Buccaneers to reportedly retain Dirk Koetter for 2018

Posted December 30, 2017

Dirk Koetter will return to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next year, despite the team's losing record this season. But the Buccaneers regressed and are 4-11 heading into the last game of the season. The news that Koetter is coming back once again puts a halt to the rumors connecting Jon Gruden, the only coach to lead the Bucs to a Super Bowl, returning to Tampa. Despite a nine-year layoff, Gruden has been putting together a staff behind the scenes and is serious about making a return. As head coach, he still is the play-caller and mentor entrusted to develop the franchise quarterback and fulfill his promise as a No. 1 overall pick.

Martin was suspended by the team for a rule violation two weeks ago and is nearing the end of another disappointing season, in which he's averaging merely 3.0 yards per carry, that began with a drug suspension.

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Koetter was the Bucs offensive coordinator when Winston came to the NFL. Tampa Bay absolutely failed to live up to expectations this season and will once again be seen as a team that needs to take a huge step in 2018 for Koetter to be seen as a success. I think he has taught me a lot, especially just me playing quarterback.

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