Dirk Koetter is a man of many words, but a lot of those words are strikingly similar. Mostly, he seems to really like the word ‘fine’. Here’s a collection of quotes from today’s encounter with the media, courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“Oh yeah, Ali [Marpet] is full speed ahead. He’s doing fine.”
“He’s doing good, George [Johnson] is doing fine.”
“Yeah, really good. Devante [Bond] has done fine.”
“The pace is fine. Within the rules, it’s just tough on the O-line and the D-line because you’re supposed to have no contact.”
“It’s tough for the D-line to do much. Those guys are doing fine, they just don’t get many chances.”
Everyone’s doing fine, except for the people who are injured because they’re not healthy, but even they’re on the right track. There’s nothing to worry about and everything is going to be alright. Don’t forget to duck and cover.
Okay, so, does this really matter? No. Head coaches aren’t going to publicly slag their own players even when they’re doing poorly, except when they want to make a motivational point. And ‘fine’ is so vague as to be practically meaningless.
This does reinforce one point, though: press conferences are filled with coach speak. Take them with a grain of salt. Or more than one.