The Bucs are the darlings of the league after they upset New Orleans in the Big Easy on Sunday.

From Ryan Fitzpatrick lighting the field on fire, to the fact that Tampa Bay scored more points in this game than they did in any game last season, there was a lot to be happy about.

Head coach Dirk Koetter wants the players to enjoy the victory and have a good time, but his mind is already on their next opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles.

Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter - Photo by: Getty Images

Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter – Photo by: Getty Images

“It’s a week to week league” Koetter said. “Im very happy for the guys, those guys deserve it, but literally a few minutes after that game I was thinking about Philly. That’s just how it has to be for me personally, the players, I hope they lived it up or however they celebrate, but you gotta move on” Koetter said.

Despite all the Eagles focus, Koetter did address questions about Sunday’s 48-40 win over the Saints.

Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson dominated on Sunday, combining for 293 yards and three touchdowns. For the head coach, it was all about them winning their battles, which they did early and often.

“They won a lot, it’s very unusual for that to be that high of a number. I don’t know that I’ve ever been in a game where it was that,” Koetter said. “I mean it’s not unusually high number of attempts, but to hit them all, all 12 of those times is pretty unusual. I thought DeSean and Mike both have really practiced hard leading up to this point and worked on things we knew was going to come up in this game, I thought that really helped.”

 Koetter praised their work ethic.

“I think these guys have done a good job practicing harder, longer,” Koetter said. “We practice hard enough in pads, but I just think harder, longer. Especially during training camp, those can be monotonous for players at time, especially the not new guys. One player he gave praise to for his game was Center Ryan Jensen, saying he was a man possessed out there.

Scoring 48 points is great, but giving up 40 is a quick reminder that there are still things that need to be fixed. It was big learning experience for the rookies in the secondary, especially Carlton Davis, who had a rough go of it out there. Koetter talked about their play.

CB Carlton Davis – Photo by: Getty Images

CB Carlton Davis – Photo by: Getty Images

“Well, if you’re a rookie cornerback and your first NFL game is in the SuperDome against a Hall of Fame quarterback, I would say they did about how most rookies would do in that same situation.” Koetter said. “I thought they both got better as the game went on, and I think they both learned lessons that they will carry with them as we move forward.”

Lastly, Koetter finally acknowledged something that we all knew, but he wouldn’t confirm himself. That would be Todd Monken calling the plays for the regular season.

Koetter thought Monken did a great job, but pointed it out that it’s the Buccaneers game plan. Not just one guy calling it. The execution made the difference.

“Monk did a great job calling the plays yesterday, but the Buccaneers did a great job of executing plays yesterday,” Koetter said. “And that was a great example of execution. Monk did a terrific job. We had good rhythm, we’ve had good rhythm all preseason, but that was a game of execution.”

– Mark Cook and Matt Matera contributed to this report

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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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Pete Wood
Pete Wood
3 years ago

The Eagles didn’t exactly look stellar against Atlanta. The Bucs can win this game.
Bucs are gonna be two and zero.
And, Pittsburgh looked pretty human against Cleveland.
Dare I say it?

BucWonder
BucWonder
Reply to  Pete Wood
3 years ago

I agree that the unimaginable has quickly become possible. 2-1 or even 3-0. Very glad to see you back in from the ledge, Pete. Go Bucs!

fredster
fredster
3 years ago

Steelers looked like crap against browns but Bucs just need focus on this week. They can beat eagles if they can keep playing turnover free.

seat26
seat26
3 years ago

We just got to fix this Defense and everything will be ok.
We have to get a better pass rush and some interceptions. Or Philly will crush us.
Cmon, Buc fans. don’t get overconfident. We were lucky in the first game. Superbowl Champs will be in town this week and I guarantee the game will be tougher. We paid a lot of money and spent a lot of draft picks in upgrading our Defense, and so far it looks awful.

Horse
Horse
Reply to  seat26
3 years ago

I don’t see how anyone can give a negative vote as this is the truth. You may not like it but it is the truth. Defense has to play better. Defensive coordinator has to make quicker adjustments. That’s the truth.

Pete Wood
Pete Wood
Reply to  Horse
3 years ago

I gave it a negative vote just for the “We were lucky in the first game” comment.
Criticism of the defense is fair, but we scored 48 points, because our receiving corps is the best in the league. Nothing lucky about it. We scored the most points in franchise history. Give credit where credit is due.

grafikdetail
Reply to  Pete Wood
3 years ago

think he meant lucky we were still lucky to get out of N.O. with a win the way the defense played LOL i seriously doubt if Fitz doesn’t scramble for the 1st… that our defense stops Brees

BucWild02
BucWild02
Reply to  grafikdetail
3 years ago

Our defense stopped their offense more than their defense stopped our offense. Period. With 10 minutes to go, the Bucs had a commanding 48-24 lead and it was all but over to everyone. The probability of NO coming back and stopping Tampa’s O while scoring 3 TDs and 3 two point conversions were less than 1%.

fredster
fredster
3 years ago

I agree defense needs to get better, but come on let’s get real people. You had 6 new starters Sunday. You had JPP clearly hurt. You had two rookie CB’s in against HOF Brees in Saints home opener. Oh and lot experts picked Saints to win super bowl. So if you thought the defense would march in there and shut them down your dreaming.

If they keep improving and can be just average on defense, this team with that offense can be very dangerous.

Buc 1976
Buc 1976
3 years ago

I agree with everyone the Bucs can win if they can keep Philadelphia Defense on the field and let heat take over. I also would like to see the Dline show up a little more. GO BUCS!

grafikdetail
3 years ago

i don’t know about the darlings of the league LOL… all i’m hearing is it was more of an “off day” by the saints defense then this is a bucs offense & team to reckoned with… hopefully our Bucs prove them wrong!

Buc 1976
Buc 1976
Reply to  grafikdetail
3 years ago

I agree the Bucs get little respect.

Rob Shiels
Rob Shiels
3 years ago

I remember when Terrell Owens, when asked, said Ryan Fitzpatrick threw best ball out of any QB he’d ever played with. … I truly believe accuracy trumps potential any day. Let Winston sit for a while and learn what it is to be a responsible QB

Dude
Dude
3 years ago

The Eagles do not look like Superbowl champions. In fact, I didn’t think they looked that good at all on either side of the ball. I believe this game is a very winnable game. The Bucs just need to execute and not turn the ball over. Our offense is not an easy one to defend, we have several guys who can hurt you. No doubt it will be an exciting game to watch. Go Bucs!

Buc 1976
Buc 1976
Reply to  Dude
3 years ago

Dude I liked your post! You hit the nail on the head EXECUTE!