“It Almost Seems Like He’s Becoming Comfortable With Losing”

December 24th, 2018

Dirk Koetter appears to be doing a wonderful job dealing with a steady flow of Buccaneers losing. For Koetter, that’s an 11-23 run since his five-game winning streak in 2016.

If you watch/listen to Koetter in his many news conferences, Koetter appears rather resigned to a steady diet of L’s with a side of sloppiness. It almost makes Joe think Koetter already was told he won’t return next season.

It’s not just Joe viewing a head coach who appears awfully calm and content to make few if any changes to his starting lineup.

“It almost seems like he’s becoming comfortable with the losing,” John Gilmore said of Koetter yesterday on the Buccaneers Radio Network.

Gilmore, the ex-Bucs tight end, collects a check from Team Glazer for his analysis. And he’s been hammering away at various players in recent weeks. It was intriguing to hear him talk about seeing a defeated head coach.

Does that rub off on players?

Joe doesn’t know. But it should all be moot in one week.

36 Responses to ““It Almost Seems Like He’s Becoming Comfortable With Losing””

  1. Mike Says:

    It’s similar to when he gave up mid game way back saying we can’t execute anyway. He has a lousy attitude, is a whiner, passive aggressive, impatient, and stubborn, no real leadership. Spoiled brat.
    God, I feel terrible saying all of this, I don’t know all sides to the man, but this is the largest part of the perception I get. I wish the man well, perhaps he’s getting pulled in multiple directions, has been handcuffed by management? Who knows, speculation is just that. Something is not working- it’s sad and painful all at once.
    Go Bucs!

  2. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Koetter being fired is a foregone conclusion…

    The real question is



    JANUARY 1, 2019, here at JBF will break all time records of website activity because Jason Licht will be back, …

    But the Tampa Bay Fanbase will not approve”

    Kobe Faker

  3. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Anyone notice the body language of the players down 14-3 midway through the 2nd quarter? You would of thought it was 38-0 with under a minute left in the game. Winston/Evans and McCoy were caught on camera.

  4. FortMyersDave Says:

    A 10 loss season is guaranteed and knowing the Bucs, they will reward us fans with a win over the ATL to be bumped from 6th in the spring draft to out of the top 10 and probably behind both the ATL and Carolina as well as get stuck with the 2nd place schedule as opposed to the 4th which means Seattle and Philly as opposed to the Giants and either AZ or SF. This season finale vs the ATL kind of reminds me of a Buc game I went to way back in 1988 as a USF college student where the Ray Perkins led Bucs and Detroit faced off in a battle of 4-11 teams. Bucs were actually the better team and won 21-10. The Lions were rewarded with the third overall pick in which they selected Barry Sanders after Dallas selected Aikman and Green Bay selected Tony Mandarich. KC then selected Derrick Thomas at 4 and the ATL got Neon Deion out of FSU at 5. The Bucs then selected bust Broderick Thomas. It would be fitting if the Bucs do manage to win this game only to watch the ATL and Carolina pick ahead of them and get talent that will torment the Bucs for a decade while the Bucs probably will select a dud and this would be something Koetter would probably strive to do since he knows he is not in the 2019 plans and if they bench Winston then Ryan Griffen will probably have a field day vs the Falcon 3rd stringers who are likely to be told to tank. Its a Bucs’ life…… Anyhow, Merry XMas Joes, thanks for the great website to visit even if out Tampa team is way below average!

  5. Dan Says:

    Why is he still employed. Just look at Cleveland’s performance after a mid season firing. Why in the world is Dirk still here. I’ll tell you why because the Glazers care more about tradition than us fans. There’s no reason Dirk should still be the coach at this point absolutely none.

  6. Christopher Says:

    I guess it’s ok to keep Jameis Winston bc he doesn’t eat many Ws.
    The glazers are about to make the biggest mistake : forcing the next regime to keep Jameis Winston as their QB next year. Good luck finding any head coach especially when around the league teams love game planning against him bc he doesn’t see the field and is good for a TO or 2.

  7. Christopher Says:

    Baker mayfield is a stud though. Changing coaches with this QB won’t do a darn thing

  8. Pete I Says:

    How at this point can he not be comfortable with losing. It’s what he is used to. Dirk does not have “IT” as a head coach, never really has, the only reason he still is coaching the Bucs is the Glazer kids don’t have “IT” as NFL owners.

    I miss Malcom, he had “IT” but thise apples fell far from that tree.

  9. FortMyersDave Says:

    Pete I is correct; the franchise really started to come apart at the seems after Malcolm had the stroke.

  10. SJ_Bucsfan Says:

    To me any coach that says in a press conference after a sloppy Bucs loss “I don’t know what the problem is, if I knew I would fix it” Should not be coach! It’s a coach’s responsibility to know what the problem is and fix it! Look how long he held on to his buddy Mike Smith. There was “Here’s a real PROBLEM” written all over it and he waited till he was forced to fix it. Dirk is just one of those guys that may be an above average OC but not a good coach…

  11. Joe Blahak Says:

    Griffin needs to start and play the last game!!!

  12. Getaclue Says:

    And the week before it was he was defeated. Regardless of how he acts it’s made a story

  13. SJ_Bucsfan Says:

    Not a good Head Coach that is…

  14. VFL98 Says:

    Yea, I am done! I’m done with Bucs football until they hire a new coach and gm. Have fun guys and Joe enjoy your Christmas and New Year. I get on this site at least twice a day, but not until training camp. I will just listen on talk radio what goes on.. Bucs are the laughing stock of the NFL and I need a break. Hopefully when I get back on we will have a new coach, gm and a better outlook on football. Until then, SEE YA!!!!

  15. AlteredEgo Says:

    It is not coaching …it is the talent…errr lack of…

  16. TheBucsAnthem Says:


    Jason Licht has done enough to keep his job


    Koetter hasn’t done enough to keep his

    So yes, I can realistically see Licht coming back in 2019.

    This fan base is so feed up with Cheapness of the GLAZERS and them not going out and hiring a Veteran HC like a Mike McCarthy or Bruce Arians….

    The GLAZERS are so cheap that we get crap like Raheem Morris and Shiano……

    When is this crap ever going to end GLAZERS?????

    Tampa and your fan base are now the Cleveland Browns of the South………. WHEN WILL IT FREAKING CHANGE?????

  17. Stevbobucsfan Says:

    For 2nd time I think B Arians is gonna be the next coach. I think he will bring in 2 good assistants at OC and DC who will take over when Arians retire to give this team some solidarity for some years. I really hope the Bucs don’t get in this bidding war for these H Cs

  18. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    And oh yeah…..

    I said it multiple times yesterday I smelled quit after they were down by 14 yesterday in the game day thread.

    You can always see it in the players at this time of year cause the bucs always end with a losing record.


    It will be the last game for Koetter as the Bucs HC.

  19. Buc believer Says:

    It’s because he KNOWS arhat when he is canned it doesn’t matter!!! The mo fo still gets freeking PAID!!!! All he wants to do is get his sorry arse back to the great potato state and fish!!! PHUCK him!!! I would keep his sorry arse on as the freeking janitor and make him scrub toilets and make him the highest paid toilet cleaner in the league till his contract expires! And I would give him an assistant… Jason Gump!!! PHUCK them both they have screwed us for years to come!

  20. mickman Says:

    Perhaps he has been told that…or Maybe he was told they are keeping him and firing GM.

  21. FortMyersDave Says:

    BucsAnthem: Tampa is not the Cleveland of the South but perhaps considering the ownership perhaps the Lions, Bungles or Jets of the South as all 3 franchises are like the Bucs in a spiral to the bottom of the NFL. I guess it could be worse, the Bucs could have paid Gruden $10 million a year to go 3-13 but at least then the Bucs would be drafting in the top 2 instead of the 6 to 12 range depending on if the ATL out tanks them next Sunday….

  22. Rick Says:

    Na I don’t think so. If anything, he looks like he’s ready to be done with this. He and Winston. Winston doesn’t want to be here anymore.

  23. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Start Winston…..Beat Atlanta….make a decent pick where you are.

    Root for Det, Giants, SF, Jax, Jets, Bills

  24. Ed Says:

    Sundays Falcon’s-Bucs game is as good as a preseason game. Both teams have nothing to play for as teams, mayber there are some players that want to have great games for performance bonuses, records or because they are free agents and are going elsewhere.

    From a coaching standpoint this game means nothing, the winner is the loser in the draft and a win is going to make either coach or GM any less secure.

    Play it like a preseason game, let all your rookies that havn’t been on the field play the majority of snaps with your unproven backup Ryan Griffin.

    I think we all have seen enough of Donovan Smith and Brent Grimes and Benenoch, sit them, play Jameis a quarter, let Evans get his records and then sit him, he doesn’t need to be out there. Rest Humphries, he’s a free agent and deserves the respect to not let him get a concussion as Jameis has an issue throwing to receivers in dangerous conditions.

  25. zzbuc Says:

    That is a really unfair statement Joe……..We can argue if he is the right coach or not, if he has de right weapons, if he had a good team if he is a bad playcaller, whatever…….But saying he is almost comfortable loosing is quite unfair….. Why? More than Joe has made that observation. Again, it’s an assessment based on his behavior. That doesn’t mean Koetter isn’t busting his ass to win. Joe never wrote that Koetter is just going through the motions. –Joe

    ….Your sentences on Koetter they´ve been quite strong lately, not so sure about most of the players and the GM were as severe as this ones……Why don´t you talk more often aboute your favourite america´s QB and his clock management? Fumbles???? Joe has written plenty about Jameis’ gaffes and change in demeanor. –Joe Donovan Smith and his lazy attitude? what about Grimes? What about Mc Coy? What about Gholston? What about the self¡sh words on Demar Dotson last week?Why don´t you you give us a close look to Bucs Free agency for the last 5 years???? Come on Joe Don´t be shy!!!! Joe is not shy and writes about everything. Why would Joe write a close look at 5 years of free agency? Everybody already knows Jason Licht is subpar when it comes to picking free agents.-Joe

  26. Conte Piscatelli Says:

    He’s like the criminal that gets caught and finally sleeps well. He has accepted that his job in Tampa is over, there isn’t any reason for him to stress, worry, or press to try and save his job. He is just comfortable with the inevitability of his situation.

  27. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The Atlanta game is a meaningless game for meaningless fans……

  28. Troy Says:

    You cannot bring any of these people back next year. It would be like watering a plant with Brawdo. Of course, this team is the the epitome of idiocracy.

  29. BucEmUp Says:

    I heard something about One of the glaziers boys not going to say where, how or who but it was about them basically treating someone as if they were a worthless peasant. The first thing I thought of when I heard it was , who the he’ll would want to.play for a guy like that? Not sure if it was.true but I’m beginning to think these owners will never have a winning product with this team even if one of them treats people like that. Based n where I heard it I believe it 100% but don’t want to put anyone’s name on it

  30. tmaxcon Says:

    Cancer93 sucks the life out of every coach, free agent and draft pick he comes in contact with. No one escapes the leader of the losing culture captain quitter cancer93. the undisputed face of the basement years cancer93 is by far the most overrated buc andcworst teammate of all time

  31. Bucsfanman Says:

    Tampabaybucfan Says:
    December 24th, 2018 at 7:56 am

    “Start Winston…..Beat Atlanta….make a decent pick where you are.

    Root for Det, Giants, SF, Jax, Jets, Bills”

    YES SIR! Draft position be darned. Play to win or stay the eff home.

  32. Buccfan37 Says:

    I’d rather the Bucs lose to Atlanta for the higher draft pick. That would be winning something of consequence beneficial overall.

  33. niko Says:

    Dewey Selmon…. you can see what you want to see, you have no clue what a 3 second cam shot is really telling you any more than you can take 3 seconds of conversation and know what it means. Obviously, the team was NOT dejected because they scored a TD after that point.

    This team has never stopped fighting, thats Jameis.

  34. BrianBucs Says:


    Agreed 100%

    Licht, Koetter and Winston all need to go

  35. uckinator Says:

    I am sure Koetter was told to sit Fitz and put Ryan Griffin as back up QB. If Ryan Griffin starts against Atlanta, that means that Koetter is gone with the decision of starting QB has been taken from him. The suits want to know what they’ve got going into the off season. What’s amazing is Griffin has not taken 1 snap since being signed 3 years ago ! That’s just plain stupid !

  36. WyldKat Says:

    Any other week, any other coach would have burned time outs instead of hoping his QB gets the ball snapped. I’m always screaming why not just take the 5 yards?!

    This week, I’m screaming, OMG why wouldn’t you call timeout?! Koetter has gone into collect the last paychecks mode.