“We Should Fire Every Person That Was On That Field Today”

September 30th, 2018

Fields the Mike Smith question

It didn’t take long during Dirk Koetter’s postgame news conference for the head coach to field a Fire-Mike-Smith question.

Koetter fired back a reply — and it didn’t defend Smith.

“Based on that game today, we couldn’t make enough changes,” Koetter said. “We should fire every person that was on that field today starting with me. That was horrific.”

Later on, Koetter called it a total team loss.

“Mike Smith didn’t make any tackles and turn any guys loose on coverages,” Koetter said. “We got beat in all aspects of football today, and coaching as well.”

Koetter didn’t have much positive to say about the game, though he was upbeat about Jameis Winston getting a chance to shake off some rush.

Pressed to detail defensive failures, Koetter said, “We couldn’t play zone. We couldn’t play man. … They had 400 yards of offense at halftime.”

66 Responses to ““We Should Fire Every Person That Was On That Field Today””

  1. Rod Munch Says:

    The Glazers will have to make the call, or nothing changes.

  2. Bucs55 Says:

    Keep protecting you’re friend he will cause you you’re job .

  3. ShutTheBucUp Says:


  4. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Glazers better fire Mike Smith tonight to send a message

  5. Season Is Over Says:

    Lip service. SSDD. The loses will continue. Even the fans understand things are not supposed to happen to a team with the same offense and defense installed for three seasons. It is a kick in the groin to fans that even waste their time.

  6. Sweeptheleg Says:

    Stfu koetter. You stupid fu**. You don’t know sh**. You suck and take your boyfriend mike smith and kick rocks. And Licht too. F all of you. 3years and still getting beat like no one is on the field. Idiots.

  7. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    TOTAL TEAM FAILURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Mike Johnson Says:

    I wholeheartedly concur Brother Koetter. Pack your bags..and your road-dogs Smitty too. Take Licgt along with you. This loss was the biggest embarrassment of NFl Sunday..for the week. How much longer are we Bucs fans gonna have to endure this pain..This BullSh..! Seel the team..Do something. But stop defending Mr. Pressbox Smitty!!

  9. SchwiftyBuc Says:

    NEPOTISM AT IT’S FINEST! There’s nothing Smith can do in Koetters eye’s that’s actually a fireable offense. It’s one of the main reasons I wanted Koetter gone after last year. He’s loyal to a fault. He’d rather go down swinging with his best bud at his side than actually do the right thing and get rid of a guy who is so obviously incompetent.

  10. Season Is Over Says:

    How can Koetter continue to keep this defense knowing it will be his downfall? Fire him now and give yourself a chance. Anyone is going to bring some passion. I will take losing this season for just the chance at knowing Smith is gone forever.

  11. kenny s Says:

    fire smith asap and let buckner be the d cord, give buckner this bye week to put his stamp on the defense

  12. Buc believer Says:

    If the Glazers care ANYTHING about their customers (fans) they will not let this puke show continue and they will can the overweight over his head old coot and send him to Sun Coty Center to play shuffle board with the rest of the geezers.

  13. JimmyJack Says:


  14. kenny s Says:

    falcons d cord sucks maybe smith can go back to atlanta

  15. Brandon Says:

    This guy wants to go down loyal to Mike Smith. Well news flash for you Dirk, coaching the way he has coached lately, Mike Smith will not be getting a job in the NFL no time soon. He will be like one of our Dline players from last year, can’t get a job this year, yet we were the last team that employed him.

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. GET THE MAN OUT OF HERE. Give the defense someone to rally behind otherwise Dirk will be saying the same thing when he is fired in a few weeks after a continued losing streak.

  16. SkBucsFan Says:

    Looks like the Galzers will have to make the call to fire Mike Smith. Koetter is too loyal and Licht isn’t sharp enough to realize there is a problem.

  17. DBS Says:

    Lets go Glazers. You know what must be done. FIRE MIKE SMITH!!!

  18. WillieG Says:

    Every year we hear about communication on defense. During the 5 game winning streak, we heard the defensive players say the great defensive effort was due to improved communication.

    This year, the players say “once we get our communication down, we will be great”.

    If communication is that difficult, it needs to change. If Mike Smith can’t change it, he needs to go. It’s as simple as that.

  19. Wesley Says:

    Fire Smith and Licht now!!!

  20. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Talk is CHEAP JPP. Oh, and welcome to Tampa Bay. JPP states he has never been beat on a football field like that. LOL!

  21. EA Says:

    Glazers better get a head start looking for a replacement, teams have us figured out already, we don’t play motivated football and it has been a trend during koetters tenure, there is no leaders on this team whether it’s players or coaches.

  22. SchwiftyBuc Says:


    Yup, It’s clear that Dirk absolutely will not fire his buddy. The decision needs to come from the top. Unfortunately, Glazers don’t have a track record of this kind of thing, so I doubt they’ll have the balls to do it now.

  23. Chuckstutz Says:

    Ditto. Jimmy jack

  24. Not there yet Says:

    This is why you will be fired at the end of the season buddy, you stole an extra year somehow. To stupid to understand that if your guys aren’t getting your defense than it’s something wrong with the teacher. If a teacher in school gives a test on a subject they taught and all their students failed then yea ok your not a bad teacher you just have dumb students. Here is the problem you have nothing to say about yourself or your coaches.

    How about the fact that you had one of the worst defenses in the nfl when you were sitting at 2-0? There were few missed tackles or blown assignments in the first two weeks and you still stunk. The scary part is the coach probably made changes to the defense. Pathetic answers from a pathetic coach but don’t worry it will be your last as a nfl head coach no needn’t to fire mike smith because you’ll be packing your bags too

  25. theodore Says:

    Why fire Mike Smith before he makes his three year adjustment?

  26. LakeLand Says:

    I don’t see the talent on the Bucs defense that everyone is bragging about. I see a lot of garbage on this roster. Garbage on both sides of the ball.

  27. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    “Winston getting a chance to shake off some rush” – JOE

    Typo… “rust”

  28. Couch Fan Says:

    I cant wait to hear the Realists newest excuses for this defense.

  29. Robert Says:

    Mike evans threw the start to bot these last 2 games. He wanted jw back and dropped balls and killed drives. Could stand d jax kicking his ass

  30. Dewey Selmon Says:

    It’s all on Winston’s shoulders, 12 games, no run game, defense. You want that 20 mil? not going to be easy.

  31. lambchop Says:

    Mike Smith didn’t make the tackles and didn’t cut guys loose, but if you can’t coach your players to play better than this in the 4th f-ing game of the season, then what exact purpose does Mike Smith serve?

    If your players can’t be in the right place making tackles and communicating – that’s a coaching problem. Don’t blame the players. I hope the players have a mutiny after that comment by Klueless. There is no confidence in Mike Smith’s scheme. Things have to change. F Mike Smith and F Koetter. It’s time the Glazers put in the call to Licht to pull the plug if Koetter is a pansy.

  32. Seminole Bill Says:

    We outscored the Saints and the Eagles, but that formula doesn’t last. The Steelers put up 30 on us and the Bears 45. Our defense is just as bad as last year, even with the addition of new players. Strongly suggests coaching is the problem.

  33. Robert Says:

    Dewey just shut it. Fitz killed when the players caught the ball and started the 1st 2 games right. This is on mike evans.

    All on jw….wtf

  34. Jeagan1999 Says:

    It’s gotta happen. The fans have no confidence in him, and I can’t imagine the players do either. There are pieces there, Smith just can’t seem to find a way to make them work together.

  35. Phillybuc Says:

    Perfect time to fire Smith. Dirk won’t do that though because all blame rides with him rest of season. Agree with all who say Glazers need to step in and make the decision for him. But we know that never happens….

  36. Wausa Says:

    Mike Smith seems like a great guy but this isn’t working
    I would hope he offers his resignation and Koetter is forced to accept it

  37. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Rod Munch Says
    “The Glazers will have to make the call, or nothing changes.”

    I believe you are right. They had to force Dungy to fire his OC (which turned out to be a mistake), and Koetter is just as loyal to Mike Smith.

    They need to tell Licht to do the deed, or do it themselves.

  38. Rob in Land O Lakes Says:

    I sat in Soldier Field this afternoon and there was no excuse for this. This was simply getting out executed. There were people running wide open and except for a few instances, there was no pressure. Mitchell Blanking Trubinsky three for 6 tds on your defense. Let that sink in. Defend that Dirk and put it all on the players. The defense of town it is not right it needs to be across the board, but those individuals are not as bad as the sum of the parts Mike Smith has put together.

  39. Season Is Over Says:

    Career defining loss for Dirk “We were done before Halloween” Koetter. Just a few weeks ago he was on top of the world riding the beard to cover for his failures.

  40. Skywalker0028 Says:

    I’m going on vacation as a fan. I love my team but this kind of crap isn’t worth the mental stress. Maybe the team should be completely gutted. The freaking guy holding the bandaids on the sidelines along with the water girls and cheerleaders need to get pink slips. Just wasted 200 bucks on a jersey last week and I’m soooo regretting it right now. I really think the organization should reimburse me. They are advertising a nfl team but are giving us a football team that couldn’t Win a Delaware high school state championship.

  41. LakeLand Says:

    The Falcons defense blew another 4th quarter lead. It won’t be easy for the Bucs defense in Atlanta. The Birds know they need to blow teams out to win now.

    Will the Birds fall to 1-4 against the Bucs?

    Or will they get to 2-5?

  42. JimmyJack Says:

    Is it even possible to bounce back from games like this? Not so sure it is.

  43. Skywalker0028 Says:

    I bet you he was calling the offensive plays again too.

  44. LakeLand Says:

    Mitch Trubisky 9 career TD in 15 games

    Mitch Trubisky 6 TD in 35 minutes against the Bucs

  45. LakeLand Says:

    I meant Birds getting to 2-3

  46. Darin Says:

    You’re right Dirk. They should have already fired you. Once again they dont show up to play an early season road game. Usually follwed by some more bad defensive outings then slight improvement at the end of the season. Hoooray another repeat. Fire Smith and Dirk. He isnt the coach to get ya to the super bowl so why waste time. Smitty better be canned tomorrow at the latest so the new d has 2 weeks to prepare

  47. LakeLand Says:

    Trubisky stats before the game
    15 games, 9 TD passing, 10 INT

    Against the Bucs
    6 TD passing, 0 INT

  48. Mike Johnson Says:

    Finsh your Sunday evening cocktails, take a nap and greet the airplne upon its return from Chicago. Call Smitty and Koetter into one of the private terminal rooms. FIRE SMITTY and tell Koetter, if he cannot do any better than this?,,He’s next!!! Put Licht on Notice also. Show us, the fans..you mean business..while still counting your..Profits.

  49. Buc4life24 Says:

    This game was unacceptable and not a product of “professionals”! Numbers don’t lie and we have been in the bottom of all defensive categories since Mike Smith has been here! Nice guy or not…it’s a business! The fans deserve better than this crap!!

    All that talent and no results on the field!!!

  50. Buddy Says:

    Can’t wait until Black Monday & KluelessKoetter is gone with his attagsncr and entitlement. Even tho he’s never won anything

  51. i like gunslingers Says:

    time to bring in the big guns on the D and that would be, somebody please slap me tony dungy

  52. Frank Pillow Says:

    The wheels feel like they have fallen off. Sure we’re 2-2, but this sure feels like we’re the same team that played the Pats tough last year and then proceeded to poopy the bed for the next 10+ weeks. The Steelers game=Pats game. Not to mention, I’ve never seen a D play as consistently confused and gutless as ours has under Smitty. Yes, Lovie was bad, but Smitty has sapped it all from this group.

    Licht too should take a long hard look at the Bears team and see the word BLUEPRINT. They axed a dinosaur HC and brought in a young innovator to maximize the potential of their franchise QB (tailoring the playbook/scheme to his strengths) and paired him with a legit DC. Then went out and drafted smartly and went hard after the best player in football who is worth a lot more than they gave up for him.

    What did we do? We went after Mitch Unrein and Beau Allen. We doubled down on Grimes. We drafted CBs that are slow (hey but one has great length) and a rookie DT finally debuted and looked two steps behind every other player once the ball was snapped. He was over powered and out leveraged every single down I watched him play. I hope to heck that he can move with a lot more quickness or we’re in trouble.

    Let’s talk RBs too- I mean, considering everyone at OBP seems to not value the position, we are trying to play NFL football with a practice squad RB, a smurf who was out of the league for a reason and a rookie that may supplant Dexter Jackson as the worst 2nd round pick in team history. LOOK at the BEARS JASON/DIRK. They use their backs to take pressure off their QBs in a dynamic way- by moving em around and feeding them the ball in space – not wasting them as personal protectors/pass-blockers.

    Why can’t this team every progress- ever? It’s stagnation-regression- stagnation- regression…and it stinks.

  53. Buccfan37 Says:

    Angry Buc fans, mutiny in the air, the week off should be interesting.

  54. LostinPa Says:

    Fire Smith, an empty chair would be an improvement.

  55. Buc1987 Says:

    The defense looked lost!

    Just like their DC.

  56. SkBucsFan Says:

    I agree with most of what you say Frank. However I will disagree that Rojo will go down as the worst 2nd rounder. That honour goes to (and always will go to,..) Roberto Auguyo. Licht should have been fired for that alone.

  57. BringBucsBack Says:

    MJ, Frank Pillow; Dilly, dilly!

    At least the temperature wasn’t below 35°F!

  58. BucEmUp Says:

    So you.mean t tell me that switching to man coverage for 5 percent of the defensive snaps is caked an adjustment??!!!!!

    Your friend is a dumbass….fire him!!!!!!!!!

  59. BushidoEvans Says:

    I feel like my comment got taken down, so I’ll say it again, HAHAHAHAHA BUCS FANS. Most flip floppy bunch of fans in the NFL.

  60. BushidoEvans Says:

    I’m laughing so hard at these comments I’m crying. The sun will come out tomorrow, we’ll see what they do with the DC then.

  61. Tbbucs3 Says:

    The Bucs passing on Derwin James to Draft Vita Vea will turn out to be 100 times worse of a move by Licht than drafting Roberto Aguayo in the 2d round.

    Not saying Vea won’t be any good, just not as much of an impact as an elite secondary player. Joe has said this before, run stuffers in the NFL grow on trees.

  62. James Walker Says:

    Props to the Bears. They looked more like a SB champ than the Eagles.

  63. Brad Isherwood Says:

    Go back to the old Pewter outfits. ..

    This team looked like dogs chasing cars today

  64. D the Bucs fan Says:

    Fire Koetter hes the one letting this stuff happen. The past 3 seasons we have been blown out multiple times by halftime. That just means the whole team is under prepared. In every game it was the offense and the defense and thats on Koetter. Licht needs to be held accountable too this was mike Smith’s and Koetters identity in ATL. They had all the talent in the world a better coach comes in and takes them to the Superbowl. That’s because Irv’s friend Author Blank falcons owner got tired of having a SOFTTTTT team.

  65. D the Bucs fan Says:

    The only time the defense was good was was during that fluke 5game win streak in 2016. It has not gotten any better.

  66. Dlavid Says:

    Kowtowed is out of here . He has ruined this team . What a pathetic press conf. To follow up that sh*t show on the field ! It all starts with the coach . How he survives this season is a mystery to me . Have to name an intern coach or you lose a lot of fans . What’s left of them .