There are a number of differences between former head coach Lovie Smith and new coach Dirk Koetter, particularly about practice habits.
Dirk Koetter – Photo: Mark Cook/PR
Last Thursday Koetter revealed the Bucs will spar against different opponents in training camp, something that didn’t happen when Smith was calling the shots..
“We’re going to have joint practices with both Jacksonville and Cleveland leading up to those two games,” Koetter said. “Yeah, we’ll go up early, work with them for two days, have the day before the game off. It’ll be the same when Cleveland comes down here.”
The Bucs haven’t held joint camp practices since 2012 and 2013 when then head coach Greg Schiano and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick brought their two squads together, first in Tampa and then the following season up in New England.
Koetter, like Schiano, sees a lot of value in holding joint practices against another team.
“Well, training camp is a long grind, so it’s great to go against other people and other looks and it’s a good way to test where you’re at,” Koetter said. “At the same time it’s almost like you’re having two practices at once. Your offense is practicing on one field, your defense on the other. Instead of going against each other, when you’re going against the other team you’re only working really half your guys instead of working against each other, so it’s just a great way – I’m just a big believer in seeing the different looks. It’s like practicing against three teams instead of just our own.”
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@example.com
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