As first reported by Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter will not be fired and will remain the team’s head coach for 2018.

Koetter is 13-18 in his two seasons as the head coach of the Bucs, including a 4-11 record so far this season.

The decision to keep Koetter for a third season as head coach – and fourth season working with quarterback Jameis Winston – is likely because the ownership and front office personnel believes that Winston’s progression over the last few week is more telling than the team’s early season struggles when he may have been hurt. That would have resulted in a better record this season.

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

One year ago the Bucs lost a handful of tiebreakers that forced them to sit on the outside looking in on the playoffs after finishing 9-7. The team is hoping consistency with Koetter can have them on the other side of things in 2018 with health more on their side.

While the report could be accurate, it is worth noting former Bucs GM Mark Dominik and head coach Greg Schiano were also told they would be back for 2014 before being a fired a few days later. The Bucs ended that season with a 42-17 loss to the Saints and Dominik and Schiano were canned the following day.

It is not known if the Glazers did in fact reach out to Jon Gruden who was strongly rumored to be the first choice to replace Koetter if he were to be fired. It is also possible Gruden declined the opportunity to purse the job.  The Glazers might have weighed the facts of the tough circumstances of a season marred with a hurricane and crucial injuries along with the progression of a healthy Winston.

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]
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Pete Wood

Best news I’ve heard all day. The Bucs don’t need to become the Browns.

I hope they keep Smith too.

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SappAttack

fucking worst comment of all time. Smith? GTFOH

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BucWonder

I think Smith stays too. He deserves another year, this time with an actual pass rush.

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jshumaker

regardless if you disagree with pete’s comment, he has just as much right to post as you do

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arizonajoe

Hey, I am glad. It makes sense to me. I don’t think two years is long enough for a head coach unless your name is Greg Schiano then two years is two too many.

Alright Dirk, let’s fire it up!!!

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Big Wheel 80

We should be pounding the rock next year, to many mistakes managing games last two years. Please at least get rid of Smity

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Bucsfan1983

Need to take a RB within first three rounds in draft. Martin and Sims need to go. I’m good with Quizz and Barber staying.

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Buc 1976

I am going to agree with you Bucfan. I also think Barber can be a good RB given the chance. As to Quizz not as sure C.Sims he has been a big disappointment and needs to be traded IF POSSIBLE at best we could get a 6th rd for him.

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Bucsfan1983

I keep Quizz, as I said he and Barber are good second, third RBs. Martins and Sims can GTFO like last year. I wanted Licht to draft Cook or Hunt last draft, and not taking a RB is biting him in the ass.

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devasher

So rather than just break with “Sources (Jason Licht) indicate I was dead wrong about Gruden all along”, Scott backtracks this morning in the most weaseley way possible on his Fab 5, literally contradicting himself and tying himself into knots trying to spin his take on Koetter. Dirk, you may not have impressed me this year with some awful decisionmaking, but I would never try to trip over myself trying to change my story at the last second, and I figure most decent, honorable people wouldn’t either. I can’t say the same about everyone however, and now you know who… Read more »

SappAttack

booooooo

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slaythembucs

He should give up play calling or else we will continue to suck.

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Pete Wood

Give our OC a chance to call plays.

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Big Wheel 80

At least Dirk will feel comfortable tanking this week probably why he was informed today

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Big Wheel 80

No run game for another season probably keep Dougie to what a joke

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bucsmaniac

Offense not the problem this year the defense has lost our season worst in every category…

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martinii

Now we can focus on improvement and talent. Really, Really glad they didn’t make another HC Change. Especially if they were thinking about Chucky.

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Bucsfan1983

I wanted to bring Gruden back. But I’m fine with this, IF he gives play calling to Todd Monken and fires Mike Smith.

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Buc-Up

If they fire Smith, then they’re going to have to guarantee or front load the next DC’s contract. Otherwise, I doubt they’ll anyone good to come here if they think it’s only for one year!

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devasher

Yes, how on earth should they expect a legitimate DC to come in with a HC who is, at best, coaching for one more year. Generally that isn’t what you expect to lure top prospects at the position.

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Bucsfan1983

Good point Buc UP and Dev.

So solution, fire Mike Smith. Promote LB coach Mark Duffner. We can’t go thru another season with Smith running the defense, that’s how bad things were on that side of the ball this season. 2018 will be a show me what you can do. If we have another bad season and Glazers move on from Koetter in Winter of 2018, then no worries about a one year DC.

Gruden brings his own staff in 2019 😉

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SappAttack

fake news

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stlbucsfan

This is awful news. First we retain Rockhead for another season now we get another year of Dirks vanilla game plans and clueless game management. The Fab 5 makes a lot more sense now, rather than admit the Bucs are making a mistake you chose to spin it like somehow this foolishness makes sense. Maybe the ability to hear Jason Licht ramble on in the offseason about incorrect player assessments is worth telling the truth. I can hear it now “man Donovan Smith graded out well over the last 8 quarters of football to end this season” “Spence is back… Read more »

devasher

It’s funny what some people are willing to trade self respect for. Apparently for at least one editor it’s an offseason sit down on the record and the deluded belief of “inside access” which essentially equates to pimping 2nd round kickers for your bro’ Jason while trying to equate him as a better judge of talent that the only GM to build a super bowl winner, have a winning record and 41 pro bowlers in 6 seasons. Which is basically the same as drafting Kendell Beckwith in the 3rd round or something… Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes… Read more »

SappAttack

post of the day

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billbyrne

Keeping Koetter and Lycht was a good football and business decision. If you have watched the last three Bucs games, they played with passion and a determination to win against good teams. They have not quit and that is a tribute to Koetter. I am also sure Koetter has agreed to make some coaching and player changes, that are very much needed, to keep from being fired. This was a dismal year and that’s just the way it happens sometimes and hopefully next year the coaches and players will focus during the off-season and NOT believe all the pre-season hype… Read more »

devasher

If “you have watched the last three Bucs games” you watched them….lose all three. If we are going with a business analogy and I say that the CEO of my business is 21-42 over the past 4 years, one of the worst brands in the field for the third time out of four years and the worst results of any CEO of my company in a quarter century, you’d have the toughest time explaining to me why retaining or extending him is a good “business decision.” I’ve always equated “business” with making decisions off of ‘results’ but maybe you can… Read more »

BucFan circa76

The Glazers made a wise business choice. You CANNOT fire coaches every two years and expect to have a heap of top level possibilities wanting to be the next one. Fair weather fans have been fanning the Fire Koetter flames for a couple months now and I for one am thankful they saved our organization from national embarrassment by NOT making their 4th head coach firing in 6 YEARS!!! I’m not pleased with everything on and off the field this season. I’m also not pleased that he hasnt been equipped with the best personnel to get the job done. There’s… Read more »

devasher

You realize the irony in your post is that you are on one hand praising one of the worst ownership groups in the NFL (by record) for continuity then simultaneously explaining that firing the DC who has also been on the job for 2 years will help solve the problem. Where is the continuity argument there? Smitty was thought highly of when he was hired and got a large extension last year after some success with some proclaiming it was the most important offseason signing of the year. But one year’s result in a two year process is enough for… Read more »

scubog

Always enjoy your posts Bill. Wish they were more frequent.

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surferdudes

Gruden, or bust. It looks like we’re busted! We can hope Dirk gives up play calling, we can hope Smitty is replaced, don’t count on it. Smith is Dirk’s friend, and handed picked by him, besides the Glazer’s paid him a boat load in a new contract last year. They are all back on a one year, prove it deal.

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WinstonMVP

I’m Happy! Changing Coach’s every two years doesn’t work. Not that every Coach deserves a third year. I believe Coach Koetter deserves a third year. ( even though I would have understood if they did fire Koetter ). The NFL is so up and down every year. You cant expect every coach to never have a bad year early in there HC career. Yeah Coach made some bonehead mistakes this year but Mike Smith didn’t help this team much or Coach Koetter. We all know we need more pieces even with some misses by Licht in FA. But Licht needs… Read more »

Buccluck

It’s amazing how 3 games of “fighting hard” has saved koetters job. What about the 6 game losing streak when we were a laughing stock?

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Ja'crispy

I’m not buying this yet. Like the article said, they told Schiano he wasn’t going to be fired and a few days later they fired him.

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JustaBuc

I’m with you. As much as I would like this to be true, I’ll wait till this Monday to breathe.

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SappAttack

0-6 in the division won’t save Dirk, period.

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Mr. Incredible

I’m out. Can’t take this team anymore. Gruden was my only hope. I’m following my 8 year old to being a Patriot’s fan.

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Joyce Baughman

Isn’t that kind of like being a “fair weather” friend? Though I want very much to see the Buc’s as winners, they are my team.. good or bad….Could never love another team as I do the Buc’s. Though I lived in Tampa 56 yrs. and am now residing in Montana, I would never consider transferring my loyalty to another team. Yes, everyone wants to win…but not at the expense of jumping ship. There are a few things more important than winning, and if my “Buc’s” aren’t doing it as often as we hoped, they are still my guys! Always will… Read more »

Jlog

We haven’t had fair weather for over a decade now…

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4girls

Do what you have to do, Mr. Incredible. But, pinning your hopes on a coach who hasn’t been on the sidelines in nearly a decade is risky. Kind of like being a Buc fan in the first place. Enjoy being a Patriot fan. Just curious, what happens if the Bucs do well next year?

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WinstonMVP

Bye! Buc Fan since 1980. Always will be! GO BUCS!!!

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4girls

Are the Bucs frustrating in every freaking way? Damn straight. I’ve been a Buc fan since I was six (1977) and have never set foot in Florida. I grew up in Oregon and now live in Washington state. Being a Buc fan through the 80’s in the NW was a special kind of torture. Kind of like having a new coach every two years. Is Koetter the guy? Honestly, I have no idea. There are some positives and some serious concerns for him. Will they be able to find a DC if they fire Smith? Probably not a big name.… Read more »

WinstonMVP

Great Post!! I agree 100%

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Amo

I’m ok with the decision. Koetter must give up play-calling duties and, as a few of my fellow fans pointed out, we must draft a running back in the first three rounds. I’m assuming we will draft either Chubb, Fitzpatrick or Barkely pending on who falls to us. Lastly, we need two offensive lineman, a safety and two corners. Go Bucs and Happy New Year to everyone.

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seat26

I am surprised, but thankfully so. It may not be a perfect situation, but as another poster said, We do not want to become the Browns. I would imagine that Smith is gone. And if we can continue to have quality drafts and maybe even at the positions we need, and improve our Free Agent haul, We can turn this around. Go Bucs!

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Ken Grant

Refusing to admit a mistake and not moving on is worse than the mistake itself.

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Buc76

What a joke. Gruden either turned them down or is staying at ESPN. I will not pay to watch this next year. Koetters offense is a joke. This team will be 6 and 10 next year at best

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his father

dirk koetter retire bitcc

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macabee

As I stated earlier today, I have no objection to retaining Koetter for another year. Everybody now knows that teams do not depend on ticket sales for their money. Fans can no longer threaten to not buy season tickets or attend games. The lion’s share of shared and guaranteed revenue come from TV contracts, hence no more blackouts. But the owner/fan relationship is important for lots of other reasons. Brand loyalty, community, and public relations are essential. I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop. Psychologically fans need to see that something changed – anything to have hope that this… Read more »

buc run

I am disappointed. I feel Dirk is over is head as a head coach. He doesn’t know how to effectively use all of our weapons. Poor in game decisions and time management. If Gruden was our coach this year, you bet we wouldn’t have this record. My hopes were high with Gruden. Now, I feel we are settling for mediocrity. I hope not. I love my Bucs, but 10 years of this is quite enough. Both Dirk and Smith did not use the players correctly and were not creative. I hope we are not the bottom cellar dwellers in the… Read more »

pinkstob

At least I don’t have to hear anymore about Gruden. I never wanted him back and I never thought he was coming back anyway.

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htownbucfan03

Now I say the next hires should be an experienced oc who call plays a new dc and new special teams guy. I have little faith in Dirk but start out with these three hires and we see how it goes. Let the oc bring his plays in we need fresh ideas

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Bucsfan1983

Todd Monken will do more than fine calling plays

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Bucsfan1983

Those that voted -2, are sleeping on Todd Monken. Do some research on him. He should have been calling plays this season.

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Buc76

The Bucs don’t get the benefit of the doubt next year.. this is one of the worst teams in the NFL and keeping Koetter says they don’t care if they stay that way. I can spend 2500 dollars for my 2 tickets on plenty of other things. I am out on buying tickets until I see a proven winner

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scubog

I don’t believe it 76. We’ve been through too much to bail now.

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Garv

Many bandwagon fans feel that way. Come and go based on expectations on wins alone. This is nothing new.

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XpfcWintergreen

As die hard Bucs fan I was as disappointed as anyone this season. I am a fan with just average football knowledge. Much of my “analysis” is based mainly on many years of observing the NFL. I depend on Pewter Report and other sources plus the discussions that occur here to arrive at my conclusions. I really don’t like the “win now” mentality. No sustained winning organization with that mentality comes to mind. I think that the decision to continue with the current regime looks to be wiser than more dramatic changes and another roll of the dice would have.… Read more »

sunshineben

how many season tkt holders who pay $$ agree with the decision ? Another $2300 to spend and I bet losers again.. this SUCKS!!

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Big Wheel 80

Please reconsider Glazer boys we want Chucky. This offense is out dated and the defense is horrible no in game adjustments always out coached we need to be pounding the rock!

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gafikdetail

get ready for more of the same mediocrity

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surferdudes

Gruden once said, it ain’t about the X’s, and O’s, it’s about the Jimmy’s, and Joe’s. I put more blame on Licht for our failures, then coaching. Our D line has no one good. Don’t want to debate McCoy. Our O line is average at best. Staying pat at R.B. with a talented class to choose from was just plain dumb. What we need is a new president of football operations, like what the Jags have with Coughlin. If you don’t trust the coaches, I trust Licht’s judgement even less. Everything he sold us from the O line, to the… Read more »

devasher

If this team had an inconsistent record against teams (beating the good ones and losing to the bad ones) then ordinarily you blame the coach because the coaching staff is often blamed for teams that are ‘playing down to the level of their opponent.’ In this case, the team hasn’t beaten a single team .500 or over, all wins are against the other dregs of the NFL and Scott and Co. have proclaimed that it’s this consistency that is to show that Koetter is to blame and not Licht and the talent….which is sort of counter to my decades of… Read more »

matador

If Winston plays like he has the last few weeks we could be a 9-7 team next year. That is if he stays upright behind our porous OL. I guess I should be excited about that. But whatever we achieve will be despite Koetter’s unimaginative offense, poor game planning, limp-wristed leadership and failure to adjust at halftime, not because of him. And it will be less than what Gruden could have accomplished. Now we’ll not have time to see what a proven head coach can get out of Winston before signing him to a $100+ million contract. I agree with… Read more »

Garv

It is, IMO, the right decision and I commend the Glazers for making it. The problem clearly is not having the horses to make the plays, particularly on defense. Edge rushing along with the CB and RB positions will be addressed this offseason. Coaches learn from mistakes as well as players. Expect a much tougher training camp and multiple players cut long before then.

I’m looking forward to a much improved Buccaneers team taking the field in 2018.

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Randy H.

Garv, agree with you 100%. A few weeks ago (before SR used it in his Fab 5), I said that I was torn between if this year was the anomoly or last year. It appears that the Glazer’s think it was this year and the way the team has hung in there and not given up the last few weeks, I do to. Sorry that I hadn’t been up in my seat the last few games, I was down with my friend in the 110 section. I won’t be there tomorrow either, Chuck will. See you next year. Rate this… Read more »

Garv

See you next season Randy. We missed you in 311. We seem to have a good time despite some of the scores. Being loud with a sense of humor helps!

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Bucsfan1983

The Raiders are going to go after Gruden and offer him ownership stake. Damn the Glazers f’d this up. 🙁

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