Dirk Koetter will return to coach Bucs next season

Jonathan Hernandez
December 30, 2017

Published reports say the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will bring head coach Dirk Koetter back for a third season. The Bucs enter Week 17 at 4-11.

But, just two years removed from a 9-7 record in his first season as a head coach, Koetter gets a reprieve from the Glazer family, which has been known to make rash coaching decisions in the past.

Among the reasons for sticking with Koetter includes the fact that Winston suffered a shoulder injury that forced him to miss three games and saw him struggle to play three others while hurt.

ESPN and the Tampa Bay Times were among the media outlets reporting the news Friday evening. Heading into 2017, some were predicting the Buccaneers to have a breakout season and reach the playoffs for the first time since 2007. Tampa Bay absolutely failed to live up to expectations this season and will once again be seen as a team that needs to take a huge step in 2018 for Koetter to be seen as a success. He also spent time as the offensive coordinator with the Philadelphia Eagles among his offensive coaching stints in the NFL.

We'll post more details shortly. Tampa Bay has drafted only two defensive linemen in the past four years and are last in the National Football League with 20 sacks this season.

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