Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter will be fired after Week 17
Fox Sports NFL insider Jay Glazer is reporting that Dirk Koetter, head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will be fired after week 17.
Glazer on coaches who will be fired: Bowles, Gregg (Two G) Williams, Marvin Lewis, Vance Joseph, Joe Philbin, Dirk Koetter, Steve Wilks.
— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) December 30, 2018
Koetter was hired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to become their offensive coordinator in 2015, and after the firing of Lovie Smith, Koetter was hired on January 15, 2016 as the head coach. Koetter was tasked with building an offense that second-year quarterback, Jameis Winston could thrive in.
The 2016 season was the tandem’s high point, as the Bucs went 9-7 and just missed the playoffs, but they followed it up with a disappointing 2017 in which they went 5-11.
This year, the Bucs started out hot. Winston was suspended for the first three games of this season after the NFL suspended him for violating the league’s personal conduct policy — Winston allegedly groped a female Uber driver in 2016 — but Ryan Fitzpatrick led the Bucs to a 2-1 record over that span, which included win against their division rival New Orleans and the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.
However, Fitzpatrick came back down to Earth, and Winston reclaimed the job after Fitzpatrick struggled in Week 4. Neither could hold onto the starting job, Winston was benched in Week 8, but secured the job for the rest of the season in Week 11.
As of Week 16, the Bucs are 5-10 and facing off against another division rival, the Atlanta Falcons today. Earlier in the day, they announced that they would bring back Winston for the fifth and final year of his rookie deal. While it appears that there will be a new face on Tampa’s sideline, there will be some degree of stability in Tampa with Winston staying under center.