Dirk Koetter Setting The Tone Early
By James Yarcho
We knew, and welcomed, changes in the Buccaneers’ organization with the hire of head coach Dirk Koetter, and he’s wasting no time in making those changes.
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It started last season as offensive coordinator and it’s spilling over into his first offseason and practices as head coach. Dirk Koetter is the kind of guy that wears his emotions on his sleeve and doesn’t put up with nonsense.
We saw the first true glimpse of that with the Austin Seferian-Jenkins incident a few weeks ago. It then reared its head again, this time aimed at the media following a fight between players at Bucs practice. Koetter lit into the media a bit after being asked about the confrontation;
"“Look, if you guys just watched a two-hour practice and that’s what you got out of it, then you’re in the wrong spot. If that’s your lead story, you’re in the wrong spot. It’s hot as hell out here, these guys are working their tail off, emotions get heated and guess what? That’s football practice. Get over it.”"
To go from the laid-back approach of Raheem Morris to the dictatorship of Greg Schiano to the emotionless Lovie Smith, Koetter’s approach is somewhat refreshing. He’s not going to tolerate nonsense, of any kind, from anyone. Doesn’t matter if you’re a player, a coach, or the media in Tampa, Koetter won’t tolerate it one bit.
I had no problem with his boisterous approach. Some media members, obviously, didn’t take too kindly to the sharp comments from the coach. You can’t have it both ways, though. No one was happy about Lovie Smith’s approach simply because he would say absolutely nothing at any point. It was 100% “coach speak” that never let anyone know what was going on.
Now, we have Dirk Koetter who tells you exactly how it is, how he feels, and some are turned off by the approach. It’s far more refreshing to have a coach speak, act, and react in the way Koetter does because, if nothing else, it shows he cares. He’s getting worked up enough to lash out because he cares.
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I see absolutely nothing wrong with this approach. What about you, Bucs fans?