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Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (59) / 2/5/1959

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Bucs GM Jason Licht blamed injuries for the team's struggles in 2017.
Licht said he did not want to use the injuries "as excuses" before proceeding to use the injuries to Jameis Winston and several defenders as excuses for why the Bucs are keeping the coaching staff intact despite a season which fell well short of expectations. "We feel like it's continuity," Licht said. "The answers are here in terms of the coaches, the personnel people and we have a lot of good players we feel like in this locker room that can turn this thing around." If that does not happen in 2018, Dirk Koetter and company probably will not be as lucky next January. Jan 16 - 9:44 AM

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Dirk Koetter said he will not give up play-calling duties in 2018.

The coach also said there have been no changes to his staff, although he left the door open for that to change. Keeping the status quo is an odd decision for a team which dramatically underachieved in 2017, but it looks like that is what the Bucs will do. Koetter's offenses have finished in the bottom half of scoring each of his three years in Tampa.
Source: ESPN
Jan 1 - 1:20 PM

The Tampa Bay Times reports Bucs coach Dirk Koetter will return in 2018.

The Glazer family has told Koetter he won't be fired despite growing Jon Gruden rumors. Koetter had a highly disappointing 2017 that included a pair of five-game losing streaks and concerning regression from Jameis Winston, but the Bucs plan to stick with Koetter for at least another season. It won't be surprising if Koetter is forced to make some changes to his coaching staff. Albeit in part due to injuries, DC Mike Smith's defense severely underachieved, as well.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 04:16:00 PM

Multiple league sources tell The Ringer’s Mike Lombardi that Bucs coach Dirk Koetter’s job is in jeopardy.

"I think we can officially put Dirk Koetter on the hot seat. Nobody outside the NFL is talking about it, but everybody I talk to in the NFL is and they think it’s going to end up being over for Koetter if he doesn’t get this turned around." The Bucs have lost 5-of-6 games and are averaging nine points over the last three weeks. It’s a huge disappointment given Tampa’s roster and expectations going into the season. Barring a strong finish, Koetter looks unlikely to be back in 2018.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 06:16:00 PM

Bucs OC Todd Monken said coach Dirk Koetter will continue to call plays this season.

Koetter flirted with giving up the play sheet, but he will keep doing what earned him the job in the first place. With DeSean Jackson and O.J. Howard added to an offense on the upswing, the Bucs should take a big step forward this season.
Thu, May 18, 2017 12:41:00 PM

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter is considering giving up play-calling duties in 2017.

Koetter's play-calling was not an issue in his first season as head coach, but he's exploring ways to free up more time as his team's leader. Coach Mike McCarthy recently made the same decision (since reversed), to disastrous results. Koetter will probably hold onto the play sheet in 2017.
Mon, Jan 2, 2017 04:05:00 PM

New Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said he will be a more aggressive play caller in 2016.

Koetter said ex-coach Lovie Smith did not specifically tell him to play it conservatively, but he was not as aggressive as he wanted to be while serving as the offensive coordinator. "When you’re the head coach and you’re the play caller, you have a license to be a little bit more aggressive," Koetter said. "You don’t have to worry about the head coach second guessing you; you are the head coach. So you make your game plan and you stick to your game plan." Despite having a big-armed quarterback and several deep threats, the Bucs were middle of the pack in deep shot attempts according to Pro Football Focus. That could change next season.
Tue, Jan 19, 2016 09:22:00 AM

Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said he'll continue to call plays on offense.

The Buccaneers missed the playoffs this year but were vastly improved on offense thanks to Koetter's work with Jameis Winston and Doug Martin. It's unclear who the Buccaneers plan to hire as offensive coordinator (quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian is a strong possibility) but whoever lands the job will be playing second fiddle to Koetter.
Fri, Jan 15, 2016 03:04:00 PM

Bucs promoted OC Dirk Koetter to head coach.

The Bucs went through an eight day dog-and-pony show after firing Lovie Smith, but have settled on the candidate everyone thought they were going to hire. Koetter revived Doug Martin in 2015 while overseeing Jameis Winston's solid rookie campaign, but we'd stop short of calling him an offensive guru. One month shy of his 57th birthday, Koetter's head coaching experience is three years at Boise State followed by a failed stint at Arizona State. The Bucs may have been better off simply keeping their 2015 arrangement, though they obviously feared Koetter getting hired away as someone else's head coach.
Thu, Jan 14, 2016 06:04:00 PM

FOX Sports' Alex Marvez reports Bucs OC Dirk Koetter has not been offered Tampa Bay's head-coaching job yet.

PFT reported Koetter has begun informing assistant coaches he'll be the Bucs' next head man, but multiple reports since have stated Koetter is only lining up a coaching staff, and has not yet been offered or taken any job. We still believe it's only a matter of time before Koetter replaces Lovie Smith.
Wed, Jan 13, 2016 09:03:00 PM reports Bucs OC Dirk Koetter has begun informing assistant coaches that he will be Tampa Bay's next head coach.

It's a strong sign Koetter will replace Lovie Smith, as expected immediately after Lovie's firing. It's unclear when the Bucs will hold a presser to announce Koetter's promotion, but we suspect it'll happen by no later than early next week. Koetter's offense is in good shape and on the rise, but GM Jason Licht badly needs to add multiple quality pass defenders this offseason.
Wed, Jan 13, 2016 08:28:00 PM

Bucs OC Dirk Koetter interviewed for the team's head-coaching position on Tuesday.

Koetter is the heavy favorite to replace Lovie Smith, but also interviewed with the 49ers last weekend. In the end, it's hard to see how Koetter doesn't end up the Bucs' next head man. It seems to have been the plan all along.
Tue, Jan 12, 2016 03:34:00 PM

ESPN's Mark Dominik believes Bucs OC Dirk Koetter will be Tampa Bay's next head coach.

Dominik was the general manager in Tampa Bay from 2009-13 and likely still has connections in the organization. Dominik did cryptically say there is another candidate who "could trump" Koetter, but that coach is apparently still in the playoffs. ESPN's Josina Anderson believes Dominik is talking about Cardinals OC Harold Goodwin, who interviewed for the position last week. Koetter has been the favorite since Lovie Smith was fired last week, but the Bucs are taking their time. Koetter reportedly "really impressed" the 49ers in his interview with them Saturday.
Mon, Jan 11, 2016 10:08:00 AM

According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Dirk Koetter "really impressed" the 49ers in his head coaching interview on Saturday.

Koetter wasn't considered the frontrunner for the job but that may have changed after Saturday's interview. John DeFilippo, Chip Kelly and Anthony Lynn have also interviewed for San Francisco's head coaching vacancy while Bengals OC Hue Jackson will meet with the Niners on Sunday. Buccaneers GM Jason Licht still considers Koetter a "very strong candidate" to replace Lovie Smith as head coach.
Sun, Jan 10, 2016 09:32:00 AM

The Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows reports the 49ers interviewed Bucs OC Dirk Koetter for their head-coaching vacancy on Saturday.

The 49ers requested permission earlier in the week, and Tampa Bay had reportedly failed to get back to their request, but it sounds like they finally granted it. Koetter seems poised to land a head job after his work with Jameis Winston and Doug Martin this season. The Bucs seem to be the favorite to retain Koetter after firing Lovie Smith, but that's no lock at this point. He has options.
Sat, Jan 9, 2016 04:53:00 PM