Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter addressed the media following Saturday’s practice at One Buc. Below is the full transcript of what he said.

(On what he’s seen from JPP)
“A real impressive veteran player that’s willing to share with the younger guys. His ability to work in the heat, sometimes those vets don’t want to come out and work as hard as we want them to in training camp, but he’s been out front all the way. Real impressive so far.”

(On his run defense helping)
“Yes, when we played him from last year, from out standpoint, we probably feared him more in the running game than in the pass game. That’s not a downgrade to him because we see good pass rushers every week but a lot of those speed rushers can’t play the run. He’s 280 pounds.”

(On what he does well against the run)
“He anchors, he sets the edge. His length, it’s hard to get in, he’s hard to get in to his body. He’s got those long arms and he’s powerful. I was just watching a clip today on a big play where the tight end slices back across the line, they were playing the Rams last year and he just picked the tight end up and walked him right back into the ball carrier.”

Bucs DE Jason Pierre-Paul and DL coach Brentson Buckner - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Bucs DE Jason Pierre-Paul and DL coach Brentson Buckner – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

(On him being a smart football player)
“He’s real smart about what he’s got to know. I don’t think he could play quarterback but he’s doing good at what he does.”

(On how Shaun Wilson is doing)
“Again we’ve practiced only three times and he doesn’t get a ton of reps but he had one real nice run today. I’m anxious to see Shaun as camp goes on. He’s done nothing but impress so far, but we’ll see, we’re a long ways away.”

(On what role Noah Spence can play with the veterans on the d-line added to the team)
“We had very high hopes for Noah both of his first two seasons and it was out of his control he got injured in both seasons so, that defensive line is pretty deep right now so they can pick their spots and get him in there as a rusher. We’ll see how it sorts out.”

(On Vernon Hargreaves’ cut leg being similar to Brent Grime’s from last year and if there’s anything significant from it)
“It’s not too bad, it was similar, he got a spike right on the shin similar to what Grimes got last year. He had to stitch it up so he’s going to miss a few days but nothing that’s going to keep him out long term.”

(On the biggest surprise so far)
“Oh boy, I don’t know. I don’t have a good answer for you.”

(On if he likes the athleticism of the secondary more this year, especially with the new rookies)
“It’s probably too early to say that. Those three rookie draft picks that we have, let’s just give them a little more time, they’re still in a learning period.”

(On what he’s trying to accomplish with the run)
“Well yesterday we talked about balance is the hardest thing to defend and we’d like to be 50-50 in a game plan. We’d like to be 50-50 run-pass. Efficiency comes into play there so sometimes you have to abandon that, time and score come into play. But we need to be a more efficient running team and if you’re a more efficient running team than you run the ball more.”

(On why not passing more particularly on first down)
“You got play actions in there. For the season, we don’t just group all first downs together, we group some other down and distances in there. For the season we were pretty close to 50-50 on run downs, we were pretty close in the way we look at it. So your numbers and my number don’t match, so we’ll have to disagree on that.”

(On the importance of establishing the run)
“Five out of six teams made the playoffs when they rushed for over 2,000 yards. There’s only one team that rushed for 2,000 and didn’t make the playoffs and that was the Cowboys. So 2,000 yards in a season averages out to 125 yards a game, that’s where you’d like to be. Teams that do that are going to win games, they’re going to average over 10 and make the playoffs.”

(On if those teams are winning because they’re running or they’re running because they’re winning)

(On the difference between the Bucs successful 2015 run game and their run game last season)
“In 2015 we had a lot of explosive runs. Look at that Philly game for example, we were right up there. Now we were still an explosive team last year, we were seventh in the league in explosives, but we were second to last in run explosives or something like that. So explosives still are behind turnovers for the things you would like to get in order to win. But we’d like to get more explosive runs, and more touchdown runs.”

(On if he has a number in mind that he’s comfortable with for the amount of touches Ronald Jones might get in a game)
“No, I don’t. It’s way too early. Let’s at least see when they all get in pads and see how he does in preseason before we figure that out.”

(On how well Adarius Taylor(formerly Glanton) has done)
“The year I was coordinator, we got him in the middle of the season, he was a scout team linebacker. I used to be screaming at him everyday because he wasn’t giving the look I wanted and he was trying to tell me he came from Carolina and would say “Coach, that’s not how Carolina plays it!” I would say that’s how I want you to play it! The evolution of Adarius, now he’s one of our best special teams players and can play all three-linebacker spots. Right now he’s working with the first unit as a SAM linebacker and he’s the first backup on everything else. He’s just a real enjoyable guy and a tough versatile football player. Versatility at any position helps and he’s got it.”


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3 years ago

Koetter Wants More Explosives Plays, More Touchdown Runs

I am sure he does want Explosives Plays, More Touchdown Runs

3 years ago

We all want things I want 2 young beauties on a new yacht in Saint Thomas
instead I have 1 wife 2 kids and mini van in Lutz.

Koetter should have lost last game last year and moved up in draft to get Barkley
instead he drafted a small RB with 3.5 yard average
next year Koetter will have lower draft pick
opps he wont be here

3 years ago

As usual your comments are idiotic Bob.

We should lose games to target players? Wow that’s brilliant.

Where do you get Jones rushed for 3.5 yards? He has over 6 yards average per carry and almost 10 yards average receiving.