If you think Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter should give up play calling, you aren’t alone. Koetter was often criticized for his play calling last season. That may be why Koetter allowed offensive coordinator Todd Monken to called plays this preseason, and the offense has looked more explosive and efficient. But it’s just the preseason, right? Even if you focus on the process and not the results, it seems as though Monken does a better job leveraging down and distance and the skill sets of Tampa Bay’s very talented receiving corp. But with it only being preseason it’s hard to really judge if Monken is any better.
But recently Koetter made statements that show he still hasn’t decided:
Bucs coach Dirk Koetter, talking tonight on @SiriusXMNFL, says OC Todd Monken’s success calling plays in preseason “has made it a much tougher decision” about whether he’ll continue to call plays himself this season.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) September 8, 2018
And that he’s really struggling with the decision:
Koetter reiterated that he’s called plays throughout his coaching career, that it’s something he enjoys doing and something many other NFL head coaches continue to do.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) September 8, 2018
Koetter has been noticeably cantankerous towards the media this preseason and has answered sarcastically or refused to answer at all, like he did on an innocuous question about the team captains. It’s hard to say if he’s already made up his mind, or if he’s really struggling with the decision.
I’m sure Koetter has complicated feelings about this. If you let your coordinator call plays, and he’s worse than you, no big deal. But if he does it better than you, how can you go back? That’s where he finds himself right now. If he does take back play calling, at this point it might look like he’s putting his ego before the team. But he got to where he is as an NFL head coach by calling plays, and he truly enjoys doing it, so one could see how he would feel conflicted.