Dirk Koetter will be retained by Buccaneers in 2018

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Tampa Bay Times: Dirk Koetter will return to coach Bucs next season

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made a decision to retain coach Dirk Koetter, according to multiple reports on Friday. That alone doesn't excuse a 4-11 record heading into the final week of the regular season.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not going to fire coach Dirk Koetter. Despite a nine-year layoff, Gruden has been putting together a staff behind the scenes and is serious about making a return. 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 Koetter should be back for next season. Sure, their injury report may look significantly longer than the Buccaneers', especially with TE Garrett Griffin, OT Terron Armstead, and DE Trey Henderickson all being questionable to play with injuries, but I still say the Saints can cover the spread here. He'd missed the majority of the season due to a broken collarbone, and once the Packers were eliminated from the playoffs, they deemed that it wasn't worth the risk. You just don't understand that relationship in that quarterback room. "Everybody has their different characteristics, but at the end of the day we all love each other".

Entering this week's season finale against the Saints, Koetter and the Bucs are 4-11 while occupying the bottom of the NFC South.

McCoy plays a different position than Stafford and Rodgers, but he is the Bucs' highest-paid player, earning almost $16 million per season with the entire value of his contract at $95.2 million. Tampa Bay, however, is looking to win back-to-back home games against the Saints for the first time since 2007-08. He has thrown 47 touchdown passes against Tampa Bay, his most against any opponent in the NFL.

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