna be alot of crying in Joe-ville that day

  49. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Trench War Says
    “I hope the Eagles defensive coordinator believes he knows Monkens tendencies but Koetter calls the game and we destroy them”

    Exactly what I was thinking. Being able to switch up gives us a good plus.

  50. Ed Says:

    The Bucs offense when executing is lethal with an accurate QB throwing the ball where the receivers have a shot at running after the catch. Bucs early in the game were robbed on the offensive PI vs Brate. I read Sean Payton’s lips telling the refs that they suck and that call took Bucs out of a TD. Godwin had an easy TD on the one bad pass Fitz overthrew him.

    Tom Brady carved up the Eagle defense in the SB, the Bucs will be able to put up points and the Philly offense minus Wenzhou and Jeffrey is ordinary. Zach Ertz is their main weapon now.

    This win over the Saints with a weakened Eagle team changes the outlook for the Bucs. Anything can happen now.

  51. Rod Munch Says:

    R.I.P. run up the middle on every first down in the first half…

    You won’t be missed.

  52. James Walker Says:

    Anyone else notice that the NFL Headline was “Kamara Has Monster Game”? No mention of Bucs win.

  53. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Good point about Evans. Hit him in stride and tally up the YAC!

  54. Ed Says:

    Difference between Winston’s deep ball and Fitz is the timing and letting the receiver run to the ball instead of having to stop or ball being way overthrown.

  55. First Down Tampa Bay Says:

    Great win but let’s cool our jets a bit here. Remember the last time two times we celebrated an opening win?

  56. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Fitz has done good..

    …but don’t think for a second that he should start over Winston. Fitz has a history of doing great for 1-2 games, then blowing it. That’s why he is not normally a starter.

    The comments that he made throws Winston could not is bull. Winston make plenty of impossible throws all the time. Fitz throws a lot of floaters. Winston throws with power.

    If we are lucky, Fitz beats the Eagles. If not, he at least won a game in the first three, which was the minimum we needed from him.

  57. XpfcWintergreen2 Says:

    XpfcWintergreen2 Sep 9, 18 at 4:31 pm [Posted at Pewter Report]


    To hell with the pundits, the trolls and the nattering negativists who dare to call themselves fans.

    No Excuses! Now, on to the next challenge, the Eagles!
    Go Bucs!!!!!

  58. First Down Tampa Bay Says:

    *last two times ^

  59. John B Says:

    Wow! Watching it live from section 121 was extra sweet – GO BUCS!!!!!

  60. Buc1987 Says:



  61. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Agree Bonzai. Ryan Smith played better also. The main reason Saints got back in the game is because refs gifted them with a hitting a defenseless receiver.
    That was just clean pass defense IMO.

  62. Rod Munch Says:

    The Fitztruthers are hilarious. He literally has his best day ever, the best passing day in team history, and they now think this is the new norm and if Winston can’t get 500 yards and 5 TDs a game the Bucs should cut him. LOL!

    Calm down people. Enjoy the game and lets see if Fitz can throw the ball outside next week before we make him a 1st ballot HOFer.

  63. stpetebucsfan Says:


    I’m not sure why you are so awestruck with the Steelers. MG beat them in freaking Pittsburgh. The play in the one team AFC and they’ve yet to get past that one team in recent years.

    Today they went to overtime 21-21 against the mighty Cleveland Browns…today still waiting for the final on that won. Speaking of which they padded their record last year with two wins against the winless Brownies.

    I respect the Steelers but I certainly do not share your awe of them…especially if Leveon continues his holdout through our game. I think Big Ben had thrown three ints last time I checked in on that game. We CAN beat them.

  64. El Buco Realisto Says:

    What was the difference in the game between the Bucs and the Saints????? Coach Smitty pitched the shutout in the 3rd quarter with that duct tape of a defense with all those rookies and new guys!!!!!!!!! The “real” fans stand up and applaud these great coaches we have in Tampa!!!! For out coaching and out scheming the other team with less experienced talent!!!!!!!!!

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

  65. DayOnePaul Says:

    Great win for the good guys today! That was step one in our perfect scenario during the Jameis suspension. But let’s be aware of the realities. Although the offensive line did well and pass protection, they did poorly in the run game. There were no holes for Barber up the middle. Most all of his yardage came when he bounced it to the outside or on plays designed to get him isolated. And let’s not forget that our defense gave up 40 points.

    To be fair, Ryan Smith played his ass off today as did Godwin, DeSean Jackson, Mike Evans, and especially Ryan Fitzpatrick. I saw a lot of the pocket collapsing around Drew Brees, would’ve liked to have seen another sack or two.

    I’m as thrilled as anyone with this victory today, but let’s remember, there’s still a bunch of work to do.

  66. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Fear the Beard! Hoping the injuries aren’t too bad and we are ready to compete week in and week out. While I’m very happy about the win, there is a lot about the defensive performance that leaves a lot to be desired and tightened up.

  67. Alanbucsfan Says:

    It was great until the 4th quarter when they tried to run out the clock with 10 minutes left- not a good decision against Brees in New Orleans. Fitz won this game with great execution and kudos to OL and Barber.
    Now let’s Fix the DL issues- hopefully Vea will be back soon…Gholston not much of a factor

  68. Buc1987 Says:

    Rod…it is fun to read their stuff though.

    See, see, see I told ya Fitz is the better qb…..I told you guys I was right…

    Funny stuff!

  69. Buchead5588 Says:

    Cat our kicker is fine he missed a 45 yard he went 2-3 an made all his extra points an had great kickoffs he shoulda made that FG but it wasn’t like he missed it badly it was close pushed it a little it happens in football kickers are not going to be perfect an mike smith will do better an our defense will as a whole the saints have one of the best offenses in the league an we had 2 rookie corners out there an Ryan smith an VH3 had a great game forced fumbles an good in coverage hope his shoulder is ok

  70. SchwiftyBuc Says:

    Bonzai are you insane? The defense was atrocious. WE GAVE UP 40 POINTS!

    You and Realist are delusional when it comes to Mike Smith…

  71. Trench War Says:

    Fitz just scored more points than Jameis’s 19 PPG average in two games last season. Fitz scores like that again next week against Philly’s defense then we won’t see Jameis until after the bye.

  72. stpetebucsfan Says:


    Agree with your sentiment but I would disagree with the main reason the Saints got back into the game.

    The contest was literally over…a 3 possession game if we simply convert a 44 yard FG. That choke was what gave the Saints their chance and clearly brought the crowd and momentum back into the game. Make a freaking kick!!!

  73. Rod Munch Says:

    Trench War – If Fitz plays anything like this then I’m fine with keeping Winston on the bench all year, and I’m a huge fan of Winston, but that’s common sense. Lets hope Fitz can get the home win against Philly, it will be interesting to see if he can do it outside, which has always been Fitz’s issue. But in the meantime, celebrate Fitz having a career day, because there’s a 99.9% chance he’ll never ever have a game like this again, which is true for basically every QB that has ever played and not a dig at Fitz. He had a historical day.

  74. BucDan Says:

    Fitz was dropping dimes all game. Great way to draw it it by Monken/Koetter and company.

    MAJOR shout out goes to the offensive line who did not give up ANY sacks and only had one pre-snap penalty.

    Keep up the discipline driven attitude.

  75. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Give Koetter huge credit for delegating….that is what good coaches do…glad it paid off for him and our Bucs…,

    That bomb to Djax was a thing of beauty…he had a great game.

  76. Rod Munch Says:

    Still kicking myself for benching Fitz in a couple leagues where I had him as a backup to Winston and has a daily fantasy cash play. I bought the fantasy “experts” hype on Tyrod Taylor and at the last second made the switch. Thanks “experts”… while Tyrod had a nice day, Fitz had a historic day, sitting on my bench.

  77. Frank Pillow Says:

    But Dan is 100% right- HUGE game by the OL. HUGE! Fitz had all day to throw against man coverage. Kudos too to the WRs who all beat press/man- all day long. Without question, the most dynamic offense we’ve seen in, well ever, in these parts. The Saints were exploited- damn near every snap. Great job to the coaches and players for the gameplan and it’s near flawless execution!
    On D, we have the same old problems. Marginal rush, inconsistent LB play, Conte doing the Conte, and some very weird schemes & coverages vs down and distance. Good enough to win- bad enough that they’ll need to tighten up.

    That all being said, this is the most entertaining and meaningful win in ages- especially b/c it came at the expense of Sean Payton’s ego!

  78. Bucs fan #7423 Says:

    Much better game management by Koetter, smart move letting the OC call the plays

  79. Erik w/ Clean Athletics Says:


    I was calling a Bucs Superbowl run this year weaks ago *before the Saints game…

  80. Godeep66 Says:

    Bonzai and 1987: you misery does not need our company.

  81. XpfcWintergreen2 Says:

    Give the coaching staff kudos for having the team well prepared overall. Monken did a good job calling the plays. Good decision by Koetter. Also good game management today. Dirk Koetter has taken another step up as a head coach in the NFL.

    Can’t wait to watch the game next week … at home!!
    Go Bucs!!!! No excuses!

  82. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Hey don’t forget about me unogodeep your least favorite!! Up here calling people snowflakes and you’re the biggest sugar britches, cream puff, tinkerbell, dandy lion, Nancy boy and cajone loving jelly donut up here. You guessed Fitzy was going to do good trying to puff out your little bird chest up here like you told us something. You’re like that teacher in Charlie Brown, wa wa wa wa wa wa wa, or better yet Ben Stein calling Bueller…..Bueller…….Bueller. thats about how entertaining you are.