Dirk Koetter will return to coach Bucs next season

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Tampa Bay finished the 2016 season 9-7, coming up just a little short of a spot in the playoffs.

Despite a losing record and rumors that former head coach Jon Gruden was interested in returning to the team, Dirk Koetter will have a chance to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2018 season.

Koetter is 13-18 in his two seasons as head coach but has been instrumental in the progress of third year quarterback Jameis Winston. Reports surfacing Friday indicate that the team has informed Koetter that he will not be fired after Sunday's season finale. The Buccaneers are now mired in their second five-game losing streak of the season. However, things did not pan out that way.

It was the best season Gruden had with the Buccaneers, as he won double-digit games over the regular just once after that (11-5, 2005).




Of course, Tampa Bay's struggles this year can't be blamed entirely on Koetter.

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.

"Dirk has been here (since) my first year, " Winston said. We spend so much time together - me, him, (quarterbacks coach Mike) Bajakian and those other quarterbacks - it's like a family.

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