While Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter is expected to be fired following Sunday’s game against the Falcons, NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport says no final decision has been made, at least as far as what he is hearing.

Rapaport, who is very plugged in among the NFL circles and is considered one of the most reliable NFL insiders, thinks Sunday’s game will be Koetter’s last, but sais on Sunday morning Koetter hasn’t been informed by the Glazers that he will be let go.

While Koetter hasn’t officially received his fate from ownership, on his radio show on Friday night, Koetter sounded like a man who can see the writing on the wall and said, “Whether I’m here or not, I’ll always be a Bucs fan.”

The Monday following the final weekend of NFL games is known as “Black Monday” and most likely Koetter will be among at least four head coaches around the league who will be let go. With a 19-28 record and possibly two back to back 5-11 seasons, combined with thousands of empty seats each game at Raymond James Stadium, Koetter most likely will coach his final game for the Buccaneers later this afternoon.

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
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Buc stops here
2 years ago

Why distract the coach with what he expects before the game? Is this really news? What happens on Monday is the news – fired or not.

SelmonRules1000
SelmonRules1000
2 years ago

It is what it is. People have to fill the 24 hr news (media) cycle. Koetter is not villain. He is just not a head coach. He is an OC or a quarterbacks coach. Which can be challenging with a guy like Winston. Does Winston every do drills off season to improve his precision and accuracy? I am talking drop it in the bucket type of throws. That is needed for the smaller speedy WRs. Winston comes across as the guy that does not listen until he crashes. He might have brief moment of reflection and then just move on.… Read more »

scubog
Reply to  SelmonRules1000
2 years ago

Winston and Brees are different types of QB’s and play different styles. Montana vs Marino. I seem to recall the Chargers thinking so little of Drew Brees after his 4th season that he was allowed to depart and eventually sign with the Saints after the Dolphins took a whiff and passed. Perhaps if they’d been more patient………….just saying. I don’t think anyone has ever questioned Winston’s work ethic and off-season efforts to improve his game. I do think this past Training Camp was less effective for his development with his pending suspension requiring that he get less repetitions. Then, during… Read more »

last fan standing
Reply to  scubog
2 years ago

scubog your are on point as usual. I agree the whole suspension and fitzmagic phenomenon really messed up this year for him. As for the coach i don’t see him surviving two 5-11 seasons. If you think the stands are empty now and the fan base is apathetic bringing him back will make it worse. Plus i think he just is not a good in game coach or head coach in general. As for the GM I think he is also shown the door. For one its curious that he has not attempted to sign a player like Hump before… Read more »

SelmonRules1000
SelmonRules1000
Reply to  scubog
2 years ago

It is not a message of Drew Brees and the Chargers. You can go down the list. It is the fact that no matter what Winston is not a precise or accurate quarterback that needs very tall WRs to throw to. He had these issues in college and he has had them the last four years as a pro. He has not fixed them. Further, he simply turns the ball over too much; called bad decision making. He is not going to change. You need a 50/50 play book with this guy. He will never be a top ten QB… Read more »

surferdudes
2 years ago

I don’t know what kind of drills Winston does, or doesn’t do, but he’s always been known as a hard worker. As far as Koetter goes, I can’t see him coming back. Maybe the Glazer’s will do it right this time, and find the right G.M., president of football opperations to come in, and lead the coaching search. They need help picking a coach, they’re god awful at it.

BUC-ASS-BOB
2 years ago

The glaciers were not born into football their dad didn’t buy the team until they were older they’re not football people they need to hire a GM that is a football guy that was a football guy since he was a baby the NFL forces decisions on weak owners that are not necessarily good for the team but good for the NFL they need a strong GM to stand up and say no Lovie is a perfect example of that

owlykat
2 years ago

Hopefully Licht and Buckner have convinced Arians to be our next Buc’s Coach and the Boy Owners are keeping it close to the vest so they can make a BIG SPLASH news conference right after announcing they have fired Clueless Koetter (“If I knew how to fix it I would alrea