The Bucs offensive coordinator didn’t pull any punches responding to a question Wednesday regarding analytics and the increased presence of number crunchers in sports.
“I trust my eyes. I watch the tape. Trust me, I watch a lot of tape and I trust what my eyes tell me,” Koetter said. “So I don’t need a freaking piece of paper with a bunch of numbers on there to tell me something my eyes can see.
“Not to get pissed off, but that whole thing about looking at a piece of paper and having that tell you how to call a football game is a freaking joke in my opinion. That’s why I watch tape. Half the stuff on that paper, you can sort those stats out any way you want to, but I’m going to trust my eyes. It’s worked okay for me so far.”
Head coach Lovie Smith was asked about advanced stats later in the afternoon and spoke a little more kindly about the information while also backing up his coordinator’s perspective.
“Of course we all use portions of it, but we do trust our eyes,” Smith said. “Analytics can only take you so far. We get all the research, all the data, but then when it comes down to it as a play caller you do have to trust what’s happening at that moment. You can only get so much from standard answers to questions or whatever. But everything available we try to use to come to a conclusion when we make decisions you have to make.”