Dirk Koetter on “horrific” game: We should fire everybody, including me

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The Buccaneers found themselves on the wrong end of a beating on Sunday as the Bears ran away with a 48-10 win.

Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky had the biggest game of his young career as the Bears averaged over eight yards a play on their way to the easy victory. Success has not come that easy to the Bears offense in the past and head coach Dirk Koetter was asked after the game if there’s any thought about firing defensive coordinator Mike Smith.

Koetter said Smith “didn’t make any tackles or turn any guys loose on coverage” and noted that coaching was just one of the facets of the game that saw the Bears come out ahead of the Buccaneers.

“Based on that game today, we couldn’t make enough changes,” Koetter said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. We should fire every person that was on that field today, starting with me. That was horrific.”

The prospect of firing people wasn’t on anyone’s mind when the Bucs beat the Eagles to go 2-0 two weeks ago. Now they’re heading into a bye off two losses, including the brutal one on Sunday that left Ryan Fitzpatrick on the bench and the team feeling like a lot more than two weeks have passed since they were 2-0.

28 responses to “Dirk Koetter on “horrific” game: We should fire everybody, including me

  1. That was just a terrible played and Coached game, why was Tampa not blitzing the Bears, Tampa is not a good team to lose to a very average Bears squad. Ouch Still not sold on the Bears QB, he still has to prove he can stand in the pocket and deliver the ball under pressure and even more, he has to be better pushing the ball down field with accuracy. Pretenders at 3-1 until the QB steps up and shows he is the Leader of this Offense when the schedule gets tougher.

  2. In due time Dirk in due time. You should have been fired last year but after the Bucs completely collapsed with that horrendous defense, then you’ll get your wish.

  3. At least he got one thing right! Resign before your fired for putting Winston in! You won’t have a job by year end anyway!

  4. Start with the GM first. Jameis looked average. Ronald jones looked average. At least he didn’t draft a kicker with a second rd pick who’s no longer in the League. Oh, wait…..

  5. I could not agree more. Fire the whole damn team …starting with Mike Smith and his so called “defense”. SMH…what a joke.

  6. Dirk, you went into Chicago and got beat badly by a hot Bears team. Just take the next week off then come back and get blown out by the Falcons. Yours truly, Lovie Smith

  7. I saw the Bucs at 0 and 4 at this point in the season, they should be happy at 2 and 2.

    beatdownclown says:

    September 30, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    That was just a terrible played and Coached game, why was Tampa not blitzing the Bears, Tampa is not a good team to lose to a very average Bears squad. Ouch Still not sold on the Bears QB, he still has to prove he can stand in the pocket and deliver the ball under pressure and even more, he has to be better pushing the ball down field with accuracy. Pretenders at 3-1 until the QB steps up and shows he is the Leader of this Offense when the schedule gets tougher.

    The Bears are an average team, but the Bucs are a bad team lucky to have any wins!

  8. Ok, we are so quick to fire everyone. This offense has proven it will work. The problem has been the defense. Like it or not, average Qbs look like Unitas against this team week in and week out. It’s a total shame we can loose the best offense tampa has ever had period, for a less than average defense. We have the tools and horses on defense to be good. Plenty of teams are strong on one side of the ball and service able on the other side, with great success. Let’s face it. Tampa will no longer have the defense we had in 2001, but we can have a high ranked offense. This team needs to address this defense, yes. But let’s not start to fire everyone and start over again. Mike smith may have to go. The GlazeRS have stepped in before. Remember Dungy having to fire Mike Shula. I can see this happen again, and I’m affraid it can happen pretty quick.

  9. I’ll go back to preseasons games. Koetter left the OC call plays. Then Koetter was suppose to calls plays when the season started. The local media ask Koetter due the success they had in preseason games, if he or the OC would calls plays. His anawer was both. He and the OC would always meet to discuss the game plan and then he let the OC continue calling plays. You could see at the start of every game, the Bucs were clicking. I believe that was the influence of the OC. He likes a wide open offense, and the Bucs jumped out to early leads. After halftime, the Bucs became very conservative in their play calling. I believe that was Koetter influence. Koetter is far more conservative. That allowed the other team to make a run in the second half of games 1-2. The Bucs hung on and won. Game 3 against the Steelers, the start was very conservative from the prior 2 games. Again today, the start was conservative. I believe that’s Keotter style influencing play calling. Dirk, that conservative play calling is throttling this high octane offense! Let OC Todd Monken have his way! Your way is not working!

    As for DC Mike Smith ‘bend, don’t brake defense’ he loves so much, is exposing this defense, especially with so many players hurt! The Bucs were playing a combo man to man, and zone for the first 2 games. That’s when so many DB went down, and Smith was forced to play a lot of rookies. The rookies held up well playing man to man. For the last 2 games, it’s been mostly zone, and the youngsters are getting confused and blowing coverage. It’s a lot easier on a rookie playing man on defense. He is your man, now go defend him where ever he goes. Smith doesn’t like to blitz much. With young DB, he’s afraid to blitz period. If your down lineman can’t create a sustained rush, you have to blitz, at least occasionally, to get pressure the QB. Just about any NFL QB, can pick you apart given time!

    I’m not a fan of Mike Smith defense. Dirk Koetter play calling is too conservative and predictable. Both Koetter and Smith are playing to keep their jobs. Right now both are failing!

    The team is more capable than both coaches!

  10. You want to know what happened 2 years ago this week? Yep, Ryan Fitzpatrick of the NY Jets threw SIX(6) INT’s against the KC Chiefs.
    I thought to myself that day that Fitz was thru being an NFL QB. Nope! Ladies and Gentlemen I introduce you to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization!

  11. First off IF you thought Fitzpatrick was the answer – Your DREAMING !
    He is a journeyman QB, he’ll get you more losses than wins because he’s just not that good!
    I believe he’s now 50-72-1 ? Correct me if I’m wrong, but those #’s don’t add up to success.
    Miami’s Tannehill is turning into another Fitzpatrick, he’s “streaky” & just can’t play consistent enough to keep his team competitive.
    And Winston isn’t good enough to lead this team either, of course Fitzpatrick DOESN’T have
    any character issues either, so you should ride Fitz as long as you can.

  12. They should not have let Mike Smith or his buddy Brent Grimes on the plane. Mike Smith is awful and has been since the day he walked in the door at one buc place. And if I see one more play where Brent Grimes is lined up 12 freaking yards off the WR I am gonna scream. I have had some bad Sundays being a Bucs fan but yesterday might have been the worse. Embarrassed.

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