TAMPA – You never know what you might find rummaging through the cupboards and closets at One Buc Place. Look hard enough and you just might stumble upon one of former coach Jon Gruden’s old playbooks. Current Bucs coach Dirk Koetter did.
Koetter’s One Buc office is the same one Gruden used when he was the coach of the team, and it appears one of the things Gruden left behind when he exited the building for the last time as coach was one of his old playbooks.
What’s even more interesting is that Koetter has spent some time looking through the playbook and while he needed to do some translation in order to get it done, he has even adopted a few of the plays he found in there into his own playbook.
“Sure I did,’’ Koetter said. “There’s a lot of them in there. It’s different terminology. I mean, he doesn’t understand our terminology and we don’t understand his, but I’m good at seeing those pictures and knowing what they mean.’’
Koetter said he and Gruden had a good laugh looking through the playbook and “just talking ball’’ after Gruden was officially introduced as one of the next inductees into the Bucs Ring of Honor on Wednesday. Gruden then addressed the entire Bucs team during a team meeting.
“He talked form the heart,’’ Koetter said of Gruden’s address to the Bucs players. “He talked like he was the coach of the Bucs (still). It was great. It was a great message, and it was fun to hear.’’
No doubt. Like everybody else around the league, Gruden seems pretty excited about the Bucs and their prospects for the coming season. In response to one question on Wednesday, he referred to them as a “team on rise’’ and admitted he doesn’t view them the way he does other teams.
“We’ve done a great job building this thing,’’ Gruden said. “We’re improving every year. We’re on the rise. We’ve got Hard Knocks here and so we’ve got a chance to see behind the scenes what’s going on, but that doesn’t mean a thing because we’re going to get what we deserve.
“And I say ‘we’ because I feel a part of the Bucs still. We’ve got a lot to prove. A lot of things have to go right, but I think this team has to do the same thing we did (during the Super Bowl season), the same thing any championship team does.
“You’ve got to work your butt off and underestimate nobody. With (quarterback) Jameis Winston and the leadership of the coaching staff here, I think you’re going to see some very exciting things this fall. I’m going to try and get some tickets.’’