Buccaneers: What we need to see from Dirk Koetter in year two
By James Yarcho
Number Two – Utilizing All The Weapons
Something Buccaneers fans are completely unfamiliar with – an embarrassment of riches when it comes to offensive talent. In order for this season to be the success we all expect it to be, Koetter has to find a way to utilize all his weapons, maximizing their talent.
The two big debates as far as who gets the heavy work load is at tight end and running back. At tight end, the Bucs have the NFL’s touchdown leader at the position in Cam Brate then they turned around and drafted O.J. Howard in the first round.
So how do you capitalize off both?
It’ll be interesting to see how Koetter works this out on Sundays. It’s hard to imagine Jameis not using Brate as his security blanket yet again, but you don’t use a top-twenty pick on a top-five talent and then ignore them. It’s a fine line to distribute the ball to all the playmakers.
Then at running back, you have the Doug Martin suspension along with the return of Jacquizz Rodgers, a guy in Charles Sims playing for a new contract, Peyton Barber trying to remain on the active game day roster, and rookie Jeremy McNichols.
We all have our gripes about Sims and his inability to actually run the ball between the tackles – kind of an important trait for a running back, no? Then there’s the questions about Martin after he returns from suspension – what kind of Martin are we getting? Will he get hurt again? Will the team want to move on from him?
Koetter says time and time again you can never have too many good football players, but there’s only one ball to go around, so you can’t use them all. It will be intriguing to see which weapons he keeps and how the ball distribution works out.