It’s hard to forget Dirk Koetter’s sobering talk to Tampa Bay media in September 2016 about the Bucs having a losing culture. Koetter was going there again today. After losing the home opener last season to the Rams and falling to 1-2, Koetter said the following: “There’s something in our culture — and it’s my job to fix it, along with the coaches — of letting games like this get away. … I wish I could grab it. I’ve been on teams that have had it, and you don’t want to let go of it. But when you don’t have it, it’s hard to figure out what it is.” Tonight on the Buccaneers Radio Network, Koetter took a call from a fan who is confident Tampa Bay’s current 2-5 record is the result of a losing culture that didn’t leave the building. Fan caller Muhammad: One of the things you alluded to last year was culture of losing. You attributed it what was going on with the Bucs to that. And when you said that, I agreed with you 100 percent. Because for years I was saying that’s the reason. I think there has been a lack of commitment to excellence and efficiency by this organization prior to you coming here. And I think last year especially, still that was happening. That culture of losing was created because of that you alluded to that. So my question to you coach is, do you think that culture is still happening and that’s the reason that the Bucs are in this situation? Because I see it, but I want to see if you can talk about this, if you agree with me on that. Dirk Koetter: Well, that’s an excellent observation by Muhammad. And I thought, I thought that we kicked it last year, you know. I thought we were over that. We had an excellent offseason. We’ve got really good leadership from our players. So here we are. Here we are on this losing streak. And, you know, I don’t want to believe it’s culture; I really don’t. And I’m around these guys every day. But at the same time we have lost four in a row; you can’t hide from that. I want to believe that’s not what the reason is because we’ve worked very hard to overcome that. But until you overcome it consistently, and I’m a part of that, so I’m not trying to point a finger at anybody else. I’m a part of that, all the coaches are and the players are as well. I hope that’s not what it is, but I don’t have a steadfast answer as to what it is right now other than the one thing that definitely shows up on tape is we’re just not playing consistent enough across the board. … When we get back to playing good solid football in all three phases, I think the wins will come back. Candid and unsettling stuff there from Koetter.
Koetter concerned that culture of losing lingers
JoeBucsFan.com | Nov 4