Prior to yesterday’s game, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were having some issues. Supposedly, quarterback Jameis Winston wasn’t feeling supported by head coach Dirk Koetter and was concerned about the predictability of the offense.
Predictably, both head coach and quarterback denied the report after the game. Here’s Dirk Koetter:
“They told me about it after the game and that’s obviously news to me. I think Jameis and I have [had] an extremely consistent relationship for the last three years. I don’t think anything is different about it, but it’s just my opinion.”
And here’s Jameis Winston:
“Listen, me and Coach Koetter have a great relationship first and foremost. We have the same goal when we go out there on that football field and that’s to win the football game. It doesn’t matter what anyone else can possibly say, obviously a lot of stuff can come out when we are not doing as expected, but that’s false. Coach Koetter coaches his tail off and he definitely supports me, so whatever anybody else has to say outside of that – that’s water under the bridge.”
On the topic of offensive predictability, WInston simply said that regardless of what the coach calls, the team just has to execute—and if they do that properly, they’ll be successful regardless of how predictable they are.
All of that sounds good, and it’s exactly what any head coach and quarterback would say. The source of that report is unclear, and we can’t say how accurate it is at all. But denials won’t stop people from believing the report, mostly because everyone expects a coach and quarterback to deny these reports even if they’re true.
Ultimately, none of it really matters. The Bucs will continue with Dirk Koetter based on his performance and the result in games, not based on vague, anonymous reports in the media. And right now, that performance isn’t looking too good.