Dirk Koetter: Bucs Preparing for Eagles Defense, Aggressive Play-Calling
(On if he spoke with Ryan Fitzpatrick about trying to run over a defender on the goal line)
"He wasn't trying to run over him. He was just trying to get in there, trying to get that touchdown."
(On cornerback Vernon Hargreaves going to injured reserve and the team's young cornerbacks)
"A few things about that: One, once the season starts and sometimes even before the season starts, injuries are just a very unfortunate part. Vern had really done a nice job all through training camp, all through the preseason and he made a beautiful play on the play he got injured on. Just look in our own division, look at the guys that are hurt. I feel horrible for Vern because he didn't do anything to deserve this, but that's NFL football right now. That's the world that we live in. Every team's going to have them every week and it just means the next guy's got to come up and be ready to go. In this case, we had to make a couple roster moves and we'll be getting Brent Grimes back soon. And the rookies, they'll be playing a bigger role."
(On cornerback Ryan Smith's improvement)
"I think just confidence. Ryan's always been a good tackler, he's always had good speed, but there's a confidence factor to playing any position. When you go against the quarterbacks that you go against in our division and against this league – I think the young rookies went through a little bit of that on Sunday when they saw that guy's going to put the ball on the money almost every time. It's just something that you've got to get used to in this league and those guys will all tell you you've got to have a short memory."
(On how quickly a cornerback new to a team can learn what he has to do on defense)
"That depends on what you're asking him to do. If you're just playing 'Cat' coverage – 'I've got that cat' – it's not that hard."
(On if offensive coordinator Todd Monken has a group he can go to for plays to call)
“Yes, he has a group. He’s not randomly up there making calls. Based on the personnel you’re in, the down and distance you’re in, the place on the field you’re in, he’s always got a couple ofdifferent options based on the situation and based on the reason he’s checking it.”
(On the rotation at right guard)
“Well there’re different reasons why you’re going to do that and I would just say don’t read too much into it. There’s different reasons – and I’m not going to get into the reasons today, but there’s more than one reason why you would rotate somebody.”
(On how different it is to prepare for Eagles quarterbacks Nick Foles and Carson Wentz)
“No because Wentz isn’t going to play, so it’s not going to be too difficult to prepare for him.
(On if he’s saying the Wentz isn’t going to play)
“You just heard me say it didn’t you? Must mean it’s true.”
(On how well he knows Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson)
“Yeah, not that well. He played for a long time, so he really hasn’t been a coach a long time because – shoot – the guy played for many many years.”
(On if he’s prepared for Pederson’s trick plays)
“You got to be alert for it. That’s something the he’s got. Andy Reid’s in that same category. When you play Andy’s teams – and basically the trick play the Eagles ran against Atlanta was just another version of the one they ran in the Super Bowl. That’s a play that a lot of college teams run almost every week in the red zone. He’s definitely shown that he’ll go for it on fourth down across the 50 [yard line]. He’s not afraid to go for two [point conversion] and that he’s not afraid to run trick plays.”
(On his philosophy regarding trick plays)
“They’re great if they work.”
(On the play the Saints ran with Drew Brees as a wide receiver)
“They ran that in the preseason and we figured that with seven, with Hill, that they would run some zone read in the red zone. Knowing when it’s coming and stopping it are two different things. That’s with every play.”
(On what running back Ronald Jones needs to improve on)
“That’s a good question. We’re not mad at Ronald Jones, but like [the] question about rotating linemen, you guys tend to think that because a guy’s not active he’s either in the dog house or he did something wrong. We make decisions on who’s giving us the best chance to win that week and we can only have 46 guys active. The main reason that Shaun [Wilson] was up is he was our kick-return guy. Now he only got to bring one of the out, but he got us across the 30-yard-line on that. There’s more than one reason for everything and it’s not because we’re not happy with a guy or we’re mad at him. That’s just how it is right now and that reason could change. If Ronald is in the best 46 to give us the best chance to win, then he’ll be up.”
(On his biggest concern going in to Sunday’s game)
“I don’t know about my biggest – we have a lot of concerns. Philly’s a really good football team in general – you can pick it. They’re the Super Bowl champs. With their starters playing, I think they’ve won seven games in a row – don’t count that Dallas game at the end of the year last year where they didn’t play their starters. They’re a confident team, they’re a fast team, they’ve got a great front four, they’ve got an awesome O-line. There’s a lot of things to be worried about, so I can’t give you exact order.”
(On defensive tackle Haloti Ngata’s addition to the defensive line)
“Put it in perspective, he doesn’t even start for them. One of the best interior linemen of the last 10 years in the NFL – that’s a testament to their depth – doesn’t even start for them. Plays less than half the snaps.”
(On if having defensive linemen Vinny Curry and Beau Allen help bring insight to the Eagles’ defense)
“A little bit. Two intelligent guys. I’ve told you guys this before – players that played for a team previous you’ve got to somewhat take it with a grain of salt. You’ve got to trust what you see on the tape with your own eyes, but I’ve asked both of those guys plenty of questions and they’ve given me some answers. Is that going to be the difference in the game? Probably not.”
(On what Allen brings to the defensive line)
“That’s what his specialty is. He’s a tough run-stopper in the middle of the field – a guy that can push the pocket. He brings attitude, he brings energy, he brings a winning mentality. He’s a fantastic guy to build your team from the inside out and we were hoping to combine Beau with some other guys on the inside – that hasn’t come to fruition at this point. Once again, when we started off talking about the injuries, that is what it is. You’re never going to hear me crying about that. It’s just unfortunate. I feel horrible for the individual players – even player on other teams. We just got to keep moving in the NFL, that’s all you can do.”
(On wide receiver DeSean Jackson’s concussion)
I think that will be coming out on the injury report. I’m not exactly sure what the status is.”