Dirk Koetter and the Bucs celebrate their win on opening day – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Below is a transcript of Bucs’ head coach Dirk Koetter’s post game press conference following Tampa Bay’s 31-24 win over the Falcons.
“Good guys win.”
On being nervous at end of game:
“Glass half-empty, half-full. Good guys win. Don’t ever apologize for winning in this league they are hard to come by.
On his first win as a Head Coach here in Atlanta:
“Let’s do it 15 more times this year. Seeing people on the other side, it was weird last year, it was weird this year. I have a lot of respect for plenty of people in that organization, but that is the nature of the NFL.”
On the turn around to the slow start in passing game:
“I would have to say the no huddle. We had to go to it. It was loud, we had terrible field position and we were backed up. It seemed like we were backed up the whole game. We shot ourselves in the foot a couple times with some penalties and those things we have to get better at. I think the real turning point was the drive before the half, the two-minute offense we did a good job wth that.”
On the effort from Charles Sims III to keep feet in-bounds and find the end zone:
“We talked about check downs all week. Atlanta is a zone based defense, they take deep drops, they try to force you to check the ball down. We were preaching to Jameis Winston, ‘Check it down. Check it down.’ And he did it and what a run by “Chuck.” Charles must have broken four tackles. We were inching our way down the field on that drive. It was reminiscent of our game here last year. We kind of got the momentum in the 2nd quarter.”
On the explosiveness of Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Mike Evans:
“Two beautiful catches. Two beautiful catches. The one to Austin is a play we tried on them last year and we didn’t get it. We studied film in the offseason and said, ‘Hey we can get this?’ And beautiful throw and a heck of a catch, it was not an easy catch. The one to Mike was another beautiful catch. We tell our guys all the time you have to make your play, so whatever your plays are you have to make them. Not everybody has the same ones and that was two big ones.”
On the play of Kwon Alexander:
“Kwon was understandably emotional with the whole trip. Before the game, in the locker room, this means a lot to Kwon. Kwon is one of the emotional leaders of our defense and showed up big here today.”
On his instructions to Jameis Winston after slow start:
“I always tell him the same thing, keep reading it out, keep doing it, read it out. Don’t be afraid to check it down. Jameis knows what to do. I’m not going to tell him anything on game day. There is no big secret coming, he knows what to do. Sometimes he gets a little hyped up. There are other things. The crowd noise, I told you all last week it is so hard to prepare for real crowd noise. That is legit crowd noise. We had issues. We had issues with our guys getting in on time. We had issues with our silent cadence. You have to overcome all that when you play on the road. This will help us for next week vs. Arizona.”
Post game team speech:
“Great job, great job. It’s a team effort and everybody helped. I was excited for every guy in there. We played like a team.”
On Jameis Winston’s second half improvements:
“It was more the end of the second quarter when he stood in there and took some shots. That’s the part of Jameis that you don’t get to see until its live football. He will stand in there and fight to keep it flush. He’s not going to bail out. He did a great job of that and of course, the two deep balls in the 2nd half we discussed he stuck it twice.”
On the red zone defense:
“If you take away the three big plays that we gave up, we really played pretty darn good on defense. We gave up those three huge plays, we were able to overcome a couple of them and get a field goal. We got down and had trouble rotating some guys in there and we made a couple of mistakes, but that’s a good offense. There are some good guys over there.”
On whether he was presented a game ball:
“I was. I was.”
On who gave it to him:
“Who do you think? Number three. Hey, it’s a good day to be a Buc.”
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]
He walked up to mike and said loudly “good guys win” with a huge smile. Like him more all the time.
Great players and great coaches do great things. I believe we finally have that. Go Bucs
When a coach starts calling you by your number instead of your name, you know your days with the team are numbered. LOL. Actually, it’s just the opposite in the NFL. Anyone remember, “Capece is kaput.”
Of course I remember it. One of the funniest John McKay quotes ever.
I was most excited this offseason than I have been since Gruden was here. Looks like my gut about this team and coach was correct! I never questioned Winston over Mariota either. Go Buc’s!!!
I like Koetter because he just says things the way they are. Tough game coming up this week. I’m sure the Cardinals are ready to take a beating on their next opponent so we better have our act together. Go Bucs!
This coach is such an upgrade. I love his enthusiasm and fire. Giving everyone a game ball after every win is a cool thing as well. I actually look forward to his press conferences, while I would never watch Lovies bullshit every week. Big things coming guys, big things.
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