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'The outside world doesn't know how good this team is going to be,' Koetter tells Bucs players



All summer, coach Dirk Koetter thought about the speech he would give his team on the eve of training camp.

"Do I have to go over the whole thing?' Koetter asked Thursday following the Bucs first training camp practice. "I thought about it over the summer. A lot went into those 27 minutes. That’s probably stuff we should probably keep to the team. It’s all the stuff you would expect a coach to say to his team.''

With the Bucs having failed to reach the playoffs since 2007, Koetter, the Bucs first-year coach, informed his team Wednesday night they would "show the world,' what a good football team they are starting with the Sept. 11 opener at Atlanta.

“Dirk basically said we’re striving for a championship around here and we’ve got some good, good players,'' T Demar Dotson said. "We’ve got a young group of good players and the outside world doesn’t know how good this team is going to be. He stressed that we know it. It doesn’t matter that they don’t know it right now. We’ve got to keep building because we’re not where we’re supposed to be yet. But he said we’re going to come out of that tunnel, Lord willing, when we play Atlanta Sept. 11 and then we’re going to show the world.’’

Dotson said he loves playing for Koetter because of his direct, honest approach.

“Dirk has that player-coach feel, but you’ve got to respect him because he tells you what he wants and he demands it out of you,'' Dotson said. "But also he keeps it loose around here. Nobody is tight. You’re not walking around here scared to do something. He lets you be a man, he lets you be a pro but he demands that respect from you.''

Koetter said Thursday's practice was just the start of a long process.

“Day one was fine. Are you kidding me?'' Koetter said. "Everybody is excited on day one. Great to be out here. Awesome to have the kids out. It’s a start. It’s the start of the journey.

"That's probably stuff we all should keep to the team,'' Koetter said. "It's all the stuff you would expect a coach to say to his team.''


[Last modified: Thursday, July 28, 2016 12:35pm]


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