Dirk Koetter: Pace of Winston investigation “frustrating”


The NFL has been investigating Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston for almost six months, and there’s no indication when it will end.

That’s leaving Bucs coach Dirk Koetter wondering what is coming next, though he’s trying to remain optimistic about a process he has no control over.

To be honest, it is a little frustrating,” Koetter said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “But I really don’t think about that a whole lot because, one, we have no control over it, and two, I’m not involved in it. I mean, I really don’t know where that’s at. I don’t have any knowledge of any of that. It’s just one of those things we don’t have control over so we have to move ahead.

“I think it was important that we signed Ryan Fitzpatrick back, that’s another guy we signed back that we haven’t talked about. And we have Ryan Griffin coming back healthy. So, you know, very, very hopeful that we won’t miss any time with Jameis but right now we don’t have any control of that.”

The league is investigating allegations from a female Uber driver in Arizona that Winston groped her. Winston has denied the allegations, as has Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby, who was in the same car. Winston has turned over phone records and text messages to the league.

Koetter’s obviously hoping Winston won’t be suspended, but citing Fitzpatrick’s experience is an acknowledgement that they’re preparing for the possibility.

19 responses to “Dirk Koetter: Pace of Winston investigation “frustrating”

  1. Hey Dirk, the NFL has been investigating the Colts failure to report Andrew Luck’s broken ribs and lacerated kidney for 3 years now…

  2. I have nothing against Winston….,But he seems to come across as a guy who just doesn’t get it….

  3. It’s not the facts that take 6 mos. to gather. It’s the incessant droning the league does when considering the twitter/media reaction to their decisions.

  4. Just like being back in college, isn’t it, Winston ?

    Last time we heard Koetter so “frustrated” was at ASU when he was protecting his running back, Loren Wade, who had shown multiple signs of anti-social behavior. Wade subsequently murdered a former ASU player for having the temerity to speak to a girl Wade was interested in. He remains in prison now, a lasting monuments to Koetter’s diligence when it came to his players, which is why he was bounced from ASU.

    Koetter held a press conference where he was forced to admit maybe he wasn’t seeing the big picture in his previous defenses of Wade noting that there may have been signs the RB was headed for trouble but that he had failed to “connect that dot.” Don’t expect him to be Sherlock Holmes here, or connect any dots, for that matter.

  5. nhpats says:
    March 27, 2018 at 10:37 am
    Hey Dirk, the NFL has been investigating the Colts failure to report Andrew Luck’s broken ribs and lacerated kidney for 3 years now…


    Please, cry some more. The rest of us are still waiting for Brady’s concussion to be reported. After all, I think his wife would know, but playing fast and loose with injury reports are part of the “Patriot Way”.

  6. They’ll “investigate” for as long as possible to see if any videotape or other evidence surfaces because the last thing they want is for the driver to drop a bombshell 5 minutes after they let him off clean. And, honestly, that’s the smart way to handle it.

  7. Comparing this to a former player that committed murder is stupid. There are many people with anti-social behavior…can you predict who will commit murder?

  8. Goodell running around playing Sword of Damocles on Elliott and now Winston is a bad look; one of several by the commissioner.

    All that needs to happen is for the NFLPA to bargain for a limitation on scope and duration of these witch hunt – er, I mean diligent investigations by Roger. They should also insist on NFLPA participation in the process.

    Make it a walkout issue. History shows that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

    By rolling over and playing dead on the commissioner’s limitless judge/jury/executioner powers, De Smith and the NFLPA have made Tony Clark and the MLBPA look competent and forward-thinking. And that, my friends, is a DIFFICULT thing to achieve.

  9. Dirk, when Winston gets a 6-game suspension, just have him serve it right away. Goodell owns the NY judges, and can’t be beat.

  10. desmondsdoghouse says:
    March 27, 2018 at 11:54 am

    In the NFL, players are guilty until proven innocent

    They are guilty whether they are guilty or not.

  11. 00levelvet says:
    March 27, 2018 at 10:50 am
    I have nothing against Winston….,But he seems to come across as a guy who just doesn’t get it….
    Watch The Hunting Ground on Netflix. You will then have something against Winston.
    He should be in jail from the Florida State sexual assault…period end of story! Tampa Bay can only blame themselves for drafting him.

  12. desmondsdoghouse says:

    In the NFL, players are guilty until proven innocent

    So why wasn’t Winston immediately suspended?

  13. Was anyone really shocked that JW finds himself in this situation?
    The signs were abundant in college and publically known… Only reflects poorly on the Bucs for taking such a risk and getting burned for their choice!

  14. Winston’s been enabled in the State of Florida for years now. The bad news is that this happened in Arizona so his juice to sweep this under the rug may not extend that far. Doesn’t matter, I’m sure someone will pay for this to go away. It would have been done by now if Winston had gotten his 100 million dollar payday from the Bucs. If the Bucs’ brass was smart, they should be looking into other options instead of Winston and Koetter.

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