The Buccaneers took just over a week to find what the feel is the right fit to lead the team moving forward. It turns out they actually had their guy under their nose the whole time. On Thursday night the Buccaneers hired offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter as their 11th coach in franchise history, and tight end Luke Stocker couldn’t be more pleased.
“I’m very excited, and relieved,” Stocker said. “Just to know I won’t have to go through – there will some change – but not as much as some I have had to go through other times I have done this. (This is) my sixth year, and my fourth head coach. It is kind of crazy, but accurate.”
Stocker talked to PewterReport.com not long after the hire became public knowledge, and recalled his impressions of meeting Koetter for the first time last spring.
Bucs OC Dirk Koetter – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
“The day I came in after re-signing last year, I sat down in his office and talked to him,” Stocker said. “I knew his reputation beforehand and kind of how he was able to use tight ends in his offense, and be versatile and do different things in the past with them. He had a lot success with a lot of different guys. That was obviously exciting, and he drew you in, and as a tight end you wanted to be a part of that.
“When I got to actually sit down my first impressions of him was he was real laid back, an even-tempered guy, with a calming demeanor about him, but you could tell he knew exactly what he was talking about, and exactly what he wanted to do. He had a clear vision in mind of what he wanted his offense to look like.”
The former Tennessee standout talked about the traits of why he thinks Koetter will be a success as a head coach.
“Well I think he has a good mixture of being calculated but also knowing when to push the button and risk when to take chances in games,” Stocker said. “And when you are the head coach, you face a lot of those decisions of when to do certain things strategically in the games. Looking back at the offense last year, we did different things, put different wrinkles in. I felt like he made a lot of good calls of when to dial those up in games. We had a lot of explosive plays, and a lot of times that comes from understanding of when the right time of the game is to make certain calls. So if he can translate that from the offense into a full game plan – offensively, defensively and special teams – strategically understanding when to do certain things, there will be lot of great things that will happen for us like it did offensively.”
Stocker also talked about why he feels having Koetter in place will benefit quarterback Jameis Winston.
“It is extremely important, that is another reason I was really hoping, since they did decide to make a change, that they would keep it minimal,” Stocker said. “And a less of a change for Jamies. Looking at the whole offseason where he (Winston) can now focus on learning the details of our offense, learning the details of attacking the defense and the weaknesses, instead of learning how we are going to huddle up, or the cadences, and all that kind of stuff is now already covered.
“So now he can really focus on the details of his game and how to attack the weaknesses. I think it is important for the growth and development of the position. So that will be huge for him to be able to stay in the same system and take the next step.”
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, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s nice to see someone is happy about Raheem Morris 2.0.
Wow, I totally forgot that Raheem Morris was a 56 year old, seasoned NFL coordinator and former college head coach when he was promoted. I also forgot how Raheem had lead one of the best defenses in the league the year prior. These situations truly bear a close resemblance….Amazing.
Nice SDBuc…..Love it!! Goth….go find another team. Lets tale our time to interview as many DC’s as we can. We need this selection done correctly. Go Buc’s.
LMAO love the humor sprinkled in truth…
Like one was a DC and the other an OC??
Great… Stocker loves him. “The web designer loves him!” … How about Jameis though out this whole process? Haven’t heard a word from him?
Stocker still has plenty of playing time in him. No doubt our offense will be better. Lets stay focus on the Defense that needs a lot of help in players and the coaching. Go Bucs!
Lets face it, who out there is a better candidate? Stocker is right,is this about having at least one side of the ball progressing. The big hire now is D.C..
Frickin’ AWESOME!! This move makes so much sense! Here are some reasons why I think Dirk will work :
Continuity on offense.
Familiarity with the roster and the locker room.
Familiarity with this division.
Accessible and accountable to the press(and liked.)
Strong communicator of his vision.
He doesn’t make excuses or use cliches.
His players LIKE him and perform to PROVE it!!!
NFL experience and plenty of it.
NOT a retread or experiment.
Wears a VISOR!
Now about that defense…
Keep Cullen and Nickerson. We need Special teams Coach and DB Coaches from elsewhere. Go Bucs!
Great picture of Stocker. I’d like to see jongruden try to stop him.
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