Koetter likes 'crazy disguises' from Bucs defense in practice
One of the extra perks of having a more multiple defense is that it gives a team's offense more looks to practice against, and head coach Dirk Koetter was impressed Saturday by the level of misdirection coming from his old friend, defensive coordinator Mike Smith.
"They were doing some crazy disguises," Koetter said. "There were doing a lot with their front so the quarterback's first job, the quarterback and the center, are trying to get the protection straight, and there were giving us some walk-around looks today. We saw a couple snaps of it (Friday) but when you start getting unique fronts and walk-around fronts, those are always a challenge. ... It's really good work for us. It's not the easiest thing. Trust me, they're not just standing in their Cover 2 and Cover 3."
The biggest difference from last year's Bucs defense to this one might be in its complexity and variety, and Smith said he's worked with Koetter to challenge both sides of the ball, rather than present vanilla looks in practice that opponents aren't likely to offer up in the regular season.
"We've spent a whole lot of time orchestrating these practices and trying to make it where both sides are getting all the looks they need," Smith said. "We've been put in a lot of stressful situations, just like they have, and I think that's the fun part of camp is keeping these guys on high alert. We don't want them to get comfortable. We're competing and we don't want them to be comfortable."