TAMPA — New Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter made it clear last week that he will continue to call offensive plays in his new role, just as he did last year when he was offensive coordinator.
The decision should not come as any great surprise. After all, as head coach, Koetter will not be restricted in any way from making the kind of calls that he believes need to be made in some situations.
So, what does that mean for the Buc offense? Well, Koetter suggested last week that it will likely result in the team being a little more aggressive.
“When you’re the head coach and you’re the play caller, you have a license to be a little bit more aggressive,’ Koetter said. “That’s how I was when I was as a high school coach, as a college coach.
“That comes from inside me, because you have the power to decide if you’re going for it on fourth-and-1 or throw it deep three times in a row or give it to Doug Martin three times in a row.
“You don’t have to worry about the head coach second guessing you; you are the head coach. So you make your game plan and you stick to your game plan.’’
Koetter was quick to point out that former coach Lovie Smith in no way hindered his aggressiveness as a coordinator last year, when the Bucs threw the ball 81 more times than they ran it.
“I want to make sure that that’s a clear point that I make because I’ve heard that in passing different times,’’ Koetter said. “In no way — in no way — did Lovie Smith tell me as an offensive coordinator, ‘Do and don’t do this.’
“Lovie Smith was as supportive for me as a head coach could be. Lovie told me what kind of offense he wanted to have and we tried to emulate that thought. I’m not making this up in any fashion. Lovie did not hold us back in any way. Lovie was awesome to work for in that respect.”