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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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