Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs fans and SR’s Fab 5 readers offered up their comments about Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter, general manager Jason Licht, tight end Luke Stocker and Atlanta linebacker Vic Beasley. What does PewterReport.com publisher and Bucs beat writer Scott Reynolds have to say? Find out right here.
Welcome to another installment of SR’s Fab 5 Reaction where every Tuesday I take the time to answer your questions and respond to your comments from the previous week’s SR’s Fab 5 column. Due to time constraints from my responsibilities as publisher, I am unable to respond to every reader comment each week, but I do read every one of them.
Comments have only been edited for clarity and grammar. Now on to your comments.
Topics in last week’s SR’s Fab 5 include: Koetter’s “Go For The Throat” Mentality On Display In Week 1; Diversified Attack Makes Bucs Offense Hard To Stop; Bucs Linebackers Run Wild In Smith’s New Scheme; Thanks To His Dad, Licht Is Wired To Handle Pressure
I don’t think the Bucs played their best game last Sunday against the Falcons. Jameis Winston missed some touchdown passes in the first quarter. There were a few blown coverages, which is understandable with a new defense and being on the road. The interception was due to a miscommunication due to the noise on the road (and being the first game). So, there is a lot of work to do.
If the Bucs did play better football, the Falcons game could have easily been a blow out. But, winning a division game on the road to open up the season is very encouraging.
Scott, the SR’s Fab 5 is one of the reasons I look forward to Friday. Keep up the good work. Thanks also for the insight on Jason Licht and his dad. Go Bucs! – Iabucfan
Thank you Iabucfan. I appreciate it. While I think the Bucs didn’t provide an “A” level performance at Atlanta, I would give them a B-plus grade, especially offensively while putting up 31 points. A better effort by Tampa Bay’s defense in the second half would have created a blowout, but a road win in Week 1 was big for the Bucs. – SR
Nice read, Scott. On Fab 1, I am glad to hear that Dirk Koetter wants to have that approach. No doubt, the forward mentality will bite us at some point, but I firmly believe it to be the better approach. The confusing thing for me is, why then did we switch to “run out the clock” mentality towards the end of the third quarter of the Falcons game?
Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
That’s Greg Schiano football and it bit us way more often than the “go for the throat” approach. Maybe it was Koetter’s first game, maybe he thought we had more than enough points that it didn’t matter (I suppose we did, just barely, in the end), but I would love to see us keep the foot on the throttle a little while longer before we fight the clock.
On Fab 5, well said by Ali Marpet. Five hits on the quarterback are too many and these guys need to keep raising the bar, which I’m sure they will do. Go Bucs! – EastEndBoy
I agree that Dirk Koetter’s aggressive approach is exciting and is needed in Tampa Bay after Lovie Smith’s ultra-conservative ways posted just eight wins over two years. Koetter’s go for the throat style came back to bite the Bucs right before halftime when a three-and-out led to a quick touchdown to give Arizona a 24-0 lead. Still, it was the right call being down 17-0.
It just wasn’t the Bucs’ day against the Cardinals in a humbling 40-7 loss. To add injury to insult, Tampa Bay lost Doug Martin to a hamstring injury for three weeks and is expected to lose tight end Luke Stocker and defensive end Robert Ayers to ankle injuries, too. – SR
Pretty good reading in the SR’s Fab 5 today, and props to PR for pumping out quality articles all during the week. I don’t remember so much output as we have been seeing this year. Kudos.
In my opinion, the hiring of Dirk Koetter is the best thing that has happened for the Bucs since 2002. To quote Scott, “When he’s not smiling, Koetter resembles Clint Eastwood’s famous character ‘Dirty Harry.'”
Make my day, punk. That, to me tells it all. Here is a man doing what he loves and enjoying every minute. Not to mention getting paid quite handsomely to do it.
I’ve got no problem with stealing strategies from other teams or emulating great coaches. I just hope Koetter keeps his positive outlook and keeps the team having fun, and winning of course. This team seems to really like the head coach – very refreshing. Taking plays from other teams is cool.
I think Bill Belichick looks like he sucking on a lemon most of the time. I’ve tried to think back of him smiling, after winning the Super Bowl is the only time I can think of.
Going for the throat. Love it.
Weapons galore, this is fantastic.
Dougernaught catching passes excites me a lot. If we can get teams to fear Charles Sims running game it will confuse them greatly. What are the running backs going to do – catch or rush? It should cause some consternation in opposing teams heads.
I remember watching the Eagles when Randall Cunningham was playing and thinking, what is this team doing next? This week let us freak every one out and complete a touchdown pass to Luke Stocker. Hell yeah!
They are going to have to account for Kwon Alexander, that’s all there is to it. Then Lavonte David steps in and gets his. With Gerald McCoy and Alexander occupying multiple blockers I look for other members of the defense to have good games.
I don’t know anything about Mark Duffner. Maybe sometime Scott could give us some insight on him. We all enjoyed the last coaching profile he did.
Bucs GM Jason Licht and Scott Reynolds – Photo by: Mark Cook/PR
I’m taking that Jason Licht has a Germanic background. Being of German descent and from the Midwest has got to have something to do with his toughness. He just seems to me to be rock steady and dependable.
Reminds me of all the guys that I’ve known over the years from the Midwest. Go to work, work hard and get it done. It’s a plus that he is a drafting Ninja.
Vic Beasley, another Clemson defensive player maybe not panning out. How unusual. Besides Adam Humphries, I can’t think of any player from Clemson succeeding in the NFL.
I did not even realize that Humphries was from Clemson until someone pointed that out to me. Glad he’s on our team. Go Bucs. – chetthevette
That’s quite the comment, chetthevette. Thanks for the kudos. With Doug Martin possibly being sidelined with a hamstring issue, Charles Sims will need to step up as a running back. Jacquizz Rodgers, too.
The Bucs do have weapons galore, but only the receivers were featured against Arizona, and Mike Evans was targeted 17 times. Dirk Koetter needs to be more diversified like he was against Atlanta. The Bucs’ diversity will be tested with Doug Martin expected to miss three weeks with a hamstring injury. Charles Sims and Jacquizz Rodgers will split carries and catches in his absence.
I appreciate Bucs general manager Jason Licht opening up about his upbringing. It lends some insight to his strategy and philosophy when it comes to Tampa Bay’s personnel moves.
As for Clemson, it has actually become Wide Receiver U in recent years with DeAndre Hopkins, Martavis Bryant, Sammy Watkins, Charone Peake and Adam Humphries all having had success in the NFL. Keep an eye on Mike Williams at Clemson right now. The big, 6-foot-3, 205-pound receiver is on track to be a first-round pick and would look good in pewter and red. – SR
I think Lovie Smith’s approach in managing timeouts is obvious and the rest of you don’t understand. Timeouts are cumulative and if you don’t use them they are added to the amount you will have available for the next game!
Speaking of Luke Stocker brings to mind jongruden. I miss his post (seriously-never a dull moment). He lives in Arizona so he may be conflicted this weekend; or maybe he is a Cards fan now. – 76Buc
I wouldn’t be surprised if Lovie Smith thought timeouts were cumulative. There were plenty of times he went into halftime trailing, yet taking a knee before the half and with timeouts on the board.
Luke Stocker’s ankle injury is big. He’s essentially the lead-blocking fullback in the Bucs’ run game, which will be tested without his presence and the availability of Doug Martin. – SR
Couldn’t agree with you more about Clemson pass rushers, 76Buc, and William Perry was one of the most over rated defensive tackles to ever play the game thanks to the media who loved him because he was fat. When I saw Vic Beasley’s height and weight I said he would never hold up in the NFL as a defensive end.
Falcons LB Vic Beasley – Photo by: Getty Images
I would be surprised if the Bucs run a lot of rubs this week against Arizona although it would be great if they did. The main reason is because I rarely see them running rubs anyway. Besides, New England’s offense is designed for short to intermediate routes that lend themselves to rubs.
The Bucs are designed for more intermediate and long passes and the only time Winston goes for short passes is when he is dumping the ball off because the receivers downfield are covered.
To be honest, Lovie Smith also liked to defer receiving the ball till the second half for the same reasons but unfortunately was never gutsy enough to do anything with the philosophy.
Again, in his defense, it wasn’t like he had Peyton Manning, Tom Brady or even Andy Dalton around to toss the rock. Josh McCown sure didn’t instill a lot of confidence and last year Jameis Winston was a rookie.
If the Cards play like they did against New England, the Bucs have a good chance to beat them but I never predict W’s and L’s. I’m much too superstitious for that sort of existential meddling. – drdneast
I didn’t see the fascination of Vic Beasley, either. He’s too small to be an every down defensive end, yet the Falcons spent a top-10 pick on him, then moved him to linebacker where he is out of position. Beasley is a situational pass rusher like Tampa Bay’s own Howard Jones, and should have been drafted in the third or fourth round. Every year some team gets suckered on a player like Barkevious Mingo, Dion Jordan or Beasley.
Clemson defensive ends have a track record for being busts, too. The Bucs experienced that with Gaines Adams. Phillip Merling never amounted to much. Shaq Lawson’s shoulder has him sidelined during his rookie season in Buffalo. The list goes on and on.
I agree that Dirk Koetter’s offense is designed for intermediate and deep routes, but rub routes work against man coverage and the Bucs receivers didn’t get open much against the Cardinals. In hindsight, they would have been better off implementing some in the game plan last week.
You don’t have to have a great quarterback to have an aggressive mindset. Yet Lovie Smith had a Pro Bowl rookie quarterback that threw for 4,000 yards last year and he wasn’t as aggressive as he could have been, and it didn’t help his cause. – SR
Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
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