Marvin Lewis advises Dirk Koetter to “throw deep”

NFL coaches are competitors, but that doesn’t stop plenty of them from being friends. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis and Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter have been friends for years, dating back to their shared time at Idaho State, where they met as graduate students.

Now, they hold two of the most desirable jobs in all of sports, and Lewis, who has coached the Bengals since 2003, had some free advice for Koetter.

Throw deep,” Koetter told the Idaho State Journal, via JoeBucsFan.com.

“I’m serious,” Koetter added. “Marvin’s a defensive coach. I’m an offensive coach. He said offenses don’t throw deep enough.”

Marvin is right. A deep pass carries a potentially significant reward at relatively low risk. The receiver can (duh) catch the ball or draw a pass interference penalty, which continues to be a spot foul in the NFL. The downside is an incompletion or an interception so far down the field that it simulates a punt.

I’ve joked (only half-jokingly) since the Packers-Cardinals division-round epic that Green Bay should make the Hail Mary part of its base offense, given the team’s uncanny ability to convert when the defense knows it’s coming. Maybe it shouldn’t be a joke at all; maybe every team should periodically fake a handoff to freeze the safeties for a half-second and then fire the ball deep on a regular basis.

So go ahead, head coaches. Your quarterbacks all believe they can throw the football over them mountains. Let them do try, often.

22 responses to “Marvin Lewis advises Dirk Koetter to “throw deep”

  1. This idea is not new, this is what AL Davis was all about the, “Deep Ball”. Those glory Raider teams from 1963 to around 1985/6 were built around that philosophy. Don Coryall, same thing through deep, he made Fouts a legend out of it. Coaches today are scared, they don’t want any INT’s or QB sacks.

  2. Yea…but you kinda need time to throw the deep ball and Tampa’s offensive line is like a screen door on a submarine…

  3. I honestly don’t know why someone would listen to Marv Lewis. Dude has had one of the most talented rosters in the league and what has he done? I can’t believe that he still has a HC job at this point. Follow Denvers lead and maybe a change will get you to the next level.

  4. Evans will no longer get a penalty called against the defense. He has hollered so much at the refs, they are now ignoring him or even penalizing him.

  5. It`s true.In todays game with the number of taller receivers like TB has and the number of P.I and illegal contact calls the risk/ reward on deep passes is better than it`s ever been.

  6. Is part of the problem that the young guys forced into the lineup too soon don’t know how to run play action? Does the quarterback act like he still has the ball on every running play? It is also not just the QB, running back and the guy running deep; you have to figure out what the read is for the safety you are trying to freeze. How smart are your guards when you try this one out?

  7. johnc44 says:
    Jun 26, 2016 1:36 PM
    It`s true.In todays game with the number of taller receivers like TB has and the number of P.I and illegal contact calls the risk/ reward on deep passes is better than it`s ever been.

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    Speed is more important than size in deep passing and they don’t have speed on the outside.

  8. igornathanhiggers says:
    Jun 26, 2016 12:57 PM
    Yea…but you kinda need time to throw the deep ball and Tampa’s offensive line is like a screen door on a submarine…

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    Ignorance at its finest. Tampa Bay had the 4th best Oline in the league at keeping thier QB from being sacked. Not to mention the #2 rusher in the league too. Think before you speak.

  9. If Turd Cutter truly believes this is good advice from a good friend, why the hell would he tell EVERYONE about it by running his big mouth to a reporter ???

  10. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Jun 26, 2016 2:33 PM

    Speed is more important than size in deep passing and they don’t have speed on the outside.

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    Not really. If the QB puts good loft on the ball the big receivers draw more flags than speed guys. Guys like Green,Bryant & D.Thomas make plays downfield with size more than speed.

  11. satanclaus69 says:
    Jun 26, 2016 6:21 PM
    If Turd Cutter truly believes this is good advice from a good friend, why the hell would he tell EVERYONE about it by running his big mouth to a reporter ???
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    Dirk Koetter so far doesn’t do coach speak. he says what he Thinks. Isn’t that refreshing?

  12. @patsfanforlifebchamps

    What would Patsie’s**** fans know about throwing deep the average length of Tammy’s passes is about 2 1/2 yds

  13. @ The Truth, he’s not a Pats fan despite the name. He trolls pats articles. So you and him apparently have plenty in common ironically.

  14. johnc44 says:
    Jun 26, 2016 6:25 PM

    Not really. If the QB puts good loft on the ball the big receivers draw more flags than speed guys. Guys like Green,Bryant & D.Thomas make plays downfield with size more than speed.

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    You do realize what you do in Madden is not necessarily true in real life right? Try to use scenarios from actual NFL games not some fantasy you see in a video game.

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