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Dirk Koetter will be Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach in 2018

30 December 2017

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made a decision to retain coach Dirk Koetter, according to multiple reports on Friday. Like Koetter, Caldwell is also on the hot seat, with an 8-7 record going into Week 17. According to NBC's Pro Football Talk, "there's a growing sense" that the current NFL broadcaster will return to Tampa Bay.

Koetter is 13-18 in his two seasons as head coach but has been instrumental in the progress of third year quarterback Jameis Winston. There is reason to believe that a healthy Winston can make another jump next season, but this team should've performed better in 2017.

"Dirk has been here (since) my first year, " Winston said.

The Saints ruled out offensive tackle Terron Armstead for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

- Saints running back Mark Ingram is just the fifth player in team history with 1,000+ rushing yards and 10+ rushing touchdowns, and the first since Deuce McAllister in 2006. I think he has taught me a lot, especially just me playing quarterback. 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.

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He made it look easy, but it was a technique which is the result of hours of practice as well as natural Brazilian ability. Trent Alexander-Arnold added the third when Andrew Robertson's cross was only half cleared.

Still, the season was a disappointment for the Buccaneers.

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Concluding a three game December home stand, the Carolina Panthers finished by defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 22-19 on Christmas Eve. There have also been games in which he's clearly been hampered by an ailing shoulder.

Though Tampa is 0-4 over the stretch, Winston has tossed eight touchdowns against just two interceptions, tallying a passer rating north of 112.7 in three of the past four games.

Dirk Koetter will be Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach in 2018