Koetter on Bucs skirmish: 'That's football practice. Get over it.'
The final period of the Bucs' last practice of minicamp saw a minor skirmish between players, but Koetter said he has no problem with an occasional flareup at the end of a long, hot practice when players haven't had full contact.
"You want emotion, right? Wouldn't you want to have an emotional team?" Koetter said. "I do. Look, if you guys just watched a two-hour practice and that's what you got out of it, then you're in the wrong spot. If that's your lead story, you're in the wrong spot. It's hot as hell out here, these guys are working their tail off. Emotions get heated and guess what? That's football practice. Get over it."
Koetter said practicing without full contact can let steam build up more in some players without the ability to tackle opponents, and he's fine with that.
"When we're playing underwear football, that's what gets guys testy out there, because the blocking's not live," he said. "So if one guy's going a little faster than he should and beats his guy, of course, that guy's pride is going to rear its ugly head and the guy's going to compete. I want a team full of competitors. I want a bunch of guys that are going to play emotional, hard-nosed football. I don't think we should be backing down from anything."
Koetter joked that one of his adjustments as head coach is that he has to be more involved in breaking up a scuffle than he did as an assistant coach.
"Shoot, when I was the offensive coordinator and a fight broke out, I just got out of the way," Koetter said. "Today, I almost got trampled. So that's a little bit new."