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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

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.”

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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 mark@pewterreport.com
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nitey
nitey
5 years ago

I’ve always felt this was what coaches should do – the whole ‘we want to keep the opposition teams from seeing new stuff’ was just hogwash. There is really little *new* in the NFL. It’s all about execution. And that little bit of new stuff can always be held back.

johnnybuc1
johnnybuc1
5 years ago

If I remember correctly, several Buccaneer players complained about Schiano acting like they were supposed to revere the Patriots coaches and players and hold them in great stead, simply because Schiano did. So glad that clown is no longer our head coach. How in hell could the Glazers hire fools like that guy?

Horse
Horse
5 years ago

Got to be helpful.

drdneast
drdneast
5 years ago

Actually jonnybuc1, as I remember, it was Gerald McCoy was acting and treating Tom Brady like he was some sort of god, not Greg Schiano.
Others out here can correct me if I’m wrong but that is the way I remember the situation.

BleedOrange78
BleedOrange78
Reply to  drdneast
5 years ago

Had not heard that about Gerald McCoy…The information I remember was a few (now former) Bucs players saying that Schiano had instructed them to listen to the Patriot coaches just as if they were Bucs coaches – and they(the players) weren’t too thrilled with that. Take it for what its worth. In my opinion, a few joint practices can’t be all bad. If the coaching staff sees value, then why not?

fredster
fredster
5 years ago

Makes sense to me. Going against yourselves all the time limits you for sure.

owlykat
owlykat
5 years ago

Joint practices with other teams goes back a lot further than Schiano. It is a great way to practice different defenses from ours that we will also play on our schedule and the same applies to preparing our defense to play different offenses from our own. It is a win win.

drdneast
drdneast
5 years ago

Don’t see what the harm is in listening to other coaches. Those teams needed to get as much instruction as possible.
Or didn’t the players notice their constant losing records.

Twistedwires
Twistedwires
5 years ago

I am a competitive cyclist. I’m no pro, but only weekend category level racer. But I’m on a large team that has higher category racers on it. That means that I get my butt kicked on our training rides by dudes way faster than me. It helps me when I am in real races in my own category. There is immense value in practicing with other NFL teams as well. But my point is that the value is maximized only if you practice with other teams that are better than yours. Otherwise your getting a tainted view. I don’t have… Read more »

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