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The annual NFL Owners Meeting was held this week in Boca Raton, Florida and PewterReport.com was on hand all four days. On Wednesday morning the NFC coaches met with the media for breakfast and Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter spoke to a number of local and national media regarding his team and the upcoming 2016 season. Here is the first report from the breakfast.
Only eight players in NFL history have started their careers with consecutive 1,000 yards seasons, and Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans is one of them. And while that is an impressive feat, new Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter thinks Evans can still get better by working on a few things.
“Mike is such a talented guy, he just needs to be more consistent, more consistent in his preparation and in his work habits,” Koetter said. “Reports are that he’s already doing a great job this offseason and then he’s just such a young guy. I don’t think he and Jameis every really had the great chemistry that you see a lot of the quarterbacks and receivers in the league have. How could they? They’re both just such young guys and they’ve just been together one year. I think as they grow older together you’ll see that chemistry improve.”
Bucs HC Dirk Koetter – Photo: Mark Cook/PR
Besides accomplishing the NFL consecutive 1,000 yard season feat, Evans is the only Bucs receiver to hit the mark in his first two seasons. Still, despite the production, Evans struggled with drops in 2015 but Koetter believes that can be corrected. Part of it will come with developing chemistry with quarterback Jameis Winston as Koetter mentioned, and also working with his new receivers coach.
“All of that is part of it. Mike got married about three weeks ago, he was on his honeymoon, he’s back in Tampa training now,” Koetter said. “I know he and Jameis have spent some time together training on and off our campus. I just think having a stable situation at quarterback, having the same offense in place after having to go back to back new offenses and I think Todd Monken as a receivers coach will be great for Mike. I just think experience is the best teacher. Everybody, me included, I’m probably one of Mike’s greatest critics.”
During his time with the media at the NFC coaches breakfast on Wednesday morning Koetter was asked if Evans third season was a critical year.
“No. Shoot, I have high expectations for Mike every year.”
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, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. 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 protected]
Evans is not Clayton. He wants to be better. Coachable. This could be a really good year for Buc’s offense and the passing game. Love the fact that Dirk wants to throw deep and often.
The thing that keeps Evans from being an elite player is the same thing that has haunted him since T A&M…his volatility. Little things set him off (never mind Josh Norma-sized nuisances), and he loses his game entirely at that point…he doesn’t need Koetter, he needs anger management coaching.
I think it’s pretty tough to argue that he, “loses his game entirely,” almost ever in a year in which he accumulated 1,200 yards receiving in 14 games (pro rates to almost 1,400 yards over 16 games).
Maybe…let’s hope he is that guy…I wonder how many DBs watched that last CAR game though and saw him totally melt down to where he couldn’t catch the ball any more…hopefully not many, but we’ll see how he adapts to Norman next season..
I wonder why it is the same people who want our players to have more passion for the game are usually the same ones who complain about them when they become volatile.
Lets remember EastEndBoy, I believe that Evans came into the NFL after only two years of college ball.
That makes him 22.
You want to give him an anger management class for football. LOL.
Mike just needs a little more wisdom and maturity that unfortunately only age and experience provides.
Plus, as I recall, he only played one year of HS football. He needs to control himself a bit, but I love his passion. Better than just shrugging his shoulders. As jme said, “He’s no Michael Clayton.”
Don’t think I have ever asked for players to show more on-field passion…my favorite and most respected player of all time is Barry Sanders…he could put you to sleep with how much passion he showed on the field…don’t think he ever said boo to a player, coach, fan…never even spiked the football after a TD…I’m good with showing passion by making plays and winning…the loud mouth, scuffling, trash talking malarkey is for the birds…
Make that favorite non-Buc…yeesh, what a gaff…favorite players of all would of course be guys like Derrick Brooks, LeeRoy Selmon, Jimmy Giles, Ronde Barber, John Lynch…
To say he might need anger management is not stupid or laughable it’s actually probably true. Lot of 22 year old players don’t have the issues he has with penalties and just losing his mind at times. It’s beyond being young he can totally be taken out of a game if someone gets in his head that’s not good. Your a professional act like one. Look at Winston and his age….He also needs to work hard on fundamentals and quit dropping balls. He was horrible in some games regardless of hitting the 1000 yard Mark.
You can bet on is Winston is communicating to Evans and many others on offense.
Mental toughness and not getting shaken is a big part of being elite. Mike absolutely needs to get a handle on it. All he needs to do is look at his quarterback to know it’s possible for a young guy to keep his head in the game and his teammates’ heads in the game. Remember Jameis chastising another young WR for “listening to the opinions of sheep” in the stands? that’s a guy who understands that the game is won with focus
He had two bad games where drops were a problem. One in the rain and the other against the Texans after coming back from a hammy.
Koetter understands and knows this. Why he isn’t concerned. You shouldn’t make a mountain out of a molehill either.
Evans will be much improved because at last we have the OC also coaching WRs this year and he will teach him his position for once. Now we just need Licht to draft a great WR this year to keep pressure off Evans. Everyone has plugged their favorite receiver, but I will not do so. I will just beg Licht not to get a slightly built WR who can be rerouted at the line of scrimmage and is not durable enough to give you a full season of production; like Bell last year and even worse Dontae Dye who couldn’t catch a football and was not a skilled returner. Find a talented receiver with great hands and athleticism and fearless; with a durable body, and good speed to be a deep threat and willing to block as well as teachable to run excellent routes. If he can run back kicks without fumbling–terrific. This WR has to be able to replace Jackson when he retires. Bell was a mistake. No repeats.
Wow! How can you call kenny bell a mistake after a couple of preseason games of his rookie year?? Give the kid some time! Go bucs! We have plenty to be excited about four next year and we get more help in less than a month!
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