Dirk Koetter and Jameis Winston – Photo by: Getty Images
Much have been made this week of the number of passes Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston has thrown over the last two games (110).
On Monday, reporters asked if former head coach Lovie Smith, who was known for being conservative, was whispering in his ear last season to constantly run the ball.
Koetter jokingly said he doesn’t hear Smith in his ear when he calls pass plays, but two others instead.
“Yeah, he’s called little Dirk, sitting right here on my shoulder and Little Dirk on this side and Big Jim, my dad, on this side.”
Koetter went on to reiterate his respect for his former boss.
Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter – Photo by: Getty Images
“Let me, again, for the record –I’ve said it many times – Lovie Smith never in any way, and I asked him sometimes what he wanted me to do, but never did Lovie dictate what we were doing on offense,” Koetter said. “I keep saying that and you guys don’t want to believe me. Coach Smith was a tremendous head coach to work for as an offensive coordinator because he set parameters and he stuck to those parameters.
The Bucs head ball coach continued on and explained how things transpire during he course of a game, including the play-calling and game plan.
“All of our coaches have influence in our game plan and all of our coaches have a piece of it,” Koetter said. “All those guys are talking, we’re talking in between series, at halftime. When you’re actually in a drive, there’s no room for other people talking because as soon as that play is over I’m hitting that button and talking to Jameis because a lot of times we’re in no huddle and we’re going fast. And as a play caller, you don’t want people talking to you. It’s disruptive. So when guys do talk, over the years they usually get an ear full.
“In between series, the coaches are going over the surfaces and usually I’ll go over and talk with Jameis and Mike Bajakian for a second and then usually go down and talk to George Warhop for a second and ask what are you thinking here run-wise. And all the guys in their areas, especially at halftime, they’re usually saying third-and-medium, here’s what we like and third-and-long. And we usually re-order our stuff for the second half.”
Winston is on pace to set an NFL record for most passes in a season, and Koetter knows that isn’t a successful formula to many football games.
“There’s like an unwritten rule in the NFL [that] if can run it 40 times, if you can run it 40 times in a game, you’re probably gonna win,” Koetter said. “But, just go out there and try to run it 40-straight times and see what happens – it probably won’t work. The way we look at it is – it’s not if the run game is working, it’s if the run game is efficient. You’ve gotta be able to move the chains.
Koetter admitted perhaps he needs to be a little more patient.
We actually ran the ball okay last week,” Koetter said. “We didn’t run it enough. Some of that’s on me as the playcaller because we had some stuff that when you want to get to certain things and it takes patience by the playcaller and then if you get behind, again, that could be patience on the playcaller.”
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]
I love the self evaluation by coach K. I think we have the right coach for sure! He admits his mistakes and we will see if he corrects them. Love the fact that we actually call screen plays now! Always wondered why we never ever ever ever did them! I think we will pull it together. Go bucs!!
Theres a lot that goes into the equation. If the defense is stacking the box all day you are a fool to run the ball. Its all about taking advantage of what the defense gives you even if you have to throw it 60 times
Last week the Rams were often playing two deep safeties which should invite the run. We chose to keep passing against it because of the score.
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