Dirk Koetter will return to coach Bucs next season

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After a bit of uncertainty, General Manager, Jason Licht, informed Dirk Koetter that he will return as the Bucs head coach in 2018. The Times writes the Glazer Family told Koetter he'd be back for the 2018 season, even though the team underachieved, going 4-11 through 15 games.

It will be Koetter's third year as head coach for the Bucs. Through 31 games, Koetter has a 13-18 record with no playoff appearances.

Heading into Week 17, the Bucs sport a record of 4-11, though at least we can say they have been competitive in many of their losses.

"Dirk has been here [since] my first year", said Winston on Thursday. Winston's shoulder injury played a role in the late-season slump.

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Koetter has coached Tampa Bay to a record of 13-18 the past two years, and per the report he's seen as someone who is instrumental in helping Jameis Winston become a better National Football League quarterback. "He came in - then he was the OC". You just don't understand that relationship in that quarterback room.

Koetter's status had been tenuous due to this season's disappointing performance. "Everybody has their different characteristics, but at the end of the day we all love each other". There have also been games in which he's clearly been hampered by an ailing shoulder.

The Bucs have invested heavily in surrounding Winston with a supporting cast on offense at the expense of their defense.

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.

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