Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter addressed the media following Tuesday practice at One Buc. Below is the full transcript of what he said.

(On Brate and Howard’s impact at TE
“Big advantage. If you’re running a two tight end system which we do some of the time, having those two guys is huge. That’s why we have them here. It puts the defense in a little bit of a predicament, whether they’re going to go base or nickel defense. It’s a good problem for us to have.

(On practice today)
“The defense got off to a fast start today. That’s kind of the pattern we’ve been in the past couple of days, with a fast start by the defense and the offense has finished a little better in the second half. We’ll just have to keep talking and we need the offense to start a little faster and the defense to finish a little stronger.”

(On Catanzaro)
“One day doesn’t make your kicker but he was solid today. It’s awesome to have the wind because, especially during the beginning of the season, we’ll have days like this. There’s no doubt that Chandler will do well in my mind.”

(On Benenoch)
“He got kicked out of practice on Sunday. We had a little fighting incident. A couple of guys got kicked out and he’s one of them. I love the aggresion, but you can’t swing. You swing and you get kicked out. Caleb’s a guy that’s played for us and he’s in a little competition right now, but everyone is in competition right now. He’s doing fine.”

(On Peyton Barber’s added quickness after losing weight)
“I think he is. I think that one at the indoor the other day, the one toss play he hit over the middle, I think it showed up there. He’s about 228 right now, and last year he was around 235, so I he has looked a little bit quicker.”

(On players working at different positions in camp)
“We’re only five days in, let’s let it work itself out. Everybody has to crosstrain. Injuries force other guys to crosstrain, that’s just how it works.”

(On Leonard Weston)
“Leonard got banged up the other day and it’s not as serious as it could have been. He’s going to be out here in the short term, but it’s nothing long term.”

Bucs DE Noah Spence - Photo by: Mary Holt/PR

Bucs DE Noah Spence – Photo by: Mary Holt/PR

(On Adam Humphries’ role)
“Same. Same as it’s been. Adam is the guy that will never go away and no one ever talks about him, but Adam is a really good football player and plays an important role on the team. You need glue guys. Every guy isn’t going to gain 1,000 yards receiving, but you need that guy that’s always in the right spot at the right time and that’s there when you need him and that’s Adam.”

(On meeting with the officials)
“We put film clips together and I get with them and say, ‘what about this, what about this?’ And I think it’s beneficial to us and the officials.”

(On having the officials at practice)
“It’s very valuable. We tell the officials when they’re here to throw the flags. If they’re going to call it on game day, call it out here. We see it on tape and then we can talk about it when we go inside. We’re fortunate to have the officials out here all five days this week. The officials will be showing the new rules video this afternoon and there’s been plenty of publicity about that with other teams. We’ve already seen a lot of the helmet contact videos, we’ve seen them. It’ll be interesting to see the officials in person explain how they’ll officiate it, and the same with all of the rules. We worked on the new kickoff rule a little bit today, and now the officials actually sit in on meetings with the players and coaches and they’ll be able to go over it in the meetings this afternoon. It’s great to have those guys, and it’s great to have them for five straight days. We’ll also have officials here in a couple of weeks, those days when we practice again.”

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3 years ago

Sounds like another season of bad coaching. We worked on the kickoff new rule today. Sound slime for the first time. I was reading articles a month ago about the eagles going over what kind of advantage they can get from the new kickoff rules. And the bucs coaching think in day 5 of training camp is a time to start preparing for it. As a bucs fan I hope we do great this season. But the realist in me knows that with overwhelmed koetter at the helm it’s probaly not going to happen. Other teams starting signing return guys… Read more »

3 years ago

Jeffbuc, we have Humphries and Reedy who are both good returners, and D Jackson is gonna get some looks back their too.