After finishing up mandatory minicamp on Thursday, the Bucs now begin their six-week break before resuming in late July for the grind that is training camp.
Generally speaking, Dirk Koetter is pleased with how far the team has come from early-May to mid-June, but knows this isn’t a complete vacation.
“Every one of these guys will have some things they’ll be working on,” Koetter said. “Some of it’s just working on their body, working on their conditioning level, working on their strength and flexibility. Some of them it’s definitely playbook work, on both sides of the ball. They’ll be studying up. But they have 10 straight weeks (upon returning) so they definitely use the time off.”
Throughout rookie minicamp, OTAs and mandatory minicamp, Tampa Bay accomplished a lot in terms of installing its new philosophy. Among the things Koetter mentioned was an entirely new defensive and special teams scheme, further development of the offense and integrating 24 rookies and a handful of free agents into the system. Not a bad start for a first-year head coach who’s still getting used to his day-to-day responsibilities.
HC Dirk Koetter – Photo: Mark Cook/PR
“The biggest challenge is probably just the way I segment my day a little now,” Koetter said. “I’m still trying to be involved in the offense and doing the head coach thing, too.
“Shoot, when I was the offensive coordinator and a fight broke out, I just got out of the way,” he continued, drawing laughs from reporters. “Today, I almost got trampled, so that’s a little bit new. Anyway, it’s just like when anyone changes jobs. I have different responsibilities and I have to do better – I have to keep improving myself.”
The fight Koetter was talking about was more of a mini-scuffle at the end of practice – one that he firmly assured was a normal part of any scrimmage where guys are battling for jobs. Emotions are high, he said, and that’s what you want from your team.
“I want a team full of competitors – a team that’s going to play emotional, hard-nosed football,” Koetter said, adding that fights are even more common in practice without blockers and full-speed play at all times. “Hey, I don’t think we should be backing down from anybody. If you think it’s not going to get a little heated out there we’re kidding ourselves. We’re happy with where we’re at. We’re happy with the way the new coaching staff and players have mixed together.”
Koetter suggested that Tampa Bay could look to add depth at certain positions once roster cuts begin, but for now, said he’s confident in where the Bucs stand heading into training camp. As he put it, “A lot of learning has gone on and we’re excited to get back right after vacation.”
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Welcome to the ‘dead zone’ where team news is much more likely to be bad than good. Hope the coach told players to stay away from pickup basketball games and motorcycle’s!
Yea won’t be much going on now until camp starts in July. This season has a much different feel to me. I’m excited to get it underway. Go Bucs!
Ok! Good mini-camp guys! See you in 6 weeks and remember, no pick-up basketball games, no motorcycles, and no nightclubbing with Aqib Talib! lol.
no investment opportunities with Sapp
no treating the i75 like a racetrack
no drinking “the latest” sport drinks
no gambling on football (yes including the LFL)
no driving your car to the bar…just use Uber
no guns! not in airports, not in your car, not in your pocket
no hangin with A-Rod or his friends
agree with all but #2, let’s not kick a man when he’s down.
but if ya insist I’ll meet ya at 1Buc Place at 1pm to meet ya mama.
Oh no ASJ was in my house –hehe ha ha
Did the team have any fights when Lovie was here. if they did, I don’t remember reading about them.
Another thing I read the team didn’t have the last two years was zebras at practice.
I was shocked to read this because I thought this was almost standard practice in the NFL and I know the Bucs had used them in the past.
Now I understand why the team led the NFL in penalties the lat two years. If you hold in practice and you don’t get called on it, you will definitely hold on game day.
Old NFL and Chinese proverb, “You play how you practice.”
The more and more we learn about how Lovie “ran” things , the more and more I am shocked we won 6 games. What an eye opener.
Just more of what went wrong under Lovie’s leadership. Koetter ran some good practices, training with the Jags, and Browns come summer, should get us more prepared. It comes down to winning. We’ll be the Rodney Dangerfield of the NFL until we win. There was a poll on NFL network on who would have the better 2016 season,Jameis, or M.M.. Sixty three percent said Mariota! Are you getting me, based on what? Kwon was left off Davis’s depth chart! No respect, it’s time these young Bucs earn it. Win, and they can’t ignore you anymore.
All I know is, we got a lot of balls…
Face it…most people not in Tampa aren’t Winston fans. Especially the media. Gurley won AP ROTY and he didn’t start or finish strong. Winston had a much tougher assignment as QB and finished amongst the best all time as a rookie. Cam and RG3 won ROTY with comparable numbers. Martin had a much better rookie year than Gurley and was beat out by RG3 and Luck in voting. BS basically.
………..and no fireworks.
…and the Bucs’ running game not getting much respect these days either
I get what he’s saying about wanting a tough, hard-nosed team. At the same time, though, I want a disciplined team. Any time you get too emotional on the field during a game and draw a flag, you go from being tough and hard-nosed to being stupid and selfish and hurting the team. So yea, be tough, be a badass, yada yada yada, all the things any football coach would say. But also, be smart, be disciplined, and put the team ahead of your foolish pride and self-image. Don’t hurt the team. Period.
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