Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
New Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter stood at the podium for the first time as an NFL head coach in Indianapolis addressing the media on Wednesday, as the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine got under way with media day.
Bucs OC Dirk Koetter – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Tampa Bay’s new head ball coach talked about what the team has in store over the next few days.
“We’ve got 60 interviews lineup over the next few days,” Koetter said. “I’ve been fortunate to have watched some film on those guys and look forward to meeting them.
“It’s real important. It may be the number one thing that, from a coaching standpoint, we get out of the Combine. We get a chance to talk to the players one-on-one. I think that’s real important.”
Koetter went onto address the defense, saying that Bucs will use multiple looks that fans saw in 2015 under new defensive coordinator Mike Smith.
“We’ll be different some,” Koetter said. “As you know, we hired Mike Smith as our defensive coordinator. Smitty and I have a long history together, both in Jacksonville and Atlanta. We’ve put together a terrific defensive staff. I think we will be a multiple team on defense. I think that’s one of the toughest things for an offense to go against so that’s what we’ll try to do on defense.”
PewterReport.com will have more live from the Combine over the next few days.
–Part of this report was courtesy of Buccaneers.com
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We already knew this from DC Smith’s introductory presser when asked what the Bucs’ base defense will look like next season. He said “We’re going to base out of a four-man front, But again, when you play with a four-man front, you over-shift and you’re in a 3-4. You start in a 3-4, you over-shift, you’re in a 4-3. There’s not a whole lot of difference in terms of what you do, it’s a matter of how you’re going to put your shell in the back end. And I think that’s the thing that you have to do, is you have to give the quarterback different looks”.
If the Bucs do not bring back DT’s Henry Melton and Tony McDaniel, look for a bigger nose tackle somewhere down the line!
Remember D-Line coach Jay Hayes is from the Bengals who aligns in a 4-3 hybrid with a big nose tackle sometimes over center.
Just run a defense that fits the talents and skill of our players, unlike the bull headed Smith who tried making players fit into his out dated cover two system
macabee” I too always preferred a massive inside DT who presents as an immovable object and forces runs to the outside to be caught by swift DE’s and LB’s.
Two players in this draft that will give us the ability to provide multiple looks. Myles Jack who can play anywhere on the back end and allow us to disguise coverages. Vernon Butler because of his ability to 1-gap, or 2-gap can allow us to disguise our fronts.
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