On Tuesday Scott Smith of Buccaneers.com conducted a sit-down interview with new Buccaneer’s offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. They touched on subjects ranging from play-calling, his prior experience with different quarterbacks, and even a little on the draft. However, the majority of time was focused on is upcoming plans for an offense in need of improvement.

The former Falcon’s offensive coordinator now has the responsibility of turning around last seasons’ 30th ranked unit. And while Koetter didn’t give too much detail regarding his philosophy, he laid out four of his ten key elements to righting the ship.

“There are a group of critical factors that are time proven in winning in the NFL,” Koetter said. “Without boring everybody of what they all are, a couple of them are, number one, don’t turn the ball over. As an offensive team, part of winning game is not losing the game, and the fastest way to lose it is turning it over.

“The second one is creating explosive plays,” he continued. “Your percentage of touchdowns is going to go way up the more explosive plays you have. It’s one thing to say you’re going to beat down a defense, but you can have explosives in your run game and in your passing game. You have to create explosives. Number three, and I’ll stop (listing) out of boredom, but three and four would be sacks… we have to cut down our sacks, and (number 4) we have to be a great team on third down. Third down is your money down. Those are 4-of-10 things that we’re really going to try to hang our hat on.”

These factors are important for any offense to succeed, but they are especially critical for the Buccaneers, given last season’s stats. Tampa Bay ranked second in the league in giveaway’s (33), 25th in third-down percentage (37.4), third in sacks given up with 52, and 22nd in plays of over 25 yards.

While all of that may seem like a lot to overcome in a short period of time, he was optimistic about a quick turnaround. Similar to what Lovie Smith said at the Senior Bowl in January, Koetter also believes that the team is a lot closer than their record would suggest. With eight games in 2014 being decided by less than one score, combined with the talent surrounding the skill position players, Koetter thinks the offense has a solid foundation to build on.

“That’s one thing I’m really excited about,” Koetter said about the offensive talent. “I think we’re a lot closer than maybe the record last year indicated. An easy thing to point to, if you’re a glass half full kind of person, is eight games by less than one score. The Bucs were right there in plenty of games.

“When you look at two 1,000 yard receivers, Louis Murphy having a really good year as a third receiver, and group of three tight ends and running backs… starting with just our skill players, we have some guys who can make those explosive plays. We have to do a great job of putting those guys in position to make plays.”

From a personnel perspective, however, the most important player on offense in 2015 will be the quarterback. Second to him, is the five-man unit up front. And while Koetter spoke with enthusiasm regarding the skill positions, he was honest about their need to improve in both other areas.

“We have to have more consistent play at the quarterback position and across the board on the offensive line,” Koetter said. “And that’s not throwing anybody under the bus, that’s just a fact. We have to do better in those areas.”

Good news for Bucs fans, no matter who is under center next season, Koetter feels that he can get him to play up to his full potential.

“Regardless of who our quarterback is, I’m confident that I can help that guy play as close to his potential as we can possibly get him. That’s all we can ask from any player. Any player is going to be successful if he plays as close to his talent level and potential as we can get him.”

 

Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders. Contact him at: zshapiro12@gmail.com
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KINDERRT

That was a lot of talk about nothing. You can’t take bad ingredients and expect a great meal. To be successful you need average to above average players to be competitive with a top ten QB. All this talk about you can win with average QB is just nonsense. Just look at the QB’S that made the playoffs.

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pinkstob

One thing I’m glad to hear him say is, “We have to have more consistent play…across the board on the offensive line”. I see things the same way. Dotson is hailed as our best OT and someone to build around but I believe the whole O-line needs replacing, including Dotson and Mankins. I know we can’t upgrade an entire O-line in one year (trying to do that last year only made it worse) but I won’t be satisfied until we’ve replaced them all…no matter how long it takes. I’m sure Koetter means he can get some of the existing O-linemen… Read more »

Horse

Every time I get to hear what the OC has to say; I listen. McCown didn’t meet any of the 10 things he told us we have to do. Glennon does have explosive passing power and doesn’t fumble, but is an easy target for the sacks and interceptions.

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KINDERRT

Agree Pink, the O-Line needs major work. We need to use FA and the draft for a few years to build something special so that we can run and pass when needed. I can’t remember when the Bucs ever had a top O-Line. I have my doubts about Warhop being the right man for the job. I assume the Bucs are going to use zone blocking again this year which will take time to gel. With a rookie QB the Buc’s will once again be under the gun from the start. Not a very promising outlook but I’m hopeful they… Read more »

buclover1988

The more I listen to koetter, the more I like him. He understands football. I had completely forgotten that he was the oc in Jacksonville when they had Gerrard and gray. did very well with what he had. I remember there ol being awesome as well. If we can just get the right pieces I can confidently say that koetter can get the job done and be the oc we’ve been looking for.

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scubog

I agree with Pink about Dotson. I hear and read about him being good…..but I don’t see it. He’s no Paul Gruber. Heck, he might not even be Jerry Wunch.

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stlbucsfan

BleacherReport is reporting that Lovie didnt hire Marc Trestman bc the two didnt agree on Jameis as the #1 pick. Trestman apparently preferred Marriotta, interesting but more signs that the Koetter hire signals Jameis.

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e

I like the idea of the Bucs keeping Glennon and drafting Winston and letting them battle it out in the offseason. That should lead to some answers for the Bucs at their most questionable position. e

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Buctebow

Glennon, Glennon, he’s our man, if he can’t do it…and he can’t…trade his @ss before the draft and get a real QB.

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Buctebow

Goodbye Glennon, hate to see you go (not really)
Goodbye Glennon, gee I’m feelin’ low (that I had to watch you play)
But, I’m cluein’ you in
Someone’s doin’ you in, pal (you and your crappy play)

Goodbye Glennon, hate to see you fade (would rather that you totally disappear)
My, my Glennon, thought you had it made (as a lifetime backup)
But, they’re dumpin’ you off (to anyone fool enough to take you)
After bumpin’ you off, pal (off of the end of the bench)

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scubog

Good stuff Buctebow.

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georgehicks

I think that all thses so so Bucs minds alsao should have weekly meeting leading up to the draft. Tampa may be able to get a quality qb later in the draft.Espically since they saved 5.5 million in McGown. Looked at Rookie and Vet QB coming out. Has anyone think about Brian Hoyer from Cleveland as a vet Qb that would have some value and select Brett Hundley later in Rd-1 or Rd-2 and select several high draft choices that Tampa could get real good in a quick time. Tampa now have a great OCord and QB coach. Lets see… Read more »