Are the Bucs making the right move by sticking with Dirk Koetter?


Dirk Koetter will return to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next year, despite the team's losing record this season.

But are they making the right move?

Koetter has led the Buccaneers the past two seasons with mixed results.

What's your take? Should the Bucs be giving Koetter one more year to prove himself, or should they have gone in a new direction yet again this offseason? As the head coach, it has been kind of different but Dirk is the man.

Among the reasons for sticking with Koetter includes the fact that Winston suffered a shoulder injury that forced him to miss three games and saw him struggle to play three others while hurt. "Everybody has their different characteristics, but at the end of the day we all love each other".

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"Dirk has been here (since) my first year, " Winston said. He missed three games this season with ac joint sprain in his throwing shoulder. Especially considering all the mitigating circumstances. It'll be interesting to see what happens with the Bucs "D" under coordinator Mike Smith after it's been one of the NFL's more disappointing units, ranked last in sack percentage, 31st in yardage and 24th in points allowed.

However, the defense has regressed under Koetter.

After stints as the head coach of Boise State (98-00) and Arizona State (01-06), Koetter broke into the National Football League as the offensive coordinator of Jaguars in 2007.

It is important for a developing quarterback to have continuity. However, despite a rough 2017 season, the Bucs have enough faith in Koetter to give him at least a third season at the helm to get the team to the playoffs. Expectations were high in 2017 and it's tough to fathom how a team with this much talent has stumbled to a 4-11 record thus far.

Koetter's survival likely is tied directly to the second-half improvements of Jameis Winston.