Bucs' Koetter on blown third-and-goal call: 'I screwed it up'
They can't put the toothpaste back in the tube, but Bucs' offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter took responsibility for the failed third-and-goal play at the Redskins 1-yard line last Sunday that prevented a putaway touchdown and contributed to the Bucs' 31-30 loss at Washington.
With the Bucs leading by a field goal late in the fourth quarter, running back Doug Martin ripped off a 49-yard run to the Washington 5-yard line. After two carries by Martin put the football at the 1-yard line, he was replaced in the backfield by Charles Sims. But the Redskins had two unblocked players when Charles Sims was ordered to run around left end and he was dropped for a 2-yard loss.
"Let everybody get this straight. I screwed it up,'' Koetter said. "Nobody else. I screwed it up. Plain and simple. We had a check play on where we were checking on the goal line based on overload personnel. They had some injuries so they switched some guys around. I gave Jameis bad information. One hundred, 1,000 whatever number you want to use, percent on me. Nobody else. Simple. That’s simple. Put that to bed. I screwed it up. I got to live with it. I feel horrible. I can’t take it back. I did it.''
Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston couldn't call a timed out because the Bucs had burned them all in the second half prior to Martin's run.
"It was a check,'' Koetter said. "It was a check to begin with. We were out of time outs. Bad by me. 100 percent. Blame that on me.''