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Buccaneers To Retain Dirk Koetter For 2018

30 December, 2017, 02:10 | Author: Lamar Ellis
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter will return to the team for the 2018 season.

The New Orleans Saints will be going to the Raymond James Stadium to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this coming Sunday at 4:25 PM EST.

Koetter's first season ended with a five-game winning streak that raised expectations for this season.

Koetter was the Bucs offensive coordinator when Winston came to the NFL.

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The team informed Koetter on Friday that they will keep him as head coach. Since returning from shoulder injury, Winston has played fairly well, throwing for 1,221 yards and eight TDs vs. two interceptions over past four games. As the head coach, it has been kind of different but Dirk is the man. You watch them play team after team, and it's like you're watching a bunch of film on playoff teams and you're sitting there just watching. "He moves well, but at the same time we have to contain the quarterback, disrupt him a little bit and I think that's pretty much what we have to do to him".

In addition to continuity with the offense and Winston, there are several other reasons the Bucs felt Koetter deserved a chance to right the ship. After a 9-7 record in 2016 and essentially the same personnel in place, the outlook for this season looked promising. But he also has shown the past four games that he will tuck the ball and run, totaling 52 yards rushing on 13 attempts, averaging 4 yards per carry, in that span.

The Bucs have invested heavily in surrounding Winston with a supporting cast on offense at the expense of their defense. QB Drew Brees, one of three players in National Football League history with over 70,000 career passing yards, has thrown for 1,911 yards, 12 touchdowns and three interceptions in his past seven games against division opponents.


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