Talk to most Bucs players and they rave about the energy and enthusiasm new head coach Dirk Koetter has brought to practice since replacing Lovie Smith last January.
But it isn’t just enthusiasm Koetter is bringing to the table. It is also discipline, as Bucs third-year tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins found out the hard way on Thursday mid-practice. During a team period Seferian-Jenkins had an issue in the huddle and was yanked by Koetter.
Koetter spoke about it briefly following the team’s final OTA.
“He didn’t know what he was doing, it was something like that. You guys are making more of it than you need to,” Koetter said. “I did send him off, yeah.”
Not long after being sent off, Seferian-Jenkins tweet a message that had some thinking he had possibly been traded.
Koetter didn’t have much to say regarding the tweet.
“You’ve got to talk to him about that, you’re talking to the wrong guy. I’ve been at practice the last two hours.”
Seferian-Jenkins career in Tampa has been plagued with injuries since arriving in Tampa Bay as a second round draft pick in 2014. Seferian-Jenkins was hobbled initially in his rookie season as he recovered from a foot injury sustained while in college. In 2014 Seferian-Jenkins missed seven games after sustaining a back injury and then in the second game of the 2015 season, the 6-5 tight end suffered a severe shoulder injury and was sidelined for nine games.
For his career Seferian-Jenkins has caught 42 passes for 560 yards and six touchdowns.
Penalties and mental errors hampered the Bucs playoff efforts last season and the team ended the season with a 6-10 record after having a 6-6 record late in the year. Tampa Bay was tied for the most penalties in the league in 2015, accruing 143 infractions for 1,195 yards.
While Koetter appears to be somewhat of a players coach, he flexed his muscle on Thursday, making a statement to Seferian-Jenkins and the rest of the roster. And most Bucs are certainly applauding after what many considered to be a team lacking discipline of the past few years.