Dirk Koetter to return as Bucs coach in 2018

Dean Simpson
December 30, 2017

ESPN and the Tampa Bay Times were among the media outlets reporting the news Friday evening.

Dirk Koetter's two-year stint as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' head coach has been mediocre at best.

Koetter was the Buccaneers' offensive coordinator in 2015. We spend so much time together - me, him, Coach Bajakian [and] those other quarterbacks - it's like a family.

After leading the Bucs to a 9-7 record in his first season, Koetter and the Pewter Pirates have collapsed under high preseason expectations on their way to a 4-11 mark so far in 2017. While the Panthers allowed multiple big plays to the Buccaneers, Carolina's defense held Tampa Bay to a handful of field goal opportunities. That's debatable, from our perspective, as Winston seems like the same mistake-prone passer he was when he came out of Florida State a few years back. The news that Koetter is coming back once again puts a halt to the rumors connecting Jon Gruden, the only coach to lead the Bucs to a Super Bowl, returning to Tampa. Koetter has been there since year one with Winston and should have an opportunity at a third season. He missed three games this season with ac joint sprain in his throwing shoulder. Though turnovers are still an issue for Winston, he has completed a higher rate of passes for a higher average per completion this season. This unit did force 25 turnovers in 15 games, which is encouraging.

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