Dirk Koetter Implies Communication With Jameis Was Lacking

February 21st, 2019

America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, is no Matt Ryan. And perhaps former Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter needed Jameis to be more like the former NFL MVP and four-time Pro Bowler.

Koetter met with Atlanta media for the first time yesterday since he was re-hired as Falcons offensive coordinator.

They went easy on him. Nobody asked about the Bucs and why he failed as head coach.

There was plenty of chatter about Ryan, though, and Koetter dropped this take that sure seemed like a minor knock on Jameis after spending four years coaching him.

“One of the things I like best about Matt is every quarterback I’ve ever worked with, they can all tell you what they like. What Matt can do, he did it when I was here the first time, he can tell you what he doesn’t like and why,” Koetter said. “And just one of the things I’ve learned over the years is I might think something is the greatest idea ever known to man. If the quarterback doesn’t like it, it’s probably not going to go on Sundays. So I think Matt will always have a huge impact on what our final game plan is when we get to that point in the season.”

Of course, this goes both ways. If Koetter wasn’t getting Jameis to explain what he doesn’t like and why, then shame on Koetter and his staff. That’s their job to find out. And if Jameis couldn’t communicate what he didn’t like effectively, then shame on him.

New Bucs head coach Bucco Bruce Arians said recently (and Joe will write more about it another day) that if his QB doesn’t like a play late in a week of pregame preparation, then it is removed from the play sheet immediately and without hesitation.

Hopefully, Jameis will communicate freely and clearly with Arians on plays he dislikes. And perhaps Koetter’s words might serve as a heads-up to Arians to push Jameis extra hard to reveal all his opinions.

88 Responses to “Dirk Koetter Implies Communication With Jameis Was Lacking”

  1. Not there yet Says:

    Koetter dude your an offensive coordinator lol that’s just pathetic. Maybe it was the second rate coaches you hired buddy

  2. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    This is make or break year for jameis because it seems there was also a communication problem when he was at FSU with jimbo

  3. Casey Morgan Says:

    Some call it a “communication problem.” Others say Jameis is just not very smart…

  4. oar Says:

    Hard to communicate when you’re eating so many finger “W’s”!!

  5. Robert Says:

    Anyway, like I was sayin’, shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey’s uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried.

  6. Robert Says:

    crabman and Buba Gump will communicate just fine (thats Byron for those not in the know)

  7. ben Says:

    Wonder why Fitz got along so well with DJax and Winston has not …maybe the same with coaches and Winston… I know, Everybody will makes excuses for the bucs qb

  8. Morgus the Magnificent Says:

    This goes to the heart of Winston’s own recent comments about doing things his own way. Believe him Joe.

  9. TexBuc Says:

    Jimbo and Winston did not have a communication problem. If anything the media tried to imply Winston talked back to Jimbo too much. Anyone who watched FSU would know Jimbo and Winston was always talking to each other.

    Plain to see koetter and winston did not like each other. Example if your wife’s family owns the business you work for no matter what happens the family will always side with the wife. Koetter failed to realize the Glazers would never side with him over a QB drafted number 1 overall. Good luck Koetter except when we play.

  10. Bruce Blahak Says:

    WinSTUNNED is the “hardest worker” and first to the building and last to leave…for 4 years now and has not improved at all. He’ll never get better. The Bucs have to accept this and prepare to move on in 2020..

  11. Kobe Faker Says:

    “What does the facts state?

    first it was Blaine Gabbert and then JW


    Klueless cant develop or work well with young QBs (young running backs too?)”

    Kobe Faker

  12. Buccernutter Says:

    A ton of great examples as to why we have the dumbest fan base in sports in here.

  13. Dre Says:

    You guys don’t know where to point a finger … blaming koetter … koetter is one hell Igbo a coordinator… he I said no to head coach material…to knock him for the teams lack of success is just ignorant … no wonder why we have the dumbest fans in the NFL … you guys look for a finger to point and it’s always towards the dudes who end up leaving Tampa knowing damn well the problem is still under the roof

  14. Dre Says:

    I’m case you guys wonder what I was saying before my phone was edited … I was saying koetter is one hell of a coordinator and not head coach material… when he lights up Tampa with his offense this coming year I’ll be waiting to see what you all say then

  15. RustyRhinos Says:

    No kidding, when a player does not listen to his coaches, and goes it on his own. Then yes there is a communication problem. Go figure.
    Go Bucs!

  16. Jonathan Lipnicki Says:

    The rivalry vs the Falcons has just been turned up another notch. Beating Koetter and knocking Matt Ryan around sure would be sweet. They haven’t recovered from the 28-3 gag job in the Super Bowl…wouldn’t be surprised to see a complete house cleaning at season’s end in The ATL.

  17. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    No problem with communication at FSU? Like when Jimbo told Jameis you are not dressing for a game and Jameis came out in his uniform?

  18. Not there yet Says:

    Yea uh so futz got a long with coaches for about 3 games before he went all winstoned and started throwing picks too so stop making excuses for futz getting benched for Winston. Dude has one foot out of the nfl and is an elderly veteran so of course he’s seen everything compared to a 4 year guy who’s 24. Some are you have really pathetic mentalities and having trouble seeing from the couch. Really weird for Gruden and BA to be high on Winston but fans think they know more

  19. tmaxcon Says:

    Buccernutter Says:
    February 21st, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    A ton of great examples as to why we have the dumbest fan base in sports in here.

    it’s not the fan base that has embarrassing themselves on the field for nearly 2 decades….. this team and its minor league roster with no heart has been a complete embarrassment and that is solely on their sorry arses, not the fans.

  20. AlteredEgo Says:

    “Implies Communication With Jameis Was Lacking”….translation…numbskull would not follow instructions/play called and was a loose cannon

  21. 813bucboi Says:

    the entire staff didnt know how to “communicate” with the team…..

    how many times have we heard, “communication” was the reason why the defense was so trash…..

    im calling BS on dirk….once again dirk isnt being accountable…..blaming the QB instead of taking responsibility….

    i cant wait for bowles to shut down that outdated 4vert scheme….


  22. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Talk about reading into a statement.

  23. 813bucboi Says:

    some of yall need to wake up….yall acting like listen not listening to dirk caused dirk to get fired….the writing was on the wall after the 2017 season….

    no run game
    retaining smitty
    not developing players that arent pass catchers

    are the top reasons why dirk was sent packing….not because he didnt “communicate” with dirk…..

    plus fitz played just as bad at times so i guess fitz wasnt “communicating” either….lol….


  24. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Normally I would give the benefit of the doubt to the coach….but in this case Koetter simply made too many mistakes…..his judgement is in question.

    I can recall him admitting to throwing a challenge flag when he knew he had no timeouts left……now that is telling….

  25. Joeblowz Says:

    Winston’s problem is he thinks he can hero-ball his way into making anything work.

  26. passthebuc Says:

    Everyone eventually reaches the level of their own incompetence.

  27. StoutGospel Says:

    Who the F cares?!?! And…it’s behind us.

    Go Bucs!

  28. Darin Says:

    We all know he was a good coordinator not a hc. Unfortunately he was our hc. And a terrible one. I wish koetter success and am damn glad he’s gone. Now watch the success this team has with a real HC. Then get back to us.

  29. BucEmUp 7 Says:

    Thats funny Dirk because when.jameis audibled out of a play because hebdidnt like what ue saw you and Monken both criticized him for doing so. Jameis was not given freedom to read defenses and make calls. He was also stuck with your little Tim Allen santa clause lookalike booger eating worst defensive coordinator butt buddy Smittys defense putting him in a hole to dig out of every Sunday. And what happened? Realist and one other guy blamed him for his interceptions every week while ghe rest of us patiently waited for Dirk to pull his head out of Mike smiths ass and fix things.

    Glad we finally have a REAL head coach to get these things fixed

  30. El Buco Realisto Says:

    I guess Head Coach Koetter did not know how to talk “jive” with the qb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. SOEbuc Says:

    Hahahaha. What a joke. This guy was the coach yet his QB is telling him what plays to run. Jameis finally stopped listening to Koetter and said he started using his old own swag to win games and I’m pretty sure he said that was after week 6 when he looked much more swaggy.

  32. Lord Cornelius Says:

    “for 4 years now and has not improved at all.”

    Hilarious how often we see this said on JBF – despite it being objectively wrong. All you have to do is google his name and look at his yearly stats lol.

    Awesome fan base

  33. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Correction – *Awesome fan (I meant sarcastically).

    I don’t want to ever trash this entire fan base. We’ve all been through more than enough.

    No time for using terms like “sheep” and sh1tting on everyone like that. We all want the same thing in the end.

    GO BUCS!

  34. SOEbuc Says:


    “Who the F cares?!?! And…it’s behind us.”

    Matters a little bit. He’s the OC of division rival Atlanta again and those stupid comments please me. Exciting to think how he will be able to f#ck up a rookie QB when Ryan is done.

  35. Bucsfanman Says:

    Seems like a lot being “read into” this. Frankly, I don’t care what Koetter has to say at this point, he’s in Atlanta.
    IMO, Jameis has a lot to prove this year. Arians, I believe, will give him the tools necessary to succeed. As I have stated before, if there’s someone who can “fix” Jameis and this football team, it’s Coach Arians.

  36. Lord Cornelius Says:

    *awesome fan I meant.

    I don’t want to insult this entire fan base ever. It’s been through enough lol

    GO BUCS!

  37. Frank Pillow Says:

    I think we ALL told Dirk what we didn’t like about the Hamster and Dirk told us to stuff it b/c Gale Sayers wasn’t in the building. We ALL also told Dirk that Smitty’s D was hot garbage and his response was downright obnoxious and dismissive that making a change wouldn’t, couldn’t help things. Oh, let’s also not forget Dirk’s “I didn’t see it” child-like excuse after he was chest slapped by little Sean Payton. Yeah, Dirk is all about being open and wanting constructive feedback/criticism.

  38. StoutGospel Says:


    It has nothing to do with the BUCS. As currently constructed and going forward. NOTHING. Nada. Zilch. (Filler for clicks). Let’s see. The only offensive architect Jameis has ever known on the professional level makes his first comments after leaving the Bucs and talks about how Matt Ryan is a different from other QBs he’s worked with. And you think that has nothing to do with the Bucs? Joe won’t ignore hard information that might help Joe and all Bucs fans understand what happened last season. You can agree or disagree all you want, but “filler for clicks” and “nothing to do with the Bucs” is sadly mistaken. –Joe
    So I’ll say again…as I said before….Who the F cares?!?!?
    Go Bucs!

  39. Mort Says:

    I think you’re reading waaaay too much into this.

  40. Jarod Says:

    Guys , Winston is really young..he will make mistakes , I just hope now that we have a real head coach that Winston can truly learn from types mistakes and not keep making them.he does tell coaches he thinks he likes all the plays because he thinks he can make every one work..i think if he was smart , he would understand defences and maybe change a play into a good one against the said defence..no need to still try the play and tho k you can make it work when you should k ow damn well play needs changed and no shame In that..beuce will get the most out of jameis one way or another..either we will extend him and he is the QB of the future or it’s tua in 2020..

  41. Doctor_berto Says:

    Jameis communicated with Jimbo phenomenally, and anyone who says otherwise has zero clue. Dirk was a second rate coach and it showed. Jameis is extremely intelligent and can’t wait to see what he can do with Arians. Also, enough with the Tua crap, dude is so overrated its not even funny. Will get destroyed in the NFL when his team isn’t superior to the other teams.

  42. BucsFIRE Says:

    This doesn’t surprise me a whole lot.

    Jameis is one of those kind of guys who is always going to want to accept any challenge (maybe to a fault), and say “yes we can do this.” — He isn’t going to be as quick to say “no, I don’t like that one.”

    Maybe he will build a rapport with Bruce that he is comfortable doing that.

  43. BucsFIRE Says:

    Casey Morgan Says:
    “Others say Jameis is just not very smart…”


    Ridiculous commentary.
    Maybe Casey Morgan just isn’t very smart.

  44. StoutGospel Says:


    Lol…aww Joe, did it get your spidey senses going?? 🙂

    When you say “you can agree or disagree all you want”…..okay.

    I’ll disagree. This “story” isn’t relevant to the 2019 Buccaneers. For 2019, and beyond.

    I disagree. And it’s a filler, for clicks. 🙂 Consider me dis-agreed.


    Go Bucs!

  45. Defense Rules Says:

    Articles like this are becoming mind-numbing Joe. Just look at the title …’Dirk Koetter IMPLIES Communication with Jameis Was Lacking’. Koetter was doing nothing but answering a question that had been posed to him about Matt Ryan by the Atlanta media. That’s it. He NEVER ONCE mentioned Jameis, or made any reference whatsoever to his time with the Bucs.

    The Bucs will never move forward if we keep focusing on the past. Two sayings I’ve loved & tried to live by for years. One is ‘Life Happens …Deal With It’. (Pretty self-explanatory). The other? ‘You Are Where You Are’. (Sounds so obvious, yet so many people spend so much time wishing that they weren’t ‘where they are’ that they fail to act in the present and do something about it).

    Can we PLEASE move on from Dirk Koetter. And Mike Smith. And Lovie Smith. And Greg Schiano. And Mark Domenick. And … all the rest. It’s great to learn from history, but to keep beating ourselves over the head with it is pretty sad.

  46. AlteredEgo Says:

    Draft Dwayne Haskins @ # 5

  47. Bobby M. Says:

    Koetter had trouble communicating with Winston

    Jackson had trouble communicating with Winston

    Uber had trouble communicating with Winston

    The Bucs had trouble communicating with Winston

    Females that don’t like sexual assaults had trouble communicating with Winston

  48. Lewis Says:

    4 years wish the same stupid coaching staff it all leads back to Dirt he’s the common denominator just a bad head coach with no direction didn’t know how to make adjustments he has always been told what to do and could not handle it on his own , JW will have the year we all have been waiting for and it might start slow but will finish strong you heard it here first .

  49. Mike Johnson Says:

    No comparison. Unfortunately for Koetter, Jameis maturity level is and was nowheres even close to matt Ryan. Thats right, I said it! Jameis is probably just now working himself to, gettting to the level of maturity matt has always had.
    Fortunate for Arians, He gonna reap the benefits of Jameis’s long and struggling growing pains. Jameis is getting there, Its just taking him a long long time. I’m not knockin Koetter, I wanted him gone. But he’s gonna do a great job as OC for the Falcons. He’s right..where he should have stayed..all along.

  50. Jaywill Says:

    Did anyone actually read the quote. Dirk didn’t say Winston didnt do it he said like all the qbs he worked with can tell him what he likes or don’t like. Damn, people are stupid. No where does he say there was commincation issues

  51. Lewis Says:


  52. smallaxe Says:

    ok we picked the wrong guy
    move on

  53. Bill Says:

    Hum. Same thing said by Jimbo Fisher.

    It’s almost like Jameis knows better than the coaches and does what Jameis wants (also something Fisher alluded to).

  54. Dirty_Pillows Says:

    Jameis is almost over, one more year to go. He is dumb, slow and socially awkward when he speaks. But he makes up for it by throwing pics. You are what you are after 4 years at this level. Besides any FSU bias, everyone (for the most part) can see that he is special (needs).

  55. Trench War Says:

    When your QB doesn’t listen it becomes more than a lack of communication. It borders on insubordination. This would not be the first time Koetter referenced Jameis’s propensity to not follow instructions but rather do his own thing. Even Jameis admitted that he tunes out his coaches sometimes and does what Jameis wants to do. I’m sure it was frustrating for Koetter but hopefully Arians can get through to him. This is the best hire this team has had in 11 years and Jameis better listen.

  56. AlteredEgo Says:

    Little did we know it would take “The Most NFL Ready Quarterback”
    5 years
    and 3 coaches
    to challenge the middle NFL QB rankings
    Dwayne Haskins and let the best QB play in 2020

  57. Buc1987 Says:

    Jaywill…I’m with you….I think….peeps want to over-react to well…. basically nothing. I read all the comments above. Then I re-read what Koetter said.

    WTF am I not seeing? Communication issues with Jameis? Where?

    Dumbest fans in the NFL….

  58. Jmarkbuc Says:

    I have the upmost confidence that JW is adamant in reading defenses

  59. Bird Says:

    You continue to think Joe is writing things that are not actually written.–Joe

  60. Ed chase Says:

    Enough of Americas QB, damnnnn. Dirk didn’t want Winston to begin with, it was a lovely Smith thing. Winston will be gone in 2 years and we can all start from scratch again and again and again.

  61. AleteredEgo Says:

    Jmarkbuc Says:
    February 21st, 2019 at 5:09 pm
    I have the upmost confidence that JW is adamant in reading defenses
    you mean the ones his handlers/attorneys write for him….because he has always been “adamant “

  62. tickrdr Says:

    That was great! LMAO.


  63. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Joe, he said nothing about having communication issues at all. Period. Really? What part of the word communication is hard to define. Koetter is talking about an aspect of communication, as in a QB communicating what he doesn’t like. –Joe

    Don’t you remember when Koetter said he prefers his QB to argue with him sometimes and tell him when a play won’t work? Jameis had done it and he liked it. So really, Jameis fits into the same category as Matt Ryan in this case.

  64. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    @Ed chase

    Unless Winston self destructs off the field, he will not be gone in 2 years. He will be a rich man and the first Bucs drafted QB to ever get a second contract.

  65. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    And it;s been three years since the Uber thing, and a lot of maturing in his life. So he won’t mess up off the field again.

    (So long as Darby doesn’t become a Buc)

  66. Loyaltotheend Says:

    Slow offseason for Joe to over analyze this quote

  67. NPRSageBoy Says:

    Let’s not compare JayMiss to Matt Ryan; it’s not fair on Ryan.

  68. Jean Lafitte Says:

    I’m still laughing @ adamant ..hahaha

  69. jerseybuc Says:

    I can see it. I think Jameis tries to hard to show he can do whatever is asked. I don’t know this of course, just an observation from watching him as a fan. I think it is part of him being young, and a somewhat immature kid, as many of his actions have demonstrated. He wants so hard to show that he is going to be the guy everyone thinks he can be. Part of growing up is knowing when to acknowledge weaknesses, in order to improve. Just my opinion…

  70. StoutGospel Says:


    Seems the consensus, as heard above in the thread throughout, is with….ME.

    Tough, tough day @Joe.

    Go Bucs!

  71. Iron Wombat Says:

    Screw Dirk. I’m sure Matt Ryan will love slinging the ball 50 times a game with no running game and Atlanta’s D is god awful. They miss the playoffs and the whole staff is getting run.

  72. tmaxcon Says:

    it’s funny to read you hypocrites questioning Jameis’s intelligence while most of the ones doing it regularly have attacked me for getting personal with the biggest fraud in bucs history cancer93….. you all must go to the same church as dungy the clown’s

    a team with a pathetic 6 playoff wins in 42 years has no business questioning any NFL caliber coach….

    koetter, lovie, schiano, gruden all not the problem, the problem is the glazers and the small market fans they have trained to lose with smiles and excuses….

  73. IndyBucsFan Says:

    Can’t believe you’re getting sh&$t on for writing this article @joe. Thanks for writing it!

    Honestly I’ve been reading JBF,Bucsnation, and PR for the last 8-10 years and it seems like JBF has cause the other blogs to post more frequently to stay competitive.

    I look forward to coming to this website religiously for years to come!

  74. Lewis Says:

    Bull Tmax then why are those coaches not in the league as Head coaches ,because they suck and koetter is the worst of the bunch he had the best team and could not score inside the red zone and I talked about him being a big mistake and the fans would suffer yet again ,but I a moving on and I for one feel great about the next couple of years, but the Glazers need to stay out of the coaching tree they suck at it and now they know it .

  75. Lewis Says:

    why am I being blocked joe

  76. Destinjohnny Says:

    When you give him or any coach the 28th best offsiive line
    The worst running back stable in the leauge and the 23rd best qb.
    Then with all that he puts up historic numbers…
    I say job well done

  77. Lewis Says:

    I just want a Head coach too look the media in the face and not at his shoes after a loss that alone tells you about what kind of man that was running things ,and I never want to hear his name again and I think the bucs will be a big surprise this year and the last coach whats his name ran JW and the rest of this team into the ground ,we need a leader not a follower and we have that now ,Go Bucs

  78. Lewis Says:

    dest I agree whole heartedly JW takes a lot of unwarranted heat for being the best QB in bucs history and I have been here from 76, ive seen it all and I have the scars to prove it but there still my team and always will be .

  79. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Maxi pad

    Sympathy doesn’t become you….

  80. Steve Says:

    Wow what a way to twist a statement. The headline is not only accurate, there is nothing twisted whatsoever. Joe really recommends re-reading it slowly. –Joe This was more Koetter complementing Matt Ryan than anything else! And the last I checked koetter has worked with a lot of quarterbacks and he said any other quarterback I’ve ever worked with. He did not single out anyone other than to compliment a Ryan. So the headline should say communication lacking with all quarterbacks other than Matt Ryan not just Jameis Winston. SMH It is you who added the “just.” That was neither written nor implied in this post. –Joe

  81. Bird Says:

    Other posters are saying the same thing but I get blocked ?

  82. RustyRhinos Says:

    El Buco Realisto,
    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!!

    Hey SOEbuc, Just how “Swaggy” was 3-7 from game six on? Not all on Jameis but it is his and our Swaggy record. Swag me not so impressed. He has some Swag? How about Winston asks Brady about his Swag. Bring your sunglasses! Jameis.

  83. BrianBucs Says:

    Let’s just all hope that Arians and Winston can get on the same page and get the best out of each other.
    If not, Winston will resume his career somewhere else as a journeyman and career backup and Arians will just retire again.
    At least that will finally get Jason Licht fired though.

  84. D1 Says:

    @ Joe,

    Can you add anything to this comment posted on another site?

    Offensive coach: “The word on the street is that Winston still does the childish stuff off the field because he thinks it’s cool. He is competitive as s— on the field. They win every two-minute drill against the defense in practice. It’s just how competitive Jameis is. You love those things. If he ever got that other side of his life worked out, maybe he could really be something.”

  85. Joe Says:


    Have no clue where that is from or what it means.

  86. D1 Says:


    Quote is from a Bucs website. The article was an evaluation from NFL coaches, GM’s, scouts. They had comments from coaches, GM’s, etc etc,. The article was evaluating Winston and Mariota. I am interested in your opinion on the comment. If there’s anything to it could this be part of the communication issue or is this just so much hearsay? Joe isn’t about to pretend to understand Jameis’ mindset as far as what he thinks “is cool.” And Joe’s not about to think being competitive in practice is a special trait. That’s very common among good players. Plus, once the season starts, the Bucs never went full speed in practice. They never tackled to the ground in training camp, either.–Joe

  87. Reach87 Says:

    What Lewis said. ^^^. Bucs fans think this is madden. No clue on what it takes to win but love (love) to cry. Go Bucs!

  88. BucsFan420 Says:

    “Winston is extremely intelligent” You must have a prescription!! That’s why he’s been making basically the same mistakes for 4 years now. I believe he has the ability to finally break through with Bruce Almighty and Leftwich guiding him, But let’s not get all stupid about it. He raped a student at FSU, then assaulted the Uber driver. That’s freaking Brilliant, a real Rhodes Scholar, Mensa Member, All you have to do is look at him, there’s something not quite right under that helmet.