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Dirk Koetter to return as Bucs coach in 2018

30 December, 2017, 02:11 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter

The news comes after Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported Friday there was "a growing sense in league circles. that Gruden will return to Tampa Bay as the next coach of the Buccaneers".

That said, one of the reasons the Bucs are retaining Koetter, per the report, is that Winston did miss some time with a shoulder injury and has been much sharper since his return.

Winston followed up in Week 16 against the Carolina Panthers by completing 21 of 27 passes (77.8 percent) for 367 yards and a touchdown for a 131.1 passer rating, although he lost three fumbles during the 22-19 defeat.

Both of the coaches before Koetter - Greg Schiano and Lovie Smith - were fired after two seasons. There's still an opportunity that they can clinch the NFC South if they defeat the Atlanta Falcons next week and the New Orleans Saints lose.

"Regardless of what our record says, 'What do you mean, I ain't got nothing to play for?" This is despite a 4-11 record heading into Week 17.

Still, the season was a disappointment for the Buccaneers.

Jackson has been more productive than Baker has been so far, catching 50 passes for 668 yards and three touchdowns, but he's managed just 47.7 yards per game, the lowest of his career.

Tight end Cameron Brate missed Wednesday's practice with a hip/knee injury, wide receiver Chris Godwin was also sidelined with an ankle injury and linebacker Devante Bond missed practice with an ankle injury as well.

Winston has always been a mobile quarterback with the ability to keep plays alive when the pocket breaks down. "Lately, he's been able to find the open receiver when he's moving around". "Somebody wrote me the other day and said that they love me as a player, they love me off the field, but I should get traded, so we can get more picks".

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