Monken calls plays

Monken calls plays
06 gru 2018 - 08:23:19
Authentic DeSean Jackson Jersey , Tampa Bay has flawless offensive performance Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter likes calling plays, and has done it his whole career. But his offense was widely criticized last year for being predictable and inefficient; specifically, his insistence on running the ball early in first quarters and on first downs, one of Koetter?s tenets, actually helped to put the Bucs in huge holes early in games, forcing them to become one dimensional and pass to catch up late in games. This is because passing is far more efficient than running and statistically leads to less punts and more points, and the Bucs? running game wasn?t good; this gave their opponents a huge advantage as they passed early instead and opened leads while the Bucs continued to put themselves in 3rd and long situations that are difficult to convert. Unfortunately, the Bucs also had the worst defense in the league, leaving the offense stuck fighting a war that was impossible to win. Tampa Bay limped to a 5-11 record. But those alleged issues with his play calling didn?t just hurt the Bucs last year - it hurt them the year before, too. In fact, under Dirk Koetter?s play calling in 2016 and 2017 nobody rushed more on first downs early in games than the Bucs, almost 66% of the time, despite the fact that the passing game yielded more than twice the yardage on average than the running game and a much higher success rate.Coming into the 2018 season Dirk Koetter was on the hot seat; the Bucs tried to overhaul their defensive line in an effort to improve the defense, and fans wondered what changes the Bucs might make to their offense. But if there were going to have any success they would need to change how they approached games. Specifically, they needed throw, and throw early and often. The question was whether Koetter was willing to set aside his ego and turn play calling over to his offensive coordinator Todd Monken, who was previously the head coach of Southern Miss. It?s not that anyone thought or knew Monken was better than Koetter at calling plays Adam Humphries Jersey , or even good at it, just that it was obvious Koetter was not, or that he was too resistant to change.So it was a pleasant surprise when it was announced that Monken would call plays in the preseason. While it was a gamble for Koetter, it was also a big admission, and one that could not have been easy to make. It paid off in a good way during the preseason, and the Bucs? offense, and especially their quarterbacks, played lights-out football. It was obvious to everyone watching what needed to happen.But could Koetter let it go? It was reportedly a hard decision for him; once you go, you can?t go back, and it was one of the things he enjoyed most about coaching. He kept it a secret right up until kick-off today and even then, he had a copy of the play sheet in his hands.But the announcers for Fox Sports confirmed that Monken was indeed calling plays (from the booth), and his debut could not have gone any better. Fitzpatrick was incredible, with several deep bombs on the money. Monken mixed up the pass and the run, and at halftime the Bucs were cruising along at an unbelievable 9.6 yards per play. They had eight plays of 20+ yards. They weren?t just creating scoring opportunities, they were converting them as well, going two for three in the red zone with touchdowns, and had 31 points Demar Dotson Jersey , a franchise record for one half. The second half was more of the same, and the Bucs finished with 48 points, tied for a franchise record, and 8.5 yards per play. Ryan Fitzpatrick finished 21-28 for 417 yards and four touchdowns, a 14.9 yards per attempt average. That average should be the highest of his entire thirteen-year career. The offense?s 8.5 yards per play is the team?s highest since 2012 and the second-highest going back to 2000. Of the 4,352 total regular season NFL games since 2000, 8.5 yards per play would rank in the top 50.Even the offensive line looked really good, and didn?t allow a sack. The whole thing was glorious. Amazing. It was the inside of Marcellus Wallace?s briefcase. Bask in it?s glow.But it was so good, it?s also unsustainable. That?s okay! This game was one for the record books. And they did it versus what was a top ten defense last season.But we still have to acknowledge that the Bucs? defensive performance was just as equally bad. Perhaps forcing a fumble is a skill, but once the ball is on the ground, it?s 50/50, pure luck. The Bucs recovered both of the Saints? fumbles. A few unlucky bounces and the Bucs could have easily wasted this offensive performance. About the only thing that went wrong for the Bucs was kicker Chandler Catanzaro?s miss that would have iced the game with a three-score lead. The Saints scored 16 points in the final quarter, and Tampa is now 1-0 in one-score games in 2018. The Bucs also finished only converting two of their four red zone opportunities into touchdowns, while the Saints converted four of five.Despite trying to bring this game into some grounded perspective, it is now impossible for Koetter to go back to calling plays next week. As Monken called them up, Koetter would mark them off on his play sheet, so he?s still clearly very much involved. But unless the offense falters several games in a row it appears to be Monken?s responsibility going forward.Bucs Nation will have more on exactly what Monken did to attack the Saints? defense in film review Chris Conte Jersey , but for now, let?s celebrate!Will Dirk Koetter call plays? 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:And that he?s really struggling with the decision: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.
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