Tampa Bay housecleaning could be coming

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The Buccaneers entered the season with high expectations. A Week Two thumping of the Bears underscored the reality that the Hard Knocks darlings could be ready to end a playoff drought that dates back a decade.

Halfway through the season, the Bucs have lost six of seven and, for all intents and purposes, have fallen out of the playoff picture via a blowout loss to the Saints. The question now becomes when will key people in Tampa be blown out of a job?

Quarterback Jameis Winston, the first overall pick in 2015, looked the part as a rookie, but the Bucs nevertheless decided to make a coaching change, elevating offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter at a time when the team reportedly feared he may get a head-coaching job elsewhere. Last year, Tampa Bay made an unlikely playoff run, creating a sense that this year would be the year that the Bucs make their move.

They haven’t, prompting Koetter recently to wonder whether a culture of losing persists with the Buccaneers. It apparently does, and Koetter is the guy directly responsible for it. With ownership that has shown an unwillingness to exercise patience with plenty of past coaches, it’s hard not to wonder whether Koetter’s days are numbered.

21 responses to “Tampa Bay housecleaning could be coming

  1. Has to inspire you as a Buc fan that they not only elevated Koetter because of this mythical thought that they would lose a guy who was not a good college HC but that during their hiring process, they had him and McDermott in front of them and still made that hire. Licht is in over his head too. Robinson who went to Tennessee clearly was the one behind the smarter draft picks the first 2 years there as Licht not only has that horrible Aguayo pick to live down but plenty of others to answer for as the defense is still terrible, they overpaid Martin when guys like Kamara were available in this last draft, and have done nothing to continue to build the offensive line after taking 2 in Winston’s rookie class. Just ask the Eagles and Rams how important the guys up front are, but they instead are still trotting out Dotson and a Seahawk reject on their OL. .

  2. The first thing they need to do is get the GM role right for a change. That’s been their biggest problem since McKay got run off by Gruden. Since then it’s been Bruce Allen–a clear dummy, Mark Dominic–a guy no one would put in charge of a high school team, let alone a pro one, and now Licht–the classic worker bee scout never meant to make decisions on their own. Until they get that hire right, nothing will change. Also doesn’t help that your ownership family is clueless.

  3. After the way ownership allowed management to so poorly treat a class act like Lovey, that even with a full house cleaning, they’re going to be hard pressed to bring in the right people.

  4. Has to inspire you as a Buc fan that they not only elevated Koetter because of this mythical thought that they would lose a guy who was not a good college HC but that during their hiring process, they had him and McDermott in front of them and still made that hire. Licht is in over his head too. Robinson who went to Tennessee clearly was the one behind the smarter draft picks

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    As a diehard pats fan from Mass, I believe the issue is the pedigree. Historically, nobody does well when they leave Foxborough. Charlie Weis was OK his first two seasons with my fighting irish, then we sank back to mediocrity. Rack( Romeo Crennel) is ok because Bill O’Brien, Vrabel, Welker, and Izzo are together to help. Bob Quinn is doing alright in Detroit, but he decided Jim Caldwell was worth an extension. Jonny Robinson is doing alright in Tennessee, but lets see how it develops.

  5. Umm, realfootballfan, I was kind of with you till you said “trotting out Dotson a Seahawks reject.” Over the season, Dotson has been one of the highest rated tackles in the league. Kind of goes against your title doesn’t it….

  6. Time to also ask if Winston is a franchise QB – especially after his display on the sideline in New Orleans today. He has been pretty damn bad this year when he is supposed to be taking the “third year” leap like most QBs do.

    The problem in Tampa is with the players not the coaches.

  7. ll0n0ll ,

    Where did you get those ratings from, one of the silly sites that tell you he’s highly rated. Because it sure didn’t come from watching him actually play. He’s an average tackle and would be a backup on a good team. He’s one of the reasons they can’t run the ball. It’s like the Raider fans who thought Donald Penn was good because the sites told them so when if you watch them play, you would see that his QB helped him a lot in the passing game last year and that they rarely ran behind him. Tampa needs to move Smith to right at minimum, move Marpette back to guard, draft a center, and replace the other 3/5 of that line. That would be a start.

  8. Jason Licht has been HORRIBLE!!! Other than Mike Evans, nearly every other major draft pick has been questionable. Not to mention moving up to draft a kicker in the second round…who isn’t even on an active NFL roster a year later. I guess he was smarter than the rest of the league., SMH

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