Dirk Koetter to remain Bucs head coach in 2018, report says

Dirk Koetter to remain Bucs head coach in 2018, report says

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, 58, is 13-18 in two seasons in Tampa. Tampa is expected to fire Dirk Koetter next week and Gruden is their top candidate replace him. Since returning from shoulder injury, Winston has played fairly well, throwing for 1,221 yards and eight TDs vs. two interceptions over past four games. As head coach, he still is the play-caller and mentor entrusted to develop the franchise quarterback and fulfill his promise as a No. 1 overall pick. "He came in - then he was the OC. I've been working to be a professional athlete my entire life so you think that just because I've got a little pain that I'm not gonna play, because we're not going to the playoffs?" As the head coach, it has been kind of different but Dirk is the man.

We'll post more details shortly. He played against the Carolina Panthers last week despite suffering a partially-torn bicep and will play Sunday in the season finale against the New Orleans Saints.

In addition to continuity with the offense and Winston, there are several other reasons the Bucs felt Koetter deserved a chance to right the ship.

Twitter reacts to Patrick Mahomes getting the start at quarterback for KC
A two-year started while at Texas Tech, he declared for the National Football League after his true junior season. They are now on a three-game winning streak. "He will learn from it", Reid said of Mahomes starting.

McCoy plays a different position than Stafford and Rodgers, but he is the Bucs' highest-paid player, earning almost $16 million per season with the entire value of his contract at $95.2 million.

The Redskins lost a number of high-profile players this past offseason, including a pair - DeSean Jackson and Chris Baker - to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Panthers defense had trouble containing the Bucs offense, even though the unit hasn't been known as overly powerful this year.

Jackson has been more productive than Baker has been so far, catching 50 passes for 668 yards and three touchdowns, but he's managed just 47.7 yards per game, the lowest of his career.

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