TAMPA, FLA (WFLA)- Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach, Dirk Koetter, ascended the coaching ranks for his offensive game planning and play calling ability. On Sunday, Koetter’s Bucs offense finished a humbling day on the wrong end of a 30-24 overtime defeat to the Oakland Raiders.
“Precision is not easy,” Koetter told News Channel 8’s Dan Lucas. ‘Precision’ was the word used multiple times by quarterback, Jameis Winston, in his postgame press conference, after a 16 of 32 performance for 180 yards. Winston did finish the day with a pair of touchdown passes but the Bucs offense struggled following a red hot 7 completions on 8 attempts by the quarterback.
This week’s exclusive ‘Koetter’s Korner’ chat turned the page on a short week, looking ahead to Thursday night’s clash with the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta gained another game in the NFC South standings with a 33-32 win over the Green Bay Packers. Koetter says the Falcons have not really changed much from their opening day meeting against the Bucs, just that “they’re on a roll.”
The Bucs will face a different member on defense in Falcons safety, Keanu Neal. The rookie from Florida recorded a team high 8 total tackles in Sunday’s victory. Despite the Falcons 5-2 start, statistics still show a chance for the Bucs offense to pass the ball with success on Thursday. Atlanta is 29th in the NFL against the pass, ironically allowing the same yardage (2,283) as the Raiders. The Oakland pass rush made Winston’s day a long one on Sunday. The same thing could happen again, Thursday, if the Bucs cannot regain their running identity, a key factor in back to back wins over Carolina and San Francisco.
Running back, Jacquizz Rodgers, left Sunday’s game with a foot injury and did not practice on Monday. Neither did running back Doug Martin, who was thought to be inching closer to his return from a hamstring injury.