13 September 2015: during the NFL Week 1 game between the Tennessee Titans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL.
Bucs offensive coordinator made his weekly appearance at the podium on Wednesday and discussed the tough loss to the Redskins and looked ahead to his former team and the Bucs next opponent, the Atlanta Falcons. Below is a full transcript of his press conference.
(On the third-and-one toss to running back Charles Sims on the one-yard line)
“Okay, everybody get this straight, alright? I screwed it up, nobody else. I screwed it up, plain and simple. We got a check play on where we were checking on the goal line based on overload personnel. They had some injuries so they switched some guys around. I gave Jameis [Winston] bad information. 100, 1,000 – whatever number you want to use – percent on me, nobody else. Simple, alright? That simple. Put that to bed. I screwed it up, I got to live with it, feel horrible, I can’t take it back. I did it.”
(On if there was a way to check out of the play)
“It was a check to begin with. We were out of timeouts. Bad by me, 100 percent. Blame that on me.”
(On only having two wide receivers in the second half against Washington)
“Difficult, we had four wide receivers up for the game. We lost two. You’re down to two wide receivers, so about half our call sheet was out the window in the second half. It’s unfortunate. I’ve never had that happen before where we couldn’t run everything that we wanted to run. We were juggling some stuff around with the tight ends – getting an extra tight end in there. Our three tight ends did an awesome job of doing some things that we hadn’t practiced from basically the first play of the second half on. It did affect how we called stuff, because one thing is, now when you get in your three [wide receiver sets] you can’t guarantee whether you are going to get them in [their nickel defense]. They now control it a lot more than we have control. That’s unfortunate, but that really didn’t have an impact on the game. We still had plenty of chances to win it, regardless of that. That’s one of the things in the NFL when you only have 20 guys up on offense counting the backup quarterback. We had it happen once in Atlanta where you only have seven O-linemen dressed and [three] O-linemen got hurt. We had to play the whole fourth quarter against the Vikings with a tight end playing tackle. That’s one of the really weird things about the NFL and unfortunate, but it happened.”
(On wide receiver Vincent Jackson’s status for Sunday’s game against Atlanta)
“I don’t know the answer to that. That’s a question you are going to have to ask Coach [Lovie] Smith. Injuries isn’t my deal.”
(On how the game plan will be affected if Jackson does not play against Atlanta)
“Vincent is a heck of a player. It’s not going to change our game plan, but if you lose any good player at any position it affects you.”
(On quarterback Jameis Winston’s progress over the last two games)
“Jameis did a nice job in this game. [He] played his best game, did a nice job, didn’t turn the ball over, made good decisions, got the ball out of his hand, got the ball out of his hand early, the double move to Mike [Evans], the timing – if you watch that on tape when he lets that go, where Mike is – I mean fantastic. Jameis did a really nice job.”
(On if too much is made of coaches playing their former teams and the amount of information they can pass on to their current team or if there is some legitimacy to it)
“There might be a little bit, but probably too much made of it.”
(On instances in the Washington game where he saw specific growth from Winston)
“The one, as I said – he had a tendency on his deep routes to be waiting too long. It’s common with a young quarterback. They want to see it. By the time they see it, they outrun his arm. Jameis has a strong arm so the first deep ball to Mike, that was a good one. The other one was the second series when we went down there. We had the third-and-two I think. We ran the naked boot and he threw the ball away out of the back of the end zone. You talk about hard for Jameis to throw it away on the goal line. Every quarterback out there is dying to throw a touchdown pass from the two-yard line. There’s two right there. Jameis, we had a lot of check plays on the road with crowd noise. We were having a lot of issues with my headset, my coach-to-quarterback going out with him. Jameis, he handled that like a champ.”
(On what Winston did when Koetter was having issues with his headset)
“He fixed it, but we were down on the clock. If you notice in that second half after Vincent [Jackson] got hurt when we were down to two wide outs, we were down on the clock a lot because we were juggling groups. He was sometimes talking to the tight ends coming out of the huddle, reminding them, because based on which tight end was in the game, they were sometimes doing jobs they don’t normally do. Jameis is growing fast. He is doing a good job. We have to do a good job. We have to keep it up. Jameis played good enough in that game for us to win.”
(On Atlanta being committed to stopping the run and if it will challenge the quarterback)
“When Houston did that, they played a lot more man coverage than Atlanta plays. Atlanta is still primarily a zone team. Atlanta is very good against the run. They do like to overpopulate the box. They usually have one more guy than you do. Is that one of these games? Maybe. I don’t know that yet. We’re still going to try and run the ball. That’s not a big secret.”
(On how to keep up with Atlanta’s explosive playmakers)
“Again, that’s not a question for me, because I don’t worry about their firepower. I can tell our coaches and our players what I know about their players, but they’re not running the same offense. They’re running a different offense than when I was there. The two tackles were there when I was there, of course Matt [Ryan], Julio [Jones], Roddy [White] and Devonta Freeman. I can tell them something about individual players’ strengths and weaknesses, but they don’t need me to tell them how good Julio Jones is. Turn the film on. That part – minimal at best. I really can’t help them too much. I don’t study their offense. I watch the other side of the ball, so I can’t help them too much in that area.”
(On what makes Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan so good)
“Matt Ryan [is a] great leader, extremely smart, very tough, excellent passer, good decision maker, takes accountability, face of your franchise, exactly what you want. Excellent, excellent QB.”
(On running back Doug Martin going out of bounds with about four minutes and 10 seconds left in the game and the lead)
“Situational football, that is an excellent point. We talk about situational football a lot. We did not handle situational football as well as we need to, to go where we want to go. Doug was thinking about scoring a touchdown and if you really watch that play and I’ve watched it 15,000 time, whether it’s from the wide copy or the end zone copy, that’s pretty borderline if he was in or not. You can’t really see either official signal. Maybe it’s just that the film is cut off, but Doug was trying to score a touchdown. That guy came from a long way away. That a nice play by [Bashaud] Breeland to get him. I think with that much time you’re probably asking a lot with that right there because players probably thinking, ‘I’m going to score a touchdown and if I get pushed out on the three, four, five’ – whatever it was – ‘we’re probably going to score anyway.’ We weren’t in what you call four-minute offense. We practice four-minute offense every week where we’re trying to waste time, but we were not in four-minute offense at that point in the game. I think that’s probably asking a lot.”
(On Donteea Dye)
“[He’s] explosive, excellent speed, tough and just one of those guys nobody knows much about him because he comes from a small school. He’s done nothing but improve since he got here. Some rookies, they start off strong in OTAs, made it through training camp and they kind of plateau out. ‘D.D.’ has continued to ascend throughout the season, so he’ll do fine and if that’s the case then he’ll be fine.”
(On how his time in Atlanta influenced him as a coach)
“The first thing that pops in my head – I don’t go around thinking like that – is I had a chance to be around some great players and some great coaches. You get a chance to be around Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Roddy White – think about the guys we had there – Mike Turner, Devin Hester – the all-time leading return guy in the league. I had three fun years in Atlanta. The first year was the most fun, because we won the most games, but I got to work with some great players and some great coaches. Same thing here, I’m doing the same thing here. I’m enjoying every second of it except when I screw up plays on the goal line.”
(On how much talk has been around Atlanta’s 56-14 victory over Tampa Bay last season when he was the Falcons’ offensive coordinator)
“A little bit. None by me. A little bit. Players that were in games like that, they remember it – players and coaches, just like I’ll will remember this Washington game for the rest of my life. You remember things that you mess up way more than you remember your greatest victories, I think anyway. So that game last year, I don’t think about it at all. There’s been a little talk about it, but not by me. You would have to ask other people more about it.”
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I like him. Very encouraged with the play of the offense generally, and his accountability and demeanor take away some of the sting of the third-and-1. It wasn’t an immediately firing-worthy offense like Seattle in the Super Bowl or Todd Haley’s Cardinals against the Steelers, but it was bad and it certainly indicated that he can get a bit too cute in essential situations. Hopefully that’s resolved and he realizes wedges, power and play action to the tight end are all you need. It works for New England and it should work for us.
This is old news and should have been put out yesterday.
For those who listened to the TV announcer criticize Jameis for what was described as a risky pass when in reality he saw Evans get pushed down and threw the ball out of the endzone; Koeter just confirmed it was a good, not bad play by the youngster.
Such a contrast to hearing Lovies non sense. You can just record Lovie from the first game and play that tape over again after each game because it doesn’t change for most part. I just love listening to Koetters press conferences. No BS, no excuses and very honest. Always some interesting info too. This guy to me has head coach potential.
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