Dirk Koetter on firing Mike Smith: This is a production business

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Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter worked for Mike Smith as the offensive coordinator of the Falcons and hired Smith as his defensive coordinator when he took over in Tampa in 2016, so it wasn’t surprising to hear him say that Monday’s decision to fire Smith was a difficult one.

Koetter said at a press conference that it was the second-toughest moment of his coaching career — the toughest was when a player died while Koetter coached Boise State — and a decision he never thought he’d have to make. Koetter said it was solely his call to fire Smith and that he didn’t do it before the bye week because he wanted the team to go through the self-scouting process to “see if we could make some adjustments that help us play better as a football team.”

Koetter said he thought the team had a good plan for Sunday’s game against the Falcons, but the defense didn’t show much improvement and a change had to be made.

“This is a production business. We have to play better on defense,” Koetter said.

Linebackers coach Mark Duffner is taking over as the interim defensive coordinator and Koetter said that “every coach that’s in that room has to help pick up the slack.” If that doesn’t lead to better results, changes that include Koetter’s departure could be coming to Tampa before too much more time passes.

50 responses to “Dirk Koetter on firing Mike Smith: This is a production business

  1. coach says ‘he thought we had a good plan’
    ergo, your players suck. if the plan was good, thats the coaches.
    if players dont execute thats players.
    maybe Dirk should have been looking up at the GM and not down at
    a DC.

  2. Coordinators are extensions of their head coaches. None have free rein, and HCs are complicit in scheme and game planning. When a coordinator is fired in season, it’s an epic failure by the head coach.

  3. Production or deflection? Last time I checked it’s the GMs job to assemble the team. NFL coaches and coach schemes, but they are not miracle workers. The HCs job is to keep the GMs name out of the press. Who is the GM?

  4. .
    The Bucs have decent personnel on both sides of the ball. Their performance on the field, however, leaves a lot to be desired.
    .

  5. Its a given that Dirk and the rest of the Tampa bay coachs & hopefully (J.Winston) will be fired by the end of the season, but I would like to folks opinion on WHO the Bucs should go after?

  6. Koetter can say what he wants, but we all saw him push the panic button in pulling Fitzgerald. Just like with the Bills clown-show moves (cut the veteran QB, start the backup, then panic and pull the backup and throw your 1st-round pick to the wolves), he’s shown us enough to tell that this team has no direction and is down to throwing up distractions and hoping for the best.

  7. The Bucs have the #4 passing offense in the league, and the worst defense. Getting rid of Smith buys Koetter one more year to get the defense right under a DC who actually knows how to scheme against today’s offenses. Mike Smith has not changed his schemes since he was DC at Jacksonville.

    I know some Bucs fans want Koetter gone at the end of this season, but as long as his offense continues to produce (and keep in mind the run game is still weak) then the Glazers will give him another year with a new DC.

  8. You literally had a guy rallying your whole fan base and you then put in dingbat who says for the 8th time he gets it. Gets what?? That he is not an NFL winning QB??

  9. “So that is why he benched Fitz for Winston?
    ____________

    Jameis Winston yesterday: 30/41 passing, 395 yards, 4TDs, 5 rushes for 31 yards. How much more production do you want?

  10. cardinealsfan20 says:
    October 15, 2018 at 3:50 pm
    “So that is why he benched Fitz for Winston?
    ____________

    Jameis Winston yesterday: 30/41 passing, 395 yards, 4TDs, 5 rushes for 31 yards. How much more production do you want?
    …………………………………………
    Did he win the game? Anybody care anymore about wins over stats?

  11. Russell Wilson is winning in Seattle throwing it 23 times. Eli completes over 70% for 3 yards a pass, while Wilson lights it up down field throwing far less and for far more yards. Stats alone are worthless as far as getting to the playoffs when you are talking QB position.

  12. Koetter was the coach at Arizona State when I went there. I still can;t believe this guy has an NFL job. He’s not even qualified to coach at Incarnate Word.

  13. Unfortunately he had to go. For a guy who was the highest paid defensive coordinator in the league. The lack of production didn’t merit the salary.

  14. I wish I followed the Bucs enough to properly weigh in on this. because I am pretty sure it’s a personnel issue and not a schematic issue. Mike Smith is a helluva ball coach.

  15. The odd thing about Koetter’s excuse is that in terms of production the D was improving at least insomuch as last season their D ranked 32nd and so far this season it ranks 20th. And in those 5 games they’ve faced 3 high-powered offenses (Saints, Steelers, Falcons).

  16. “Did he [Winston] win the game? Anybody care anymore about wins over stats?”
    _________

    395 yards passing with 4TDs should win the game. Winston did everything he could.

    We all know why you want Fitz playing instead of Winston. Turns out that you’re the one who doesn’t care about winning, you only care about the color of the QB.

  17. I remember Dirk as Offens Coord for Jags years ago….I thought he was AWFUL then and local media was blowing him up as good Head Coach candidate.

    Tampa is a joke as an organization and its tough to win in NFL but Dirk Koetter is lousy and I dont care what he did in Atlanta – big deal.

  18. Dirk is next! Then Winston! He’s burned his bridges multiple times to deserve another shot! Color of skin be damned!

  19. cardinealsfan20 says:
    October 15, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Jameis Winston yesterday: 30/41 passing, 395 yards, 4TDs, 5 rushes for 31 yards. How much more production do you want?

    ================

    Well, you left out the 2 interceptions and 2 fumbles (the latter of which he was bailed out from by his team), and waiting until the 4th quarter to score half their points for the day.

    So the answer to your question would be: Not throwing interceptions, not fumbling, and scoring earlier in the game so your team isn’t in such a big hole most of the way. Sometimes, stats disguise the aspects of performance that matter.

  20. The Winston fans seem to forget he threw a couple of bad picks to go with the 4 TDs. That’s not horrible but it didn’t help the team any. If your defense is poor, throwing picks really hurts.

    They yanked Fitz too soon.

  21. Tampa is a joke as an organization
    ____________________________

    Okay, coming from a Jags fans I find this funny. At least we score more than 7 when we get 40 hung on us. Hope you’re into hot tea and Benny Hill.

  22. The ship is taking on water Tampa. This is the problem when you build a team on bad karma. Remember, Lovie was fired so they could keep Dirk. How is that working for Tampa currently?

  23. “Well, you left out the two interceptions…”.
    _______

    Well, Fitz threw three interceptions in the first half against the Steelers, then scored a bunch of points in the second half and still lost. However, you don’t hear the Fitz fan boys talking about that.

    Fitzmagic’s play in the first three games of the season was exciting and inspiring. However, anyone claiming that Fitz is better than Winston has an agenda of something other than putting the best QB on the field.

  24. “Eli completes over 70% for 3 yards a pass”.
    ____________

    Eli is completing 68.7% of his passes (not over 70%) this year, and is averaging 7.2 yards per attempt (not 3 yards a pass).

    You need to find a better source for statistics.

  25. cardinealsfan20 says:
    October 15, 2018 at 4:38 pm
    “Did he [Winston] win the game? Anybody care anymore about wins over stats?”
    _________

    395 yards passing with 4TDs should win the game. Winston did everything he could.

    We all know why you want Fitz playing instead of Winston. Turns out that you’re the one who doesn’t care about winning, you only care about the color of the QB.

    Because in his opinion he thinks Fitz is better, you go right to race? Uuuummmmm ok.

  26. Karma…..Canned Dungy for Gruden…..Canned Lovie for Dirk soon after drafting Winston. Neither move resulted in them getting a better coach. It’s hard to explain why Tampa does this without throwing a bunch of assumptions around…..so let’s just say the organization stinks and they deserve everything they get.

  27. So they promote a 65 year old has been who has screwed up some of the most promising young LBs in football to take over.

    Yeah, this is NOT going to end well. Sigh.

  28. More coordinators, position coaches, unit coaches etc. more ballast the real (head) coach and GM can cut loose when the balloon’s losing air.

    That’s one of the biggest (unspoken) reasons those jobs are around at all.

  29. Karma…..Canned Dungy for Gruden … Canned Lovie for Dirk
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    That Dungy for Gruden “Karma” led to a Super Bowl victory. Dirk may not be a good HC but stop already with the Lovie support. Lovie was even worse than Dirk here and deserved to be fired.

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