Dirk Koetter, Mike Evans Talk Drops

December 16th, 2018

Drops plagued the Buccaneers today early and late.

Joe went fishing for reasons with Dirk Koetter after the game.

Struggling second-year receiver Chris Godwin had a drop on the opening possession of the game. The next play was a sack of Jameis Winston, the only one he took all day.

On the next Bucs possession, Mike Evans lost a ball in the air and then dropped the next one thrown his way. That led to a punt, and four plays later Bucs linebacker Riley Bullough dropped a sure interception in his belly.

Joe asked Koetter if the drops had anything to do with relentless rain or wet field, or just player error.

“I’m sure the weather had something to do with it,” Koetter said. “But, you know, we don’t usually have drops on balls. Like I said, Jameis was right on the money there. We had three drops, you know three on offense and a dropped interception right off the bat. You gotta be able to catch it.”

Evans talked about how the cold (41 degrees at kickoff) made the ball feel “like a rock” and it took him time to adjust.

In a one-score game, these are the little things (among the big things) that lose games.

Koetter was asked a lot the last two weeks about practicing with wet balls to prepare for games. Perhaps next time the Bucs travel north in December, they should bring wet and refrigerated balls out to the practice fields of One Buc Palace.

38 Responses to “Dirk Koetter, Mike Evans Talk Drops”

  1. tnew Says:

    Drops are related to concentration and interest… need I say more

  2. Rod Munch Says:

    The WRs wear gloves normally – and today they couldn’t because it was wet. It’s really that simple.

    Evans adjusted and made some nice catches after that, but Godwin did not. Godwin should spend this entire offseason working without gloves.

    As for Joe Dirt he had the ball knocked out of his hands by David by accident – I’m pretty certain that wasn’t a drop.

  3. Wausa Says:

    First pass of the game was a perfect slant for a TD if Godwin holds on(the safety had fallen down).

    Evans had the most issues though.

  4. NoTalentonDefense Says:

    Godwin dropped a great throw early by Winston on a slant route, I think he may have taken that one to the house. Godwin has killed us this year with drops. Evans has had some too but on balance, not bad.

  5. Rod Munch Says:

    You see Brady choke today? The guy throws a 4th quarter INT, then on the final drive can’t get it done. They’re going to pay that bum $27-million next year? Are you kidding me?!? The guy didn’t win today on the road, against a terrible defense he only gets 10 points? He can’t get it done, cut him.

  6. Ndog Says:

    Let’s be real guys the drops are all Jameis’s fault. Right Anthem, bucnut and all the other morons?

  7. BrianBucs Says:



  8. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:

    U get paid $14 million dollars a year to catch a football, NO EXCUSES!!!!

  9. Rod Munch Says:

    You see that bum Wilson choke today in San Francisco? On the road against a bad defense that bum can’t beat a team the Bucs destroyed a couple of weeks ago? Are you kidding me? They’re going to pay him $25m next year for that? What a joke. Cut that bum, he’s a loser.

  10. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:


    R u talking about the guy that won 5 Super Bowls??

  11. Loyaltotheend Says:

    It’s why Evans will never be elite or considered one of the best outside of this market. Too many drops and drive killing penalties

    Young players who aren’t progressing each week are inconsistent like Jameis, Evans and others.

    Lot of potential with this roster but just not coached well enough to put it all together

  12. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:


    U talking about another guy that won a super bowl??

  13. Loyaltotheend Says:

    Rod, bashing a 5 time champion to pump up a #1 overall pick who is inaccurate and makes more bad decisions than good with the ball shows just how out of touch you are.

  14. Rod Munch Says:

    7423 – The only thing that matters is what you did today, stop living in the past.

  15. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I think Rod is being sarcastic…..

  16. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:


    U know what a record is? It’s called what u did in the past, and what we need to make the playoffs, the only thing that counts is wins. We r 5-9

    Stop living in Fantasia

  17. JimmyJack Says:

    I though WR was the one position we didn’t have any holes. I was proven wrong the last two weeks.

    Godwin should be benched.

  18. Kobe Faker Says:

    “As the originator and only member of the the FreeOJStocker movement, will tell tell you sheep the difference between the #1 nfl offense vs a team that avg scores 18 pts per game like your yucs

    OJ Howard

    The #1 mismatch in the NFL that no one knows till next year

    6’6 250lbs 4.5 forty. Our best route runner and physical mismatch

    Our new coaching staff will utilize him correctly and will avg over 30 pts per game again next year. OJ will be the engine this offensive will run thru and scoring tds

    He will be in the slot and making explosive plays ala kelce and Ertz and not blocking like klueless had him doing for the 1st 2 years

    Doesnt this offense look similar to last years klueless offense?

    Who is missing?


    kobe Faker

  19. brooks55hof Says:

    Hello Jensen- You get paid $14M per year as a guy with the 4th most penalties in the NFL. C’mon man, get your s**t under control and be a team leader. Don’t argue with your QB and stop the stupidity.

  20. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I really hate to say this but I think our offense misses Djax….

    Our receivers don’t seem to be able to get separation without him posing as a deep threat.

    And, I’m somewhat surprised by Godwin the last two weeks….it is very uncharacteristic. He as been solid…I believe he will be OK.

    Actually, our most reliable receiver his Humphries.

  21. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Right along with coaching Jameis, OJ Howard and his potential will be the top selling points to attract a Head Coach to come to Tampa”

    Kobe Faker

  22. jerseybuc Says:

    Lack of concentration. No excuse. Doesn’t it rain in Florida? No gloves? Seems like WR’s were surprised by the elements. And I do understand it wasn’t ideal, but 40 degrees and raining isn’t exactly frosty Lambeau in 67. I think we know what we have in this team. And they deserve to be looked at as a 5-11 team because that is what they will be.

  23. T REX Says:

    So far I’ve seen major tools on here mention Rodgers and Brady in relation to Winston’s poor game. The only super bowl ring he’ll ever get is the one he steals.

    Please stop with the stupidity.

  24. Buccfan37 Says:

    Can’t fault the Bucs for playing up to expectations.

  25. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    Kobe I think that’s the smartest thing you’ve said. This team is missing OJ bad!
    He is the biggest mismatch that we have and can create separation that our receivers can’t lately.

  26. John B Says:

    No OJ, no speed on the outside – offense is sputtering

    Can’t stand DSux, but can’t deny the difference with those two not on the field

    Adams looked worse than ever, no we know why he got cut 5 times, secondary just lost in space

    LVD played lights out

    Vea had a good 1st qtr then vanished

    Where is Beau Allen? Shouldn’t we get a refund?

    Hate Grimes, but he got held on the TD run, badly

    Refs looked like they were all from Baltimore by birth – pathetic missed calls – Jensen’s wasn’t holding- Evans didn’t interfere

    JPP getting rag dolled by his jersey repeatedly

    All in all we just couldn’t hang, again, against a decent NFL team

    How long do we have to go thru this?

  27. Kobe Faker Says:


    We Havent seen 50% of What OJ will become next year with our new HC

    Travis Kelce with a tan

    Yes our 30 pts per game output completely dropped down to less than 20 pts per game exactly when OJ went to IR

    With the right HC and scheme/playcalling along with a good draft and a few FA contributions…

    We can be a playoff team next year”

    Kobe “broken clock right twice per day” Faker

  28. Ndog Says:

    T REX Says:
    December 16th, 2018 at 8:15 pm
    So far I’ve seen major tools on here mention Rodgers and Brady in relation to Winston’s poor game. The only super bowl ring he’ll ever get is the one he steals.

    Please stop with the stupidity.

    His point is players don’t win teams do, but just like you missed his point you probably are one of the ones blaming Jameis for the losses of this dumpster fire.

  29. DC_BUCCS_FAN Says:

    Man Godwin killed us on opening drive with the drop… He’d still be running right now 6pts right there

  30. Destinjohnny Says:


  31. Grt1 Says:

    OJ has all the tools no doubt, this is the second straight season he can’t finish. Can’t count on guys who ain’t on the field.

  32. BigMacAttack Says:

    Dirk could have taken them up to Baltimore early in the week to acclimate, but he knows better. He could have cranked the AC in the indoor practice bldg to maybe 55, and brought in some sprinklers, but he knows better. This clown always knows better, a legend in his own mind, a perennial candidate for coach of the year. Hopefully his 15 minutes is almost up and he takes the Clown King Beer Guzzler Licht with him. I wonder what their stupid slogan will be next year??? We Draft Losers. We May Suck Again. Of Course We Raised Prices. Buy One Get One Free. Please Oh Please Come Back. We Did Win A Super Bowl, You Know. Sure Wish Our Dad Was Here. Ah The Hell With It, We Suck Like No Other.

  33. BigMacAttack Says:

    Tampa Bay, where Draft Talk starts every September.

  34. SchwiftyBuc Says:

    Why in the hell! Were none of our receivers wearing gloves to open the game!?

  35. D1 Says:


    To your point of developing talent.

    The2 following are the listed weaknesses from Winston’s predraft profile by NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein:

    “Decision making not consistent with his football intelligence. Will throw into impossible windows rather than taking safe throw underneath. Elongated windup and release allows instinctive defenders to close on throws. Was too easily baited into dangerous throws. Struggled with intermediate passing game in 2014, completing 56.8 percent of his passes with FBS-leading 11 interceptions in that range. Still learning nuances of position and how to move and hold defenders with his eyes. Would sleepwalk through first half of many games. Inconsistent footwork and weight transfer caused balls to sail. Prone to emotional outbursts on field. Quality of decision-making drops off substantially when pocket becomes turbulent and he’s forced to leave it. Lacks athleticism to extend plays for very long outside of the pocket. Off-the-field character and ability to lead on NFL level are his primary obstacles, according to NFL evaluators.”

    Sound familiar?

  36. D1QB Says:

    Prior to the draft,

    ‘re; Winston,
    If Tampa Bay picks him, QBASE will give Winston the third-lowest projection among the 13 No. 1 overall quarterbacks since 1996. David Carr and Michael Vick are the only two top selections who would rank lower. And nobody with a QBASE projection in Winston’s neighborhood has been worth the top pick.

  37. Phil Says:

    I thought the equipment manager forgot to pack gloves for the wide receivers there were so many drops. You see all the one handed catches being made by receivers like OBJ and it’s all because of the gloves they wear. Do the Bucs not have access to these gloves? It sure seems that way because none of them were wearing any gloves. What a bunch of dummies.

  38. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    I love Mike Evans but he looked like he didn’t even want to be there at times yesterday. At other times, he just totally lost his focus arguing with refs.

    Chris Godwin…. seriously hope this is just a slump. Because I don’t recognize him from what he have seen previously from him.