In a game where the Bucs accounted for over 500 yards of offense but just three points, head coach Dirk Koetter revealed that he called the plays on offense for the first time this season. The Bucs were 1-of-5 in the red zone today, with one field goal, one missed field goal, and three turnovers. Koetter spoke with the media after the Bucs 16-3 loss.

(On the turnovers and lack of execution in the red zone today)
“We can’t move it like that, four-zero in the turnover margin is going to kill you every time. We had a lot of chances in that first half, just not good enough.”

(On if he will change kickers after Chandler Catanzaro missed two more field goals)
“Any personnel changes won’t come today. We’ll talk about those tomorrow, but that will be something that Jason (Licht) will have to talk about tomorrow, at any position.”

(On how much the loss hurts more with how well the defense played today)
“The defense did a nice job, the defense basically held them to 13 points. That’s a good effort by our defense.”

(On what he thought of Ryan Fitzpatrick’s performance)
“Well we just weren’t good enough as a team. That starts with me, and permeates down through everybody else on the offense. To move the ball like that and come up with three points, you’re just not going to win that way.”

(On if he’ll take a longer look at Jameis Winston this week)
“Of course, yes.”

(On how demoralizing it is to the players when a makeable field goal is missed)
“That’s hard to say that, it’s hard to say. Definitely we’d like to make them, but it’s hard to put a number on that.”

(On what Ryan Fitzpatrick had to say about his interception in the third quarter that was near their goal line)
“That was a play that we hit in the very first drive of the game, the DB cut across O.J.’s face right as Fitz let it go. I didn’t really get a chance to talk to Fitz about it.”

(On how concerned he is with his job security)
“I think that’s a contradicting question. It starts with me and it ends with me, that’s someone else’s decision.”

(On what his message is to the team now)
“When you get beat like that, I didn’t have a great message for the team after the game. I didn’t have a great message, we got beat, and we have to live with the consequences. That’s just life in the NFL and we have to live with it.”

(On after beating the Saints in New Orleans and defeating the Super Bowl champion Eagles to start the year, if he thought he’d be sitting where he is today at 3-6)
“I don’t think of it that way, it’s week to week, you try to do the best you can that week, and you make the best of it. We weren’t good enough today, that’s plain to see.”

(On if Todd Monken continued calling the plays on offense)
“I called the plays today, the whole day.”

(On why he decided to call the plays)
“Just my own reasons.”

(On if this was the first game he called the plays for this season)
“It is.”

(On the chances that Jameis Winston starts at QB next week against the Giants)
“We’ll talk about all personnel issues tomorrow.”

(On when he threw a challenge flag late at the end of the game if he thought that he had a timeout left)
“No, that was on me. I knew we didn’t have any timeouts, that was on me.”

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Horse

Well at least he’s being honest and truthful. He also has another year of pay regardless if he’s with the Bucs or not; same for Licht, and many of the coaches.
Several high ping players are not going to be here next season along with others that are not being paid that kind of crazy money.

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inspecto

I’m sick!!

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TheBaron70

His answers justify his termination immediately. His play calling in the red zone was atrocious. Also, throwing the challenge flag was just stupid. He is so confused.

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drdneast

I just wish Koetter would quit teaching these guys to fumble and throw interceptions. That is what is happening isn’t it. Jackson may be in love with Fitz but I don’t think Evans is. That is the only thing I can think could be happening when he doesn’t even go up to try and high point a pass at the end zone and then tosses another one over his shoulder after he had caught it preceding the fumble play at the end of the game. Seriously, with a make shift offensive line and second string receivers the “Skins shouldnt have… Read more »

cgmaster27

Well as for the mike non catch in the endzone, hes 6’5 and the ball was thrown as his shoe laces. And with no one around him. It was just an awful throw. A catch he could make yeah, but an awful throw. But koetter and his play calling was awful. Yeah he doesnt fublme or throw picks ,but when you’re on the 5 yard line and barber has ran hard, why pass it three straight times? He needs to be canned immediately.

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Mcpo23

And he threw two picks and fumbled.Atrocias

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twspin

Koetter left searching for answers? Well I got one..FIRE THE WHOLE LOT OF THEM!! Line their A;s up on the ships plank. Hands tied and blindfolds. First up..Jason Licht…Push him off. Same for Koetter..Won’t take much of a push for him. Just a nudge. Then the rest of the coaches. Get us a new GM in here and a coach. Dungy and Arians come to mind. I’m tired of supporting a losing team!!!!!!!!!The wife and I are off to the movies followed by Ice Cream. You see, we want to end our weekends on Pleasant notes!!!!! Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb… Read more »

BucRy

Maybe he meant to throw in a white flag to quit instead of the challenge flag.

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drdneast

The reason we are so terrible in the red zone is because we don’t have a running game so no one respects it when we get down there. Koetter knows it but just isn’t going to say it.

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JustaBuc

Ok, that’s it. I’ve defended a lot of th*s shit before but changes HAVE to happen now. My god, I’m so tired of blowing the team up every two years but SOMETHING has to give at this point and if it’s the whole coaching staff fine.

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TheBaron70

I love when people say that the coach doesn’t fumble or drop passes. That’s true. But the coach does run ball security drills and now, this idiot is calling the plays again. He also manages player discipline, which is nonexistent on this team.

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RenoBuc

Can we fire the Glazer boys while we’re at it??? It pains me so much, but this organization has become an absolute joke. While I appreciate Koetter’s honesty and alway have, he seems to have just quit. Why take over calling? For the most part it’s not the offense that’s been the problem Dirk….until today.

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BrooklynBucsFan

I do have to say that the Glazer children have overseen the crumbling of two franchises. I’m a Liverpool fan, so it doesn’t really break my heart, but Man U is a shell of its former self. They’re absolutely dreadful. And we all obviously have seen what has happened to our Bucs over the last decade. In both cases they just haven’t hired the right people to manage these teams. It doesn’t give me much hope for the next coaching search either.

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MizzouBucs24

This 2nd ranked offense is real good from the 20yd to the 20yd regardless of who the QB is. We have incredible talent at WR and TE but in the red zone a vertical passing attack style does not work. We need a new style of offense like KC or the Rams that gets the ball to playmakers in space. That will protect Jameis or any young QB from having to force balls. Koetter is hurting these guys and can’t even call his own plays at this point. Time for a new coach and gm with a hole new style… Read more »

Buc76

It’s been said over and over. Someone like a Tony Dungy has to come in and take over football operations. The glazers are in over their heads. All of this needs to be gone. Front office, coaching staff and probably half of the roster. This is up there with some of the worst situations that the Bucs have been in.

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Horse

I’m thinking Shelton Quarles as GM.

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plopes808

I don’t know about Koetter, but I know what the answer is for the Bucs, and it’s NOT Koetter. Taking over play-calling after the offense Monken has put out on that field has to be the final nail in Koetter’s coffin. Then, he can’t even answer why he did it, because even he has to know how stupid a move it was. Fire Koetter and keep Licht for the remainder of his contract. In the offseason we get a solid DC and HC who knows how to manage the game without making bonehead moves like throwing the red flag with… Read more »

SelmonRules1000

Since the BUCs are so consistently bad, I find myself looking at weird stats on pro football reference .com. I am looking at Fitz’s career stats and I am like man he got a career boost this year he has moved up about 15 spots on all time passing and touchdown yards. He is creeping a little on the all time Int list though. I was looking to today and man look at all those yards, but not one TD only the Ints, not one TD to go with the career stats, just the Ints. Damn… Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb… Read more »

scubog

As Nancy Kerrigan would say, “Why, Why?” The oddest thing is how the plays Dirk called rolled up 500 yards yet produced only 3 points. That’s an incredible feat. I agree with DrD that part of the problem inside the 10 yard line is our unwillingness and/or inability to run the ball. Thus teams simply drop into coverage. Compound that with the worst PK in the league and it’s fortunate we managed to score at all. There’s a saying “If it ain’t broke. Don’t fix it.” Guess Koetter didn’t know that rule either. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No… Read more »

dbucfan

Remember when buccaneers used to have a professional look, from the SB year until firing Gruden. Good job Bucs owner and front office.

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