Report: Buccaneers tell Dirk Koetter he’s safe for 2018

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The Buccaneers won’t fire Dirk Koetter after all.

The Glazer family, owners of the Bucs, has informed Koetter that his job is safe and he will be the team’s coach in 2018, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Koetter is in his second season as Buccaneers head coach. After a promising start and a 9-7 record last year, his team has been one of this season’s biggest disappointments, falling to 4-11.

But that disappointment will not cost Koetter his job. He’ll get another year to show that he can build a winning team.

45 responses to “Report: Buccaneers tell Dirk Koetter he’s safe for 2018

  1. While I admit to being a little disappointed that Jon Gruden won’t be the coach next year, I think this is probably the right move. The Bucs need to benchmark the best organizations in the NFL, such as the Patriots, Seahawks and Steelers. They believe in consistency. Both Bill Cowher and Mike Tomlin had some bad years with the Steelers, but the front office knew they had a talented head coach and kept him.

    Meanwhile, the Browns seemingly fire someone every year, and look where they are.

    The jury is still out on Koetter, but two years isn’t enough to decide. Now, somebody fix the damn defense.

  2. So now all the other teams in the division are happy, and all the players on the Bucs are sad. Great move by Tampa Bay. How’s it feel to be a season ticket holder? Ouch!

  3. They did have a lot of injuries this season. And maybe he needs a new QB rather than the controversial and turnover-prone Jameis Winston?!

  4. Dirk Koetter as HC and Mike Smith as DC. The men at the helm of the old Atlanta Falcons teams that the whole division figured out and exposed. Thats the style the Tampa wants to trot out, its better than Schiano but lawwwwwdddd theyre never gonna make it out the NFC south with that played out BS.

  5. Good. Gruden had a losing record with the Bucs after his Super Bowl season in which he inherited Dungy’s stacked roster. Including a 4-12 season like the one Koetter just had! Additionally, the team was so old by the time he left(because he was terrible with young guys) that it took multiple years to reload depth wise, and clearly we still aren’t there in the trenches.

    Now, take 10 years away from coaching and tell me why we should expect anything but a WORSE performance the second time around. I’ll wait.

    I’m not thrilled with Koetter myself, and Mike Smith absolutely has to go. But getting rid of a head coach every 2 seasons is how you become the Browns. This team needs some sense of continuity, and a change should not be made until a clear upgrade is available. A guy who hasn’t coached in a decade and was mediocre the last time he did is anything but a clear upgrade.

  6. So Lovie goes 6-10 with a rookie QB, gets fired….Dirk goes 5-11 at best or 4-12 this season with a QB 3 yrs into the system, two years later, and gets a 3rd yr. Even Lovie haters can see that this doesnt seem right…

  7. What about the GM? What about the DC? I think a legitimate competitor at QB needs to be brought in to give Jameis a run for the money. He’s been handed the starting job since high school.

  8. Typical Gruden. He loves to hear his name circulate in rumors and dances all the time just to turn the job down.. Give it up and give up on this self absorbed overrated coach. He won with Lovie’s players. The dude is a phony and just loves the attention.. At least Cowher gave up on that years ago

  9. This is the right call. Jameis was leading then NFL in passing before his injury and has been the best QB in the NFL since he came back. Numbers show it:
    Passer Rating 114.5 (1st)
    Yards Per Attempt 9.35 (1st)
    Completion Percentage 72% (3rd)
    Yards 1222 (4th)
    TDs 8 (4th)

    He’s been dominant when healthy…outside of the Minnesota game

  10. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins says:
    December 29, 2017 at 4:26 pm
    Good. Gruden had a losing record with the Bucs after his Super Bowl season in which he inherited Dungy’s stacked roster.

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    Why doesn’t Gruden get any credit for “his” team (Raiders) making it to the SB? Surely, Callahan just used the roster Gruden left behind, didn’t he? Why did it take Dungy five years to win a SB with Manning at the helm? Let’s stop making believe Dungy was some magical coach. He couldn’t get it done in TB and he managed only one SB with one of the best QBs of all time.

  11. If Koetter stays then the GM Licht or Mike Smith make take the heat for this stinking season. Something needs to change and soon for this team to start winning again. I think a football minded guy needs to be in the GM chair. I suggest getting Derrick Brooks or some one like him to help run this team.

  12. I guess to quote Florio and PFT, who hyped up the Gruden story, everyone else, including PFT, who hyped up the Gruden story, must have been “lying.”

    I for one am glad. Gruden isn’t a great head coach. Neither is Koetter but suggesting that somehow replacing him with a career .540 coach didn’t seem right either.

  13. nfliferfan22 says:
    December 29, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Typical Gruden. He loves to hear his name circulate in rumors and dances all the time just to turn the job down.
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    Did Gruden actually do or say anything? Or did someone just write an article guessing / wishing / hoping what might happen?

  14. This is nothing more than a trial balloon by the Glaziers to gauge the fan support for Gruden. If the fans don’t revolt, Koetter returns; if they do – the Glaziers disavow the story and make several “insiders” look like clueless tools…. Gruden becomes the coach and the Bucs have a new personality.

  15. Gruden is so overrated. He is fun and has lots of energy as a tv commentator but as a HC, he cant build teams he merely takes them over and uses what he has. I am surprised Tampa fans would want him back.

  16. johnjjj8888 says:
    December 29, 2017 at 4:28 pm
    So Lovie goes 6-10 with a rookie QB, gets fired….Dirk goes 5-11 at best or 4-12 this season with a QB 3 yrs into the system, two years later, and gets a 3rd yr. Even Lovie haters can see that this doesnt seem right…

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    And Marty got fired after 14-2. Stop it..

  17. You can always tell who understands football and who doesn’t.

    Anybody who says Winston is the problem– Doesn’t.

    Anybody who says that Licht is the problem– Doesn’t.

  18. steelerdeathstar says:
    December 29, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    They did have a lot of injuries this season. And maybe he needs a new QB rather than the controversial and turnover-prone Jameis Winston?!

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    Winston isn’t the problem.

  19. For his career so far, Winston has accounted for 75 TD’s passing/rushing, and 71 turnovers INT/fumbles. Not too good.

  20. What they don’t need is an old coach. Look at what is going on in LA or even San Fran…young dynamic coaches. Why on earth would Gruden come back…and why would they want him. He ain’t Lombardi. Look what happened when Gibbs came back to the redskins…crap.

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