The Buccaneers were predicted to be one of the better teams in the NFC South this year after a 9-7 finish in 2016 and adding wide receiver DeSean Jackson in free agency, but instead they will finish under.500 for the sixth time in seven seasons.
Rumors had circulated in recent weeks that ESPN analyst and former Bucs coach Jon Gruden would return to the team he helped win the Super Bowl in 2002. Here is to hoping that year three is the year for Koetter, Winston, and the Bucs.
Dirk Koetter should be back for next season. Though turnovers are still an issue for Winston, he has completed a higher rate of passes for a higher average per completion this season. That's debatable, from our perspective, as Winston seems like the same mistake-prone passer he was when he came out of Florida State a few years back.
Mere hours later, a auto registered to DeSean Jackson was involved in a single-vehicle accident.
Still, the season was a disappointment for the Buccaneers. But the Buccaneers regressed and are 4-11 heading into the last game of the season. Under Koetter the coordinator, the Bucs offense ranked fifth in yards per game and 20th in points in 2014.
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.