Remember when Lovie Smith didn't like cursing in an NFL locker-room? I mean, that had to be a joke, right? Well, it wasn't, but the Bucs' play under their former coach was. That play led to a combined 8-24 record under Lovie Smith, and his ultimate departure from the organization.
This is ironic since it's the Bucs defense showing the most energy at Bucs' OTAs.
“I’ve really been impressed with the energy of our defense in general," Dirk Koetter said after OTAs last week. "Their communication, the way they’re flying around to the ball. I think those guys are having fun out there and they’re making plays.”
Enter Dirk Koetter, and the Bucs have their first genuine energy within the walls of One Buc Place since Jon Gruden. Raheem Morris' energy was always a bit goofy and Schiano's energy was always a bit collegiate. Not Koetter's. Koetter's energy is genuine and real.
Koetter isn't the only one bringing energy to the Bucs' off-season practices. As Koetter explains, the energy is flowing everywhere.
“I’m happy when everybody is fired up," Koetter said. "I’m happy when every single guy is out there fired up, but when you’re going against yourself all day, half the people are sad and half the people are happy, but we have a good energy across the board.”
It's not a stretch to say the Bucs played with minimal emotion over the last two years under Lovie Smith. I'm also a firm believer that a football team takes on the mentality of their head coach. If that's the case, the Dirk Koetter-led Buccaneers could be the most fun any of us have truly had following the team since the other aggressive and energetic offensive minded coach hoisted the Buccaneers only Lombardi trophy.
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