Cover 3 is a weekly feature column written by PewterReport.com’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat writer Trevor Sikkema published every Tuesday. The column, as its name suggests, comes in three phases: a statistical observation, an in-depth film breakdown, and a “this or that” segment where the writer asks the reader to chose between two options.

Sikkema’s Stat of the Week

“And now, the end is near
And so I face the final curtain
My friend, I’ll say it clear
I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain
I’ve lived a life that’s full
I’ve traveled each and every highway
And more, much more than this
I did it my way”

Like the tone of the famous Frank Sinatra tune, it seems as though time is running out for Dirk Koetter as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – unless they go on one heck of a winning streak at the end of the season that nobody sees coming.

For this, you can point to a few reasons. First of all, the team has not won under Koetter’s leadership, and that is truly where evaluations start and finish. At 3-6, Koetter is now 17-24 (.414) as a head coach. After missing out on the playoff following a 9-7 season, he has since gone 5-11 – with what was proclaimed to be perhaps the most talented team the Buccaneers have had since their Super Bowl era – and is now poised to repeat such a record, with even more adjustments and additions made to both the coaching staff and the roster.

Koetter has failed, in that regard, but that is not the only area he has come up short.

Former Bucs K Roberto Aguayo - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Former Bucs K Roberto Aguayo – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

When it comes to talent evaluation, both he and general manager Jason Licht have dropped the ball. How much each man has to do with decisions of ultimately bringing guys in or signing them to extensions is unclear, though Licht, by title, likely does most of the heavy lifting, and shall get his own share of blame in all this. But players like cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, kicker Roberto Aguayo, defensive end Noah Spence, defensive Vita Vea and tackle Ronald Jones all look like misses on the draft scene in the first two rounds, while players like defensive tackle Chris Baker, safeties T.J. Ward and J.J. Wilcox, and kickers Nick Folk and Chandler Catanzaro hurt as free agents.

Then you have to talk about talent outlook, an area that has also been shaky at best. The team decided to give big payouts to players like defensive end William Gholston and tight end Cameron Brate for contracts they will likely not live up to (not all the player’s fault). There’s also been the unrealistic optimism for guys like left tackle Donovan Smith, former guard Kevin Pamphile, guard Caleb Benenoch and cornerback Brent Grimes. Players that were kept around because the staff and the front office believed their own lies that they could make players into something they’re not.

But not all of that is on Koetter. Some of that falls on the failure of his staff to properly develop players. But that, too, is a problem, as it is his staff.

Defensive line coach Jay Hayes coached the Buccaneers into the worst defensive line in the NFL two years ago – and it took them 40 days after the season to fire him. George Warhop has been the offensive line coach for even longer than Koetter has been head coach, and yet the Buccaneers offensive line continues to be underwhelming, and has never gelled as a unit, under his tutelage.

Defensive coordinator Mike Smith not only had one of the worst defenses in the league for the last three seasons, but was also the highest paid coordinator while doing so. Change there didn’t come until it was too late. Quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian has been with the team since 2015, and with him, quarterback Jameis Winston’s progression has been so meaningless that he sits on the bench.

And that brings up another area where Koetter has failed, likely the most important of them all: how he’s dealt with Winston.

The entire reason Koetter was hired was because Tampa Bay thought they would lose him to another team in the offseason and wanted to keep consistency with him and Winston as Winston progressed from his rookie season. I don’t know if Koetter ever really believed in Winston or what, but it’s clear now that Winston was not his choice. If he was, he’d be his guy right now, even in the struggles.

Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

As a first-time head coach, Koetter is truly realizing what it takes to be the unquestioned leader of a team. He has delegated more duties than he likely has wanted to. He’s also had to make decisions that appear to be over his head or out of his area of expertise. Head coaches have to be managers more than anything else. They have to know how to deal with and evaluate players and people on levels coordinators don’t have to. It’s a bigger jump than you think, one that appeared to be too big for Koetter.

This Monday, Koetter made it loud and clear that he’s had enough. He made it clear that if this is it, if he’s going down, then dammit, he’s going to do it his way.

Long-term, there’s no reason for Winston to not be the starting quarterback this Sunday in New York. There’s no excuse for it. It makes absolutely no sense for a team that is all but mathematically eliminated from playoff contention to keep playing a 35-year-old quarterback when the 24-year-old franchise hopeful sits on the bench. The only way it makes sense is if Koetter believes that it’s his best chance to win a singular football game with Fitzpatrick with zero sight or care into the future beyond the next Sunday. And it appears like that’s what he’s doing.

It does not make sense for Koetter to take back play calling the way he did against Washington, and it makes even less sense for his reasoning. Koetter has said the Buccaneers have needed to run the ball more after their loss to Pittsburgh – a game that I believe shook him as a coach.

All week the Buccaneers talked about the physicality of Washington being their strength. So Koetter took play calling back to run the ball more? Right into their strength? Knowing full well that one of their starting corners was hurt and they had a new safety? And not to mention the fact that if they passed and score more that meant the Bucs defensive line could stay on attack mode against a beat up Washington offensive line, and it could get Washington’s best player off the field (Adrian Peterson).

How did that make any sense? It didn’t. Sense isn’t the right word. Stubborn is. It was Koetter wanting to do it his way.

Koetter recently said it is undecided whether or not he’ll call plays against New York. Todd Monken had great success as the play-caller early on, but the second adversity struck, Koetter panicked. If I were a betting man, I’d tell you Koetter got a lot more involved in play-calling decision making long before that Washington game.

Take play-calling back for the rest of the season, Dirk. That’s the decision you made when you took it back to face Washington. It has bothered you since after the Steelers game. The emphasis on controlling the game and running the ball has not worked, but it is what you continue to want to do. So you did it.

You don’t trust Monken. That message was perfectly clear. Don’t pretend like you do. It’s your ship. Sail it to treasures or go down as it sinks.

Photo by Mary Holt/Pewter Report

I think that’s what he’s doing. I think in Koetter’s mind, he is tired of the people he’s delegated decisions to costing him his job. Make no mistake, Koetter is fully to blame here, too. I’m not trying to say he isn’t. But him telling the media he didn’t really have a message for the team after their 16-3 loss at home where they broke an NFL record for least amount of points score with over 500 yards gained told me all I needed to know.

Koetter isn’t an NFL head coach.

You are hired for that exact reason. You’re hired to be able to look at that locker room, with all that talent and resources brought in, and be able to give them a message for them to believe in and a speech to stay the course. If you didn’t have a message for the team last week, if there weren’t any positives to be said, then why is Fitzpatrick starting at QB on Sunday going to give you the best chance to win?

I don’t think Koetter believes this team can win many more games – players failing to execute has a lot to do with that, too. Too much back-and-forth going on with too much uncertainty. But whatever the results, he’s going to do it his way.

You never know whether or not a guy is ready to be a head coach until he is, but it’s not like there are proven head coaches just sitting on the streets. The Bucs took a chance on Koetter and it failed. It was the right call to try him in 2016, but it just hasn’t worked out. Koetter couldn’t handle the adjustments needed for success. He had his way and he didn’t budge, at least not enough. Koetter is a good offensive mind, but the head coaching responsibilities have proven to be too much, for whatever reason.

But, while he is the coach for a little while longer, he’s going to do things his way, and you know what? I respect him for that. I respect him for not wanting to take any credit or blame that he doesn’t deserve either way. And as this Buccaneers season goes down as another failure, that’s exactly what he’ll do.

He’s done delegating.

He’s done hearing “you have to do this” or “you have to do that.”

He’s the captain.

Whatever comes at the end of his road and however quick it comes, he’ll do it his way.

In a way, he always has.

“Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew
But through it all, when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out
I faced it all and I stood tall
And did it my way”

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46 COMMENTS

  1. Its about a bad as you can get. The Glazers need to look in the mirror and realize they need President of Football Operations Like a Dungy, Parcells or Polian. They can say its their team but they need to give up control. That’s the only way this team can succeed in the future.

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    • Been sayin this for years. Some say Dungy is to soft. But I think not. Don’t let his conservative demeanor fool you. He knows Football! Parcells though, would break the bank. Glazers Haven’t a clue. They’ve had none since the old man (with the balls) Died. This team is going nowheres until they..make up their minds to get some football knowledgeable people in here who knows what the hell they are doing. I watch the Giants last night. They got nothin.Ok..they got Barkley. Now watch us resurrect Mannings career come Sunday. He’s having his worst yr ever. But not against these Bucs.

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    • These bridges are burned. Dungy wants nothing to do with the Glazers. Parcells has already said no to the Bucs as he is retired. Polian while great has no interest in getting back into the GM role as well.

      Proposing old greats that have no interest does no one any good. The Bucs are going to have to strike a new path forward and the scary thing is, the Glazer brothers have no clue. Note ever since Malcom has died the team has demoted Jim McKay (the one good GM they had) and ran him out of town allowing Gruden to call all the shots on players. Then they fired Gruden realizing he had too much control and was running the team into the ground with his love for old players. Since then they have had made one bad decision after another. They tried Mark Dominick and then hiring Raheem Morris who was ill prepared to become head coach. Then Schiano for two years. The list of bad hires goes on and on and on.

      In fact, name one good decision the Glazer sons have made since they took over from Malcom. Any one. You can’t. They have not made any good decisions since Malcom had his stroke. Zero. They are about to change the GM and coach again most likely, but it won’t result in anything different. The people at the top are not changing and they have proven now for almost 15 years they have no idea what to do.

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      • Tony got put in the Ring of Honor by the Glazer boys … the bridge is rebuilt.

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      • When did we have Jim McKay running things, again? Rich, maybe? Even John McKay, perhaps? Jokes, I’ve vot them. But, yeah, letting Rich McKay leave the building(or showing him out, as it were) was almost the dumbest thing this franchise EVER did….. Almost.

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  2. Koetter is toast and I cant wait for it. Hes completely lost his team, takes play calling when it wasnt even necessary, and now plays a 35 year old journeyman turnover machine. His draft picks have been worthless the last two years, and hes clueless int he field. Hes thrown a challenge flag late in a game 2 out of the last three weeks when he couldn’t even throw one. Hes done, and the players dont believe in him.
    He cant even make the right coaching changes. What is Warhol still doing here when this line has sucked for years? Why not fire mike smith during the buy week? Personally I cant wait till.him and his ventricle offense go. No creativity and hes dumb enough as you said trevor to get in the redzone and sit oj damn Howard! Why?! You’re biggest mismatch is on the bench! And then he even admits it himselfevery game, “if I could out a finger on what’s wrong ,I’d fix it” he says. Well maybe you’re what’s wrong coach. I’d fire him after the giants game if they lose. Good riddance koetter.

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    • Warhol? Like Andy? What did we purchase in the “buy week”? I kid. Seriously, though, what you said, I think, is what A LOT of us have been wondering

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  3. bucs gm need to go also as he has failed bringing enough talent to compete

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  4. Dirk lost me last year actually. When he let Tyrod Taylor put 30 points on the team, I was done. This team cannot operate when they are under any kind of pressure to win with Koetter are the HC.

    I really hope the Bucs give strong consideration to Matt Campbell to be the next head coach. Probably not the first choice on people’s lists, but I know he’s a detail and discipline guy and this team with it’s current roster needs that. He would make this team better where it counts, wins and loses.

    I really wish that the Bucs would just fire Dirk and Licht now. Let the fans know that they care enough to take action and that this is not acceptable.

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    • Great analysis of Koetter, Trevor. Excellent writing. TheBaron70 has it right. He lost me last year too, and doubled down when he kept Mike Smith after the terrible job he did as DC last year. Even when he makes the right decisions, he makes them way too late. He is a good coach, but not good enough to be an NFL HC. Should have stayed in the college ranks.
      Also agree he should go now. To stay one more game is another too-late decision. His presence and his attitude are now tearing down the team and demoralizing everyone. Be a man and step down if you’re not going to do your job, Dirk. Be a man.

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    • Buffalo game was bad for sure. There’s one game that I sure thought Dirk should have been fired after, if the Glazers had any football knowledge. The good ole Arizona game week 3 last year I think it was. Dirk gave up before halftime. I’d say if you dont believe it go back and watch it, but nobody wants to do that. A HC threw in the towel before halftime. Then Arians gets the ball back after run run pass punt and goes deep, knowing 24-0 isnt enough. So now at 31-0 and Arians still going for points Dirk has no choice but to air it out. Bucs could and should have come back n won, in spite of their HC. And to top it off Dirk killed a hell of a comeback effort by going for 2 the whole game and not getting them. The guy should have been fired right after that mess. He threw in the towel in the first half. A hc of an nfl team. Inexcusable. Too many more inexcusable examples to list. Glazers havnt a clue which is why this keeps happening. Their HC gave up in front of their eyes and they kept him around another season and counting.

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  5. “Yeah…he jacked us …his…waaaaaaay”!!! As a season ticket holder, playing with my money is like playing with my emotions …quote, Big Worm…. and that’s the truth. You walk away with your salary and I walk away every Sunday feeling like I got taken. We all knew what should have been done in the draft and it was ignored. The GM and HC need to go…period. Seriously, the Owners need to patch it up with Rich McKay and see how they can get him back and I think we’ll start cooking with bacon again!

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  6. Well said.

    Winning teams don’t fire coordinators mid-season. They don’t change quarterbacks, choosing a journeyman over the younger starter. They don’t cut kickers, change play-calling responsibilities or openly state they’ve run out of ways to reach his players.

    Cut the cord. Move on. We’ve seen this story before.

    Turn the page.

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  7. Did Koetter just say in one of his press conferences that he is not going to change the QB because we are still in it this season? How delusional can you get ?

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  8. Koetter lost me last year during the debacle in New Orleans. He had no control over his team and used the excuse that “he didn’t see what happened” when Evans and Winston lost their minds. Watching how Sean Payton responded vs how Dirk responded was all I needed to see. That being said, I respect the Glazers attempting to see if maybe last year was an anomaly and bring him back for year 3, especially after going 9-7 his first year. Dirk seems like a guy I’d like to have a few beers with and talk football. He also seems like a guy that the players really like. For whatever reason though, the discipline on his Bucs teams for the better part of three years just hasn’t been there and for that, he’ll most certainly be gone.

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  9. Crickets on Cover 3 – that is where we are at. The DeBartolos need to do us a solid and pry John Lynch from the 49ers.

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  10. Him throwing the challenge flag last game and saying he knows the rules but did it anyways said a lot too..the man can’t be a head coach..he even hurt his chances of another job as an offensive coordinator with his horrible play calling in Washington.

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  11. I was a big supporter of the Koetter hire and really had high hopes for him…but the proof is in the pudding. Failing to coach up players, failing to hold bad coaches like Warhop accountable, having the wrong personnel on the field as you pointed out, and just poor execution on a weekly basis…all that is bad management and Koetter is the manager of his coaching staff and the players. If your employees don’t perform consistently, its a sign of poor management. He’s gotta go.

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  12. Trevor, c’mon now, are you really THAT dense to write the following:

    “Long-term, there’s no reason for Winston to not be the starting quarterback this Sunday in New York. There’s no excuse for it. It makes absolutely no sense …”

    There is absolutely no sense to ever letting Winston play another down, or to snap the ball in practice every again as a Buc. He’s a bust.. get over it. If he plays just one more snap and gets injured, or even fakes an injury (not hard to do that) or even intentionally injure himself, he gets a guaranteed $21M paycheck in 2019, whether or not he ever plays another down.

    The only way to protect this franchise from Licht’s Reign of Error is to immediately inactivate Winston, like today, never let him suit up again in a Bucs uniform. Wave goodbye to Winston, to Licht, to Koetter, and to probably 2/3 of the current roster.

    THAT is the ONLY sensible move for the Glazers right now – act today, and start getting the bad taste of Winston, Licht, and the entire regime out of our mouths now.

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    • Exactly Naplesfan anyone say different doesn’t comprehend the economics of the game or is just speaking emotionally.

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    • I was thinking that as well. Making it seem like there is truly NO reason is a bit hyperbolic and actually takes a sensible option off the table.

      I love all the pewterreport guys but I just kind of laugh every time they say we need to play Winston the last 7 games and see what we have for next year…lol…guys what do you call the last 3 years? We know what we have, a turnover prone QB with the mind of a 17 year old who hasn’t progressed. To keep him around AT ALL next year means a guaranteed 20 million….no thanks. I say let Fitz finish both the year and his career and make Griffin the back up. Plain and simple.

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      • Not only is Winston turnover prone but his on field decisions are very questionable–last years finale Saints game was evidence–he said he kept forcing it to Evans so he could get a stat–that is hurting the team. He throws the ball into a crowd in the preseason game–somehow Godwin made a catch. Bengals game was essentially 5 int in 3 quarters–yeah 5–the first one went directly into bread basket of Bengals player who dropped it for no good reason. He started the fight with Lattimore in 2017, in 2016 he was penalized for head butting. The pregame Winston “W” rally! ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  13. I hope that the Glazers not start a coaching search, but a President search; and I hope that they do it NOW. Let that person (Tony Dungy?) make the hiring/firing decisions from that point on. And, I think it was Pink that suggested moving on from the unis as well. Everything about this team is turning into a dumpster fire.

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    • Y’all need to get over the idea of Dungy being the Pres. of Football Ops already. He doesn’t want that headache anymore. It’s why he left coaching. Would I love it if that were to happen? ABSO-FVCK!N-LUTELY!!! But I’m not delusional enough to believe it will. DB55, on the other hand, that could happen. But I think we’d have a better chamce of bringing Selmon back from the dead to take over operations than getting Tony out of his cushy job with a nice pay check

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  14. On a side note, after watching some clips of benenoch literally get pushed to his ass on multiple plays. Playing him continuously is a fireable offense in itself.

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    • Agreed. Move Donovan to the right tackle spot, Cappa at right guard(maybe, just maybe he’s worth half-a-damn) and play either Lidtke or Dotson at left tackle(would prefer to see Lidtke there). What do we have to lose at this point?

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  15. This is the best passing game the buc’s have ever had,please keep it.

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  16. Well written article. Agreed.
    Koetter is best off as an OC with a decent roster. I don’t think he was ever comfortable with the horror of learning being a HC wasn’t about the football stuff anymore and he could never get his nose up and out of the dirt. As much as he was proud he finally made it, he didn’t like the job as much as coaching so he tried to do both. He’s not talented enough to pull that off. Even obviously referring personnel decisions to Licht without public opinion. He is a solid coach but definitely part of an older school philosophy (70s-90s) and if you are going to hire a coach that has roots in the old ways, they need to be wild card personalities, master innovators, or dynamic leaders and one-offs, or at the very least more well rounded. Koetter was not a defensive guy. Otherwise you are better off hiring a young untested person. Problem is that the Glazer’s are not amazing talent evaluators when it comes to choosing coaches, so I am worried about them going out and finding someone “youngry”. Maybe the Bucs are just cursed after all. Somewhere out there in a cubicle somewhere, the next great coach is waiting their turn. I hope Team Glazer knows what traits that person should posses. I’m skeptical. My vote would be for them to sell the team. Seen enough. Dungy/Gruden/Kiffen was lucky.

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  17. First off I’ll say we took the best option with the number 1 overall pick. Winston was a heisman trophy winner and national champion. His problems on and off the field were well documented, and they are still there in the nfl. His character off the field (uber groping) and his play on the field (multiple ints a game). We swung and missed with that pick. It’s hard for teams to bounce back after having your franchise qb be a bust.
    We will clean house again after this season gm and coaching staff will be gone. If we tank the rest of the year we could be in a position to draft another potential franchise qb. Keep fitz for 1 more year let the kid learn then see what happens.

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  18. Actually felt sad for Koetter at his Press Conference because he’s just being honest with himself and I respect it.
    I know many of us beat up on Koetter about his DC? I agree if you’re going down after the season is over and you love being an OC, why not hone up your OC skills if the Owners let you continue on?

    I have no clue who our next HC will be.
    Flip a coin; I think that’s what the Glazers.

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  19. You guys are dreaming if you think Dungy is going to give up his cushy gig to jump into the pit of viper’s that are the Glazer boys. Before we talk about who should coach, we should talk about who should manage. For me that wouldn’t be Licht anymore. Ideally the G.M. makes the H.C. pick. I know things are opposite in Buc world so I’ll play along. I’d go the younger O.C. route like LaFeul, or Bieneimey. I don’t want another NFL retread like Turner, and you can keep both Harboughs, Jim’s a complete dick. After the G.M., and H.C. are in place, it’s time to purge the roster. Very few current Buc vets would I keep. Guy’s like McCoy, and David come to mind as players that have been more used to losing, then to turning things around.

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  20. Trevor
    Vita Vea too soon to label as a bust. They called GMC a bust his first two years. Warren Sapp said it takes 3 years to learn how to play DT well.
    VHIII was actually playing good ball. Then he got hurt. Too early to call him a bust or not.
    Licht, Koetter WALK THE PLANK TODAY. Oh, yea. Ankle weights too.

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  21. It is hard to believe that we will likely be starting over completely next year. Will Licht survive? I doubt it with the current mood in Tampa. It was only two yrs ago that we were talking about if we could keep Smith, and how close we were to putting together a Team that might compete for the Super Bowl.
    Now I wonder how many players will actually survive this coming purge.
    Will the Glazer Brain Trust step out of its norm and take a new Coach before the Season ends?
    Not likely. But every passing week makes it tougher for Licht to survive.

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  22. I agree with the others here about knowing what we have in Winston.The only positive thing about playing him now would be to give him more experience of which in my opinion he should have enough of after playing 4 years in the league.

    My problem with playing him now is there is no pressure on him and if he does do well for the rest of the season it still gives us no guarantee that he would continue winning at the beginning of next season.
    At that time if we go back to the Winston we have seen so far we will have wasted another draft,another season, tons more money,and be back to where we are now.

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  23. I know this is small and I’m sorry but that’s an awful throw on the drop by Mike Evans. He’s 6 foot 5 and you throw at his ankles come on now. Can he make that catch yes but it should of never been that hard. Fitzpatrick has to make that throw

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  24. Trevor–this is a really good article, it is accurate all throughout. I would of listed more of the failures of this Bucs administration like Sweezy,Swaggy, Mitch Unrein, Doug Martin. Hoping they can get a first round pick for Winston and this fan base can move on from him too– (I am an ex FSU fan). Honestly this team needs to be gone through with a fine tooth comb and picked clean–gone would be the marginal players that get injured every year like Devante Bond–might as well start fresh with a heavy emphasis on durability and toughness going forward. Gone is Caleb Beneonck–he is not nfl caliber–Koetter keeps trying to make it happen though!

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    • The one thing this year that really makes it clear this gm and coach have to go:
      They had the entire off season to fix the secondary. We got a couple of rookies in the second round and one of them is a bust. Just being honest. We got a player in the 5th round–Whitehead as a safety. No excuse for not getting help in free agency–not acceptable.Our team was ranked #32 in defense! Mike Smith was kept an additional season up until the defense imploded then finally fired–ridiculous.

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  25. I’m a little surprised at the waffling I am hearing and reading about the Bucs starting QB position. Not just from Trevor’s article, either. A week ago, it was all Fitzpatrick, now it’s a flip flop – put Jameis back in?! The reason Fitz is starting this week is simple. There are 7 games to go. Koetter and Licht are gone with one exception. As improbable as it seems, it actually is possible the Bucs win 6 out of the last 7 games – if that happens, Koetter & Licht might keep their jobs. Which quarterback, right now, gives them the best chance to win this Sunday? I say it is Fitz. They say it is Fitz. If the Bucs lose, then we can have this conversation about Jameis – but Winston has had 3.5 seasons to convince me he is the answer. The only thing I’m convinced of right now, is that Jameis is a C+ QB. Do I think he may eventually become an grade A QB? Maybe, but not anytime soon I am sad to say.

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  26. It’s a complete mess right now. Not going to argue anymore about Winston with folks. I say they set him up to fail. I say Fitz is no better other than 2 games this year for whatever reason. Caught people off guard, and O line played decent but who knows why he had two great games. He certainly hasn’t had anything since and doubt seriously he will because it’s a team sport and team is a mess.

    Back to the coach topic here. I supported trying Koetter and agree was probably best move at the time. I started having serious doubts about Koetter last year. Too many things to list. Game management being a big one. Lack of adjustments and seeing us out coached over and over…

    Anyways this year he seems lost to me. I believe him when he says if knew how to fix it he would. I believe he has no clue and is not ready to be a head coach. He honestly to me looks so angry every press conference I have a hard time believing he even wants to keep his job or be here. Sure doesn’t seem like.

    So I think he needs to go. Have no idea what they should do but I agree, without the right person to guide the Glazers I don’t see them Turing the ship around unless just get very lucky.

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  27. If you want the one biggest blunder that did it for me with Koetter, it was keeping Mike Smith this year and not firing him after the bye. There are so many issues, but if defense was even middle of pack average they would have winning record with this offense.

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  28. Biggest blunder (and plenty of them) was keeping Mike Smith this year and not firing at least after the bye. If they had even average defense would have winning record even with shitty O line,no run game, etc etc.

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  30. Malcolm Glazer was the entrepreneur who created the family financial empire. None of the four children seem to have that special something that is needed to be the creative force rather than the manager of the enterprise. (Just as Winston seems to be missing that special dimension that would have made him emerge as the “franchise” quarterback by now.)

    They really do need to bring in a “President of Football Operations.” These PFO types also possess something extra that is not necessarily found in all successful NFL Head Coaches and General Managers as well.

    If Dungy or Polian or whoever else might qualify out there can be persuaded to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers remains to be seen. We fans can only wait and hope.
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  31. I defended the idea of keeping Koetter and Monken given the offense’s performance being ranked so highly this year. I argued that you could keep them, replace the Defensive coaching staff, and improve to a playoff caliber team. I argued that Dirk showed he could make the right decisions for the team. I argued it would be silly to burn the whole thing down.

    That all changed with this game. Koetter’s decision to take back play calling and end up with 500+ yds of offense but only 3 points shows he does not make the right decisions for the team. His decision to continue starting Fitzpatrick shows little regard for the future. His admission to not having the answers shows he has tried everything he can think of, and our current performance is the best he can do.

    Do I think it is likely that a new head coach and staff will solve the team’s problems? Nope – it hasn’t the last few times anyways. But Koetter and company sure won’t solve the problems either.

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  32. Astraypirate, same here. I kind of thought same maybe keep Koetter and Monken since offense was better and just need kicker and couple pieces on o line, but I’ve just seen enough from Koetter he’s an idiot. Time to clean house. Very unfortunate for Bucs fans.

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  33. Tony Dungy is the only Coach who changed the Bucs Culture to a Winning Culture in Buc’s History and he did it in six months and without a wholesale turnover in the existing roster. At first they lost every game for six months but then they won the last seven games in a row and continued winning during his regular seasons until he was fired. He inherited a good offensive line that his GM bolstered with some top free agents and drafted a great RB and excellent FB. However he lacked a Super QB and top WRs and TEs. However he took the players he was given and went with a grinding running game making enough first downs to rest his Defense so they could hold down their opposition’s scoring and then get enough turnovers to get short fields and some pick sixes to win their games. His forte was Defense and he always developed great defenses both here and in Indianapolis. The reason he failed to win playoff games to get to the Super Bowl here was his GM didn’t get him a top QB and receivers so he could pass effectively to win playoff games. When he got to Indianapolis he inherited a top QB and receivers and had a more accomplished Offensive Coordinator. He had to wait some years to develop a top defense but then he won a Super Bowl. By putting his name on our ring of honor the Glazer Brothers should have built a good rapport with him. Then all they would have to fire would be Koetter and Warhop. They should get his agreement to keep our accomplished Offensive Coordinator and that he will not repeat the failed defense that Lovie proved was to easily beat by modern Offenses. And then hire an accomplished proven GM such as the GM with the Titans and not hire a scout with no GM experience again. Dungy was tough and held people
    accountable. If his players did not pay close attention and follow his directions he would ship them out and they knew it, but they all respected him and loved playing for him because they also knew he cared about them and would help them develop and succeed in both football and life. Many of his assistant coaches have become NFL Head Coaches. Dungy has his home in Tampa and been able to spend time with his kids as they grew up. He may be ready for a new challenge!

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