New Buccaneers’ offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter got acquainted with the media on Tuesday and took on questions for the first time as a member of Tampa Bay’s coaching staff. The main topic of conversation was the offense for obvious reasons and Koetter offered some very good insight as to what his plans could be.
Aside from saying he won’t be installing a particular style of offense, Koetter did explain what he believes in the most as key to running an offense.
“I believe in a balanced offense a lot,” Koetter said. “The reason for that is if you ask any defensive coach what’s the hardest thing to defend, one of the first things he’ll tell you is balance. Defenses are just too good nowadays in the NFL, if they can get a tip and they know they only have to stop one thing, they’re pretty good at stopping that one thing. Balance is huge. You’ve got to remember, time and score factors in to how much you can be balanced – if you’re behind in the second half, there’s only so many possessions in an NFL game, so sometimes time and score effect it, but I definitely believe in balance.”
Part of a balanced attack is the success of a quarterback. Koetter did not provide any hints on who the Bucs may be leaning towards in the draft -- if they are leaning towards drafting a quarterback at all. But he did emphasize quarterback play quite often and a quarterback he praised is currently on the roster.
When asked about his thoughts of quarterback play from Josh McCown and Mike Glennon, Koetter compared Glennon to a quarterback he recently helped coach to lots of success. However, he does preface it by saying he still has some film study to do.
“I haven’t dug into the tape yet. I’m anxious to do that and to watch the tape. I know that statistically, everybody’s going to say that they didn’t do well this year, but sometimes statistics don’t tell the whole story and, like I said, the tape usually does tell the whole story and I’m anxious to look at that,” said Koetter. “All I will say is Josh has played some good football in his career and when Tampa drafted Mike, I’ve watched Mike from afar – from the other side of the ball here in Atlanta – and from afar, I thought he had some of the same attributes as Matt Ryan. But that’s me looking at it from the outside, and until I get on the inside and get a chance to look at the tape and spend some time with those guys, I can’t give you much more than that.”
Koetter was unable to offer up much information since there are still lots of work to be done with Lovie Smith and the rest of the staff, especially at the quarterback position. But in his first Q&A session with the media, Koetter was on point.
His visions of keeping defenses off balance and designing a scheme that is best suited for the personnel he often raved about sounds exciting. Let’s just hope we see it play out this time around.
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