06 DEC 2015: Tyson Jackson (94) of the Falcons attempts to get around Demar Dotson (69) of the Buccaneers during the NFL game between the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire)
The annual NFL Owners Meeting was held this week in Boca Raton, Florida and PewterReport.com was on hand all four days. On Wednesday morning the NFC coaches met with the media for breakfast and Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter spoke to a number of local and national media regarding his team and the upcoming 2016 season. Here is the second report from the breakfast.
Members of the media can already tell a big difference between new Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter and former coach Lovie Smith who was fired this past January. Koetter frankness is a welcome relief to the cat-and-mouse vague answers Smith gave during his press conferences during his time as head coach.
A perfect example of Koetter’s straightforwardness was when on Wednesday morning during the NFC coaches breakfast, Koetter revealed the starting right tackle job would be Demar Dotson’s to lose.
“We’re going to come in with Demar Dotson as the starter at right tackle and Gosder Cherilus is going to come in as the backup and swing tackle,” Koetter said. “That was our plan last year, was to have Dot at right tackle, but due to injury it didn’t work out that way. So at the end of the season, when Dot was back playing healthy at right tackle, he’s a dominant run blocker. So Dot back at full strength, adding J.R. Sweezy at left guard, another good run blocker, I think we have a good run blocking unit. We still have some things we need to work on, but Gos came in and was well worth what we spent to get him last year, a veteran and excellent in the locker room and he played well when we needed him to play.”
Koetter was also asked what he liked about third-year lineman Kevin Pamphile.
“Kevin’s versatility is what his main asset is,” Koetter said. “He can really play any spot across the line. When we actually get on the field for OTAs in Phase III, we’ll kind of see where the health of our guys are and Kevin can fit in at a lot of positions and based on where we are healthwise at that time we’ll get Kevin plugged into a spot. And what we told Kevin is, even though we signed J.R. we still want Kevin to come in and compete. We’re going to try to figure out a way to get the best five linemen on the field come September. But it’s a long way to September.”
Recent highly-touted high draft picked offensive linemen have struggled somewhat over the last few years and Koetter thinks he knows why.
“One of the things on that is, so many guys come out of spread systems, and that’s not a knock on the spread,” Koetter said. “It’s just, quarterback under center where you’re running the ball right behind him. Most of these spread teams when you watch them, they only have like three running plays for their O-linmen. Now, they do a lot of really cool stuff. I’m not knocking the spread at all. I don’t understand all of it, I don’t know how to coach a lot of it, but for the line play, they just don’t do as much. There’s not as much scheme involved. Everybody’s running zone scheme, everyone’s running one-back power, and the read stuff, but there’s just not that much.
“And these O-line coaches in the NFL come in and just overwhelm them with all the nuance because we see so many defenses, especially on third down. I think they’re a little bit behind technique wise. They don’t have the defense spread out as much. All of a sudden, when you’ve got some guys across from you that are exceptional players, and then you’ve got all these different blocking schems, all these different line calls, I think it’s a bit overwhelming.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Compared to a Lovie press conference where you find yourself knowing less about football than when it started, this was both refreshing and informative.
I really don’t understand why this was ever made into an issue – he’s clearly our best RT (I believe PFF had him as like 1st or 2nd best RT in the league in 2014)…maybe even our best OL period…somehow his contract issue or something got blown all out of proportion and landed him the doghouse unnecessarily.
Yea, all of this straight talking is fine until the media starts jumping on everything you say in an attempt to make you sound like a hypocrite when things start going bad.
As the GEICO commercial states, “that’s just what they do.”
EastEndBoy, I would be more inclined to listen to PFF if they would ever come out and state how they come up with their grading system and who does it.
Until then, I’d sooner trust jongruden’s evaluations. At least I know who he is.
What’s unclear about PFF’s grading system? I think the link below does a pretty good job of explaining a pretty straightforward 6 step process.
Glad to see Dot back at starting RT confirmed. Without the draft yet and based on all healthy players, I see us winning 8-9 ball games. Add the draft to it with a contributing DE, C,B WR, I think we can add a game or two to the previous total. So the Draft at this point has to produce 3 contributors and the DE pick has to see a lot of playing time.
As long as I don’t hear Stocker will start at TE, lol
Drdnest I know he’s your boy no need to comment how horrible an unnecessary that comment was
Does drdneast really value your player evaluations or is he being sarcastic? drdneast is a sly one. Heck, he might have even meant the real FFCA Gruden.
Actally, it was a little bit of both.
And I did mean the jongruden that posts out here. After eeing how the Allen/Gruden drafts went, would probably still go with our very own Stocker hating jongruden.
Have read jongruden evaluate some college and pros out here and he knows more than I do about college players.
Of course that wouldn’t take much since I know nothing about the semi-pro league known better as college football.
As far as how PFF omes up with their opinions, it’s a better ekpt secret and just as mysterious as the KFC’s colonel’s original recipe.
For those who didn’t know, Big Mac sause is just 1000 Island dressing.
1000 Island dressing on a hamburger, even a McDonald’s hamburger, yueeeeeeech.
See my comment above. It’s really not mysterious….at all. lol
Great decision! Dotson should have been put there as soon as he was healthy because he has been our best OL on the Bucs and is just hitting his prime.
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