Koetter on Bucs’ practice fight: ‘Big deal. I mean, it’s football’

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter doesn't like fighting at practice but wasn't worried about a skirmish late in Monday's morning workouts.(MONICA HERNDON | Times)
Bucs coach Dirk Koetter doesn't like fighting at practice but wasn't worried about a skirmish late in Monday's morning workouts.(MONICA HERNDON | Times)
Published August 13 2018

One day after a video showed an extended fight at Jaguars practice, and two days before the Bucs start joint practices with the Titans, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said he wasn't worried about a minor late-practice skirmish between players.

"We had a fight. Big deal. I mean, it's football," said Koetter, who has a policy of sending players off if they throw at a teammate during drills. "That was one of our best practices of the year right there. It just didn't end on a positive note from the fight standpoint. You're dreaming if you think that stuff's not going to happen in football."

The Bucs were already in their final period, so Koetter had players run gassers on the field and then ended practice from there.

"I don't think twice about that," Koetter said. "It's over, and what happened happened. It's just the way it is."

Koetter said he's talked with Titans coach Mike Vrabel about ground rules for the teams' joint practices in Tennessee on Wednesday and Thursday. Among them is an understanding that any players fighting will be done.

"Our general policy is going to be send guys in if they fight," Koetter said. "We were close to the end today, didn't have too many plays left, that was just the way it ended."

Coming off a day off, Koetter said he was pleased with the energy he saw from players on both sides of the ball Monday morning.

"We had unbelievable energy," Koetter said. "Coming off a day off, sometimes these guys come out here and drag. The (overcast) weather might have helped a little bit, but I thought our energy was excellent all day."

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