Talk to most Bucs players and they rave about the energy and enthusiasm new head coach Dirk Koetter has brought to practice since replacing Lovie Smith last January.
But it isn’t just enthusiasm Koetter is bringing to the table. It is also discipline, as Bucs third-year tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins found out the hard way on Thursday mid-practice. During a team period Seferian-Jenkins had an issue in the huddle and was yanked by Koetter.
Koetter spoke about it briefly following the team’s final OTA.
“He didn’t know what he was doing, it was something like that. You guys are making more of it than you need to,” Koetter said. “I did send him off, yeah.”
Not long after being sent off, Seferian-Jenkins tweet a message that had some thinking he had possibly been traded.
Koetter didn’t have much to say regarding the tweet.
“You’ve got to talk to him about that, you’re talking to the wrong guy. I’ve been at practice the last two hours.”
Seferian-Jenkins career in Tampa has been plagued with injuries since arriving in Tampa Bay as a second round draft pick in 2014. Seferian-Jenkins was hobbled initially in his rookie season as he recovered from a foot injury sustained while in college. In 2014 Seferian-Jenkins missed seven games after sustaining a back injury and then in the second game of the 2015 season, the 6-5 tight end suffered a severe shoulder injury and was sidelined for nine games.
For his career Seferian-Jenkins has caught 42 passes for 560 yards and six touchdowns.
Penalties and mental errors hampered the Bucs playoff efforts last season and the team ended the season with a 6-10 record after having a 6-6 record late in the year. Tampa Bay was tied for the most penalties in the league in 2015, accruing 143 infractions for 1,195 yards.
While Koetter appears to be somewhat of a players coach, he flexed his muscle on Thursday, making a statement to Seferian-Jenkins and the rest of the roster. And most Bucs are certainly applauding after what many considered to be a team lacking discipline of the past few years.
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Great job Koetter!! Love it! A coach that finally holds the players accountable!
wELL bUC fANS iTS tIME TO TRADE THIS TE. AS FAR AS IAM CONCERNED. HE IS A BUST, AND TAMPA SHOULD DO WHAT IT TAKES.Next Year Tampa should get a New Qb to b/u Winston, And get a Top TE in Rd-1 or 2, same as the QB Rd-1 or Rd-2. Go Bucs
Man with a lot of talent but can’t stay healthy, has a problem with stupid penalties, and maybe doesn’t want to study and know what the hell he is doing on the field. Play the other tight end and make a trade for him before he self destructs.
I’m not ready to trade him because we don’t have good depth at TE, but I’m this close to saying I’d rather start Brate over him. We’ll see what happens in the preseason but he’s entering his 3rd year and this is the year where nearly all players define what kind of player they’re going to be for the rest of their NFL career.
Pink, sometimes you’re right on, and other times I wonder what team you are following. Lack of depth? We have probably 5 TE’s who might be starting caliber.
I guess Koeeter has learned from his mistakes with ASU when he would back such players as qb Sam Keller who was often in trouble with the law and unruly behavior. So ASJ was kicked out of practice I sure hope this means more playing time for my man Stocker
You are finally starting to smell the coffee jongruden.
Wow I’m shocked. Not that Koetter told him to take a walk,I’m shocked he didn’t know WTF he was doing.
I’m shocked he didn’t get hurt walking off the field!
I love this. This is what is called accountability. If this dude doesn’t know what he’s doing with all the free time he’s had to study, he’ll never get it. And it’s not even a really big difference in the playbook!
Bs and a underachieving will no longer be accepted. I love this.
The Patriots need a talented TE to go with Gronk and are not bothered with an athlete with a bad attitude. Koetter needs to grab the TE that the Patriots let go who used to be a Buc WR who was moved to TE and was Glennon’s favorite target and was really good in the red zone and was 6’5″ like ASJ. Then have a little private meeting with ASJ and tell him to shape up or he will trade him off and you already added a TE who has a good attitude and out produced ASJ. If he turns over a new leaf GREAT but if not offer to trade ASJ to the highest bidder. If he gets injured this year you would already have his replacement ready to go. I am proud of Koetter keeping ASJ accountable!!!
Quick update! On March 16th, The Chicago Bears traded tight end Martellus Bennett to the New England Patriots for a fourth-round draft pick. They think they have Gronk’s complement.
The other TE that I think you are referring to is Tim Wright formerly of the Bucs, later the NE Patriots, and most recently the Detroit Lions. Tim was waived/injured a few weeks ago after he suffered a torn ACL. When he cleared waivers, the Lions re-signed him and placed him on IR – not available!
Bucs best bet may be to help ASJ get his body into top shape and his head into the game. Options this year are kinda slim! Maybe today was a wake-up call!
owlykat……..your alittle behind….we resigned him last yr.and released him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Whoever thinks thinks ASJ should be traded after this needs to be drug tested. This is nothing more than a teachable moment to a young player and a statement to the team. I pray we are beyond the era of trading talented players bc we are afraid to make coaches earn their check and actually coach.
Very funny Bucup, I loved it.
Hopefully this flareup ends in the same way Mike Singletary’s blowup with his talented TE, Vernon Davis did a few years ago. Singletary had had enough of the kid during a game and after scolding him on the sidelines, sent him to the showers.
The incident apparently got his attention because Davis’ performance improved dramatically over the next few years.
Singletary was even mic’d up before a game one time afterwards and he was heard raving to another coach about how hard Davis worked and what a great attitude he had.
Judging from the pic ASJ looks like he’s in great shape.
But somewhere there is a disconnect between what ASJ says about his love of the game and his actions.
Actions always speak louder than words so whatever comes out of ASJ;s mouth I am definitely going to take with a huge grain of salt from now on.
Would someone also tell jongruden that Luke Stocker was never dismissed from practice because he didn’t know what was going on.
In fact, quite to the contrary, I remember reading not to long ago that Stocker is like a 2nd QB on the field in the sense he knows what everybodies assignment is on each play.
Drdneast- Stocker is 2nd qb on the field knows exactly what’s going on how else would he amass 60 yds receiving of the entire yr?
Too busy blocking and opening up huge holes for Martin.
Be nice to know what had transpired that caused Koetter to send ASJ to the showers. I suspect it was the culmination of a now three year veteran being ill-prepared and a coach seeking an opportunity to set an example. Or……… maybe just a bit of an over-reaction after a stressful day.
Years ago I had a boss who would fire people for not saying hello to him and then remark on how good it made him feel to tell the worker to hit the exit. No, I don’t think Koetter’s action was knee-jerk. I think it was probably warranted and a chance to set a precedence.
Let’s hope ASJ and any others get the message.
scubog, I don’t think this was an isolated incident. I think he was told before to learn the plays and has not done so.
Maybe this is what Licht meant when he coined the phrase being Koettered. Maybe Freeman can hook ASJ up with something to help him study!
We wasted two picks on this guy. He is going to end up like Bowers. Lots of potential but no drive.
Good Job Dirk! ASJ is a jackass. Childish antics,penalties,social media crap ,etc. lots of potential but not much production. Sometimes injuries occur and nothing you can do about it. Other times you have guys that don’t eat right, party too much, don’t spend as much time stretching and working out. Given his childish antics last few years be surprised if his lack of dedication and immaturity isn’t part of his injury issues. In any event if he gets hurt again this year or simply doesn’t produce time to move on. Brate is a nice Redzone weapon but doesn’t really scare anyone. Will see what happens my gut says we will be drafting a TE early next year.
Maybe he will replace Wally Chambers as “the Admiral”.
You might have to explain that bit of Bucs history to the youthful fans. Thanks for the memory.
First you get their attention, then you see if they can keep it; evidently ASJ forgot he can be replaced. I’m not willing to throw him under the bus yet. ASJ has time to get it right.
Now ASJ knows how Vinnie Barberino felt. I thin you are right, too, 76Buc.
Are you saying ASJ believes pop quizzes are unfair?
I don’t think this is that big a deal. Before 24 hour media this stuff would happen and nobody was the wiser. That said this kid needs a kick in the ass to get his head in the game. We’re better with him than without. Need to coach him up and get his production to meet his potential. That’s Koeter’s job. We wish him luck.
Getting kicked out of practice for not knowing your job is bad. Getting into a Twitter war with fans who are dissappointed about that fact is plain dumb. Jason Licht has said that 90% of the time it’s from the neck up that determines your success in the NFL. Not a good sign if youre an ASJ fan.
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