Dirk Koetter: With so much pressure, you need a game management coach

AP

The Buccaneers made big changes to their coaching staff this offseason after they fired Lovie Smith and hired Dirk Koetter as their new head coach.

One of the new hires is Andrew Weidinger, whose job title is listed as assistant wide receivers coach/game management. The second part of that job description is one that’s become a more common responsibility in recent years as head coaches designate someone to help them with the clock, replays, timeouts and other strategic issues while they focus on the other aspects of the game.

In an interview with Jason Cole of Bleacher Report, Koetter explained why he’s going that route.

“Because I’m going to stay as the play-caller, and there are plenty of guys in the NFL who stay as play-callers as head coaches. There are just so many situations that come up in NFL game, whether it’s clock management or just game-ending situations, to have someone that they’re fully dedicated to that preparation in leading up to the game and on game day made sense,” Koetter said. “When I was the offensive coordinator, if I was up in the box, we always had a designated coach on the field that if I said, “This situation is up” and the head coach was on the other side of the phones talking to the defensive staff, that coach on the field would go remind the head coach about this or that. There is so much pressure when that clock is ticking, you have to have somebody who is on top of that and looking ahead.”

Koetter went on to talk about hearing “10,000 guys” sharing their opinions on plays that could be challenged and said you need one person who can “take all the emotion out of it” while analyzing the situation. Given the significance of those moments over the course of both a game and a season, it is quickly becoming better to ask why a team wouldn’t have such a coach on their staff.

18 responses to “Dirk Koetter: With so much pressure, you need a game management coach

  1. Good to see a new guy getting started that isn’t under the haze of the disgraced football club in NE. I mean, at least the league is a little cleaner for the first 4 weeks when Brady is suspended and rightfully so.

  2. Part of the reason Lovie was fired was he couldn’t manage his way out of paper bag much less an NFL game, worst game manager I’ver ever seen. Hopefully Dirk will resurrect the Bucs as an offensive team vs Lovie who was trying to live on an antiquated defensive scheme that every 1st year OC knew how to exploit.

  3. Wouldn’t be surprised to hear that the Chiefs still don’t have a game management coach.. their last drive against the Pats in the Divisional game was painful to watch. typical Andy Reid team lol

  4. mikermiker says:
    May 12, 2016 11:17 AM

    Good to see a new guy getting started that isn’t under the haze of the disgraced football club in NE. I mean, at least the league is a little cleaner for the first 4 weeks when Brady is suspended and rightfully so.

    You really don’t have a life do you.

  5. It’s really odd to find a coach who doesn’t want to control every aspect of the game. This tells me he wants someone to place the blame when something goes wrong.

  6. I have waited so long for a head coach somewhere to admit that this is necessary. It’s amazing to me that more coaches don’t do it. There is no shame in making sure that you have the proper staff in place to make sure every situation is covered.

    Lord only knows what Andy Reid’s coaching record would be if he done this 15 years ago- I can’t count the number of games (including the Super Bowl) that were lost at least in part because of his atrocious game management skills.

    If I were a Bucs fan I would be encouraged by the fact that I had a coach that is willing to do this.

  7. Good move. We see so many coaches who lose track of the clock or make weird decisions under pressure at the end of games.

    Norv Turner would call a good game then get lost as time wound down. Belichick acts like he has it all together but you can see he is struggling in close games. Steeler fans know Tomlin is lost half the time.

    Most of the HCs need this. Heck– Andy Reid needs TWO of these guys.

  8. It’s clearly a good idea since so many teams struggle in that area. That being said, the majority of head coaches have relinquished both offensive and defensive play calling to coordinators, meaning that game management is literally all they have to do. If they can’t handle that single task you have to question if they should even be employed.

  9. margoadams says:
    May 12, 2016 12:18 PM

    This is where Bill Belichick is at his best. Been doing it for years. Everyone else is Jr High.

    ———-

    the end of the Seahawks-Patriots SB was one of his best. Lynch gets stopped, and probably the entire audience was expecting a time-out by NE. But Belichick just walked the sideline, staring at the Seahawks sideline. Forced Carroll to use a time out after seconds ticked off.

    Seems at that moment Belichick got the psychological edge.

  10. Most of the negative comments here, more than likely come from Falcon fans that are scared to death Dirk’s gonna flourish in Tampa Bay and get to heights with Jameis Winston that he wasn’t able to reach with that interception waiting to happen…Mattie-Melt Ryan. lol

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