“Keystone Cops”

November 6th, 2018

The play is seared into Joe’s hard drive for who knows how many years.

Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel scoring on a 33-yard double-reverse where he actually ran over 100 yards to score.

Joe lost count how many mistackles there were on the play. It was horrible.

Yesterday, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter didn’t hold back. He admitted there is cause for wringing hands at One Buc Palace and scolded the defense for shotty (replace the vowel for a more apt adjective) play .

“The double reverse play was just Keystone Cops,” Koetter said referring to the slapstick comedy series of the silent film era. “We tackled horrendously. Tackling was the main issue.

“It is a huge concern, a huge concern. It’s the most fundamental thing to play on defense.”

Koetter then recounted how trying to defensd the Samuel double-reverse was like a bad Three Stooges routine.

“Our two d-tackles ran into each other,” Koetter said. “Our two corners, chasing their own men, ran into each other. And then our pursuit, tackling and effort on that play is not what it needs to be in any way.”

Joe isn’t sure how a coach can just snap his fingers after a Game 8 shat show and magically possess a good tackling team in four practices.

How many times has Koetter said the problem(s) with the Bucs is “bigger than one person?” Now Koetter is talking about a lack of effort. That’s very bad.

It’s starting to smell as if Koetter has a poisoned locker room on his hands. And, yeah, that would be a significantly bigger problem than just benching one guy or replacing one coach.

29 Responses to ““Keystone Cops””

  1. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Not to sound like sour grapes but the Panthers can call razzle-dazzle plays vs the Bucs, but come Dec/Jan other teams will not fall for it. Cam will be forced to win games.

  2. Buc believer Says:

    Who the hell let Smitty call the plays again? I thought he was fired?

  3. Wombat Says:

    This team is toast… has more problems and is not a quick fix. I hope this team rallies and gets better, but I can’t see it happening. The Top 100 players in the NFL next year will not have a Buc representative… I know we have players who should be in it, but they are not put in a position to play to their strengths. That was Koetter’s catch phrase when he was hired. I don’t see it!!

  4. ChanEpic Says:

    “It’s starting to smell as if Koetter has a poisoned locker room on his hands.” STARTING to smell…? No this team has shown they have tuned out since Jameis came back from suspension. That admission though, my hat’s off to Coach K, he’s basically telegraphing his dismissal with those comments.

  5. Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    I am very sad. I am losing all interest. They are no longer worth the time I put in to follow them, much like that other fan Joe wrote about. It is not like flipping off a switch. Its like a slow painful death, you slowly distance yourself.

  6. ChanEpic Says:

    @Wombat – JPP, OJ, and Evans will be in the Top 100.

  7. AlteredEgo Says:

    I swear it seemed like a quadruple reverse in slow motion with the Bucs chasing the ball like 5 years olds

  8. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:

    Things like tackling, play recognition, and situational awareness are supposed to be taught before the season starts. This all points to bad Head Coaching on Dirk Koetters part.

    The more Koetter talks, the more he admits the problem is him.

  9. Doctor Stroud Says:

    Wow! What a breath of fresh air, like a cool mountain breeze with all the doors and windows wide open. This is a Coach who wants to be put out of his misery and fired…with multiple years remaining on his contract. #PaidFloridaVacation

  10. Miguel Grande Says:

    It’s getting to be very depressing for Florida football fans.

    FSU, UF, Bucs and now even USF on a losing streak. Good grief!

    I think we need to sacrifice a virgin or something.

    Any volunteers????


  11. geno711 Says:

    A few things (NFL related) I hate right now:

    Zekes feed me move after every run over 5 yards.
    Cam Newtons Superman pose.
    ZZ Top style beards including Fitz’
    Desean Jackson or Aaron Rogers exasperated expression if the play did not work out for them.
    Local fans prognostications that if Winston left the Bucs he would win a super bowl.

    But the number 1 thing is –
    Watching the hapless Buc’s defense week in and week out.

  12. doolnutts Says:

    My opinion on all of this… Is how many coaches is our “core” group going to go through? IF Koetter ends up getting fired along with Licht I think we should do a total house cleaning… The defense has been awful since Monte’s last season here and to me, the common denominator is our core defensive players at this point. The only player on defense I think worth keeping right now is JPP… There isn’t a defensive coach in this league that can fix a lack of effort, you have to want it.

  13. 813bucboi Says:

    just say it joe…..dirk has lost the locker room…..1 more blow out by WAS and dirk may make bucs history and get canned mid season…..

    Kris Richard for HC!!!!!!!!


  14. DBS Says:

    How long is it going to take to sink in? They have changed Coaches, Players and GM multiple times with the same result. The problem is the GLAZERS. May be nice people but can’t pick the right people for this team period! End of story.

  15. John B Says:

    We have 3 winnable games in a row, lets see how we respond- my guess is we win all 3 before losing 5 in a row to finish 6-10 and the house cleaning begins

  16. Buc believer Says:

    There is one common denominator in our years of losing… that is the infectious cancer known as number 93 Batman. This smiling I don’t care about results just make sure my paycheck is good career loser infects good football players like the virus he is and destroys the ability or will to win. NOTHING will change until he is GONE!

  17. Not there yet Says:

    I mean I get it we got rid of Mike Smith but kept the scheme because it’s impossible to change mid season but the theme is no excuses right
    1 Mike Smith had been fired in the offseason there would be no need for this type of worry
    2 tackling has nothing to do with scheme
    3 the panthers were laughing at the bucs all game long and they were a joke
    4 if tackling is so fundamental it only requires training in training camp not during season, players are stealing money and taking Sunday off.
    5 they have more fun playing ping pong than football on sunday

  18. passthebuc Says:

    This is an insult to the Keystone Cops who were good at what they did.

  19. Joe Says:

    This all points to bad Head Coaching on Dirk Koetters part.

    Unlike training camp 2017, Koetter often remarked this past summer the team had good practices.

    Joe’s just about convinced Koetter has locker room that has turned on him. If he’s talking about guys not giving effort halfway through the season, that’s a pretty big tipoff.

    When he said the Bucs’ problems is much bigger than one person, yeah, a poisoned locker room would be bigger than one person.

  20. passthebuc Says:

    You forgot to mention the 3 stooges at the top of the chart.

  21. LakeLand Says:

    Norv Turner is still a good playcaller

    He calls plays to the players strength
    He knows that DJ Moore, C-MAC, Curtis Samuel are speedy players
    That need the ball in space, he get the ball to them in space
    Cam is a speedy QB, who is best in space
    I said that Norv Turner will be a HUGE upgrade over Mike Shula

  22. tickrdr Says:

    Shoddy not shotty. I know the effect you were looking for, but it wouldn’t work with shoddy. Doctors use shotty to refer to small lymph nodes about the size of buckshot.


  23. sbucs Says:

    As much as we fans complain professional athletes don’t get embarrassed, they get paid (whatever they do). Its time to clean house.

  24. Buccfan37 Says:

    The last line of the Bucs defense on that play just fell over without any attempt to make the tackle. Like they were plum tuckered out. Pathetic.

  25. joestang Says:

    Vea looked lost and slow. His name was called once when he tackled the running back who didn’t have the ball. Vea is a total bust as is Jones. Licht cannot draft or pick free agents, what the hell is he doing here?

  26. uckinator Says:

    On the Keystone Kop play, did you notice not one Buc made it into the backfield. Golly Gee, the the ball changed hands 3 times…in the BACKFIELD ! That should have been a loss of 10 yards on the play. The DL. with one exception is just mailing it in. Shows no respect for Koetter.

  27. JimmyJack Says:

    That play ain’t seered in my mind. I find household chores more entertaining.

    I did plan to devote 3-4 hours on the Bucs the past two weekends but only lasted 30 mins before it felt like I got kicked in my face.

    Really Bucs? Thirty f***ing minutes? That’s all your worth. You guys are goddamm lucky we once had a SB Champion team go belly up the following year. They are the only team that saves you from being the most dissapointing to every play a sport in this city.

    Just do me a favor and start taking a few kneels in the first series this week. That way we can know you guys are merely going the the motions. Take a kneel and let me know you don’t care anymore so I can give up as a fan.

    This team makes me hate myself.

  28. Troy Says:

    Teams run plays like this against you when they know you are completely outmatched and completely s*ck. There is no pride here and that’s why the roster needs to be turned over to send a message that this type of effort will not be tolerated.

  29. SOEbuc Says:

    I like to tell myself we had two #2 LBs starting on that play. Was looking at one of those mock drafts for next year on my FB that never come out to be true and they gave us S Deionte Thompson (Alabama) at 15. Watched highlights. That guy would’ve got to the ball and dropped his a$$. Pay big time vet CB opposite CD3. VH3 in the slot. And Thompson and Evans at safety. That’s a sick a$$ secondary if you can get d-line and LBs to execute.