Koetter: Bucs chasing Panthers and following their model

AP

New Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter sees the Panthers not only as the NFC favorite, but Koetter says his team should also look at its division rival as a model as the Buccaneers continue to build and improve their team.

“I’ve said that multiple times,” Koetter said, per the Tampa Bay Times. “If you look, they drafted their quarterback, they drafted their middle linebacker. We’ve done the same thing. They’ve kept their coaching staff. I hope we keep our coaching staff. They’ve developed in the system, they’ve drafted well, they’ve hit on their free agents. They’ve kept their guys.”

After serving last year as the Buccaneers offensive coordinator, Koetter took over as head coach in January after the Bucs fired Lovie Smith . Prior to that he spent three seasons in the NFC South — seeing the Panthers twice a year — as offensive coordinator of the Falcons.

“Right now, Carolina has set the bar,” Koetter said. “[There was] a long time when no one could win the NFC South back to back and now they’ve won it three times in a row. Definitely they’re the team to beat and that’s why we added the players we did at the positions we did and with another draft, we’re going to try to close that gap.

“There’s always somebody you’re chasing, whether they’re in your division or not. You’ve got to give them their credit and we’re going to do everything we can to knock them off.”

Koetter cited his team’s pursuit of free agent defensive end Charles Johnson, who eventually returned to the Panthers for less money, as a sign of where the Panthers are a franchise.

26 responses to “Koetter: Bucs chasing Panthers and following their model

  1. Great start as a coach – telling people you want to copy another teams model. Why don’t you ask them for their playbooks too. You are a jake and I hope you fall in your face. Shame what he did to Lovie. Benedict Arnold!!!

  2. Should probably follow Denver’s model if you actually want to WIN a Super Bowl.

    Seriously though, nothing wrong with what’s being said here. Blueprint for winning is: leader at QB + leader on defense. Then build around that.

    Best of luck Tampa!

  3. Lol!!! When was the last time they even finished a season at .500? There are two other teams in that division that are better than them….

  4. Get yourself a quarterback who was a total jerk in college and only avoided prison because of his athlete status, then coddle and enable him for five years, add high draft picks to make the team around him make him appear better than he is, then…..

  5. I love this guy. When the national media complains about Lovie’s departure, it’s never by someone who witnessed the 32 games he coached.

  6. They finished 6-10 last year and lost multiple games by 3 points or less. Had Kwon Alexander not been suspended, they could have won out the last 4 games, which would have put them at 10-6.

    They have a top of the line offense that is now in it’s second year.

    They just need to refine it and improve the defense as Winston develops.

  7. What was Carolina’s plan draft a franchise QB that takes an extra season or two to start finding his groove, don’t try to find a second WR, and wait for the rest of the teams in the division to start stinking?

    Joking aside, the Buccs, even though I am not a fan of Winston, he shows he can play, and the first step is getting games close, the second step is learning and finding how to win those close games.

    There are always growing pains with young QBs Rodgers and GB in his first year as a starter is a great example… but then turned into one of the best. Detroit, is a team where it seems like they almost turned the corner with making the post-season a few times, only to regress.

  8. Carolina? They were terrible in 2014 and just made a fool of themselves in a SB.

    How is that a model?

    It’s hilarious how far people will go to avoid saying the Pats have the clear and obvious model for the last 15 years.

    They’ll be going to their 6th straight AFC Title game, unless Brady goes down, and even then they can win the division.

  9. Copying a team’s successful model is the right way. Think Tampa 2 from years ago. Or west coast offense. Teams look for what works and look to emulate it. Always have,, always will. The key is accurate draft assessment and quality in coaching.

  10. Panthers a model cause they won the NFC south 3 times in a row dude did you not read the article??? No team in the existence of the conference has achieved that! And they done it the previous year with a losing record!!! Lol #keeeppounding keeping the nucleus of the team and coaches together is how you continue to build a winning franchise. Gettleman knows!!!

  11. It is really funny how everyone wants to hate on the Panthers. They have built quite the team. The emulated Seattle to a large degree and are not afraid to say that… It’s called respect.

  12. Panthers model is roll on easy teams in a weak division with a crew of egomaniac head cases and then give up in the Super Bowl while crying on the sideline. Clearly the team to look up to. And coaching is important to enable unsportsmanlike quitters and say that sort of mentality is expected after giving up in the biggest game.

  13. Jesus, Anyone who actually watched the Bucs games KNOWS Lovie should have been fired. The defense he put on the field was laughable—the only reason they won as many games as they did was because of Koetter.

    Which is why he has the job.

  14. corporatemediaprostitute says:
    Mar 30, 2016 6:11 PM

    Congratulations! Only 12 years and drafting Cam Newton until you reach the SuperBowl, Tampa fan!
    ____________________

    We’ve been to the Superbowl and left with a title… How about you Carolina Fan?

  15. The Panthers are not a model. That’s funny. They have never won a Super Bowl and as long as they have Scam Newton at QB they never will. The Bucs Brass is crazy. Geaux Saints!

  16. sykul says:
    Mar 30, 2016 11:10 PM

    We’ve been to the Superbowl and left with a title… How about you Carolina Fan?

    ——

    Good point my man. Let’s further discuss how relevant this is in the year 2016, particularly within the context of your head coach’s remarks.

    Here, I’ll start by listing the players and coaches left over from the ’02 Bucs:

  17. wrlegrand says:
    Mar 30, 2016 10:14 PM

    It is really funny how everyone wants to hate on the Panthers. They have built quite the team. The emulated Seattle to a large degree and are not afraid to say that… It’s called respect.

    ——–

    The offseason is the safest time of the year for all the PFT armchair coaches, GMs, and quarterbacks. They don’t have to worry about “Scam” humiliating their favorite team and smiling, laughing, and dancing while doing it for at least a few months.

  18. sykul says:
    We’ve been to the Superbowl and left with a title… How about you Carolina Fan?
    salmen76 says:
    The Panthers are not a model. That’s funny. They have never won a Super Bowl and as long as they have Scam Newton at QB they never will. The Bucs Brass is crazy. Geaux Saints!
    ———–

    You guys do realize that after 21 seasons, neither of your teams had even appeared in a Super Bowl, right?

    The Panthers are doing just fine. They just posted the best record in conference history and threepeated the division, but don’t let those facts get in the way of your jabs. You’ve only got a few months left to get them in before the Panthers sweep both your teams again.

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