Dirk Koetter Lauded For “Focus, Commitment And Discipline”

January 23rd, 2019

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff

The spin was flowing last night on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

Broadcasting live from Senior Bowl festivities, co-hosts Alex Marvez and former Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik interviewed Atlanta Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff.

And after Dimitroff said this year’s NFL draft pool is rich in offensive linemen and linebackers, the subject turned to new Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, the recently fired Buccaneers head coach.

Dimitroff said he was excited about Koetter returning to run the Atlanta offense because he would add “a good element of focus and commitment and discipline for our offense.”

That’s when Joe pulled a Newcastle out of the refrigerator and called it a night. Where exactly was there discipline in the Bucs offense the last two seasons? Last year, the Bucs were the most penalized team in the NFC and had so many ill-timed, drive-killing calls on the offense.

“Focus and commitment,” are those words to describe Koetter’s 2018 Bucs offense with its wildly inconsistent quarterback play and questionable effort from offensive linemen? Heck, after the 2017 season, Koetter’s right hand man, Todd Monken, said the Bucs offense “chose to suck” in the red zone throughout the year, and O-line coach George Warhop said his unit wasn’t mentally right until Week 9.

Dimitroff added that Koetter will bring a real maturity to the position, and Joe won’t quibble with that. Koetter certainly will be a mature and professional presence.

Certain levels of coachspeak/GMspeak always stun Joe. There’s just so much BS that flows this time of year. This Koetter take from Dimitroff rivals all the chatter about what a defensive guru Todd Bowles is, as if nobody is aware that his Jets defenses were horrendous the past two years.

27 Responses to “Dirk Koetter Lauded For “Focus, Commitment And Discipline””

  1. Jason S. Mclaurin Says:

    I just think the Falcons are running out of good ideas. Running out time too. Their window is apparently closing as well as the Saints.

  2. westernbuc Says:

    Reminder, the Glazers wanted to fire Dirk Koetter and replace him with Gruden. Totally undercutting his 2018 season. Dead man walking as they say. I’ll bet a lot of coaches checked out after that (Mike Smith).

    Besides, the guy that brought in the undisciplined players kept his job…

  3. Jean Lafitte Says:

    Good luck Coach Koetter. As a fan I look forward to playing against you to see how we stack up. You should know our weaknesses but BA’s presence alone should even the odds. At least that’s the skinny down here.

  4. old time buc Says:

    Well no matter, he is gone from here without helping us at all, so I wish him luck in his new endeavor. We need to get behind BA and support those who will be Bucs.

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Over the years there have been so many players and coaches who have left the Bucs for other teams….mostly players……but I have learned that it is best to focus on the coaches and players you have.

    There is far too much emphasis on how players do after they leave…..it’s sort of like following your ex’s activities….there is little there to really matter.

  6. BucsFanSince1976 Says:

    Just having an ex would imply that one did not draft well.

  7. Buc believer Says:

    Thank you Dork for taking the Atlanta job so we can kick your arse twice a year.

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    BucsFanSince1976 Says:
    January 23rd, 2019 at 6:27 am
    Just having an ex would imply that one did not draft well.

    Not having an ex girlfriend means you had no draft picks or picked only one to begin with…….
    And perhaps if it’s an ex wife……she didn’t draft well…..

  9. Robertg Says:

    Cory Rodgers was the DC for the Jets, not Todd. BS flows from the media all the time.

  10. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:


    Why the hell are you writing articles about Falcons on Koetter??

    Get this garbage off your website

  11. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Licht gets a paas because of his connection to Arians. Wish Koetter well. But most of all Jason Licht needs to stop signing players that are undisciplined and
    overpaying them. Hard to be optimistic when Licht keeps making the same mistakes on personnel decisions over and over again. There is a fatal flaw in
    player personnel department that needs to be exorcised. Player evaluation
    is one of the primary reasons keeps failing to take the next step.

  12. FortMyersDave Says:

    The ATL held its own on offense last year, their main issues were on defense where they were almost as horrendous as the Mikey Smith Buc D as the ATL does have some weapons on offense but it will be interesting to see if Koetter makes their O go one dimension like it was here and while its hard to predict the future it seems like it could be a real possibility that the ATL could be one of those teams that really bottoms out in 2019 like Jason S said in a post above.

    Not sure if I agree with Jason’s prediction about the Aint’s who really got cornholed by the refs last weekend but I hope that he is right and that starts the start of a downward spiral as well.

  13. Mindy Says:

    I was reading this and it dawned on me that every negative thing written about Koetter also applies to Bowles and his team last year no discipline lots of penalties

  14. Jonathan Lipnicki Says:

    Plot thickens as GMs/coaches/players change sides. Atlanta and Mr. Blank Check ( who is on record “happy” that the Saints won’t be in the Super Bowl in his shiny new stadium ) may never recover from the 28-3 collapse. Rich McKay is a “suit” with administrative duties including an ambassador role with the NFL. He is not part of personnel decisions. I look forward to watching Dirk in his ladies glasses on the other side. Bucs trending up…NFC South rivals trending down.

  15. WyldKat Says:

    They keep using these words. I do not think they mean what they think they mean.

  16. ben Says:

    i’d say Licht was the bigger problem. He signed the bad running back and lousy line and still is bucs gm with the worst record!! (ugh)

  17. Pickgrin Says:

    “Joe pulled a Newcastle out of the refrigerator”

    Well – at least Joe’s taste in beer is improving substantially – one of you anyways…

  18. Bobby M. Says:

    Koetter had ZERO control of who Licht brought in…..I promise you Arians doesn’t have the same arrangement. Things didn’t work out here with Koetter…it happens. Turns out Koetter is a better OC then HC….probably why he’s gone an entire career as an OC. Licht is the moron who thought Koetter was HC material. Licht has literally sucked at every responsibility of a GM….other then feeding stories to the local media.

  19. Nick2 Says:

    Wow that guy does’nt study opponents in his division. Thats not necessarily the job of a GM but how clueless can you be to make a statement that far off??? Discipline??? The Bucs were one of the most penalized team in the NFL and I am betting they would rank WAY up there if you analyzed how many critical 4th quarter penalties took away huge plays. If there was some stat out there for that the term would be undisciplined!! Dimitroff was just selling snake oil to the fans. Now he may improve their offense that will happen but I would not include discipline into the nauseating reviews of Koetter.

  20. Bird Says:

    Yah. Nothing was Jamies fault.

    It was all Koetter. Dang SOB
    Keep em coming

    All the games Jameis lost last year was Koetter fault
    All the games Jameis won last year was you know who America’s success

  21. 813bucboi Says:


    i agree…


  22. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I don’t care what anyone thinks here. Dirk Koetter was a good offensive head coach, doomed by his stubborn loyalty to Mike Smith and a GM’s inability to find a decent kicker.

    I DO NOT put him in a lower class of guys like Raheem Morris, Greg Schiano or Lovie Smith. He is too good for that.

    I would keep an eye on him…he’s the sort of coach who will look for the right situation before he accepts another HC job, and he’ll succeed when he takes one. His second time around will establish him as a great HC. This was a learning experience for him.

  23. Nick2 Says:

    Ok so great Offensive Coordinator who did not know he needed to fire his best buddy who was tanking our defense. Yes lets go back and blame Jameis???? Also if your a great offensive coordinator and you have a QB who is in the facility at 5 AM but you have a lazy overpaid diva who falls asleep in team meetings and crys about touches after a victory and wont stretch out for a last second victory touchdown and you praise the guy????????? Oh and then the same diva you praised throws you under the bus. Yeah Koetter had good system designed but Monken had the better play calling. If we all forget Koetter took it over and had over 500 yards and 3 points to show for it. Seriously people wake the hell up.

  24. Captain Dan Lawrence Says:

    Joe,.. you sound like a bitter “man”. Much too negative! :/

  25. unbelievable Says:

    Joe I would like to commend your for your beverage choice!

    Love me some Newcastle

  26. Rod Munch Says:

    Dirk is a good OC, but an awful HC, sort of what I and others warned about when the dolts on this site where cheering running Lovie out of town. You know, like why do you take an OC who did a good job for one year with a young QB, had the best rushing offense in the NFL, and then say hey, we’re not going to have you doing what you do well, we’re going to have you run the team so now there is no real OC and you’re not working with your young QB anymore, and you’re a complete and total goof who doesn’t have the mindset to be a HC.

    But Lovie had to go. Why? Well… uh… the top 10 defense was terrible and it was all on Lovie.

    How’s that defense been since then? Oh right.

  27. Destinjohnny Says:

    When you have the 27th best offensive line
    When you have the worst stable of backs
    When you have the 23rd best q.b
    Albeit we did have the 5th best receiving crew
    And produce the numbers we did….
    I wouldn’t mock the guy