Dirk Koetter to remain Bucs head coach in 2018, report says
The Buccaneers have seen enough from head coach Dirk Koetter to retain him for the 2018 season, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Entering this week’s season finale against the Saints, Koetter and the Bucs are 4-11 while occupying the bottom of the NFC South. Through two seasons as Bucs head coach, Koetter is 13-18.
The report cited Koetter’s involvement in quarterback Jameis Winston’s development as a key reason for Tampa Bay’s faith in him. The Bucs lost all three games Winston missed this season, and have currently dropped five straight overall.
Koetter has helped Winston improve his QBR in each of his first three seasons. Though turnovers are still an issue for Winston, he has completed a higher rate of passes for a higher average per completion this season.
Dirk has been here (since) my first year,” Winston said. He came in �� then he was the OC. As the head coach, it has been kind of different but Dirk is the man. I think he has taught me a lot, especially just me playing quarterback. You just don’t understand that relationship in that quarterback room.
Once Bills players got to their cars and dusted off the snow that had accumulated since Saturday, they had to make their way through a gauntlet of supporters forming two rows on their way to the exit.
I wish I could thank everyone, every man and woman that’s come out,” McDermott said. “This type of welcome home just speaks volumes about our city and our fans.”
One fan held a sign that said Party Like It’s 1999,” a reference to the team’s last playoff appearance. Buffalo hasn’t won a playoff game since 1995.
Buffalo wouldn’t be Buffalo if it wasn’t for people coming out here in weather like this,” said Kyle Bower, a Bills fan who happened to be visiting from West Palm Beach, Florida.
Bills guard Richie Incognito has never been to the playoffs in his previous 10 NFL seasons, and he had never been on a team that finished a season with a winning record.
It’s amazing. I’ve been waiting to come home to this my entire career,” Incognito said. We put a lot of hard work, blood, sweat and tears into what we do. And this is what it’s for: to come home to a crowd of fans jumping around in 2-degree weather.”