“I Don’t Ever Veto Anything”

November 10th, 2018

“See these hands, Mike. They’re not on your defense.”

Dirk Koetter is very big on empowering his defensive coaches.

How big?

Consider that Koetter keeps his hands so far from the defense that he does not issue any orders on that side of the ball — no matter how badly they’re playing.

“I don’t ever veto anything [on defense],” Koetter explained on the Buccaneers Radio Network last night. “I’m never going to mandate anything. I don’t think that’s a good way to coach.”

Joe respects that Koetter wants to be a great boss and, as he’s said previously and last night, he’s not a defense guy and isn’t about to start throwing his weight around when it comes to telling guys like Mike Smith and Mark Duffner what to do. We already know that Koetter is down on using consultants, as well.

Whatever. It ain’t working.

Frankly, Joe thinks Koetter underestimates himself when it comes to how well he could work with the defense and lead the crafting of defensive gameplan.

If the Bucs defense doesn’t rebound soon, Joe would love to see Koetter take over the offense for a week and turn Todd Monken loose on the defense.

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23 Responses to ““I Don’t Ever Veto Anything””

  1. LakeLand Says:

    This could be the worst defense in NFL history

  2. Jmarkbuc Says:

    I don’t mandate anything…….

    Assignments,accountability, tackling, being a professional….

    Well obviously.

    I do request that everyone pick up their check on time…

    Seriously, the more this guy talks, and the things he says, you have to believe he wants to be fired.

    And why not that would give him next year off..paid, right.?

  3. AJ Says:

    That thought process has been working really well hasn’t it Dirk? Am sure Bellicheat thinks the same way and doesn’t get involved in his offense. A good head coach is a manager of his entire team. And should want to have his fingerprint on the team.

  4. Jmarkbuc Says:


    Just add these to my list of stupid things Dork says……

  5. Dr. Lob Says:

    Keep Koetter, fire light and get a great defensive coach and the bucs will be OK in a year or two. And by the way get rid of Winston

  6. Darin Says:

    Dr Lob
    Keep Koetter? Wow. Its not obvious who is the leader of a hot mess? He has no idea how to build a team, and i dont mean talent. Klueless sums it up perfect without going on another long rant of all the dumb things he does. Its getting old. Fire the clown. Lets get a head start on this team coming together for next year.

  7. Aceofaerospace Says:

    Then he should have absolutely no say whatsoever in the hiring and firing of defensive coaches nor any say in defensive free agents, trades or draft picks. Essentially, he should not be the head coach then. Really sad that he admits this.

  8. Kansas95Buc Says:

    ok so apparently im wrong as to what a coach does, I thought the coach was suppose to look after all 3 aspects of the team. thanks Dirk for clearing that up for me

  9. Cobraboy Says:

    2018 may go down with the Bucs having the worst defense in NFL history. Kinda is a bookend with the 2002 defense that many consider being among the very BEST in NFL history.

    Congrats, 2018 defenders! You’re making history!

  10. Nick2 Says:

    Hey I can see if we had Dick Lebeau as our DC but please be a Head Coach Dirk. Great head coaches put their stamp on both sides. Oh well……….

  11. Not there yet Says:

    Koetter is toast! How can you claim to be an offensive guy if you don’t know defense at all? Is this why he can’t gameplan against opposing defenses once they know what he likes to do? How can the head coach an offensive guy not sit and talk from his own perspective about how HIS defense is being attacked and ask HIS coaches how they would adjust to it? He act as if it’s some kind of built in excuse. It wasn’t for Dungy so does he think it buys him time? Worst head coach ever

    Translation I’m not a defensive guy so why are you asking me to be a head coach instead of offensive coordinator!!!!

  12. Bosch Says:

    I have encountered leaders like Koetter over the years. Potentially a good leader, if they could only understand that they are accountable for the success of their subordinates. Inevitably one of their subordinates gets them fired. Can’t be a leader and deny accountability, Dirk. That never works.

  13. OneBuc55 Says:

    As someone posted a few days back, if you really think about it what player(s) has Dirk Koetter and his coaching staff develop since he’s been here? the answer is nobody…

  14. Defense Rules Says:

    @Dirk Koetter … “I’m never going to mandate anything. I don’t think that’s a good way to coach.” And therein lies Dirk’s problem. Strange thing about LEADERSHIP … the buck really does stop with the HEAD person (as in HEAD COACH Dirk?). Someone misinformed you Dirk when they said it was supposed to be ‘The Bucs Stop Here’. Take your cue from the Marines: ‘Lead, Follow, or Get the Hell Out of the Way’.

    And Joe you bring up an interesting point. Who REALLY is calling the plays right now … Monken or Koetter? Watching the last few games I thought that Koetter was back to calling the plays. So does Dirk’s ‘never mandating anything’ also mean that Monken had free reign throughout the games to call whatever he wanted? I’m getting more and more confused about who’s doing what to whom.

  15. Joe Says:

    As someone posted a few days back, if you really think about it what player(s) has Dirk Koetter and his coaching staff develop since he’s been here? the answer is nobody…

    That is a ridiculous statement. Brate, Godwin, Howard, Humphries, Evans improved, Marpet. Some would argue Donovan Smith. C’mon. There are valid critiques of Koetter but this one is just plain trolling.

  16. BucEmUp Says:


    BRUCE ARIANS 2019!!!!!

  17. Bucs fan #7423 Says:


    Can we get Dirk Koetter a great defensive coordinator, QB that doesn’t turn the ball over, and reliable kicker so we don’t have to fire him?

  18. LakeLand Says:

    Buc fan #7423

    A 10 year old can win with that

  19. LakeLand Says:

    But knowing Dirk Koetter

    He will find a way to blow it

  20. Tackleblockwin Says:


    I agree 100% with you. I think Coach is underestimating himself too. Surely he would have advice on how to limit opposing offenses with all his experience as a OC in this league. Furthermore, it doesn’t make sense to me at all that a Head Coach wouldn’t be trying to fix a broken defense that he is ultimately going to be at least partially responsible for.

  21. JimmyJack Says:

    Whatever. We have a coach who doesn’t do anything on the defensive side of the ball. It’s not even his decision who will be our returner on special teams. We also have a head coach who has basically given up to even try and run the ball.

    The way I see it we have two options: Keep Dirk and Hire 4 more HCs…..one for each phase of the game that our coach neglects…….OR…….. Hire a head coach to replace Dirk who will stay involved with all phases of the game.

  22. Rod Munch Says:

    Dirk knows this is the worst defense in NFL history and now he throws his defensive coaches under the bus by saying he has nothing to do with it. LOL! What a dirk.

  23. RustyRhinos Says:

    “See these hands” uggh lmao! I know sad. But some days you just need a good laugh. Thanks Joe. Rotflmao!!
    Go Bucs!