Fan’s expectations for the Bucs and the playoffs haven’t been this high in years.

Count head coach Dirk Koetter and co-chairman Joel Glazer as conductors on the excitement bandwagon.

Speaking to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times from the annual NFL Owners Meetings in Arizona this week, both shared their thoughts on the direction of the franchise.

“I’m more excited about this season than I’ve been in a long time because when I’m around the team and you’re in the locker room, when you’ve been around championship teams and seen some character and personalities and talents, you know what it takes to win a Super Bowl,’’ Glazer said. “And we have a team with some players that are headed in the right direction and we’re putting that together. It’s a team that’s ready to compete with any team in the National Football League and we saw it last year. We’re older, more experienced and added more pieces. I sense the excitement in Tampa. I’m excited. The season can’t start soon enough.’’

Glazer also was asked about his thoughts on Winston.

If you’re looking to put up a model of what a young player should be, I’d be pointing all young players to him,” Glazer told Stroud. “His work ethic, his involvement in the community. His leadership. Every aspect that you could ask for he has brought to the table. And I’ve had I can’t tell you how many people come up to me who have interacted with him and have just raved about their experience.’’

Bucs QB Jameis Winston and head coach Dirk Koetter – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

On Wednesday morning Stroud and other media in attendance had breakfast with Koetter. The Bucs head ball coach said one of the things that will help push the Bucs over the playoff hump is Winston continuing to develop as a quarterback and learning when to surrender a play.

“I think the next thing Jamies has to do is understand the ball is the most important thing and every play does not have to be a great play,” Koetter said. “Jameis has been really good at turning bad plays into good plays. All plays aren’t going to be home runs. I think he’s making progress, but he just has to continue when it’s time to cut our losses and go to the next play and sometimes going to the next play means punt.”

Koetter went onto to tell Stroud and the media at the table, the Bucs attitude is starting to change into believing they can be winners, as evidenced by the success in their own division.

“You’ve got the last two MVPs in our division and the last two (NFC) Super Bowl teams, ” Koetter said. “It’s just an unbelievable competitive division. Our guys say, ‘Hey, this is possible because we beat those teams and then watched them make it to the Super Bowl.’ Expectations are a good thing because if you don’t have them, you’re not going to be around as a player or as a coach.”

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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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Garv
Garv
5 years ago

I believe their optimism is shared by the fans and season ticket holders. Most of us can see what Jason Licht is building and how Koetter is the perfect HC for this young and coming team. And to think the Buccaneers will be that much better after the draft? Exciting times! And to the credit of the Glazers, they made tough choices to get here. Firing HC after HC, not being afraid to make a change no matter the cost. Fans have to respect that. The false impression that the Glazers are cheap when it comes to spending on the… Read more »

drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  Garv
5 years ago

The Bucs beat the 2015 NFC defending champions twice last year and split with the 2016 defending champions. Not bad as a starter. We just played the Rams, Broncos and Cardinals at the wrong point of the season which is often the case for many teams. Give us Demar Dotson back against the Cowboys and we quite possibly may have beaten them but that is football. One aspect of Winston’s game I’d like to see him work on and it’s a minor one is his cadence before the snap. It maybe a minor nuance. but I haven’t seen him draw… Read more »

scubog
scubog
5 years ago

As Bucs fans we’ve learned to have guarded optimism when peeking behind the curtain of a new season about to hit the stage with the Draft four weeks away. Some in years past even resorted to predicting doom in an effort to limit their anticipated disappointment. As the team and we fans celebrated unexpected victories over the Chiefs, Seahawks, Panthers, Falcons, Saints and others in 2016, the confidence grew and has spilled over into this upcoming season. Can the swagger that departed after the 2003 Colts game be far behind? In a couple of weeks the 2017 schedule will be… Read more »

surferdudes
5 years ago

Mark, did any P.R. staff even attend the league meetings? I’ve been reading these quotes, and others for days from other sources. Joe Buc Fan, has already reported Marpet starting OTA’s at center, the indoor facility being worked on, and more. You guys can’t just sit on your hands with an hour long podcast thinking that’s enough. I prefer reading short articles for my news then long winded podcasts. Come on man, you guys need to step up your game. Old news, is no news.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
5 years ago

I’m surprised there’s been no mention here at PR of Rick Stroud’s post two days ago stating that the Bucs have told him they’re going to pick up Mike Evans’ fifth year extension in May … so that he can’t test free agency at the end of this coming season. Furthermore Stroud says the Bucs are also prepared to franchise Mike after the 2018 season. Given all the ink spilled and characters typed here at PR in the last few months stating that the Bucs are likely to extend Mike Evans with a big fat long term contract virtually any… Read more »

chetthevette
chetthevette
5 years ago

What else are they going to say, we might suck this year. I kidding aside, the BUCS are on an upswing for sure.
Can’t wait for the draft. Get a really good player this year. I’m not dreading a horrendous pick with Litch in charge. Very refreshing not to wonder how can we screw up this first round pick.
GO BUCS

scubog
scubog
Reply to  chetthevette
5 years ago

There will be some who bemoan whatever choice is made. The woulda, coulda, shoulda crowd will be in full force.